ABL Environmental Consultants Limited is a Canadian engineering firm which provides specialized services in water and wastewater treatment process design, and plant operations. Our unique company focus, together with the dedication and commitment of our staff, distinguishes us from other firms offering services in this field. Design engineers maintain certification as water and wastewater treatment plant operators, adding an operational perspective to each job, whether it involves an existing plant audit or new plant design. In-house laboratory benchscale or on-site pilot facilities are also offered to investigate the treatability of water and wastewater, with professional evaluation of results. Flow monitoring and process sampling are conducted to characterize hydraulic and organic loads.

Company details

102 Portland Street , Dartmouth , Nova Scotia B2Y 1H8 Canada

Locations Served

Business Type:
Engineering service provider
Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater
Market Focus:
Regionally (various states or provinces)
Year Founded:
1994

This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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ABL Environmental Consultants Limited is a Canadian engineering firm which provides specialized services in water and wastewater treatment process design, and plant operations. Our unique company focus, together with the dedication and commitment of our staff, distinguishes us from other firms offering services in this field. Design engineers maintain certification as water and wastewater treatment plant operators, adding an operational perspective to each job, whether it involves an existing plant audit or new plant design. In-house laboratory benchscale or on-site pilot facilities are also offered to investigate the treatability of water and wastewater, with professional evaluation of results. Flow monitoring and process sampling are conducted to characterize hydraulic and organic loads.

By continually researching evolving technologies and adapting them to new applications, ABL designers are well prepared for the challenges of meeting increasingly stringent regulatory criteria with cost-effective, innovative solutions tailored to each client's specific needs. We have been retained to investigate, design, commission and operate water and wastewater treatment plants for commercial, industrial and government clients. Our team approach and recommendations for process changes or plant upgrades have frequently resulted in significant cost savings for our clients.

ABL Environmental Consultants Limited was formed in 1994 by a collaboration between three senior environmental engineers, all with many years of prior experience in the water and wastewater treatment industry. Thomas P. Austin, M.Sc., P.Eng has been ABL's President, with John C. Lam, P.Eng, as Vice President, from the company's inception. Both have conducted university seminars on Wastewater Treatment Technologies and are recognized specialists in this field. Gordon F. Balcombe, M.A.Sc., P.Eng, with a strong background in hydraulic structures, is ABL's third managing Director.

While ABL's initial focus was to provide clients with the specialized hands-on attention to process design and operation that was not offered by the larger engineering firms, the company has over the years developed a broader range of services and products related to water and wastewater treatment. ABL has ongoing professional associations with other specialized firms offering geotechnical, electrical, structural and mechanical engineering, architectural, oceanographic or construction services. We have a proven record in successful multidisciplinary projects, and can offer a full service package in response to client needs.

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ABL employs certified water and wastewater treatment plant operators. Our combination of process design expertise and hands-on operating experience answers the demand for specialized services in conducting plant audits, commissioning and troubleshooting. Operational services are supported by an in-house laboratory capability for testing regulatory and operational control parameters and microscopy. Laboratory services are closely linked with our benchscale and pilot plant operations.

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Contract Operations

ABL can provide full or part time certified operators either on an ongoing or temporary basis. ABL will assume direct responsible charge of operations in support of a client's existing staff during the interim until training is complete and staff certification has been received. ABL has provided this service in a number of instances, for clients such as Michelin North America. ABL currently operates three wastewater treatment plants in the metro Halifax area, including a commercial mall SBR and an apartment complex greenhouse treatment system.

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Operator Training

ABL has prepared detailed Operational Procedures Manuals and undertaken operator training to meet individual client needs. Training has been provided to operators of several industrial and municipal wastewater plants in the Maritimes, such as at Digby, Keltic Lodge, Brudenell Resort, ABT Co. (Canexel), Michelin Granton, Greenwood, Avonport, Pictou County and elsewhere. Water treatment training has been provided in Stewiacke, Bathurst, Sherbrooke, and Orangedale, for example.

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Plant Audits

ABL conducts plant audits based on the USEPA composite correction program methodology. Audits attempt to identify both the process limitations and the optimum operation of a plant. Once these factors have been identified, the goal of implementation is to optimize plant utilization by improving plant performance with minimal investment. In many cases significant performance enhancements can be achieved and upgrading costs can be reduced. Wastewater treatment plant audits have been conducted for Annapolis County (Nictaux STP), Pictou County, Village of Baddeck, Caledonia, Digby, and others. Water plant audits have been conducted for Mahone Bay and the City of Bathurst. ABL was retained by the Province of Nova Scotia in 1995 to conduct a province-wide needs assessment, auditing all existing water and wastewater treatment plants.

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Plant Commissioning

ABL, with combined operational and PLC control experience, has the expertise to commission both our own plants and those of others. Wastewater treatment plants have been commissioned at Nictaux, the Brudenell Resort, Keltic Lodge, for a commercial mall and industrial clients. Water treatment plants have been commissioned, for example, in Sherbrooke, Stewiacke and Orangedale.

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Treatability Studies

ABL designs and carries out treatability studies for new and existing plants to optimize process performance, and to test the applicability of a selected process. Treatability studies are done at the bench and pilot scales, and ABL can supply pilot plant facilities or design them for the client.

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Laboratory Services

Laboratory Services are provided to support our operational and treatability study services. Our lab is fully equipped to perform BOD, COD, SS, and other routine tests related to operation of water and wastewater treatment plants. Hach methods are performed using a DR-2000 spectrophotometer. Our lab developed to ensure valid results reflecting the true conditions of the sample.

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Flow Monitoring Services

ABL owns flow meters and samplers which can be rented and deployed to determine the load to a plant. These are used to develop realistic scenarios for plant upgrades and troubleshooting. Flow monitoring studies have been done in many communities including Cape Sable Island, Barrington, Baddeck, Liverpool, Lunenburg, City of Miramichi, and others.