At WSP, we believe that development of a cost-effective and sustainable source of safe, clean water is of fundamental importance to the wellbeing of all communities. As demand for safe water increases—due to population growth and urbanization—climate change combined with aging infrastructure is slowly impacting the availability of water.
Contamination, related to failing infrastructure and extreme weather events, is becoming more frequent, which affects the ability of treatment systems to effectively meet elementary requirements. In some instances, finding alternative water resources to maintain safe, clean drinking water is the only way forward. This can be achieved through desalination or by treating a contaminated or wastewater source for industrial use, thereby reducing demand on the drinking water supply.
WSP engineers have hands-on experience with pre-treatment and membrane technologies, gained through involvement in desalination projects of all sizes, as well as biosolids management and treatment technologies. WSP also works with clients to explore public and private markets to determine the best available funding source for desalination projects.