Water Infrastructure Security Enhancements (WISE) Project
The security of our nation’s water infrastructure is of critical importance, particularly in the post-September 11 environment. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), with a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have developed a comprehensive program to address physical infrastructure security needs for water supply, wastewater and stormwater, and online contaminant monitoring systems. As a result of this partnership, the following initiatives were accomplished:
WEF has developed the Security Guidance for Wastewater/Stormwater Utilities, which provides information for designers and owner/operators of wastewater/stormwater facilities on design upgrades that improve physical security and techniques to improve management and operating practices to reduce vulnerabilities due to malevolent events.
Security Guidance for Water Utilities, developed by AWWA, provides information for designers and owner/operators of drinking water facilities on design upgrades that improve physical security and techniques to improve management and operating practices to reduce vulnerabilities due to malevolent events.
Developed by ASCE, Guidelines for Designing an Online Contaminant Monitoring System provides information on designing online contaminant monitoring systems, including assessing the need for a monitoring system, locating instruments and sensors and responding to suspected contamination events.
PDF versions of the documents are available online and may be downloaded at no charge. Limited hard copy versions of the publications are also available. To obtain copies, please visit www.asce.org/wise.
Phase II Training Materials: Wastewater/Stormwater, Water Supply and Online Contaminant Monitoring
Modular training programs developed under Phase II are available on CD-ROM for use in educating all who have a role in providing physical infrastructure security for water supply and wastewater/stormwater systems. Based on the three interim guidance documents, these three flexible training modules are designed for use with all levels of operation, management, and public officials.
The three modules include the presentation materials in MS PowerPoint, trainers guide, quizzes and exams.
To receive the training materials CD-ROM, please visit www.asce.org/wise.
Drafts of the nation’s first standard guidelines for protecting the public from potential malevolent acts and other threats by enhancing the physical security of water and wastewater infrastructure systems were released on December 13, 2006, for trial use by water and wastewater utilities. The voluntary guidelines —jointly developed by the ASCE and AWWA with technical input from the WEF — are the result of Phase III of the WISE program. They were created under ASCE’s American National Standards Institute-accredited standards development program.
The guidelines provide drinking water, wastewater and stormwater utilities with practical information to help implement improved security measures in new and existing facilities of all sizes. The documents also address risks from construction and design perspectives and describe physical security approaches for detecting or delaying malevolent parties. The water guideline covers raw water facilities, wells and pumping stations, water treatment plants, water storage facilities, distribution systems and support facilities. The wastewater/stormwater guideline focuses on collections systems, pump stations, wastewater treatment plants and support facilities.
To download a copy of the Draft Standards for Trial Use, please click on the document title below:
Limited hard copy versions of the publications are also available. To obtain copies, please visit www.asce.org/wise.
To further spread awareness and use of the WISE documents and training materials, the WISE partners have and will perform the following initiatives:
WEF hosted a series of webcasts:
AWWA developed a DVD-CD set which includes:
- Video for Public Officials on the Importance of Water and Wastewater Security
- Video for Utility Managers and Operators on the Principles of Water Security
- Data CD including all the Phase I and III documents, as well as the presentations and recordings of the 2007 webcasts
Limited number of DVDs are available at NSCEP, and can be ordered free of charge by visiting http://epa.gov/nscep, clicking the 'Simple Search' link, and entering 817C08001 in the search box; or by calling NSCEP at 800-490-9198.
ASCE conducted full day training workshops over the summer 2008 in Atlanta, GA; Reston, VA; Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA; and Seattle, WA. For information on what was presented at the workshops, please visit www.asce.org/wise.