AWWA announces emergency preparedness publication for water, wastewater utilities

DENVER, CO, Jan. 21, 2010 -- The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has announced the publication of Security and Emergency Planning for Water and Wastewater Utilities...

Jan 21st, 2010

DENVER, CO, Jan. 21, 2010 -- The American Water Works Association (AWWA) announced today the publication of Security and Emergency Planning for Water and Wastewater Utilities. In the years following the September 11 terrorist attack, water and wastewater utilities have undergone many changes concerning security and emergency preparedness. All of these changes have been compiled, analyzed, simplified, and organized in this comprehensive new book.

Since 2001, government at all levels passed new laws and regulations to help protect water infrastructure against intentional damage and prevent the deliberate contamination of water supplies. Utilities everywhere assessed vulnerabilities, revised procedures to improve response to emergencies, and tightened premises security.

Tens of thousands of pages documenting these new laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and requirements have been published. To help utilities adapt to the new security reality, thousands of new guidance documents, books, Web sites, and reports have been produced. Unfortunately, there was simply too much new information scattered across too many information sources. Security and Emergency Planning for Water and Wastewater Utilities remedies that problem.

Topics covered include:

• Natural, accidental, and intentional threats to water and wastewater systems
• US federal legislation, regulation, and Homeland Security Presidential Directives regarding utility security and emergency preparedness
• The Water Sector Specific Plan
• Vulnerability assessments, tools, and resources
• Effective utility-security programs, tools, and resources
• Emergency management systems
• Water contamination early-warning systems
• Incident or threat response
• Emergency response training
• Remediation and recovery

Years in the making, this book is one of the most thoroughly researched books ever published on water utility security and general emergency preparedness.

Security and Emergency Planning for Water and Wastewater Utilitiesis available in AWWA's online bookstore at http://www.awwa.org/bookstore.

About the Author
Stanley States, PhD has been deeply involved with water utility security issues, particularly applied research on rapid analytical techniques and online water-quality monitoring technologies for drinking water and wastewater systems.

Water quality manager for the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority for 33 years, Mr. States has served on security committees for the American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Army, and Department of Homeland Security.

States also is the developer and presenter of a series of webcasts and workshops on homeland security with sponsors such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Homeland Security, FBI, US Justice Department, and US Army.

About the Publication
Security and Emergency Planning for Water and Wastewater Utilities
By Stanley States, PhD
Published by American Water Works Association
ISBN: 978-1-58321-745-0
AWWA members: $99.00
Retail: $149 .00
Catalog No. 20605

About AWWA
AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.

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