WaterBriefs: STS Consultants selects Adventus to remediate PVOCs in groundwater

Also in this report: NW Pipe nabs $5M N.M. pipeline order; New Yemeni distributor brings Wataire Industries $49M order; U.S. Antimony touts Bear River Zeolite sales; Northern Power contract includes biogas from wastewater; Electro-Chemical Tech names CEO; LADWP to restore Lower Owens River watershed; Ark. farmers - Chicken waste suit threatens industry; Stormwater manager's concerns prompt response; NSF/ANSI 60 gets Penn. plug on water treatment chemicals; Tuscola, Ill., teams with CarteGraph...

In other news below, see:
-- Northwest Pipe announces $5M order for Albuquerque water pipeline
-- New distributor for Yemen brings Wataire Industries initial US$49M order
-- U.S. Antimony Corp. touts record sales for Bear River Zeolite products
-- N.Y. power plant contract for Northern Power includes biogas from wastewater
-- Vadim Panichev is promoted to Electro-Chemical Technologies CEO
-- Ruling prompts LADWP to restore Lower Owens River watershed
-- Arkansas poultry farmers say lawsuit over chicken waste could doom industry
-- Watershed center responds to stormwater manager's maintenance concerns
-- NSF/ANSI 60 certification gets Penn. plug on drinking water treatment chemicals
-- Tuscola, Ill., teams up with CarteGraph

STS Consultants selects Adventus to remediate PVOCs in groundwater
HARTFORD, CT, July 26, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Adventus Americas Inc. (AAI) announced selection of its proprietary EHC-O™ product by a leading engineering consulting firm, to remove high levels of petroleum volatile organic carbons (PVOCs) from groundwater at a site in Wisconsin. AAI's oxygen-releasing compound will be easily injected into a series of injection points using a Direct Injection method. The product will be mixed with water on-site into a slurry. The EHC-O content of the slurry will be varied to accomplish the desired injection volume, based on previous experience at the site.

Mark M. Mejac, senior hydrogeologist and project manager for STS Consultants Inc. in Milwaukee, stated: "The remedial action at this site employed in-situ bioremediation that is facilitated by the use of an oxygen releasing compound to accelerate the aerobic biodegradation of petroleum volatile organic compounds of interest. We switched from an alternative oxygen releasing product to EHC-O as the source of controlled-release oxygen because of its ability to buffer pH effects and provide inorganic nutrients that are important to the biodegradation processes."

Dr. Jim Mueller, president of AAI, observed that: "Data to-date were promising, but overall performance was less than desired by the client. The source area had already been removed and the plume had partly been treated with an alternative oxygen releasing product in October 2004. However, PVOCs were still detected at significant levels in downgradient monitoring wells during sampling events in February and May, 2005. Although there are other oxygen-releasing products available on the market, there were very significant technical and cost advantages associated with the use of EHC-O."

EHC-O is part of The Adventus Group's EHC™ brand umbrella, a family of latest generation bioremediation products used for the in situ treatment of groundwater and saturated soil impacted by heavy metals and persistent organic compounds such as chlorinated solvents, pesticides and energetics. The technology is a modification of their DARAMEND®technology, which has been successfully used since 1992 to treat more than 800,000 tons of similarly contaminated soil, sediment and solid wastes.

EHC-O is an integrated source of slow-release oxygen, major-, minor-, and micro-nutrients, and a pH buffering agent. This unique combination of materials facilitates the aerobic bioremediation of soils, sediment or groundwater environments impacted by various organic and inorganic compounds. For organic constituents amenable to aerobic biodegradation processes (e.g., petroleum hydrocarbons, certain pesticides/herbicides), EHC-O significantly stimulates the catabolic activity of the indigenous microflora, thereby accelerating the rate of contaminant removal.

The product is supplied in 30-pound pails as a powder, which can be mixed with soil or slurried in water. Installation techniques vary widely depending on the application. For example, the powder can be mixed with soil and placed at the bottom of an excavation where prior soil removal had been conducted. A slurry can be made and the mixture can be injected into the subsurface using techniques such as direct injection through Geoprobe rods or hydraulic fracturing. The powder is fine enough to permit injection of the slurry through well screens.

