Water Security Test Bed Experiments at the Idaho National Laboratory
U.S. EPA. Water Security Test Bed Experiments at the Idaho National Laboratory. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-15/146, 2016.
The EPA’s National Homeland Security Research Center partnered with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to build the water security test bed (WSTB) at the INL facility in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The WSTB was built using an 8 inch (20 cm) diameter cement-lined drinking water pipe that had been previously taken out of service. The pipe was exhumed from the INL grounds and oriented in the shape of a 448 ft (137 m) long drinking water system (see Section 1.1 for a detailed description). Effluent from the pipe is captured in a lagoon. The WSTB can support drinking water distribution system research related to drinking water treatment including biofilms, water quality, sensors and homeland security related contaminants. Because the WSTB is constructed of real drinking water distribution system pipes, research can be conducted under conditions similar to those in a real drinking water system.