Thursday, May 29, 2003

Water, sewer districts form security pact

The Cincinnati Enquirer

To prevent a terrorist attack against the region's water supply, the Northern Kentucky Water District and Sanitation District No. 1 formed a partnership Wednesday to increase security measures.

The federal government identifies the nation's water sector, including the fresh water supply and wastewater collection and treatment, as critical infrastructure that must be protected from terrorist attacks, said Ron Lovan, president of the water district.

Although neither group was specific about security plans, Lovan said cooperation between the two utilities would result in better emergency preparedness and more timely emergency response.

The partnership will include monitoring each group's facilities.

The water district serves 276,000 customers in Northern Kentucky while the sanitation district treats 34 million gallons of wastewater per day from 33 communities in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

The water district has already taken visible steps to secure some of its high-profile facilities.

A popular jogging track around a water reservoir in Fort Thomas was closed to walkers in 2001.

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