WaterBriefs: CarteGraph software adds four new clients

Also in this report: Purifics wins 1,4-Dioxane groundwater contract; Eaton acquires industrial filtration unit from Hayward Industries; Severn Trent Services chosen for arsenic removal at large Calif. facility; Watts Water to buy Savard water connectors unit, Microflex; Calif. DWR, DPR schedule Hetch Hetchy study workshop; Australian town in full production with ArcFM; WK Dickson appoints new water, wastewater director; York Water acquires Spring Grove water systems...

In other news below, see:
-- Purifics ES Inc. awarded contract for 1,4-Dioxane groundwater treatment
-- Eaton to purchase Industrial Filtration Business from Hayward Industries
-- Severn Trent Services arsenic removal technology chosen for large Calif. facility
-- Watts Water Technologies acquires Savard water connectors, Microflex
-- Calif. DWR, DPR schedule Hetch Hetchy study workshop
-- Townsville City Council in full production with ArcFM
-- WK Dickson appoints new director of water, wastewater services
-- York Water Company acquires Spring Grove water systems

CarteGraph software adds four new clients
DUBUQUE, IA, July 11, 2005, CarteGraph Systems announces new organizations in Nebraska, Massachusetts, Iowa and Virginia have joined the hundreds of other organizations utilizing CarteGraph Software to achieve better efficiencies in their organizations.

-- Blair, Neb., purchased WATERview, SEWERview, STORMview, WORKdirector and MAPdirector for ArcGIS. The city will work with CarteGraph and Olsson & Associates out of Omaha, Neb., on the implementation and data collection. The city's data will reside in ESRI's ArcGIS geodatabase.

-- Brookline, Mass., chose CarteGraph's WORKdirector, CALLlink, VERSAtools and MAPdirector for ArcGIS. In Phase One, the town will implement WORKdirector and VERSAtools for tracking building maintenance. Brookline had spent time planning and strategically thinking about how they could combine their databases into one system. With CarteGraph they can achieve this goal.

-- Dyersville, Iowa, will be using CarteGraph's SEWERview, WATERview, WORKdirector and MAPdirector for ArcGIS to accurately understand and maintain the components in their sewer and water systems. With CarteGraph, it will have a better idea of its productivity and also be able to monitor capital assets for GASB34. In the future, it looks to expand to tracking streets and signs with CarteGraph.

-- Waynesboro, Va., purchased WATERview and MAPdirector for ArcGIS for its Water Department. It plans to use the software to inventory and maintain its water distribution system and integrate the data in GIS. The first priority is to gather all of the information for water distribution and then migrate into work management.

With CarteGraph software, these cities are finding a better way to serve their constituencies, while maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of their organizations. For more information on the solutions provided for these communities, visit www.cartegraph.com.

CarteGraph, a public works asset management software specialist, develops software and provides service solutions dedicated to the collection, management and analysis of asset data for public works departments. Software and service solutions are available for asset, work and request management as well as GIS integration. Its software is used worldwide by over 1,000 organizations including small towns, large cities, counties, states and federal agencies, and private firms.

Purifics ES Inc. awarded contract for 1,4-Dioxane groundwater treatment
LONDON, Ontario, Canada, July 11, 2005 -- Purifics ES Inc. has been awarded a contract to supply a Photo-Cat (UV-photocatalytic) system for the treatment of 1,4-dioxane in groundwater in the United States. The Photo-Cat system destroys 1,4-dioxane from 150 ppb down to levels that are below detection limits. This system will operate at a flow rate of 25gpm, producing treated water of superior quality than drinking water.

Unlike other conventional UV systems, the Photo-Cat system is completely chemical-free, and does not require the use of wipers.

The Photo-Cat system destroys 1,4-dioxane in the groundwater in the presence of approximately 600 ppb bromide ion, without oxidizing this species into toxic bromate ion. It will be positioned downstream of an existing 10-year old pump-and-treat installation, which is primarily comprised of an air stripper for the removal of chlorinated solvents. A unique safeguard lies in the fact that the system destroys any residual chlorinated solvents that escape from the air stripper. This is an example of a newly discovered problem (presence of 1,4-dioxane) in an existing remediation treatment train. This solution was a simple "plug-in," and provided the best solution for the treatment of 1,4-dioxane. Installation will be completed by the end of August 2005.

Purifics ES Inc. (www.purifics.com), of London, Ontario, is a world specialist in application of UV photocatalytic technology, providing solutions for air and water treatment, process design and control systems.

Eaton to purchase Industrial Filtration Business from Hayward Industries
CLEVELAND, OH, July 8, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation has reached an agreement with Hayward Industries Inc. to purchase its industrial filtration business. Terms were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2005.

Hayward Filtration produces filtration systems for industrial and commercial customers worldwide. It's a global leader in liquid, high-purity bag filtration systems, marketed under the Hayward FiltrationTM global brand name. Its primary markets include general industrial, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, power utilities, marine and water.

