United States
Environmental Protection
Water Security Division Products  and Services List

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) Water Security Division (WSD) has developed a robust suite of
products and services to improve the resilience of the water sector to all types of hazards. WSD resources can be found at
epa.gov/waterresilience. Direct links to specific tools and resources are provided below.

Products are organized by topic: Assess Risks, Emergency Preparedness, Risk Communication, Laboratory Support, Mutual
Aid and Assistance, Climate Change, Training and Exercises, Emergency Response, and Recovery.
 Assess  Risks
 Risk assessment tools can
 assist water and wastewater
 utilities in identifying potential
 threats and  vulnerabilities.
                      Vulnerability Self-Assessment Tool (VSAD - VSAT assists utilities in assessing the
                      potential impacts from both man-made and natural disasters and provides actions to
                      enhance security and resilience.
                      Water Health and Economic Analysis Tool (WHEAT) - WHEAT helps utility owners
                      and operators to better understand the human health and economic consequences
                      of potential disasters.
                      Water Quality Surveillance and  Response System (SRS) - SRS helps drinking
                      water utilities identify, prepare for, and respond to water quality problems -
                      including contamination - in their distribution system.
 Water and wastewater utilities
 can build resilience by planning
 for emergencies before they
 occur. WSD has developed
 both hazard-specific and
 generalized products to help
 utilities prepare for disasters.
                      Emergency Response Plan Guidance for Small and Medium Community Water
                      Systems - Small and medium utilities can use this guidance to assist in developing
                      or revising their Emergency Response Plans (ERPs).
                      Flood Resilience Guide - This easy-to-navigate guide helps drinking water and
                      wastewater utilities understand local flooding threats and identify practical solutions
                      to protect critical assets.

                      Drought Resilience Guide - This user-friendly guide and accompanying case
                      studies help drinking water and wastewater utilities identify key drought
                      preparedness and response actions to address both short-term drought impacts and
                      long-term drought resilience.

                      Power Resilience Guide - This interactive guide assists water and wastewater
                      utilities in identifying and implementing key actions to improve resilience to power

                      Community-Based Water Resiliency (CBWR) Tool - This downloadable tool allows
                      utilities and community members to assess the community's resilience to water
                      service disruptions and describes tools and resources that can be used to enhance
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 Risk Communication
 Communicating with the public
 prior to and during an
 emergency can help to mitigate
 public health and economic
 Laboratory Support
 Laboratories provide vital
 emergency response services
 during a contamination
                      Water Utility Public Awareness Kit - This kit includes customizable print, web, and
                       video materials that drinking water and wastewater utilities can use to inform
                       customers about the value of water services, threats to water systems, and actions
                       that households can take to  prepare for service disruptions.
                      Developing Risk Communication Plans for Drinking Water Contamination Incidents
                       This document helps utilities develop and implement an effective Risk
                       Communication Plan (RCP)  to respond to drinking water contamination incidents.
                      Water Laboratory Alliance (WLA) - WLA is a nationwide network of laboratories that
                       serves the water sector. WSD has developed resources that help laboratories and
                       utilities respond to water contamination events involving chemical, biological, and
                       radiochemical contaminants. Specific WSD products for laboratory support include:
                          WLA Toolkit - This document serves as an introduction to EPA resources -
                          such as fact sheets, guidance documents, and other tools - that may be
                          beneficial to your laboratory or organization.
                          WLA Response Plan - This document outlines processes and procedures that
                          can help individuals lead a coordinated laboratory response during water
                          contamination incidents.
                          Water Laboratory Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) - Laboratories can
                          prepare for continued service during an emergency by developing a Continuity
                          of Operations Plan,  using available templates and instructions.

