Water Terrorism?

January 30, 2007 at 9:58 pm 2 comments

I just came across a water issue that hadn’t occurred to me before – terrorism. Fortunately this possiblity is on the minds of health officials. From The American College of Preventive Medicine:

Until recently, contamination of water with biological, chemical or radiologic agents generally resulted from natural, industrial or unintentional man-made accidents. Unfortunately, recent terrorist activity in the US has forced the medical community, public health agencies, and water utilities to consider the possibility of intentional contamination of US water supplies as part of an organized effort to disrupt and damage important elements of our national infrastructure. In his 2002 State of the Union Address, President Bush noted that confiscated Al Qaeda documents included detailed maps of several US municipal drinking water systems. Apprehension regarding a terrorist assault on drinking water has also been reinforced by news reports and recent arrests of suspects charged with threatening to poison water supplies in the US. In addition, the National Academy of Sciences reported to Congress that water supply system contamination and disruption should be considered a possible terrorist threat in the U.S. As a result of these reports, there continues to be concern that water may represent a potential target for terrorist activity and that deliberate contamination of water is a potential public health threat.

Read more on the Water Health Connection website. It made me just how vulnerable we all are to safe water issues.

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Entry filed under: politics, United States, water.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. H Court Young  |  June 22, 2008 at 9:11 am

    My book entitled is an overview of just how vulnerable out water infrastructure is. One way to mitigate the potential threat is to have an American public that is more aware of their water supply system and water issues in general. It was in this spirit that I wrote the book.

    Sincerely,
    H Court Young, author and publisher
    Promoting awareness through the written word

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  • 2. H Court Young  |  June 22, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Sorry – I left out the title – Understanding Water and Terrorism.

    H. Court Young
    Promoting awareness through the written word
    http://www.hcourtyoung.com

    Reply

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