Black & Veatch awarded contract to lead AwwaRF project

First-of-its-kind project is to study and develop best practices for integrating health and safety into water utility operation, management and facility design. Black & Veatch will lead a team of representatives from 23 water utilities from across the United States in cooperation with Applied Safety and Ergonomics Inc., of Ann Arbor, Mich., in the groundbreaking research...

KANSAS CITY, MO, Dec. 15, 2005 -- Black & Veatch has been awarded a contract by the Awwa Research Foundation (AwwaRF) to study and develop best practices for integrating health and safety into water utility operation, management and facility design. Black & Veatch will lead a team of representatives from 23 water utilities from across the United States in cooperation with Applied Safety and Ergonomics Inc., of Ann Arbor, Mich., in the groundbreaking research.

"Black & Veatch assembled a team of water utilities with advanced safety cultures who are willing to share their experience with their peers," said AwwaRF Project Manager India Williams. "A water utility survey, along with a workshop and case studies, will serve as a foundation for two documents that will provide practical guidance for protecting water industry workers from illness and injury."

The 18-month research project, scheduled to begin in January 2006, will culminate in two documents: Compendium of Water Systems Hazard Assessment and Mitigation of Best Practices and Design-and-Operation Integration Procedure. According to John Borowski, Black & Veatch Principal Investigator and Practice Leader for Health and Safety Consulting, the documents will be used by utilities to improve existing safety programs. They will focus on effective integration of hazard assessment, mitigation procedures and design standards into the design and operation of conveyance, treatment and distribution systems.

"This project further positions Black & Veatch both as a leader in the water business and a pacesetter in development and implementation of safe work practices and procedures," said B&V Water President and CEO Dan McCarthy. "Combining two areas of expertise for the potential benefit of an entire industry presents a tremendous opportunity to create value."

Black & Veatch Corp. (www.bv.com) is a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, information and government markets. Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch develops tailored infrastructure solutions that meet clients' needs and provide sustainable benefits. Solutions include conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, information technology, environmental, security design and consulting, and management consulting services. The employee-owned company has more than 90 offices worldwide. Black & Veatch is ranked on the Forbes "500 Largest Private Companies in the United States" listing for 2004.

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