Delivery of Water and Wastewater Services

The non-traditional delivery of water and wastewater services in smaller communities and particularly in rural areas is a challenging area of work requiring full and complete consideration of a number of key issues:-

  • New and emerging technologies
  • The ability and willingness of the private sector to respond
  • Identification and appropriate management of risk
  • Achieving and demonstrating value for money
  • Funding options including user fees and grant funding
  • Drafting appropriate and manageable agreements
  • Ongoing management of long term and frequently changing arrangements.

 

New and Emerging Technologies Our technical expertise covers the following areas:

  • Treatment and collection systems
  • Physical/chemical treatment
  • Wastewater reuse
  • Decentralized/on-site systems
  • Stormwater management
  • Biological treatment processes
  • Advanced treatment processes
  • Biosolids treatment technology
  • Combined sewer overflows
  • Constructed wetlands

 

Resources Available

We have worked on many water and wastewater projects delivered by alternative service delivery methods. As a result we have a large and varied library of legal agreements and procurement documents, together with a real life history of what worked and what didn’t. In any studies to be undertaken we would use this resource as a basis for determining recommended strategies. In addition we have worked with many of the current industry participants including Epcor, Corix, Stantec, Veolia and many others.

Sustainability

An important part of any study should address a fundamental change in the way sewage is regarded. Rather than viewing wastewater as a waste product, it should be treated as a resource with revenue generating opportunities, integrating it with other resources to optimize possible benefits. This change in approach turns sewage into a potentially profitable resource with significant implications for communities. Reuse of solid and liquid wastes in municipalities has the potential to support federal and provincial policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to conserve energy and to meet the target of carbon neutrality.