Protecting Our Water Supply Starts with Vigilant Physical Security at Utilities

Protecting Our Water Supply Starts with Vigilant Physical Security at Utilities

Security101, May 2017:One of the most valuable resources within any society is clean water. Anything that negatively affects our water supply will inevitably affect us, and with such a valuable and limited resource supporting us we should be doing as much as possible to keep it secure. But are we doing enough?

Water is essential to modern life. Without it many industries would come to a halt and our food supply would perish, making society unlivable. Our dependency on this one simple element is tremendous, yet our ability to protect it from threat is lagging behind in terms of priority. According to the Department of Homeland Security, there are over 150,000 public drinking water systems and more than 16,000 publicly owned wastewater treatment systems in the United States alone. Recognizing society's vulnerability to a damaged water system, federal guidelines have been put into place to ensure that our drinking water is safe and our waste water is properly treated to prevent widespread illness—but what about bioterrorism and other threats of attack?

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