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Water Supply, Desalination & Reuse

We study potential sources, including traditional supplies and newer options. Surface waters and groundwater are traditional sources, but today, conservation, water reuse and desalination are more commonly becoming part of water supply portfolios.

Water Supply, Desalination & Reuse

Black & Veatch planners determine the sources of water supply that best meet anticipated needs and provide the optimal design for reliability. 

Water supply planning must be based on a sound understanding of the hydrologic cycle. More than that, it must consider environmental and public interest concerns. It requires vision, and at the same time, calls for prudence, as economic realities can’t be ignored. As the effects of regional disruptions become more prevalent, it requires close work with regional water planning groups and integrated water resources planning to develop sound contingency plans, with resilience and cost-effectiveness factored in.

Sometimes water supply needs can be met through desalination. Our desalination experience covers membrane, thermal and hybrid designs for both seawater and brackish source waters. We evaluate dozens of unique factors that determine the precise design and technology to drive project success. And we work diligently to provide an unbiased assessment of equipment and suppliers.

As concerns about supply quality and reliability grow, advancements in water reuse are vitally important. Adequate water supply hinges increasingly on intelligent recovery and reuse. Black & Veatch is a pioneer in practical and economical water reclamation and reuse solutions for all types of water quality.

Black & Veatch also provides technical excellence in the design and construction of dams and reservoirs. We’ve been responsible for the investigation, analysis, design or construction of more than 1,500 dams in 20 countries.


The Integrated States of Water: Reuse Implementation across the US

Reuse is central to a sustainable and resilient water supply. This 1.5-hour webinar covers trends, challenges and case studies, exploring how an integrated solutions approach can help communities tailor a reuse program to meet their water reliability, affordability and resource goals. Panelists include Zeynep Erdal, Integrated Solutions Leader, and Jo Ann Jackson, One Water Practice Leader, of Black & Veatch, plus Mike Britt, Assistant Utilities Director of Winter Haven, Florida, and Charles Stevens, Water Utility Officer of the Water Services Department of Kansas City, Missouri.

Black & Veatch in the News

WaterWorld Magazine

Advancing Reuse through Tertiary Treatment

With its completion of a tertiary treatment upgrade and associated creation of California Title 22-compliant recycled water, the City of Paso Robles took a major step toward creating a resilient and sustainable water supply. Kaitie Zusy, Matt Thompson (Paso Robles) and Ashutosh Shirolka describe how tertiary treatment technologies and an advanced nutrient harvesting system boost the city’s resource resilience in terms of water and nutrient management. The project recently earned special distinction as Global Water Awards’  2020 Wastewater Project of the Year for optimizing the physical and environmental footprint of the wastewater treatment plant. 

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World Water - Water Reuse & Desalination

Taking Anammox Out of the Box for Mainstream Water Reuse

Engineers are constantly searching for new water reuse methods to sustain the world’s finite supply. Black & Veatch’s Sandeep Sathyamoorthy shares pilot-study findings and insights about the emerging role of biofiltration in the use of anammox processes to manage nitrogen for mainstream treatment. 

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World Water - Water Reuse & Desalination

Making Sense of Sensor Data for Potable Reuse

Dr. Jeff Neemann, Jay DeCarolis, Hedieh Esfahani and Jon Loveland share details about a Black & Veatch-led Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) project that will help managers and operators of potable reuse facilities use big data to detect anomalies, take appropriate real-time action, and support regulatory compliance. 

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World Water - Water Reuse & Desalination

Water Reuse: Regeneration at its Finest

Cindy Wallis-Lage, President of Black & Veatch's water business, discusses the progress made in reuse practices and how to break the barriers in public perception to unlock future innovation.

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Turbidity Monitoring Approach Improves Potable Reuse Acceptance

Research by the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence resulted in the Development of the Membrane Bioreactor Validation Protocol, which makes it possible to evaluate the effectiveness of MBR treatment on future potable reuse schemes. Black & Veatch’s Global Practice Leader for Alternative Water Supply, Jon Loveland, explains the significance of this research on MBR system design and public acceptance of potable reuse.

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The Quest for Smart Water

"Smart" water systems hold enormous potential for improving the way water and wastewater utilities operate. It's not a new concept, but seems slow to gain traction in the water industry. Black & Veatch's Andrew Chastain-Howley weighs in.

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Water Online

From Australia to California, Log Reduction Credits for MBR Systems

Based on data collection and evaluations performed by the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence and a review of its 2016 Membrane Bioreactor Validation Protocol, the State of California is prepared to accept a similar approach to MBR treatment systems and grant pathogen log reduction values based on turbidity monitoring as a means of demonstrating membrane integrity. In this interview, Black & Veatch's Jon Loveland talks about the potential impact for MBR treatment systems and future potable reuse treatment schemes.

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World Water

Does Water Reuse Make Economic Sense in Water-Rich Environments?

It’s generally smart to consider water reuse where demand outpaces supply. But it can also be worthwhile to consider the potential economic and other benefits of recycling where water is more plentiful. Gary Hunter, James Schlaman, and Jeff Henson of Black & Veatch, together with Charles G. Stevens at KC Water and Andy Clements with the City of St. Joseph’s Public Works Department in Missouri, examine whether water reuse makes economic sense in water-rich environments in the March/April 2019 issue of WEF’S WORLD WATER magazine.

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Water Innovations

Integrated Solutions Drive Resource Recovery and System Resilience

Utilities can use incremental improvements to build a long-term strategy for a resilient and reliable water infrastructure system. Zeynep Erdal explains the importance of integrated-solutions planning.

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