November is Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience Month

As we continue to strive to ensure that water systems are strengthened against manmade threats and natural disasters, our colleagues at EPA’s Water Security Division are showcasing three tools that every water system should be familiar with…and be using to full advantage!

  1. Public Health Surveillance Guidance:  https://www.epa.gov/waterqualitysurveillance/water-quality-surveillance-and-response-system-public-health-surveillance
  2. The Water Contaminant Information Tool (WCIT):  https://www.epa.gov/waterlabnetwork/access-water-contaminant-information-tool
  3. the Water Lab Alliance Toolkit:  https://www.epa.gov/waterlabnetwork/water-laboratory-alliance-tool-kit

 

 

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EPA WSD Offers Several Trainings & Webinars

Our colleagues in EPA’s Water Security Division want to make sure that you know about upcoming training and webinar opportunities.  Please read below for a variety of offerings:

WLA Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) Template Training – October 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM 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 Water Laboratory Alliance COOP template, providing a basic overview of the COOP template contents and a demonstration on how to use the template’s fillable form. Register for the training at https://us-epa-wla-coop.eventbrite.com

SRS Capabilities Assessment Tool Webinar – October 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM ET

This webinar will provide a first look at a test version of the Water Quality Surveillance and Response System (SRS) Capabilities Assessment Tool. This tool presents drinking water utilities with questions to assess their current surveillance and response capabilities, provides recommendations for how they can improve those capabilities, and identifies resources they can use to implement each recommendation. In addition to demonstrating how the tool functions, EPA will be soliciting stakeholder input and inviting stakeholders to participate in a round of testing.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/demo-of-srs-capabilities-assessment-tool-tickets-38556887689?ref=enivtefor001&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&ref=enivtefor001&utm_term=attend

WCIT Training – October 26, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET

This training is designed to introduce and refresh users on the Water Contaminant Information Tool (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. Register for the training at https://usepa-wcit-training.eventbrite.com

Responding to a Water Contamination Event Webinars November 2, 8, and 15, 2017 @1:00 PM ET

The Water Security Division will conduct a series of one-hour webinars entitled “Responding to a Water Contamination Event.” The webinar series will inform drinking water and wastewater utilities of free tools and resources that can help prepare for, respond to, and recover from water contamination. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/responding-to-a-water-contamination-event-webinar-series-tickets-38156431915

 DPAS Webinar – November 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET

The Water Security Division is developing the Decontamination Preparedness and Assessment Strategy (DPAS) to assist water utilities in preparation for contamination incidents. This webinar will provide an overview of DPAS, which is an interactive PDF walking the user through the complexities of the three phases of remediation: characterization, decontamination, and clearance. Register at https://us-epa-dpas.eventbrite.com

 

EPA WSD Hosts Two Late July Training Opportunities

Analytical Preparedness Full-Scale Exercise (AP-FSE) Toolkit Training

July 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET

The Analytical Preparedness Full-Scale Exercise (AP-FSE) Toolkit is an interactive resource that can help users to plan and conduct exercises that involve the coordination of analytical support. This training will cover: how participating in an AP-FSE can increase preparedness, how the toolkit and its resources can be leveraged to plan and conduct an exercise, and how to coordinate analytical support and further develop relationships with response partners.

Register:  https://us-epa-ap-fse.eventbrite.com

 

Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) Template Training

July 27, 2017 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.

Register:  https://us-epa-wla-coop.eventbrite.com

In Need of Analytical Support?

Access EPA’s Laboratory Compendium to view labs across the nation and their capabilities. The Lab Compendium is an online database of nationwide environmental laboratories available to EPA; Federal, state, and local emergency responders; laboratory personnel; and water utilities.  The database contains each laboratory’s capabilities to analyze chemical, biological, and radiological contaminants.  Click here to access

 

EPA Releases Two New Contamination Guidance Documents

Late last week, EPA’s Water Security Division released two new documents – Sampling Guidance for Unknown Contaminants in Drinking Water and Sampling and Field Testing During Water Contamination Incidents.

The Sampling Guidance provides procedures for conducting routine and baseline monitoring in response to a triggered event and sampling procedures in support of remediation or decontamination efforts.  It offers recommendations for collecting, storing, preserving and transporting samples of potentially contaminated water as well as recommendations to support the detection and identification of many types of contaminants in drinking water.  None of these recommendations are mandatory; rather they are intended to aid coordination between the utility, emergency response and laboratory communities during the response to a contamination incident.

