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Physical Security of Water Utilities

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Physical Security of Water Utilities

October 19, 2018
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The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and its affiliate institute — Environmental Water Resource Institute (EWRI) — have released redline  drafts of its jointly developed consensus documen for water infrastructure safety:

ASCE/EWRI 56: Guidelines for the Physical Security of Water Utilities.  These water utility guidelines recommend physical and electronic security measures for physical protection systems to protect against identified adversaries, referred to as the design basis threats (DBTs), with specified motivation, tools, equipment, and weapons.

ASCE/EWRI 57: Guidelines for the Physical Security of Wastewater/Stormwater Utilities.   These wastewater/stormwater utilities guidelines recommend physical and electronic security measures for physical protection systems to protect against identified adversaries, referred to as the design basis threats (DBTs), with specified motivation, tools, equipment, and weapons. Additional requirements and security equipment may be necessary to defend against threats with greater capabilities.

Comment Deadline: October 29, 2018

We encourage direct engagement by education industry leaders, their engineering consultants, or municipal water management experts to participate in the development of these standards through the ASCE standards portal:

ASCE Standards Public Comment Page

You will need to set up an access account.  You may also communicate directly with the American Society of Civil Engineers, 1801 Alexander Bell Dr., Reston, VA 20191.  Contact: James Neckel (jneckel@asce.org)

Our monthly breakout teleconference for campus water management standards is scheduled for October 19th, 11 AM Eastern time.   Use the login credentials at the upper right of our home page.

 

Issue: [18-52]

Category: Civil Engineering, Water, #SmartCampus

Colleagues: Jack Janveja, Richard Robben

ANSI Standards Action | PDF Pages 5-6

 

 


Posted June 1, 2018

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and its affiliate institute — Environmental Water Resource Institute (EWRI) — has released a redline draft of its jointly developed consensus document: ASCE/EWRI 56-10 an 57-10 Guidelines for the Physical Security of Water Utilities.  According to ANSI due process procedures, the current 2014 document is entering its 5-year reaffirmation/revision cycle for the 2019 edition.  ANSI’s due process procedures assure that consensus documents are optimally suitable for incorporation into federal, state and local government public safety law.*

From the project prospectus:

Scope: These water utility guidelines recommend physical and electronic security measures for physical protection systems to protect against identified adversaries, referred to as the design basis threats (DBTs), with specified motivation, tools, equipment, and weapons.

Project Need: Guidelines for physical security for facilities used in potable water source, treatment, and distribution systems.

Stakeholders: Utility staff.

This document (and supplement) is 134 pages long.  Access to draft changes are restricted to stakeholders with approved login credentials.

Comments are due July 2, 2018.  Because many research universities have healthcare delivery campuses, district energy and fire protection systems that are dependent upon water supply and wastewater security — with complex interdependencies upon the municipal and/or utility systems —  we regard this guideline as a priority and an opportunity to contribute to setting the standard of care for the safety and sustainability of those systems owned and operated by education facility industry operations and maintenance units.

You are encouraged to visit the ASCE Standards Public Comment Page and/or communicate directly with the American Society of Civil Engineers, 1801 Alexander Bell Dr., Reston, VA 20191.  Contact: James Neckel (jneckel@asce.org)

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All ASCE consensus documents are on the standing agenda of our weekly Open Door teleconferences — every Wednesday, 11:00 AM Eastern time — to which everyone is welcomed.  CLICK HERE to log in.  We hope to collaborate with workpoint experts such as tradespersons, shop foremen, design engineers and front-line campus security experts in district energy and healthcare delivery systems for specific technical recommendations.

Issue: [18-52]

Category: Civil Engineering, Water, #SmartCampus

Colleagues: Jack Janveja, Richard Robben, James R. Harvey

Ohio State University

 

Link to ANSI Standards Action Announcement | PDF Page 14

 

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