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Haestad Methods has been selected by Sandia National Laboratories to become a licensed trainer for the Risk Assessment Methodology for Water Utilities (RAM-W(SM)) training program.
Under an Interagency Agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy, Sandia selected a small group of firms to provide RAM-W training to water utilities, consultants, and other interested parties nationwide. In this highly competitive process, Haestad Methods was chosen based on its comprehensive training capabilities, expertise in water security matters, and reputation in the water resources industry.
"Haestad Methods is highly recognized in the industry for providing extensive training to meet the rapidly increasing needs of the water resources community. We are honored to add RAM-W training to our distinguished suite of courses," said Nicole Beckom, director of continuing education for Haestad Methods.
Haestad Methods' instructors will be trained at Sandia's facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, over the next several weeks. After completing the program, the team will be licensed to train water utilities and water systems consultants on how to use RAM-W to conduct vulnerability assessments, develop emergency operations plans, and upgrade their security systems. Haestad Methods will begin offering RAM-W training in May and June.
Funded by the EPA, RAM-W was developed by Sandia National Laboratories and the AWWA Research Foundation. Coordination of the training program began after Congress approved the EPA to support counter-terrorism activities at drinking water and wastewater utilities. This EPA support comes in the form of grant funds made available to qualified publicly owned facilities for up to $115,000.
Haestad Methods is certified by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and has instructed more professionals in the field of water resources than any other organization.