Based in Vernon Hills, Ill., STS is an engineering consulting firm offering an integrated package of services in geotechnical engineering, civil engineering, transportation engineering, environmental management, and construction technology. It has been a leader in providing environmental and engineering solutions for more than 50 years with more than 550 staff members in 18 offices. For more information, contact them online at www.stsconsultants.com.

Adventus Americas Inc. (www.adventus.us) is an environmental services company that provides various remediation biotechnologies including those exclusive to our sister companies, Adventus Remediation Technologies Inc. and EnviroMetal Technologies Inc. The groups' proprietary technologies include those for treatment of soil and sediment, wastewater, and in situ groundwater treatment. ETI is the world leader in applications of permeable reactive barrier (PRB) technology for the remediation of contaminated groundwater, with experience at over 125 sites in United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia. The Adventus network includes field offices in Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, and Ontario, Canada, including an expanding network of international licensees.

Northwest Pipe nabs $5M order for Albuquerque water pipeline
PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 26, 2005--Northwest Pipe Company reported today that it has received an order to supply approximately $5 million of welded steel pipe to S.J. Louis Construction Inc. of Waite Park, Minnesota, for the Drinking Water Pipeline No. 1 -- Rio Grande to Paseo Del Norte for the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Northwest Pipe will supply approximately 18,200 feet of 48-inch- and 72-inch-diameter steel pipe. The pipe is expected to be manufactured in the Company's Saginaw, Texas, division, with delivery scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2005.

Northwest Pipe Company (www.nwpipe.com) manufactures welded steel pipe in two business segments. Its Water Transmission Group is a leading supplier of large-diameter, high-pressure, steel pipe products used primarily for water transmission in the United States and Canada. Its Tubular Products Group manufactures smaller-diameter steel pipe for a wide range of construction, agricultural, industrial and mechanical applications. The company has headquarters in Portland, Ore., and operates eleven manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico.

New distributor for Yemen brings Wataire Industries initial US$49M order
VANCOUVER, BC, Canada, July 26, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Wataire Industries Inc., an international company focusing on developing and delivering technology-based water harvesting systems worldwide, is pleased to announce they have entered into an exclusive Distribution Agreement with The Carter Group to supply Atmospheric Water Generators to the country of Yemen. The Agreement covers a three year period, with a renewal right for an additional three years contingent on performance. The minimum requirements outlined in the contract to maintain exclusivity are the purchase annually of twelve containers of the "Home 10" units, consisting of 288 machines per container.

As part of the Agreement, Safaqat Trading, an agent based in Sana, Yemen, has been engaged to deliver and monitor a series of 2,500 and 5,000 liter per day units, combined with a bottling plant to produce 150,000 liters of fresh drinking water per day. This is expected to be the first of a series of commercial units aimed at filling a void in the retail bottled water industry.

The agent will also represent Wataire to the Government of Yemen, with the goal of helping to alleviate the country's shortage of potable water at the municipal level.

A senior representative of Safaqat Trading states, "We are convinced Wataire's technology is the answer to alleviating severe clean water shortages currently experienced in our country, and our company, in conjunction with the Government of Yemen, are very pleased to announce we will be holding a media event in mid August to showcase Wataire's capability to the region. Senior management of Wataire have committed to attend and plan to arrive in Yemen around August 10th."

Phil Fraser, president and CEO of Wataire Industries, Inc. stated, "We are extremely excited about working with these groups to provide clean drinking water to the people of Yemen. Yemen's hot humid climate suits our technology perfectly, and it is well within our capability to provide fresh drinking water to the entire country, simply by extracting the water from the humidity in the air and using our proprietary system to remove contaminants."

This agreement will reflect initial product sales for Wataire Industries of about US$49 million.

The company also announced results of a microbiological analysis of a sample of water tested on our behalf by CANTEST, a member of the CANAM Group. The sample was submitted on June 28 and the report date of the results was July 4. The test results showed a heterotrophic plate count (HPC) of 2, which is less than 1% of the World Health Organization's allowable limit of 500 as a guideline to determine if water is safe to drink.

Wataire (www.wataireindustries.com) was formed by a team of veteran executives with extensive experience in developing and bringing innovative products to market. The team is comprised of leaders and advisors who have extensive backgrounds in business administration, project management, manufacturing, international distribution, sales, and marketing. Wataire is committed to providing an array of innovative solutions that will help prevent fresh water shortages.

