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International Workshop on Water Security Set for October 2007

New York, Jul 12, 2007

Following the events of September 11, 2001, worldwide awareness of potential terrorist attacks on drinking water supply systems has increased dramatically. Recent large-scale disasters, from Hurricane Katrina to the Songhua river contamination in China, have further underscored the importance of international coordination on water security and preservation efforts.

With the safety of water supply systems a top priority around the globe, the Standards Institution of Israel (SII) will host an international workshop on the subject from October 29 - November 1, 2007, in Tel Aviv.

The purpose of the meeting is to establish an International Workshop Agreement (IWA) that will provide a framework for water security fundamentals, addressing technologies, products, and processes for managing a water security event.

An IWA allows for a faster response to time-sensitive needs than a traditional standard because it does not rely on customary technical committee structures for approval. The IWA will be published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) with the possibility of further review and evolution into an ISO standard or standards.

The workshop will evaluate existing national standards and other relevant documents for applicability and integration into the IWA. Participants are invited to submit existing relevant documents for consideration in advance of the meeting.

Participation is open to individuals and organizations involved in water security and management, as well as other interested parties.

Further details will be available on the SII – IWA water security site. Individuals wishing to submit relevant documents for review are encouraged to contact:

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