With a growing focus in today’s world on the need for environmental protection and security, municipalities have come under increasing pressure to not only ensure, but guarantee high quality treatment of both water and wastewater. Regulatory compliance is mandatory and with failure, can lead to serious consequences. At COLE, our leadership and experience in wastewater treatment has developed such that we have a dynamic team with diverse expertise relating to alternative treatment processes. Our strengths are augmented by the team’s recognition of risk assessment and management as being key to the development of specific strategies for achieving water treatment goals.
In the case of wastewater treatment, the key consideration is that the receiving waters for the effluent from the plants is protected as a high quality aquatic source for sustaining fish, plant life and allowing human aquatic behaviour i.e. swimming. In this regard, the wastewater treatment process which leads to, when properly designed, a very high quality effluent is critical to the quality control process such that the quality of the natural waterways are preserved.
The wastewater treatment process requires the interaction of our multi-discipline teams ranging from process engineering, structural, electrical, mechanical, and SCADA. Ensuring the reliability of the treatment plant begins with proper design and an ongoing quality management process leading to the commissioning of a plant that has the ability to produce for many many years, high quality water meeting all regulatory standards.
The contract delivery model for such complex facilities as water treatment plants can be traditional, whereby the client retains the consultant and the contractor individually or as design-build where the two entities combine to deliver the end product. At COLE, we are familiar and experienced in these and alternative delivery models.