WVRWA Security Forum

Providing online assistance in completing Vulnerability Assessments and Emergency Response Plans


On June 12, 2002, President Bush signed the Federal Bioterrorism Act that requires all water systems (serving more than 3,300 people) to conduct a Vulnerability Assessment ("VA") and submit it to the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") by June 30, 2004. The new law also requires these systems to prepare or revise an Emergency Response Plan ("ERP") that incorporates their vulnerability assessment and certify to the EPA that the system has completed such a plan. To make implementation of this new mandate as simple and economical as possible, National Rural Water Association ("NRWA") and the Association of Drinking Water Administrators ("ASDWA") have developed a template to assist water systems in this task. This vulnerability assessment template can be downloaded by clicking on one of the links located at the bottom of this page.

The final step in completing the VA is to notify the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health ("WVBPH") in Charleston that the assessment has been conducted. WVBPH is requesting a copy be provided to the agency for their records. You should contact Robert Hart, P.E. at (304) 558-6754 (Fax) 558-5051 for specific details regarding recommended delivery instructions.

DO send the completed VA to the EPA by June 30, 2004 to satisfy the requirements of the Federal Bioterrorism Act. You must also certify to the EPA that you have developed or updated your ERP based on your VA within six months of submitting your VA to the EPA. EPA recommends Vulnerability Assessment's and certifications be delivered to them using an express or courier service such as Federal Express, United Parcel Service, Airborne, etc., which provides tracking and certification of delivery. Using these services will ensure that the submission is delivered directly to the persons authorized to receive and process these items. When using express or courier delivery service, address the package to:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Water Resource Center (WSD-RAR)
Room 1119 EPA West Building
1301 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Phone number 202-566-1729 (for couriers use)

EPA strongly recommends that water systems send their VA:

  • Sealed in two envelopes - one inside the other.
  • The inside envelope, containing the VA, should be sealed and marked
  • "TO BE OPENED BY ADDRESSEE ONLY - Janet Pawlukiewicz."
  • The outer envelope should be addressed to the delivery address shown above.
  • Do not make any reference to the contents on the outer envelope - Do NOT use words such as "vulnerability assessment," confidential," etc.

If you have completed your systems vulnerability assessment and emergency response plan, please contact WVRWA. The security of West Virginia's water systems is everyone's responsibility and it is important that we work together for the protection of our citizens. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact WVRWA at anytime.

Online Assistance Items and Downloads from WVRWA
Security Planning Slide Show (click on the link to view Power Point presentation in your web browser)
Vulnerability Assessment in Microsoft Word (systems serving 3,300 to 10,000) (use right click and save as feature)
Emergency Response Plan Template in Microsoft Word (use right click and save as feature)
Guide for Utility Decision Makers in Microsoft Word (use right click and save as feature)
Small System Vulnerability Assessment in Microsoft Word (systems serving less than 3,300) (use right click and save)
Tips for Vigilance at Your System in Microsoft Word (right click and save)
WVRWA Emergency Response Checklist in Adobe PDF (must have Acrobat Reader installed to view this)
Wastewater System Vulnerability Assessment in Microsoft Word (right click and save)