WaterBriefs: Malcom Pirnie remediation project at military base wins NGWA award

Also in this report: Ariz. town to auction effluent water; Milwaukee sewer tunnel wins APWA award; Cummins hikes prices; Jackson, Miss., expands use of In-Pipe Technology; Playpumps' African effort gets $5M commitment; PCB containment liner installed at Mich. Superfund site; Jacobs receives Thames Water contract; Itron sponsors Jordanian exchange; Layne Christensen to buy AmWater unit; Calif. city gives out test-kits to cut pollution; El Paso Water picks Systems & Software CIS solution...

In other news below:
-- Arizona town to auction effluent water needed to support development
-- Milwaukee sewer tunnel receives APWA Award as public works project of the year
-- Spheric Technologies now exclusive rep for Chinese microwave furnaces
-- Cummins Power Generation announces price increase
-- Jackson, Miss., expands use of In-Pipe Technology for municipal wastewater treatment
-- African clean water initiative by Playpumps International wins $5 million commitment
-- EPA completes 10-mile drain PCB containment liner at Mich. Superfund site
-- GE launches ecomagination in Australia to address water, energy challenges
-- Jacobs receives Thames Water consultancy framework contract
-- Itron sponsors Jordanian music exchange
-- Layne Christensen to purchase American Water's Underground Infrastructure Group
-- Sensaphone revamps reseller program
-- ASHRAE looks at making ASHRAE Handbook more 'sustainable'
-- Folsom, Calif., launches pesticide test-kit program to reduce pollution
-- Ross & Baruzzini acquires William A. Berry & Associates
-- El Paso Water Utilities selects Systems & Software CIS solution

NGWA awards cleanup of contaminated groundwater at military base -- WHITE PLAINS, NY, September 20, 2006 -- Remediation of contaminated ground water at the Watervliet Arsenal, a century-old active military installation in upstate New York, has won the National Ground Water Association (NGWA)'s 2006 Outstanding Ground Water Remediation Project Award, recognizing the precedent-setting work of environmental engineers and scientists at Malcolm Pirnie Inc. and collaborative team members from the University of Waterloo.

To meet the tight deadline and long-term goals of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), this team used an innovative, in-situ chemical oxidation process to destroy contaminants in the fractured bedrock at the site. This prestigious award will be presented to the firm at the NGWA Ground Water Expo in Las Vegas on Dec. 7.

The project posed great challenges -- volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were identified in the groundwater and in the porous fractured bedrock matrix at the site. Recognizing that conventional treatment approaches would be ineffective at removing the contaminant mass from the fractures and bedrock matrix, the engineers developed an original injection and monitoring approach using in situ chemical oxidation with permanganate, a relatively stable oxidant, to diffuse into the bedrock matrix and destroy the VOC mass in both the fractures and rock matrix.

After a successful pilot study, which involved applying several innovative characterization technologies, Malcolm Pirnie installed a system of multi-level monitoring wells and permanganate injection wells to inject and monitor the distribution of the permanganate. The project utilized a unique VOC mass discharge-based metric and achieved the U.S Army requirement for a "remedy in place"by 2004.

Not only did the project support the Army's commitment to preserving and enhancing the environment, according to Stephen Wood of USACE, Baltimore District it also resulted in significant cost savings. "A pump-and-treat approach would have required decades of costly operation, without achieving remedial goals."

Malcolm Pirnie Inc. (www.pirnie.com), a century-old environmental consulting firm, provides governmental and industrial clients with comprehensive services in water and wastewater engineering, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental sciences and, through its Red Oak Consulting Division, a wide-range of management and IT consulting services. With a diversified staff of over 1,600 engineers, scientists and consultants in 50+ offices nationwide, Pirnie has won over 100 professional awards for project excellence.

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Among other recent headlines:

Arizona town to auction effluent water needed to support development -- Prescott Valley, Ariz., to make history Nov. 1-3 with first effluent auction. -- VANCOUVER, WA, Sept. 20, 2006 -- The Town of Prescott Valley is auctioning, beginning Nov. 1, 2,724 acre-feet of effluent water that can be used to support real estate and economic development. The auction in Prescott Valley is the first of its kind and size in the United States. The auction could generate over $50 million in revenue, according to the town's Water-Marketing Consultant Clay Landry, managing director of WestWater Research LLC, a leading water-marketing and water-asset-valuation firm. Prescott Valley is 85 miles north of Phoenix and is expected to grow from its current 33,575 residents to more than 52,000 residents by 2025. This growth, along with regulatory requirements that restrict groundwater use in the region, has increased the demand for alternative water supplies...

