WCIT and WHEAT Continue to Expand in Capability

EPA’s Water Contaminant Information Tool (WCIT) has just added 11 contaminants to the online database.  The 11 new contaminants are:

  • Aluminum sulfate
  • Ammonium Hydroxide
  • Chlorine Dioxide
  • Dioxins
  • Furans
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Ozone
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Sodium Hypochlorite
  • Sodium Sulfite
  • Sodium Thiosulfate

This brings the total number of searchable contaminants in the WCIT database to 113.  WCIT also now includes a CBR Advisor, an interactive expert system that supports real-time responses to contamination incidents, as well as serving as an individual or group training tool.  “CBR” stands for chemical, biological and radiological contaminants.  For more information on WCIT, please visit the EPA Water Lab Alliance page at http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/wla/index.cfm#factsheets
WHEAT, the Water Health and Economic Analysis Tool is now available in version 3.0.  WHEAT is designed to help drinking water utilities in quantifying human health and economic consequences using a variety of scenarios that pose a significant risk to the Water Sector.  WHEAT 3.0 supports consequence analyses for three scenarios:

  • Loss of one or more assets
  • Release of a stored hazardous gas, and
  • Intentional contamination of a drinking water distribution system.

Users must register with EPA to gain download access to the WHEAT tool.  For more information and to download the tool as well as a quick reference companion guide, please go to EPA’s Water Security Tech Tools web page at http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/techtools/wheat.cfm.