The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has begun work on a security guidance document and related training materials to assist in the design and construction of new drinking water systems and the improvement of existing ones. AWWA is seeking a contractor to develop the materials. Interested companies or consortiums may obtain detailed information on the scope of work at, on the Science and Technology landing page. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing funds to support the project.

The guidelines and training will incorporate updated security measures resulting from the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Prepar-edness and Response Act of 2002, which required all drinking water utilities serving a population of greater than 3,300 persons to conduct vulnerability assessments. The materials will address risks associated with both intentional attacks and natural disasters.

“AWWA recognizes that many water providers want assistance in harnessing information from vulnerability assessments and other experiences to reduce risks at their facilities and distribution systems,” says Jack Hoffbuhr, AWWA executive director. “These guidance materials will assist them in developing a comprehensive, consistent approach to risk reduction in existing operations and in the construction of new facilities.”

The guidance will cover a wide range of potential security improvements, including perimeter and facility access, alarms and surveillance, computers and hardening of structures. Associated training materials will include an eight-hour modular training program and a Web-based reference document.