Engineering projects for wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) require a multidisciplinary approach. In addition to understanding the biochemistry of the process in question, the design engineer must consider architecture, plumbing, and hydrodynamics, and electrical engineering, among others.
As a result, many engineers rely on multiple vendors to complete a total design. This can impose several intentional challenges on the WWTP down the road, including having to juggle multiple warranties, customer support lines, and preventative maintenance schedules. It can also lead to finger-pointing among vendors when problems arise.
To aid design engineers in this challenge, they and end-users should consider bringing industry-veteran vendors who specialize in comprehensive solution packages. Leveraging vendor expertise from the first stage of design planning helps effectively identify feasible and economically viable solutions with a zero-cost benefit. Knowing which vendor to include in this process requires careful vetting, and this guide will help establish how to accomplish that.