WaterBriefs: RJN Group helps Red Oak, TX, upgrade wastewater collection system

Also in this report: In-Pipe to test wastewater treatment in N.Y.; Pressure sensors unites PMC, STS; B&V promotes two in water business; Illinois American buys S. Beloit water utility; Golder Associates achieves milestones; Expect $49B world pump market by 2016; San Diego installs Cernium video analytics system; Las Vegas Valley Water District live on Viryanet; MWH opens Canada office; Oregan gains LEED-certified winemaker; Municipal WWTP market hot in Europe; WWIS offers training via iPods...

In other news below:
-- In-Pipe, Suffolk County win grant to demonstrate wastewater treatment technology
-- PMC, STS unite to launch pressure sensor agreement
-- Two key Black & Veatch promotions demonstrate focus on growth of its water business
-- ICC approves sale of South Beloit water utility to Illinois American
-- Peru Copper signs water treatment plant accord with the government of Peru
-- Golder Associates achieves employee, revenue milestones
-- World pump market to reach $49 billion a year by 2016
-- San Diego installs Cernium video analytics system to protect critical infrastructure
-- Las Vegas Valley Water District 'goes live' with Viryanet's utilities solution
-- MWH opens first office in Canada
-- USA's first LEED-certified winemaking facility opens in Oregon
-- Bentley's WaterGEMS V8 XM Edition wins People's Choice Award at AWWA ACE06
-- Europe's market for municipal wastewater treatment plants remains attractive
-- Water Works Industry Solutions offers training on iPods, mobile devices

RJN Group helps Red Oak upgrade wastewater collection system -- WHEATON, IL, June 28, 2006 -- The city of Red Oak, Texas has experienced rapid growth in the last several years and is continuing on that pattern for the foreseeable future. Growth in the City, as well as annexation has required the city to upgrade the wastewater collection system to continue to provide quality services to its customers. RJN Group Inc. was selected by the city to complete design services for several projects proposed in the city's Masterplan to include:
-- A trunk line from SH 342 to south of Pierce Road generally following the alignment of Brushy Creek including a lift station, force main, and two sub mains
-- A sub main at Pierce Road and Lowrance Road
The projects are scheduled to begin this summer...

In-Pipe, Suffolk County win grant to demonstrate wastewater treatment technology -- WHEATON, IL, June 28, 2006 -- Wastewater treatment is an energy-intensive process with energy costs to run drinking water and wastewater systems as much as a third of a municipality's energy bill. With today's high energy costs, the economic impact on the nation is formidable, particularly at a time when the USEPA forecasts up to a $450 billion funding gap for infrastructure investment needs. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has issued a grant to In-Pipe Technology to demonstrate its energy, environmental and economic benefits at two municipal wastewater treatment plants. Chicago-area, venture-backed In-Pipe has patented technology to pre-treat wastewater while in the sewer collection system to reduce operating costs while improving infrastructure life...

PMC, STS unite to launch pressure sensor agreement -- DANBURY, CT, June 28, 2006 -- Process Measurement & Controls Inc. (PMC) and Sensor Technik Sirnach AG (STS), of Sirnach, Switzerland, have combined to provide an extremely broad range of high performance pressure transmitters and transducers for the North American market. With manufacturing both in Switzerland and the United States, the combination provides users with Swiss precision and on-time deliveries and U.S.-based knowledge and experienced personnel. The company goals are to become a market leader and pursue a consistent niche market strategy not only to provide industry with solutions but also to maintain a policy of continual product development...

Two key Black & Veatch promotions demonstrate focus on growth of its water business -- KANSAS CITY, June 28, 2006 -- Black & Veatch has announced the promotion of two key leaders to help manage the future of its growing B&V Water business.
Effective immediately, Jim Hipps will assume full-time responsibility for B&V Water's growth initiative as chief development officer. In a related move, Hipps will turn over leadership of the company's Asia Pacific water operations to Ralph Eberts, who has been named managing director for the region. A 28-year B&V veteran, Eberts will be based in Singapore. Joining B&V in 1982, Hipps has also overseen mergers and acquisitions in London and been assistant infrastructure manager for Europe, Africa and Asia...

