What is Water Systems Engineering?
Water is needed for life. While clean, quality water begins at the treatment plant, the key to communities and businesses receiving the same clean, quality water is the watermains and transmissions lines that deliver it. Breaks, deterioration, and age can affect how the water flows and contaminates its contents. Improving, enhancing, and maintaining our water systems and fire hydrants saves lives and makes our communities healthier.
F&V designs and constructs supply and distribution mains of all sizes. We also specialize in energy and water efficiency evaluation, asset management, water reliability studies, and water treatment systems.
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Types of Water Systems Engineering Services
Watermain Design & Construction
F&V’s watermain system experience is extensive and includes the design and construction of 6-inch to 42-inch supply and distribution mains, booster stations, treatment plants and filtration improvements. We also specialize in energy and water efficiency evaluation, asset management, water reliability studies and water system security planning. Our municipal engineers have designed over 500 miles (and counting!) of watermains ranging from 6-inch to 42-inch in their careers.
Water Treatment Plant Design & Construction
Drinking water treatment facilities are designed to provide a reliable and safe water supply to consumers. To accomplish this goal, redundancy is built into treatment systems to allow for continued operation while performing necessary maintenance on critical equipment and processes. Treatment facilities also utilize systems to properly disinfect the water and to control corrosion in watermains.
Water Filtration Improvements
F&V has the ability to develop a long-term water supply system plan to integrate the overall site layout, building facilities, and various equipment components into the final design and operating water filtration facility.
Water Booster Stations
F&V studies and designs water booster stations to improve the current and future capacity of the station, as well as identify alternatives for system operation to mitigate excessive pump cycling and pressure surges.
Water Reliability Studies
F&V has assisted over 80 communities with water reliability studies. We’re very proud of the quality and comprehensive nature of the water system reliability studies that we prepare for our clients. We create studies and associated maps that are very useful for our client’s long-term planning and budgeting. In addition to preparing a report that both satisfies the regulatory requirements of EGLE, they also serve as an easy to understand, useful planning document for the municipality.
Source Water Protection Systems & Security Planning
Surface water is water from lakes, rivers and streams and is used for drinking water supplies when water is drawn out of an intake. In Michigan, about 55% of the citizens are served surface water.
Surface water systems are potentially at risk from many contaminant sources. To protect this valuable resource, the State of Michigan established the Source Water Protection Program. Communities that use surface water implement Surface Water Intake Protection Programs.
Asset & Capital Development for Water Systems
F&V is a clear leader in the preparation of Asset Management Plans (AMP). We have been assisting our clients with water asset management and Capital Improvement Planning in various formats for decades. Through this experience, we have developed a deep understanding of the meaningful and useful components of an AMP and have developed many internal processes and procedures to efficiently focus our efforts in developing a product that is useful to our clients.
Water systems asset management services include:
- Prepare an inventory of assets for each asset class including age, material, condition, and size. This inventory utilizes reliability studies, Capital Improvement Plans, field observations, interviews with staff and review of record drawings.
- Establish replacement costs for each asset.
- Establish criticality for each asset based on probability of failure, likelihood of failure and remaining useful life.
- Prepare a prioritized rehabilitation, replacement, and maintenance schedule for each asset based on risk.
Water Tank Storage Design & Construction
F&V has assisted communities in the construction or rehabilitation of over 100 water storage tanks. Several very specialized skills go into the design of a water storage tank designed to supply potable water to a community such as appropriate sizing, elevation, and location relative to water supply. Additionally, several tank styles exist each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Lifecycle costing often plays a critical role in tank style selection as well as aesthetic aspects. F&V has experience guiding communities through these selection processes and coordination with regulatory agencies for permitting.
Our Water Systems Engineering Process
Every project we work on has its own unique set of challenges and goals. While the projects are different, our proven process for creating successful results remains similar:
Discuss water system needs and goals with our clients. We know that our clients have the best understanding of their system.
Our team of experts will evaluate the best feasible options based on your goals and provide a recommendation that fits your project’s needs.
We will work with you to identify an agreed upon solution to meet your schedule and budget.
We will hold regular progress meetings to keep you informed along the way so there are no surprises.
Water is life; everyone benefits from it.
Many of our municipal clients own their water systems and are therefore responsible to provide clean, safe water to their residents, businesses, and other customers.