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Nutrient Management Drives Wastewater Investment
The EPA describe excessive nutrients in our waters as one of America’s most pervasive, costly and challenging problems. Responses to Black & Veatch’s 2020 Strategic Directions: Water Report survey show that wastewater utilities are actively working to improve effluent quality and meet regulatory requirements.
Data Analytics: Threading the Needle of Risk and Reward
There’s no doubt that the technological advances of the past decade — artificial intelligence, cloud-based software, autonomous equipment, drones, remote sensors, mobile devices, machine learning and virtual reality — have improved operational efficiency, productivity and resiliency, moving us into the digital age faster and farther than we ever imagined.
PFAS, Lead, Nitrate/Nitrite: Key Concerns for Drinking Water Utilities
Utilities entrusted to supply sustainable, clean drinking water have their hands full eliminating contaminants of emerging concern and ensuring that reactions in the distribution system do not produce separate contamination issues. Dealing with certain contaminants are proving increasingly challenging.
Addressing Resilience and the Scramble for Water
Access to clean water remains a critical component of any community, but unfortunately, water stresses are a reality for far too many, particularly those in the arid West and Southwest. Concerns over funding, aging infrastructure and resilience are not new, echoing the worries and priorities of years past.
Unique assessment advances commercial viability of tidal energy

Tidal stream energy could theoretically supply more than 150 terawatt hours per annum globally. This represents a potential total global market of up to 50 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity.

Tidal stream energy is a significant renewable energy source because, although it varies, the power output is highly  predictable. As a result, it can help to balance supply and demand as part of a balanced energy mix alongside other renewable sources such as wind and solar power.

Black & Veatch Provides Engineering, Procurement and Program Management Services for Ammonia Plant Expansions
Enid Ammonia Plant Expansion Projects

Black & Veatch provided engineering and procurement services to Koch Nitrogen Company, LLC for two ammonia plant expansions as well as utility and infrastructure improvements as part of a $1.3 billion expansion of its Enid, Oklahoma facility. The project increased urea and ammonia production at the facility by more than one million tons a year. The facility is one of the largest producers of fertilizer in North America. 

Water Resilience: When Too Much of a Good Thing Isn’t Great
During the spring of 2019, record-breaking floods inundated the Midwest and overwhelmed the water and wastewater treatment facilities. That searing experience, coupled with increased recognition of the vulnerability of low-lying coastal areas to seawater surges, has spurred concerns about the resilience of our nation’s water infrastructure.
Aging Infrastructure and Workforce: Vexing Challenges Remain
America’s water infrastructure is deteriorating quickly, causing increasing failures because adequate investments haven’t been made in rehabilitation or replacement. Not surprisingly, aging infrastructure is the major worry for respondents to Black & Veatch’s 2020 Strategic Directions: Water Report survey.
Black & Veatch Completes Multiple Process, Mechanical and Electrical Studies for Ammonia Clients
Conceptual Development for Ammonia and Fertilizer Facilities

Black & Veatch has worked with multiple large ammonia and fertilizer companies to provide front-end loading (FEL 1-3) studies, also referred to as pre-project planning, front-end engineering design (FEED), feasibility analysis, conceptual and detailed design, and early project planning. This includes evaluating process conditions in ammonia plants, reviewing electrical loads and infrastructure for ammonia, urea and UAN plants, as well as detailed design for Urea Reactor Replacements.

Digital Water Expands in Use, Importance in a Time of Climate Change, Pandemics
Aging infrastructure and the graying of the industry’s retirement-bound workforce remains a vexing issue, decades in the making. Climate change continues to test the ability of water utilities either to provide enough water or effectively handle historic inundations. All of this compounded by a global pandemic.
As Infrastructure Ages, ‘Digital Water’ Drives Optimization
Water utilities take on the difficult job of ensuring that water always will be safe and that capacity always will be available. This is becoming an increasingly difficult task, given unforeseen events such as the COVID-19 pandemic that compound the chronic issues with aging water infrastructure and an aging workforce.
Sustainability Drives Mine Water Management Systems
A growing global population, rising standards of living, increased urbanization and climate change are driving an increase in water-associated risks around the world. Water is a vital component in mining operations, and the mining industry is being increasingly challenged to develop sustainable water management practices as it works to harmonize the needs of the industry, environment and society. 

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