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Tata & Howard Overview

Marlborough, MA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$5 to $10 million (USD) per year
Tata & Howard is a consulting engineering firm specializing in services to the water environment. We provide a full range of water, wastewater, stormwater, and environmental services, from concept to completion. Tata & Howard is a wholly ... Read more

Mission: To provide unsurpassed solutions in the water environment

Company Updates

  • On October 5, T&H Assistant Project Engineer Matt Morganelli participated in NEWEA's Poo & Brew networking event for young professionals in the civil and water quality industry. The event featured a tour of MWRA's Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Plant, the second largest wastewater treatment plant in the United States. Afterwards, participants headed over to Mystic Brewery for a tour of their beer making process.

  • Congrats to our #EmployeeOwner of the Month, Justine Carroll, P.E.! Justine is a Project Manager and an invaluable member of our team. She is attentive to our clients needs, an excellent #engineer, and a trusted and efficient manager who mentors her team in a positive, supportive way. Thank you, Justine, for all you do! #ESOPCulture #ESOP

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Tata & Howard – Why Work For Us?


Our Mission Statement
To provide unsurpassed solutions in the water environment.

Our Vision
To be the consultant of choice in the water environment.

Our Values

  • Teamwork
  • Efficient Solutions
  • Client Satisfaction
  • Integrity
  • Positive Attitude
  • Water
    • Advanced Condition Assessment for Pipeline Rehabilitation
    • Dam Emergency Action Plans (EAPs)
    • Dams
    • Hydraulic Modeling
    • Manganese and Iron Removal from Drinking Water
    • New Source Development
    • Pump Stations
    • Unidirectional Flushing Programs (UDF)
    • Water Audits
    • Water Mains
    • Water Storage Facilities
    • Water Supply & Distribution System Studies/Master Plans
    • Water Treatment

  • Wastewater
    • Infiltration and Inflow Studies
    • Onsite Wastewater Treatment and Disposal
    • Wastewater Collection Systems
    • Wastewater Treatment Facilities Planning & Design
    • Water Reclamation Facilities

  • Innovations
    • Business Practice Evaluations
    • First to Recycle Greensand Backwash Water in Massachusetts
    • First Ultrafiltration with Preozonation in the Country
    • PIPE Process
    • Wastewater Capital Efficiency Plans™
    • Water Capital Efficiency Plans™

  • Environmental Services
    • Brownfield Remediation
    • Due Diligence Assessments
    • Environmental Remediation
    • Licensed Site Professional (LSP) and Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP) Services
    • Regulatory Assistance and Compliance
    • Underground Storage Tank (UST) Services

  • Stormwater
    • Industrial Stormwater
    • Low Impact Development (LID)
    • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Communities
    • Site Stormwater Management
    • Stormwater Best Management Practices
    • Stormwater Compliance

  • Additional Services
    • Construction Administration
    • Funding Assistance
    • GIS
    • LEED Certified
    • Municipal Energy Audits
    • Permitting
    • Sustainable Initiatives
    • Value Engineering
At Tata & Howard, we are passionate about improving the environment in which we live through our work — and works. Both as a corporation and as individuals we believe in giving back, and we encourage and support charitable works from all of our employee-owners. Below are some of the ways in which we give back, and we look forward to adding to the list.

wfpWater for People
Water for People is Tata & Howard’s charity of choice, with employees donating directly from their paychecks and the company matching 100% of every dollar donated. In addition, Tata & Howard sponsors the CTAWWA Water for People Golf Tournament in the fall. Water For People strives to provide safe, sustainable drinking water for everyone, forever. According to Water for People, they exist for one purpose, and it’s as simple as their name: they want all people to have safe, continuous water, and when they do, their job will be done.

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Tata & Howard employee-owners from the Marlborough, MA corporate office helped support the Navajo Water Project

Navajo Water Project
Tata & Howard donated $2,235 to Navajo Water Project, a subsidiary of DIGDEEP that works to provide safe, accessible drinking water to Native Americans living in Navajo Nation. Employee-owners donated $1,235 and the company matched $1,000. While there are dozens of water charities supporting developing countries, including T&H’s own charity of choice Water for People, Navajo Water Project is the only water charity that serves people living in the United States. For more information on the Navajo Nation water crisis, please click here.

special olympics massachusettsSpecial Olympics of Massachusetts (SOMA)
Justine Carroll, Project Manager, has volunteered for SOMA for over 15 years as a swimming coach with the Belmont, MA swim team, and each year she has helped 30 to 40 athletes on her team participate in the Special Olympics Summer Games held every June at Harvard University. In addition, T&H pays all registration fees for employee-owners to lace up their running shoes and head over to SOMA whenever they host a Lunchtime 5K. The race always begins at 12:30pm at the Yawkey Way Sports Training Complex on Forest Street, which doubles as SOMA’s Massachusetts headquarters. Well attended by many local runners and area businesses, the event raises money to support individuals with intellectual disabilities in their pursuit of healthy lifestyles through year-round participation in sports activities.

dareDare Family Services
Each holiday season, Tata & Howard partners with Dare Family Services to provide personalized gifts to disadvantaged children. T&H employee-owners choose wish ornaments from a giving tree and purchase the gifts for which the children ask. Any unclaimed wishes are purchased by Tata & Howard’s Philanthropy Committee, ensuring that every child receives his or her requested gifts. Dare Family Services’ primary mission is to find, train, and support loving homes that will help children become resilient and overcome the trauma of serious abuse and neglect. Every child is given a life, education, and a road to normal adulthood.

