D&B Executive Vice President William “Bill” D. Merklin, P.E. was recently featured in Long Island Business News’ April 28, 2023 special section on Who’s Who in Environmental Consulting, Engineering & Construction. The article highlighted D&B’s work on the Port Washington Water District (PWWD) Stonytown Well 10 Treatment Facility which is designed to remove nitrate, 1,4-dioxane, PFAS and VOC contaminants. Read on below.
William D. “Bill” Merklin, P.E., is executive vice president at D&B Engineers and Architects (D&B) in Woodbury. Merklin has long been an innovator and visionary leader in Long Island’s engineering community. As head of D&B’s Civil Engineering and Water Supply Divisions, he oversees the planning, design and construction of municipal and private storm water management projects, water treatment/distribution, water storage tanks, site development and roadway improvements.
Combining water supply and engineering knowledge with a passion for conservation and preserving the integrity of Long Island’s aquifer, Merklin helps communities meet regulatory requirements and keep pace with evolving environmental needs. Merklin’s stewardship of innumerable water supply projects will have a profound impact on Long Island for generations to come.
With more than 30 years of experience, Merklin is known for bringing projects in on schedule and under budget while being environmentally conscious. He is the lead consultant for 11 water suppliers on Long Island, strategizing and developing solutions to mitigate the impact of emerging contaminants and other evolving regulatory changes impacting our local drinking water. He has been an integral part of water-related projects including Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP) for the removal of 1,4-dioxane, Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) treatment for the removal of PFAS compounds, Ion Exchange treatment for the removal of nitrates and Packed Tower Aeration Systems (PTAS) for the removal of volatile organic compounds (VOC).
Since 2019, Merklin and his team has been designing, permitting and providing construction management services for the construction of treatment facilities for the removal of the emerging contaminants known as 1,4-dioxane and PFAS. These facilities are currently in various stages of development from planning and design to fully permitted and operational.
“Of particular interest is a treatment facility that is currently starting construction in the Port Washington Water District (PWWD),” Merklin said. “The Stonytown Well 10 Treatment Facility is designed to remove nitrate 1,4-dioxane, PFAS and VOC contaminants. This facility is situated on a small parcel of land that is leased from the Village of Flower Hill and located within a park adjacent to their Village Hall. The design is unique in that the treatment equipment will be configured in a multi-level arrangement due to the site constraints. Further, construction will be performed somewhat surgically to minimize the impact on the park. The facility will be partially underground to minimize the visual impact for park patrons.”
“D&B worked with PWWD and the village to include desirable architectural features on the portion of the building, which will be above the ground,” he said. “It is anticipated that this facility will be operational for the summer of 2025.”
Licensed in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and California, Merklin is active in the American Water Works Association (AWWA) an international organization dedicated to improving water quality; the Long Island Water Conference; and the American Public Works Association (AWPA), which serves professionals in multiple aspects of public works.
Merklin earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Manhattan College.
Since 1965, D&B Engineers and Architects, headquartered in Woodbury, has provided innovative engineering solutions in environmentally acceptable and cost-conscious applications. D&B has seven offices in the tristate area, including five in New York and one in Somerset, NJ and one in Trevose, PA.
D&B services include wastewater and construction management, water supply, environmental investigation/remediation, multimedia environmental compliance, MEP engineering, architecture, civil engineering, energy engineering, electrical engineering, solid waste management and structural engineering, all guided by the directive of “facing challenges, providing solutions.”
D&B is comprised of nearly 200 professionals from a wide variety of disciplines. Experienced, innovative and consummately skilled, D&B’s people demonstrate a client-centric commitment that instills loyalty, diligence and dedication.