What Do Environmental Engineers Do?


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Environmental engineers respond to the constant changes of a growing population while focusing on keeping the environment safe and intact. Duties for environmental engineers including developing better waste disposal systems, designing and maintaining water-control systems, and evaluating erosion control systems.

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Environmental engineers work to save the earth's natural resources. In order to achieve that goal, they help construction companies and cities find ways to build structures that do not ultimately damage the environment. They also help to clean up any environmental damages that have resulted from past infrastructure failures. Environmental engineers also work with factories to control pollution to the ground or water.

Environmental engineers also establish or improve drinking water treatment plants and distribution systems, work on waste water collection systems and waste treatment facilities, work to keep the natural water resources safe, and help implement air pollution control.

The work environment of an environmental engineer varies depending on the task at hand. When an environmental engineer needs to collaborate with other engineers and community planners, he is likely to work in an office. When environmental engineers need to carry out the solutions they've come up with for construction projects, they can usually be found working on those construction sites.

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