Accession Number:

ADA458635

Title:

Drinking Water: Experts' Views on How Future Federal Funding Can Best Be Spent to Improve Security

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

76.0

Abstract:

Drinking water utilities across the country have long been recognized as potentially vulnerable to terrorist attacks of various types, including physical disruption, bioterrorism, chemical contamination, and cyber attack. Damage or destruction by terrorists could disrupt not only the availability of safe drinking water, but also the delivery of vital services that depend on these water supplies, such as fire suppression. Such concerns were greatly amplified by the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and then by the discovery of training manuals in Afghanistan detailing how terrorist trainees could support attacks on drinking water systems.

Subject Categories:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE