Water is likely to become a scarce resource this century. The ever-increasing populations of the world’s towns and cities are placing enormous pressure on water, wastewater and drainage infrastructure. SMEC has the knowledge and experience to effectively manage this precious resource. SMEC’s expertise in the water sector is derived from one of the world’s most significant water projects – the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme in Australia. This project developed large agriculture areas which provided economic prosperity for Australia in the 1950s and beyond.
SMEC has successfully completed a range of water projects in many developed and developing countries worldwide and remains a dominant player in the sector. SMEC is at the forefront of research and adopts the latest trends and methodologies to provide sustainable solutions for this valuable natural resource.
SMEC’s expert knowledge in water infrastructure is enhanced by long-standing associations with internationally recognised expert advisors and educational institutions. SMEC works with governments, local authorities, water companies and developers to ensure that water resources are harnessed, collected, treated and delivered to customers, and that wastewater is collected, treated and disposed or recycled.
In the field of water engineering, SMEC has carried out investigations and studies, as well as the design, and construction management, for more than 2,000 projects. Projects have ranged from inception studies for rural water supply to the largest of dams. Most recently, SMEC has been involved in the design and construction of the three largest desalination plants in Australia.
Within the Water sector, SMEC’s capabilities extend through all stages of the project from conception to completion. SMEC's capabilities include pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, field investigations, laboratory testing, computer modelling, design, preparation of tender and contract documents, tender evaluation, contract management, construction supervision, quality assurance, commissioning, operation and maintenance, training and overall project management.