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‘One Water’ master plan latest effort by the city to manage its
water resources sustainably

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Black & Veatch, a global leader in water solutions and critical
infrastructure, has announced its selection to develop a water
sustainability blueprint for rainfall-reliant Winter Haven, Florida, and
its water utility serving more than 37,000 customers.

The planned, integrated master plan will adopt a “One Water” approach
championed by the U.S. Water Alliance and other advocacy groups. The
approach is based in all forms of water – drinking water, wastewater,
stormwater, reclaimed water, indirect and direct potable reuse, and
groundwater – as a singular resource to be managed sustainably. The
Black & Veatch team, with national environmental engineering and design
firm Brown and Caldwell, will assess Winter Haven’s water resources and
utility systems, then help the roughly 43,000-resident central Florida
city chart how to integrate its land- and water-use planning,
incorporate its lakes and restore its natural systems while promoting
citywide water sustainability and economic growth for at least the next
half century.

Winter Haven has been especially proactive in addressing its water
future, having joined the Polk Regional Water Cooperative (PRWC) to
support regional efforts to better manage impacts from land use, aquifer
withdrawals, and drainage on water supplies and natural systems. The
City Commission adopted a Sustainable Water Management Plan (SWMP) in
2010 that established a long-term approach that recognized how water is
connected to Winter Haven’s economic future and quality of life.

“This master plan is incredibly important for Winter Haven to meet all
of the water challenges we expect over the next 50 years, and it’s our
hope that this effort will become a catalyst for positive change not
only for our community, but other communities in Florida and beyond,”
said Mike Britt, Winter Haven’s project manager.

More than a century old, Black & Veatch has worked on hundreds of master
plans for water utilities nationwide – from small community water
systems to planning multi-billion-dollar capital improvement programs
(CIPs). In addition to providing expertise in One Water master planning,
Black & Veatch uses dynamic tools to help utilities adapt their plans,
capital prioritization and CIP management activities as circumstances
and priorities change.

“It’s always professionally rewarding to do these types of projects,”
said Jon Dinges, a Black & Veatch project manager. “We are excited to
support Winter Haven in their One Water goal to lead its community in
controlling their destiny with natural, finite and valuable water

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical
human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government
Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of
people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering,
construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018
were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on and
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About Brown and Caldwell

Employee-owned and based in Walnut Creek, California, Brown and Caldwell
is a full-service environmental engineering and construction firm with
52 offices and 1,600-plus professionals across North America and the
Pacific. For more than 70 years, the firm’s creative solutions have
helped municipalities, private industry and government agencies overcome
their most challenging water and environmental obstacles. For more
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