Water

Water Supply, Desalination & Reuse

The world faces a paradox of increasing water demand and dwindling resources.

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. 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 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.

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Sewer Mining Toolbox Helps Evaluate Reuse Opportunities

Under the right circumstances, sewer mining can be a sustainable water reuse strategy. Bikram Sabherwal, Jesse Wallin and Sandeep Sathyamoorthy explain how Black & Veatch’s new sewer mining toolbox will be used by the company to help utility managers and developers determine whether decentralized water reuse is right for them.

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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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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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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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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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Calculating the Cost of Water Reuse

The adoption of water reuse can be unavoidable due to water scarcity, but it may also be a choice. And when it comes to choices, cost is often a deciding factor. Gary Hunter, Senior Wastewater Process Engineer with Black & Veatch, helps make sense of the dollars required for recycled water schemes. Hunter shares three keys affecting the cost for reuse, as well as concepts and technologies that can be used to improve reuse economics. Hunter also states the case for why utilities — and not just those in the drought-plagued West — should consider reuse.

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