The City of Phoenix, Arizona has over 300 water and wastewater facilities which are critical to treat and move water, and pump and treat wastewater. In 2006, the Water Services Department (WSD) reviewed the vulnerability of its facilities and completed an assessment to ensure all critical assets were secure. The assessment identified needed improvements at the facilities, only some of which were completed. In conjunction with the study, the 2009 Security Design Guidelines were developed a few years later to provide a framework for the development and design of security systems at WSD facilities.
To expand upon the study, B&N was retained by the City of Phoenix Water Services Department via the City’s Engineering/Consulting On-Call Services contract to conduct security assessments on its 300 water and wastewater facility sites.
Prior to conducting field investigations, B&N prepared an inspection checklist and developed a custom GIS-based application, known as the FAST Tool, for field crews to collect and record data during site reviews. Data and information collected was evaluated and analyzed by the B&N team for threats, levels of criticality and potential consequences related to those threats. B&N then developed a Master Plan and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) with recommended improvements to mitigate the evaluated threats. B&N also updated the 2009 WSD Guidelines with the assembly of the 2020 Security Design Guidelines to supplement the deliverables.