Quarterly Newsletter – EPA Water Security Division

Our EPA colleagues have several interactive opportunities that you may be interested in:

  1. Hurricane – Be Ready!

EPA has developed tools to help water utilities prepare for, respond to, and recover from hurricane-related impacts. Check out our incident action checklist and other free resources…and remember to heed watches and warnings issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.  Want to know more?  Click here

  1. Water Sector Power and Black Sky Resilience Summit

On September 19, EPA is hosting a one-day Water Sector Power and Black Sky Resilience Summit in Herndon, VA to discuss and advance the water sector’s preparedness for a long duration, widespread power outage.

There will be presentations and discussions on black sky threats, generators, alternative power options, microgrids, critical interdependencies, and communications. The focus will be on some of the challenges and potential solutions to a long duration power outage. The target audience is drinking water and wastewater utilities, water and energy associations, electric utilities, and local, state, and federal government agencies. To participate in person Register Here  If you are outside the DC metropolitan area and are interested in participating in a webcast of the event, please send an email to Lauren Wisniewski at wisniewski.lauren@epa.gov.

  1. Webinar – Customer Complaint Surveillance for Detecting Drinking Water Contamination

DATE:              September 11, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTRATION:  Register Here

This webinar will describe how water quality complaints from customers can be analyzed in real time to detect emerging water quality problems. It will describe methods and tools that can be used to analyze historical data to set thresholds that minimize the frequency of invalid alerts without compromising detection capabilities.

  1. Webinar – Public Health Surveillance for Detecting Drinking Water Contamination

 DATE:              October 9, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTRATION:           Register Here

This webinar will discuss the role that public health partners can play in detecting and responding to drinking water contamination incidents.  It will provide an overview of common public health partners as well as the types of surveillance they perform.  Examples of the application of public health surveillance to monitor for water contamination incidents will be presented.  There will also be a discussion of roles and responsibilities during a joint water utility/public health agency investigation of possible water contamination.

  1. Webinar – Response Planning for Distribution System Contamination Incidents

 DATE:              November 6, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTRATION:           Register Here

This webinar will provide an overview of the response to a distribution system contamination incident and the steps utilities can take to prepare their own response procedure. It will cover roles and responsibilities when working with response partners. The webinar will also discuss possible response actions that can be implemented to minimize consequences, such as operational changes to reduce the spread of contaminated water and public notification to minimize customers’ exposure to contaminated water.

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Free Water Security Webinars

EPA’s Water Security Division has scheduled several webinar information and training events during July and August.  There’s also an invitation to participate in a September Power and Resilience Black Sky Summit.  For more information, please read on.

Communication Systems for Smart Utility Infrastructure

DATE:              July 17, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click here

This webinar will discuss considerations for evaluating and selecting data communications systems that meet the unique requirements of smart utility infrastructure, including remote water quality and security monitoring equipment. Also, the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati will present a case study about its smart sewer network.

Air Regulations for Generators at Water Utilities

DATE:              July 25, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click here

This webinar will provide an overview of the air regulations for stationary generators including the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE).  It will outline the requirements for a water utility purchasing new diesel generators.  The presentation will also compare the requirements for emergency generators with the requirements for generators used for demand response/peak shaving. You will hear from speakers such as Melanie King, EPA Office of Air and Radiation and Sara Ayres, EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

Puerto Rico Water and Sewer Authority’s Response to Hurricane Maria Webinar

DATE:              August 8, 2018

TIME:               1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:      Click here

Eli Diaz-Atienza, President of Puerto Rico’s Water and Sewer Authority (PRASA) will describe how the utility was impacted by the loss of power caused by Hurricane Maria.  At its peak, PRASA was utilizing 1610 generators at its 114 drinking water plants, 51 wastewater plants, and pump stations.  This presentation will discuss some of the challenges with operating, maintaining, and fueling the generators.  It will also summarize some of the lessons learned and plans for increasing its resilience.

Free Power and Black Sky Resilience Summit

Water Sector Power and Black Sky Resilience Summit (September 19, 2018 in Herndon, VA)

EPA is hosting a one-day Water Sector Power and Black Sky Resilience Summit to discuss and advance the water sector’s preparedness for a long duration, widespread power outage. There will be presentations and discussions on black sky threats, generators, alternative power options (e.g., combined heat and power, solar), critical interdependencies, and communications. The focus will be on some of the challenges and potential solutions to a long duration power outage.  The target audience is drinking water and wastewater utilities, water and energy associations, electric utilities, and local, state, and federal government agencies.  Register at: https://epa-black-sky-summit.eventbrite.com

EPA WSD Offers Webinars, Workshops, and Requests for Input

Below are some upcoming resilience opportunities available to state drinking water programs as well as water and wastewater utilities. Please share these opportunities.

