Browse Categories by Water and wastewater

The Florida Water System Hack And How to Protect Your Operation From A Similar Fate

Posted on Thu, Mar 11, 2021 @ 5:32 PM

Lessons from the Pinellas County, FL Hack The biggest challenge the 55,000 water treatment plants in the US face is monitoring the plant to avoid intrusions. In our increasingly digital world, the threat of intrusion is no longer just physical. Water treatment plants are amongst the focus of cyberattacks from international hackers and extremists. The recent hack of the treatment facility in Pinellas County, Florida, shows us that even the smallest operations are at risk. Why? The reason is simple; each of these plants provides water to an average of about 50,000 Americans. The potential impact of a hack is substantial for those seeking to do maximum damage. This figure is attraction-seeking, and the US water supply technology has very little protection against hacking. The Florida incident is a case study to explore the prevailing problems with the existing water system management technologies in the country and how operators can better protect their critical infrastructure going forward. BACKGROUND: The Florida Water System Hack In the early days of February 2021, an unknown hacker recently infiltrated a computer for the water system and briefly increased the amount of sodium hydroxide by a factor of more than 100. The introduction of sodium hydroxide would have led to the loss of disinfectant in the water, a sudden change in water PH level, and dissolved oxygen in suspension. (more…)... Continue Reading

Continue ReadingLeave a Comment Share This

RACO at T-CON: Midwest Water & Wastewater Technology Conference

Posted on Fri, May 30, 2014 @ 1:28 PM

06/05/14 T-CON: Midwest Water & Wastewater Technology Conference (Grayslake) ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: The Midwest Water & Wastewater Technology Conference is the new and improved technology conference for industry professionals sponsored by the Illinois Section AWWA, Central States Water Environment Association, Illinois Water Environment Association and the College of Lake County. The Technology Conference incorporates multiple learning tracks related to the planning, design, implementation, and operation of water and wastewater-based technologies. The multi-track approach makes the conference ideal for utility managers, IT professionals, as well as operations and field staff. If you can only attend one technology conference this year, this is the one to attend! When: Thursday, June 5, 2014 Visit Exhibitors from 7:30 to 8:30 AM Where: College of Lake County, C-Building 19351 West Washington Street Grayslake, Illinois  60030 United States Contact: Lisa Hoffhines lisa@isawwa.org Phone: 866-521-3595 ext. 2 ... Continue Reading

Continue ReadingLeave a Comment Share This

RACO Mfg and Eng at TEXAS Water 2013

Posted on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 @ 7:56 AM

Ralph Royall, RACO Manufacturing and Engineering's Central Regional Sales Manager, will be attending the TEXAS Water 2013 Trade Show from April 9 - 12, 2013 at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center in Galveston, Texas. RACO alarm systems provide remote monitoring, reporting, datalogging, and control functions over the standard dial-up or wirelessly over cellular telephone networks. Alarms can be reported using voice messages sent to landline or cellular telephones or using electronic messages delivered via computers, fax machines, email, or SMS. Texas Water 2013 will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about new tools and technology that solve industry-related challenges. The event kicks of with a golf tournament on Tuesday, April 9. The conference will feature a 3-day exhibition, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, a Student Design Competition, Awards Breakfast, and technical sessions and poster topics. The event also hosts a philanthropic silent auction with all proceeds benefiting the Water For People effort to assist developing countries in providing safe and sufficient water for their citizens. For more information visit the Texas Water website or download the conference program.... Continue Reading

Continue ReadingLeave a Comment Share This
Page 1 of 11