WaterBriefs: Veolia Water now managing wastewater services at Fort Knox Army base

Also in this report: Itron adds fixed network smart meters in Ontario; Sandia technology to check for toxins in nation's water supplies; Groundwater sampling goes tubular at Wash.'s Hanford site; AMTA technology workshop set for Nov. 9-10; Met-Pro division enters distribution deal with ITT Goulds Pumps; Homeland Security picks 3Com, Adventium Labs to secure critical infrastructure; MIR3 enables Calif. utility to alert thousands about drinking water precautions...

In other news below:
-- Itron adds another fixed network deployment of smart meters in Ontario, Canada
-- Sandia technology soon to be checking for toxins in nation's water supplies
-- Groundwater sampling goes tubular at Wash.'s Hanford Reach
-- AMTA technology workshop set for Nov. 9-10 in Arizona
-- Emergency response required for undetermined fuel release
-- Five new clients join CarteGraph
-- Met-Pro division enters into distribution agreement with ITT Goulds Pumps
-- Homeland Security picks 3Com, Adventium Labs to secure critical infrastructure
-- MIR3 enables Calif. utility to alert thousands about drinking water precautions
-- Corps of Engineers lends more support in aftermath of Hurricane Rita
-- Soldiers rush supplies, repair canals after Hurricane Rita
-- Cytec provides impact of Hurricane Rita update
-- Watts Water Technologies Inc. executive resigns
-- Former White House advisor, Seattle entrepreneur joins ThermoEnergy Board
-- DeCaf Co. LLC to license patented, low-cost MTBE removal technology
-- Pa. coalition urges Congress to clean up water supplies polluted by mines
-- Deep Rock Water seeks to update product
-- Glacier Water to buy Canada's Gestion Bi-Eau Pure Inc.

Veolia Water now managing wastewater services at Fort Knox Army base
HOUSTON, Sept. 27, 2005 -- Another U.S. Department of the Army public-private partnership for wastewater services has begun at Fort Knox in Radcliff, Ky., home of the U.S. Gold Depository and the Patton Museum. Army officials recently turned over the ownership and operation of the Fort Knox wastewater utilities to Hardin County Water District No. 1 (District) in Radcliff in partnership with Veolia Water North America - South LLC (Veolia Water)...
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Itron adds another fixed network deployment of smart meters in Ontario, Canada
SPOKANE, WA, Sept. 27, 2005 -- Itron announces deployment of its Fixed Network automatic meter reading (AMR) technology for Newmarket Hydro, Ontario, Canada, with the help of Olameter, an independent meter service company. Olameter is reading electricity, gas and water meters using Itron's Fixed Network for three utilities in the region -- the only system of its kind in Ontario to read all three types of meters using one network. This is one of five ongoing Itron Fixed Network AMR pilot projects in Ontario, where utilities are studying solutions that will ultimately help the Province conserve energy. The others include Wasaga Distribution, Inc, Hydro Ottawa Limited, Bluewater Power and Toronto Hydro. New requirements expected later this year from the Ontario Energy Board include requiring utilities to collect electricity usage data more frequently, and to offer programs which enable customers to respond to time-sensitive pricing, especially during periods of peak loads...
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Two Sandia technology soon to be checking for toxins in nation's water supplies
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Two technologies developed at the National Nuclear Security Administration's Sandia National Laboratories are expected to soon be checking for toxins and harmful bacteria in the nation's water supplies. Both are based on the microChemLab. The microChemLab, officially called microChemLab, is a hand-held "chemistry laboratory." The liquid prototype was designed and built at Sandia/California, while the microChemLab that takes measurements in the gas phase was developed at Sandia/New Mexico. Complete with the microChemLab, electronics, and sample collector, both devices weigh about 25 pounds and fit into a box the size of a small suitcase. The only external parts of the two sensor technologies are water collectors. The units are completely portable...
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Groundwater sampling goes tubular at Wash.'s Hanford Reach
RICHLAND, WA, Sept. 27, 2005 -- "Leave No Trace" is a popular ethic for outdoor recreationists who advocate a natural landscape. Now, it's also applicable to groundwater sampling collection sites along the Columbia River in southeastern Washington state. Hydrologists from the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are using a simple apparatus of ¼-inch-diameter plastic tubing to collect samples at varying levels in the aquifer along the river's edge. Though a permanent installation, the low-cost, lightweight materials are easy to camouflage with indigenous rocks and vegetation so that the collection site appears undisturbed...
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AMTA technology workshop set for Nov. 9-10 in Arizona
STUART, FL, Sept. 27, 2005 -- Janet L. Jaworski, CMP, administrative director, of the American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA), noted that there's still time to register and receive early registration discount for AMTA Technology Transfer Workshop to be held Nov. 9-10 in Mesa, Ariz. The event's theme is "Water Resource Management: How Membranes May Fit Into Your Resource Plans"...
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Emergency response required for undetermined fuel release
WARRENDALE, PA, Sept. 27, 2005 -- A major waste management services company providing solid waste collection, recycling and disposal services to homes, communities, business and industry, required emergency aid for a fuel spill that occurred at its vehicle maintenance shop and which was being released into a containment pond. It looked to USFilter's Hydrocarbon Services team to provide round-the-clock monitoring with booms set up for complete containment and a vacuum truck on-site to skim the surface for fuel recovery...
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Five new clients join CarteGraph
DUBUQUE, IA, Sept. 27, 2005 -- Coronado, Calif., Lomita, Calif., Port Jervis, N.Y., Somerton, Ariz., and Taylorville, Ill. have joined the hundreds of other entities utilizing CarteGraph Software to achieve better efficiencies in their organizations. The software is geared largely for public works projects, including water and wastewater programs...
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In other recent headlines:
Met-Pro's Fybroc Division enters into key distribution agreement with ITT Goulds Pumps -- HARLEYSVILLE, PA, Sept. 27, 2005 -- Raymond J. De Hont, chairman and CEO of Met-Pro Corp., announced today that its Fybroc Division, a leading manufacturer of non-metallic fiberglass reinforced plastic ("FRP") centrifugal pump technology, has entered into a global agreement with the leading supplier of centrifugal pumps to the industrial process markets, Goulds Pumps, Inc., an ITT Industries subsidiary. Under the terms of this agreement, Goulds Pumps will act as a key distributor of Fybroc's line of FRP horizontal and vertical centrifugal pump products...

