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         Environmental Protection
         Agency
WATER WATCHERS
Helping to Protect Your
local Water System
      at reservoirs
            at utilities
   at water mains
WE'RE ALL IN
THIS TDBETH

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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.
Problem:
      Local drinking water and wasfpwater systems may be
targets for terrorist and other would-be criminals wishing to
disrupt and cause harm to your community water supplies or
wastewater facilities.
Challenge:
      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.
Solution:               ĞU>
      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.

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Who Should get Involved?
      Any resident  interested in protecting their water
resources and community as a whole can join together with
 aw enforcement,  neighborhood  watch groups,  water
suppliers, wastewater operators, and other local public health
officials.

      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 Do?
      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.

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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, fire
  hydrants, buildings, 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.


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   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, co or of hair, height,
     weight, clothing)
For Emergencies dial 911 or other local
emergency response numbers:


     • State your business immediately
      (Police-Fire-Ambulance)


     • 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.

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                Contacts
   Name & Telephone

   Local Emergency Response

   Police:

   Fire:


   State Drinking Water Program Contact:


   Drinking Water Utility:


   Wastewater Utility:


   Citizens Wotch Contacts:
                       91 lor others
    Others:
   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:

     www.epa.gov/safewater/security
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