WaterBriefs: Tetra Tech wins design-build, environmental data support work at General Motors

Also in this report: SAP presents Citect with 'New Application' award; Southwest Water acquires Miss. utility; San Diego unveils 1-MW solar system at Alvarado WTP; Meet who's who of alarm management at the TiPS User Conference; Danish city joins Bentley's MLS Program; AmWater exec appointed to local United Way board; HDR's Clark named top Colorado female engineer; United Water names CFO; Moyno pumps deliver in offshore oil applications; GL&V Pulp & Paper Group earns contract in China...

In other news below:
-- SAP presents Citect its 'Best New Application Ported to SAP NetWeaver (ANZ)' award
-- Southwest Water acquires Mississippi utility
-- San Diego unveils 1-megawatt solar system at city's Alvarado Water Treatment Plant
-- Meet the who's who of alarm management at the TiPS User Conference
-- Foster Wheeler receives full release on Longview Power Project
-- Helsingor, Denmark, joins Bentley's Municipal License Subscription Program
-- Wilson Center to host two events on climate change
-- GE will exhibit intelligent grid-enabling technologies at GITA
-- American Water executive appointed to United Way of Camden County Board
-- HDR's Clark named Outstanding Colorado Woman in Engineering
-- Edward Imparato appointed chief financial officer for United Water
-- Moyno Pumps deliver in offshore oil applications
-- Dectron announces voluntary delisting from Nasdaq
-- GL&V Pulp & Paper Group earns contract for one more BTF Dilution headbox in China

Tetra Tech awarded new design-build, environmental data support work for General Motors -- PASADENA, CA, March 1, 2007 -- Tetra Tech Inc. announced today that it has been awarded two new contracts with General Motors (GM). Tetra Tech will provide environmental data management and regulatory reporting services over the next three years. Separately, Tetra Tech will also serve as the design-build manager for GM's nationwide Wastewater Treatment Asset Sustainment Program this year. The value of the new contracts was undisclosed.

The environmental contract covers more than 160 GM facilities in 25 countries worldwide. Tetra Tech will manage Material Safety Data Sheets for all facilities; collect environmental data; manage, host, and maintain GM's central environmental database; and complete environmental regulatory reports covering air, water, waste, and toxics. Tetra Tech will also provide outputs from the database to support GM's global environmental metrics reporting and sustainability initiatives.

The design-build program was awarded to Tetra Tech after the successful completion of a similar utility project last year. For more than 30 GM facilities nationwide, Tetra Tech will identify scope, procure equipment and contracts, and direct construction of improvements or develop scope for future wastewater sustainment projects. These improvements include tank rehabilitation, process improvements, and instrumentation and controls upgrades.

Tetra Tech (www.tetratech.com) is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services. With approximately 7,500 associates located in the United States and internationally, the company supports commercial and government clients in the areas of resource management and infrastructure. Its services include research and development, applied science and technology, engineering design, program management, construction management, and operations and maintenance.

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Among other recent headlines:

SAP presents Citect its 'Best New Application Ported to SAP NetWeaver (ANZ)' award -- Citect accepts award at SAP Asia Pacific FKOM & Partner Congress '07 -- SYDNEY, Australia, March 1, 2007 -- Citect's Ampla MES Solution has been recognized by SAP with an award for Best New Application Ported to SAP NetWeaver (ANZ) and Powered by NetWeaver ISV at the recent SAP Asia Pacific FKOM & Partner Congress '07 in Hong Kong. Citect was also an exhibitor at the event that hosted over 1800 SAP partners and SAP teams from all over the world. The SAP award marks an important step in Citect's relationship with SAP. Its Ampla MES solution became NetWeaver-certified in 2006 and has been successful in reducing the cost of plant to business interoperability, while at the same time enabling Ampla's key production information to be displayed inside the SAP Enterprise Portal. Ampla is a highly scalable MES solution that drives the effective planning, operation and improvement of production operations. Supporting continuous improvement methodologies like Lean and Six Sigma and integrating with plant and business systems, Ampla delivers fast ROI and sustainable plant performance improvements. Citect will continue to work closely with SAP and participate in SAP events throughout the world, with upcoming events with several events planned in Asia...
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Southwest Water acquires Mississippi utility -- LOS ANGELES, March 1, 2007 -- Southwest Water Company today announced that it has purchased North Mississippi Utility Co. Inc. which is comprised of five water and wastewater systems that serve approximately 800 residents in Desoto County, a growing area just south of Memphis. The transaction augments its existing contract services operations in northern Mississippi and dovetails with a strategy of expanding into geographic markets with high population growth rates, said Mark A. Swatek, CEO and chairman of Southwest Water...

