NACWA Security Committee Focuses on Electric and Water Utility Interdependencies

(May 29, 2019) - The NACWA Security & Emergency Preparedness Committee heard a presentation by guest speaker Jake Schmitter, Senior Manager for Training and Exercises at the Electricity-Information and Analysis Center (E-ISAC), during its May 23 web meeting on the upcoming GridEx V exercise.  Water and wastewater utilities can experience adverse impacts during a significant electric utility outage, and GridEx is a useful exercise for exploring these interdependencies and how utilities can respond to emergencies resulting from cyber and physical attacks. 

GridEx V will be held on November 13-14, with participants going through the exercise at their normal work locations.  Water and wastewater utilities will be paired with an electric utility that is also participating in the exercise.  To participate in GridEx V, water utilities must register by May 30 via email at gridex_registration@bah.com.

NACWA members with questions about GridEx V, or about other security and emergency preparedness issues, may contact Cynthia Finley, NACWA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs.