Quest recognizes that the pressure upon the world’s fresh water resources is increasing continually because of population growth, rising per capita consumption, contamination and other forms of environmental degradation that are all contributing to increasing pressure upon water availability and distribution.  It has been said that all fresh water is used or consumed at least once before fresh water reaches the oceans.  Competition for increasingly scarce water resources is not just a technical problem but involves social, economic and even political pressure.  Many well quoted authorities including the United Nations considers fresh water supply the greatest environmental threat of all.

Quest believes that the key to fresh water management involves not only the increasing pressure for supply but also the sustainable development of all water resources and that a holistic and integrated approach considering all available options must be utilized.  Quest also believes that the easy options have been used up and that hard decisions including affected stakeholders and alternative water sources must be included in project planning.  Quest’s engineers and scientists have many years of experience addressing water issues including the following areas of expertise:

  • Baseline hydrological assessments
  • Baseline sampling programs for quality and quantity
  • Regulatory negotiation, support, and compliance
  • Water supply and management assessments
  • Audits
  • Feasibility studies
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Economic and risk analysis
  • Forensic investigations
  • Chemical and ecological supply and discharge assessments
  • Ecological risk assessments
  • Groundwater, vadose zone and surface water contamination evaluations
  • Stormwater management
  • Sediment transport analysis
  • Water and wastewater treatment design


Quest takes a practical, results-oriented approach to projects, backed by many years of hands-on experience and forensic judgment, and the use of state-of-the-art methods of analysis and design.   














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