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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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As people across the globe join together to celebrate Earth Day, many minds often turn to how we can make a difference and make the world a better place to live. For Freese and Nichols, improving quality of life is a topic on our minds daily. While our projects and employees embrace sustainability in a variety of ways, through low-impact development, reuse, energy efficiency, and other means, we are linked by a single, uniting interpretation.

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Water supplies were dwindling, temperatures were soaring, and record peak day demands were experienced day after day. This is the situation many water utilities experienced during the summer of 2011. During a drought when supplies are limited, what tools are available to a water manager?

Drought Contingency Plans:These plans are more than just regulatory requirements by the TCEQ.  A well-crafted drought contingency plan can be the playbook for water managers as they encounter a drought. Minimally the drought contingency plan should:

  • Define the roles and
  • ...

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What should you consider?

  • Water contract and right restrictions
  • Drought contingency plan requirements
  • Supplier, customer and regulatory agency coordination
  • Coordination with governing bodies
  • Connected supply and demand comparison
  • Reactions of others and impact on water supply
  • Low lake levels and intake elevations
  • Transmission system restrictions
  • Increased losses in bed and banks delivery
  • Impacts on water demand
  • Impacts on water quality
  • Available drought
  • ...

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