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Nearly $4 Million Awarded to Support Security Training for Small and Medium Drinking Water Systems

Release Date: 07/23/2003
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John Millett 202-564-7842 /

(07/23/03) Three nonprofit groups will receive nearly $4 million in EPA grants to support security and preparedness at small and medium-sized drinking water systems. As part of EPA’s continuing efforts to help drinking water utilities assess their vulnerabilities to terrorist attack, EPA’s Office of Water recently awarded nearly $2 million to the National Rural Water Association (NRWA),, and two grants totaling $1.7 million to the International City/County Management Association (ICMA),, and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) . NRWA will assist small community water systems serving populations between 3,300 and 10,000 people with security planning. By June 30, 2004, small drinking water systems are required to submit vulnerability assessments to EPA under the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002. Through a combination of training sessions, on-site technical assistance, and Internet-based tools, the NRWA will educate system personnel to prepare vulnerability assessments and emergency response plans. Under this project, NRWA will assist approximately 4,400 community water systems in complying with the Act; ICMA and WEF will target training to the approximately 480 community water systems that serve 50,000 to 100,000 people. Community water systems of this size are required to submit a vulnerability assessment to EPA on or before Dec. 31. They must also certify completion of an emergency response plan six months after submission of a vulnerability assessment. For more informationon the joint ICMA/WEF training program, see: . For more information on EPA’s water infrastructure security efforts go to: .