The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are piloting a water security network in Cincinnati. DHS ordered the $11 Million pilot program as a response to water utility vulnerability to terrorist attack.
The project in Cincinnati involves a network of sensors to test for water clarity and chlorine levels. There’s also a call for video security and other networked alarms to protect the physical infrastructure. There’s also a call for a computer system to monitor systems and security, which seems ideal for an Enterprise GIS project. The measures and technologies created for the Cincinnati project is meant to be a national water security model that other utilities could copy.
The EPA recently awarded a $12 Million grant to New York City for completion of a similar project with that city’s water supply. Read more details in this AP story.