WaterBriefs: Woodard & Curran wins two O&M contracts in New England

March 21, 2007
Also in this report: Air Products, FuelCell building tri-generation facility; Penn. American Water buying Redstone Water; Royal Spring Water hires chief engineer; CDM working on water, wastewater projects in Arizona, Egypt; USAID, P&G highlight African partnership; Chinese centrifugal pumps market driven by infrastructure demand; SE Asia water treatment market rides wave of health, water quality concerns; Proteus, Veolia Environnement partner on bio-processes for wastewater treatment...

In other news below:
-- Air Products, FuelCell Energy start construction of tri-generation facility
-- Pennsylvania American Water acquires majority of Redstone Water Company
-- Beverage industry veteran joins Royal Spring Water as chief operation engineer
-- CDM working on water, wastewater projects in Arizona, Egypt
-- USAID, P&G highlight partnership for Safe Drinking Water in Africa
-- Chinese market for centrifugal pumps driven by demand from developing infrastructure
-- Water treatment market riding on wave of health, water quality concerns in SE Asia
-- Proteus, Veolia Environnement partner to develop bio-processes for wastewater treatment
-- SecureWave releases podcast on 'Enterprise Security Threats'
-- Engineers Without Borders founder to speak at ASHRAE 2007

Woodard & Curran wins two operations & management contracts in New England -- PORTLAND, ME, March 20, 2007 -- Woodard & Curran recently won an operations & management (O&M) contract from the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC)/Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) and renewed its contract with the Town of Greenville, NH.

The BWSC and MWRA selected Woodard & Curran to serve as the operator of their new stormwater treatment facility and the upgraded Union Park Pumping Station for the next 3 years. A client since 2000, the BWSC provides water, wastewater, and storm drainage services throughout Boston, while the MWRA provides wholesale water and sewer services to 61 metropolitan Boston communities. Woodard & Curran is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management, including the provision of trained staff 24 hours a day, implementation of a state-of-the-art predictive maintenance management program, administration and implementation of minor capital repair and replacement projects, 9 unmanned pump stations, and emergency response during storm events.

The Town of Greenville, NH, hired Woodard & Curran in 2001 to provide contract operations of its water and wastewater treatment systems. After six years of successful operations, the town recently renewed the contract for another five years. Woodard & Curran is responsible for the operations and maintenance of the 0.425-million-gallons-per-day (MGD) water treatment plant, distribution system, two storage tanks with a capacity of 750,000 gallons, and biannual meter reading, as well as the 0.233-MGD wastewater treatment facility and 7.5-mile-long collection system.

Based in Portland, ME, Woodard & Curran (www.woodardcurran.com) is a 500-person, integrated engineering, science, and operations company. Privately held and steadily growing, the firm serves public and private clients locally and nationwide.

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-- "Woodard & Curran wins ACEC Engineering Excellence Award for Brownfields redevelopment, wetlands restoration project in for Wyeth Inc."


Among other recent headlines:

Air Products, FuelCell Energy start construction of tri-generation facility -- High efficiency hydrogen energy station to demonstrate combined hydrogen, electricity and heat generation; System designed to address industrial and transportation applications -- LEHIGH VALLEY, PA, March 20, 2007 -- Air Products, a global leader in hydrogen fueling station technology and the world's largest producer of hydrogen, and FuelCell Energy Inc., a leading manufacturer of efficient, ultra-clean power plants using renewable and domestic fuels for commercial and industrial customers, today announced that construction has commenced on an advanced hydrogen energy demonstration station. The station, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is to demonstrate a tri-generating green energy system capable of providing low-cost hydrogen, electric power and heat from one integrated unit. The new system will combine FuelCell Energy's Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plants with Air Products' advanced gas separation technologies. The DFC system produces reliable ultra-clean electric power and heat for cogeneration, as well as hydrogen for industrial applications and fuel cell vehicles. The system is designed to produce over 250 kilowatts (kW) of green power and 135 kilograms (about 300 pounds) of hydrogen a day. It could provide hydrogen for smaller industrial users who routinely purchase liquid or gaseous hydrogen that currently must be delivered by truck. The DFC system could also be equipped to provide daily hydrogen fueling for about 35 fuel cell vehicles. The tri-generation system (hydrogen, electricity and heat) is designed to operate on renewable fuel sources, such as anaerobic digester gas from industrial or municipal wastewater treatment facilities, as well as readily available fuels, including natural gas and propane. Overall cost of on-site generation of hydrogen via this process has the potential to be significantly lower than other currently available production options, and thus could provide hydrogen and energy at decreased costs...

Pennsylvania American Water acquires majority of Redstone Water Company -- HERSHEY, PA, March 20, 2007 -- Pennsylvania American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water, announced the acquisition of a majority of the water assets of Redstone Water Company, the seventh system the company has acquired in the past year. The transaction expands Pennsylvania American Water's customer base by 490 customers in Redstone, Luzerne and West Pike Run Townships in Washington and Fayette Counties. Redstone Water's Royal system in Fayette County is not included in this transaction.
In the last decade, Pennsylvania American has completed more than 40 acquisitions. Systems acquired in Western Pennsylvania in recent years include Butler, Sligo, Shippenville, Connoquenessing, Sandy Ridge and West Decatur...