U.S. Antimony Corp. touts record sales for Bear River Zeolite products
THOMPSON FALLS, MT, July 26, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- United States Antimony Corp. announced that its Bear River Zeolite Co. Inc. sales were up more than 100% during the first half of 2005 compared to those during the same period in 2004. In addition sales, during June 2005 set a new monthly record of more than 2000 tons.

BRZ is being used extensively in the water purification field in the oil and gas business, as an odor control for households, for swimming pool filtration, for waste water treatment, as an animal feed, as a flow agent for grain, for oil and waste clean up, and for many other uses.

The new production line is now on stream. Additional plans include an office, more silos, and new product development.

For more information visit the website www.usantimony.com.

N.Y. power plant contract for Northern Power includes biogas from wastewater
WAITSFIELD, VT, July 26, 2005 (PRNewswire-FirstCall) -- The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has commissioned Northern Power Systems, a subsidiary of Distributed Energy Systems Corp., to design and install a 165-kilowatt power generation system for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) at its Owl's Head Wastewater Treatment Facility in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The water treatment site will be the first wastewater facility in the country to install multiple Stirling engines to generate its own electricity. Manufactured by STM Power, the three 55-kilowatt Stirling external combustion engines are designed to burn anaerobic digester gas, a byproduct of the wastewater treatment process that is currently "flared" into the atmosphere.

By burning digester methane, the Owl's Head facility will experience several benefits. First, by converting a waste byproduct of its process into a free, renewable fuel source, the facility is expected to lower its energy costs. Second, the system will create an environmental benefit by providing an overall net reduction of up to 765 tons of CO2 per year as well as significant reductions in NOx and SO2 emissions. Finally, by generating its electricity onsite, the facility will help reduce congestion on the area's over-stressed utility grid.

Because it is designed to capture waste fuel at the site and generate electricity while simultaneously reducing emissions, the system qualifies as a renewable power source. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is supporting the project with a grant of $250,000 in recognition of the energy and environmental benefits that the system is expected to deliver.

The new turnkey system will include Northern Power's SmartView™ monitoring and control software, which will have an on-site interface and provide NYPA with remote, web-based access from the Authority's offices in White Plains, New York.

Drawing from experience with other wastewater treatment facilities, Northern Power designed an optimal technology solution for the Owl's Head site. Because Stirling external combustion engines require less frequent maintenance than microturbine or reciprocating engine technology, the facility is expected to experience increased uptime and reduced parasitic system loads. The engines also offer the potential for reduced gas cleanup and less gas compression than other technologies, which can reduce installation costs.

The project is also part of a larger initiative on the part of the city of New York to voluntarily increase renewable energy capacity in an effort to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.

"This project demonstrates a new technology option for wastewater treatment plants, making it an exciting development not only for Owl's Head, but for treatment plants throughout the country," stated Jim Stover, project manager at Northern Power. "More and more businesses and public entities are taking advantage of their existing waste streams to create green energy; systems like this one can allow plants to reduce costs and achieve energy objectives simultaneously."

Northern Power is undertaking this project under its master implementation contract with NYPA to design and install distributed generation (DG) projects across the state. Northern Power is currently implementing multiple DG projects for NYPA with a combined contract value of over $5 million.

"This project serves to further enhance Northern's position as the premier provider of turnkey power systems," stated Darren Jamison, Chief Operating Officer at Northern Power. "Given our broad range of innovative technology solutions, we are well positioned to provide businesses and municipalities with reliable solutions that are cost effective as well as environmentally friendly."

The New York Power Authority is the nation's largest state-owned power organization. It owns and operates 17 generating plants and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. It provides economical electricity to government agencies; municipal electric systems and rural electric cooperatives; job-producing companies and non-profit groups; private utilities for resale -- without profit -- to customers; and neighboring states, under federal requirements. The Authority is a national leader in promoting energy efficiency and the development of clean energy technologies and electric-drive vehicles.

Northern Power Systems Inc. (www.northernpower.com) designs, builds and installs reliable power solutions for commercial, industrial, government, and military customers. The company also conducts research and development in the areas of renewable energy, distributed generation and hydrogen technology. Since its founding in 1974, Northern has installed over 900 systems in 50 countries on all seven continents. With headquarters in Waitsfield, Vt., it has field offices in the New York metropolitan area, Northern and Southern California, and Houston. The company employs 150 people with turnkey design, engineering, construction, and customer-support capabilities. Northern Power Systems is a wholly owned operating unit of Distributed Energy Systems Corp.

