WaterBriefs: American Water divestiture by RWE approved by West Virginia PSC

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-- International Water Conference issues second 2007 call for papers
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-- PetroChina Dushanzi Petrochemical selects operator training system from Invensys
-- Canadian Prime Minister agrees to serve as honorary president of AMERICANA 2007
-- American Galvanizers Association announces online Galvanize It! seminar

American Water divestiture by RWE receives approval from West Virginia PSC

The West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted its approval for the divestiture of American Water, the largest water services provider in North America, from its parent RWE, a German utility. The decision from West Virginia brings the number of states that have approved the divestiture to six out of a total of 13 applications filed.

VOORHEES, NJ, Jan. 30, 2007 -- The West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted its approval for the divestiture of American Water, the largest water services provider in North America, from its parent RWE, a German utility.

The decision from West Virginia brings the number of states that have approved the divestiture to six out of a total of 13 applications filed. RWE announced in November 2005 its intention to divest American Water. Once all approvals are secured RWE is expected to sell its shares of American Water through a public offering in the United States.

West Virginia joins Virginia, Tennessee, New Mexico, Maryland and Hawaii in giving the go-ahead to RWE for the sale of shares of common stock of American Water. Approvals are still pending in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Illinois, Arizona and California.

"The approval by West Virginia's PSC is very welcome news," said Donald L. Correll, president and CEO of American Water. "This approval, combined with that of New Mexico received earlier this month, is a major milestone in the regulatory approval process. We continue to work aggressively toward obtaining approvals from the remaining commissions."

With headquarters in Voorhees, NJ, American Water employs approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide high quality water, wastewater and other related services to more than 17 million people in 29 states and Canada. On November 4, 2005, RWE announced its intention to divest American Water. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com

Also see: "West Virginia American Water treatment plants earn water fluoridation awards: CDC honors five of its facilities"


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Applied Water Solutions, Konzen Group sponsor high purity water seminar in Singapore in March -- BURLINGTON, MA, & KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan. 30, 2007 -- Applied Water Solutions and Konzen Group will host a 2-day Seminar "RO-EDI High Purity Water", an educational event focused on Electropurification (EP™) applications for pharmaceutical and microelectronics industries. The seminar, being held March 28-29, is the second in a series hosted by AWS, which is designed to promote continued education in the business and technology field. Chris Gallagher and Ooi Ah Lean will lead the comprehensive seminar, designed for all pharmaceutical and microelectronics companies, engineering firms, operations and facilities managers, utilities personnel, technicians and project managers. "RO-EDI High Purity Water Seminar" will focus on three essential topics for production: current Purewater Design Practices (cPDP), current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) to meet USP, ITRS and global guidelines and RO-EDI life cycle costs for new and legacy designs...
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