Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2015 - (Page 33)

Available EPA Tools and Resources s for Small and Rural Utilities BY KHIN CHO THAUNG, U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY Small and rural community water utilities make up more than 75% of community water systems in the United States.1 The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recognizes that your utility may be faced with several challenging issues such as aging infrastructure, limited staff, budgetary constraints, impacts from climate change and natural disasters (flood, drought, hurricane, etc.). These issues may have also impacted your ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from other emergencies. Over the years, the USEPA Water Security Division (WSD) has developed technical tools and resources to help you become better prepared for emergencies. These products can be used by a wide range of stakeholders, water and wastewater utilities, and emergency services personnel. Here are a few of our tools. Vulnerability SelfAssessment Tool (VSAT) 6.0 The newly redesigned VSAT 6.0 is a risk-assessment software tool for water, wastewater and combined utilities of all sizes that helps utilities identify risks. Utilities can easily assess risk to security threats and natural hazards. Version 6.0 is easier for small systems to use and includes features to clearly outline consequences, vulnerabilities and the likelihood of threat occurrences. USEPA is also developing a web-based application of VSAT for use on mobile devices, such as iPads and tablets. This will further simplify the risk assessment process for small systems (late 2015). Each utility is different and may be at different stages in its emergency planning. The first step for all utilities is the identification of vulnerabilities. To assist small systems, VSAT now includes a New Analysis Wizard with abbreviated lists and default assignments for common utility assets, countermeasures and threats. Additionally, data from earlier assessments using the Security and Emergency Management System (SEMS) can be imported directly into VSAT. VSAT can be downloaded at: infrastructure/watersecurity. RURAL WATER 33

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2015

From the President
Innovations for Every Utility
What’s Ahead for Water Technology?
Is Your Utility Prepared to Fight Misinformation on Social Media?
Variable Frequency Drives
Available EPA Tools and Resources for Small and Rural Utilities
Rural Water Assists Mount Zion with Water Loss, Finances
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2015