Subject Matter Expert Panel Review of the Full-Scale Water Security Test Bed (WSTB)
Goodrich, J., Jeff Szabo, J. Hall, K. Smith, AND H. Ernst. Subject Matter Expert Panel Review of the Full-Scale Water Security Test Bed (WSTB). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-18/165, 2018.
This report presents the review of a subject matter expert panel regarding design, concept, results, and future of the USEPA Water Security Test Bed. The Water Security Test Bed is a full-scale portion of drinking water distribution and household plumbing system that is contaminated with chemical, biological, and radiological contaminants and then various decontamination and water treatment technologies are evaluated for their efficacy. The objective is to test and evaluate water infrastructure decontamination technologies in a simulated full-scale distribution system, the USEPA’s National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC) designed and constructed the Water Security Test Bed (WSTB), a facility located at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls, Idaho. To better address the needs of water systems’ response to distribution system incidents, NHSRC convened a subject matter expert (SME) panel on August 3, 2017 at the WSTB. The purpose of the SME panel was to elicit independent viewpoints of the overall concept, approach, implementation, and sustainability of the full-scale WSTB facility. The USEPA did not at any time, solicit consensus from the SMEs. The SMEs discussed many specific topics including distribution system, premise plumbing, and water treatment decontamination research to build upon the existing WSTB capabilities.