Water Security and Emergency Response

Water utilities are at the front lines of preparing for, responding to, and recovering from natural disasters and man-made threats. Increased resilience is a major objective of all critical infrastructure. All sectors are vulnerable if water and wastewater service is compromised.

WEF offers technical resources to assist with water security and emergency response. WEF also maintains a list of federal agencies and resources that are vital for preparation, response, and recovery.

WEF is a member of the Water Sector Coordinating Council, which allows for collaboration and communication with federal agencies regarding security issues. WEF also has a Safety and Security Committee that develops, recommends, and conducts programs to promote a general understanding of safety and security issues.

The Water Sector Coordinating Council released the "Water and Wastewater Systems Cybersecurity 2021 State of the Sector" report.  "This voluntary, anonymous survey was distributed to utilities across the country by the nation’s water and wastewater associations. 606 respondents from water and wastewater utilities of all sizes completed the survey. The results represent a first-of-its-kind snapshot of the Water and Wastewater Systems Sector’s cybersecurity status."  See the report and press release:

WSCC Cybersecurity 2021 State of the Sector Report

WSCC 17-JUN-2021 Accompanying Press Release

Learn more about WEF's Safety and Security Committee