WaterBriefs: Awwa Research Foundation adds staff

June 20, 2007
Also in this report: Badgers become five-time Concrete Canoe champions; Call for application: European Sustainable Water Goals 2007-2010; Advantica pilots new burst finding technology; Wataire International announces Florida distributor; IGES seeks researcher for Freshwater Project; Ville de Saguenay, Quebec, Canada, joins Bentley's Municipal License Subscription program; Study: Cleanup would boost rusty economy; SonTek/YSI announces new hire, promotions...

In other news below:
-- Badgers become five-time Concrete Canoe champions
-- Call for application: European Sustainable Water Goals 2007-2010
-- Advantica pilots new burst finding technology
-- Wataire International announces Florida distributor
-- IGES seeks researcher for Freshwater Project
-- Ville de Saguenay, Quebec, Canada, joins Bentley's Municipal License Subscription program
-- Study: Cleanup would boost rusty economy
-- SonTek/YSI announces new hire, promotions
-- Mason to bolster MWH's International Dam and Hydropower expertise
-- Population growth to stretch U.S. water recycling and reuse systems market

Awwa Research Foundation adds staff
DENVER, CO, June 18, 2007 -- The Awwa Research Foundation (AwwaRF), the leading nonprofit water research foundation dedicated to advancing the science of drinking water, named Jill Estabrook Wisehart, director of communications & marketing; Sean C. Lieske, senior account manager and, Shonnie Cline, project manager.

Jill Estabrook Wisehart has been appointed director of communications & marketing. This newly created position will spearhead communications, marketing and brand positioning for the Foundation. Jill comes to AwwaRF from the cable and satellite industry where she has been instrumental in the communications for companies including; On Command Corp, STARZ! and Dish Network. Jill received her M.B.A. from Regis University in 2006.

Sean C. Lieske has been named senior account manager supporting a variety of member utilities across the United States. Sean brings over fourteen years of experience from the environmental industry. Prior to joining AwwaRF Sean worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in the water quality control division. Sean is a graduate of Colorado State University with a B.S. in Environmental Health.

Shonnie Cline has been named project manager. Shonnie comes from the City of Brighton Water Treatment Division where she was the storm water coordinator. Shonnie has a B.S. from Arizona State University in purchasing management and a B.A. from Metropolitan State College of Denver in Biology.

"As the needs of water utility industry continue to change, AwwaRF is committed to expand our team to ensure that we provide the necessary research required to advance the science of drinking water," stated Robert C. Renner, executive director for AwwaRF.

The Awwa Research Foundation is a member-supported, international, nonprofit organization that sponsors research to enable water utilities, public health agencies, and other professionals to provide safe and affordable drinking water to consumers. With more than 900 subscriber members in the U.S. and abroad, AwwaRF has funded and managed more than 1,000 projects valued at more than $400 million. More information on the Awwa Research

Among other recent headlines:

Badgers become five-time Concrete Canoe champions
-- Engineering students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison win 20th annual National Concrete Canoe Competition in Seattle
SEATTLE, June 16, 2007 -- In the 1960s, a group of civil engineering students had what everyone else thought was a crazy idea. They would take a building material nearly everyone was familiar with, concrete, and use it in an extraordinary way: they would design, build and race a canoe made of concrete. Despite their success, those students never would have believed that a nationally recognized competition would evolve from their experiment -- and they certainly never thought that in 2007 the national competition would be celebrating its 20th annual event. While the shape, size and speed of the canoes have changed throughout the years, the innovative spirit and creativity of the competitors remains the same...

Call for application: European Sustainable Water Goals 2007-2010
BELLUNO, Italy, June 15, 2007 -- European Sustainable Water Goals is seeking qualified PhD, Master Students, post-Docs and professionals who would like to study in the fields of Environmental Sciences and get a Mobility Grant to participate in the conference "Managing Water Resources in European Mountain Environments," which will be held in Belluno, Italy, 8-12 October 2007...

