Worldbriefs: Nov. 9, 2009

A periodic round-up of water-industry news from around the world...

A periodic roundup of water industry news from around the world:
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9, 2009 -- In effort to transform the old Kai Tak Airport site into a vibrant community, the L.A.-based engineering firm won the bid to provide infrastructure design and construction supervision consulting services for the landmark project, including drainage and sewerage works, sewage pumping stations, and water supply systems. The contract is worth US$60 million...
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SAN LEANDRO, Calif. & DUBAI, UAE, Nov. 9, 2009 --Energy Recovery Inc., a leader in design and development of energy recovery devices for desalination, today introduced its Quadribaric™ technology, advancing the company’s mission to make seawater desalination an affordable solution to addressing the world’s clean water shortages. Embedded into the latest PX Pressure Exchanger™ (PX-300) line of rotary energy recovery devices, ERI Quadribaric technology uses a patented new design that revolutionizes the way PX devices work, essentially doubling the work load of each device, with greater efficiency than any energy recovery device on the market...
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BJERRINGBRO, Denmark, Nov. 9, 2009 -- Just before the day shift at Grundfos left work on Nov. 3, ALPHA2 pump number one million was produced on the fully automatic product line at the Grundfos Group's world headquarters...
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WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 6, 2009 -- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2868, the Chemical and Water Security Act of 2009, by a vote of 230-193. This bill reauthorizes the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) program to implement and enforce the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)...
ABU DHABI, UAE, Nov. 4, 2009 -- Frost & Sullivan honored Metito with the 2009 Market Leadership Award in the Middle East Water and Wastewater Treatment Market. The award is recognition of Metito's leadership position in the regional water and wastewater treatment market in terms of market share or coverage in an area with over 115 local and international players...
BROOMFIELD, CO, Nov. 4, 2009 -- MWH Soft is pleased to announce that MWH Soft and Wallingford Software, which announced their merger Aug. 14, have completed consolidation of the two companies...
VANCOUVER, BC, Canada, Nov. 4, 2009 -- Utilities Kingston (UK) has forged a partnership with leading-edge asset management technology provider Fuseforward to develop a comprehensive "Intelligent Utility" solution to support all aspects of utility management...
DENVER, CO, Nov. 3, 2009 -- Paul D. Swaim, P.E., Vice President and Global Technology Leader for Water Treatment with CH2M HILL, has been elected President-Elect of the International Ultraviolet Association...
DUBLIN, Ireland, Nov. 3, 2009 -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "The Use of Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Urban Watersheds" report to their offering...
HELLENTAL, Germany, Nov. 2, 2009 -- The new mobile water treatment plant TWA 15 UF, recently developed by Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies subsidiary Berkefeld has successfully passed its first major deployment under real-life conditions...
CALGARY, AB, Canada, Nov. 2, 2009 -- ATCO Water has been selected by the towns of Three Hills and Trochu to develop a long-term partnership for the delivery of water and wastewater services...
LONDON, UK, Oct. 31, 2009 -- CIWEM is putting its weight behind a statement that calls upon UK negotiators at Copenhagen to fight for a deal that ends our unsustainable reliance on fossil fuels and puts in place urgent measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions...
GUELPH, ON, Canada, Oct. 29, 2009 -- Now is the time to submit an abstract for consideration for presentation at the 2010 International Conference on Stormwater and Urban Water Systems Modeling, to be held February 18-19, 2010, in Toronto...
RIO RANCHO, NM, Oct. 28, 2009 -- Mayor Tom Swisstack applauds the recognition of New Mexico-based MIOX Corporation who was recently named a Global Cleantech 100 company by Guardian News and Media and Cleantech Group, LLC...
DENVER, CO, Oct. 19, 2009 -- Critigen, a global technology consultancy for critical infrastructure, today announced its entry into the market as a privately held company. Recently divested from CH2M HILL's 62-year, $6.4 billion engineering business, the independent company emerges with deep domain expertise combined with the entrepreneurial ability to proactively apply technology-based approaches, new insights and visionary thinking that modernizes every sector of the growing critical infrastructure market...
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OVERLAND PARK, KS, Oct. 19, 2009 -- Black & Veatch is extending its already broad capabilities in the water, wastewater and power industries by launching a company -- infraManagement Group LLC to assist owners in the management of assets. It also will provide support to non-utility owners of energy and water operations -- such as financial institutions, airports, colleges and industrial users -- that want to focus on their core business and have a trusted partner manage the assets...
BARCELONA, Spain, Oct. 8, 2009 -- P.S. Apliclor, S.A., a division of Severn Trent Services, has successfully been certified as meeting the requirements of ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 9001:2008, the internationally recognised standards for environmental management systems and quality management systems, respectively...
Oct. 8, 2009 -- Scottish water quality engineer Panton McLeod has seen its standards upgraded to the ISO 9001:2008 level following successful inspections, meaning it now offers the most up-to-date cleaning standard in the UK water industry. The upgrade is the latest success for the firm, which recently completed work for Severn Trent Water's Frankley project and is currently involved in a series of major tank cleans in the Scottish Water area...
LONDON, Oct. 8, 2009 -- Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions, one of the UK's leading utility solutions providers, received the award for Claims Initiative of the Year at the 2009 Manchester CII Insurance Awards. The prestigious awards recognise valuable contributions to the insurance industry and emphasise professional and ethical practices...
RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, Canada, Oct. 15, 2009 -- PCI Geomatics, a developer of geo-imaging software and systems, has successfully delivered an operational automated system for the orthorectification, pansharpening and mosaicking of large volumes of satellite imagery to COTESA, a privately held GIS company in Valladolid, Spain. The Spanish Government is working with COTESA to fulfill its requirements under the Multinational Geospatial Co-production Program (MGCP), undertaken by 28 NATO nations participating in the production of global high-resolution vector geospatial data...
TWYFORD, Berkshire, UK, Oct. 13, 2009 -- Specialist insurance brokers for the water industry, Kingsbridge Risk Solutions, have been successfully appointed as the insurance broker for Jersey Water. The company counts several large water utilities through to Legionella contractors among its client base...
HOUSTON, TX, Oct. 6, 2009 -- GE Energy announced today the successful installation of its Bently Nevada Essential Insight.mesh wireless condition monitoring technology at the NV Energy Ft. Churchill Operating Station in Yerington, NV. This new, innovative technology is helping to improve overall plant reliability and efficiency by extending condition monitoring to a broader array of essential assets, including cooling water pumps, that were previously underserved and/or classified as mid- to low-criticality...
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