Webinars and Workshop 

Water Contaminant Information Tool (WCIT) Training

February 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM ET

 

This training is designed to introduce and refresh users on WCIT, a secure on-line database with comprehensive information about chemical, biological and radiochemical contaminants of concern. The training will include step-by-step instructions for tool functions such as contaminant search, finding and accessing field and confirmatory methods and generating public information reports: https://usepa-wcit-training.eventbrite.com

Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) Template Training

February 28, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET

It is imperative that laboratories be able to continue their essential functions when incidents occur that disrupt normal operations. This webinar is designed as an introduction to the WLA COOP template, providing a basic overview of the COOP template contents and a demonstration on how to use the template’s fillable form:  https://us-epa-wla-coop.eventbrite.com

 

Nevada Water and Emergency Services Sectors Coordination Workshop

March 13, 2018

Las Vegas, Nevada

The U.S. EPA Water Security Division and the Las Vegas Valley Water District will be hosting a Water and Emergency Services Sectors Coordination workshop on March 13, 2018. The free one-day workshop will include presentations from drinking water and wastewater utilities, as well as local, state and federal emergency response and law enforcement agencies.  It will also include a tabletop exercise involving a possible intentional water contamination incident that impacts water and wastewater services, law enforcement, local emergency management, public health, and local hospitals. The workshop aims to increase coordination and communication between water utilities, emergency management, and law enforcement.  It will also provide law enforcement personnel with a better understanding of water system infrastructure and operations.

The target audience is:

  • Drinking water and wastewater utilities
  • Local, state, and federal law enforcement departments and agencies
  • Local, state, and federal emergency management agencies

To register, please visit:  https://epa-nv-water-ess-workshop.eventbrite.com

 

Requesting Partners Input

Water and Healthcare/Public Health Workshop.  The U.S. EPA Water Security Division plans to conduct a workshop in the western U.S. and is seeking interested stakeholders in the area.  The one-day workshop will comprise presentations discussing cross-sector communication between the local area water utility and healthcare/public health entities.  A water loss scenario in the afternoon provides the opportunity to discuss improvement to existing communication protocols between the water and health sectors. For more information, please contact Chrissy Dangel, 513-569-7821).

Water Sector Power Resilience Summit – To be held in September 2018

EPA plans to partner with water associations, state agencies, water utilities, energy providers, energy associations and other key partners to host a two-day Water Sector Power Resilience Summit.  The objective of the summit is to discuss and advance the water sector’s preparedness for a long-duration, widespread power outage.  We are still in the early planning stages, but plan to host an event for 150-250 people in the DC-area in September 2018.  We are looking for volunteers to participate in a summit planning team that will help to develop the summit agenda, identify potential speakers, and share information about the summit to water sector stakeholders.  We anticipate that volunteers would participate in approximately six one-hour teleconferences between January and September 2018 and spend several hours reviewing documents or completing action items from the teleconferences during that eight-month time period.  For more information, please contact Lauren Wisniewski 202-564-2918.

 

 

Black Sky Hazards and Water Sector Resilience Webinar

You are invited to join WaterISAC and the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) for a free webinar on Black Sky power outage hazards and water sector resilience.


DATE:
              January 23, 2018

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:    www.waterisac.org/events

Dr. Paul Stockton, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense, will discuss how Black Sky power outages – those lasting a month or more and affecting multiple states – could turn a natural or manmade disaster into a catastrophe. He will also address resilience measures and provide insight into factors that water and wastewater utilities might consider in order to maintain minimal service levels during Black Sky outages.  Lauren Wisniewski from EPA’s Water Security Division will provide an overview of EPA’s Power Resilience Guide and discuss upcoming EPA and sector activities focused on Black Sky outages and resilience.

The webinar is open to anyone in the water and wastewater sector, interdependent sectors, and partner organizations. Please contact info@waterisac.org with any questions.

 

Tornado Preparedness Week

As part of America’s PrepareAthon! initiative, this week, EPA’s Water Security Division encourages you to explore tools and resources related specifically to tornadoes.  As you know, tornadoes can severely impact water utilities by damaging critical infrastructure, restricting access to facilities, and causing power outages. Drinking water and wastewater utilities can use EPA’s Tornado Incident Action Checklist and Power Resilience Guide to prepare for, respond to, and recover from tornadoes.

