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Safe water is the foundation of thriving communities, and we're helping to address that need worldwide by producing safe, high-quality water at the tap consistently and cost effectively.

Drinking Water Treatment Solutions

Our knowledge fosters health and wellness, and fulfills one of life's most basic needs for millions of people.

Our treatment facility designs are built upon raw water quality and range from conventional to membrane filtration along with treatment for specific chemical contaminants and various disinfection technologies to meet all current and potential drinking water standards. We’re also on the leading edge of many advanced technologies, including membrane filtration and desalination, and we are leading the industry in advanced disinfection technology, such as ultraviolet disinfection, ozone treatments and hybrid/alternative technologies. 

Our technical specialists deliver planning and development support, as well as stand-alone projects. We undertake design-build delivery including the program management, construction, procurement, installation and commissioning of new or upgraded water treatment plants. We also supply standard components for the water and wastewater industry serving customers worldwide.

Our pioneering work in alternative water supply and treatment solutions is helping to facilitate the technological sharing between both water reuse and desalination. We bring more than 40 years as a worldwide leader in desalination, and our capabilities include membrane, thermal and hybrid designs for both seawater and brackish water sources. In water reuse, Black & Veatch has been at the forefront well before reuse regulations came into play. Our work decades ago provided the basic data for reuse standards.

Water residuals management is another vital aspect of the overall treatment process, and residuals may be organic and inorganic compounds in liquid, solid and gaseous forms. We have expertise in a wide range of treatment processes, including coagulation/filtration, precipitative softening, membrane separation and others.

Black & Veatch in the News

Water Finance & Management

Be Prepared: Risk Assessment and Emergency Response Planning Under AWIA

The America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 established a new requirement for water utilities. Public water systems that serve more than 3,300 people must now thoroughly assess their vulnerability to all types of natural hazards and manmade disasters and develop a detailed plan to address them. Will Williams and Ahmet Ozman clarify Risk and Resilience Assessment Emergency Response Plan requirements, share advice about helpful approaches and tools, and explain how utilities can reap additional benefits by using the AWIA requirements as a platform for a more valuable and comprehensive program.  

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Water Online

The ABCs of PFCs

Treatment options for perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), also known as PFAS, include granular activated carbon, ion exchange and reverse osmosis/nanofiltration. Black & Veatch Director of Water Treatment Technology Nick Burns discusses the ABCs of PFCs in this Water Talk podcast interview.

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Water Finance & Management

The Power of One and the Promise of Many

Understanding a water system requires understanding how its individual components interact. Likewise, the interconnectedness of everyone and everything must be considered to preserve a healthy environment for the future. In this commentary, Zeynep Erdal discusses that it’s necessary to consider multiple-resource resilience to fully secure water resilience, including why collaborating outside the water industry is important.

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Civil Engineering

Risk, Resilience, Response

U.S. drinking water providers must complete risk and resilience assessments and emergency response plans to comply with the new AWIA requirements. Staggered compliance schedules offer smaller utilities a chance to learn from larger ones. Will Williams provides expert advice in this article by ASCE’s Civil Engineering freelance writer Jay Landers.

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From Plant to Tap: Optimizing your Distribution System

Learn how regulations, chemistry, and microbiology impact distribution system water quality, and metal release. Also learn how to link your asset management program with your water quality data and how to leverage hydraulic modeling to optimize distribution system operations and improve distribution system water quality.

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