Diversity of Experience Throughout the Mountain West

Souder, Miller & Associates (SMA) has successfully completed projects for rural utility clients throughout the western United States for more than 35 years. Our project team members are technically adept, experienced in the needs of rural providers, and well-versed in the requirements of the regulatory and funding agencies anticipated to be involved in your improvement projects.

SMA provides all project management; engineering planning, analysis and design; environmental documentation; permitting; expert witness services; and construction observation services in-house.

Empowering Rural Utilities to Provide for their Communities

Aging infrastructure, lack of funding, and shortages of natural resources can contribute to lower quality of life and greater health risks for affected communities.

SMA has worked with rural utilities in the region for decades, providing efficient infrastructure designs and assisting with funding solutions through grant applications and other avenues. SMA keeps up with the latest technology through constant research, hiring only the brightest water engineers. We maintain strong ties with local water associations and support trade and professional organizations critical to the industry.

Funding Acquisition Specialists

SMA provides assistance in aggressively identifying, procuring and managing funding to many rural utility clients that utilize diverse funding resources. SMA has successfully completed planning, design and/or construction on projects utilizing the following funding sources:

  • Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
  • Colonias Infrastructure Fund (CIF)
  • Water Trust Board
  • State Drinking Water Revolving Fund
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG)
  • New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA) Grants and Loans (including Community Planning Grants)
  • New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Grants
  • Rural Infrastructure Program (RIP) Loans
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • State of New Mexico Severance Tax Bond Appropriations
  • State of New Mexico General Fund Appropriations
  • Border Environmental Cooperation Commission (BECC)
  • North American Development Bank (NADBank)

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SMA Rural Utility Services

SMA provides a full range of services to help you complete water, wastewater, telecom, gas and power projects as efficiently as possible:

  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Utility Planning, Design and Management
  • Permitting, Certifications and Agency Coordination
  • Asset Management Plans
  • Surveying / GIS / Mapping
  • Utility Modeling
  • Environmental Documentation (ER/EA)
  • Funding Acquisition Assistance
  • Bid and Construction Phase Administration
  • Utility Engineering
  • SCADA / IoT Integration
  • Computer Network Analysis
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Regionalization Planning
  • Expert Witness Services

Building the Future Together

SMA’s project team provides computer network analysis for infrastructure systems, including water, wastewater, and gas. Our team has considerable experience with a variety of systems and components, including I&C and SCADA systems. SMA staff has experience in a variety of modeling software, including but not limited to WaterCAD, SewerCAD, GASWorkS, InfoWater and InfoSewer.

These resources, among the other wide range of tools and services that SMA offers, help us to equip rural providers to face the challenges of today and those yet to come.

Past Experience

Agua Sana WUA
Arsenic Treatment Project

SMA completed the planning, design and construction phase services for this project that included installation of an arsenic treatment facility pre-installed in an International Standards Organization (ISO) container, site work, electrical connection and piping necessary to incorporate the treatment system into the existing water system.

Water Treatment Plant

SMA completed a PER and ER that outlined the needs for a new Water Treatment Plant and replacement of existing undersized waterlines. The Association used the PER and ER to secure $4 million in USDA and Colonias funding. SMA also performed surveying and construction observation services for the project.

Dona Ana MDWCA District 5
Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements

SMA completed engineering design, surveying and bid phase services and is currently providing construction phase services for the Association’s District 5 WWTP. The construction includes both the rehabilitation of existing facilities and entirely new project elements. The project includes yard piping, secondary treatment improvements, tertiary improvements including a new clarifier, sludge dewatering, reuse pumping plan, walkways and railing, plant water and air systems, demolition plan and appropriate appurtenances and structures.

Berrendo CWUA
Drinking Water System Improvements

SMA performed all planning, design, construction administration, construction observation, construction staking and completed the funding closeout documents, Operation and Maintenance Manuals and record drawings associated with the installation of approximately nine miles of 12-inch distribution waterline, new 1,200-gpm water well with chlorination system, new welded steel 1,650,000-gallon water storage tank and all appurtenances for the Association.

Let's Work Together

Our success in providing rural utilities with quality services lies in our commitment to listen, understand, and design based on your specific needs. Our local presence, knowledge and experience enables us to be efficient and effective in delivering your next utility project.

For more information about our Rural Utilities services, email us at rural.utilities@soudermiller.com