As communities continue to grow, water suppliers face increasing difficulty to meet new demand.
Intelligent planning is the only way for industries and water purveyors to ensure an adequate water supply is available in the face of changing water supplies and demands.
Layne collaborates with industries, communities, and agricultural users to develop regional and local water supply master plans with solutions that meet the short and long-term needs of the users. We use our experience as scientists and engineers to design new tools and formulate innovative ways to conserve, develop, and manage water supplies. We have worked with multi-user groups to initiate cooperative management of the water source.
Integrated water supply planning analyzes all available water sources and rates them based on yield, reliability, water quality, infrastructure, and lowest delivery cost. Our investigations systematically evaluate water supply options, including groundwater and surface water. Layne hydrologists and engineers apply existing and proprietary methods to develop a set of resource strategies that meet future needs.
ANALYSIS OF ALTERNATIVES
Understanding the full life-cycle costs of each alternative is imperative for responsible investment. Layne understands the design, construction and operation costs of infrastructure and privides informed analysis of the costs and benefits of different solutions. We help utility and industry managers make solid, confident and convincing investment decisions.
Drought planning provides communities with the proper and best-suited tools and policies in advance of droughts so they can alleviate unnecessary economic and social burdens during drought. Planning for drought involves learning to predict drought, identifying drought risk, and mitigating its effects. Layne helps communities create comprehensive drought plans by analyzing the water supply, identifying vulnerability, and proposing specific drought responses.
In the past, water conservation was a response to local drought conditions or to emergency shortages. This is no longer the case. Water use efficiency and conservation are now essential elements of long-term strategies to meet water demand, extend the life of existing water supplies, protect water quality, and demonstrate good stewardship of a finite resource. Water conservation planning is now a normal part of water supply planning in western states, and a developing concept in the eastern states.Layne has worked with water utilities to develop unique conservation plans that evaluate the utility's current and projected water demand. We assess our client's infrastructure and water supplies, and then determine the actions the utility will take to reduce water loss, strategically decrease consumption, and increase the efficiency of its water system. Our clients have ranged from municipal utilities to state-wide investor-owned utilities that provide water to multiple communities.
Aquifer protection recognizes that groundwater quality can be threatened by land uses and activities in the source areas of well fields. Layne’s experience provides an in-depth understanding of the physical system that dictates the how, when, and in what form a contaminant would arrive, the regulations governing the implementation of aquifer protection, and the mechanisms that prevent contamination in the first place. Layne provides groundwater modeling and planning and management services that aid in the protection of community drinking-water supply systems. In addition, scientists at Layne developed the EPA's wellhead protection area delineation model, WhAEM, which is used throughout the country by state agencies and consultants.