Water and Wastewater System Planning

Water treatment plantWhat is the best location for a new treatment facility? What treatment process will best meet our needs over the next 30 years? What risks are associated with different alternatives? How much will the project cost? How will we pay for it? How do we gain public support? Smith Culp Consulting helps clients answer questions like this based on 50 years of experience in the study, evaluation, design, operation and value engineering/peer review of water and wastewater treatment systems. Gordon Culp has authored or co-authored ten books and over 70 papers. The books include: Handbook of Public Water Systems, Removal of Trihalomethanes from Water, Wastewater Reuse and Recycling Technology, Handbook of Sludge-Handling Processes, Handbook of Advanced Wastewater Treatment and New Concepts in Water Purification. Example project experience includes:

  • One of four experts retained by the State of Massachusetts to conduct a technical review of the $3.1 billion Boston Harbor Pollution Control Project.
  • Chair of a peer review panel that evaluated alternatives for a $1.2 billion wastewater treatment program for the Capital Regional District, Victoria, British Columbia and chaired a second panel that evaluated project delivery methods.
  • Consultant on a $700 million regional wastewater treatment plan for Pima County, Arizona.
  • Project manager and/or participant on the planning and design of over $200 million of wastewater treatment improvements for the City of Las Vegas, Nevada. Also chair of an expert panel that reviewed odor control for the 91 mgd facility.
  • Evaluated water treatment plants serving Lubbock, TX; St. Cloud, MN; Minneapolis, MN and Austin, TX to determine improvements needed to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments.
  • Planning of odor control facilities for the Bremerton, Washington wastewater treatment plant.
  • Evaluation and predesign of three wastewater treatment plants serving Charlotte, North Carolina and in developing a long-range plan.
  • Project manager on the facility planning and predesign of the first phase of an advanced wastewater treatment plant serving the Upper Occoquan Sewage Authority in Northern Virginia.
  • Consultant to the California Blue Ribbon Panel on Water Reuse and prepared a report for the panel on the capabilities of available treatment technology to provide water quality acceptable for reuse.
  • Member of expert team reviewing the development of a plan for a major new wastewater treatment plant in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Participated in development of sludge management plans for Omaha, Nebraska; Las Vegas, Nevada; Durango, Colorado, Edmonds, Washington and many other plants with capacities from 1 to 50 mgd.