Effective and Efficient Solutions

Our engineering services span virtually all aspects of wastewater practice areas—from master planning and hydraulic modeling to conveyance, treatment and combined sewer overflow control systems. We know these systems can be complex and may require various types of engineering to address the issues. As a full-service professional services firm, Benesch has the resources to tackle any problem from start to finish.

Safeguarding the Environment with Responsible Wastewater Management

We recognize the profound impact wastewater has on ecosystems, water bodies and overall ecological balance. Addressing these environmental concerns requires comprehensive and sustainable wastewater management practices that prioritize the treatment and safe disposal of wastewater, the prevention of pollution at its source, and the adoption of innovative technologies that minimize the ecological footprint of wastewater discharge.

From planning to design and construction, we’ll find environmentally sound solutions that improve your system. Our experts use sustainable practices to:

  • Help you maintain your reputation as a good steward of the environment.
  • Ensure your system complies with NPDES and clean water regulations.
  • Guide you through the biosolids permitting process and implementation of a well-orchestrated management plan.

From small towns to larger municipal systems, we ensure your system is designed to fit your community and respects the environment around you.

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Value Focused Solutions for your System

Utilizing a combination of standard methods and new technologies, we’re able to determine innovative design solutions tailored to meet your specific needs. With a team of highly skilled water/wastewater engineers and professionals, we bring a wealth of knowledge and a proven track record in designing reliable and efficient sanitary sewer and water systems.

Planning for sewage facilities is a fundamental component of urban, rural and regional development, essential for maintaining public health and environmental sustainability. Effective facility planning involves a meticulous assessment of current and future population growth, industrial expansion, and urbanization trends. We consider geographical and hydrological factors to determine optimal locations for treatment plants, sewage collection networks, and disposal sites.

Ranging from small, residential service connections to massive tunneling operations in dense urban areas, we have extensive system design experience. Our expertise with hydraulic modeling software helps us to size sewers efficiently and optimize operations. Our toolbox of techniques, trenchless technology, televising operations, and a variety of infiltration and inflow investigation, allows us to design and implement the ideal system for your community.

Equally important is the rehabilitation of existing systems, as aging infrastructure can lead to leaks, overflows and environmental contamination. Our rehabilitation work involves inspecting and repairing pipelines, upgrading treatment plants, and incorporating advanced technologies to enhance system performance. This proactive approach not only prevents disruptions but also supports sustainable practices, resource recovery, and compliance with evolving regulations.

In addition, our pump station team has extensive experience with pump station evaluation, design, optimization and construction.

Through thoughtful design and ongoing rehabilitation, we’ll create systems that effectively address current challenges and can adapt to future needs.

Benesch offers experience and knowledge in the planning, design and construction of wastewater treatment facilities. Our engineers and environmental experts collaborate to design infrastructure that adheres to stringent regulatory standards, integrates innovative technologies, and anticipates the impacts of climate change. Our sustainable design practices incorporate a lifecycle cost analysis approach to ensure your system is meeting discharge requirements, maintaining your reputation as a good steward of the environment.

By embracing a comprehensive approach, we ensure efficient waste collection, safe treatment and responsible disposal, safeguarding communities, ecosystems and water resources for generations to come.

Determining infiltration and/or inflow (I/I) problems is critical to ensuring efficient and effective sanitary sewer system functioning. Benesch is accomplished at leading comprehensive studies that identify the root of I/I problems, whether they are open sewer joints, open manhole wall joints, cracks in sewer pipe, cracks in
manhole walls or service connection issues.

Following these studies, our teams will make recommendations for any follow-up work including Sewer System Evaluation Survey (SSES) and any rehabilitation work.

Benesch works daily with clients to maintain compliance with NPDES discharge limits and other permitting requirements. We represent our clients in national and state consent decrees/consent orders and have a proven track record in assisting our clients through the arduous compliance process. Our results identify cost-effective solutions that meet the regulatory requirements. With certified wastewater operators on staff, we also have practical experience you can lean on.

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Combined Sewer Overflow Management Expertise

Combined sewer overflow (CSO) poses a significant challenge in areas where stormwater and wastewater share the same drainage system. During heavy rainfall, these combined systems can become overwhelmed, leading to untreated sewage and stormwater discharge into nearby water bodies. To address this challenge, our experts will work with you to determine the most efficient solution. Whether your system needs sewer separation or other CSO abatement techniques, Benesch has the expertise to design and implement the solution.

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In Kansas City, KS, as part of the overall $800 million Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Abatement Program, Benesch developed a series of projects aimed at eliminating combined sewer overflow points within the Jersey Creek watershed. The solutions ranged from the installation of new pipes to the implementation of ‘green’ design elements.

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Maximizing Biosolids Reuse

Our comprehensive biosolids management services are focused on maximizing the reuse potential of your community’s biosolids.

We can evaluate your wastewater treatment facility and will propose a biosolids treatment management plan. This can include disposal and reuse options that utilize a variety of options including thickening, stabilization, dewatering, composting, drying, incineration and land application. We can also help develop odor control solutions to minimize impacts of biosolids treatment facilities.

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Hydraulic Modeling

Having developed, calibrated and performed alternative analysis on dozens of projects with Infoworks, we’re prepared to tackle your project modeling needs.

We have used the model for combined sewer analysis for sewer separation projects and sanitary sewer capacity studies, many of which required model calibration based on flow metering, the inclusion of I/I parameters, pump stations, weirs, gates and real time controls.