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Water Sector Coordinating Council (WSCC)

The WSCC's Mission Statement

To serve as a policy, strategy and coordination mechanism and recommend actions to reduce and eliminate significant homeland security vulnerabilities to the water sector through interactions with the Federal government and other critical infrastructure sectors.

The WSCC's Vision Statement

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.

In the Sector Specific Plan (SSP) the WSCC laid out four goals:

  • Sustain protection of public health and the environment. Water sector systems will have a security culture integrated into daily business operations; adequate security capabilities to recognize infrastructure risk that affects public health and economic viability; and sufficient capabilities to analyze threats to water quality.
  • Recognize and reduce risks in the water sector. Water sector systems will be able to identify vulnerabilities based on knowledge and best available information; recognize potential threats through sector partners' knowledge base and communications; and determine public health and economic impact consequences of man-made and natural incidents.
  • Maintain a resilient infrastructure. All utility emergency preparedness, response, and recovery plans will emphasize the continuity of drinking water and wastewater service. Mutual aid agreements among utilities and states will be established and implemented with adequate reach throughout the sector. Water sector systems will develop and implement key response and recover strategies, and have deep understanding of cross-sector interdependencies.
  • Increase communication, outreach, and public confidence. Water sector systems will prepare local communities to be able to respond to a natural disaster or man-made incident. Federal, state and local officials and agencies will effectively communicate and coordinate threat information to relevant utilities, government and the public.

To learn more about the WSCC, we encourage you to explore the following documents:

WSCC Documents:

Roadmap to Secure Control Systems in the Water Sector
The urgent need to mitigate the risks associated with cyber systems has prompted industry and government leaders to step forward and collaborate on a unified security strategy. Their efforts have produced this Roadmap to Secure Control Systems in the Water Sector, which presents a vision and supporting framework of goals and milestones for reducing the risk of industrial control systems (ICS) over the next ten years.

Recommendations and Proposed Strategic Plan: Water Sector Decontamination Priorities
This report presents the recommendations of the Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) Water Sector Decontamination Working Group. This Working Group was convened by the Water Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) and Government Coordinating Council (GCC) to develop a strategy and plan that supports priorities for water sector decontamination and recovery for the purpose of water security.

WSCC Strategic Roadmap
WSCC efforts have produced this WSCC Strategic Roadmap, which presents a vision and supporting framework of goals and tactics for securing the water sector over the next 12 months. This strategic framework enables industry and government to align their programs and investments to improve critical infrastructure protection in an expedient and efficient manner.

Roadmap to a Secure and Resilient Water Sector
Water and wastewater infrastructure protection is a shared responsibility. The Water Government Coordinating Council (WGCC) is chaired by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and made up of representatives from federal, regional, state, local and tribal government programs. The Water Sector Coordinating Council (WSCC) members include municipal and investor-owned water and wastewater utilities, associations and regional organizations. Together, these coordinating councils form the public-private partnership through which security partners collaborate to plan and implement programs aimed at achieving a common vision.

As part of that collaboration and coordination, the WSCC and WGCC have come together to develop the Roadmap to a Secure & Resilient Water Sector.

The purpose of the roadmap is to establish a strategic framework that:

  • Defines a consensus-based strategy that articulates the priorities of industry and government in the Water Sector to manage and reduce risk.
  • Produces an actionable path forward for the WGCC, WSCC and security partners to improve the security and resilience of the Water Sector over the near term (1-2 years) and mid term (3-5 years).
  • Directly guides new product development (e.g., EPA can use the roadmap to guide FY 2010 work planning and FY 2011 budget formulation).
  • Creates a shared understanding of priorities to avoid unpleasant surprises, collectively advocate Sector priorities, and recognize institutional constraints and different accountabilities.
  • Encourages extensive engagement among all key stakeholders to strengthen public-private partnerships and accelerate security advances throughout the Water Sector.

All-Hazard Consequence Management Planning for the Water Sector
The All-Hazard Consequence Management Planning for the Water Sector (All-Hazard CMP) helps drinking water and wastewater utilities incorporate all-hazard consequence management planning into their emergency preparedness, response, and recovery plans and programs. The All-Hazard CMP was produced by a Workgroup made up of drinking water and wastewater utilities, Water Sector associations, and representatives of state and federal water programs. It includes:

  • Customizable lists of preparedness, response, and recovery actions that will improve resiliency across all hazards.
  • Consequence-specific lists of actions for potential hazards that are most relevant to drinking water and wastewater utilities.
  • Example incident-specific flow charts and checklists developed by a utility with links to the downloadable and customizable versions online.
  • Information on how the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) are used in preparedness and during response and recovery.
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