                      Guidance for Building Laboratory Capabilities to Respond to Drinking Water
                       Contamination - This document provides guidance for water utilities wishing to build
                       laboratory capabilities for response to water contamination events. It identifies
                       contaminant classes of concern, lists analytical methods, and provides information
                       on the role of laboratory networks in responding to drinking water contamination
 Mutual Aid and
 During an emergency, "utilities
 helping utilities" can be an
 efficient way to access needed
                      Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN) Resources - WARNs
                       provide water and wastewater utilities with the means to quickly obtain help - such
                       as personnel, equipment, materials, and associated services - from other utilities
                       during an emergency. WSD has developed videos, guidance documents, and model
                       agreements to help water and wastewater utilities build or strengthen their mutual
                       aid and assistance networks.
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 Climate Change
 Severe weather events due to
 climate change may have
 significant impacts on water
                      Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) - The CRWU initiative provides water sector
                       utilities with tools, training, and technical assistance needed to adapt to climate
                       change. CRWU products include:
                          Climate Resilience Evaluation & Awareness Tool (GREAT) - GREAT is a
                          software package that helps utilities understand their potential climate change
                          threats and identify adaptation strategies.
                          Adaptation Strategies Guide for Water Utilities - This document helps utilities
                          understand climate change impacts on utility operations, and provides actions
                          utilities can take to prepare for these impacts.
                          Adaptation Case Study and Information Exchange - This online resource allows
                          drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities to learn about climate
                          change adaptation planning efforts from their peers across the United States.
 Training and
 Training and exercises provide
 utilities with opportunities to
 learn more about resilience and
 practice response actions.
                      Water/Wastewater All Hazards Boot Camp Training: Emergency Planning,
                       Response, and Recovery-This interactive, computer-based training course
                       provides users with the fundamentals of water sector resilience and resources for a
                       comprehensive all-hazards program. The training is approved for operator
                       continuing education credit in some states.

                      Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Tool for Water Systems - This downloadable tool helps
                       utilities plan and facilitate tabletop exercises using an all-hazards approach to
                       emergency preparedness and response.

                      SRS Exercise Development Toolbox (EDD - This downloadable tool guides users
                       through the steps of developing exercises with realistic contamination scenarios.
                       Users enter information into the program, and the tool will generate documents for
                       use in a discussion- or operation-based exercise.
                      WARN Tabletop Exercise Facilitator Guide - This document provides instructions
                       for planning, organizing, and conducting a tabletop exercise to create or update a
                       WARN operational plan or agreement.
                      Incident Command System (ICS) Refresher Trainings - Designed specifically for
                       water and wastewater utility personnel, these recorded training webinars provide
                       viewers with an overview of the ICS.
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 Water and wastewater utilities
 can use these tools to improve
 response to an emergency.
                     Water Utility Response On-The-Go (PIG) Mobile Website - Utility personnel can
                      access this mobile site from their smart phones. Response OTG enhances disaster
                      response by providing easy access to severe weather information, key emergency
                      contacts, emergency checklists, damage assessment forms, and ICS resources.
                     Water Sector Incident Action Checklists - These simple, concise checklists provide
                      key actions to take before, during,  and after a natural disaster, including drought,
                      extreme heat and cold, tornadoes, wildfires, earthquakes, flooding, tsunami,
                      hurricanes and volcanic activity.

                     Water Contaminant Information Tool (WCIT) - WCIT is a secure (registration
                      required) database with  information on over 800 drinking water and wastewater
                      contaminants including pathogens, pesticides, and toxic industrial chemicals. During
                      a contamination incident, WCIT can aid in decision-making by providing vital
                      contaminant information.
 Following an emergency,
 drinking water and wastewater
 utilities can use these
 resources to assist in recovery.
                     Federal Funding for Utilities in National Disasters (Fed FUNDS) - Fed FUNDS is a
                      collection of resources and information for federal disaster funding programs
                      intended for water and wastewater utilities.
                     Public Assistance for Water and Wastewater Utilities in Emergencies and Disasters
                      This short document provides information about water and wastewater utilities'
                      eligibility for disaster funds under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's
                      (FEMA's) Public Assistance Grant Program.

                     Reimbursement Tips for Water Sector Emergency Response and Recovery - This
                      short document provides simple tips that drinking water and wastewater utilities can
                      use to maximize reimbursement through local, state, or federal level mechanisms.
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