Hayward's industrial filtration business had sales of about $100 million over the last 12 months, and employs about 530 people worldwide. It is headquartered in Elizabeth, N.J., and operates five manufacturing facilities in the United States, Belgium, Germany, China and Brazil.

"As a leader in the industrial filtration market, Hayward represents a natural extension of Eaton's fluid power business," said Alexander M. Cutler, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer. "Hayward Filtration offers highly engineered products with a strong base of recurring sales. Hayward has enjoyed attractive profitability and returns, and we expect this acquisition to be immediately accretive to Eaton's earnings."

Hayward Filtration is a division of Hayward Industries Inc. (www.haywardindustrial.com), which is a privately held manufacturer of swimming pool equipment, industrial filtration and flow control products.

Eaton Corp. (www.eaton.com) is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2004 sales of $9.8 billion. It's a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. With 56,000 employees, it sells products to customers in over 125 countries.

Severn Trent Services arsenic removal technology chosen for large Calif. facility
FORT WASHINGTON, PA, July 8, 2005 -- The SORB 33® arsenic removal technology and Bayoxide® E33 arsenic removal media from Severn Trent Services have been selected for use at a 3,000 gallons per minute (gpm) water treatment facility in the San Bernardino area where total arsenic in the groundwater has been measured in the range of 18 to 22 parts per billion (ppb) compared to the new EPA standard of 10 ppb. This will be one of the largest arsenic removal facilities in the state of California.

STS was awarded the contract for the system by Earth Tech, a global provider of engineering, construction and operations services to the water and wastewater industry. Pacific Hydratech, a company that provides construction services for the water and oil refining industries, will be the general contractor.

Earth Tech evaluated several technologies before selecting SORB 33 and Bayoxide E33 including microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, electro dialysis reversal, permeable reactive barriers, electro kinetic, phytoremediation and biological treatment.

Severn Trent Services developed the SORB 33 process to reduce arsenic contamination across a range of water treatment application sizes, and the technology has been commercially proven to effectively and economically meet the stringent new government standards for maximum arsenic contaminant levels. Bayoxide E33 is a dry, robust, granular ferric oxide media designed with a high capacity for arsenic, providing long operating cycles and low operating costs.

Water and wastewater treatment solutions provider, Severn Trent Services (www.severntrentservices.com), based in Fort Washington, Pa., offers a range of products and services concentrated around disinfection, instrumentation, and filtration technologies, pipeline analysis, rehabilitation and repair services, contract operating services and state-of-the-art residential metering products and services. It's a member of the Severn Trent Plc group of companies, an international environmental services leader and a FTSE 100 company.

Watts Water Technologies acquires Savard water connectors, Microflex
NORTH ANDOVER, MA, July 8, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Watts Water Technologies Inc. has acquired the water connector business of the Donald E. Savard Company in an asset purchase transaction. Earlier in the week, it also announced it would buy Microflex N.V., a Belgian company, in a stock purchase transaction.

Annual revenues of Savard's water connector business is about $6 million.

Watts Water Technologies' CEO Patrick S. O'Keefe, commented, "The acquisition of the water connector business of the Donald E. Savard Company is consistent with our theme of water conservation, safety and control. This acquisition allows us to expand our presence in one of our leading product lines with a brand name that is well known to the plumbing wholesale market."

Of the Microflex acquisition, O'Keefe stated, "Microflex produces and distributes flexible, pre-insulated, waterproof PEX pipes for hot and cold water transport, as well as a range of accessory products including couplings, caps, and insulation kits. This acquisition allows Watts Water Technologies to expand its product offering in the HVAC and water protection markets. Microflex products provide its customers with a reliable and safe solution in the transportation of water for heating, cooling and potable water applications."

Microflex has annual revenues of approximately of $8.5 million.

Terms were not disclosed on either transaction.
Watts Water Technologies Inc. (www.wattswater.com) is a world leader in the manufacture of innovative products to control the efficiency, safety, and quality of water within residential, commercial, and institutional applications. Its expertise in a wide variety of water technologies enables it to be a comprehensive supplier to the water industry.

Calif. DWR, DPR schedule Hetch Hetchy study workshop
SACRAMENTO, CA, July 8, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will conduct a media briefing and public workshop on Thursday, July 14, regarding the state's Hetch Hetchy Valley Restoration Study.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the press briefing will take place in the first floor media room of the Joe Serna Jr.-Cal/EPA Building at 1001 "I" Street, Sacramento.

At 10 a.m., the workshop begins with opening remarks in the second floor auditorium, followed by an orientation session at 10:30. During an open house from 10:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., visitors are invited to tour 12 poster display stations.

After a lunch break, the workshop will reconvene with questions and comments until 2:30 p.m.

