Utility Design

utility constructionProjects are required to provide acceptable connects to services needed by the development they create.  These utilities fall into two categories: “dry utilities” (like power, telephone, cable TV) and “wet utilities” (like sewer and water).  EARTH WIND WATER Civil Engineering has the experience and capacity to design all of the “wet utilities” needed for your project.

Water Utility Design

In California today, water is rapidly becoming one of the most precious commodities.  This appreciation will likely continue to be front and center in our lives.  Civil Engineers work between the municipal agencies that provide drinking water (called potable water) and the home-builder or developer of the commercial project to assure proper deliver and use of potable water.  Proper use of potable water is a current “hot button” for all concerned.  Civil Engineers make sure that there is an adequate supply of water for domestic and emergency uses of all projects.  It is critical that if a fire is being fought, there be enough water at an appropriate water pressure to get the job done.

Sanitary Sewer Design

We don’t often talk about it, but sanitary sewers (also called wastewater) are another topic getting more and more attention today.  This is because we need to consider using all of our water in any reasonable way we can without wasting any of it while maintaining safety to residents.  Today it is generally the case in Southern California that we use water once, then send it out to the Pacific Ocean.  Sure it is “cleaned up” but the fact remains that we typically use it once.  Then we have to re-import it from hundreds of miles away to again use once.  This is not the most intelligent way to use wastewater.  Today more and more science is being applied to find ways to cleanup wastewater so it can be reused for non-potable water uses.  Why not reuse it for landscape irrigation or isolated water features, or what about placing it back into the ground so it can recharge the diminishing supply of groundwater needed for uses like wells.  All of these matters are under intense consideration and new methods are being considered by Civil Engineers for use on your projects.  It is not only good for the environment, it makes good sense from a financial point of view.

Earth Wind Water Completes Urban Infill Project

Even though we have completed almost 100 water quality projects in San Diego, it is still satisfying to reach approval on the design of another one.  Our most recent project, a 14 unit apartment "in-fill-project" located in eastern San Diego.  The project was designed...

ASFPM Issues Flooding Resilience Paper

Earth Wind Water Civil Engineering frequently performs floodplain civil engineering work.  Our founder, Dan Biggs is a Certified Floodplain Manager (a national certification) so we closely follow changes to regulations and policies of urban flooding. Recently the...

26 Acre Truck Transport Facility

Earth Wind Water Civil Engineering has been selected to design the grading and improvements for a 26-acre trucking facility in Otay Mesa, CA.  The facility known as a Truck Transport Facility is used to transfer freight trailers from Mexican trucking companies to US...

New office in Colorado Springs

Earth Wind Water Civil Engineering (EWW)  announced the opening of an office in Colorado Springs today.  The office will be in a new office building north of the downtown area.  The plans are to offer a menu of services to support local civil engineers and architect...

Earth Wind Water Engineering Staff to Sit on Stormwater Task Force

In January 2018, the Building Industry Association of San Diego (BIA) requested that Dan S. Biggs (principal engineer at Earth Wind Water Civil Engineering) continue to serve on the Industry advisory task force for stormwater regulations.  The BIA is very active in...

City of San Diego Development Services Department Releases new Forms for Stormwater Infiltration

As a part of the recently released PDP SWQMP template, the City has issued new forms that must now be used in the evaluation of a site for infiltration.  These forms are in the "I Group" and deal with various evaluations of the site's infiltration...

City of San Diego Publishes New Template for PDP SWQMPs

Late in February 2018, the City of San Diego posted a new template which must be used when preparing Storm Water Quality Management Plans for Priority Developments in the City of San Diego.  The template contains much of the same information as before but...

Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

Rancho Bernardo, CA Earth Wind Water Civil Engineering has accepted an invitation to join the national effort by civil engineers to meet the challenges of designing more environmentally sustaining project.  The organization behind this effort is called the Institute...

New Project Engagement in Del Mar, CA

Rancho Bernardo, CA EARTH WIND WATER Civil Engineering is very pleased to have been chosen to work with well-known Architect Allan Teta and Landscape Architect Brian Grove on a complex project in Del Mar, CA.  The project is taking a "ranch style" home on a large lot...

San Diego County Gets Final Model BMP Design Manual

Rancho Bernardo, CA Ever since the Region 9 Water Bard passed the new Storm Water Rule of 2013, it has been a "wait and see" situation for many site design professionals.  With the release of the June 2015 "Final Draft" ... we now can see how all of the Cities in San...