Water Sector Security & Disaster Response

Protecting water utility infrastructure from terrorism and enhancing resilience against disasters are top priorities for AMWA member utilities.

The association supports members’ efforts by engaging on multiple levels with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies on federal infrastructure protection initiatives and tools for utilities. AMWA also develops its own resources for members, such as case studies and presentations.

AMWA also supports the water sector by operating the Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (WaterISAC), which provides a vast library of threat information and preparedness materials, proprietary contaminant databases and other resources to its members and thousands of water sector personnel.

Recognizing that having security threat information is critical to preventing attacks on infrastructure, water supplies and process control systems, AMWA advocates for federal agencies to share more information on physical and cyber threats with the water sector. The association also also urges federal agencies to commit to meaningful collaborative partnerships.

AMWA takes every opportunity to reinforce with the White House, Congress, EPA, DHS and other stakeholders the criticality of safe and clean water to community health and economic well-being and the need to provide financial and technical support where needed.

Recent Letters and Comments

2020

Letter requesting financial support for public-sector utilities
June 10, 2020

"Cities are Essential" letter requesting municipal aid in coronavirus response legislation
May 20, 2020

Letter to congressional leaders supporting water system assistance in coronavirus legislation
May 14, 2020

Letter to congressional leaders on recommendations for any water service disconnection moratorium
April 21, 2020

Letter to congressional leaders requesting funding for nonprofit associations
March 23, 2020

Letter to congressional leaders requesting water system funding in coronavirus legislation
March 23, 2020

Letter to congressional leaders on employee leave provisions in coronavirus respose legislation
March 20, 2020

2017

Letter to congressional appropriators in support of FY18 funding for EPA's Water Security Division
December 6, 2017

Letter to the U.S. Senate on continued funding for EPA's Water Security Division
September 29, 2017

Letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on continued funding for EPA's Water Security Division
September 29, 2017

2016

AMWA comments on EPA's proposed RMP Rule revisions
May 13, 2016

2015

Letter to Congress on Section 407 of the "Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act"
November 12, 2015

Letter to U.S. Senate on the "Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act"
August 4, 2015

Letter to Senate Intelligence Committee on cybersecurity information sharing legislation
June 11, 2015

Letter to House of Representatives on pending cybersecurity information sharing legislation
April 22, 2015