We see water in context. From delivering water infrastructure to advising on natural catchments, we consider commercial, economic, environmental and social implications.
Arup’s global reach and keen insight into the entire water cycle, and our practical experience in contrasting climates and conditions, brings oversight to our work in water – including infrastructure design and engineering, asset management, flood mitigation, sustainable water management, water strategies and research.
All-round thinking is the product of our specialist engineers, project managers, management consultants and environmental and water scientists working seamlessly together – and in partnership with clients.
The challenges ahead are considerable. With population growth and climate change risk, the design and management of water infrastructure is becoming more complex.
With oversight, we can better look ahead, whether helping manufacturers such as Diageo secure their future water supply or advising environment agencies on river maintenance and flood protection. Arup’s foresight helps water operators, such as Yorkshire Water and Manila Water, adapt to changes in supply, demand and regulation by bringing greater flexibility and efficiency to their assets and operations.
Through our wide-ranging work, we’ve come to appreciate the needs of all water stakeholders regardless of the scale of project. At any one time, we may be designing sewerage infrastructure for 5m Hong Kong residents while elsewhere we are rethinking fish passes to allow fish to safely migrate past obstructions such as weirs.
So when it comes to multifaceted projects – such as the Vistula River Dam, a key Polish reservoir at risk of failure in a protected habitat – Arup brings a truly balanced approach to sustainable water management.
A fresh approach
Complex challenges require original but carefully considered solutions.
Broken Hill, a remote Australian mining town, was facing the high costs of freighting in water when natural sources became inadequate. Arup instead proposed a reverse osmosis desalination plant for Broken Hill, which uses less energy than traditional distillation methods, and proved the town’s most cost-effective option.
Arup pursues novel ideas wherever they can improve water and resource management, such as wastewater treatment facilities that convert sewage sludge to energy.