US EPA: Most recent EPA Water Security Division (WSD) opportunities for drinking water utilities, wastewater utilities and state primacy agencies

Below are the most recent EPA Water Security Division (WSD) opportunities for drinking water utilities, wastewater utilities and state primacy agencies. 

Water Laboratory Alliance COOP Template:  May 6, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

It is imperative that laboratories be able to continue their essential core functions when incidents occur that disrupt their normal operation. To ensure continuation of these essential activities, laboratories should have an effective COOP in place. This webcast is designed as an introduction to the Water Laboratory Alliance (WLA) COOP Template, and will cover:  Rationale for developing the COOP Template, a basic overview of the contents in the COOP Template, a demonstration of how to use the COOP Template’s fillable form, and highlight the value of the COOP Template.

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Accessing Laboratory Support:  May 13, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Accessing Laboratory Support is an interactive guide which shows water utilities and laboratory how to access lab support at the local, state, regional and federal levels. It includes examples of when this help may be needed and supplies a one-page summary sheet with key information for finding support. This training will cover:  A description of potential users who may need to identify analytical support, an overview of options available for identifying analytical support, and highlight key water security resources to aid analytical response. Register Here:

Releases to Sources of Drinking Water: National Occurrence and Resources to Identify Risks: May 13, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Spills from storage tanks, transportation accidents, facility discharges and other hazards threaten many drinking water sources. To understand this risk, a study was conducted to assess the frequency of spills impacting sources of drinking water in the U.S. The findings of this study are provided in the report “Occurrence of Releases with the Potential to Impact Sources of Drinking Water.” View Report:

This webinar will review key findings from this report. The webinar will also provide recommendations and information about resources, specifically Drinking Water Mapping Application to Protect Source Water (DWMAPS), that can be used to identify and characterize potential sources of contamination to sources of drinking water. The information and resources presented during this webinar can inform the assessment of source water risks when performing America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) Risk and Resilience Assessments. Register Here:


AWIA Risk and Resilience Assessments and Emergency Response Plans: Review and FAQs: May 20, 2021, 11:00am – 12:00 PM PDT

EPA will host an AWIA webinar to review key topics and answer attendee questions from previous AWIA workshops, webinars, and presentations.  A guest speaker from a small community water system (CWS) will speak about their experience completing and certifying their AWIA Risk and Resilience Assessment (RRA). The target audience for this webinar are CWSs serving a population of 3,301 to 49,999 people who must certify their RRA by June 30, 2021.

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If water systems would like more in-depth information on AWIA than what is to be provided in this one hour webinar, please access the EPA AWIA Workshop Recordings available here:


Water Laboratory Alliance Response Plan (WLA-RP):  May 20, 2021, 2:30 – 3:30 PM EDT

The WLA-RP provides a comprehensive, national approach to coordinated laboratory response incidents requiring additional analytical support than a typical utility or state laboratory can provide.  Learning objectives include:  Describe the key elements of the WLA-RP (including Water Sector best practices for emergency response), describe the roles that laboratories and others would have when they participate in a response to a water contamination incident, identify EPA Water Security tools, and build relationships between laboratories, water utilities, and other stakeholders.

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Sampling Guidance for Unknown Contaminants in Drinking Water:  May 27, 2021, 2:30 – 3:30 PM EDT

This webinar will highlight how to use Water Laboratory Alliance’s Sampling Guidance for Unknown Contaminants in Drinking Water to examine recommendations for pathogen, toxin, chemical and radiochemical sample collection, preservation and transport procedures that support multiple analytical approaches for the identification of potential contaminants in drinking water. Participants will be presented with examples of what is required for a comprehensive sampling program, and how the guidance can be used to enhance laboratory, utility, and emergency responder preparedness by supplementing emergency response plans. Register Here:

Patti Kay Wisniewski

Drinking Water Preparedness and Resiliency Coordinator

US EPA Region 3

Drinking Water Section (3WD21)

1650 Arch Street

Phila, PA  19103


Cell: 215-514-7893

Email: [email protected]

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