Department of Homeland Security picks 3Com, Adventium Labs to secure critical infrastructure -- MINNEAPOLIS & MARLBOROUGH, MA, Sept. 27, 2005 -- Adventium Labs and 3Com Corporation were jointly selected by the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), the research and development arm of the Department of Homeland Security, to provide advanced cyber security technology to protect critical operations in water treatment, electrical power, petrochemical refining, and other areas of the Nation's critical infrastructures. The two-year project will enlist Adventium Labs to add Virtual Private Groups (VPGs) to the 3Com(R) Embedded Firewall (EFW)...

MIR3 service enables Calif. utility to alert thousands of customers about drinking water precautions -- SAN DIEGO, Sept. 27, 2005 -- MIR3, a technology leader in Intelligent Notification Solutions™, today announced the Jurupa Community Services District in Mira Loma, Calif., has contracted MIR3's notification services in order to send more than 14,000 water customers immediate, high-priority notifications about the status of the water wells at the district's water treatment plant. On July 8, Jurupa faced a serious emergency when they experienced technical problems at its water treatment plant and two of the wells went down. It had to rely on a phone message machine and local residents walking door-to-door to deliver fliers that informed water customers about the well issues...

Corps of Engineers lends more support in aftermath of Hurricane Rita -- FORT WORTH, TX, Sept. 27, 2005 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is providing disaster response assistance to citizens of Texas affected by Hurricane Rita. The Corps' Fort Worth District today is shipping hundreds of truckloads of ice and water to south Texas. According to Bob Woodards, Southwestern Division Regional Director of Logistics, the three-phase process is working. The supply process begins in Fort Worth where a three-day supply of ice and water, about 300 truckloads of each, is stored at the Fort Worth Federal Center depot, he said...

Soldiers rush supplies, repair canals after Hurricane Rita -- LAFAYETTE, LA, Sept. 27, 2005 -- Thousands of soldiers are providing food and water to stranded residents along the Texas-Louisiana border following flooding from Hurricane Rita, the U.S. Army News Service reported yesterday. Meanwhile, in New Orleans, the Army Corps of Engineers worked throughout the weekend to repair a breach in the Industrial Canal. About 400 huge sandbags and tons of rock, placed primarily with military helicopters, have stopped the inflow of water into the lower 9th Ward, officials reported. They said pumping operations have already begun to remove the floodwaters from the area...

Cytec provides impact of Hurricane Rita update -- WEST PATERSON, NJ, Sept. 27, 2005 --Cytec Industries Inc. advised that Hurricane Rita did not cause any direct damage to its facilities in Texas and Louisiana. However, curtailment of natural gas supplies by its primary provider necessitated an orderly shutdown of the Building Block Chemical's Fortier facility in Louisiana. The company has now obtained natural gas at current spot prices from other providers and has restarted the Fortier facility. The cost of the shutdown, lost production, higher cost of natural gas and startup of production is estimated to reduce pretax earnings about $1 million. Cytec has contracted enough natural gas to operate to the end of the month and is working with its primary natural gas provider on resumption of regular deliveries...

