Climate Change and Water Quality: Climate Change Business Journal Article
(NEW YORK, NY – August 24, 2015) – Hazen and Sawyer staff and previous work are featured in an article recently published in Climate Change Business Journal.
While climate change is expected to have dramatic impacts on water supply availability, extreme weather and climate change will also significantly impact water quality.
“What we’ve done as an industry is develop our drinking water treatment plants based on the historical climate record, but the climate is not stationary,” said Ben Stanford, director of applied research for Hazen and Sawyer.
“Water treatment planning was based on looking back at the available dataset for a particular contaminant to determine the maximum drought or other extreme weather event that had ever occurred and how frequently those big events occurred,” said Stanford. “In reality what we may have been doing is looking at a time period during which we were at the mid-level. So, if we have what we thought was a one-in-1,000-year event, can we handle it? And what if we have two one-in-1,000-year events in one year?”
This article also discusses the previously released article titled Climate Change: How Does the Weather Affect Surface Water Quality, which was funded by the Water Research Foundation, Water Environment Research Foundation [WERF] and the Water Services Association of Australia.
The full article is available at this link (free registration required).
Since our founding in 1951, Hazen and Sawyer has focused on two things: providing safe drinking water and controlling water pollution. Our range of services encompasses “all things water” including the planning, design, and construction management of water and wastewater-related projects – from clean water treatment, storage, and distribution to wastewater and stormwater collection, treatment, and reuse.