Last fall, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger directed the Resources Agency to review and summarize Hetch Hetchy Valley restoration studies and analyses prepared over the last two decades. DWR and DPR were assigned to act as impartial third parties in preparing that summary. The workshop is designed to offer a progress report and solicit further direction from attendees.

This is an information sharing workshop and no decision or recommendations on the future of Hetch Hetchy will come from this meeting.

The Department of Water Resources (www.dwr.water.ca.gov) operates and maintains the State Water Project, provides dam safety and flood control and inspection services, assists local water districts in water management and water conservation planning, and plans for future statewide water needs.

Townsville City Council in full production with ArcFM
Fort Collins, CO, July 7, 2005 -- Townsville City Council in North Queensland, Australia, has now deployed ArcFM to maintain and manage their water, wastewater, and stormwater networks. The implementation of ArcFM has enabled the automation of fundamental processes, which have seen a productivity increase of 300% for maintenance and 25% for 'as constructed' subdivision capture. This automation has helped Townsville City Council's asset management capability to remain in the top 10% of Councils nationally.

Townsville City Council selected ArcFM, an extension to the ESRI ArcGIS suite supplied by ESRI Australia, to improve existing network management capability and to ensure that the Council can meet the stringent regulatory demands and level of service required by clients.

ArcFM is being used to manage over 1600km of water (including the Townsville Thuringowa Water Board assets), 800km of wastewater, and 600km of stormwater networks.

"The Townsville City Council is always looking to take advantage of the latest technology to improve productivity and efficiency. By already achieving a 300% productivity gain in data maintenance less than six months after implementation, ArcFM has more than proven its return on investment," said Sandra Sherriff, Coordinator, Land Information Unit, Townsville City Council.

ArcFM has delivered to the Council utility-specific network tracing, strip mapping functionality, and enhanced field mapping capability with its ability to automatically zoom to errors and by carrying ArcFM data integrity through to ArcPad projects.

ESRI Australia (www.esriaustralia.com.au) has been helping people manage and analyze geographic information for more than 25 years as the leading supplier of GIS solutions in Australia. With unlimited access to the world's premier sources of geospatial technical knowledge through ESRI Inc, combined with experienced staff with a passion for GIS, ESRI Australia continues to set the standard for high quality GIS solutions.

Miner & Miner (www.miner.com), a Telvent company, is a world leader in the development and implementation of GIS software for utilities. M&M's ArcFM Solution and extended services assist electric, gas, water, and wastewater utilities in increasing productivity, lowering costs, and improving services by allowing them to effectively manage spatial information. Founded in 1946 as a full-service electrical engineering firm, M&M has been a business partner of ESRI since 1987. This partnership has enabled M&M to become the world's leading developer of ArcGIS applications for the utility industry. M&M services include implementation, integration, and customization of software to fit the needs of individual utilities.

Telvent (www.telvent.com), a global real time information technology company, specializes in high value-added solutions for four specific industrial sectors (Energy, Traffic, Transport and Environment) in Europe, North America, Latin America and China.

WK Dickson appoints new director of water, wastewater services
CHARLOTTE, NC, July 7, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- WK Dickson has added Raymond A. Cordon, PE, to its staff as the firm's new director of Water & Wastewater Services. Raymond assumes responsibility for the operation of the firm's water and wastewater design and engineering teams and will play a large part in directing much of the growth of WK Dickson's overall Water Resources Group.

Raymond comes to WK Dickson most recently from HDR Engineering in Raleigh. He has more than 20 years of experience as a Project Manager and Project Engineer in the design and construction of water treatment and wastewater treatment facilities. His experience also includes water and wastewater system master planning and design of water distribution systems, water and wastewater pump stations, water storage reservoirs and tanks, wastewater collection systems, roadway improvements, and industrial site development.

"We are very excited to have Raymond join the team. He will play an important role in the firm's continuing strategic expansion of our Water Resources Group. His impressive portfolio of work will help us serve our client's infrastructure needs better than ever before," said David Peeler, WK Dickson's President and CEO.

A graduate of North Carolina State University, Raymond is a licensed Professional Engineer in North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Kentucky. He is active in a variety of industry organizations including the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation.
Based in Charlotte, N.C., since its founding in 1929, WK Dickson (www.wkdickson.com) is a multi-disciplined consulting firm specializing in total community infrastructure solutions including environmental and water resources engineering. It now has eight regional offices with 200 employees throughout the Southeast.

York Water Company acquires Spring Grove water systems
YORK, PA, July 7, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The York Water Company President Jeffrey S. Osman reported that on July 6, the company purchased the water systems of Spring Grove Borough and Spring Grove Water Company that serve about 1,000 customers in York County, Pa.

The company is serving the customers of the Borough and Spring Grove Water Company by using York Water's fully filtered and treated water supply. This treated water supply is being provided through a main which has been constructed by York Water to interconnect with the Borough's and Spring Grove Water's existing distribution facilities.

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