Freese and Nichols Transmission and Utilities Engineers – Arming Communities Against Continuing Drought

Anne Carrel

As part of our efforts to convey the focus of our FNI Water™ initiative, we will address each of the key areas in a series of articles. We will discuss how, together, they provide a comprehensive, environmentally-responsible approach to water supply projects through implementation of best practices through every step, from planning to operations. This week, we are highlighting transmission and utilities.

As communities across the nation continue to experience the effects of drought, Freese and Nichols is working to bring water to those areas. Our transmission and utilities engineers are working with municipalities and water districts to design and construct sustainable projects to deliver new water and rehabilitate existing systems so that water loss is limited. Many communities are branching out from their traditional water supplies and exploring groundwater and reuse. This is an important time for cities and states to develop conjunctive use systems that will stand the test of time. Freese and Nichols has adopted the following practices, among others, to encourage responsible project approaches over the past 120 years of transmission and utility design:

  • Begin all transmission and utilities projects with a strong preliminary design phase that evaluates life cycle costs and optimizes utility sizing and pump station operations
  • Gather stakeholder input and feedback early in design
  • Design pipeline profiles to avoid high spots, reducing energy use
  • Design pipeline routes to minimize environmental impacts and impacts on the surrounding community. Consider and implement trenchless technologies where possible
  • Consider material prices and bidding environment when scheduling a project
  • Take advantage of ideal bidding climates to reduce construction costs for utility providers

What are some practices you and your organization have adopted?

Read more from the series

FNI Water™: Water Stewardship for the 21st Century