Advantica pilots new burst finding technology
LOUGHBOROUGH, UK, June 14, 2007 -- Advantica recently teamed with Hyder Consulting and Hydrosave UK to deliver a broad range of leakage consultancy and project management capabilities for Severn Trent Water. The effort was designed to evaluate how a burst finding algorithm in the SynerGEE® Water software Calibration Module could contribute efficiencies to Severn Trent Water's proactive leakage management...

Wataire International announces Florida distributor
WOODLAND HILLS, CA, June 14, 2007 -- Wataire International Inc. Company President Mr. T Nylander is pleased to announce the signing of a non-exclusive distribution agreement with Aquaduct International LLC. for the distribution of its water generating products in the state of Florida. Under the terms of the agreement, Aquaduct International LLC will immediately purchase one 20-foot container (105 units) of Wataires WII 4010 atmospheric water generators...
Also see: "Wataire announces Kansas State University validates water quality"

IGES seeks researcher for Freshwater Project
KANAGAWA, Japan, June 14, 2007 -- The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) is recruiting a researcher for its Freshwater Project (FW), which conducts research under the theme "Enhancing Access to Safe Water through Innovative Water Quality Management," with the aim of proposing innovative policies on water quality management in terms of increasing the usability of water resources and improving access to safe water...

Ville de Saguenay, Quebec, Canada, joins Bentley's Municipal License Subscription program
-- Will use unlimited access to comprehensive GIS and engineering software portfolio to better serve the infrastructure needs of its 156,000 citizens
LONDON, June 13, 2007 -- Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced that Ville de Saguenay, in Quebec, Canada, has joined Bentley's Municipal License Subscription (MLS) program. The municipality will use its new MLS to develop an advanced geospatial information system and better serve the infrastructure needs of its 156,000 citizens. Bentley's MLS offers municipalities all the software they need to design and manage all their infrastructure for a fixed annual fee based on population...
Also see:
-- "City of Tilburg, Netherlands, joins Bentley's Municipal License Subscription program"
-- "BE Conference 2007 and BE Conference Europe focus on learning and innovation"
-- "City of Overbetuwe, Netherlands, joins Bentley's Municipal License Subscription program"

Study: Cleanup would boost rusty economy
-- But Great Lakes congressional delegation ignores shoreline restoration proposal
GARY, IN, June 7, 2007 -- Michigan Land Use Institute -- A study released earlier this year predicts that investment in the clean-up of Lake Michigan's southern shore could result in 39,000 jobs, 60,000 new residents, and $39 billion in increased economic activity. But with a $20 billion price tag, the proposal is drawing little support from lawmakers. Click here to read the full article.

SonTek/YSI announces new hire, promotions
SAN DIEGO, CA, June 1, 2007 -- SonTek/YSI, an international leader in the manufacturing of acoustic Doppler instrumentation for water velocity measurement in oceans, rivers, lakes, harbors, estuaries, and laboratories, announces one new hire and three key employee promotions, to support the company's rapid growth...

Mason to bolster MWH's International Dam and Hydropower expertise
CHICAGO, May 30, 2007 -- Peter J. Mason, Ph.D., recently joined MWH as Technical Director, International Dam and Hydropower projects. In this role he will provide senior-level technical reviews, management for large programs and strategic oversight for MWH's dam and hydropower projects worldwide. Dr. Mason has worked at all project stages from conceptual to detailed design for dams, hydropower stations, canals, tunnels and associated works...
Also see: -- "MWH awarded three Ohio hydroelectric projects "

Population growth to stretch U.S. water recycling and reuse systems market
May 19, 2007 -- Stringent federal wastewater discharge regulations, growing population, and increasing demand for freshwater are essentially driving water recycling and reuse in the United States. With the population increasing in the United States, which is expected to reach 420 million by mid-2050, the demand for fresh water is set to increase steeply for use in industries, agricultural irrigation, lawn watering, and other non-potable applications. While this scenario is expected to place enormous strain on the existing water resources, it can strengthen the demand for water recycling and reuse systems...

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