National Groundwater Week: Sustainability & Resiliency

National Groundwater Week: Sustainability & Resiliency

The Northeast is undergoing remarkable changes in its natural environment, marked by more frequent and intense rainfall events that reshape our landscape. Consequently, rising groundwater levels can pose challenges for communities across the region.

This surge in groundwater levels can be related to fluctuations with influx of inflow and infiltration (I&I) into sewer systems, straining treatment plants and escalating wastewater treatment costs. To tackle these challenges head-on, communities in the Capital Region are embracing innovative trenchless technologies like sewer and manhole lining, led by engineers like H2M’s own Wastewater Engineer, Neil O’Connor, PE.

With over 15 years of experience, Neil O’Connor has been a trailblazer in addressing these environmental shifts. His expertise spans various projects, including water, wastewater, and stormwater, showcasing a broad understanding of New York State regulations. Noteworthy among his accomplishments is his involvement in the City of Albany’s comprehensive stormwater, sanitary sewer, and water design initiatives. Neil’s leadership in green infrastructure design was pivotal in minimizing on-street flooding and combined sewer overflows.

Through the adoption of sustainable solutions, we not only prolong the lifespan of current assets but also substantially decrease inflow and infiltration (I&I). This relieves the strain on wastewater treatment plants, effectively restoring their intended treatment capacity for future septic to sewer connections. These measures will further enhance groundwater protection in the long run.

Let’s collectively embrace these forward-thinking approaches for a cleaner, more resilient tomorrow.