What Does FNI Water™ Mean for Water Resources Planning?

Lissa Gregg

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 water resources planning.

As areas across the country confront growing water demands and prolonged drought conditions, adequate water supply is becoming an increasingly vital issue for health and human safety, the economy and the environment we all depend upon. These challenges call for comprehensive and innovative solutions to the complex problems water suppliers are facing. The core of a sound planning process is the commitment to stewardship driven by a need to conserve and optimize resources.

FNI Water™ allows Freese and Nichols to help our clients manage their existing supplies and transmission systems by optimizing available resources and develop new supplies as needed. Proper planning through FNI Water™ includes:

  • amending existing water rights and permits
  • developing system operations concepts
  • creating water conservation plans and drought response plans
  • preparing sustainability plans, developing asset management plans
  • optimizing system operations

If additional resources are needed to augment existing supplies, FNI Water™ can help clients identify potential water supply alternatives including advanced conservation efforts, surface water, groundwater, wastewater reuse, and brackish water.

The primary focus of FNI Water™ is to develop reliable strategies that provided needed supplies, save money, and minimize impacts to the environment. This is achieved by using cutting-edge modeling techniques, decision-support system framework, and the Envision™ ranking system. Our services help clients through all stages of the project cycle – planning, permitting, regulatory/legal guidance, funding, feasibility analyses, design, construction, and operation.