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Whitewater Security Announces Successful Completion of Phase I of Comprehensive Program to Safeguard Drinking Water of Major Israeli City

Posted: Wednesday 18th March 2009

Company provides sophisticated risk evaluation of water contamination vulnerability based on advanced techniques for monitoring physical security and water quality.

Whitewater Security, a subsidiary of the Whitewater Technology Group, announces the successful completion of the first phase of a comprehensive three-phase program to safeguard the drinking water of a major city in Israel. The company’s groundbreaking approach combines an individually tailored security plan with cutting-edge tools and expert training that enables water authorities to take immediate full control, online in real time, of every aspect - and every inch - of their water supply systems - including the pinpoint monitoring of specific locations within cities.

Protecting against both deliberate and accidental contamination, the program covers all areas of water crisis management. An advanced Decision Support System aids in the planning of system design and component placement, as well as damage control in the case of actual contamination. Based on an in-depth needs analysis, Whitewater’s end-to-end, fully integrated solution is custom-designed and implemented by some of the world’s leading security specialists, in order to minimize infrastructure vulnerability and ensure a continuous supply of safe, high quality water.

It is no coincidence that the first company to offer this revolutionary, completely integrated and all-encompassing solution is based in Israel - a country globally respected for its technological superiority in both security and water technologies, and acknowledged for its wide-ranging expertise - developed over decades of defending its population against the threats of terror in general, and threats against its water supply in particular. Whitewater utilizes the most advanced Israeli technologies from both fields, and leverages the deep industry knowledge accumulated by its team during years of hands-on military experience. These specialists profoundly understand the meaning of today’s most serious threats - and the critical importance of security. Integrating powerful preparedness and defensive

security programs, Whitewater works closely with Mekorot, Israel’s national water utility, and with Magal, an internationally recognized security company - and is the leading initiator of the Israeli Water Security Project.

IsraeliCityUndergoes Complete Risk Evaluation for Water Contamination

The municipal project in Israel was undertaken by Whitewater in cooperation with Mekorot, Israel’s national water company. Having successfully completed the first stage, a comprehensive risk evaluation, the company will now develop a tailor-made security program for the city, followed by the third and final stage - implementation and support. During the pilot, Whitewater Security and Mekorot were joined by the Technological Research Institute of Ben-Gurion University and the Israel Standards Institute - leaders in the area of international standards for water safety. The object of the first phase of the project - Vulnerability Assessment - was to evaluate the vulnerability of the entire area over which the municipal authority is responsible. This stage involved identifying critical locations, evaluating all aspects and components of the system, and mapping threats - including probability of occurrence, consequences, and solution feasibility.

Facing Contamination Threats – Both Deliberate and Accidental

Contamination threats facing water utilities come from both deliberate and accidental sources. Deliberate contamination - which is typically due to terror attacks, vandalism, or even disgruntled former employees - can involve armed attacks, the dumping of toxic chemical, biological and radioactive substances into the water system, cyber attacks, etc. Accidental contamination - which is generally caused by human error or operational faults - can also result from natural disasters, industrial accidents and pollution, operational faults, etc. These occurrences can lead to several types of contamination, including biological contamination such as occurred in Milwaukee in 1993, when almost half a million people were affected - and more than 100 died - from drinking water contaminated with the cryptosporidium parasite.

Advanced Techniques for Monitoring Physical Security and Water Quality

Based on its extensive experience, Whitewater’s risk evaluation process for municipalities focuses on sophisticated techniques for the monitoring of physical security and water quality. Physical Security Monitoring includes camera surveillance, physical and electronic barriers, and similar equipment to safeguard assets from physical attacks. Placed at critical locations, such as water pumping stations, main valves, and elsewhere, the design of this equipment is based on a unique approach developed through cooperation with water utilities. Water Quality Monitoring includes real-time, online monitoring and control devices that are strategically placed and integrated throughout the system.

A sophisticated Decision Support System (DSS) module, based on a hydraulic simulator, supports the decision-making processes. This module operates in two modes: Planning and Real-Time. The Planning Mode supports the planning of the placement of monitoring sensors and control valves, according to enhanced optimization models. The Real-Time Mode, triggered by Whitewater Security’s SCADA, operates in case of contamination. It predicts the amount of contamination over time, and the spread of the contamination (viewed on GIS displays), and generates a recommended operational set of actions to minimize contamination damage.

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