Soon after hijackers obliterated the World Trade Center towers, Marin County received more than $100,000 in surveillance equipment to keep its water treatment system safe from a terrorist attack.
But four years after the funds were awarded, state authorities found more than $67,000 worth of the gear still boxed in its original packaging.
It had never been used. And the alarm system for the remote tanks and pump sites, bought with homeland security money, doesn’t work. (MercuryNews)