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Recommendations for Water Security Practices, Incentives, and Measures


This report presents the recommendations of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) on water security practices, incentives, and measures.

A draft report was prepared by the NDWAC’s Water Security Working Group (WSWG). The WSWG was composed of a diverse set of interests and perspectives on water security, including representatives of public and private and large and small water and wastewater utilities, public health agencies and advocates, environmental regulators, rate setters, and public interest groups. The charge from the Council to the WSWG was to develop findings that address security practices, incentives for improvements in security, and measures of security progress.

In response to this charge, the WSWG reached consensus on 18 findings that:

  • establish the features of active and effective security programs;
  • identify ways government and others might encourage utilities to adopt and maintain active and effective programs, and
  • suggest utility-specific and national measures of water sector security progress.

This document may be useful in efforts to plan with local water utility partners for contaminated water response protocols.

Primary Toolkit:

EQUIPh Toolkit

Keyword Area:

All-Hazards, Natural Disaster


Institutional Author:

National Drinking Water Advisory Council





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