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Information Sharing

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The exchange of information between water utilities and public and private sector organizations is vital to the safety of the nation's water supply. EPA promotes information sharing between the water sector and such groups as environmental professionals and scientists, law enforcement and public health agencies, the intelligence community, and technical assistance providers. 

Through such exchange, water systems can obtain up-to-date information on current technologies in water security, accurately assess their vulnerabilities to terrorist acts, and work cooperatively with public health officials, first responders, and law enforcement officials to respond effectively in the event of an emergency.

National Drinking Water Advisory Council's (NDWAC) Final Report on Water Security Practices, Incentives, and Measures

The report contains 18 findings that:

  1. Establish the features of active and effective security program, 
  2. Identify ways government and others might encourage utilities to adopt and maintain active and effective programs, and
  3. Suggest utility-specific and national measures of water sector security progress.

Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (WaterISAC)

WaterISAC is a service developed to provide America's drinking water and wastewater systems with a source of information about water system security and with a secure Web-based environment for early warning of potential threats. Relying on information gathered from federal intelligence, law enforcement, public health, and environmental agencies, and from utility security incident reports, WaterISAC analysts produce and disseminate physical and cyber security information to the water sector.

EPA Environmental Laboratory Compendium

This compendium is a database of nationwide environmental laboratories available to water utilities and to federal and state agencies. The database contains each laboratory's specific capabilities to analyze chemical and biological analytes as well as chemical warfare, bioterrorism, and radiochemical agents. It was developed as a tool to quickly identify laboratories with capabilities to support incident-specific response and recovery. The compendium is intended to assist water utilities and federal and state agencies in responding to contamination threats, terrorist attacks, or natural disasters. To access the database, those interested must first register and receive a reply.

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