WaterBriefs: China wins the Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Also in this report: MWH lands $40M Lee County, Fla., plant expansion; Fish protect N.Y., S.F. drinking water from terrorists; Royal Caribbean places $9.2M Hydroxyl CleanSea order; Konzen Group, AWS enter global partnership; Power plants drive expanding market for fabric filters; AMTA seeks 2007 papers; Applicants sought for $1.25M in sustainability grants; USGS - Apalachicola River decline greater than thought; Arid region of Spain irrigated with Hanovia's UV-treated effluent...

In other news below:
-- MWH awarded $40M Lee County, Fla., plant expansion contract
-- Fish protect drinking water from terrorists in major U.S. cities
-- Royal Caribbean places $9.2 million Hydroxyl CleanSea environmental technology order
-- Konzen Group, Applied Water Solutions enter global partnership
-- Power plants are driving a rapidly expanding market for fabric filters
-- Call for papers issued for AMTA 2007 Conference
-- Student applicants sought for $1.25 million in sustainability grants
-- USGS: Decline in Apalachicola River levels greater than previously thought
-- Arid region of Spain irrigated with Hanovia's UV-treated effluent
-- Berkeley Springs gears up for next International Water Tasting
-- New ICC professional certifications emphasize disaster recovery

China wins the Stockholm Junior Water Prize -- STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 22, 2006 -- Wang Hao, Weng Jie and Xiao Yi from China were awarded the prestigious 2006 Stockholm Junior Water Prize tonight in a formal ceremony in the Stockholm City Conference Centre/Folkets Hus during the World Water Week in Stockholm. The students from from Shanghai Nanyang Model High School received the Prize from the hands of H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria on behalf of the Stockholm Water Foundation. They also received a USD 5,000 scholarship and a crystal sculpture. The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is presented each year to a high-school age students for an outstanding water-related project focusing on topics of environmental, scientific, social or technological importance. The international honour is given to an individual or group who, like their 26 co-competitors, has been awarded the top prize among national competitions. The National Country winners travel to Stockholm from as far a field as Israel, Australia and Vietnam. The official motivation of the Nominating Committee is: "The Chinese team, from Shanghai Nanyang Model High School, displayed originality, ingenuity and tenacity in its use of low-cost, ecologically friendly technology to restore a polluted urban river channel..."
Also see:
-- "Keeping water clean: First sector-initiated coalition forms to fight corruption"
-- "Experts from 140 countries to address water, environment, livelihoods and poverty reduction in Stockholm: Sharing benefits from water, water for food, and disaster preparedness issues highlight packed agenda for World Water Week"

MWH awarded $40M Lee County, Fla., plant expansion contract -- -- Reclaimed wastewater will irrigate landscapes in rapidly growing area on Southwestern coast of Florida -- FORT MYERS, FL, Aug. 22, 2006 -- Lee County Utilities in Fort Myers, Fla., has awarded a design-build contract to Broomfield, CO.-based MWH for the expansion of the city's Gateway Wastewater Treatment Plant. Under the $40 million contract, MWH will provide design and construction management-at-risk services for a three-phase expansion to increase plant capacity from 1-to-6 mgd. This is the second design and construction management-at-risk contract Lee County Utilities has awarded to MWH this year. MWH also has used the construction management-at-risk model to deliver projects for Collier County and Cape Coral, FL, as well as Augusta, GA. Phase I of the expansion will include construction of a new force main and extended aeration treatment process to operate in parallel with the existing treatment plant. Phase II will include doubling the Phase I treatment capacity. MWH will provide engineering of existing Phase I design work, design modifications, detailed design of the Phase II expansion and construction management-at-risk services...
Also see:
-- "MWH and Pasadena Water & Power to design enterprise GIS program"
-- "Augusta Utilities Department breaks ground on improvements to water pollution control facility"

Fish protect drinking water from terrorists in major U.S. cities -- Intelligent Automation Corp.'s Aquatic Biomonitoring Technology developed in cooperation with the U.S. Army -- POWAY, CA, Aug. 22, 2006 -- Intelligent Automation Corporation (IAC) (www.iac-online.com) announced today that two large metropolitan cities are using a groundbreaking system to protect public drinking water from contamination and potential terrorism incidents involving the intentional release of chemicals into drinking water supplies. New York and San Francisco have purchased the IAC 1090 Intelligent Aquatic BioMonitoring System (iABS), an automated, intelligent system that uses fish (bluegills) as biosensors to continuously monitor the water supply and rapidly identify toxic conditions caused by a wide range of chemicals or chemical mixtures. IAC's 1090 iABS is also being used by the U.S. Army at Fort Detrick, MD...

Royal Caribbean places $9.2 million Hydroxyl CleanSea environmental technology order
VICTORIA, BC, Canada, Aug. 22, 2006 -- Hydroxyl Systems Inc. announced today that it was awarded contracts totaling $9.2 Million CAD from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Ltd. of Miami, FL, to design and build four CleanSea® environmental water process systems. Under the terms of the contracts, Hydroxyl will deliver CleanSea environmental systems for the treatment of all black and grey water generated onboard Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas and Jewel of the Seas cruise ships as well as Celebrity Cruises' Millennium and Constellation vessels. Prior to delivery, Hydroxyl will design and build all systems for each vessel's unique shipboard layout. This customized engineering design approach will ensure optimum environmental process functionality, seamless integration with ship operations, and enhanced treatment reliability. The CleanSea systems supplied for this order will employ Hydroxyl's ActiveCell™ biofilm carrier process for high-rate biodegradation performance as well as its patent-pending ActiveFloat™ dissolved air flotation equipment. Comparable systems are operating or are in the process of installation onboard Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas, as well as Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Summit...
Also see: A HREF="http://www.hydroxyl.com/news/?p=14" target="_blank">"Hydroxyl appoints president and CEO"

