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Water conservation is a perennial critical issue in the water industry. American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) 2019 State of the Water Industry Report showed conservation moving from 21st place to 16th place, and ranking 3rd among small utilities. The draft 2022 Texas State Water Plan shows that 37% of strategies in 2020 to meet the state’s growing water demand will be met by demand reduction, up from 31% in...

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The coronavirus pandemic is teaching everyone the value of water unlike any experience we’ve ever had. With hand washing with soap and water serving as one of the consistent pillars of public health during this crisis, people are reliant on water for their wellbeing now more than ever.

The latest Value of Water Campaign bipartisan poll funded by the US Water Alliance finds that 84 percent of Americans polled want...

Read More - Coronavirus Exposes Long-Standing Infrastructure Funding Vulnerabilities

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Organizations serving the water, wastewater and public works sectors are sharing advice, resources and other information to make sure providers have the tools they need to maintain their vital operations.

A webinar sponsored by the American Water Works Association reviewed emergency response plans being implemented by large and small utilities because of the coronavirus and offered a variety of tips for crisis navigation. Click to watch the full webinar ....

Read More - Maintaining Operations During the COVID-19 Crisis

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Water utility owners and operators are among the best-prepared public institutions in coping with emergencies. But as the coronavirus outbreak intensifies, utilities are being challenged to ensure the continuity of their operations while also reassuring their customers about the safety and reliability of their water supply.

Because of the requirements under the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 , many Water Utilities have already started updating their emergency response plans. Freese...

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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...

Read More - 2020 Funding: SWIFT Applications Due By Feb. 3

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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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Desalination remains a practical and affordable solution for water supply. Next in our Sustainable Water Management Series, representatives from the Texas Water Development Board, City of Corpus Christi and Freese and Nichols weigh in on the successes of desalination so far in Texas. They’ll also cover the scientific and policy lessons learned so far.

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