Water Services

Weaver Engineering Water Services

Drinking Water

Surface Water Sources and Treatment

Weaver Engineering has nearly a century of experience working with surface water systems, ranging in size from 1 million gallons per day (MGD) or less, to over 100 MGD. We have designed new surface water treatment plants from the ground up, and we have completed numerous upgrades and/or expansions of existing surface water treatment plants.

In addition to our design and construction administration expertise, we also provide consulting services related to plant process optimization, troubleshooting, safety, and regulatory compliance. To stay on the cutting edge of the latest available technologies, Weaver Engineering is a consultant subscriber to the AWWA Research Foundation.

Construction Admin and Observation

Weaver Engineering has provided construction administration and observation services for literally thousands of projects. Our research is thorough, our specifications are prepared to high standards, and our long-standing, amicable relationship with regulatory agency personnel allows us to move through the permitting process in a timely manner. We have the capacity to quickly and diplomatically resolve any issue that may arise.

Weaver Engineering can expertly prepare required documentation and help coordinate the bidding process. We also have an excellent track record of helping to select the appropriate contractor for a given job. As part of these services, Weaver Engineering provides drawings and contract documents for bidders to review, and we fully participate in pre-bid conferences and bid openings. Once work is underway, we evaluate all submissions from contractors and make recommendations in the best interest of our client. Appropriate contract documents are executed, and all required plans and paperwork are submitted to the contractor. Over the course of construction, Weaver Engineering reviews contractor submittals and pay requests, makes scheduled visits to project sites, and provides field reports in accordance with our client's needs.

Weaver Engineering employs highly experienced construction observers. Our Project Representatives have decades of experience providing construction observation services in the field and are tenacious in their efforts to ensure actual construction and materials used in the field meet the parameters and specifications of the project's design and guidelines. The relationships our Project Representatives maintain with local contractors are an asset to each project.

Building Services

Weaver Engineering can provide various building services to support design projects ranging from water and wastewater treatment facilities to commercial, residential and industrial site development and industrial parks.

Grant and Loan Admin Assistance

Weaver Engineering helps clients find grant and loan funding for projects, and provides assistance on projects from concept through construction, including administration that complies fully with funding agency rules and regulations. We have staff with experience in every major federal and state grant and loan program, including the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Economic Development Administration (EDA), USDA Rural Development Administration (RDA), Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (CWSRF and DWSRF), S. C. Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF), and many other specialized funding programs offered by state and federal agencies.

Weaver Engineering is familiar with these programs, their eligibility requirements, processes and documents, and we have good working relationships with the key administrative people who staff the funding agencies. We prepare competitive applications, resolve problems that may arise during projects, negotiate required changes, and help to keep projects on track. Our detailed knowledge saves clients time and expense, and assures that projects get the thorough administrative assistance that the funding sources require.

Financial Analysis and Rate Studies

Weaver Engineering has developed financial analyses including rate studies, impact fee development, and capital expenditure programs for a number of clients. Weaver Engineering's objective during the development of rate schedules is to ensure the rate structure will attain the maximum degree of equitableness among customers, while being consistent with local practices and conditions.

The establishment of an adequate rate schedule should reflect the cost of providing that service to different classes of customers. In order to conduct a sound analysis of the adequacy of charges, Weaver Engineering allocates the costs among customers commensurate with their service requirements in order to recognize differences in costs of furnishing service to different types of customers (residential, commercial, and industrial). Weaver Engineering then develops rates to recover the cost of services equitably from each class. Additional components of a rate study may include impact fee development, wholesale rate development, and capital expenditure programs.

Regulatory Compliance

Perhaps the greatest asset that Weaver Engineering provides our clients is our rapport with local, state, and federal permitting agencies. Through our history of work on thousands of engineering projects, Weaver Engineering has gained extensive experience with all state and federal agencies that hold regulatory authority over our clients' projects. Our permitting success results from proper initial permit preparation, relationships with regulatory personnel, and regular follow-ups to help ensure permits are issued within the time frames needed to meet our clients' schedules.

Weaver Engineering works regularly with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), as well as a variety of other agencies to obtain permits for projects throughout the Southeast.

For projects involving greater permitting complexity, Weaver Engineering employs a full-time, dedicated Permitting Specialist with extensive experience preparing right-of way encroachment permits for roadways, railroads, South Carolina Budget and Control Board Easement applications, and more. Weaver Engineering also employs an Environmental Health and Safety Manager and a Hydrogeologist who have extensive experience working with the SCDHEC, the USACE, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS), the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), and other state and federal regulatory agencies.

