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Thames Water appoints Black & Veatch to assess flooding resilience

Thames Water 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 £4.9bn investment programme in 2010-2015 to help protect infrastructure and maintain water security for the utility’s 8.7M 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.

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.

Black & Veatch project manager Paul Harmer 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.”

“We will work alongside Thames Water and draw on the expertise of Black & Veatch’s specialist modelling 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 fulfil customer expectations with an efficient, high-quality water and wastewater service.

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