If you’ve ever seen a wastewater plant from above, you know just how sprawling and complex these facilities truly are. Wastewater collection, conveyance, and treatment takes a lot of careful planning—and what happens at these plants affects every single one of us.

Simply defined, wastewater is already-used water. And we use a lot of water — from the faucets and toilets in our homes to manufacturing processes in large factories. The water that drains down the tub and runs off our streets is filled with waste, chemicals, food scraps, and other pollutants — and it must go somewhere. Before it’s released back into the environment or a delivery system, whether for reuse or recreational use, it needs to be treated. Untreated water adversely affects the local environment, our health, and our entire ecosystem.

RETTEW works with our clients — from local governments to utility districts — to design new or upgrade/expand existing wastewater treatment facilities and systems. Today, wastewater management is more than just ridding water of bacteria, excess nutrients, and other harmful elements; it’s also about finding smart, innovative solutions for water reuse. For instance, waste can serve as a raw material to aid in other processes that benefit us and our communities. Food waste can be recycled into energy, and wastewater can be repurposed into fertilizer and hydration to help our farms flourish.

We were impressed that RETTEW has deployed experts from across the U.S. Everyone we’ve met cares so much about our needs.
– Hermitage Municipal Authority

RETTEW understands that upgrading a wastewater treatment facility is a multi-million dollar project, money many local authorities don’t have at their fingertips. We not only provide expert engineering strategy; we also help our clients secure funding and create plans for operational improvement and upkeep.

Wastewater treatment is a vital part of maintaining our communities; it not only keeps us healthy and safe; it can also improve our quality of life. A thoughtful, well-designed wastewater operation can protect and preserve green areas, waterways, regional groundwater, residential living spaces, and public parks. It can even spur economic development. Water is indeed the lifeblood of our cities and towns, and we’re here to help make sure it’s plentiful and safe.