WaterBriefs: 'This recovery will take years,' Bush says of Katrina's wake

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-- Intergraph mobile workforce management system now live at Tenn. utility
-- WAGO offers free Ethernet seminar Oct. 10-13
-- Singapore-listed Asia Water wins US$2.3 million water treatment project
-- Australian sewer system upgrade to cost US$225.1 million
-- EPA fines Mo. developer nearly $31,000 for runoff violations
-- HQ move under way for HydroFlo
-- Baja California pulls in US$9.3 million in financing from NADBank
-- Tillamook PUD chooses Miner & Miner design technology
-- California wastewater agency public outreach effort recognized
-- Indian NGO leader presented top World Water Prize in Stockholm ceremony


'This recovery will take years,' Bush says in Katrina's wake
WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 31, 2005 -- Taking swift and personal responsibility for federal relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, President Bush on Wednesday made a somber appeal for patience and a pledge to deploy vast resources, from the military to public health agencies, to a lengthy and daunting task. Federal agencies promised millions of meals, cots and blankets, water, ice and medical treatment, as well as assistance from the military and National Guard. The government was also easing restrictions on refineries and tapping the nation's oil reserves to keep gasoline flowing amid disruptions in the Gulf...
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-- To learn more and to donate to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, see: American Red Cross.

Intergraph mobile workforce management system now live at Tenn. utility
HUNTSVILLE, AL, Aug. 31, 2005 -- Intergraph announced the successful completion of Final Acceptance Testing and rollout of its mobile workforce management system, InService™, at Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB). The new system enables KUB to more efficiently process service orders while optimizing its field resources for faster response to customer needs. In an earlier project phase, KUB deployed the InService outage management solution (OMS)...
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WAGO offers free, three-day Ethernet seminar Oct. 10-13
GERMANTOWN, WI, Aug. 31, 2005 -- WAGO Corp. announces the schedule of it's free 3-day seminar on Industrial Ethernet Control. Attendees will receive an introduction to the WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM hardware, overview of Industrial Ethernet components and protocols, hands on IEC 61131-3 programming session with live demo nodes, and review/create web services or applications (such as alarm emails, web pages, etc. from the controller) using the new 750-841 Ethernet Programmable Controller...
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Singapore-listed Asia Water wins US$2.3 million water treatment project
SINGAPORE, Aug 31, 2005 (XFN-ASIA via COMTEX) -- Asia Water Technology Ltd, a water purification and treatment specialist, said it has secured a project for a nuclear power plant in Shenzhen, in China, valued at about 18.6 mln yuan [US$2.3 million]. Asia Water said the deal entails the design, supply, installation and testing of a water treatment system for the power plant, which is expected to be substantially completed by Dec 31, 2007...
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Australian sewer system upgrade to cost US$225.1 million
MELBOURNE, Australia, Aug. 31, 2005 -- The Victorian Government has announced a A$300 million [US$225.1 million] upgrade of the sewer system in Melbourne's north to help clean up the Yarra River and nearby creeks. The northern sewerage project will include 25 kilometres of piping to connect sewerage systems from Coburg to Essendon...
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EPA fines Mo. developer nearly $31K for runoff violations
COLUMBIA, MO, Aug. 31, 2005 -- A local development company has been fined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violations of the Clean Water Act. Hidden Creek Development LLC was assessed a $30,759 penalty for discharging pollutants from its Wyatt Lane Acres construction along Opal Drive into a tributary of Hinkson Creek. The Hinkson is on a federal list of impaired waterways...
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HQ move under way for HydroFlo
RALEIGH, NC, Aug. 31, 2005 -- HydroFlo Inc. begins the official move of its headquarters today and will open doors to its new location in Reliance Corporate Center in Apex, N.C., on Sept. 1. The new location -- 2501 Reliance Avenue Apex, NC 27539 -- is to be utilized by all HydroFlo companies which include HydroFlo Water Treatment, Metals & Arsenic Removal Technology, Safety Scan Technology, Ultra Choice Water, and Advanced Water Recycle. The company phone numbers will remain the same to ensure consistency for all clients and interested parties...
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Baja California pulls in US$9.3 million in financing from the NADBank
MEXICALI, BC, Mexico, Aug. 31, 2005 -- The state of Baja California and the North American Development Bank (NADBank) have signed financing agreements totaling US$9.3 million to continue construction of water and wastewater projects in the cities of Mexicali and Tecate. The bank also announced approval of grant funding to carry out studies for the development of future environmental projects in the state....
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Tillamook PUD chooses Miner & Miner design technology
FORT COLLINS, CO, Aug. 30, 2005 -- Tillamook People's Utility District (PUD), an electric utility serving Tillamook County, Ore., has announced its selection of Designer, Miner & Miner's integrated design solution, for increasing performance in designing and tracking distribution projects and maintaining GIS data. By enhancing operational efficiency, Tillamook PUD will better serve its 19,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers. The utility began data migration in August 2005, and forecasts full operation of Designer in early 2006...
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Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency public outreach effort recognized
BIG BEAR CITY, CA, Aug. 30, 2005 -- The California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) announced its 2005 achievement award recipients at its annual conference in San Diego on Aug. 18. The awards recognize the achievements of publicly owned wastewater treatment agencies throughout California. Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA) was recognized for their efforts to inform the community about local water and wastewater issues...
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Ecovation, CoolBrands sign contract for takeover of wastewater operations
VICTOR, NY, Aug. 30, 2005 -- Ecovation Inc., a provider of customized wastewater treatment solutions, announced it has finalized an agreement to take over waste stream treatment operations at CoolBrands' North Lawrence, N.Y., facility. Ecovation will incorporate its patented Mobilized Film Technology (MFTSM) to pretreat waste streams and produce renewable fuel for use in the plant. CoolBrands, a major supplier of premium yogurt and ice cream, currently disposes of its evaporated whey byproduct through a costly means that presents liability risks and eliminates the opportunity to convert these wastes into energy...
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Indian NGO leader presented top World Water Prize in Stockholm ceremony
STOCKHOLM, Aug. 26, 2005 -- The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), an influential Indian non-governmental organization under the dynamic leadership of Sunita Narain, was honored with the 2005 Stockholm Water Prize during a gala ceremony at the Stockholm City Hall. New Delhi's CSE and Sunita Narain, a dynamic advocate for water and the environment, human rights, democracy and health, received the $150,000 and a crystal sculpture from the hands of H M King Carl XV1 Gustaf of Sweden...
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In earlier newsbriefs, see:
-- "WaterBriefs: Telvent to upgrade Albuquerque water treatment plant" -- Also in this report (Aug. 30, 2005): Jacobs lands watershed facility, CSO planning contract extension; TraceDetect wins AWWA award for automated arsenic analyzer; Supplier innovation demanded in EMEA packaged WWTP markets; U.S. bottled water market report pinpoints growth sectors; CSC wins $86M EPA contract to provide scientific and technical expertise; AWWA approves standard for Severn Trent fluidic oscillation technology; WEFTEC.05 sets new record for sold exhibition floor space...


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NAWC formally announces new Board of Directors for organization

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