Clean, safe drinking water is essential for the health of a community. The utilities that provide it maintain a complex network of infrastructure that in many cases needs more investment than their budgets allow. That’s why municipalities and utilities need thoughtful, creative ways to meet the needs of their communities and their regulatory obligations. And that’s where we excel.
Finding, treating, and delivering water
Increasing demand, changes in the quantity and quality of water supply, and evolving regulatory requirements push utilities to expand their systems. We constantly work with clients to find and develop new water supply, build new treatment and distribution capacity, and improve operations without unnecessary expense. Our long history of designing and operating efficient treatment facilities and distribution systems allows us to get to the heart of the issue quickly and arrive at a solution that’s appropriate for each client. Our balanced approach, blending creativity and discipline, has allowed us to help clients plan and implement major capital improvement programs without raising rates.
Controls and automation offer efficiency
Supervisory controls and data acquisition (SCADA) systems can offer dramatic increases in efficiency and control, but they must be designed with the unique requirements of an individual facility and utility in mind. Our in-house controls engineers routinely help clients design, implement, and maintain SCADA systems from scratch or building on existing systems. We analyze each facility and create a system that achieves the operational efficiency goals laid out by our clients.
Asset management: making the most of existing resources
No matter where assets are in their lifecycle, and most utilities have both new and old assets in their systems, effective asset management practices lead to better service, longer life, and lower long-term capital costs. Implementing these practices can be daunting and requires good planning and a holistic view of how a utility’s resources—water, human, financial, and technological—can be use most effectively. Our approach to asset management uses those four key factors to understand how a utility operates, and applies best management practices to set and achieve goals through continuous improvement.