Peter Gnecco, an industry veteran, joins Royal Spring Water Inc. as the new chief operation engineer -- Royal Spring Water Inc. adds a full time second shift to meet new order demands -- LOS ANGELES, March 20, 2007 -- Royal Spring Water Inc., a bottler and distributor of pure water from the Artesian wells of the "Ogallala Aquifer", announced today that it has now added a full time second shift to increase production capacity to meet the growing order demands that are being received. The company is now planning to add a third shift in the upcoming weeks. Peter Gnecco, a long time industry expert, has now joined Royal Spring Water Inc. as part of the management team. Royal Springs Water consulted with Gnecco as an operating engineer and bottling line specialist as of December 2006. As the relationship between them proved to be successful, and the company production needs increased, both parties agree to designate Gnecco's position with the company to a long term management position. Gnecco has relocated to Hereford, TX, as a full time management team member and has assumed the position of Chief Operating Engineer...
Also see:
-- "World Water Day: Where Bottled Water Fits In"
-- " U.S. Customs approves Royal Spring Water facilities in Hereford, Texas, as bonded facility"

CDM launches design-build wastewater treatment expansion, reuse project in Arizona -- BULLHEAD CITY, AZ, March 20, 2007 -- CDM has moved into the final phase of design and construction on Bullhead City's Section 18 wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) expansion, which will help the city meet the needs of a rapidly growing population and pave the way for reclamation and reuse of the highly treated water. The $17 million design-build project will provide the city with new facilities rated at a treatment capacity of 2 million gallons per day, more than double the capacity of the original facility being replaced. The plant will incorporate the innovative membrane bioreactor treatment approach to produce extremely high quality reclaimed water. This approach provides high particle removal efficiency, and reduced tank volume and site footprint compared to conventional activated sludge wastewater plants. In addition, the Section 18 WWTP will be highly automated to reduce operation and maintenance requirements. When complete in October 2007, the modernized and expanded Section 18 WWTP will allow the city to retire an aging treatment plant elsewhere in Bullhead City that the city plans to take off line...
Also see:
-- "CDM to provide engineering services during water, wastewater improvement in Egypt"

-- "USAID and P&G highlight partnership for safe drinking water in Africa"

Chinese market for centrifugal pumps driven by demand from developing infrastructure -- PALO ALTO, CA, March 20, 2007 -- The Chinese market for positive displacement and centrifugal pumps is huge, though highly fragmented. Rapid infrastructure development in processing and other related industries largely drives this market. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, "Chinese Positive Displacement and Centrifugal Pumps Market (P041)," reveals that the market earned revenues of $5.06 billion in 2006 and estimates this will reach $14.96 billion in 2013. The major target markets for pump manufacturers include water and wastewater treatment, power generation, chemicals, petrochemicals, oil and gas. Demand from these segments expects to increase, though the growth rate may decline in the next few years. Among these, the wastewater treatment segment will likely offer the greatest scope for revenue growth. The government is investing large amounts of funds into water treatment in order to achieve the goal that the average concentrated sewage treatment must reach from 60% to 80% in 2010, to match the rate of urbanization. The launch of a national key project named "South-to-North Water Diversion Project" is also anticipated to boost revenues...
Also see:
-- "Water treatment market riding on wave of health, water quality concerns in SE Asia"
-- "Stringent EU directives, technical advances promote uptake of automation, control solutions"

London Borough selects Veolia Environmental Services for waste contract -- Southwark Council names it preferred bidder on 25-year private finance initiative for wastewater management contract -- PARIS, March 20, 2007 -- The UK market leader, Veolia Environmental Services, has been selected as Southwark Council's preferred bidder, subject to final negotiations, for its 25-year private finance initiative (PFI) waste management contract. Veolia Environmental Services' successful bid is based on a fully integrated strategy for waste recycling and recovery using the latest technology and incorporates the construction of purpose-built enhanced waste facilities. These include a new Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant, municipal depot, Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) for co-mingled materials and a Household Waste Recycling and Recovery Centre (HWRRC). PFI funding of £34.5m [US$67.69 million] was secured by Southwark Council in January 2005 for the contract which is due to start in October, 2007. Services will cover minimisation, collection, reception, transfer, recycling, composting, treatment and disposal of the Borough's waste, which amounted to 137,000 tonnes in 2004/05 from its 250,000 residents...
Also see: "Proteus, Veolia Environnement partner to develop bio-processes for wastewater treatment"

SecureWave releases podcast 'Enterprise Security Threats: Defining and Avoiding Malware and Data Leakage' -- Security industry analyst Natalie Lambert discusses best practices for protecting against data leakage, introduction of malware and other threats -- HERNDON, VA, March 20, 2007 -- SecureWave, a worldwide leader in endpoint security, today announced the availability of a podcast featuring Forrester Research Analyst Natalie Lambert titled "Enterprise Security Threats: Defining and Avoiding Malware and Data Leakage." In the podcast, Lambert discusses the increasing complexity of malware, the growing number of targeted attacks on individual companies and data sets and other enterprise IT security threats, as well as policies and solutions organizations can implement to protect proprietary information and systems. The podcast is available by clicking here...
Also see: "SafeBoot joins SecureWave hardware vendor partnership program"

Engineers Without Borders founder to speak at ASHRAE 2007 -- ATLANTA, March 20, 2007 -- With an estimated population increase of 2 billion people in the next two decades, unprecedented demand will exist for energy, food, water, land, transportation, waste disposal, health care and infrastructure. The role of engineers will be critical in fulfilling those demands from remote small communities to large urban areas, according to Bernard Amadei, Ph.D., the founding president of Engineers Without Borders - USA and the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network. He will serve as keynote speaker, kicking off the technical program at ASHRAE's 2007 Annual Meeting, June 23-27. His presentation takes place at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 24. A meeting badge is required to attend. For more information, click here...
Also see:
-- "Sustainable Buildings Highlighted in ASHRAE Online Seminar"
-- "ASHRAE Seeks Members for Contractor, Design Build Firm Task Group"


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