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Approaches for Securing a Water Distribution System

Municipal Water Supply

  1. Marsha A. Hosner

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047147844X.mw3

Water Encyclopedia

Water Encyclopedia

How to Cite

Hosner, M. A. 2005. Approaches for Securing a Water Distribution System. Water Encyclopedia. 1:434–437.

Author Information

  1. ADS Corporation, Hardware R&D Department, Huntsville, Alabama

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005


The world focus on water security has been extremely heightened since the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The thinking behind the new focus is in response to terrorist threats on our drinking water and infrastructure in general. This heightened focus is generally a public response—citizens wanting something to be done to make them safer than they are currently. But water related security issues are not new.

The possibilities of things that could go wrong are impossible to list—a fact that points to a reality that has to be faced. There is no way to stop things from happening to your water systems. And though there are a number of things you can do to reduce the risk, the most important step to take is preparing in advance for the time when something does happen.


  • water distribution;
  • security;
  • distribution system;
  • vulnerability;
  • water distribution model;
  • emergency action plan;
  • preparedness