You can also find more water-related information, tools, and resources at epa.gov/waterresilience.

Start the Conversation with Your Power Supplier

Water utilities are well aware of their reliance on and mutual interdependencies with the energy/power/electric sector.  But are the decision-makers at electric utilities equally aware?  Does returning water systems to service after an outage rise to the top of their priority list?  How can you make that happen?  Here’s something that might help to get that conversation started…

EPA’s Water Security Division has developed a helpful flyer that calls out the various reasons why electric utilities should prioritize power restoration for drinking water and wastewater utilities.  It also describes key considerations for collaborating with the water sector, and links to find more information.  This is an ideal “leave behind” when you reach out to your electric utility counterparts to make sure that you are both working to enhance resiliency in your community.

To see or download the flyer, click this link Power Resilience Flyer for Electric Sector

EPA to Host Water & Power Resilience Webinar

Last week, EPA’s Water Security Division released the new Power Resilience Guide for Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities and the accompanying Power to Keep Water Moving video.

On March 17, the Water Security Division will be hosting a webinar to showcase the Guide and video and hear from Stafford County, VA on how they have made the water and power connection.  Participants will also learn about the Federal perspective on water and power resiliency.

DATE:              March 17, 2016

TIME:               2:00-3:00PM

REGISTER:      https://epa-power-resilience-guide.eventbrite.com

This webinar will benefit drinking water, wastewater, electric, and gas utility operators and managers, state and tribal primacy agencies, water associations, and local, state, and Federal agencies involved in emergency preparedness and response.

Please share this invitation with your colleagues in the water and power community as well as those involved in emergency preparedness and response.

ASDWA-EPA Webinar on Power Resiliency Posted

On August 5, ASDWA and EPA co-hosted a webinar on Power Resiliency at Water Utilities: What States Can Do.

ASDWA has posted both the recorded version of the webinar and the powerpoint slide presentations provided by the presenters – Lauren Wisniewski of EPA’s Water Security Division and Bill Gilday of the New York Department of Health’s Drinking Water Program.  You may view and/or download these materials on ASDWA’s website www.asdwa.org under the Security tab in the Important Documents Section.

Two New Water & Power Resiliency Webinars

EPA’s Water Security Division is hosting two additional webinars on power resiliency at water utilities this summer:

U.S. EPA: Water & Power Resiliency Webinar – Power Assessments and Transfer Switches

DATE:  Wednesday, June 24

TIME:   1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  http://epa-power-assessments-webinar.eventbrite.com

EPA will be hosting a webinar on power assessments and transfer switches for drinking water and wastewater utilities on June 24.  The webinar will feature a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer (USACE) speaker who will discuss the 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power) and its mission, the Emergency Power Facility Assessment Tool (EPFAT) and transfer switches.  Two representatives from water utilities will share their experiences in conducting power assessments and installing transfer switches.

 

U.S. EPA: Water & Power Resiliency Webinar – Best Practices

DATE:  Wednesday, July 29

TIME:   1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  http://epa-best-practices-webinar.eventbrite.com

The best practices in power resiliency at drinking water and wastewater utilities webinar will take place on July 29.  This webinar will describe EPA’s efforts to increase power resiliency at water utilities, including its interactive Best Practices Guide, which will be released in summer 2015.  A water utility speaker will then describe local efforts to increase power resiliency.

NOTE:  There is no cost to participate in these events; however, you must register separately for each of these two webinars.

Water & Power Resiliency Webinars

U.S. EPA’s Water Security Division is hosting two webinars in June and July to help drinking water and wastewater utilities increase their power resiliency.

Water & Power Resiliency Webinar:  Power Assessments and Transfer Switches

DATE:  Wednesday, June 24, 2015

TIME:   1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Here

This webinar features speakers from the Army Corps of Engineers and water utilities to discuss:

  • Conducting power assessments
  • Installing transfer switches
  • Emergency Power Facility Assessment Tool (EPFAT)

Water & Power Resiliency Webinar:  Best Practices

DATE:  July 29, 2015

TIME:  1:00-2:00PM (eastern)

REGISTER:  Here

Participants in this webinar will learn about EPA’s Interactive Best Practices Guide as well as examples of how water utilities have become more power resilient.  Speakers will include staff from EPA and a water utility.

NOTE:  You MUST register separately for each of the webinars.  Registering for one event will not automatically register you for the other.

 

If you have any questions about this webinar series of EPA’s work on water and power resiliency, please contact Lauren Wisniewski at wisniewski.lauren@epa.gov