ICC approves sale of South Beloit water utility to Illinois American -- MADISON, WI, June 28, 2006 -- South Beloit Water, Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of Wisconsin Power and Light Co. (WP&L), which is a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation, has received approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to sell its South Beloit water utility operations to Illinois American Water Co. The sale price of the water utility, which serves the South Beloit, IL, area, is approximately $4 million dollars. The request to sell the water utility was filed with the ICC on November 16, 2005 and the transition of service is expected to occur July 31. The sale completes Alliant Energy's divestiture of its water utility business...

Peru Copper signs water treatment plant accord with the government of Peru -- VANCOUVER, BC, Canada, June 28, 2006 -- Peru Copper Inc. announced today that it has signed an agreement with Peru's Ministry of Energy and Mines and Proinversion to fund the construction of a water treatment plant to treat acid drainage water from the Kingsmill Tunnel. The Tunnel was constructed in the mid-1930's by Cerro de Pasco Corp. specifically to drain mine workings and it crosses beneath mining concessions in the Morococha mining district to collect acid water. The water collected is highly acidic with a pH of 4.4 and contains a number of different metals, all of which are believed to be over permissible health limits. The site currently discharges water into the Yauli River at a rate of 1,200 liters per second and the Yauli then empties into the Mantaro River which is a source of irrigation for an important agricultural district, the Mantaro Valley. The company has placed US$15 million in an escrow account to fund the design, construction and start-up of the treatment plant. It and the Ministry will form a joint committee to oversee the bidding process, construction and operation of the plant...

Golder achieves employee, revenue milestones -- ATLANTA, June 28, 2006 -- Can a large, international consulting company still have a small- company feel? Ground engineering and environmental services firm Golder Associates Inc. (GAI) might make a believer out of you. Even though GAI reached 1,000 employees this month and is on the way to achieving well over $100 million in net revenue for the year, President Steve Thompson still begins his quarterly reports emphasizing diligent attention to working safely and maintaining a healthy working environment. And despite the fact that GAI grew its workforce 15% over the past year, he still highlights personal relationships and networking as keys to success in recruiting quality professionals...

World pump market to reach $49 billion a year by 2016 -- NORTHFIELD, IL, June 27, 2006 -- The world market for pumps will grow from just under $30 billion this year to $49 billion a year by 2016. This latest forecast from the McIlvaine Company is included in the continually updated online, "Pumps: World Markets." While world GDP will grow only 4% a year over the next 10 years, the pump market will grow at 5% a year. This is despite growth of only 1-2% per year in some regions and sectors such as European basic industry (steel, chemicals, pulp and paper). Forecasts are based on major drivers: new energy sources, urbanization of Asia, and the investment in water infrastructure...

San Diego breaks new ground in physical security by installing intelligent video analytics system to protect critical infrastructure -- RESTON, VA, June 27, 2006 -- Cernium Corp., a provider of advanced video analytics, announced that San Diego has deployed Cernium's Perceptrak® intelligent video system to monitor security camera networks covering portions of the city's critical infrastructure. The city is one of the first municipalities in the United States to undertake a wide-scale deployment of intelligent video to enhance security at facilities important to the daily operation of the metro region. It joins Cernium customers like Boeing, The Johns Hopkins University, Yonkers Municipal Parking Authority and George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate in deploying this technology, which is the only advanced video analytics solution able to simultaneously analyze video from 16 cameras, in real time, on a single video processor. Convergint Technologies, a leading North American security solutions and service provider, served as the lead systems integrator and prime contractor for the project...

Las Vegas Valley Water District 'goes live' with Viryanet's utilities solution -- SOUTHBOROUGH, MA, June 27, 2006 -- ViryaNet, a provider of solutions that automate business processes for mobile workforce management and field service delivery, today announced that Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD), a not-for-profit agency that provides water to the Las Vegas region, and is one of the fastest growing water districts in the Southwest, has successfully deployed ViryaNet's Solution for Utilities to optimize the scheduling and management of its field service organization. The LVVWD provides water services to more than one million people in Southern Nevada. It's been rolled out to about 200 field service technicians across a vast service territory and within multiple divisions, including meter services, customer service, distribution, fleet services, and facilities maintenance...

