NJWATER Training

Published on Monday, February 5, 2018

Understanding and Complying with NJ’s Water Quality Accountability Act

February 26, 2018 – Wharton American Legion, 99 N. Main Street, Wharton (Morris County)

Event date: 2/26/2018 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM Export event

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*This is a repeat course- if you have taken (04-111703-10) in the current cycle it will not be counted as credit towards your license.

This seminar will cover requirements found in the newly enacted Water Quality Accountability Act and the necessary steps required to satisfy them.

The Water Quality Accountability Act S28324 imposes specific requirements upon water utilities in regard to their valves and fire hydrants. This portion of the presentation will cover these requirements, in depth, and explain what water purveyors will need to do to comply with this legislation. Specifically, the act will require the inspection of all valves in a public water system. In addition to analyzing the specifics of the requirements, the presentation will cover an overview of the typical valves relevant to the act and a discussion of various issues and operational considerations regarding valves. The act also requires that utilities test every hydrant once per year and that they formulate a plan to flush every hydrant in their system. The presentation will examine the specific requirements and discuss what actions will need to be taken to achieve compliance. In addition, the presentation will include an overview of fire hydrant design, proper operation of hydrants and recommendations for a proper hydrant inspection program.

Our presentation on Asset Management Planning (AMP) describes the Act requirements and how NJ Utilities can comply. The presentation will cover the typical asset management process as the science of planning for the upkeep of all your facilities, buried and aboveground, in a thorough, systematic, and cost-effective way, as well as some tools available to prepare an AMP. We will discuss the variety of benefits including: Informed Asset Investment Decisions, Managed Risk, Confidence in Decision Making, Improved Services and Effectiveness, Improved Organizational Sustainability and Improved Financial Performance.

Our presentation on cyber security will describe approaches to mitigating some of the key cyber security threats to critical infrastructure such as water utilities. We discuss details about who may be doing the attacks and their objectives. NJ Water Quality Accountability Act S2834 requires all utilities connected to the Internet to develop and implement a security plan. This presentation will provide detailed information on why establishing a comprehensive cyber security program is an effective deterrent to potential attacks. Key components of an effective plan include policies for use and operating of IT and OT systems, procedures for back-up & recovery, maintenance plans for updated system and installing patches and processes and procedures for monitoring systems and networks for anomalous and potentially malicious activity. We also discuss scope of the cyber security plan and its relationship to other risk related activities. The presentation concludes with a discussion of specific tasks that need to be executed on a periodic basis to maintain a strong security posture.

3.0 Training Contact Hours for NJ-Licensed Water Operators. TCH Course# 04-111703-10
3.0 Hours toward license renewal for NJ Certified Public Works Mgrs. (1.0 Mgt., 2.0 Tech.) DLGS-NJWA-136

Date and Location

February 26, 2018 – Wharton American Legion, 99 N. Main Street, Wharton (Morris County)


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