Whether your goals include reuse options or the return of treated water safely back to the environment, our global leadership and experience balance economic practicality, environmental sustainability and operational ease.
With so many treatment options available, we work with clients and examine all local regulatory considerations and community attitudes to pinpoint the best solutions for each community.
We’ve provided design for primary, secondary and tertiary treatment; wet-weather flow treatment; effluent reuse; ozonation; ultraviolet disinfection; aerobic and anaerobic digestion; nutrient removal and recovery; and odor/air emissions control. Our team also brings extensive experience in many advanced process options, including biological aerated filters, membrane bioreactor, moving bed biofilm reactor and integrated fixed-film activated sludge.
Our technical specialists deliver planning and development support, as well as stand-alone projects, and we undertake design-build delivery including the program management, construction, procurement, installation and commissioning of new or upgraded treatment facilities. We also supply standard components for the water and wastewater industry serving customers worldwide.
An inevitable part of the wastewater process is dealing with biosolids management, which can be a complex, costly problem for utilities. Black & Veatch has been on the forefront of biosolids management, from public review of regulations through the design and construction of a wide range of treatment facilities. Because our experience includes all types of thickening, dewatering, stabilization, storage and air permitting technologies, as well as final use and disposal strategies, including cogeneration and combined heat and power, we can tailor an advanced biosolids solution to meet your needs.
Phosphorus Recovery System at Stickney Water Reclamation Plant
Black & Veatch designed and built the world’s largest nutrient recovery facility at the Stickney WRP. The plant is providing an environmentally progressive solution to support the larger goal of reducing Gulf hypoxia.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
BioKyowa was faced with a completion timeline of only 18 months when new limits were required of its WWTP. Black & Veatch and BioKyowa collaborated on a progressive design-build approach, integrating design and construction, to advance the project on the fast-track schedule.
PRASA Program Management
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority made Black & Veatch the Program Management Consortium leader for the authority’s fastest growing east region. Black & Veatch’s role consists of managing a program for the implementation of critical water and wastewater infrastructure projects that involve planning, design, construction oversight, inspection of utility assets and commissioning of facilities.
Eastern Treatment Plant Tertiary Upgrade
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
In 2006, the Victorian Government announced that the ETP-treated effluent discharge was to be upgraded to reduce its environmental impact. The Eastern Tertiary Alliance, including Melbourne Water and Black & Veatch, was subsequently formed to deliver the plant upgrade.
Secondary Activated Sludge Facility 2 at Plant No. 1
Orange County, California
The Orange County Sanitation District faced complex challenges. These included addressing wastewater treatment, increasing feedwater supply and being mindful of the importance of its Groundwater Replenishment System.
Black & Veatch in the News
Water Environment & Technology
Best Laid Plans…
What happens when a shifting regulatory landscape calls for a mid-course change of plans? Greg Knight, Steve Simpson and Rob Bocarro explain how Atlanta ably adapted to changing conditions and began beneficial reuse more quickly than expected.
Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility Expansion
The Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility Expansion is the largest-ever infrastructure investment by Johnson County, Kansas. The expansion will improve the facility’s capacity, capabilities and operation, providing the latest technologies to achieve strict nutrient discharge, odor control and stormwater control goals. Making the investment now is projected to save the county a quarter of a billion dollars over time.
Sidestream Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal Made Easier
Dr. Leon Downing, Dr. James Barnard and Patrick Dunlap describe a Water Research Foundation project launched in 2019 to advance the practice of sidestream enhanced biological phosphorus removal.
Water Environment & Technology
The evolution of enhanced biological phosphorus removal has taken many turns over the years, and full understanding has frequently followed practice of the process. Leon Downing, Patrick Dunlap, April Z. Gu and James Barnard describe the EBPR evolution and emergence of sidestream fermentation as a highlight.
To optimize the use of today’s complex and powerful hydraulic models and to implement sustainable and green solutions, you need forward vision powered by experience.
Providing planning-to-operations services and leadership in all treatment technologies, Black & Veatch delivers water reuse solutions for any end need.
To you and your community, the most important issues in odor control are your issues. We help you achieve best-fit solutions that balance multiple objectives.