Counterterror laws hobble monitoring of water supplies – Homeland Security Newswire

Laws designed to protect the U.S. water supply are making it difficult for communities to maintain proper oversight over water companies and their use of water.

In an effort to secure U.S. critical infrastructure after 9/11, sensitive data regarding community water plans such as where wells are drilled have been tightly guarded.

According to Elizabeth Gara, the executive director of the Connecticut Water Works Association, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has evidence that al Qaeda was exploring methods to destroy water infrastructure or introduce chemicals into the water supply.