Integrated Water Resource Planning

Water resource challenges are becoming increasingly complex and the most effective solutions will often involve multiple water sources and a diversity of supply and management strategies with custom solutions that are unique to a given location.

Water Science Associates has significant experience in providing integrated water resource evaluations and sustainability planning to manage finite resources. We consider the integration of stormwater, surface water, groundwater, and reclaimed water sources a critical part to developing effective and sustainable short and long term water supply plans.

A properly integrated planning effort will consider all potential water sources and management options in seeking the most effective combination of alternatives. A key to a successful water management program often involves coordination between public and private interests and a myriad of related stakeholders in the balanced consideration of resource availability, public acceptance, environmental impacts, system reliability, resulting water quality, long term sustainability, and cost.

The professionals at Water Science Associates have provided primary technical analyses and facilitation of integrated water resource planning efforts for the City of Cape Coral, Lee County, Collier County, and the Jacksonville Electric Authority. Resulting plans have included development of brackish groundwater sources, groundwater storage of seasonally available raw surface and ground water, treated potable water, and treated wastewater, stormwater harvesting, wetland hydration, development of groundwater salinity barriers, reservoir development, tactical reclaimed water system expansions to industry and aquifer or environmental management efforts, reclaimed water supplements, and many other source and management alternatives.