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Welsh Water chooses Black & Veatch to provide wastewater hydraulic modeling expertise

June 19, 2012
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Welsh Water has appointed Black & Veatch to help manage the various functions of its wastewater collection and transfer system. As one of six framework partners, Black & Veatch will provide wastewater modeling expertise through a three-year framework.

The impact of population growth, urban creep and climate change are placing increasing pressures on sewer networks. Additionally, there is a need to manage waste and storm water drainage systems in a more sustainable way.

Black & Veatch will build hydraulic models of wastewater catchments, providing Welsh Water with a live view of current network performance. This data will feed into Sustainable Drainage Plans (SDPs) – a vital tool for deriving the utility company’s investment plans for AMP5 and beyond.

Improved visibility will allow for cost-effective investment with design solutions that address limitations and optimize network management. The benefit this provides includes identifying where surface water runoff can be reduced or eliminated from entering the sewerage network, since this can overload the system and cause flooding.

The approach marks a step change in the way Welsh Water has previously managed its sewer network. It supports the company’s priorities on surface water elimination and reduction (SWEAR). The framework also forms a critical component of Welsh Water’s long-term strategy to reduce surface water runoff into sewers, and decrease flooding and pollution incidents.

Black & Veatch will utilize the expertise of its local dedicated wastewater modeling team based in Treforest, south Wales to support the framework. The appointment builds on Black & Veatch’s long history of providing hydraulic modeling solutions that assist clients in the effective management of wastewater networks.

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