Konzen Group, Applied Water Solutions enter global partnership -- BURLINGTON, MA, & KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 22, 2006 -- Applied Water Solutions Inc., of Burlington, MA, has allied with Malaysia's Konzen Group to offer the latest in high purity water technology for semiconductor, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, as well as desalination projects worldwide. The two will share technologies and over 30 years of experience in the water industry to provide local technical support and high quality service in membrane technologies...
Also see: "Applied Water Solutions sponsors EDI technology seminar Dec. 6"

Power plants are driving a rapidly expanding market for fabric filters -- NORTHFIELD, IL, Aug. 22, 2006 -- The world market for fabric filter systems in 2010 will be $6.5 billion. Of this total the operators of coal-fired boilers will account for 26%. This is the latest forecast in the McIlvaine online "World Fabric Filters and Elements Markets" report. The power industry has traditionally utilized electrostatic precipitators to remove the dust from coal-fired generator exhaust stacks. Concern about fine particle emissions has resulted in regulations throughout the world to limit these emissions. As a result existing plants are converting to fabric filters, and many new plants are opting to utilize them as well...

Call for papers issued for AMTA 2007 Conference -- STUART, FL, Aug. 22, 2006 -- It's official - the American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) has moved to an Annual Conference and Exhibition and is pleased to announce the call for papers for the 2007 Conference & Exposition "Why Gamble With Your Future? -- Go Membranes!" which is scheduled for Las Vegas, NV, on July 23-26, 2007. As such, it's seeking abstracts for presentations to be made at the event...

Student applicants sought for $1.25 million in sustainability grants -- WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 22, 2006 -- Everyone has a role in protecting our environment, including members of Generation Y. EPA is tapping into their innovation and creativity in finding solutions to environmental challenges through the agency's People, Prosperity and the Planet competition. The agency plans to award up to $1.25 million in grants that enable teams of college students to research, develop and design scientific and technical solutions to sustainability challenges that protect the environment while achieving continued economic prosperity. EPA will award as many as 50 grants up to $10,000 each to student teams. The money will be used to research and develop sustainable solutions during the 2007-08 academic year...
Also see: "Applicants sought for $19 million in watershed grants"

USGS: Decline in Apalachicola River levels greater than previously thought -- WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 22, 2006 -- Declines in water levels in the Apalachicola River in Florida's panhandle occurred over the past 50 years as a result of erosion of the river channel and decreased spring and summer flow from upstream, according to a report released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). These declines are greater than previously thought and have caused drier conditions in wetland habitats in the adjacent river floodplain. Consequently, less water now moves into the hundreds of miles of floodplain streams, sloughs, and lakes that are essential to maintain healthy populations of fishes, mussels, and other aquatic life. The report, "Water-Level Decline in the Apalachicola River, Florida, from 1954 to 2004, and Effects on Floodplain Habitats," is available at:
http://pubs.water.usgs.gov/sir2006-5173...
Also see:
-- "USGS findings released on chemical quality of self-supplied domestic well water"
-- "Streamgage report validates benefits and uses of USGS streamflow data"
-- " BarryRosen to lead USGS in Florida"

Arid region of Spain irrigated with UV-treated effluent -- ERLANGER, KY, Aug. 22, 2006 -- In one of the first schemes of its kind in Europe, UV technology from Aquionics' British sister company, Hanovia Ltd., is being used to treat municipal effluent for irrigating crops in the arid Murcia region of Spain. Murcia has a unique microclimate which allows fruit and vegetables to be grown all year round, giving the area its popular name 'the vegetable garden of Europe'. Because of its unusual geography, however, the region has very low rainfall, meaning that irrigation water is extremely scarce. For this reason effluent is now being used for watering crops. The installation consists of three medium pressure UV treatment chambers installed in series. They treat a combined effluent volume of over 130,000 gallons/hour (500m3/hour) and are normally running 16 hours per day, although they can operate 24 hours a day if required...

Berkeley Springs gears up for next International Water Tasting -- BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV, Aug. 21, 2006 -- The Seventeenth Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting welcomes more than one hundred waters from across the country and around the globe on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007. Held in the historic spa town of Berkeley Springs, WV, it's the largest and longest running water tasting competition in the world. Travel Berkeley Springs is now accepting registrations for the award winning event. Municipalities and bottled water companies are encouraged to enter now at www.berkeleysprings.com/water. Water can be entered in five categories: Municipal, Bottled Non-carbonated, Purified Drinking Water, Bottled Sparkling and the People's Choice Package Design. The entry deadline is Jan. 15...

New ICC professional certifications emphasize disaster recovery -- FALLS CHURCH, VA, Aug. 21, 2006 -- The need for assistance during recovery from disasters prompted the International Code Council to offer two new professional certifications: Disaster Response Inspector Certification, and Coastal and Flood Plain Construction Inspector Certification. Those who pass the Disaster Response Inspector Certification exam have the most current knowledge and expertise to assess the safety of structures following disasters. The certification exam tests an individual's ability to inspect, evaluate and document structural damage. The exam focuses on a range of critical duties, key site assessment criteria and a number of related duties that are required of an inspector during the critical post-disaster response. Individuals earning Disaster Response Certification are qualified to assist any community in its disaster assessments...
Also see:
-- "New ICC certification for fire service professionals"
-- "International Code Council assists Pakistan"
-- "ICC, NFPA reach out-of-court settlement"

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