Mar 15, 2011

Thames Water Appoints Black & Veatch to Assess Flooding Resilience

Flood appraisal work will improve water security for Londoners

Thames Water Utilities Ltd. has appointed Black & Veatch to appraise flooding resilience at a number of its key water treatment assets within London and the Thames Valley. The work is part of a £4.9 billion investment program in 2010 to 2015 to help protect infrastructure and maintain water security for the utility’s 8.7 million customers within the region.

Extensive flooding across the United Kingdom in 2007 exposed the potential vulnerability of the country’s infrastructure to flood risk and caused disruption to water and wastewater services in some areas.

“Our experience assisting clients in the successful planning, adaptation and mitigation of flood risk means that we are well placed to help water utilities protect their assets from new and emerging threats,” said Paul Harmer, project manager at Black & Veatch.

Black & Veatch will assess the level of flood risk and propose solutions at seven of the utility’s operational sites. The assessments will address river and stream flooding, as well as flooding from excessive rainfall.

“We will work alongside Thames Water and draw on the expertise of Black & Veatch’s specialist modeling and environmental teams to carry out a full flood resilience options appraisal for each site,” Harmer said. “This appointment extends Black & Veatch’s role in Thames Water’s flood resilience planning as we have recently completed an appraisal of one of its largest water treatment works at Walton in Surrey.”

Black & Veatch has worked with Thames Water for more than 20 years, supporting the water company’s need to meet regulatory requirements and fulfill customer expectations with an efficient, high-quality water and wastewater service.