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Groundwater & Surface Water Resources

Sweco teams work with most of the UK’s water companies on the development of solutions for the management and protection of their water supplies.

At Sweco we have teams of highly skilled specialists in water engineering, hydrology, hydrogeology and geomorphology across the UK who can offer a range of services from strategy development, feasibility, option and economic appraisal, through to detailed design and construction support to a range of sectors.

Full project solutions

The team has worked extensively with developers, contractors, local authorities, and water companies, and have vast experience in collaborative working, joint venture and high profile, multi-stakeholder projects. Services include:

Our services include:

  • Surface water and groundwater resource development, management, and protection
  • Dewatering advice and assessment
  • Borehole engineering
  • Drainage strategy, impact assessment and SuDs design
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Regulatory consenting and licensing
  • Geomorphological studies

Our team of hydrogeologists can adapt core services to water resource, construction, environmental and planning issues. With strong borehole engineering, groundwater resources and catchment hydrogeology expertise, we can deliver tailored and effective hydrogeological solutions.

We also work with clients on investigations to mitigate surface water abstraction impacts, as well as develop drought plan studies and groundwater feasibility assessments.

 

Working with developers, contractors, local authorities, and water companies, we ensure the delivery of future-proof solutions.

Jason Ball Technical Director

 

More about our ground & surface water services

Our range of skills in water resources development, management and protection ranges from long term regional water resource management plans, heavily modified water body assessment and strategic environmental assessment and solution option appraisal, through to local studies delivering projects to meet regulatory obligations. We have worked with clients on Water Framework Directive investigations to mitigate surface water abstraction impacts, developed drought plan studies and groundwater feasibility assessments. Our innovations include the development of new abstraction options and borehole construction, rehabilitation, and testing.

Dewatering consultancy

We can provide specialist advice on significant dewatering issues associated with construction for a range of disciplines and including consideration of ground heave risks. These require comprehensive ground investigations, water features surveys and groundwater monitoring to inform the temporary works design and environmental impact assessment, watercourse capacity assessments for discharge. We have experience of using a wide range of numerical and analytical approaches, including groundwater modelling using Modflow, for the assessment of inflows and likely impacts. We also have experience in regulatory liaison and permitting, including pumping test consent, discharge permit and abstraction licence specifically for dewatering.

Condition & performance assessments

Sweco can provide services covering all aspects of borehole engineering for water supply, and open loop ground source heat pump, boreholes. We have undertaken numerous condition and performance assessments incorporating downhole CCTV and geophysical surveys, and deployable output assessments. Our refurbishment experience includes the resolution of problems with sand pumping, loss of performance and water quality failures. To address issues with boreholes pumping sand and subsequently blinding filters in the treatment process, Sweco developed an innovative sand testing methodology that has subsequently been adopted by water companies.

Environmental Impact Assessments

Our experience in Environmental Impact Assessments covers a wide range of project types and scales, including wind farms, site redevelopments and Major Infrastructure Projects such as road schemes. As well as environment impact, we support multi-disciplinary teams and contract partners on a wide range of design and construction issues such as groundwater risks during construction (for example dewatering), flood risks, compliance, and licensing and environmental permitting requirements.

Geomorphological services

We can provide a full range of geomorphological services to clients, from desktop studies to full catchment-scale fluvial audits from source to sea. These studies are critical to fully understanding the processes operating within the catchment and their implications for any modifications to the landscape within. We have worked with clients on a range of projects from major infrastructure planning (roads, rails) to natural flood management schemes (catchment-wide) to smaller scale river restoration projects.

Fluvial audits involve a walkover survey of the entire study reach by our experienced field geomorphologists. All geomorphological features, such as areas of erosion, deposition, sources of sediment, flow paths etc. are recorded and photographed, along with manmade pressures on the system (e.g. bank protection, culverts, offtake channels) that may affect the geomorphic evolution of the watercourse are recorded. From this, a complete picture of the geomorphological evolution of the study reach is developed that can be used as a baseline for the assessment of the client’s plans for the catchment. This mode of work also applies to coastal settings too.

We also offer a full range of geomorphological modelling using industry-standard hydraulic modelling software. We can model shear stress, sediment transport, erosion patterns and bed evolution under a range of fluvial and coastal scenarios to fully explore the impact of the client’s project on the landscape, and how best to create a geomorphological solution that fulfils the aims of the client along with ensuring the sustainability and, where possible, improvement in the geomorphological stability of the landscape.

What does a geomorphological audit include?

All geomorphological features, such as areas of erosion, deposition, sources of sediment, and flow paths are recorded and photographed. Manmade pressures that may affect the geomorphic evolution of the watercourse are also recorded such as bank protection, culverts and offtake channels. From this, a complete picture of the geomorphological evolution of the area is developed that can be used as a baseline for the assessment of the client’s plans for the catchment. This mode of work also applies to coastal settings too.

Does Sweco offer geomorphological modelling?

Yes – we offer a full range of geomorphological modelling using industry-standard hydraulic modelling software. We can model shear stress, sediment transport, erosion patterns and bed evolution under a range of fluvial and coastal scenarios to fully explore the impact of the client’s project on the landscape. By doing so, we can develop a geomorphological solution that fulfils the aims of the client along with ensuring sustainability and, where possible, improvement in the geomorphological stability of the landscape.

 

We can also provide lifecycle expertise across the full water engineering spectrum, including water and wastewater infrastructure, water treatment, groundwater and surface water resource management and flood resilience.

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