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H2O Counts is an initiative here at FNI to identify, monitor, and disseminate information related to water conservation efforts across the United States. Our Water Resource Planners are continuously looking for ways to conserve water before investing in expensive water supply projects. The H2O Counts article series will include information that is relevant to ongoing and/or future water conservation efforts.

Visit the Texas city websites below to learn about their Water Conservation Incentive and Rebate Programs. Most programs...

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Newly published rainfall data could have significant effects for dam owners in Texas, including cities, counties, water districts and river authorities.

In January, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) released a new probable maximum precipitation (PMP) study for the entire state, plus adjacent regions that drain into Texas. This study updated the raw precipitation data on which dam analyses and studies are based. View the final...

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In light of recent flooding incidents at dams across the country, dam safety is now on the minds of many Americans. Many dam owners are receiving questions from constituents wondering about their nearby dams.

If your organization owns a dam, here are three questions you should be ready to answer:

  1. Is our dam safe?
  2. If a flood happened here, would our dam withstand it?
  3. What would we do if our dam had an emergency?

If you don’t know the answers, we can help. Here are the best practices we recommend:

  1. Have your dam regularly inspected
  2. ...

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Somnath Chilukuri, P.E., has joined Freese and Nichols as a senior project manager for our Southeast Texas Treatment, Transmission and Utilities Group. Based in Pearland, Somnath will expand our ability to serve municipalities throughout the region with a wide range of water and wastewater infrastructure services.

“As Southeast Texas continues experiencing rapid growth, more cities are seeking cost-effective solutions for expanding their water and...

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The Texas Water Foundation will be hosting two water conservation symposiums next month. 

The Central Texas Water Conservation Symposium, Conservation Works! Building Programs from Simple to Sophisticated, will take place on Thursday, February 2 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Canyon View Event Center in Austin. Highlights of this symposium include national trends in water efficiency, building and tracking conservation programs, rainwater harvesting programs and conservation tools.

The 6th Annual Gulf Coast Water...

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now requesting Letters of Interest for water infrastructure projects from state, local, and tribal governments; private entities; partnerships; and State Revolving Fund programs across the country for consideration under the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Eligible projects include traditional water and wastewater projects as well as resiliency projects including desalination, aquifer recharge, water recycling and drought mitigation projects. 


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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is now requesting project information forms to be considered for the Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds for the 2018 State Fiscal Year. This program provides funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects include storm/flood water.  Loan forgiveness may be available for entities that are considered disadvantaged or those that include green infrastructure. 


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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) announced that it will open the application period for the 2017 funding cycle of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program on December 1. Entities may submit applications until February 3, 2017 using TWDB’s abridged online application or by paper-copy.

As a reminder, to be eligible for SWIFT funding, projects must...

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