Tips to Remember

When reporting an incident

     State the nature of the incident

     Identify yourself and your location

     Identify location of activity

     Describe any vehicle involved.
     (color, make model, plate #)

     Describe the participants
     (how many, sex, race, color of hair, height,
     weight, clothing)
For Emergencies dial 911 or other local
emergency response numbers:

     State your business immediately

     Give as accurate a description as possible

     Stay on the line until the 911 operator
     disconnects you
      After calling the local
       emergency number,
    call the appropriate local
      water system contact.
Name & Telephone

 Local Emergency Response

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 State Drinking Water Program Contact:
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 Drinking Water Utility:
 Wastewater Utility:
Tampering with public water supplies is a serious offense and
  violators will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
      For more information about water security,
            visit EPA's website:
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Water security:
      Water Security is a shared responsibility involving
water suppliers,  wastewater utilities, government,  law
enforcement and citizens. We can all be involved in home-
land security by playing an important role in protecting our
critical water resources.
      Local drinking water and wasfawater systems may be
targets for terrorist and other would-be criminals wishing to
disrupt and cause harm to your community water supplies or
      Water utilities are often located in isolated  areas.
Drinking water sources and wastewater collection systems
may cover large areas that are difficult to secure and  patrol.
      Residents can be educated to notice and report any
suspicious activity, in and around local water  utilities.
Interested and dedicated citizens are essential to increase the
security eyes and ears in your community.
Who Should get involved?
      Any resident interested  in protecting  their water
resources and community as a whole can join together with
law enforcement, neighborhood watch groups, water
suppliers, wastewater operators, and other local public health

      As a first step, you should consider introducing yourself
to the local drinking water supplier or wastewater operator.
You can provide them with your phone number and address,
and find out how you can get involved.
What Can You DoP
      Form and  operate a citizens watch network within
your community to  communicate regularly with law
enforcement, your public water supplier and wastewater
operator. Communication is key to a safer community!

 Be alert.
      Get to know your water/wastewater utilities, their
vehicles, routines and their personnel.

 Become aware of your surroundings.
      This will help you to recognize suspicious activity as
opposed to normal daily activities.
Examples of suspicious
activity might include:

 People dumping or discharging material to a
  water reservoir

 People climbing or cutting a utility fence
  Unidentified truck or car parked or loitering near
  waterways or facilities for no apparent reason

  Suspicious opening or tampering of manhole covers,
   building, or equipment

  People on top of water tanks

  People photographing or videotaping utility facilities,
   structures or equipment

  Strangers hanging around locks or gates
      Do  not confront strangers.
      instead, report suspicious
    activities to local authorities.