The Field Testing Guidance outlines basic and advanced field response activities and also provides information pertaining to staffing, quality assurance, and other procedures.  Additionally, the document contains useful resources; downloadable and customizable report forms and templates; supplemental information on the application; and relative costs of field testing instrumentation and test kits.

EPA Water Security Division Publishes ‘WHAT’S GOING ON’ Electronic Update

As many of you know, our colleagues at EPA’s Water Security Division are working diligently to make sure that you have the best available tools, training, and strategies to enhance your resiliency and water security posture.  To help showcase ‘what’s going on’ at WSD, they have published an electronic newsletter that contains lots of great info.  Please see below:

Is Your Water Utility Prepared to Handle Contamination Incidents?

The Water Quality Surveillance and Response System Exercise Development Toolbox (EDT) helps drinking water utilities test, evaluate and improve their investigation and response procedures for distribution system contamination incidents. The toolbox can also serve as a database for procedures and future exercises. The EDT is available at:  http://www.epa.gov/waterqualitysurveillance/water-quality-surveillance-and-response-system-exercise-development-toolbox

Training Resources to Build Your Water Resilience Knowledge

The EPA provides opportunities to help build water resilience knowledge within the water sector. Some trainings offer continuing education units/credits for operator certification requirements. To find out more and stay informed on training opportunities, please visit and bookmark http://www.epa.gov/waterresiliencetraining

Want to Know the Costs and Consequences of an Emergency?

Watch and share EPA’s newly released video about the Water Health and Economic Analysis Tool (WHEAT). The video demonstrates how WHEAT helps water and wastewater utilities estimate the economic costs and public health consequences of a water emergency. The video is available at: http://www.epa.gov/waterriskassessment/find-out-about-health-and-economic-impacts-water-utility-emergencies

Lab Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) — Get Free Training

Is your lab well prepared to continue with essential activities if a major operational disruption occurs? Every lab should have an effective COOP in place. Join the free online training July 21, 2016 at 1 p.m. EST — and take a big step toward enhancing your lab’s resilience! Register here http://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-wlas-continuity-of-operations-plan-coop-template-training-tickets-20739688968

Boost Your Lab’s Stature: WLA Prospective Member Webcast

Do you want to enhance your lab’s visibility and credibility in the water analytics community and water sector at large? Learn about the benefits and process of becoming a Water Laboratory Alliance (WLA) member: Participate in the WLA Prospective Member Webcast on June 15, 2016 at 1 p.m. EST. To register, click here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-wla-prospective-member-webcast-tickets-21115629416

View the Webinar on Free Preparedness Tools

If you missed the May 11, 2016 webinar on “Free Preparedness Tools for Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities,” hosted by the EPA, you can still catch it online! Tools featured include: Drought Response and Recovery Guide for Water Utilities, Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters, Water Quality SRS Exercise Development Toolbox and others. View the webinar at: http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/p84fwh79d4f/

WLA Training Opportunities in May

If you haven’t already registered, now is the time to sign up for two webcasts being offered by the EPA Water Security Division’s Water Lab Alliance.

The Perfect Storm, Ice Cold – WLA-RP Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Webcast

DATE:              May 11, 2016

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

REGISTER:      http://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-water-laboratory-alliance-response-plan-tabletop-exercise-tickets-19411573539

This TTX webcast will examine the coordination of laboratory services in response to a drinking water contamination incident. The scenario-based exercise provides utilities, state and local governments, emergency responders and laboratory personnel with the opportunity to answer questions based on their real-life experiences. In addition, participants can also rely on their knowledge of emergency response best practices and procedures contained in the Water Laboratory Alliance Response Plan (WLA-RP).

WLA Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) Template Training Webcast

DATE:              May 18, 2016

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

REGISTER:      https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-wlas-continuity-of-operations-plan-coop-template-training-tickets-20739688968

This webcast will provide an overview of the COOP Template for Drinking Water and Wastewater Laboratories and demonstrate how the COOP Template fillable form can be easily used by laboratories to develop a personalized COOP.

 

There is no cost to participate in either of these events; however, you must register in advance.

