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8 Ways to Protect Water Systems From Physical Threats

Water is fundamental to daily life. If the power goes out, you can light a candle. Or if you lose gas, you can start a fire and bundle up. However, there is no alternative for the benefits that water provides. Community water systems are responsible for uninterrupted delivery to homes every day.

Establishing a Security Compliance Maturity Model

Utilities do a great job of gathering evidence and preparing for an audit. Audit recommendations are thoroughly followed, whether calling for minor changes or full-scale mitigation plans. When the process is complete, regular responsibilities are promptly returned to until the next audit cycle...

AWIA Compliance: Assessing Risks, Developing Emergency Response Plans

Planning for the worst may seem like a pessimistic view to hold but preparing for identified risks is essential to reduce potential disruption or, even worse, contamination of a public water supply. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requiring utilities to conduct risk and resiliency...

An Up-to-Date Security Plan Brings Physical, Cyber Together

If a water utility is seeking to review and recertify its risk and resiliency assessment (RRA) or emergency response plan (ERP) in accordance with America's Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requirements, I have one word for you: consolidate.

Discharging Treated Coal Ash Water to Surface Water to Elicit New Permitting

When the EPA decided to revise the federal Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) rule, it affected more than the power plants that will eventually be bound by its coal ash disposal requirements.

How to Use the Time Created by the ELG Compliance Delay

With the federal rules back under review, coal-fired utilities have received something valuable in their Effluent Limitations Guidelines compliance (ELG compliance) plan: time. The question is how to use it, especially regarding treatment options for the wastewater streams impacted by the...

Planning Can Ease Challenge of Uncertain CCR Management Regulations

The best business decisions are rarely made in an environment of uncertainty and elevated risk. For owners and operators of coal-fired power plants, dealing with federal Coal Combustion Residual management (CCR management) regulations is creating just such a situation. Between compliance dates...

CCR, ELG Compliance Is Evolving, But Planning Is Key for Utilities

The past few years have been a challenge for coal-fired power plants trying to prepare for and comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations covering plant wastewater management, treatment and discharge. Federal Coal Combustion Residual management (CCR) and Effluent...

5 Ways Technology Will Innovate Aviation Security

Mention “air travel regulations” and “technology” and many will instantly conclude these terms are mutually exclusive, at least within the realm of aviation security and airport screening. Long lines, particularly during peak holiday and seasonal travel periods, generally evoke thoughts of...

Proactive, Not Reactive: Staying at the Forefront of New Government Regulations

Regulations enforced by government agencies are not to be taken lightly. They’re put in place for a variety of reasons — to protect businesses, customers and the environment, and to promote a stable, friendly market. Regulatory changes, no matter how big or small, could significantly impact how...

Three Tips for Starting on the Right Track to Meeting New Regulation Standards

The water and wastewater industry is heavily regulated to protect our environment and prevent harmful pollutants from infiltrating drinking water sources or groundwater used for crop irrigation. Municipalities are responsible for making sure these regulations are taken seriously and put into...

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