19th February 2021
There are key pieces of national infrastructure around the country which keep it running. Waterworks sites are certainly one and they help to purify dirty water before pumping out clean water to where it is needed. As a result, this is a site which definitely needs the right kind of security in place. But why is this and how is it usually done?
The simple answer is that waterworks are highly confidential sites of national security. As such, they must be protected sufficiently from intruders. But why is this specifically? The first reason lies in keeping the public safe. If intruders could get onto a waterworks site, they could tamper with the water supply there. This could then see the water treated at the site dangerous or unfit for public consumption. You can probably imagine what would happen if a toxic chemical or poison was added to the supply at a waterworks!
The other main reason site security is needed at a waterworks is how important the supply of water is to the nation. We not only use it for drinking and cooking but also cleaning too. If someone were to get into a waterworks without permission and damage key equipment, it could impact on the supply of clean water in the area.
By far the most common approach which all waterworks will use still is high-security fencing. This type of perimeter fencing presents a physical barrier to stop intruders getting in. It also poses a psychological one, as the mere sight of security fencing will put people off from attempting to break-in.
Hostile vehicle mitigation is also something a lot of these sites will use now. This is to stop a vehicle being driven directly into the site and causing harm to equipment or people. From bollards to barriers, mitigating against hostile vehicles is a sensible precaution in the modern world.
Here at Zaun, our range of woven and welded mesh fencing is ideal to protect any waterworks site. We can also fit effective hostile vehicle mitigation security if required. Get in touch today to find out more.