Uncontaminated, accessible water sources are essential to the health and safety of the public. Our team brings its experience and expertise to the supply and distribution of groundwater and surface sources. We have utilized dual-wall well designs and alternative screening technologies to withdraw water from a specific strata. Where groundwater is not an abundant resource, surface water intake screening technology has been successfully implemented by our water specialists.

Retrofits and/or new facilities are often necessary because many existing treatment plants have exceeded their design life or capacity due to community growth. We specialize in designing and optimizing the efficiency of wastewater treatment plants. In addition, our team has the necessary knowledge and experience to solve ground- and surface-water treatment challenges such as iron and manganese removal along with hardness reduction through the use of chemical feed systems and other proven technologies.

Efficient utilization of ground storage and elevated storage is very important to the overall operational efficiency of a water utility. At HLR, we make certain that these often-forgotten vital community assets are evaluated and designed in a cost-effective and low-maintenance manner. We maintain relationships with many certified tank inspectors to provide our clients with a non-biased assessment of their assets.

The design of water systems requires hydraulic modeling to ensure that the proposed sizing and layout of the system is able to meet the needs of the community. HLR’s expert staff are trained in multiple computer modeling software suites which allows us to perform this important task. This will give you peace of mind that your water distribution system can handle different pressure zones and operate efficiently, ultimately delivering water in a cost-effective and safe manner.

Monitoring the condition of your water assets is essential, which is why HLR partners with many industry leading control system companies to assist utilities in developing effective and reliable control systems. These control systems are often integrated with the overall GIS system inventory of the utility.

Implementing both traditional and alternative sanitary collection systems has become increasingly important to communities. HLR specializes in the video investigation of existing lines along with the design and permitting of these systems which can include trenchless technologies such as sewer lining and pipe bursting. Our team was responsible for permitting both the first alternative Septic Tank Effluent Pump (STEP) sewer system in Illinois and the largest alternative sewer system in Indiana.

With community growth comes the challenge of larger sanitary collection systems which often require the use of pumps and lift stations. We can provide design and permitting services for sewage pump stations from small grinder stations to extremely large municipal or commercial systems. Many larger designs incorporate variable frequency drives for system optimization and emergency back-up pumping or power generation is also often incorporated into the design.