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“Measuring Water Security Progress” 2008 Water Policy Conference AMWA Security Committee March 3, 2008 By Billy Turner, President, Columbus Water Works.

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1 “Measuring Water Security Progress” 2008 Water Policy Conference AMWA Security Committee March 3, 2008 By Billy Turner, President, Columbus Water Works Metrics

2 How Metrics Began…   In June of 2006, the Department of Homeland (DHS) released its National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP)   The NIPP provides for: -An all-hazards National risk management framework to be developed -An outline for how a public/private partnership model should work -The creation of “Core” and “Sector specific” metrics   In response to the NIPP, the water sector developed its Sector-Specific Plan (SSP)   The Sector-Specific Plan (SSP) provides for: -How the sector will implement the NIPP -What the sector deems to be its goals, objectives, and priorities -How the sector will address metrics to address security progress

3 Water Sector-Specific Plan (SSP) “The Water Sector's Security Vision is a secure and resilient drinking water and wastewater infrastructure that provides clean and safe water as an integral part of daily life. This Vision assures the economic vitality of and public confidence in the nation's drinking water and wastewater through a layered defense of effective preparedness and security practices in the sector.”  Sustain protection of the public health and environment  Recognize and reduce risks in the water sector;  Maintain a resilient infrastructure; and  Increase communication, outreach, and public confidence Goals: Security Vision: Sector Specific Plan (SSP) Sector’s NIPP implementation strategy Outlines the sector’s Goals & Objectives Calls for a National Performance Measurement System for Water Security to be developed through a CIPAC process

4 The History of Metrics At the time the SSP was written, the water sector had already begun working to develop security-related metrics to measure utility progress  National Drinking Water Advisory Council’s Water Security Working Group (NDWAC-WSWG) Developed EPA’s “14 Features of an active and effective water security program” - Developed EPA’s “14 Features of an active and effective water security program” - Created 3 National Aggregate Measures (NAMs) - Created 3 National Aggregate Measures (NAMs) - Was conducted through a FACA Consensus Process - Was conducted through a FACA Consensus Process  Measures Testing Group (MTG) EPA non-consensus workgroup - EPA non-consensus workgroup - Evaluated reporting options for the 3 NAMs - Evaluated reporting options for the 3 NAMs

5 A New Day… Though much time and effort went into the NDWAC and MTG processes, the initiatives never succeeded in creating security-related metrics. Thus, a new process was developed using the SSP as its principal foundation.   Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) Metrics Workgroup ( ) - A joint workgroup of WSCC/GCC representatives - Equal partnership - Equal partnership - Develop a n - Develop a national performance measurement system for water security - Update “14 features” to align with SSP Goals & Objectives and to be all-hazards

6 CIPAC Workgroup Objectives…   Objective #1: Develop a national performance measurement system - Measures that align and support the goals and objectives of the Water Sector Specific Plan (SSP); -Develop a system for tracking measures; -Outline a reporting structure with protocols for collection, retention, and protection of information/reports.

7 CIPAC Workgroup Objectives…   Objective #2: Align the “14 Features of an Active and Effective Security Program” with the Water SSP goals and objectives -Determine how the “features” support the goals and objectives of the Water SSP; -Ensure that the “features” explicitly and adequately address the concepts of response, recovery, and all hazards; and -Streamline and combine features as appropriate

8 Metrics Timeline (in order of completion) May 04 Jun 04Apr 05May 05Jun 05Nov 05Jun 06Dec 06Mar 07 NDWAC WSWG (14 features, 3 NAMs) National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) Sector-Specific Plan (SSP) Measures Testing Group (MTG) CIPAC Metrics Workgroup

9 CIPAC Methodology Phase 1 Understand the metric hierarchy Phase 2 Accept SSP Goals & Objectives as umbrella to process Phase 3 Align & update “14 features” with Goals & Objectives (Throughout ALL Phases) Coordinate with DHS, EPA, and WSCC/GCC Phase 4 Develop metrics and reporting system that support SSP

10 Workgroup Process…   18 members   Representation from utilities, water sector associations, Federal and State government   Consensus body   Four in-person meetings and many conference calls over the last ten months

11 Workgroup Recommendations…   Framework: -Voluntary utility reporting system approach -All data must be protected by trusted third party (WaterISAC)   Measures for utilities: -Activities and outputs measures -Hazardous chemical security measures -Risk reduction outcome measures

12 Optional Self-Assessment Tool   12 additional risk-reduction outcome measures developed by utilities available for optional self assessment   Will help utilities gauge progress and improvements resulting from implementation of the activities associated with the core measures   Results of self-assessment not reported nationally

13 Utility Reporting Baseline & Frequency   Baseline for core set of measures -First reporting cycle   Frequency -Annual, in the same month each year -Reassess if future DHS guidance recommends different reporting frequency

14 Implementation & Planning   Approved by Water Sector Coordinating Council (2/12/08)   Utility data collected by 3 rd party (WaterISAC)   Reporting system construction to begin immediately   Questions for beta test by end April 2008   Data available in 2008

15 Metric Hierarchy National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) Unifying structure for the integration of existing and future CI/KR protection efforts Provides an all-hazards National risk management framework Outlines public/private partnership model Calls for development of “Core” and “Sector specific” metrics Sector Specific Plan (SSP) Sector’s NIPP implementation strategy Outlines the sector’s Goals & Objectives Calls for a National Performance Measurement System for Water Security to be developed through a CIPAC process CIPAC Metrics Workgroup Joint Coordinating Council Workgroup Develop a National Performance Measurement System for Water Security Update the 14 features (as part of measurement system development) to align with SSP goals, objectives, and all-hazards stance

16 Phone call Collaborating to Keep Water Safe


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