Flood appraisal work to improve water security for Londoners

REDHILL, UK, Mar. 14, 2011 -- 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...

Mar 14th, 2011

• Thames Water appoints Black & Veatch to assess flooding resilience

REDHILL, UK, Mar. 14, 2011 -- 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 2010-2015 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.

Paul Harmer, Project Manager at Black & Veatch, said, "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."

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," said Harmer. "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.

About Thames Water
Thames Water is the UK's largest water and sewerage company, serving 13.6 million customers across London and the Thames Valley.

About Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch (www.bv.com) is a global leader in the consulting, engineering, construction and operation of what the world needs now and in the future in the crucial areas of energy, water and telecommunications and in providing up-to-the-minute services in the fast changing federal and environmental markets. Founded in 1915, the employee-owned, $2.7 billion company operates out of over 110 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries.

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