Black & Veatch shares insights on Australian water industry opportunities

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• Global sustainability and technology experts focus on augmenting water supplies in the face of climate change

KANSAS CITY, MO, Sept. 24, 2008 -- Black & Veatch, a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company, sponsored a media event today in Sydney, Australia, to introduce journalists to sustainability and technology experts.

Peter Binney, Director of Sustainable Planning for Black & Veatch's global water business, spoke with journalists about ways in which water managers can develop greater flexibility in managing their resources. He made special reference to the drought-ridden Murray-Darling River Basin and drew parallels with the situation that the Colorado River Basin in the western United States is facing.

"These similarities can contribute positively to the current debate among Australian water managers and policy makers," Binney said at the event.

Another speaker, Cindy Wallis-Lage, Chief of Black & Veatch's Global Water Technology Group, emphasized how advanced technology, such as that being used on the Bundamba Advanced Water Treatment Plant in South-East Queensland and being piloted in Perth with the Groundwater Replenishment Trial, can bring benefits by effectively closing the water loop to create new, climate-independent water supplies.

Bruce Long, Black & Veatch's Global Practice and Technology Leader and a recognized expert in membrane filtration, provided details on Black & Veatch's experience with emerging water treatment technologies globally.

Ralph Eberts, Senior Managing Director for Black & Veatch's Asia Pacific water business hosted the event. "We continue to build our presence in Australia. Over the last 18 months, we have opened offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane," Eberts said.

Black & Veatch is a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal and environmental markets.

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