MWH Global, Inc., a provider of environmental engineering, construction and strategic consulting services, announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the city of Boulder to help assess the city's existing raw water system and identify future needs and challenges. Under the terms of the contract, MWH will work with the city to develop an evaluation plan that will help the city maintain its high water quality and supply levels into the future.
The Source Water Strategic Plan (SWSP) to be completed by MWH will include an overview of the state of the city's raw water collection, storage and distribution system as well as an assessment of the future challenges that the system will confront. MWH will also identify and prioritize strategies for the ongoing protection of the quality and reliability of the City's existing water supplies. Kevin Clark, project manager at MWH, claims that the plan will help Boulder to avoid problems before they occur.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) most recent Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment notes that throughout the country aging water delivery infrastructure will require replacement or significant rehabilitation over the next 20 years. In addition, the report states that over the next 20 years, a $276.8 billion investment in the nation's water systems will be needed in order to continue to provide clean and safe drinking water. The report lists the installation of new infrastructure, as well as the rehabilitation or replacement of deteriorated or undersized infrastructure as areas of particular need.