EPANET.com – what is it?
Have you noticed the new web site EPANET.com? This new site states that it is:
Your one-stop source for software technology, news, and collaboration for the municipal water distribution modeling industry.
The site brings industry headlines, EPANet files download, few white papers, one book for sale and a registration form for a forum.
In the footer of the web page it is said that:
EPANET.com is not affiliated with or managed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency or any other governmental agency
So who is behind this web site?
Looking at the one book offered, “Advanced Water Distribution Modeling and Management “, the software link to “WaterCAD V8 XM“, the registration option to “WaterTalk” and the authors of the withe papers, it is clear that Haestad Methods (currently Bentley) is behind the site.
To make sure I have checked the domain registry for the owner of the epanet.com domain. Up until about a month ago the domain was registered under the name of Bentley. At this time the owner of the domain is hidden. I suspect that the owner did not change – but I could be wrong.
I have nothing against Bentley opening a site at EPANET.com but it would be only fair that they will disclose this fact.