MWH opens first office in Canada -- TORONTO, June 27, 2006 -- MWH, a global provider of environmental, engineering and construction services, has opened an office in Toronto to provide services to the expanding natural resource, energy, industry and infrastructure markets in Canada. Operating under the name MWH Canada Inc., the office will initially focus on Ontario's hydroelectric generation development opportunities. An open-ended time and materials contract has been signed with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) for owner's representative services on current construction works for hydroelectric site rehabilitation. MWH Canada is also pursuing contracts on large-scale hydroelectric redevelopment projects for OPG in northern Ontario...

USA's first LEED-certified winemaking facility opens in Oregon -- Stoller Vineyards unveils environmentally friendly winery operation -- DAYTON, OR, June 27, 2006 -- Stoller Vineyards, producer of world-class artisanal Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, is pleased to announce the opening of the first and only winemaking facility in Oregon to be 100% LEED-certified at the gold level. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System(R) is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Stoller's state of the art winery, located in the Willamette Valley town of Dayton, serves as an example of what can be accomplished when environmental consciousness, visual aesthetic, and production functionality are partners in the design process. "Rainwater runoff from the winery is collected in our pond. Wastewater is reused to irrigate a nearby pasture, and process solids (skins, stems, and seeds) are used by a local organic dairy to fertilize their pastures," says owner Bill Stoller...

Bentley's WaterGEMS V8 XM Edition wins People's Choice Award at AWWA ACE06 -- EXTON, PA, June 27, 2006 -- Bentley Systems Inc. today announced that WaterGEMS V8 XM Edition has won the People's Choice Award for "Most Useful New Product" at the American Water Works Association 2006 Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE06). The show was held June 11-15 in San Antonio, Texas. The new WaterGEMS V8 XM water distribution modeling solution from Bentley was among the cutting-edge technologies, services, and ideas selected by AWWA's Manufacturers Council Committee for presentation in ACE06's New Product Technology Showcase. Visitors to the showcase chose the winner of the People's Choice Award by voting for the most useful new product on display...

Europe's market for municipal wastewater treatment plants remains attractive -- COLOGNE, Germany, June 27, 2006 -- ecoprog and Fraunhofer UMSICHT expect the amount of investment in wastewater treatment plants up to 2010 to be about EUR 42 billion [US$53.17 billion]. The markets experiencing greatest expansion are Southern and Eastern Europe, but Germany is still the country with the largest market. A recent study entitled "The market for municipal wastewater treatment plants in Europe" provides an examination of the market for wastewater treatment plants in Europe. EU legislation has brought about a high level of investment in wastewater treatment plants over the past decade -- an annual infusion of over EUR 8 billion [US$10.13 billion]. As the Urban Waste Water Directive sets out clear guidelines on treatment standards and needs for residential wastewater treatment, this also provides a stimulus for construction of new plants as well as upgrading old ones...

Water Works Industry Solutions releases training on mobile devices -- LAS VEGAS, June 19, 2006 -- Training videos reformatted to run on mobile devices, such as video iPod -- Las Vegas-based Water Works Industry Solutions (WWIS) announced a spin off to its recently unveiled training DVD series, "Training and Installation: The Basics," with the release of the same training series formatted for hand-held devices, which can be used in the field to review or for on-site training...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: ADB loans $80M for China's Hai River Basin cleanup" -- Also in this report (June 26, 2006): Pentair expands in China with manufacturing, distribution joint venture; Calgon Carbon grabs Taiwan drinking water treatment contract; RegenOxT groundwater remediation technology wins international award; JWC Environmental, Centex partner to provide sewage grinders to Mid-East; Accelerated Technology Laboratories earns ISO 9001:2000 certification; SGS Group expands LimsLink to improve laboratory productivity, ensures data quality; Ashland names Menk to lead newly purchased Degussa water business; Milwaukee sewer project earns Black & Veatch 'Project of the Year' award from APWA; MWH to hold coastal cities climate change workshop in New York; Aquatech adds business development manager; Suncor Energy completes upgrade to its Commerce City refinery; Wavefront to acquire membership units in Oil Enhancement Tools LLC; Gorman-Rupp subsidiary manufactures massive pumps for flood, levee protection; Micronics grants patent license to Australia's Cleveland Biosensors; NADBank approves over $215 million in Mexican border infrastructure projects; NanoLogix to provide hydrogen bioreactor at Erie wastewater treatment plant; EBRD $10.09 million loan helps improve water services in Bulgaria; Flowserve acquires Czech seal manufacturer; AfDB workshop focuses on financing water, sanitation in Africa...

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