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PROTECTING THE NATION'S WATER SUPPLIES FROM TERRORIST ATTACK
from the EPA Office of Water


Q: Is the Nation's drinking water supply safe from terrorist attack?

In general, the threat of contamination of drinking water through terrorist activities is small. Most contaminants would need to be used in very large quantities, thereby minimizing an actual threat. Treatment processes already in place will deactivate many contaminants. Also, following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, drinking water utilities across the nation were alert