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THE EFFECTS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 ON THE LAS VEGAS AREA WATER AND WASTEWATER SYSTEMS

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In the days following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the Las Vegas Valley saw a dramatic effect on its hotel occupancy rates and wastewater flows. Hotel occupancy rates were down 43 percent and wastewater flows dropped almost 10 percent. In the past, the United States has been fortunate in that a safe and sustainable drinking water supply and sanitary treatment systems were always assumed to be available. Since September 11, terrorist attacks on these vital facilities has become a reality and protecting water resources, water infrastructure, and wastewater systems in Southern Nevada from terrorist attacks has become a top priority for local officials. Several agencies have recently made a significant capital investment to protect local facilities from interruption of flow or system contamination. New security strategies have been designed and implemented to preserve the integrity of these systems.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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