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Water Sector Coordinating Council

The Water Sector Coordinating Council is a policy, strategy and coordination mechanism for the U.S. Water and Wastewater Systems Sector in interactions with the government and other sectors on critical infrastructure security and resilience issues. The WSCC coordinates and collaborates with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, state primacy administrators and other government agencies primarily through the Government Coordinating Council (GCC). Council representatives are appointed by the member organizations below. The WSCC’s activities are governed by its 2014 charter.

The WSCC is one of 16 sector councils, which are self-organized and self-governed bodies that enable owners and operators, their trade associations and subject matter experts to interact on sector-specific strategies, policies and activities.


Robert Walters
Davidson Water, NC

Vice Chair
Nick Santillo
American Water



Patricia Cleveland
Trinity River Authority of Texas
Dusti Lowndes
DC Water
Karen Pallansch 
Alexandria Renew
Enterprises, VA

Rob Teegarden
Orlando Utilities
Commission, FL

Dean Dickey 
Prince William County
Service Authority, VA

Kevin McBride
New York City DEP
Taylon Sorter
Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District
James Wollbrinck 
San Jose Water 
Company, CA
Mike Hooker
Onondaga County 
Water Authority, NY
Sue Schneider
Spartanburg Water, SC
John P. Sullivan 
Boston Water and 
Sewer Commission

Member Organizations

American Water Works Association
Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies
National Association of Clean Water Agencies
National Association of Water Companies
National Rural Water Association
Water Environment Federation
WaterISAC (non-voting)
The Water Research Foundation

The Water Information Sharing & Analysis Center (WaterISAC) is the WSCC’s designated information-sharing arm. 

WSCC & WSCC-GCC Publications

Roadmap to a Secure and Resilient Water Sector (2017)
This update to the 2013 Roadmap identifies the following 4 top priorities:

  • Establish the critical lifeline status of the Water and Wastewater Sector and translate that definition into strong support for the sector’s needs and capabilities.
  • Improve detection, response, and recovery to contamination incidents.
  • Advance preparedness and improve capabilities of the Water and Wastewater Sector for area-wide loss of water and power.
  • Advance recognition of vulnerabilities and needed responses related to cyber risk management.

Water & Wastewater Sector-Specific Plan (2015)
The Sector-Specific Plan (SSP) is the blueprint for enacting the priorities and goals outlined in the 2013 Roadmap to a Secure and Resilient Water Sector and the 2013 National Infrastructure Protection Plan. The SSP provides an overarching framework for integrating water and wastewater sector critical infrastructure security and resilience efforts into a unified program. 

All-Hazard Consequence Management Planning for the Water Sector (2009)
The All-Hazard CMP helps drinking water and wastewater utilities incorporate all-hazard consequence management planning into their emergency preparedness, response and recovery plans and programs. 

WSCC Strategic Roadmap (2008)
The 2008 Roadmap presents a vision and supporting framework of goals and tactics for securing the water sector.

Recommendations and Proposed Strategic Plan: Water Sector Decontamination Priorities (2008)
The decontamination report presents a five-year strategy and plan adopted by the SCC and GCC in 2008 that supports priorities for water sector decontamination and recovery.  The recommendations in the report are a guide to help focus the efforts of the water sector in addressing decontamination needs. To chart progress on implementation of the recommendations in this document, U.S. EPA produced the 2015 report Progress on Water Sector Decontamination Recommendations & Proposed Strategic Plan.

Roadmap to Secure Control Systems in the Water Sector (2008)
The Roadmap focuses on the goals and strategic milestones for improving the security of industrial control systems in the water and wastewater sector over the next decade.