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Security of Water Supply Systems: from Source to Tap

  • Jaroslav Pollert
  • Bozidar Dedus

Part of the NATO Security through Science Series book series (volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. JOEP VAN DEN BROEKE, ALBERT BRANDT, ANDREAS WEINGARTNER, FRANZ HOFSTÄDTER
    Pages 19-29
  3. VLADIMIR HAVLIK
    Pages 51-63
  4. R. PERFLER, G. LANGERGRABER, W. LETTL, N. FLEISCHMANN
    Pages 85-98
  5. WILLIAM B. SAMUELS, RAKESH BAHADUR
    Pages 99-112
  6. KATEŘINA SlavÍČKOVÁ, ALEXANDER GRÜNWALD, MAREK SLAVÍČEK, BOHUMIL ŠŤASTNÝ, KLÁRA ŠTRAUSOVÁ
    Pages 113-124
  7. ŠTEFAN STANKO, IVANA MAHRÍKOVÁ, TOMÁŠ GIBALA
    Pages 137-145
  8. OCTAVIAN STRENG, CEZAR MORAR
    Pages 147-154
  9. LADISLAV TUHOVCAK, JAN RUCKA, TOMAS JUHANAK
    Pages 169-182

About these proceedings

Introduction

The provision of safe drinking water is one of the primary responsibilities of all governments, which address and share this responsibility through various levels of administration, ranging from the municipal to federal level, and further sharing of such responsibilities with public or private water utility companies. Recent reviews indicate the existence of significant vulnerabilities of all components of the infrastructure in general, among which the water supply systems are considered the most critical because of it’s importance to human life. Indeed, such systems encompas huge number of stuctures, plants and devices that might become a target of sabotage, and they all may be found in major components of each water supply system: the raw water sources (usually a reservoir, a river intake, or groundwater aquifer), water purification plants (encompassing various treatment processes), and water distribution networks bringing potable water to the consumers. Consequently, the reality of the post-September 11 situation forces the operators of water supply systems throught the world to examine the security and safety of their systems, it’s vulnerability to intentional interference and sabotage with respect to quantity and quality of potable water. In assessing the system vulnerability, there is an urgent need to develop emergency response plans providing ways and means for alternative water supply for the moment of system operation disruption, and system remediation and recovery after the attack.

Keywords

Environmental NATO Science Security Sub-Series C Water supply contaminants safety

Editors and affiliations

  • Jaroslav Pollert
    • 1
  • Bozidar Dedus
    • 2
  1. 1.Czech Technical UniversityPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.PRONING DHI d.o.o.Zagreb

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