WaterBriefs: MWDSC approves billion gallon groundwater storage project in L.A. County

Also in this report: WorldWater & Power Corp. acquires Calif.'s Quantum Energy Group; Encina Wastewater Authority wins biosolids certification; Aqua America unit buys N.C. water, sewer systems; PA DEP chief testifies to U.S. House panel on brownfield program; SPL hires utility and enterprise software industry leader as CEO; Texas Instruments, MangoDSP unveil advanced video surveillance system; SFPUC secure WiFi; Aquacell Water lands first arsenic removal order...

In other news below, see:
-- WorldWater & Power Corp. acquires assets of Calif.'s Quantum Energy Group
-- Encina Wastewater Authority completes biosolids certification
-- Aqua America unit acquires N.C. water and sewer systems
-- PA DEP Secretary testifies before U.S. House panel examining brownfield program
-- SPL hires utility and enterprise software industry leader as CEO
-- Texas Instruments, MangoDSP unveil new advanced video surveillance solution
-- City, county of San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission gets secure WiFi
-- Aquacell Water secures first order for arsenic removal
-- Pall showcases food & beverage technologies at Drinktec 2005
-- ObjectVideo wins Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Technology Award

MWDSC approves billion gallon groundwater storage project in L.A. County
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13, 2005 -- A groundwater project that ultimately will store nearly 1 billion gallons for eastern Los Angeles County cities and communities to use during dry years today became the latest in a series of projects to receive statewide Proposition 13 bond funds granted to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Following the Metropolitan Board of Directors' approval, Chairman Wes Bannister and CEO Dennis Underwood joined officials from Claremont-based Three Valleys Municipal Water District in signing a 25-year agreement to store water in an aquifer underlying the north Claremont area...
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WorldWater & Power Corp. acquires Calif.'s Quantum Energy Group
PENNINGTON, NJ, Sept. 13, 2005 -- WorldWater & Power Corp., a developer of proprietary high-power solar systems, purchases MJD Solutions, Inc., d/b/a Quantum Energy Group, to assist with the design and construction of WorldWater projects. Quantum Energy Group, an energy, construction, and project management company based in Applegate, Calif., has completed more than 400 residential, commercial and institutional installations...
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Encina Wastewater Authority completes biosolids certification
CARLSBAD, CA, Sept. 13, 2005 -- The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) is pleased to recognize the Encina Wastewater Authority (EWA), Carlsbad, Calif., on its third-party audit certification for its biosolids Environmental Management System (EMS). The EMS is a key National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) program. NBP was founded by NACWA, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to promote the safe and effective reuse of biosolids. By implementing this set of national management protocols, Encina has demonstrated its dedication to its community and advancing environmentally sound and accepted biosolids management practices...
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Aqua America unit acquires N.C. water and sewer systems
BRYN MAWR, PA, Sept. 13, 2005 -- Aqua America Inc. announced today that its North Carolina subsidiary recently acquired the water and wastewater systems for the Castle Bay development near Hampstead, representing the company's first operation in Pender County. The purchase price is approximately $250,000...
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PA DEP Secretary testifies to U.S. House panel on brownfield program
WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 13, 2005 -- Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty today told a U.S. House panel that enhanced federal support for brownfield redevelopment plays a critical role in making sure Pennsylvania's Land Recycling Program can meet and exceed the economic and environmental gains it has achieved over the last decade in stimulating the productive reuse of abandoned industrial sites...
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SPL hires utility and enterprise software industry leader as CEO
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 13, 2005 -- SPL WorldGroup, a leading provider of mission-critical software solutions for the global utility market, announced today the appointment of Larry Hagewood as the company's new president and CEO. Hagewood comes to SPL with over 20 years of executive experience and success at a series of software companies serving many of the same markets as SPL. He has been President and CEO of n2n Technologies, President and CEO of Mincom's Americas organization and President and CEO of Paragon Consulting...
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Texas Instruments, MangoDSP unveil advanced video surveillance system
HOUSTON, Sept. 13, 2005 -- Delivering an integrated intelligent video processing platform for video surveillance, Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) and MangoDSP Inc. announced today the availability of the Mango IVS (Intelligent Video Server) running on TI's TMS320DM642 digital media processor. With this offering, TI and MangoDSP afford video designers a development solution capable of running one to four streams of video combined with video analytics from ObjectVideo®, a leader in intelligent video, ultimately giving customers a low-cost solution when developing video security applications. TI and MangoDSP will be demoing this new solution at the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) conference through Sept. 15...
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City, county of San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission gets secure WiFi
HERNDON, VA, Sept. 13, 2005 -- GigaBeam Corp. has successfully completed installation of its WiFiber™ wireless fiber solution for the first phase of a wireless backbone network for the City and County of San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). The wireless network will serve as complementary and redundant links to SFPUC's more traditional leased lines network. The commission picked GigaBeam's wireless fiber solution to be the core of its wireless communications network because of its capacity of fiber speed. High- speed transmission is needed to support data, voice and video communications between geographically diverse field locations and commission offices...
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Aquacell Water secures first order for arsenic removal
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA, Sept. 12, 2005 -- AquaCell Technologies Inc., a company that markets and manufactures various water filtration and purification products including applications for municipal, industrial and commercial use, announced today that its Aquacell Water Inc. subsidiary has received its first order for its arsenic removal system for a municipal water supplier. Pilot tests for the company's proprietary arsenic removal systems also are being conducted in Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico, areas that are known to have excessive arsenic levels in drinking water...
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Pall showcases food & beverage technologies at Drinktec 2005
EAST HILLS, NY, Sept. 12, 2005 -- To help beverage and liquid food manufacturers optimize their increasingly complex processes to ensure quality, safety and economic efficiency of their end products, Pall Corp. showcases its broad portfolio of Total Fluid ManagementSM (TFM) technologies at Drinktec 2005 in Munich, Germany. The company will demonstrate application of its technologies and TFM approach to production of beer, wine, bottled water, spirits, fruit juice and other non-alcoholic beverages...
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ObjectVideo wins Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Technology Award
ORLANDO, FL, Sept. 12, 2005 -- ObjectVideo, a leader in intelligent video, announced at ASIS International 2005 that it has been awarded Frost & Sullivan's 2005 Excellence in Technology Award in the field of Video Surveillance Technologies (recording and data processing) in recognition of its development of highly sophisticated and accurate solutions, expertise in computer vision and status as the market leader in intelligent video...
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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: EU industrial water outsourcing market ripe for growth, study says" -- Also in this report (Sept. 12, 2005): Cucamonga, Calif., water district shows deploys Itron's fixed network; Support pouring in for Big Bear City, Calif., groundwater recharge project; Earth Canada signs $4.4M contract for the Triton FPSO in the North Sea; BSI2000 signs technical support agreement with CyberCountry Systems; RLM-EC provides flocculation units to GreenFuel Technologies...

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