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EPA Consent Decree: Taming the Condition Monster

April 25, 2018

The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) is under a federal consent decree to reduce sewer overflows. This paper will describe how SAWSs infrastructure was inspected, rated, and rehabbed. It will also describe the tools created for SAWS to quickly rate their pipes and assign a rehab method.  ...

Design and Construction Best Practices for Utility Pipelines Near Dams

April 25, 2018

Dams and utility pipelines are both critical infrastructure that provide essential services to the public and can often be found in close proximity. Dams in Texas are regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) due to the potential threat to public safety in the event of...

Pump it Up: Vertical or Horizontal Pump Station

April 25, 2018

Vertical turbine and horizontal split case centrifugal pumps are the most common types of pumps utilized in water applications. One of the first steps in pump station design is to determine what type of pump station best suits the system’s needs. The type of pump station sets the stage for the...

Innovative approach to calculate I/I for SSES study: City of Austin Case Study

April 25, 2018

The Austin Water ‘s (AW) Crosstown Tunnel wastewater collection system includes more than 1,460 miles of wastewater lines and serves the majority of the City of Austin north of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Austin Water recognized the need to identify areas in their collection system...

Shrinking the Difference Between the Storms We Design for and the Storms We Get

April 25, 2018

The primary goal of a design storm is to be representative of actual rainfall patterns; missing this mark risks over or under designing capital improvements leading to biased and potentially costly decision-making.   By modifying two key rainfall characteristics, storm distribution and projected...

How Arlington Water Utilities is Utilizing Geomorphology to Protect Sanitary Sewer Mains from Creek Erosion

April 24, 2018

The City of Arlington has experienced tremendous population growth over the past 50 years, more than quadrupling in size since 1970. The rapid development and urbanization in the City and surrounding areas has impacted the watersheds and streams that flow through the City. The City has over 700...

Construction Red Flags

April 16, 2018

Presented at the Oklahoma Rural Water Association.

Minimize Your Footprint and Maintenance

April 14, 2018

Presented at the Oklahoma Public Works Association/Oklahoma Water Environment Association Technical Conference.

The Wastewater Tsunami Is Coming – How Do We Stop It?

April 10, 2018

This paper presents the challenges related to the planning and designing of a wet weather storage facility as part of a larger Consent Decree program in San Antonio. San Antonio Water System (SAWS) entered into a Consent Decree in 2013 with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (...

Powerful, Low Cost Technology Solutions for Municipal Stormwater

March 20, 2018

Presented at the Georgia Association of Floodplain Management Conference.