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A Water Security Handbook: Planning for and Responding to Drinking Water Contamination Threats and Incidents

Author:
Environmental Protection Agency
Source:
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Contributor:
Publication Year:
2006
April 21, 2020
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation

This Handbook should help you to develop your own utility’s plan for quickly and effectively responding to contamination threats or contamination incidents, even in situations where information may be limited.

What is the Water Security Handbook?

As a water utility manager, your role in s a water utility manager, your role in water security planning and threat response water security planning and threat response is critically important. This Water Security Handbook was developed by the U.S. EPA to was developed by the U.S. EPA to help you, the water utility offi cial, protect your water system and respond effectively to threats and contamination incidents involving your water system.

EPA also wrote this Handbook in response to calls for a short, simplifi ed document that summarizes the comprehensive document entitled Response Protocol Toolbox: Planning For and Responding to Drinking Water Contamination Threats and Incidents (also known as the (also known as the Response Protocol Toolbox).

The Handbook is also intended to be a companion to EPA’s Response Protocol Toolbox: Planning For and Responding to Drinking Water Contamination Threats and Incidents: Response Guidelines. The Response Guidelines provides provides many forms and checklists to help you organize and carry out your emergency response and planning efforts. This Handbook describes the basic concepts and procedures involved in water security planning and threat response. Together, the Handbook and Response Guidelines provide provide succinct recommendations concerning water security planning and response actions.

While the Response Protocol Toolbox is aimed at all utilities, agencies and other organizations that may be involved in responding to drinking water threats and incidents, this Handbook is aimed primarily at water utility managers and staff. This Handbook should help you to:

  • Understand the “basics” of responding to contamination threats and incidents;
  • Plan for responding to water contamination threats and contamination incidents;
  • Learn about key concepts of water security covered in the Response Protocol Toolbox; and
  • Learn how to use the Response Protocol Toolbox, the Response Guidelines, and other available tools to help you provide water security. 
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