Today’s water industry is becoming increasingly digital, with data analytics opening the door to powerful, useful insights that can address everything from water quality, asset performance and leak detection, to integrated planning and energy reduction. Data underpins trends across the industry, including clients’ top sustainability opportunities in maintaining and increasing the life of critical infrastructure. Our clients’ asset management programs align their people, processes, technologies and data analytics to optimize asset use and meet performance goals, prioritize decision-making and investment, reduce costs and have a clear evaluation of risk.
Black & Veatch is engaged in every aspect of the water industry, helping clients efficiently and effectively collect, store, move and treat water and wastewater; plan and manage watersheds; harness the energy embedded in the treatment and movement of water; and enhance sustainability.
Sustainability is about more than being green. It’s about driving resilience and long-term strategic, operational and financial strength. Alternative water supply is becoming critical as droughts, water scarcity and seawater intrusion affect daily life in communities around the globe. Black & Veatch has long been on the cutting edge of desalination and water reuse technologies, helping clients bolster their water supply portfolios. Our clients are generating biogas to power their facilities, as well as extracting nutrients from waste that previously polluted downstream rivers and oceans. Plus, they’re enabling hydropower solutions that help communities develop clean, reliable, renewable energy sources and increase resilience.
Black & Veatch-delivered systems protect the environment and conserve precious water supply. We deliver solutions that repair aging water infrastructure, preserve and protect groundwater and watersheds, provide effective flood control, and manage storm drainage. Our clients get the benefit of advisors who use proven methods, industry best practices and advanced analytical models to help them optimize asset performance. With a focus on data analytics, Black & Veatch helps to drive a coordinated effort in realizing value across our clients’ organizations.
There are an estimated 240,000 water main breaks every year in the United States, and those ruptures waste between 14 percent and 18 percent of the nation's drinking water. Aging infrastructure is primarily to blame, as an estimated 40 percent of U.S. water and wastewater pipes are beyond their life expectancy, notes a recent article in WaterWorld. The article goes on to say that half of forecasted capital expenditures by water providers will cover new installation and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure
When it comes to understanding how water utilities approach asset maintenance, survey data shows that, on average, they tend to weight their efforts more heavily toward preventive maintenance.
A structured path to a paradigm shift in stormwater management can be developed by integrating an alternative program planning and execution framework, and by enhancing financial resilience through effective funding mechanisms.
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