San Diego unveils 1-megawatt solar system at city's Alvarado Water Treatment Plant -- San Diego nation's first city to deploy solar with no upfront cost; water plant is first site in city's plan to produce 5 megawatts of solar power -- SAN DIEGO, March 1, 2007 -- City of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders today launched a new 1.135 megawatt solar power installation at San Diego's Alvarado Water Treatment Plant. The panels produce about 20 percent of the plant's power, with annual electricity savings estimated at $40,000. The Alvarado photovoltaic installation was built under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with SunEdison, North America's largest solar services company. Under the agreement, San Diego citizens benefit from clean, solar energy with no upfront cost, thereby avoiding an estimated $6.5 million in capital installation. SunEdison built, owns and will maintain the solar system. SunEdison will sell the solar energy to the City's Water Department at costs lower than SDG&E rates. The 1-megawatt water treatment plant site is the first of a multi-year solar deployment at city facilities that will eventually produce 5 megawatts of solar power and will become the largest municipal system in California, surpassing Google's planned 1.6 megawatt solar system in Mountain View, CA. The effort is part of the city's target of providing 50 megawatts of renewable fueled power generation by 2013...

Meet the who's who of alarm management at the TiPS User Conference -- GEORGETOWN, TX, March 1, 2007 -- The TiPS User Conference, April 17-19 in Austin, TX, will host an alarm management panel seated by the current "who's who" in alarm management. Founding members of the ASM Consortium®; contributing authors of the EEMUA® 191 guideline; people who have been involved with assessment and analysis of the world's most notorious incidents and who remain on the leading edge of alarm and upset management. Doug Rothenberg, David Strobhar, Ian Nimmo, and Bridget Fitzpatrick will discuss, debate, and respond to questions about current and future trends in alarm management. If you have any interest in alarm management or are currently planning or working on an alarm management program, this will be a unique opportunity to talk with knowledgeable, published, practicing experts in the field...

Foster Wheeler receives full release on Longview Power Project -- HAMILTON, Bermuda, March 1, 2007 -- Foster Wheeler Ltd. announced today that a subsidiary within its Global Power Group has received a full release to proceed on its contract from Longview Power LLC for the design and supply of a supercritical once-through pulverized-coal (PC) steam generator for Longview's coal-fired generating facility located in Monongalia County, West Virginia. Longview is a 100 percent-owned subsidiary of GenPower Holdings, L.P., which is jointly owned by GenPower, LLC and First Reserve Corporation. The Longview plant will be one of the largest private investments in the history of West Virginia. Foster Wheeler announced the receipt of a limited notice to proceed on Jan. 30. This full notice to proceed authorizes Foster Wheeler to execute the entire scope of the project as defined by the contract. The total contract value of approximately $200 million will be included in Foster Wheeler's first-quarter 2007 bookings. The contract calls for Foster Wheeler to provide Longview with a 695 (net) megawatt electric (MWe) state-of-the-art PC steam generator utilizing Siemens advanced BENSON vertical tube supercritical steam technology...
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City of Helsingor, Denmark, joins Bentley's Municipal License Subscription Program -- Will use unlimited access to comprehensive GIS, engineering software portfolio for fixed annual fee based on population to enhance public services -- EXTON, PA, March 1, 2007 -- Bentley Systems Inc. today announced that the city of Helsingor, in the north of the Danish island of Sealand, has joined Bentley's Municipal License Subscription (MLS) program. The city will use its new MLS to enhance the services it provides to its more than 60,000 citizens. Bentley's MLS offers municipalities all the software they need to design and manage all their infrastructure for a fixed annual fee based on population. The breakthrough program enables them to improve productivity and reduce administrative costs by outfitting their entire mapping and engineering organizations with fully integrated software for GIS and engineering workflows. This leads to improved services and more efficient government. Helsingor provides its citizens with a full range of services, including public works, electric power, district heating, water and wastewater treatment, public safety, and mapping -- among many others. With the help of Bentley Geo Web Publisher, the city publishes all services-related data on the Internet and its intranet, providing city staff and the public with easy access to this information...

Wilson Center to host two events on climate change -- WASHINGTON, DC, March 1, 2007 -- Scientists overwhelmingly agree that climate change is real, and that humans are playing a part. Headlines trumpet possible increases in sea levels, desertification, and tropical storms. And yet, little discussion about climate change has focused on two important challenges: ethics and security. Two events on March 5 and March 6 at the Woodrow Wilson Center will tackle these timely topics. The first is on "Ethical Investment, Energy, Climate Change, and Security: New Research from Norway's PRIO" on March 5 at 10 a.m. The second is on "Climate-Security Connections: An Empirical Approach to Risk Assessment" on March 6 at noon...

GE will exhibit intelligent grid-enabling technologies at GITA -- Authors will make presentations on thought leadership topics -- SAN ANTONIO, TX, March 1, 2007 -- GE is participating in GITA's annual conference being held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, March 4-7. The company will be exhibiting various intelligent grid-enabling technologies including its office software suite for electric, water and gas as well as telecommunications applications. Detailed information about the exhibit can be found at: www.ge.com/energy. In addition to the exhibit, GE representatives will be presenting three papers and participating in a panel on thought leadership topics over the three-day event...