Distributed Energy Systems Corp. (www.distributed-energy.com) creates and delivers products and solutions to the emerging decentralized energy marketplace, giving users greater control over their energy cost, quality, and reliability. As the parent company of Proton Energy Systems Inc. and Northern Power Systems Inc., the company delivers a combination of practical, ready-today energy solutions and the solid business platforms for capitalizing on the changing energy landscape.

Vadim Panichev is promoted to Electro-Chemical Technologies CEO
LAS VEGAS, July 26, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Electro-Chemical Technologies Ltd. announced today the retirement of John Henry Brebbia as president and chief executive officer of the company. Vadim Panichev, the company's executive vice president and chief operating officer, has been elected to serve as the company's new president and CEO, effective immediately.

Panichev has an MBA from Duke University and a master's degree in chemical engineering from the Polymers Processing Moscow Institute of Fine Chemical Technology. He has served as a director of the company since its incorporation in 1995. He also serves as a director of Hydrofem Limited and Electro-Chemical Technologies International Ltd.

In response to his promotion, Panichev said: "As president and CEO, my first priority will be to develop and implement a three-part program for promoting shareholder value by:
1. Formulating a plan for recapitalizing the company;
2. Developing major applications in-house for our Electro-Chemical Activation (ECA) technology; and
3. Seeking additional licensees and/or joint venture partners for targeted markets.
"I am looking forward to the challenges ahead in making our company a major factor in the U.S. market for disinfectant, sanitizing and decontamination products and services."

Prof. Vitold M. Bakhir, ECT's chairman, announced that, after having served as president and CEO for the past seven years, Brebbia will remain with the company in his former capacity as vice chairman and general counsel.

Electro-Chemical Technologies Ltd. is a Nevada corporation dedicated to developing and commercializing its patented ECA technology in the U.S. market, primarily in the areas of hotel and cruise ship disinfection; food safety; industrial and municipal wastewater treatment; biological and chemical decontamination systems for use by the military and first responders; medical and healthcare; and water purification.

LADWP responds to ruling on Lower Owens River Project to restore watershed
LOS ANGELES, July 26, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Responding to an Inyo County Superior Court ruling yesterday, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) officials say they will move forward with implementation of the Lower Owens River Project as quickly as possible.

"LADWP will fully cooperate with today's ruling," General Manager Ronald F. Deaton said. "This is an exceptional project -- one of the largest river restoration projects ever undertaken -- and we are committed to seeing the water flowing again in the Lower Owens River, and to restoring a healthy riparian ecosystem."

In order to expedite the project and achieve the Court-ordered deadlines, LADWP has proposed that it provide funding for Inyo County's portion of the LORP capital costs, and thus eliminate the need to obtain federal funding. "We believe we can achieve the Court's schedule if Inyo County accepts our offer to cover all of the capital costs for construction of the pumpback station."

"We are pleased that the Judge rejected an argument by the Sierra Club and Owens Valley Committee to assess LADWP $32 million to create an environmental mitigation fund," Deaton said. Instead, the Judge imposed restrictions on Owens Valley groundwater pumping, and assessed a more reasonable penalty to ensure progress on the project.

The judge has imposed limitations on Owens Valley groundwater pumping, which initially will need to be offset by increased purchases of water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, but the groundwater will be available for pumping in successive years.

LADWP had met its court-ordered deadline to complete the Environmental Impact Report, which was approved July 20, 2004 by the City of Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners.

Rewatering and restoring of the Lower Owens River will prove to be one of the greatest environmental enhancements ever undertaken in the United States. The LADWP is proud of this exceptional project, and it wants to make sure it is done as soon as possible so that everyone can enjoy the benefits.

The main goals of the LORP are to create and sustain healthy and diverse habitats for native fish, waterfowl, shorebirds and other animals, as well as a warm water recreational fishery, through sound flow and land management practices which give nature the tools to produce healthy habitats.

In addition to providing a steady flow to 63 miles of the Owens River that has essentially been dry since it was diverted to Los Angeles in 1913, the LORP will spread water into basins to create hundreds of acres of wetland habitat and off-river lakes and ponds for waterfowl, shore birds and fisheries. For more information, see: www.ladwp.com.

