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Water Industries

Wastewater & Biosolids

We know water is a precious resource for every community. From the initial collection of wastewater to comprehensive treatment processes, we help you harness the most efficient and appropriate ways to handle it successfully.

Wastewater Treatment, Biosolids, & Energy Recovery

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.

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.

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Modern Builder

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.

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Water Innovations

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.

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Water Environment & Technology

(P)rocess History

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.  

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