Security

VRWA helps systems plan for emergencies and complete vulnerability assessments using many tools, techniques and years of combined experience.

Onsite Technical Assistance

Contact us for security assistance at your water or wastewater system. Our crew of specialists are ready to help at your facility.

Security Training

VRWA has provided and participated in security-related training for years and our offerings are increasing. Check our training schedule, course catalog, or contact us for security training.

Security Templates

The Rural Water tools provided below are intended for the one-time use of water and wastewater systems that are members of VRWA. Other systems may use these templates once and we request a donation of $100 per template be made to VRWA. Finally, these tools are not intended for use by for-profit consultants or other businesses. Thank you for respecting this arrangement.

Padlocks and Signs

VRWA sells padlocks and several different source protection area signs. See our Water System Signs Order Form and Padlock Order Form (pdf) to place an order.

Other Security Links

The National Infrastructure Protection Center and the FBI issue frequent security alerts. See our News Flash page for the most recent updates. See News Leaks for other articles related to terrorism and security.

For security tips see EPA's new Drinking Water Security web page. Also, visit EPA's national security page.

Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (WaterISAC) is an online up-to-date resource of security information about the drinking and wastewater utilities in America.

Increased Federal Penalties for Tampering

The Bioterrorism Bill, which became law on June 12, 2002, increased the penalties for tampering or attempting to tamper with a public water system. Under the new law, any person tampering with a public water system can be imprisoned for up to twenty years. Anyone attempting to tamper with a system can be imprisoned for up to ten years. EPA can also bring a civil action against anyone who tampers with a system; the maximum penalty for tampering is now $1,000,000, while the penalty for attempts can be up to $100,000. The National Rural Water Association has created a public relations campaign called "It's Not Just Fun & Games," which aims to make the public more aware of the penalties involved for vandalizing or otherwise tampering with a water system. Contact us for more information.