Water Systems Engineering
B&L provides services for the various facets of water supply analysis and design, including system troubleshooting, treatment and storage facilities, distribution and transmission mains, SCADA systems, disinfection, and fluoridation systems. We also offer services in water system analyses/modeling, planning, and grantsmanship in areas such as facility optimization and rehabilitation, source development and assessments, system hydraulic analyses, energy management, and instrumentation and control.
Eastern Shore Water System
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Eastern Shore Water System

Eastern Shore Water System

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B&L developed a joint water distribution project to provide public water service to new water districts in the Towns of Richland and Sandy Creek. The project is an addition to Richland Water Districts No. 1 and 2 and will provide municipal water service to approximately 1,540 people on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario.


The project eliminated various community water systems that were contaminated and provided public water to many small lakeshore properties that lacked adequate drinking water. The new water system serves over 880 developed properties in Town of Richland Water District No. 3 and Town of Sandy Creek Water District No. 1. In order to progress the project, coordination with the two Towns was essential in the project planning and design processes.




Whitehall Water Filtration Plant and Water Main Replacement
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Whitehall water main replacement and membrane microfiltration plant

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  • Filtration control center
  • New treatment building and backwash lagoons
  • Concrete tank and decant pumping station

B&L engineered a new 1.0 mgd membrane microfiltration water treatment facility, 0.75 mg concrete CT/storage tank at the treatment facility, raw water intake improvements, replacement of about 3 miles of the raw water transmission main, replacement of about 0.5 mile of finished water transmission main, and other water system improvements to meet a state-mandated requirement for filtration. B&L also assisted the Village in preparing the Operations and Maintenance Manual, treatment plant startup and operator training by one of our Grade 1A licensed operators, and relocated the water main that was underneath Broadway Avenue.




Constantia and Toad Harbor Water Districts
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Constantia West Monroe

Constantia West Monroe

  • New water tank in Constantia
  • Triplex booster pumping station
  • Installation of water mains
  • New booster pumping station
  • Pumping station controls
Phase 1 of the North Shore Water District provides sustainable and cost effective public water service to approximately 890 residential and commercial properties throughout both the towns of Constantia and West Monroe.  B&L assisted the Town with the initial North Shore Water System concept planning through development of Map, Plan and Reports for the two water districts, coordination with the Onondaga County Water Authority, environmental review process, preparation of and assistance with funding applications, design, construction and final start-up of the facilities.  Hydraulic modeling was performed for proposed system improvements as well as potential connection to OCWA facilities to "loop the lake". The project included the acquisition of more than 225 construction easements as well as acquisition of land from private entities within the Towns of Constantia and West Monroe.


  • 6.2 miles of 16-inch ductile iron transmission main with hydrants and valves along NYS Route 49 in the Towns of West Monroe and Constantia
  • Connection to the existing 16-inch OCWA water main east of the Village of Central Square
  • 23.9 miles of 4-, 8-, and 12-inch ductile iron distribution main with hydrants and valves along the water main route 
  • New triplex booster pumping station to boost water main pressures along the north shore of Oneida Lake
  • New 500,000-gallon elevated water storage tank
Our Water Services
  • Water system analyses and planning
  • Facility optimization and rehabilitation
  • Source development and protection
  • System hydraulic analyses/modeling
  • Distribution and transmission systems
  • Water storage facilities
  • Water treatment facilities
  • Instrumentation and control/SCADA systems
  • Start-up and operating assistance
  • Rate structure studies
  • Disinfection techniques
  • Pilot/research and development programs
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Grant and funding assistance
  • Asset management
Richland Water Supply Source and Distribution System
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Richland Water

Richland Water

  • Water department facility
  • 100 KW Wind Tower
  • Glass-lined bolted steel storage tank
  • Water treatment facility

B&L developed a water supply source and a distribution system to provide public water service to approximately 650 residential and commercial properties throughout the Town of Richland including water service to the town’s Industrial Park. Among the funding obtained for the project, the Town of Richland received a Shared Municipal Services Initiative Grant for the installation of a water works building to serve both the Town of Richland and the Village of Pulaski, as well as to fund the construction of various shared connections between the two municipalities.




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Saranac Lake Water

Saranac Lake Alternative Drinking Water Source Project

  • Saranac Lake Alternative Drinking Water Source
  • Drilling of a well
  • New well head control building
  • New well head and control building
  • Pilot filtration study

The Village of Saranac Lake initially desired to pursue a “dual source scenario” to provide the Village’s water system with two independent water supply sources.  This scenario included slow sand filtration for the existing surface water source, and a proposed groundwater source to provide the Village with a secondary and backup water supply. 


The “Dual Source Option” required a pilot study to verify the performance of the proposed slow sand filtration process, and a preliminary groundwater investigation to determine the feasibility of developing a groundwater source with sufficient capacity. Parallel to the pilot study, the team conducted the initial groundwater study.  The groundwater investigation was successful in locating a unique subsurface esker deposit along the Saranac River Valley capable of sustaining multiple wells upwards of 4.0 million gallons per day.  A test production well yielded amazing results of only a 7’ drawdown of the nearly 150’ deep water table at a pumping rate of more than 3,000 gallons per minute (or ~MGD).  Following these preliminary results, the Village decided to pursue a single water supply source consisting of two wells, each capable of providing 4.0 MGD.  


 The improvements to address source and water system deficiencies include the development of:

  • two wells, each capable of pumping 3.5 MGD
  • 10,000 LF 16” DIP of transmission main a 1,150,000 gallon concrete water storage tank
  • distribution system improvements
  • instrumentation and control systems located at both the well head control building and the tank sites including a new SCADA system and radio telemetry communication  

The system was designed for future capacity including possibility of supplying the state and federal correctional facilities in Ray Brook with municipal water service from the Village as well as the prospect of 15 to 20 percent growth in the village.  The project received funding in the form of a $10.5 million, zero-interest loan for 30 years, a $2.0 million grant, and $1.0 million grant through the Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP), for water meters throughout the village, part of the federal ARRA stimulus monies. 


This project won a Gold Award for Engineering Excellence in the category of Water Resources from the American Council of Engineering Companies, New York.