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Drinking water systems are vulnerable to chemical spills, pollution, natural and man-made disasters, and acts of terrorism.  Drinking water systems typically include a source, treatment facility, and a method of distribution.  In regards to terrorism, it is the drinking water distribution system that is most vulnerable.  The distribution system is comprised of water towers, piping grids, pumps, and other systems such as computer networks and electrical systems to support its functioning.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the lead federal agency to address the water infrastructure and to work with other governmental and private agencies and organizations to coordinate emergency preparedness policy, plans, preparations, procedures, and activities.

Congress has passed legislation to aid in the protection of our water supplies.  In particular, the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (Bioterrorism Act) was passed towards this effort.

Maine Water Safety and Security Info

Maine Drinking Water Program.  Division of Environmental Health.

"Well Water Quality" by Maine Division of Environmental Health

"Information for Public Water Systems" by Maine Division of Environmental Health

Governmental Agencies and Institutions
and Water Security

"Your Drinking Water" by U.S Environmental Protection Agency

Water Supply by USDA - United States Department of Agriculture  Gateway to Government Food Safety Information.

Educational and Private Sector Institutions
and Food Security

National Agricultural Biosecurity Center (NABC)
Kansas State University

Physician Preparedness for Acts of Water Terrorism.

University of Wisconsin.  Great Lakes Water Institute, Center for Water Security.

West Virginia University.  National Environmental Services Center.

Water Security

Associations and Organizations  Information on drinking tap water.
American Water Works Association

Association of Clean Water Administrators

National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)

New England Water Works Association (NEWWA)

Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA)

Commercial Firms Offering Services and Products for
Water Security and Safety

Water Security Corporation.  Water treatment technology company.

Drinking Water Security Publications

GAO, Drinking Water: Expert's Views on How Federal Funding Can Best Be Spent To Improve Security, Government Accountability Office, September 30, 2004.

Food Security News Articles

January 23, 2006. "New Software Tool Helps Protect Nation's Drinking Water".  TerraDaily.

October 20, 2004.  "Food safety part of homeland security".  Casper Star Tribune.

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