- Water Facilities Physical Security Study
Burns & McDonnell provided professional engineering services to evaluate physical security features at over 100 facilities in a Midwestern city's water and wastewater systems. These facilities included water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants, service centers and storerooms, administration facilities, water distribution pump stations, and wastewater and flood pumping stations. The city provides water service to more than 650,000 people in its corporate limits, and in surrounding regional service areas of various wholesale customers.
An on-site visit was made to each facility to audit and evaluate in-place security assets. Facilities were categorized by function, and a model was developed for the appropriate level of security recommended for each type of facility. To assist with development of the recommended improvements and prioritize potential improvements, a risk assessment was conducted at each type of facility. The types of threats considered in the risk assessment included workplace violence, business interruption/disaster recovery, property crime, general employee theft and internet/intranet security.
Additional security improvement measures and features recommended include site access control, access control at individual buildings or structures, site and building surveillance, area lighting, fencing, and other asset protection measures. To further assist with the identification of appropriate security measures, Burns & McDonnell retained the services of Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations to conduct a benchmarking study of security practices at similar utilities across the United States.
- Facility audit
- Risk assessment
- Benchmarking study
- Alternatives analysis
- Security system integration
- Staff education and training
- Cost estimating