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Analytics & Research

Water Treatment Research

Providing Innovative Solutions for
Environmental Challenges Through Research

MWH, now part of Stantec, provides innovative and sustainable solutions to global environmental issues and natural resource limitations through specialized analytics and research. Our multi-disciplinary staff offers state-of-the-art capabilities including pilot equipment fabrication and pilot testing. Areas include water-energy nexus and sustainability, treatment facility optimization, development of best management practices for emerging contaminants, treatment of industrial wastewater and produced water, and emerging technology development and evaluation. Our clients rely on our diverse experience:

  • MWH has performed and provided support for more than 100 bench-, pilot- and demonstration-scale studies that support cost-effective solutions to environmental challenges across a wide-range of treatment processes. These include conventional treatment, direct filtration, membrane filtration, ion exchange, granular activated carbon adsorption and filtration, ozonation, advanced oxidation and air stripping, coagulation, softening, water and wastewater disinfection, disinfection byproduct mitigation, and bio- and biodegradation kinetics.
  • Our researchers have performed extensive studies to evaluate the application of innovative ceramic membranes in water treatment and reclamation for enhanced energy utilization efficiency, including operating the first ceramic pilot in the United States to demonstrate long-term operation and efficiency.
  • We’ve earned respect as a leader within the field. MWH employees serve on national committees, have won a wide range of awards, have published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and technical conferences and maintain close relationships with major universities and research institutions around the world, including the WateReuse Foundation, National Water Research Institute and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF).
  • We have conducted process evaluation of almost every membrane bioreactor (MBR) system currently marketed in the United States and more than 85 percent of membrane systems approved by the California Department of Public Health have gone through our rigorous evaluation program.
  • MWH has a formal strategic alliance with Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Bloomberg School of Public Health. This alliance, held within the School’s Center for Water and Health, provides MWH offices and clients around the world access to an unprecedented academic knowledge base, experience, and laboratory capabilities. As part of this partnership, MWH has a laboratory embedded directly within the university’s Center for Water and Health research facility. Seven MWH staff have formal appointments as adjunct faculty or visiting scholars. Through these enhanced laboratory capabilities, MWH addresses key water infrastructure sustainability challenges that are focused on energy, potable and recycled water, wastewater, mining water, produced water and industrial water from projects around the world.
  • Additionally, MWH also collaborates with faculty members of engineering and science departments at other major universities and we frequently lead grant sponsored projects with the participation of world renowned university experts serving as Co-Principal Investigators or Technical Advisors.