Arkansas poultry farmers say lawsuit over chicken waste could doom industry
LITTLE ROCK, AR, July 26, 2005 (Processing e-newsletter) -- Poultry farmers in Arkansas fear that the region's $2 billion chicken industry could be facing its toughest challenge ever as a lawsuit brought by Oklahoma attorney general Drew Edmondson threatens the future of this industry. The lawsuit brought against 14 poultry companies, including three run by Tyson Foods, accuses them of tainting Oklahoma waters with the waste from millions of chickens and turkeys, the Associated Press reports. Edmondson contends that phosphorous from poultry litter runoff fuels algae growth that reduces the clarity of rivers and streams, depletes oxygen and can kill certain populations of fish. Filed June 13, the lawsuit seeks unspecified money to clean up the Illinois River and is using the same South Carolina law firm that handled lawsuits against tobacco companies. According to the lawsuit, Arkansas has 2,363 chicken houses in the Illinois River watershed while Oklahoma has 508. The chickens add phosphorus waste equivalent to 10.7 million people per year, Edmondson says. The farmers have banded together as a group called "Poultry Partners" in an effort to have a voice they say they didn't have in previous litigation.

Watershed center responds to stormwater manager's maintenance concerns
ELLICOTT CITY, MD, July 26, 2005 (Runoff Rundown e-newsletter #19) -- Are you a stormwater professional known to play "spot the stormwater pond"? Have you ever seen an overgrown depression and wondered, "Is THAT the stormwater facility"? If so, here's a resource that may be needed in your community.

In many communities, structural stormwater controls - particularly ponds and wetlands - are built with the expectation they will be maintained. For those communities where maintenance of stormwater ponds and wetlands is a new responsibility, there is now a source for guidance. The draft Stormwater Pond and Wetland Maintenance Guidebook, prepared by the Center for Watershed Protection for Tetra Tech under a contract for the US EPA Office of Science and Technology, is now available for download.

This guidebook addresses maintenance through the lifecycle of a facility, from design to major repairs. First, eight common maintenance concerns are described in detail including access difficulties that are commonly encountered by inspectors or maintenance contractors and a concise list of pipe failure mechanisms in stormwater ponds and wetlands.

Designers and plan reviewers will find the Chapter on "Designing for Low Maintenance Ponds and Wetlands" to be helpful in understanding the links between design features and long-term performance. Those responsible for signing off on the construction or planning-for-construction inspection can find highlights on items to keep an eye on during construction to prevent future problems. The meat of the guidebook comes as eight profile sheets, addressing each of the common maintenance concerns. "Problems to Inspect for" are described in detail, as are preventative and corrective actions. Color photographs visually depict the problems described.

When used by the inspector, program manager, designer, and owner of stormwater facilities in NPDES Phase I and II communities, this guidebook can be a starting place for a stormwater pond and wetland maintenance program.

You can download the guidebook by clicking www.stormwatercenter.net/Manual_Builder/Maintenance_Manual/introduction.htm or through www.stormwatercenter.net and clicking on Program Resources and then STP Maintenance Resources.

NSF/ANSI 60 certification gets Penn. plug on drinking water treatment chemicals
ANN ARBOR, MI, July 26, 2005 --Drinking water suppliers may inadvertently create a public health risk if they use products from an uncertified chemical supplier that has inappropriately repackaged treatment chemicals, according to the independent, not-for-profit NSF International.

An incident involving a contaminated treatment chemical used at a public drinking water system in Pennsylvania has caused increased concerns about the repackaging, transfer and transport of drinking water treatment chemicals. As a result, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection has reminded water suppliers that all transfer facilities and repackagers of drinking water treatment chemicals are required to be certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 60 -- even if the original manufacturer of the source chemical is certified.

Many chemicals that are used to treat drinking water are shipped in bulk via tanker truck and rail car to distributors who then transfer or repackage the chemical to another container for delivery to the water utility. This repackaging process can be a source of contamination.

NSF/ANSI-60: Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals - Health Effects is the national health effects standard for chemicals used to treat drinking water. Chemicals certified by NSF International to NSF/ANSI Standard 60 must meet specific requirements during manufacture and through the rest of the supply chain to the point of application by a water utility. This is important during repackaging or transfer, because products may be subject to contamination that could lower drinking water quality.

