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Sandia will monitor water safety

The country’s water supply is considered vulnerable to terrorist threats, as evidenced by the police cars that seem to show up near reservoirs and water tanks each time the terror alert level goes up. Now Sandia California/National Laboratory has teamed up with two companies to create an automated monitoring system that could detect biological agents such as toxins, bacteria, viruses and parasites in the water supply. The system will use the lab’s hand-held biological detection system, called microChemLab. The three-pound device is the result of an ambitious initiative kicked off with $10 million eight years ago, long before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Last year, the program had a budget of $9 million with 40 to 50 people involved. Full Story

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