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Today’s society is privileged to a host of advanced treatment technologies that keep our drinking water supplies safe. Our confidence in these technologies has even allowed us to venture into direct potable water reuse treatment schemes that better preserve our water supplies for future generations. But more often than not, most folks haven’t a clue about how these processes work. Have you ever wanted to better understand microfiltration or reverse osmosis processes? How about activated carbon or bank filtration?

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The University of North Carolina’s Environmental Finance Center has released a Financial Health Checkup Tool that will allow water utilities to assess the financial performance of their water and/or wastewater utility funds. The tool, which is free to download and use, was designed for use by utility professionals, governing body members, government staff and technical assistance providers working with small water systems.

Utility personnel can enter financial data...

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published the revised rule for regulating total coliform in drinking water. With this approval, state departments of environmental quality have authority to regulate this contaminant in state and public water systems. All public water systems must comply with the revised rule starting April 1, 2016. Key provisions of the revised rule include:

  • Setting a maximum contaminant level and goal for E. coli
  • Setting a total coliform treatment technique requirement
  • Requirements for monitoring total coliforms and E. coli
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The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) provides multiple, low-interest loan and grant funding opportunities for municipal water/wastewater infrastructure, stormwater, green infrastructure and energy efficiency projects. As of January 1, 2016, OWRB has approved more than 2,000 loans and grants totaling over $3 billion. OWRB program rates are often more attractive than those most entities can obtain on the open market!

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) is one of OWRB’s low-interest loan programs offering loan terms at 40 percent below market rates. The program can fund...

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Freese and Nichols is attending the Texas Public Works Association’s Texas Annual Public Works Short Course in Houston, February 7-9. We are proud to partner with TPWA as a bronze sponsor.

If you’re attending, we hope you can catch our presentations:

Monday, Feb. 8
8:00 a.m. | Hatfield Trunk Sewer: The Challenges of Constructing a Deep Sewer in an Urban Environment
Clay Herndon, Freese and Nichols, with Andrea Brinkley, City of Pearland

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The Freese and Nichols AutoCAD team presented two classes at Autodesk University 2015 in Las Vegas in December. This is the second year our team has been selected to present.

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​​Mike Gardner and Mark Valentino​, Business Technology, Fort Worth, were joined by Eddie Johnson of Construction Industry Solutions​ (COINS) to present "Follow...

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Earlier this month, leaders from across the globe agreed to a public-private water innovation strategy that addresses the “supply of our nation’s water resources and calls on private sector and other stakeholder groups to help significantly scale up research and investment in water efficiency solutions.” The two-part approach aims to 1) Boost water sustainability and long-term water security by increasing use of water-efficient and -reuse technologies 2) Promote and invest in breakthrough research and development that will reduce the price, energy costs, and emissions requirements of new...

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The Bureau of Reclamation is requesting applications for its WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant for Fiscal Year 2016. Projects submitted for funding should seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, complement ongoing efforts to address water supply sustainability, or carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water.

The estimated total program funding available is $21 million...

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