By staying abreast of current regulations through training, publication subscriptions, and professional memberships, Weaver Engineering provides our engineers and clients with the information required to effectively comply with, as well as develop proactive approaches to, the latest legislative developments.

Weaver Engineering also provides professional services for environmental compliance. Weaver Engineering's acquired knowledge and practical experience allows us to help our clients successfully obtain and maintain environmental compliance. Preparing and integrating environmental compliance programs into an organization's infrastructure is a demanding, time consuming, and complex process. Weaver Engineering has partnered with public and private sector clients to find cost-effective solutions that are customized to meet their environmental management needs. Our focus is on compliance through better management, procedures, implementation and documentation.

Water System Master Planning

System-wide planning is the most effective method a utility can use to manage growth. Weaver Engineering performs Water System Master Plans to assist our clients in their efforts to meet both current and future water system demands and drinking water regulations.

The master planning process begins with a review of the historical production records and the demographics of the customer base, followed by the development of future demand projections. Then the existing water system infrastructure (sources, treatment, and distribution) is evaluated through the use of modeling software and other tools to predict its ability to meet the current and anticipated future requirements. The final step in the master planning process is to identify the required improvements, determine when they will be needed, and estimate the capital cost associated with the improvements.

The end result is a Master Plan that represents a well thought-out roadmap for the future growth of the water system. If updated on a regular basis (e.g. every 5 years), these "living documents" function as invaluable administrative tools and capital improvement plans that assist managers with annual budget preparation.

Distribution System Modeling
Weaver Engineering utilizes computerized hydraulic modeling programs developed by Bentley/Haestad Methods (WaterCad) and MWH Soft (H2OMAP) to identify deficiencies in the client's water system, run various scenarios, and to recommend solutions. These programs can interface with AutoCad and ESRI products, as well as Geographic Information Systems (GIS). They also provide our engineers with advanced data presentation capabilities, including the generation of water age maps, hydraulic grade contour maps, zones of influence maps, maps of low pressure areas, maps of areas with insufficient storage, etc. In addition to hydraulic models, Weaver Engineering also has experience with water quality models that can predict water quality degradation, chlorine residuals, etc.
Water System Mapping and GIS

Weaver Engineering has provided water system mapping services for decades to a wide range of clients with varying system complexities. Water system mapping has evolved over the years from hand drawn maps, to maps created through CADD, and now to maps generated from the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.

Weaver Engineering has an experienced GIS team whose main focus is on the utility industry. Weaver Engineering has continued this commitment by providing GIS services and solutions designed specifically for the utility industry. Our GIS professionals know utilities and have access to experts in all fields of the industry. Our dedication and experience enables Weaver Engineering to offer cost effective GIS services and solutions that best fit your needs.

Our GIS solutions are effectively utilized to support:
  • Engineering, Planning and Design
  • Inventory and Material Handling
  • Logistics and Routing
  • Underground Locating
  • Integration of Operational Systems (work order management systems, customer information systems, SCADA, mobile dispatch, and outage management systems)
  • Land Management (right of way, easement and vegetation management)
Groundwater Sources and Treatment

Throughout the Southeast, thousands of water systems use groundwater as their drinking water source. Weaver Engineering has nearly a century of experience working with groundwater systems of various sizes, and this experience provides us with an in-depth knowledge of the regional geography and aquifer systems. We have designed groundwater wells of all types and configurations including artificial media gravel packed wells, rock wells, wells with submersible pump configurations, and vertical turbine pump configurations.

In addition to designing facilities for developing and pumping groundwater sources, Weaver Engineering also has extensive experience relating to the design of the associated equipment that may be required to utilize a groundwater source. These systems may include aeration, filters, membranes, chemical feed systems, and storage tanks. We also provide consulting services related to troubleshooting, safety, and regulatory compliance for groundwater systems.

Water Distribution and Storage

Weaver Engineering's water distribution experience includes the planning, design, construction observation, and project administration for numerous local and regional water distribution systems throughout the Southeast. Thousands of miles of water distribution lines (ranging from 2 to 54 inches in diameter) and numerous pump stations designed by Weaver Engineering serve as a testament to our leadership and expertise in the field of water distribution.

In addition to our experience with water lines, pump stations, and hydraulic modeling, we have extensive experience designing water storage facilities. Weaver Engineering has designed over 100 tanks throughout the Southeast, with volumes of up to 5,000,000 gallons.

Weaver Engineering has also developed good working relationships permitting agencies, and provides the expertise to efficiently obtain permit approvals to keep projects on schedule.