"Many water suppliers are under the assumption that using repackaged drinking water chemicals is acceptable," said Dave Purkiss, NSF general manager for water distribution systems. "This may not be correct because even chemicals previously certified to NSF requirements lose their certification when repackaged, unless the point of repackaging or product transfer has been audited and certified by NSF."

Requirements of NSF/ANSI 60 include:
* Formulation review for each certified chemical.
* Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) audit, at which time shipping practices are reviewed and random samples are selected for testing.
* Testing of the product samples from the container of final transport vessel (truck, bulk container).

Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection will only accept third-party certification of treatment chemicals and recognizes only two ANSI-accredited certifying agencies, NSF International (NSF) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for this work. Pennsylvania is among 40 states that accept third-party certification of products to NSF/ANSI 60 by ANSI-accredited certifiers. While Pennsylvania is taking the lead on the issue of repackaged treatment chemicals, it is important that states across the nation also address the safety concerns of water treatment chemicals.

According to Purkiss, "The most common type of contamination of chemicals comes from the repackaging and transportation of the products. An informal survey we conducted at the 2005 AWWA Conference showed that one out of five utilities had experienced some type of contamination issue. NSF Certification provides a solution to help alleviate hazards associated with chemical contamination."

To verify if a chemical supplier is certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 60 by NSF, visit NSF's online listing at www.nsf.org/business/search_listings.

In addition to accepting products certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 60, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania also accepts distribution system products certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Drinking Water System Components - Health Effects and point-of-use (POU) drinking water treatment devices certified to NSF drinking water treatment unit (DWTU) standards. As with NSF-60 Certification, Pennsylvania only recognizes two certification agencies, NSF International or UL, for NSF/ANSI 60, NSF/ANSI 61 and NSF DWTU Standards (NSF/ANSI 42, 44, 53, 55, 58, 62 and 177).

If you have questions regarding the NSF/ANSI 60 certification process or about a specific listing, please contact Blake Stark, the Business Unit Manager who heads NSF's Water Treatment Chemicals Program.

Additional informational links:
-- Repackaging of Drinking Water Chemicals: www.paawwa.org/andersonarticle.html
-- Protection of Water Treatment Chemicals During Storage and Distribution:
www.nsf.org/business/newsroom/waterworks05-summer.pdf#page=2

NSF International (www.nsf.org), an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water, air and consumer goods. Founded in 1944, it's a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and the Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd., organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.

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Tuscola, Ill., teams up with CarteGraph
DUBUQUE, IA, July 26, 2005 -- The city of Tuscola, Ill., teams up with CarteGraph Systems, Inc., of Dubuque, Iowa, with the purchase of SEWERview, STORMview, WATERview and MAPdirector for ArcGIS software systems.

A small community of 4,490 residents, the city will be working closely with Douglas County, IL, as they implement this new software system. Douglas County has been using CarteGraph for a year and will maintain the main database for Tuscola, while giving access to the city over the VPN.

"Working with Douglas County and CarteGraph was an advantageous arrangement for us," commented Drew Hoel, Tuscola's City Administrator. "It also allows us to work more efficiently while being involved in GIS."

In addition to working closely with Douglas County, Tuscola purchased SEWERview, STORMview, WATERview and MAPdirector for ArcGIS to get a better handle on tracking and maintaining its assets.

With CarteGraph software, Tuscola is finding a better way to serve its constituents, while maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of its organization.

Based in Dubuque, Iowa, CarteGraph (www.cartegraph.com), the leader in public works asset management, 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.

CarteGraph software is used worldwide by a diverse group of over 1,000 organizations including small towns, large cities, counties, states and federal agencies, and private firms.

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In earlier newsbriefs, see:
-- " WaterBriefs: NSF appoints general manager of plumbing programs" -- Also in this report (July 25, 2005): Sensus introduces 24-hour customer service center; Research & Markets -- Prepayment metering growing in utility markets; Sterling Construction wins $8.5M Dallas-Fort Worth pipeline contract; ACWA calls proposed MTBE oil industry 'deal' blow to states, local government; Dunn Solutions Group picked to modernize N.C. water/wastewater loans, grants system; Alcoa investing $375M for Warrick, Ind., facilities...

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