Camp SunshineFlipFlopDay2015
Tata & Howard participated in National Flip Flop Day in order to raise funds for Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Casco, Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Employee-owners wore flip flops to work in exchange for a donation to Camp Sunshine, and all donations were matched by Tata & Howard’s Philanthropy Committee.

mass dash 2015 wideRunning for the Jimmy Fund 
Heidi White, Marketing Communications Manager, has run for the Jimmy Fund to benefit Dana Farber for the past five years through Mass Dash for the Jimmy Fund, a 100-mile relay race from the Berkshires to Amherst, MA. Running between 16-22 miles in three legs over a 24-hour period during her races, she has personally raised over $10,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute over the past five years.

Marie_and_June_NEADS_615NEADS Service Dog Training
Marie Rivers, P.E., Assistant Project Engineer, fosters and trains June for NEADS/Dogs for Deaf, a not-for-profit based in Sterling, MA that provides independence to people who are deaf or have a disability through the use of canine assistance. Marie is responsible for not only fully training June, but also for exposing her to all aspects of everyday life so that June responds appropriately to any situation that may develop when she is providing service. Marie has fostered her since she was 12 weeks old, and June should be ready to be a full-fledged service dog by the time she is 18 months.


Rally for the Jimmy Fund
In 2015, T&H employee-owners participated inRally for the Jimmy Fund. The Rally encourages people to wear Red Sox gear on Opening Day at Fenway Park, which fell on Monday, April 13, in exchange for a donation to the Jimmy Fund. Tata & Howard team members were happy to donate to the Jimmy Fund while enjoying a casual Red Sox day at the office. Since its inception in 2006, Rally for the Jimmy Fund has raised over $4 million.

mass eye and earProfessional Services Volunteerism
Ken Fischer, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, provides his professional expertise on a volunteer basis. Currently, he is a Trustee at Massachusetts Eye and Ear (MEE), and a member of the Board of Directors of The Schepens Eye Research Institute (SERI), a wholly owned subsidiary of MEE. SERI, MEE  is one of the largest eye research institutes in the nation and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. SERI, MEE fights blindness by developing new technologies, therapies, and knowledge to retain and restore vision.

Ken also serves as a volunteer consultant and is on the Board of Trustees as Chair of the Finance Committee for Executive Service Corps of New England (ESC) in Boston, MA. ESC connects nonprofits with experienced consultants who volunteer their career skills to help companies and individuals achieve their social mission. ESC’s nonprofit consulting services gives access to the strategic and hands-on skills needed to build organizational capacity and make a lasting impact on the causes people champion.

food drive 2008 total food photoWorcester County Food Bank
Each Thanksgiving, Tata & Howard employee-owners participate in a food drive for the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB). WCFB is central Massachusetts’ leading anti-hunger organization distributing over five million pounds of donated food and grocery product in partnership with food donors, financial supporters, and volunteers. WCFB provides this product to a network of 138 Partner Agencies that have programs for feeding people including food pantries, community meal sites, and shelters.


Tata & Howard is interested in motivated environmental professionals dedicated to providing great client service and high quality, efficient work. If you are such an individual, join us!

Our business philosophy has always relied heavily on teamwork, and we believe our employees should share in Tata & Howard’s success in an appreciable way. That’s why we created an ESOP, which went into effect in October of 2014. Participation in the ESOP program makes all employees part owners of the company and allows them to reap the financial rewards of their hard work. As a result, employee-owners take more pride in their work and are incentivized to be more fastidious and industrious with their daily tasks.


We take pride in our personalized and professional services. The following testimonials are a first hand account of our level of service and experience.

“Tata & Howard is on the cutting edge in the water industry and is first in picking up new information.”
– Bob Wesneski, President of Avon Water Company

“As I couldn’t be happier with Tata & Howard’s level of service and performance, I want to accentuate that over the past 35 years of managing real estate, the team assembled by Joel Loitherstein is top notch. I have known Joel professionally for 20 years or so, and I cannot say enough about his ethics and ability to ensure proper due diligence on any task at hand.”

