We bring direct project procurement and delivery experience in:
Our partnership network comprises technical, operations and project management professionals (PMPs) with large scale consulting experience in the procurement and delivery of a broad and diverse range of water related projects. We believe our technical experience in procuring and delivering water related projects, qualifies us to help our clients identify and capture new project opportunities.
Vital public networks and businesses, hospitals, utilities, agriculture and industries, trust and depend on fully functioning water supply, treatment and distribution systems to deliver clean safe water in the right quantities and at the right quality, on demand and consistently, and without interruption or failure. This is a unique and multifaceted challenge and obligation compared to other public utility fiduciary obligations.
Water supply, treatment and distribution systems and networks are also essential in the recovery efforts during and following natural disasters including wildfires and floods, and for maintaining the standard of living of millions of people across the World every day.
The nation’s critical infrastructure is made up of thousands of water mains pipes, water-wells, dams, culverts, spillways, storm-drains, weirs, reservoirs, clear-wells, pumps, generators and water/waste-water treatment operations. Whilst some systems are connected, others operate in isolation with each system interdependent and reliant on the functionality of one or more critical elements to ensure safe and uninterrupted delivery of the water supply.
Safeguarding the integrity of a water supply, treatment and distribution system requires an integrated and multi-disciplined approach to ensure the delivery and integrity of the water is fully compliant with the National and Provincial water quality Acts, standards and regulations. The regulatory compliance standards for the calibration and maintenance of the water quality sampling/testing equipment, devices and instrumentation are as important as the water quality sampling/testing process itself.
Climate change is altering the world’s water resources, as evidenced through changing precipitation patterns, severe drought, floods, snowpack, and streamflow. Public utilities have the added challenge of managing water resources in a way that mitigates the effects of climate change whilst meeting demands for existing license users and base flow requirements. Members of the BLP Water integrity management team have direct experience managing and operating public water utilities from planning, administrative, legal, environmental, water systems engineering, operations, emergency response planning, maintenance, system integrity management and water systems security planning.
Water and waste-water supply, treatment and distribution systems can be adversely affected from chemicals, hydrocarbons and other toxic materials deposited or spilled from industrial or commercial activities. The behavior of these contaminants can result in a water supply network becoming contaminated, presenting a risk to public safety.
The most common contaminants include heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury. Chlorophenols are common at wood treatment operations, as are benzo[a]pyrene and naphthalene from creosote. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) often occur at sites where electrical equipment was used and perchloroethylene (PERC) at dry cleaning sites, as well as disused corroding chlorination tanks and HDPE pipes. Other contaminants include organic chemicals, benzene and toluene in gasoline, which can seep into the water supply system via ground water. Ground water contamination is nearly always the result of human activity. In areas where population density is high and human use of the land is intensive, ground water is especially vulnerable.
Virtually any activity whereby chemicals or wastes may be released to the environment, either intentionally or accidentally, has the potential to pollute ground water. BLP deploy a risk register tool as part of its risk assessment of the site to include remediation, clean-up, disposal, and if required, reclamation and restoration of the site.
Access to clean safe drinking water is a human right under international law, and Canada’s Constitution Act of 1982 provides for “essential public services of reasonable quality.” Consequently, authorities and jurisdictions have an obligation to deliver clean safe drinking water.
BLP team members have experience in planning, building and operating multi-barriers water supply, treatment and distributions systems that meet International standards. We work collaboratively with First Nation Nations, Government and Municipal clients to conduct water and water system vulnerability risks assessments of the hazards and risks to help ensure the delivering of clean safe drinking water.
Water and water systems integrity management is the activity of planning, developing, supplying, treating, distributing, regulating, managing and optimizing the use of water resources, to perform its required functions effectively and efficiently, whilst protecting public health and safety and the environment from the risks of chemical, physical, biological, and radiological impacts, relative to the requirements of one or more biotic species and or to any human need or purpose