CH2M Hill develops water security standards under guidance of ASCE, AWWA and WEF

CH2M Hill, a global full-service engineering, construction, and operations firm, has developed the nation's first physical security standard guidelines for water and wastewater utilities. The guidelines, released Dec. 14 by the American Society of Civil Engineers, were developed under the Water Infrastructure Security Enhancements program to protect the U.S. public from malevolent acts and other threats by enhancing physical security of the nation's water and wastewater infrastructure system...

DENVER, CO, Jan. 3, 2007 -- CH2M Hill, a global full-service engineering, construction, and operations firm, has developed the nation's first physical security standard guidelines for water and wastewater utilities. The guidelines, released Dec. 14 by the American Society of Civil Engineers, were developed under the Water Infrastructure Security Enhancements program to protect the U.S. public from malevolent acts and other threats by enhancing physical security of the nation's water and wastewater infrastructure system.

Standards were developed as a joint effort between the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA), with technical input from the Water Environment Federation (WEF). The project was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. CH2M Hill drafted the document and assisted in the resolution reporting during the balloting process.

The guidelines will provide utilities with practical information to help implement improved security measures in new and existing facilities. In addition, the guidelines address construction and design risks. The Draft Standard for Trial Use will be reviewed and considered for approval as an American National Standard upon completion of a six-month public comment and trail use period.

Raw water supplies, pumping stations, distribution systems, treatment plants and support facilities are all included in the recommendations.

With headquarters in Denver, employee-owned CH2M Hill (www.ch2m.com) is a global leader in engineering, construction, and operations for public and private clients. With more than $3.8 billion in revenue, CH2M Hill is an industry- leading program management, construction management for fee, and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record (2006). The firm's work is concentrated in the areas of transportation, water, energy, environment, communications, construction, and industrial facilities. Recognized in 2006 as one of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" and a "Most Admired Company," CH2M Hill has more than 18,000 employees in regional offices worldwide.

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