WaterBriefs: Atlanta-Fulton County Water Resources Commission picks Veolia again

Also in this report: Severn Trent helps celebrate National Drinking Water Week; Produce Safety & Security International Inc. gets OK to expand product applications; Hydranautics sets new Europe/Middle East leadership; Top Dynasonic sales reps named for 2005; Woodard & Curran releases second edition of Industrial Waste Treatment Handbook; MapFrame, CR'P partner to bring mobile mapping, field automation solutions to Germany; Denver Water picks Exstream Software's Dialogue for CIS solutions...

In other news below:
-- Severn Trent helps celebrate National Drinking Water Week
-- Produce Safety & Security International Inc. gets OK to expand product applications
-- Hydranautics sets new Europe/Middle East leadership
-- Top Dynasonic sales reps named for 2005
-- Woodard & Curran releases second edition of Industrial Waste Treatment Handbook
-- MapFrame, CR'P partner to bring mobile mapping, field automation solutions to Germany
-- Denver Water picks Exstream Software's Dialogue for CIS solutions

Atlanta-Fulton County awards Veolia Water renewal for water treatment services -- Agreement result of excellent performance and sound 15-year partnership -- HOUSTON, May 8, 2006 -- The Atlanta-Fulton County Water Resources Commission (AFCWRC) has tapped a Veolia Water North America - South joint venture to continue managing its 90-million gallon per day (MGD) water treatment system in Alpharetta, Ga., under an $18.5 million partnership agreement. The commission's decision extends the 15-year partnership for another five years with the option of two, two-year renewals.

Veolia Water, teamed with minority businesses Khafra Engineering Consultants and Multi Energy Group, will be responsible for the operations and management of the system that serves 350,000 in Atlanta and northern area of Fulton County. The system includes the 90-MGD conventional surface water treatment facility (being expanded to 135-MGD), 240-MGD raw water pumping station, on-site reservoirs with a 1-billion-gallon capacity, and two off-site water distribution surge suppression systems. The company will also be responsible for residuals handling and disposal.

"As General Manager for AFCWRC, we look forward to the continuing success of our well-established partnership with Veolia/Khafra for the operation and maintenance of the AFCWTP," said Kathey Crews.

The joint venture has received more than 50 water industry awards and generated more than $15 million in savings to date through process control efficiencies, maintenance programs and management of power and chemical costs. Under the new agreement, continued savings are expected as the Veolia Water team plans to implement enhanced energy management and enhance risk management programs, as well as integrate new technologies and other value-added services such as security assessments and an interface with the design and construction team on the commission's capital improvement programs.

"This partnership is unique in that we are teams - working as teams. Our team includes two sound minority business partners and the commission team is a cooperative effort between the county and the city," said Stu McKenzie, president, Veolia Water North America - South. "This partnership is also very successful, and our track record of operational excellence, safety and compliance will continue for the AFWRC," he added.

Veolia Water North America (www.veoliawaterna.com) is the leading provider of comprehensive water and wastewater services to municipal and industrial customers, providing services to approximately 15 million people in more than 600 communities. The company is part of Veolia Water, the No. 1 water company in the world, serving more than 110 million customers. Veolia Water is the Water Division of Veolia Environment, the largest environmental services company in the world, with more than 310,000 employees in about 80 countries and annual revenues of more than $30 billion.

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Among other recent headlines:

Severn Trent helps celebrate National Drinking Water Week -- Celebrating the week with EPA and Delaware Rural Water Association, Severn Trent Services has donated water treatment equipment for a mobile training unit for small water treatment systems -- FORT WASHINGTON, PA, May 8, 2006 -- In celebration of National Drinking Water Week, May 7-13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host an event to promote public awareness and highlight the importance of water. The Delaware Rural Water Association will provide a real-time water treatment demonstration from its mobile training unit for small drinking water systems. The event will be held Wednesday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza/Reagan Building Courtyard, 300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Severn Trent Services has donated water treatment equipment for use in the mobile training unit, including a Capital Controls® vacuum regulator, Microchem®2 analyzer/controller, fluoride cell and scale...
Also see: "American Water celebrates National Drinking Water Week"

EPA authorizes expansion of Produce Safety & Security International Inc. products -- PRESCOTT, AZ, May 8, 2006 -- Produce Safety & Security International Inc. (PDSC), an ozone and chemical sanitation disinfectant process supplier to the food and medical industries, announces that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has authorized expansion of its Spherequat® 6400, EPA Registered Product No. 10324-59-82131, to include the critical use categories as a cleaner, disinfectant and sanitizer to include federally inspected meat and poultry plants, poultry/turkey farm, dairy, equine, hotels/motels, waterbed conditioner, institutional, industrial and schools applications. PDSC would also like to announce the immediate placement of purchase orders to inventory Spherequat 6400 at each of it distribution centers located in Arizona, Kentucky and Texas...

