A New Target: The Water Pipes

The nation's water utilities are preparing to defend themselves against possible terrorist attacks on pumping stations and pipes that serve its cities and suburbs. The effort, water officials tell TIME, comes after the discovery of documents in Afghanistan that indicate al-Qaeda terrorists have been investigating ways to disrupt the U.S. water supply on a massive scale. An FBI warning was confirmed last week by Tom Curtis, an executive of the American Water Works Association, whose member utilities supply water to 80% of the U.S. population. He says that while no specific plans to attack a water system have been found, al-Qaeda...

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