"This brochure focuses on the needs of drinking water systems serving 3,300 or fewer persons and illustrates how states can use existing tools--such as capacity self-assessments--to help systems address security concerns. It also explains why states should encourage systems to assess their vulnerabilities and plan for emergencies. […] Security is important for drinking water systems of all sizes. While the mission of public water systems has always been to deliver a dependable and safe supply of water, the challenges inherent in achieving that mission have expanded to include an increased emphasis on security and emergency response planning. State drinking water primacy agencies, along with other state agencies and organizations, are working to support this 'all hazards' approach and enhance the security and emergency response capabilities of public drinking water supplies by: • providing training and technical assistance; • integrating security and emergency response into other drinking water program areas; • increasing communication among inter-state and intra-state agencies, and • improving measures to protect the public from bioterrorism, man-made threats, and natural disasters. Integration is one important way state primacy agencies can help to incorporate security into their capacity development strategies. For example, capacity self-assessment forms used by many states help small systems analyze their technical, managerial, and financial (TMF) capabilities. Adding security and emergency response related questions to these forms will help systems consider elements of basic security and enable them to explore options that improve performance and enhance security."
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: http://cfpub.epa.gov/