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NRWA Recap BY MIKE KEEGAN, RURAL WATER ANALYST Negotiations Continue: The EPA negotiating committee met for two days this week to negotiate the draft changes to the LCR. NRWA's representative participated in the deliberations and reports that a proposal under consideration would allow a utility to utilize water quality parameters as a surrogate for in-home testing. LEAD AND COPPER Another proposal with broad support is to mandate that every utility adopts a plan to remove ALL lead service lines. The City of Milwaukee made a presentation on the topic, explaining that the city has over 70,000 lead service lines and is in compliance with the lead action level. The city explained that if each lead service line were replaced for $2,000, it would cost a total of $140,000,000. We are interested in your comments on the proposed changes to the rule. Well-drillers' Legislation: With HR 1160, the well-drilling industry supported legislation that would establish a Drinking Water Technology Clearinghouse to promote private wells as an alternative to public drinking water systems. We previously reported that, if enacted: * The bill would likely delay and increase the cost of extending public water lines to disadvantaged populations waiting decades for drinking water access; * The bill would provide a new opportunity for litigation to oppose expansion of public drinking water (which has been a problem in the past); * The bill would codify a false premise that private well proliferation and public water expansion are similar in mission. Note: To the contrary, public water expansion is a community decision to expand community infrastructure under community (versus private homeowners) responsibility. It also provides for economic development and the future interests of the community. Additionally, it should be noted that private wells are not regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act and are susceptible to contamination (CDC). DHS Cyber-Security Team Year in Review Report: The Industrial Control Systems Cyber-Emergency Response Team's (ICS-CERT)'s report released recently concludes that the cyber-threat to power grids, water supplies and other key systems is still growing. Of the 16 areas deemed "critical" by DHS, energy companies reported the most cyber-events last year - accounting for 79 of the 245 security incidents shared with ICS-CERT. Those cases ranged from simple phishing e-mail attacks to a months-long hacking effort that hijacked software updates for equipment used in the energy and manufacturing industries. ICS-CERT also said 2014 brought "exploitation of zero-day vulnerabilities in control system devices," a reference to software flaws known only by the hacker at the time of an attack. "Zeroday" vulnerabilities are normally among the most prized assets in a hacker's arsenal, although researchers say they are easier to find in ICS components than in widely used platforms such as Microsoft Windows. The "Cybersecurity Divide": Recently, a senior cyber-security strategist at the Idaho National Laboratory said, "There is a range of utilities in our country... They have different levels of resources all the way from the largest, with some of best security operations in the country, all the way down to a 100-person co-op in Vermont that I interviewed that has one security guy whose other jobs are security and building maintenance." As a very rough rule of thumb, a company with fewer than 1,000 employees doesn't have resources to employ a chief technology officer with cyber-security expertise, the strategists said. House Passes Cyber Bills: The House approved a pair of cyber-security bills designed to promote data protection and information sharing on cyber-threats. H.R. 1731, the "National Cyber-security Protection Advancement Act," and H.R. 1560, the "Protecting Cyber-Networks Act" would: set parameters for sharing sensitive cyber-threat information; authorize network operators to monitor networks for cyberthreats and take "defensive measures" when threats are identified; and provide liability protections for activities www.vrwa.org 31

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2015

From the President: A Disinfection Byproducts Odyssey
From the Executive Director: It’s Over
Importance of Professional Relationships in the Water and Wastewater Industry
Spring Cleaning … All Year Long
Region Meetings: the Next Big Thing
Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses
Virginia Source Water
USDA Rural Development
A Successful Model for Waterworks
Professional Licensing Update: News You Can Use
NRWA Recap
Tank Team Tackles Water Distribution
VRWA 2015 Conference Highlights
Town of Lovettsville Wins the ‘Great Water Taste Contest’
Throwing My Loop: Helpers in Our Path
Wastewater Crossword
VRWA Booster Club
e-Learning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
VRWA Mailbag
New Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com

Streamline - Summer 2015

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