American Water executive appointed to United Way of Camden County Board -- Kimberly Cooper to serve board term of three years -- VOORHEES, NJ, March 1, 2007 -- American Water, the largest water services provider in North America, today announced that Kimberly Cooper, Director of External Communications and Corporate Responsibility, has been appointed to a seat on the United Way of Camden County Board of Trustees. The unanimous decision by the Board came on the heels of American Water's record-breaking employee fundraising campaign which nearly doubled donations from the prior year, an effort led by Cooper in October 2006. During her two years at American Water, Cooper has spearheaded numerous community relations activities on behalf of the company, including company fundraising efforts for the United Way resulting in a donation of over $500,000 to United Way organizations across the country. In addition to working with the United Way, Cooper negotiated American Water's sponsorship of Bono when the rock star and activist spoke before the World Affairs Council in October 2005. In 2006, Kimberly also helped American Water raise $130,000 for Water for People...

HDR's Clark named Outstanding Colorado Woman in Engineering -- DENVER, Feb. 28, 2007 -- Sarah Clark, a senior project manager based in HDR's Denver office, was named the 2007 Outstanding Colorado Woman in Engineering by the Colorado chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies in a ceremony held on Feb. 27. The editor of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) wall chart and the SDWA newsletter published by HDR, Clark is widely known in the drinking water industry for her strong expertise and advocacy for drinking water utilities in the national regulatory development process. She provides leadership in many areas of drinking water treatment through committee participation in the American Water Works Association, and by sharing knowledge with members of the drinking water community nationally through conferences and published works. In the same ceremony, HDR's Jennifer Stillman was named a New Face in Engineering for Colorado. Stillman is a water engineer based in the Denver office...
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Edward Imparato appointed chief financial officer for United Water -- Ramsey, NJ, resident to head strategic planning and financial functions -- HARRINGTON PARK, NJ, Feb. 28, 2007 -- United Water today announced that Edward Imparato, who most recently served as United Water's senior vice president for finance, was appointed the company's chief financial officer. In his expanded role, Imparato will be responsible for United Water's strategic planning program and all financial functions including accounting, treasury, corporate finance, financial planning and procurement. Imparato joined United Water in 1987 and advanced to positions of increasing responsibility including manager of corporate accounting, director of financial planning, corporate controller, treasurer, and vice president and general manager of United Water's regulated operations in the New York Division. Before joining United Water, Imparato worked as a financial analyst in a publishing firm...

Moyno Pumps deliver in offshore oil applications -- SPRINGFIELD, OH, Feb. 28, 2007 -- Moyno® progressing cavity pumps were recently purchased by an offshore oil service company that designs, builds and operates a fleet of ships to service the offshore drilling industry. The fleet delivers bulk drilling mud or other liquid materials to the drill site and removes used drilling mud to an onshore facility for recycling. Due to the amount of material transported each way, the ships are designed with very large holding tanks. A pumping system was needed to pump the liquid out of and into these sizable holding tanks. The company needed a system, though, that could meet the requirements of varying specific gravities for the different liquids being pumped. Moyno, a unit of the Fluid Management Group of Robbins & Myers Inc., successfully engineered progressing cavity pump systems that effectively handled all application requirements...

Dectron announces voluntary delisting from Nasdaq -- MONTREAL, QB, Canada, Feb. 28, 2007 -- Dectron Internationale Inc., a leader in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning, indoor air security and water generation markets, announced today that it will voluntarily delist its Common Stock from the NASDAQ Stock Exchange with trading in the stock to be terminated as of the close of trading on March 14, 2007. The company's decision to delist from NASDAQ is based on the increasingly high cost of maintaining dual listings on NASDAQ and the Toronto Stock Exchange stock markets as well as the high costs related to NASDAQ and SEC regulatory compliance. Dectron will maintain its listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange and will continue to provide investors with timely information regarding significant business and financial developments. The company also announced that effective immediately all future disclosure will be under Canadian GAAP and in shown in Canadian dollars...

GL&V Pulp & Paper Group earns contract for one more BTF Dilution headbox in China -- TROIS-RIVIERES, QB, Canada, Feb. 28, 2007 -- GL&V Canada Inc.'s Pulp & Paper Division has been awarded a contract to supply a complete BTF Dilution Headbox to a major paper company in China. This BTF represents the 13th ordered from China. GL&V has sold more the 60 systems worldwide since its introduction in 1999. In 2003 GL&V acquired the exclusive rights to manufacture and market the BTF™ system worldwide and in 2005 GL&V completed the acquisition of the BTF technology. The high-performance BTF™ technology is designed to significantly improve the CD Dry basis weight profile on all paper grades. The BTF Headbox is easy to install and operate, and its unique features ensure good sheet formation, a higher-quality product, reduces losses, increased efficiency and flexibility...
Also see: "Eimco Water Technologies deploys full scale water reuse plant at a golf course in Australia"

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