WLA Hosts Tools, Training & Exercise Webcasts

EPA’s Water Laboratory Alliance (WLA) Team invites you to participate in their upcoming series of webcasts and help to share these opportunities with your colleagues in the laboratory community.  While participation in all of these events is strongly encouraged, in particular, the WLA Team would appreciate your help in getting the word out to your laboratory colleagues who would benefit from the March 9 Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) Library Toolkit Webcast or exploring WLA membership on April 6.

Below please find details on each webcast along with registration information. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible.

ALL REGISTRATIONS use this link:  http://www.eventbrite.com/o/epa-office-of-water-water-security-division-water-laboratory-alliance-8453004715

Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) Library Toolkit

   DATE:              March 9–Webcast

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

This webcast is designed as an overview of EPA’s Developing a Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) Library: An Example for Drinking Water Screening” Toolkit. The webcast will provide a tutorial for how laboratories can develop an in-house LC-MS library for screening of unknown drinking water samples, based on a toolkit developed in collaboration with EPA Region 5.

WLA Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) Template Training

   DATE:              March 15

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

This webcast offers an overview of the COOP Template for Drinking Water and Wastewater Laboratories developed by EPA’s WLA Team and will also demonstrate how the COOP Template fillable form can be easily used by laboratories to develop a personalized Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP).

WLA-Response Plan (WLA-RP) Tabletop Exercise (TTX)

   DATE:              March 23

   TIME:               1:00-3:00PM (eastern)

This webcast will examine the coordination of laboratory services in response to a drinking water contamination incident. The scenario-based exercise provide utilities, state and local governments, emergency responders and laboratory personnel with the opportunity to answer questions based on their real-life experiences and knowledge of emergency response practices and procedures contained in the WLA-RP. Exercise participants will receive information on Water Sector emergency response “best practices” and free EPA water security tools and resources.

WLA Prospective Member Overview

   DATE:              April 6

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

 

This webcast will describe the benefits of membership; the information needed to begin the process of becoming a WLA Member, including details of the application process; and how laboratories may be compensated after a contamination incident. If you have specific questions about WLA Membership, compensation, application process or Laboratory Compendium profiles that you would like addressed during the webcast, please send them to WLA@epa.gov by COB Friday, April 1, so that they may be included in the question and answer portion of the webcast.

For more information, please go to the WLA Web page at http://www.epa.gov/waterlabnetwork.  Questions about these events should be directed to the WLA Team atWLA@epa.gov.

EPA WSD Hosts Decontamination Strategies for Utilities Webinar

Register today for the upcoming Decontamination Strategies for Utilities – How to use EPA’s Disposal Guide webcast on February 22, 2016.  This webcast will describe and illustrate the usability of the Containment and Disposal of Large Amounts of Contaminated Water: A Support Guide for Water Utilities when handling large amounts of contaminated water. Multiple stakeholders (i.e., water utility operators and managers, laboratories, first responders, and local, state and federal agencies) can enhance preparedness by using this guide.

DATE:              February 22, 2016

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

REGISTER:      http://www.eventbrite.com/o/epa-office-of-water-water-security-division-water-laboratory-alliance-8453004715

*The webcast will begin at 1:00 PM (eastern) and will last 30-60 minutes, depending on the number of questions posed by participants.  Space is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible and also share this announcement with your colleagues.

If you have any questions please send an email to Marissa Lynch at Lynch.marissa@epa.gov.

EPA’s Water Lab Alliance Hosts Training for Labs and Utilities

The Water Lab Alliance is preparing to host a series of webinars that cover an array of lab related activities and at least two topics of more particular interest to the water utility community.  Continuity of Operations Planning and Tabletop Exercises are just two of the lab related events.  Please share this information with your labs!

Two other web trainings in the series are a bit broader in scope and are recommended for water utilities as well as the laboratory community:

Decontamination Strategies for Utilities – How to use EPA’s Disposal Guide will be broadcast several times – February 22, March 7, March 22, and April 5 – in hour long webcasts.

On April 26, Unknown Sampling Guidance will be the focus for the hour long web event.

To register for any and/or all of these events, please go to the Water Security Division WLA webpage at: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/epa-office-of-water-water-security-division-water-laboratory-alliance-8453004715

More information on each of these events are available by clicking this link WLA Training Opportunities Flyer