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Strategies for Small Wastewater Systems for Risk Reduction and Safeguarding Assets

Charles Herrick
Charles Herrick
Stratus Consulting 1881 9th Street Suite 201 Boulder, CO 80306, Phone:(202) 466-3731 x19, Email:
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Joy Barrett
Joy Barrett
Rural Community Assistance Partnership
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IWA Publishing
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March 2010

The Gulf Coast hurricanes of 2005 and horrific events of 9/11/2001 have spawned a new emphasis on domestic security and emergency preparedness. Governments at all levels are taking action to reduce their vulnerabilities and prepare for emergencies, including unconventional disasters such as regional-scale weather events and terrorist attacks. A great deal has been written concerning security practices for large and medium-sized water and wastewater systems. Some of these practices are relevant and applicable to small, rural, and tribal wastewater systems, but many are not. Small systems tend to have characteristics which preclude them from adopting many of the practices employed by larger wastewater and water utilities.

This report identifies security-related practices that are applicable for small wastewater systems. The report adopts a two-pronged approach with respect to security enhancement for small wastewater systems. First, the report focuses on security practices that are consistent with the technical, managerial, and financial capacity of small systems, and identifies a series of security-related “Practice Areas” that can be implemented in the near-term with modest expenditure of financial and/or staff resources. Second, the report outlines a strategy to help small utilities map-out programs for ongoing, sustainable security enhancement. This ongoing strategy is based primarily on the identification of practices and investments that a utility can pursue in cooperation with other municipal and regional entities.

This title belongs to WERF Research Report Series.

ISBN: 9781843393528 (Print)

ISBN: 9781780403526 (eBook)

Strategies for Small Wastewater Systems for Risk Reduction and Safeguarding Assets
By: Charles Herrick, Joy Barrett
ISBN (electronic): 9781780403526
Publisher: IWA Publishing
Published: 2010

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