Hydranautics sets new Europe/Middle East leadership -- OCEANSIDE, CA, May 8, 2006 -- Hydranautics, the world's leader in membrane technology, announces three new positions within their European and Middle East organization. Water industry veteran and long-time Hydranautics team leader Larry Pelegrin now serves as the European/Middle East Vice President of Strategic Business Development. He will focus on growing the Global Membrane Division while assisting the European sales management team. He is joined by colleagues Sandro Cioffi as the EU/ME Sales Director for Base Business & Distributor OEM's and Santi Talo as EU/ME Sales Director for Projects. This fresh approach reflects Hydranautics' philosophy that businesses must evolve in order to remain relevant in their industry, constantly creating new value within their field of expertise. The new leadership team of Mr. Pelegrin, Mr. Cioffi and Mr. Talo sets a new standard for technological knowledge and best business practices in the Europe/Middle East region...

Top Dynasonic sales reps named for 2005 -- RACINE, WI, May 8, 2006 -- Power Controls of Colorado, Automatic Controls from Kentucky, Tem Edie of Mexico, and Techno Sangyo from Japan were honored at April training seminar hosted by Dynasonics parent Racine Federated. Dynasonics international sales director John Erskine III presented the award to Fernando Baez of Tem Edie, which achieved the top sales overall...

Woodard & Curran releases second edition of Industrial Waste Treatment Handbook -- PORTLAND, ME, May 8, 2006 -- Woodard & Curran is pleased to announce that the second edition of the Industrial Waste Treatment Handbook has been recently released. Based on the first edition, which was written by Frank Woodard who co-founded Woodard & Curran in 1979, the second edition incorporates the firm's collective experience in industrial waste treatment and knowledge of industries, making this second edition more comprehensive than ever. The handbook continues to build on the character of the first edition, which was noted by a recent review in a Water Environment Federation magazine to be an "exemplary compendium of solutions and alternatives to treat solid, liquid, gaseous wastes from various industries... this book motivates readers to handle pollution control both prudently and creatively"...

MapFrame, CR'P partner to bring FieldSmart mobile mapping and field automation solutions to Germany -- DALLAS, TX, May 8, 2006 -- MapFrame Corp., a mobile mapping and field automation software solutions company, announced today its partnership with Germany-based C'RP, a leading IT consulting and software firm for utilities throughout Germany, Switzerland and Austria. C'RP will resell MapFrame's FieldSmart® software to electric, gas, water and wastewater utilities. CR'P has developed several mobile solutions and is a well respected consultant to utilities for field service automation projects. It implemented the first productive workforce management system in Germany for over 300 field workers at a large utility and integrated the system into SAP's IS-U (CRM) solution for the handling of thousands of field orders daily in credit and collection, customer services, and maintenance. Currently CR'P maintains systems at over 50 utilities and is developing its next generation solution FelixX, the end-to-end utility work management solution with seamless integration into SAP's NetWeaver™ and Enterprise Portal™. CR'P's U'Pro system (German: SysBau/3) is the leading product for utility construction, excavation and maintenance project management, planning and accounting in Germany...

Denver Water selects Exstream Software's Dialogue to create personalized communications for over 250,000 customer accounts -- LEXINGTON, KY, May 8, 2006 -- Exstream Software Inc. announced April 25 that its Dialogue enterprise personalization software has been selected by Denver Water, a utility offering continuous water supply to the city and county of Denver and many surrounding suburbs. Using Dialogue's flexible connector technology, Denver Water plans to integrate the personalized document creation solution with its new customer information system (CIS) to deliver statements, bills and other customer correspondence that include targeted messages, variable graphics, the use of color, and data-driven charts such as comparison of water usage from year to year. Dialogue's ability to streamline document creation processes and create more effective customer communications will allow the utility to reduce document production costs, meet changing municipal regulatory requirements on demand, and improve the overall customer experience with more relevant communications delivered through the preferred channels--from a single document design...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: House proposes dramatic cut to key clean water program" -- Also in this report (May 5, 2006): PBS&J merges with EIP Associates; Aqua America's Lake Monticello plant wins water quality award; Army Corps picks Parsons for $200M environmental contract; Mexico's top water, wastewater projects spotlighted; South American market for process, environmental equipment on upswing; Ark. researchers develop innovative system to monitor water quality; Zenon stockholders approve GE transaction; HRG water reuse project wins national award; Poseidon pulls in national award for Carlsbad desalination project; Halliburton's Total Fluid Management services expand with new technology; Charges filed against Menominee wastewater plant manager for illegal discharges; American Water continues to grow by acquisition, service; ICC, IAPMO to develop joint plumbing, mechanical codes; Emergency Environmental Rentals launches in Boston; Devcon completes merger with Guardian International...

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