Bristol Myers Squibb Water and Wastewater Management Plan


Location   Hopewell, New Jersey

Client   Bristol Myers Squibb Company


Project Duration   2001 - 2009


Van Note-Harvey was contracted to determine how Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Hopewell site could maintain a reliable water supply and wastewater treatment operation for the near term as well as for the potential full build out of the site. Since the site could triple in size with a corresponding increase in water and wastewater demands, it was essential to prove that the site would have, and could sustain, adequate water/wastewater capacity and still comply with the NJDEP regulatory requirements. Despite the many constraints, such as having only on-site well and surface water  and working within regulatory limits on well water withdrawal and wastewater discharge, VNHA was able to find a practical way to accomplish this.

For more than seven years as program/project manager, Norman Nelson (VNHA)  developed the BMS Master Plan and strategy for long term growth and short term needs for the water supply and wastewater treatment systems.  As a result, a clear vision of a holistic, strategic plan was established for a campus limited by “numerous interrelated water and wastewater constraints”. With this vision in place, the team proceeded on to implementation of the first phase of the water supply foundation for sustained reliability and for future growth.


  • The above strategy was developed through collaboration with key personnel from BMS, internal stakeholders, EHS, and Facilities and Global Engineering, as well as a vast network of external experts.
  • Key to the success of this strategy was the utilization of a specialized application of reverse osmosis, called high recovery total dissolved solids removal (HRTDSR).
  • A number of critical environmental projects which arose out of a BMS corporate environmental audit were addressed.
  • A business case report for the long term water supply strategy as well as a water supply contingency plan in event of a water supply interruption were developed in conjunction with the study.
  • Development of a water network model to determine and resolve deficiencies in the existing water distribution system, as well as plan the most effective expansion of the distribution system as the site grows.