Are you prepared for the unexpected?

In the Midwest, we are accustomed to bitter cold temperatures, high snow totals, and associated impacts to our water and wastewater infrastructure.  In the South, they are used to enjoying warm temperatures, no snow, and little concern for prolonged subfreezing impacts to their utilities.  In Texas, dangerously low potable water levels were recently reached across the state as water treatment in some counties became nonexistent due to power outages and line breaks. Wastewater treatment plants also failed due to power outages and failed emergency back-up power causing untreated sewage to overflow into local creeks and prompting boil orders for more than 11 million people with compromised drinking water sources.

Wastewater and water treatment plants are required to have backup power sources or generators to ensure continued treatment when the power fails. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has standards outlined in the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to help you keep your community safe when the unexpected happens. Commonwealth has experience in both wastewater and water treatment plant operations and has experienced staff who can evaluate a community and propose alternatives based on your needs and budget.

If you would like to discuss steps towards protecting your utility from the unexpected, please contact Theresa Criss-Hartwig at 317-888-1177 or