Water & Wastewater
Since its inception in 1978, KSA has specialized in providing water and wastewater systems design for small to medium-sized municipalities and water districts. We have intentionally focused on municipalities with populations between 100,000 to 10,000 or less. Here’s why.
DESIGN PHILOSOPHY AND APPROACH
Our market focus starts with our engineering design philosophy–a philosophy that has evolved over the years based on the unique needs of our clients. We have found that towns and cities in the range of 10,000 to 100,000 in population are most interested in cost-effective solutions that are both reliable and easy to maintain. Very few of these entities have the luxury of unlimited budgets. Based on these unique requirements, we have become known for our expertise in the application of the most appropriate technologies to strike a reasonable balance between initial capital and operational costs; and effective systems that are easy to maintain and operate without adding unnecessary over complication. Whenever possible, our first consideration leans toward the utilization of existing facilities to accomplish the same results as if they were new.
Listening to the needs of our client is one of our highest priorities.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND DELIVERY
KSA’s water and wastewater project delivery process is built around a strong team of local project managers. We have intentionally created this organization to provide a team that combines local knowledge with specialized experience. This means that your project will be managed by a project manager that either resides in your vicinity or is in close proximity to you. This is your assurance of a team capable of providing the most technically sound and cost-effective design in a manner most responsive to your needs.
Your project manager will utilize the specialized expertise within the Water and Wastewater Center of Excellence to guide the overall project approach and provide a highly specialized and unique design. Collaboratively, the team will work together to determine the tasks, team and technologies necessary to optimize the design and meet or exceed the goals established for the project.
KSA’s water and wastewater portfolio is extensive and includes the following capabilities:
TREATMENT PROCESS (WATER)
- Reverse Osmosis
- Chlorination Options
- Ultrafiltration and Nanofiltration
TREATMENT PLANTS (WATER & WASTEWATER)
CONVEYANCE & PUMPING (WATER & WASTEWATER)
- Pumping Stations
- Lift Stations
- Water Storage Tanks
- Trenchless Technology
TREATMENT PROCESSES (WATER & WASTEWATER)
- Conventional Activated Sludge
- Sequencing Batch Reactors
- Fine Screen Technologies
- Solids Handling and Disposal
- Disinfection (Chlorine Dioxide and Ultraviolet)
- Reclamation and Reuse
COLLECTION SYSTEMS (WASTEWATER)
- Pressure Sewer Systems
- Gravity Sewer Systems
Our water and wastewater planning and design is best illustrated by the following select client list. Completed projects included new and retrofit plants as well as associated infrastructure including lift and pumping stations and transmission.
City of Bastrop
City of Bonham
City of Carthage
City of Grand Prairie
City of Hico
City of Hondo
City of Honey Grove
City of Ladonia
City of Lindsay
City of Longview
City of Marlin
City of Marshall
City of Mineola
City of Quitman
City of Mount Pleasant
City of Mount Vernon
City of Pecos
City of Rockdale
City of Savoy
City of Selma
City of Tyler
East Cedar Creek FWSD
Southern Utilities Company
Texas Parks & Wildlife
Water Treatment Facility in Longview, Texas.
Our Water and Wastewater Design Center of Excellence is led by a core team of subject matter experts. Their comprehensive experience includes the full spectrum of services from plant design, to treatment, to conveyance, pumping, transmission and distribution.
Bob Lane, P.E. has over 21 years of experience in the design of both water and wastewater plant projects. He has completed more than 30 projects involving new plant designs, rehabilitated designs and plant expansions utilizing a wide array of technologies. His projects have ranged in size from 1.0 MGD to 80 MGD. The EPA actually uses a SBR design that Bob modified as the standard for designing SBR treatment systems.
Chris Aylor, P.E. brings over 20 years of experience in water and wastewater plant design, collection, treatment, transmission, conveyance and distribution. His design experience includes both membrane and conventional treatment. Like all of our subject matter experts, Chris has enjoyed significant success in obtaining federal and state grant funding.
Les Shaw, P.E. has over 35 years of experience, he leads our electrical engineering design discipline, has been a key member of KSA’s integrated approach to water and wastewater plant design. Key projects include the Lake O’ the Pines Water Treatment Plant, the City of Longview, the City of Diboll Wastewater Treatment and the City of Huntington Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Tracy Hicks, P.E. has provided comprehensive water and wastewater planning and engineering design services to more than 20 municipalities throughout the south central United States for the past 35 years. His project experience includes water and wastewater plant design, conveyance, distribution, collection, treatment, and pumping systems. Tracy is well known for his cost-effective design approach that seeks optimal use of existing facilities by providing the proper blend of conventional and new process technologies.
David Perkins, P.E. brings 14 years of experience in water and wastewater systems design including transmission, pumping, distribution, collection and treatment. David gained valuable experience through his work on sludge line improvements for the City of Wylie on their 750 MGD (combined) Water Treatment Plants I and II. David brings an extensive background of success in securing Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) funding for the many communities he serves.
Chase Frazier is a master electrician with over 20 years of specialized experience in the custom design of SCADA systems for water and wastewater operations. His team of electrical technicians and designers have developed SCADA systems for a number of municipalities throughout central, east and southeast Texas. His SCADA systems design approach is user-friendly and utilizes select components that have been time-tested for reliability, quality and cost-effectiveness.
Steven Farabaugh, P.E., serves as Senior Project Manager at KSA. Steven has experience as a water infrastructure consultant and a focus on process and design for water, wastewater and reuse applications. Steven has conducted various needs assessments and has served as supervisor to utility and industrial clients to support strategic planning. He has been responsible for business development, client management, and proposal preparation. Steven has been able to recommend alternatives in specific challenge areas on various types of projects. As project manager and design engineer, he has designed groundwater and industrial waste treatment systems, designed drinking water treatment technologies and processes that include membranes, GAC filters, ultraviolet disinfection, limestone contactors and chlorination. A best practices guidance document was prepared by Steven for backwash water recycling at a facility of an international beverage company that is still being implemented today. Steven has designed wastewater pump stations that included pump selection, hydraulic calculations and technical specifications. He is an asset to our KSA team and has extensive knowledge in the water and wastewater sector.
Mark Graves, P.E., is a Regional Manager in KSA’s Municipal Services Group in Austin, Texas. Mark has been involved in project management and design of more than $300 million in water and wastewater facilities throughout his career. He has a comprehensive background in planning, design, construction administration, start-up process optimization, and operations assistance of water and wastewater infrastructure for new and rehabilitated facilities. Mark has business development experience and has been responsible for mentoring, and staff development. Mark serves on the Membrane Standards Committee and the Disinfection Standards Committee of the national American Water Works Association (AWWA) and serves as the Trustee of the Texas AWWA Central Region. He is co-author of the AWWA M68 Manual Standards for Membrane Filtration, Reverse Osmosis and EDR, and Membrane Biorectors.