Watts Water Technologies Inc. executive resigns -- NORTH ANDOVER, MA, Sept. 27, 2005 -- Watts Water Technologies Inc. announced that, effective on Sept. 26, Jeffrey A. Polofsky, the executive vice president of retail sales and marketing, resigned from the company. No explanation was given for the move...

Former White House advisor, Seattle entrepreneur joins ThermoEnergy Board -- LITTLE ROCK, AR, Sept. 27, 2005 -- ThermoEnergy Corp. announced that the company's board unanimously approved appointment of Ian Bowles to serve as a member and David Lahaie to serve as an advisory director. Bowles fills a vacancy created by the retirement of a long-time director, and Lahaie will serve in an advisory capacity until such time as the board is expanded or another vacancy occurs. Bowles served in the Clinton Administration as Senior Director of the Global Environmental Affairs directorate at the National Security Council and Associate Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality for International Affairs...

DeCaf Co. LLC to license patented, low-cost MTBE removal technology -- MENLO PARK, CA, Sept. 27, 2005 -- The DeCaf Company LLC, the emerging leader in the development of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPS), today announced commencement of the licensing of its patent for the removal of MTBE from contaminated water. Estimates of the costs to remediate America's MTBE-contaminated drinking water run in the billions. Present remediation methods are complicated, expensive, time-consuming and inefficient. In contrast, merely running contaminated water over DeCaf Company's patented polymer beads removes MTBE. The patented method is simple. Inexpensive polymer beads are molecularly imprinted to match the physical shape of MTBE molecules. When contaminated water comes in contact with the molecularly imprinted polymer beads (MIPS), the MTBE molecules adhere to the MIPS removing MTBE from the water...

Groups issues urgent call for Congress to clean up streams, water supplies polluted by abandoned mines -- WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 27, 2005 -- The PA AML Coalition, a group of over 200 Pennsylvania conservation organizations, today called on the U.S. Congress to extend the federal Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program until the job of cleaning up streams and water supplies polluted by abandoned mines is finished. Andrew S. McElwaine, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, presented the coalition's comments at a hearing by the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources...

Deep Rock Water Company: Updating a million-year-old product for 21st Century consumers -- DENVER, Sept. 26, 2005 -- You won't find the words "new and improved" or "great new flavor" on any bottle of Deep Rock Water. But, beginning this month, consumers served by the 109-year-old, Denver-based Deep Rock Water Company, will find the pure, age-old product outfitted with a brand-new look. The re-branding of Deep Rock is part of the company's broad strategy for enhancing market share by tapping the brand preferences of modern bottled-water drinkers. After purchasing Deep Rock in September 2004, owners M2P Capital LLC and Norwest Equity Partners set in motion a plan to build on the equity in this historic, independent Denver brand in a marketplace literally spilling over with hundreds of competitors...

Glacier Water expands into Canada with deal to buy Gestion Bi-Eau Pure Inc. -- VISTA, CA, Sept. 23, 2005 -- Glacier Water Services Inc. reached an agreement to acquire Gestion Bi-Eau Pure Inc. for about US$1.2 million plus the assumption of certain liabilities. The acquisition, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close in October. Gestion Bi-Eau Pure, a privately held Canadian corporation based in Quebec, Canada, with annual revenues of $2.4 million, is the largest water vending company in Quebec and operates roughly 450 water vending machines. These machines will complement the over 15,000 water vending machines Glacier currently operates in 40 states throughout the United States...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: Landis+Gyr, Neptune Technology announce alliance" -- Also in this report (Sept. 26, 2005): Stevens Geomembranes retains quality assessment rating; PureTech Systems, S.W. Microwave integrate perimeter protection system; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assesses Hurricane Rita damage on Texas coast; Nalco plants returning to production after Rita; PPG's Lake Charles, La., chemicals complex damaged by Rita; Anheuser-Busch sends 12,520 cases of canned drinking water to Beaumont, Texas; Cytec Performance Specialties adopts surcharges due to energy, transportation costs; Arcadis names vice president and director of Underground Infrastructure; Nichols elected president of LADWP Board of Commissioners; New algae species complicates efforts to improve taste, smell of San Diego drinking water; American Chemistry Council, Pittsburgh members unveils new public education campaign; USAID, Coca-Cola announce global watershed partnership agreement...

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