Ideas & Innovation

Relevant insights from our subject matter experts


236 MGD in 3-D: Pump Station Innovations at Bois d’Arc Lake

Using 3-D modeling, visualization software and other innovative tools, Freese and Nichols’ design will provide redundancy, reduce power system losses and directly reduce the costs for conveying water.


Mark Evans

Across Texas, Damage Reports are Crucial Step Toward Recovery Funding

Utilities and other public entities across Texas are being asked to assess and report damages from the February winter storms […]

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Jennifer Wasinger
Clay Herndon

OWRB Wastewater Funding Cycle Open

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board offers loan terms below market rates to fund projects such as inflow/infiltration correction and sewer replacement and rehabilitation.

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David Munn

Lead and Copper Rule: Where Should I Start?

Second in a series about the EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule Revisions. Though municipalities have three years to prepare for […]

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Paula Feldman
James Naylor
Trey Shanks

Protecting Your Water System from Hackers 

The American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 aims to protect communities against threats similar to the recent cyberattack on a Florida treatment plant.

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Xi Zhao
David Munn

Lead and Copper Rule: What Must Water Systems Do?

The compliance deadline is Jan. 16, 2024, but it’s time to start your process now. Here are eight key requirements water systems should know and complete.

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Innovative Techniques Improve Safety at Lake Ponca Dam Spillway

The award-winning project exemplifies an intentional, systematic approach to safety, users’ needs, and cost-effective solutions, allowing for continued use even during flood events.

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An Innovative Approach to Pump Station Design

The award-winning Main Stem project, which provides a renewable source of water, used innovative applications of modeling tools to reduce cost, minimize risk and maximize value to the owner.

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Dallas Wastewater Plan Delivers Dynamic Decision-Making Tool

The innovative new CIP Prioritization Tool enables the City of Dallas to review data, input new findings and formulate decisions for wastewater infrastructure projects based on relevant and timely information.

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Erin Flanagan

Deep-Water Intake and Tunnel System Aims to Reduce Drought Vulnerability

A Freese and Nichols joint venture project in Central Texas received international attention in Tunnelling Journal.

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El Paso Readiness Center Honored for Innovative Geothermal-Based Design

The award-winning project uses a combination of two HVAC technologies to reduce energy demand and increase sustainability for the Texas Army National Guard.

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Trooper Smith

Georgia Water Funding Applications Due Feb. 26

Water and wastewater infrastructure are endearingly labeled the offensive linemen of public works. Nobody knows about them until there’s a […]

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Jordan Skipwith

Current Drought Conditions in the United States

Drought conditions largely persisted across multiple regions of the United States this week. Overall, the nationwide Drought Severity and Coverage Index […]

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