The cost and difficulty of maintaining aging infrastructure and meeting increasingly strict regulatory requirements are putting wastewater utilities across the country under immense pressure. Woodard & Curran helps clients proactively address infrastructure, operations, and funding challenges with the right technology, management approaches, operations practices, and financing strategies. We consider our clients’ needs and goals holistically, integrate resiliency into every design, and make the most of opportunities to address multiple priorities with each project.
Wastewater treatment facility and collection system design
A wastewater collection system and treatment plant is a major infrastructure asset for a city or town. Inadequate service can block commercial, school, and residential development and pose a significant risk to public health and the environment. When a community needs to upgrade or replace these assets, they need to maximize the long-term value of the improvements while keeping capital and maintenance costs down. Woodard & Curran thrives on challenges like this. Since our founding in 1979, we have helped hundreds of communities find creative ways to manage costs, implement new technology, install effective automation and controls systems, improve operations, and, perhaps most importantly, fund these capital project wisely.
Meeting exacting nutrient removal requirements
Controlling the levels of nutrients, particularly nitrogen and phosphorus, discharged from wastewater treatment plants is a key factor in preventing the eutrophication of surface waters, and regulatory emphasis on nutrient removal has been more and more intense in recent years. Under their NPDES permits, many municipal treatment systems are required to meet stringent nutrient removal standards. Even wastewater treatment facilities that have successfully provided secondary treatment in the past are required to upgrade to achieve nutrient removal levels that meet the requirements. We have the experience helping clients meet difficult limits using public education programs, optimization strategies, and through implementing new treatment technologies. We focus on solutions that fit our clients’ needs rather than assuming a new treatment plant is the right answer. And when big investments are necessary, we know how to maximize financial assistance from State and Federal agencies to finance the work.
Wastewater asset management and planning
Wastewater assets are a major component of a community’s overall master planning efforts. Addressing anticipated growth or handling the loss or gain of a major user requires a comprehensive understanding of infrastructure, environmental regulations, and financing opportunities. We understand both the big picture and the details of the infrastructure and apply that knowledge to the specific needs and priorities of our clients. Planning for the future of a community’s wastewater infrastructure is an important part of maintaining and improving this essential service, and we are proud to use our expertise to our clients’ benefit.