A well-managed, financially sound and technically proficient water system is better prepared and positioned to respond to any type of emergency. The documents below explain the relationship between security and capacity development and how to use existing tools to help address small system security needs.
- EPA Emergency Response Plan Guidance for Small and Medium Systems 04/04 – EPA developed this document for community water systems serving a population between 3,301 and 99,999 as they develop or revise Emergency Response Plans (ERPs).
- These documents focus on the security needs of public drinking water systems serving 3,300 or fewer persons and illustrate how states can use existing tools and programs under the Safe Drinking Water Act to help systems address security concerns. Both Documents provide ideas to help states enhance the security and emergency response capabilities of public drinking water systems.
- Find your Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) – 5/03- This is EPA’s online national database for drinking water systems to coordinate their ERPs with their LEPC to meet the requirements of the Bioterrorism Act.
- Security Vulnerability Self-Assessment Guide [PDF Version] Security Vulnerability Self-Assessment Guide for Very Small (3,300) Systems [6-02] This Guide, developed by ASDWA and NRWA in consultation with EPA, is targeted to drinking water systems serving less than 3,300 people. It is designed to help these systems assess their critical components and identify security measures that should be implemented. The Guide is intended for states and trainers to use, distribute, copy, add specific contact names, and customize for each system as appropriate. The document includes an emergency contact list, a phone threat identification checklist. States should consider attaching their model emergency response plans as well. Cover Letter [PDF]Security Vulnerability Self-Assessment Guide [Word Version]
- A Utility Guide for Security Decision Making [PDF]– A flow diagram and recommendations developed by ASDWA and NRWA to assist drinking water systems of all sizes to prepare, evaluate, and respond to security-related incidents.