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Water security: the importance of designing dual use into solutions
Author(s): Dan Kroll
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Paper Abstract

Water infrastructure needs in the US are expected to exceed a cost of over 300 billion dollars in the coming years. While security has become a priority since 9/11 budgets for this expenditure are often constrained. This necessitates that solutions be dual use in nature. Since 9/11 numerous communities have installed multi-parameter monitoring stations in the distribution system as early warning systems for potential water security threats. These systems have recorded large streams of data relevant to water quality in the distribution systems. In this study data streams from a number of communities are analyzed for pertinent information as to the health and operation of the distribution system. Changes in water quality are correlated with known causes attributable to day-to-day operational changes and also anomalous events (pipe bursts, accidental back flows, cross connections, chemical over feeds, treatment plant problems, nitrification events, etc.). Information concerning what action was taken to ameliorate the problem will also be linked to the data for the identified events thus demonstrating dual use for these systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7306, Optics and Photonics in Global Homeland Security V and Biometric Technology for Human Identification VI, 73061E (5 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820391
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Dan Kroll, Hach Co., Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7306:
Optics and Photonics in Global Homeland Security V and Biometric Technology for Human Identification VI
B.V.K. Vijaya Kumar; Craig S. Halvorson; Šárka O. Southern; Salil Prabhakar; Arun A. Ross, Editor(s)

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