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With increased likelihood of cybersecurity attacks from overseas, now underscores the importance for utilities to conduct risk and resilience assessments , including cybersecurity, for American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 compliance.

Last week, an American airstrike killed Major General Qassem Soleimani, who led the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Iran has issued cyberattacks on American infrastructure before, including a New York dam in...

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Entities have until March 3 to submit their Project Information Form to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to be considered for water, wastewater, and stormwater project funding in the SFY2021 State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plans.

The State Revolving Funds (SRF) in Texas have a two-step process to apply for project funding: Step 1 is to submit a Project Information Form (PIF) through the online application or by completing and...

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As each hurricane season comes and goes, so too does a heightened risk for flooding in our homes and businesses. While there are a multitude of resources available to homeowners and business owners to evaluate their flood risk, these resources can be difficult to navigate if you don’t know where to look. Although floods are a natural part of our lives, there are several tools available so that we can minimize their effects on our...

Read More - Dam Safety: Knowing Your Online Resources

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The application period is open until Feb. 3, 2020 , for the Texas Water Development Board’s 2020 funding cycle of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program.

The SWIFT program helps communities develop and optimize water supplies at cost-effective rates. The program provides low-interest financing, extended repayment terms, deferral of repayments, and incremental repurchase terms for projects with state ownership aspects. It also includes...

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With record rainfalls increasing pressure on water resource recovery facilities, the debate on peak flow blending in separate sanitary sewer systems lingers.

What is blending and what is it not?

Blending is not bypass. Bypass is the unpermitted, intentional diversion of waste streams from any portion of treatment facility and direct discharge of those streams to the environment. Bypass is prohibited unless unavoidable to prevent loss of life, personal injury, severe property damage...

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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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