Terrorism and Security Issues Facing the Water Infrastructure Sector [Updated May 21, 2003] [open pdf - 40KB]
This brief May 2003 CRS report for Congress covers terrorism and security issues facing water infrastructures. It addresses responses to security concerns and policy options available to Congress. Policymakers are considering a number of options, including enhanced physical security, better communication and coordination, and research. A key issue is how additional protections and resources directed at public and private sector priorities will be funded. In response, Congress has approved $410 million in funds for security at water infrastructure facilities (P.L. 107-117, P.L. 108-7, and P.L. 108-11) and passed a bill requiring drinking water utilities to conduct security vulnerability assessments (P.L. 107-188). Congress also created a Department of Homeland Security with responsibilities to coordinate information to secure the nation's critical infrastructure, including the water sector (P.L. 107-297).
CRS Report for Congress, RS21026