Black & Veatch has extensive experience of treating water and wastewater for industrial processes, including power generation, textile manufacture, iron & steel manufacture and petrochemical production.
From the production of high purity water to the disposal of effluent, Black & Veatch delivers innovative plants solutions through a single point of responsibility that guarantees process, price and programme.
Black & Veatch has the added benefit of extensive experience in providing innovative approaches to process design and novel approaches to project implementation. The environmental concerns of companies in virtually every industrial category have been addressed which includes national and multinational companies with policies of environmental care.
Refurbishment and Asset Renewal Services
Black & Veatch provide a refurbishment and asset renewal services to the UK water and wastewater industry. We have extended our presence in the small works sector and can now truly state that no project is either too small or too large for us, on any UK water or wastewater treatment plant.
Upgrading plants is a cost effective way of:
- Enhancing plant operation;
- Meeting increasing demand;
- Improving water quality and;
- Optimising capital outlay while maintaining service to the public.
Research & Development
In the past 20 years Black & Veatch have undertaken over 50 research projects for organisations such as UKWIR, CIRIA and DEFRA and has a long history of providing specialist advice to the UK water industry. More recently Black & Veatch has also undertaken projects for the US water industry through AwwaRF and WERF.
One recently completed project for UKWIR identified the causes of discolouration events within distribution and developed a risk based assessment process for identifying vulnerable areas. The process is structured such that it can be readily incorporated into company analysis and reporting procedures using data from existing company databases. The assessment process is already being used as the basis for the ‘proactive investigations’ in one water company’s DOMS. The project included a review of the benefits and limitations of various technologies and control methods for reducing the risk of discolouration.
Partnering & Alliancing
Black & Veatch are part of more Partnering projects, Alliances and Frameworks than any other multi-professional engineering company in the UK Water Industry. This style of work is our preferred way of doing business in the UK, and accounts for 75% of our business in the water industry. Amongst many others we have delivered solutions for Thames Water, Southern Water, Welsh Water and the Heathrow Terminal 5 team for BAA.
We have numerous co-located "Client-Consultant-Contractor" teams working in a fully integrated manner, committed to the overall success of their team's objectives. These relationships take many forms: from single project partnership; through long term programmes of work; to simple frameworks for our services.
Our people are co-located alongside clients and are able to use their skills throughout the project/programme process, contributing in an exceptional way to deliver real value to all. Our people are proactive contributors to these teams, working in close co-operation in mutually beneficial relationships with our clients and with their suppliers.
Fundamental to our approach is the ability to focus the world-wide expertise of Black & Veatch at a local level using people with local knowledge, drawing upon the expertise of the whole Black & Veatch organisation. We promote this though our network of offices both in the UK and overseas, and through the co-located alliance teams.
We use the same philosophy overseas. Our network of local offices and partners focuses the efforts of our experts. We provide the optimum local solution using our global expertise. Our people also work within client organisations around the world. This is mutually beneficial, allowing us to offer our expertise whilst developing a greater understanding of the local situation.