The management and use of water as an essential resource requires a holistic and sustainable approach that starts within the watershed and continues to the tap. Our diverse staff, capabilities and experience make us able to deliver on that approach.
During the last 30 years, we have successfully completed thousands of water projects. As a full-service engineering and applied science consulting firm, we bring to each project not only our water expertise, but also our combined experience in engineering, ecology, environmental science and construction management.
Growing water supply needs are causing many small- to medium- sized utilities to question their ability to meet future demands.
In addition, many water utilities depend on a single source of supply and have no alternate or emergency backup water source available. The sustainable development of new groundwater supplies is often the most cost effective means to meet future demands, diversify sources, or provide sufficient supplemental water to meet peak needs.
GZA has worked with many municipal utilities, public water authorities, towns, cities, counties and Federal Government Agencies to successfully identify, develop and permit new groundwater wells for public drinking water systems.
- Capacity Development
- Design, Permitting, Bidding & Construction Phase Services
- Investigation & Reporting
Water rates are projected to continue rising in excess of inflation given increased environmental regulation, climate volatility, growing scarcity of new sustainable supplies, and massive funding requirements to maintain aging infrastructure. Large industrial and institutional users will increasingly bear the brunt of the economic impact.
GZA has worked with many Fortune 500 industrial companies, universities, hospitals and large federal agencies to investigate and develop new groundwater resources for sustainable self-supply.
- Source Development
- Regulatory Compliance
- Alternatives Analysis
As the unconventional Oil and Gas industry continues to expand, access to local, low-cost, sustainable and dependable water sources is becoming a growing challenge to operators across many shale plays.
GZA scientists are leaders in applying advanced hydrogeological exploration programs to uncover and develop new, sustainable and high-yield groundwater resources within complex geologic settings. We are actively working with large Operators to identify and source new high-yield, sustainable groundwater supplies local to the Operators’ existing centralized water infrastructure and well pads.
- Groundwater Availability Assessment, Exploration & Development
- Groundwater Permitting
- Regulatory Compliance
GZA’s Regional Groundwater Availability Assessments provide enhanced knowledge of where new, sustainable groundwater resources exist, allowing clients to proactively secure favorable sites for future development.
Investigating on behalf of real estate developers, GZA has successfully identified new bulk sources of sustainable groundwater in areas previously deemed not capable of providing such supplies. As land prices continue to escalate throughout many regions, the ability to target parcels overlying previously overlooked, sustainable groundwater supplies affords valuable purchase opportunities.
GZA has developed sustainable groundwater supplies as the sole source to meet water demands for hundreds of residential subdivisions throughout the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. GZA works closely with clients and local regulatory agencies to ensure all supplies are fully permitted according to State and local regulations, and are capable of sustaining the potable and irrigation water needs of the development without adversely impacting the environment or other local groundwater users.
- Private Wells
- Community Water Systems
- Cost-Effective System Solutions
Irrigation increases the consistency, value and cash rents of agricultural operations, leading to higher values for irrigated versus non-irrigated land. While irrigation is increasingly being adopted throughout the U.S. Southeast and other new markets, groundwater resources throughout many of these regions are complex and routinely overlooked.
The identification, development and permitting of new, sustainable groundwater supplies – in areas where conventional thinking may suggest the potential for groundwater irrigation is severely limited – will be an increasingly valuable tool for farmers, land-owners and land-buyers as a result.
GZA has developed hundreds of irrigation supply wells in various geologic environments along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard that provide irrigation water for agriculture, industry, subdivisions, commercial businesses, recreation sports complexes, and golf courses. There are many compelling benefits to our approach.
- High-Yield Source Development
- Reclaimed Water Reuse