West Virginia Universitys National Environmental Services Center will offer a free teleconference outlining strategies for protecting water utilities Tuesday, Nov. 27, from noon-3 p.m. The program will be held in Room 127 of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy on the Evansdale Campus.

“This teleconference will help water utilities address urgent and increasingly stringent security needs through effective risk assessment,”said James Manwaring, executive director of American Water Works Association Research Foundation, sponsor of this U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-funded program.

Topics to be addressed include: key security design principles, security technologies currently available, a method for security risk assessment and selecting a security consultant.

A telephone question-and-answer period following the presentations will allow participants to discuss specifics.

The National Environmental Services Center provides technical assistance, training and information about drinking water, wastewater and solid waste management to small communities. NESC includes four partner organizations: the National Drinking Water Clearinghouse, National Environmental Training Center for Small Communities, National Small Flows Clearinghouse and the National Onsite Demonstration Program.

Call 304-372-7878 for more information and to register for the teleconference.