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Improved water management will reduce flows diverted from the Syr Darya for irrigation Two young children walking across cracked, dry land with a city skyline behind.

Water resource management

Mott MacDonald has over 70 years’ experience in providing bespoke, integrated approaches for the development, management and use of water resources worldwide. Our expertise is unrivalled: we continuously offer our clients solutions driven by insight and innovation to meet challenges posed by changing water demand for domestic, agricultural and industrial uses.

Increasing capacity of local people in Ethiopia
Environment and capacity development, Ethiopia
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Environment and capacity development, Ethiopia Mott MacDonald provided an endowment analysis covering land and water resources, human capacity, infrastructure assets and requirements.

The importance of water in maintaining the well being of the earth and its inhabitants cannot be over emphasized. The current growth in world population would inevitably lead to an increased demand for water in food production, domestic and industrial purposes. Governments and agencies tasked with managing this resource are therefore faced with the challenge of water allocation for various uses. Our water resource management business core aim is to assist our clients to respond to these challenges.

Water resources issues which we provide assistance for include local drinking water, large scale catchment management for water supply, irrigation water needs, hydropower schemes, flood and erosion control and protection of aquatic systems for wildlife.

We have experience of providing our clients with efficient and sustainable solutions to water resources issues that are aimed at optimising natural flows in rivers and groundwater sources to meet the various competing needs for water.

Developing solutions

  • Atmospheric, surface and ground water systems
  • River transport processes that store and transform chemicals in the aquatic environment
  • Biogeochemical processes in catchments and receiving water bodies
  • Complex water resource systems modelling
  • Ecological and environmental water requirements
  • Risk assessments
  • GIS, remote sensing, spatial data analysis
  • Economics of natural resources
  • Policies, laws and regulations that pertain to water resources

Solutions such as...

  • Structural measures – recommendations for provision and the design of dams, canals or treatment plants
  • Non-structural measures – provision of advice on institutional reforms, development of standards, pricing or water permitting and capacity building

Notable projects include:

Oman water balance

Our specialist team comprising of water resources, groundwater, agricultural and GIS experts developed a bespoke water balance tool for the whole of Oman. This tool has enabled authorities responsible for managing water in the country to accurately identify regions of the country which are either in a state of water surplus or deficit. With this tool it is now possible for planners in Oman to adequately allocate required investment to meet increasing water demand for domestic, industrial and agricultural consumption.

Surgut Municipal water rehabilitation

We provided project management, technical design, tendering and supervision for this project in western Siberia. We incorporated new technologies in the redesign of existing water supply boreholes which resulted in significantly increased yields from the well field and additional water into the network supplying the city's population of 250,000.

Olympic Park

Following the failure to rehabilitate an existing borehole initially assigned to supply water during the construction phase of the London 2012 Olympic Park, our specialist team quickly and efficiently designed an alternative borehole with the capacity to meet construction water demands. Through our early intervention we were able to minimise delays in the timetable for completion of the park.

Anglian Water groundwater level forecasting tool

Through innovative thinking we were able to design and develop an easy to use and inexpensive groundwater level predictive tool that could accurately predict future groundwater levels during periods of drought.

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