Milwaukee sewer tunnel receives APWA Award as public works project of the year -- $125 million effort solves problems city faced due to sewer overflows and basement backups during wet weather as a result of aging and undersized infrastructure -- KANSAS CITY, MO, Sept. 20, 2006 -- The Milwaukee Northwest Side Relief Sewer project was presented with a Project of the Year Award by the American Public Works Association (APWA) on Sept. 11 during the APWA International Public Works Congress and Exposition in Kansas City. Representatives from Black & Veatch, the primary consultant and design engineer for the project; the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), managing agency; and Shea-Kenny Joint Venture, primary contractor, accepted the award. With a cost of more than $125 million, the tunnel took longer than a year to dig and required a machine powerful enough to cut a 22-foot-diameter hole through bedrock. More than seven years of planning, design and construction went into the 7.1-mile sewer tunnel, which serves seven northwestern Milwaukee area communities...
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Spheric Technologies now exclusive rep for Chinese microwave furnaces -- Phoenix company signs exclusive North & South America distribution agreement with China's Syno-Therm for industrial microwave furnaces -- PHOENIX, AZ, Sept. 20, 2006 -- Spheric Technologies Inc. -- a marketer of patented microwave powdered metal processing systems, producer of advanced oxides and other ceramic powders, and developer of microwave treatment systems for the mining and wastewater industries -- announced it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement for industrial microwave furnaces produced by China's Changsha Syno-Therm Co. Ltd., covering all of North and South America...

Cummins Power Generation announces price increase -- FRIDLEY, MN, Sept. 20, 2006 -- Cummins Power Generation, a division of Cummins Inc., announces price increases for its commercial generator set products between 15 kW and 2,700 kW. Prices of EPA Tier 3-certified generator sets will rise by up to 10% while prices of EPA Tier 2-certified generator sets will rise by up to 7%. Prices have been raised in part due to market conditions and the rising cost of raw materials. The higher prices also reflect the advanced technology used to achieve the lower emissions levels mandated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take effect on Jan. 1, 2007...

Jackson, Miss., expands use of In-Pipe Technology for municipal wastewater treatment -- In-Pipe Technology deployed system-wide to reduce operating costs -- WHEATON, IL, Sept. 20, 2006 -- The city of Jackson, MS, expanded its use of In-Pipe Technology® in an effort to improve overall operating efficiency and performance of its treatment plants and sewer collection systems. With a population of approximately 180,000, Jackson is served by three wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). Severn Trent Environmental Services provides contract Operations and Maintenance of the city's three plants and ninety-two pump stations. Jackson first contracted with In-Pipe in 2003, using its wastewater treatment technology to control odors; reduce fats, oil & grease in the collection system; and reduce sludge at the two million gallons a day (MGD) Trahon WWTP. The new contract expands In-Pipe treatment to thirty-five MGD, covering the Trahon and Savannah wastewater collection systems and treatment plants...
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African clean water initiative by Playpumps International wins $5 million commitment -- Case Foundation leads public-private partnership to bring clean water to Africa through innovative merry-go-round pump -- NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2006 -- The Case Foundation today announced a $5 million commitment to PlayPumps International as part of an innovative public-private partnership with the U.S. government and other private sector donors aimed at providing clean water to up to 10 million people throughout sub-Saharan Africa by 2010. First lady Laura Bush unveiled the partnership at the Clinton Global Initiative. A PlayPump™ water system is a children's merry-go-round attached to a water pump that provides easy access to clean drinking water for schools and communities in Africa. This innovative design operates like a windmill turned on its side. As children play and the merry-go-round turns, the water is pumped into an above-ground storage tank and later accessed by means of a simple tap. Billboards attached to the storage tank provide public service and promotional messaging, and provide revenue to help cover the cost of maintenance for 10 years...
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EPA completes 10-mile drain PCB containment liner -- Monitoring to continue -- CHICAGO, Sept. 20, 2006 -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has completed installation of a synthetic liner designed to prevent PCB seepage into the 10-Mile Drain in St. Clair Shores, Mich. The drain, 9 to 12 feet below the street at the intersection of Bon Brae Street and Harper Avenue, leads downstream into the Lange and Revere Canals, which flow into Lake St. Clair, and eventually into Lake Erie and Lake Huron. The $1.1 million project, overseen by a Grosse Ile, Mich.-based EPA Superfund team, began in March and built upon a partnership among EPA, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Department of Community Health, Macomb County Public Works and the city of St. Clair Shores. During an earlier (2002 - 2004) phase of the effort, EPA performed an extensive $7 million cleanup of the canals. However, follow-up sampling of the drain and canals showed high levels of PCBs still present...
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GE launches ecomagination in Australia to address water, energy challenges -- Initiative unleashes leading-edge environmental technology -- SYDNEY, Australia, Sept. 19, 2006 -- General Electric launches its global clean energy and water initiative -- called ecomagination -- in the Australian market at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum today. John Rice, GE Vice Chairman and President & CEO of GE Infrastructure, convenes the meeting with government and business leaders to address Australia's unique challenges in securing adequate energy and water reserves in a resource constrained world. GE's Rice was joined today by Parliamentary Secretary Bob Baldwin; BP Australia CEO Gerry Heuston; Envirogen CEO Jeff Rice, and hundreds of valued GE customers from across the region...
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Layne Christensen to purchase American Water's Underground Infrastructure Group -- MISSION WOODS, KS, Sept. 19, 2006 -- Layne Christensen Company has signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to purchase 100% of the outstanding stock of American Water's Underground Infrastructure Group (UIG), a major provider of cured in place pipe (CIPP) services for sewer line rehabilitation in the United States. The transaction is expected to close no later than Nov. 15...
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