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DEPARTMENT: EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Decontamination Strategy for the Water Sector: Selected EPA Tools and Resources t BY GEORGE GARDENIER, PHD, CHEMIST; MARISSA LYNCH, ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER; LATISHA MAPP, WLA TEAM LEADER; WATER SECURITY DIVISION, OFFICE OF GROUND WATER AND DRINKING WATER, U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Water Security Division (WSD) has produced several tools and resources to help water utilities prepare for and respond to all hazards, such as natural disasters including storms, droughts and floods, as well as industrial accidents or even intentional attacks. In 2008, the Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) convened a work group of water sector representatives who released a report, Recommendations and Proposed Strategic Plan: Water Sector Decontamination Priorities. The report outlined a strategy that identified 16 priority issues and proposes 35 recommendations relating to gaps in decontamination tools, guidance and research for the water sector. In response to this report, EPA's WSD produced several tools and resources over the last few years to support the water sector's decontamination strategy. This article will highlight some of these efforts, specifically related to the following priority issues and recommendations: * containing and disposing of large amounts of contaminated water * informing utilities of the critical assets available to the water sector to aid decontamination, treatment and recovery * identifying laboratory capabilities and capacities specific to CBR decontamination needs. Containment and disposal of large amounts of contaminated water In September 2012, EPA published Containment and Disposal of Large Amounts of Contaminated Water: A RURAL WATER 25

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2016

Strategic Planning for Water Utilities
Planning for Drought
A Rally to Remember
The 17th Annual Great American Water Taste Test
USDA Rural Development Has Loans
Rural Water Association of Utah Launches Successful Training Program
Vermont Rural Water Association Continues Training; Plans More for 2016
From the President
Finance: Investing Without Borders
Emergency Management: Decontamination Strategy for the Water Sector
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider: Dell R. Harris, Kentucky Rural Water Association
Case Study: Bubble Diffusers
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/
From The CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2016