Webcast Series Helps Water Utilities Protect Against Intentional Attacks

DENVER , Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A series of free webcasts beginning Aug. 28 will help water utilities guard against the possibility of terrorist attacks on water systems.

Presented by American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the three-part series covers international security tactics for all facets of the water industry, from infrastructure to public affairs. The first webcast, targeted to public safety administrators and city officials, addresses the importance of security at water and wastewater facilities from a managerial perspective. The second webcast demonstrates design elements to improve security, and the final webcast covers possible operational and maintenance changes.

The webcast series focuses on information from the Water Infrastructure Security Enhancements (WISE) guidelines, which were developed by AWWA, WEF and ASCE with a grant from USEPA. The guidelines were released initially for trial use in December 2006 . Trials were completed this June.

WEF will host all three webcasts, scheduled for Aug. 28 , Sept. 12 and Sept. 26, 2007 . Speakers include Adam Zabinski , President-Elect of WEF, WISE project officers, and various utility representatives who will share specific examples of security measures at their utilities.

The webcasts are free but require registration. More information about the webcasts and how to register is available at: http://www.wef.org/ConferencesTraining/TrainingProfessionalDevelopment/Webcast s/WISESecurityWebcasts.htm

AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.

SOURCE American Water Works Association