Our multi-disciplinary Research Group specializes in civil, chemical and environmental engineering; microbiology; chemistry; and environmental sciences. Our services cover a variety of sectors in the wet infrastructure space that utilize water in their daily activities, such as wastewater disinfection, wastewater research, industrial water recycling, stormwater reuse, mining water, produced water and wastewater reclamation. The work we perform focuses on solving client-specific issues, conducting overarching research that serves a collaborative group of clients facing similar challenges, and supporting regulatory development at both the federal and state level. Our clients rely on our diverse experience and the high-quality performance data that our investigations generate to systematically evaluate the relative benefits of alternative solution strategies.
In 2009, MWH, now part of Stantec, received a Tailored Collaboration grant from the WateReuse Research Foundation (WRRF), now WE&RF. In collaboration with several Florida utilities and management agencies, this funding supported the development of an empirical approach for distinguishing the contribution of water reuse irrigation toward nutrient impairment of surface waters in Florida. The Tailored Collaboration project, completed in 2012, identified the artificial sweetener sucralose (e.g. Splenda) as a marker unique to wastewater sources. As a result of this study, sucralose as a marker is being used by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and other utilities nationwide.
WateReuse has funded several studies that explore the use of ozone-BAF as an alternative treatment train that achieves comparable water quality to full advanced treatment.
Reuse of advanced treated wastewater may provide a constant source to augment water supplies in parts of California hit by drought, lower groundwater levels and reduced allocations.
Joan Oppenheimer discusses how the presence of foreign elements in our water supply is on the rise, and how MWH led a study to establish the source of nutrient loading in Florida’s water bodies.