Our Story

Tata & Howard, Inc. was founded in 1992 by Donald J. Tata and Paul B. Howard. A specialized water, wastewater, and stormwater consulting engineering firm, Tata & Howard is dedicated to consistently delivering cost-effective, innovative project solutions.

Working as a trusted partner with our clients, Tata & Howard provides a full range of engineering services, from concept to completion, including reports, design, construction administration, and resident observation. Our targeted expertise includes hydraulic modeling, asset management, treatment, water supply and distribution, stormwater management, wastewater collection systems, funding assistance, permitting, and dam engineering.

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Co-Founder Donald J. Tata

In October 1992, Donald J. Tata co-founded Tata & Howard with Paul B. Howard in Westborough, Massachusetts. Over the years, Don maintained the company’s core values of integrity, efficient solutions, client satisfaction, teamwork, and positive attitude while overseeing the growth of the company from a two-person start-up to a national firm with more than 70 employees.

Our Mission Statement

To provide unsurpassed solutions in the water environment.

Our Values

  • Teamwork
  • Efficient Solutions
  • Client Satisfaction
  • Integrity
  • Positive Attitude


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.

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Water 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.

HopeWell Services

Each holiday season, Tata & Howard partners with HopeWell 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. HopeWell’s 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.

Worcester 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.