Rivers provide a plentiful and reliable supply of drinking water for many communities. However, river water contains significant quantities of sediment that can be expensive to remove. As a result, many communities are using a sustainable and cost-effective process called riverbank filtration as a means of filtering surface water. The riverbank filtration/collector well concept uses permeable river deposits next to the river to naturally filter the water. The water is then pumped to the surface, treated, and delivered to customers.
Years of experience and research in the United States and overseas have shown that riverbank filtration can improve the quality of surface water. In the right geologic setting, it is also possible to achieve filtration credits from state regulators that can, in some cases, eliminate the need for installing an expensive surface water treatment system. We assist clients through all phases of collector well project development, including feasibility studies, site characterization, design, construction, and testing, partnering with a collector well design engineer. Our hydrogeologic characterization experts ensure that projects are based on sound technical knowledge critical for system design that will maximize yield and water quality. Our hydrogeologists and water quality specialists, working with our clients’ collector well design engineer, have the expertise needed for successful projects.