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Drought conditions decreased throughout the United States over this past week. The percent area of D0 (abnormally dry), D1 (moderate drought), D2 (severe drought), and D3 (extreme drought) all contracted, and DSCI (drought severity and coverage index) declined from 72 to 68, marking the first time since mid-July that DSCI decreased in the U.S. During the middle of last week, Tropical Storm Nestor and its remnants moved across the Southeast and up...

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TagsCurrent Drought Conditions, Drought Index, Drought Maps, Drought Monitor, Drought Response, Drought Restrictions, Groundwater, Historical Data, reservoir levels, streamflow,

Overall, oceanic and atmospheric conditions were consistent with ENSO (El Niño/Southern Oscillation)-neutral. The October 2019 Climate Prediction Center update indicated that ENSO-neutral is favored during the fall of 2019 (~85% chance) and expected to continue through the spring of 2020 (55-60% chance) in the Northern Hemisphere. To read more, click here .

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook update covering October through January, existing drought conditions...

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Freese and Nichols is proud to host the next five-day asset management certification course conducted by the Institute for Asset Management . The class will be Nov. 11 to Nov. 15 in our Fort Worth office.

Why is this course beneficial?

At the end of the course, attendees will be certified in internationally recognized asset management principles that can be applied across a variety of asset...

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Potable reuse is a drought-resilient water supply diversification strategy that many cities are considering for supplementing their water supply.

Although many water sources can be demonstrated to contain treated wastewater contributions, discussion of potable reuse is generally confined to the intentional contribution of wastewater return flows for expansion of water availability. Potable reuse is often distinguished between direct and indirect configurations, depending on whether the return flow is released to an intervening environmental buffer....

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One of the first steps in pump-station design is to determine what type of pump station best suits the system’s needs.

The type of pump station sets the stage for the design of the entire facility. Some specific design items the designer will need to consider when selecting a type of pump station include: system curve, initial demand and expansion requirements, pump availability, storage requirements, NPSH available, maintenance and cost.

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Zebra mussels have quickly become one of the most significant challenges to raw water supply systems in Texas.

Entities across the state are spending precious capital dollars to protect vital infrastructure and to remove ongoing infestations that block critical facilities and reduce available capacity for water treatment and raw water pumping operations. As the proliferation of these mussels continues to grow, it is imperative to protect this infrastructure from this invasive species.

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In an effort to help clients identify sustainable and resilient solutions for addressing tomorrow’s water challenges, a Freese and Nichols delegation joined the national conversation on the future of water supply and management.

Serving as a delegation at the One Water Summit last week in Austin, our team heard presentations from utilities from across the country who are implementing successful programs in utility consolidation, green infrastructure, drought/flood management, rural development, smart technology,...

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Automating the aeration and disinfection processes and completing other updates at SAWS’ Leon Creek Water Recycling Center serving the San Antonio area resulted in improved operations and cost savings on electricity, chemical and labor.

The project for the San Antonio Water System required an innovative approach to design – and construction of a bypass pumping installation to keep the plant running at 100% during the extensive repair and replacement of equipment.

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