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City tries to shore up security

To protect the Hutchins Street water treatment plant from the possibility of a terrorist attack, the city will reinforce the low stone wall in front of the plant with a barbed wire-topped fence and replace the open gate at the plant entrance with an automated one. Although the fencing will provide increased protection for the plant, the adjacent reservoir, Penacook Lake, will remain unfenced. The lake is 2½ miles long, and the watershed covers 350 acres, according to Jim Donison, superintendent of the treatment plant. Currently, the plant itself is almost entirely fenced off. But the manual gate at the main entrance is left open during daily business hours, and the high fence that already surrounds most of the plant is interrupted by a waist-high stone wall that runs along Hutchins Street. That stone wall will now be topped by an 8-foot-tall chain-link fence and another foot of barbed wire strands. Full Story

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