Water Community Stresses Importance of Security During Drinking Water Week

As Drinking Water Week continues, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) joins water professionals across North America in encouraging everyone to play a role in keeping our water supplies and systems secure.

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If you see unusual activity nearby a water facility, a drinking water reservoir or at a fire hydrant, please don’t hesitate to call the police and alert your water provider.

Denver, CO (Vocus) May 7, 2010

As Drinking Water Week continues, American Water Works Association (AWWA) joins water professionals across North America in encouraging everyone to play a role in keeping our water supplies and systems secure.

As everyday guardians of public health and safety, water and wastewater professionals are committed to measures that reduce risks from vandalism, terrorism and natural disasters, while protecting drinking water from the risk of contamination.

In this new era of security, water utilities are continually evaluating security measures and practices. They are investing in physical security, cyber-security and contaminant monitoring technologies. At the same time, utility emergency response planning has advanced significantly in recent years. This includes vulnerability assessments and emergency response plans required by the Public Health Protection and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002.

"It's important to remember that we all play a role in protecting our community water supplies and facilities," says AWWA President Craig Woolard. "If you see unusual activity nearby a water facility, a drinking water reservoir or at a fire hydrant, please don't hesitate to call the police and alert your water provider."

The water community will continue work on its security-related efforts, including the ongoing development of security standards and guidance, and the creation of water and wastewater agency response networks (WARNs). More information can be found at http://www.NationalWARN.org.

About Drinking Water Week

For more than 35 years, the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

Established in 1881, AWWA is the oldest and largest nonprofit, scientific and educational organization dedicated to safe water in North America. AWWA has more than 60,000 members worldwide and its 4,500 utility members serve 80 percent of the U.S. population.

For more information on what only tap water delivers, please visit http://www.drinktap.org.

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.

CONTACT:
Greg Kail
303-734-3410

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