Upcoming Water Security Webinars

EPA’s Water Security Division is hosting a series of webinars that offer great opportunities for states and drinking water utilities. The events focus on three different aspects of resilience – surveillance and response, laboratories, and available tools to help participants.

Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems

Public Health Surveillance for Detecting Drinking Water Contamination

DATE:              October 9, 2018

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

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This webinar will discuss the role that public health partners can play in detecting and responding to drinking water contamination incidents. Information on different types of public health partners, the types of surveillance they perform, and examples that demonstrate how surveillance monitoring can be used for public health will be discussed. There will also be a discussion of roles and responsibilities during a joint water utility / public health agency investigation of possible water contamination. Please share this opportunity with your systems.

Response Planning for Distribution System Contamination Incidents

DATE:              November 6, 2018

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

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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. Please share this opportunity with your systems.


Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) Template Webinar

DATE:              October 4, 2018

TIME:               11:00AM-12:00PM (Eastern)

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The webinar will discuss how laboratories maintain mission-critical functions when disaster strikes. EPA’s Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) Template enables laboratories to think through and develop a comprehensive, customized COOP.

Water Laboratory Alliance Response Plan Tabletop Exercise Webinar

DATE:              October 9, 2018

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

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This webinar will bring together participants from utilities and laboratories to work through a water contamination scenario. It will also focus on describing the key elements of the Water Laboratory Response Plan (WLA-RP), including water sector best practices for emergency response. The webinar will discuss the roles of laboratories and others in a response to a water contamination incident, as well as how to build relationships between water utilities, laboratories and other stakeholders. Participants will become familiar with EPA preparedness tools and resources.


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

DATE:              October 16, 2018

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

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EPA’s newly released Analytical Preparedness Full-Scale Exercise (AP-FSE) Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to planning and executing a multi-organization exercise to simulate a water emergency, with a focus on tools and best practices for laboratory analytical support. This webinar covers how an AP-FSE can increase preparedness and gives an overview of the contents and functionality of the Toolkit. Participants will also learn how you can get started planning an exercise of your own and access EPA support.

Water Contaminant Information Tool (WCIT) Webinar

DATE:              October 18, 2018

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

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The Water Contaminant Information Tool (WCIT) is a secure online database with comprehensive information about chemical, biological and radiochemical contaminants of concern for the Water Sector. This training, intended for members of the water utility, laboratory and emergency response communities, and gives an overview of WCIT.

Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month Webinar Series

This series of events offers information on: activities, technology, and funding opportunities that will help the water community increase investment in building resilience. All of these share the same registration link. Click here

  • Increasing Support for Water Resilience (November 1, 2018 1:00-2:00PM Eastern)
  • Incorporating Resilience Technologies (November 8, 2018 1:00-2:00PM Eastern)
  • Leveraging Funding Resources to Build Resilience (November 15, 2018 1:00-2:00PM      Eastern)