History

Point-of-entry water security, perfected

Five months after 9/11/2001, four terrorists were apprehended in Rome by Italian police. They were found to be in possession of nine pounds of cyanide compound and maps marking the locations of Roman water pipelines and the U.S. Embassy. Had they injected the chemical into the city water supply, it would have become quickly diluted and posed little threat. Had they injected it directly into the pipes feeding the U.S. Embassy, however, that would have been another matter.

After 9-11, security was increased at municipal water treatment plants in the U.S. to ward off just such an attack. But the Rome plot made it clear that a concerted attack against a specific building or facility would be much harder to defend, and much easier for terrorists to pull off.

As a result, the State Department and the Department of Defense, through its Combating Terrorism Technical Support Working Group, began searching for a system to protect water at "point of entry." Multiple studies, but the EPA, the National Research Council, and the Department of Homeland Security, had concluded that this is the only reliable and cost-effective way to protect any location from water-borne attack.

After a nationwide competitive evaluation, HydroSecure® was the only system which was able to provide water purified to better than EPA standards under a barrage of extreme tests. With Department of State and Department of Defense supervision, an independent facility tested HydroSecure under worst case attack scenarios both in the laboratory and in the field. HydroSecure was shown to consistently defeat threats from chemical warfare agents, biological agents, hallucinogens and pharmaceuticals, and industrial and agricultural chemicals.

HydroSecure is already at work giving 24/7 protection against water-borne attack to the highest echelons of the U.S. government. Now Worrell Water Technologies is able to make it available to provide the ultimate level of water security and safety for all types of commercial and residential use.