– James Curtin,  Senior Vice President / CFO, First General Realty Corp. d/b/a Boston Development Group

“As the Superintendent of a Water District located in central Massachusetts and having a service population of 4,000 people, I don’t have the in-house expertise to meet the ever changing regulatory and operational  demands and needs of today’s water industry. Since 1993, the personalized team effort at Tata & Howard has addressed this District’s needs and demands with the highest level of quality engineering, innovated solutions, personally tailored to meet our needs and at a very reasonable and competitive price. A perfect example of an innovated solution was the design and construction of the first in the nation Chlorine Dioxide application process into our slow sand filtration system to meet the compliance requirements of the Surface Water Treatment Rule. At the end of the day, this “win-win” innovated solution not only addressed the regulatory compliance demand but further saved this District hundreds of thousands of dollars thereby minimizing the financial impact on our rate payers.”

– Michael Knox, Superintendent, Cherry Valley and Rochdale Water District

“I have worked with Tata & Howard for several years while at another water company and now at the Regional Water Authority. During the past several years, the RWA has retained Tata & Howard, Inc. for a diverse range of projects from field inspection to high-level, long-range planning reports. While their ability to handle a diverse range of projects is impressive, their value to us on specialized projects, such as helping us to reduce our non-revenue water or analyzing the combining of service areas, is even more impressive.  We are very pleased with the personalized client care we get from the President, senior engineers on projects, and the firm in general. RWA looks forward to continuing to build a valuable relationship with their team.”
– Larry Bingaman, President & CEO, Regional Water Authority

“The strong working relationship cultivated by Tata & Howard at all levels of the firm is exactly what I look for in an engineering firm. They demonstrated a personal investment in the success of our projects and our utility across the board.”
– Chris Cossette, Superintendent of the Wiscasset Water District

“Tata & Howard for the last two years has been working with the City of Worcester, DPW&P/Water Operations on updating our distribution hydraulic system software model as well as developing a long range Capital Efficiency Plan™. The degree of professionalism and the immediate response to accommodate our distribution system needs have been impressive.”
– Konstantin Eliadi, Director of Water & Sewer Operations, City of Worcester

“A consulting firm that deems success only when its client does.”
-Donald Vaughan, Valley Water Systems

“For the past three years, the City of Franklin staff members have worked closely with Paul Cote and his team.  We are nearing the end of over $10,500,000 dollars worth of work and, although we all have struggled with a few things far beyond our control, we have a great success story going with regard to all our projects. I think that your crew deserves a lot of credit for keeping things on track with the numerous groups of complicated and challenging projects going on simultaneously. This has taken a lot of time and energy and should not go unnoticed. We are all very appreciative.”
-Brian Sullivan, Director of Municipal Services, City of Franklin, NH

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    Current Employee - Assistant Project Engineer in Marlborough, MA
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    I have been working at Tata & Howard full-time (More than 3 years)


    The possibilities at this firm are endless and Tata & Howard likes to promote from within, thereby encouraging employees to grow professionally and grow with the firm. The open door policy makes for a great environment where all employees can feel comfortable with everyone from engineer level to co-president.

    The ESOP creates a wonderful team culture where employees take pride in their work and are happy to be owners. Management encourages employees to speak their mind and share opinions. Benefits are great, competitive salaries, and the company is very flexible with people needing time off/schedule adjustments.


    As with many consulting firms, we have slow periods of work and very hectic periods of work. Distributing workload differently may help balance these times out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging employee owners to be proud of their work and to speak their minds to help the company develop. Continue to promote a team atmosphere where we can work efficiently.

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Tata & Howard Photos

Tata & Howard photo of: Tata & Howard is 100% employee-owned - shown here, some of our employee-owners with their stock certificates
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Tata & Howard photo of: Getting silly in Marlborough!
Tata & Howard photo of: Tata & Howard went #Blue4Water on World Water Day
Tata & Howard photo of: Our team members enjoy our gourmet coffee and espresso maker - mocha latte, anyone?
Tata & Howard photo of: Our modeling room allows for sitting, standing, and collaborating
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Tata & Howard Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Tata & Howard (Marlborough, MA) in November 2012.


    I received a phone call from the HR Manager, who was very helpful and friendly. She made the whole process very comfortable and painless. I met with her first, then the VP/Business Development Manager, and then the President. Everyone was open and engaging, and very interested in my ideas and background.

    Interview Questions

    • One of the questions they asked was if I could work independently, and this has been a key to my success at Tata & Howard, as they do expect their team members to be self-starters with their own ideas who can manage their own workload. It's a perfect fit for me, as I prefer a lot of autonomy. People who are not able to self-manage could potentially struggle here.   Answer Question
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Tata & Howard Awards & Accolades

  • Fast Growth Award, Zweig Group, 2016
  • Engineering Excellence Awards, ACEC CT, 2017
  • PCI Design Award Winner: Best Rehabilitated Bridge, Prestressed/Precast Concrete Institute, 2016
  • Engineering Excellence Award, ACEC VT, 2017
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