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Engineering Excellence Gold Award

American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas

The Lake Texoma-to-Wylie Pipeline Extension won a Gold Medal in the Water Resources category in the 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas.

This project is a response to two emergencies: the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Lake Texoma, and the loss of 25 percent of raw water supply due to drought. Freese and Nichols completed the fast-track design in 13 months so that the water supply can be brought online within 30 months. Our team coordinated eight design teams and multiple survey and right-of-way acquisition teams to deliver the project on schedule. The project includes 48 miles of 84-inch and 96-inch pipeline, design of a 240-million-gallon earthen balancing reservoir, and modifications to the four existing water treatment plants to facilitate the connection of the new system.

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