WaterBriefs: MWH to help Boulder, Colo., assess water system, future needs
Also in this report: Highest level of treatment achieved at all Ocala wastewater facilities; Hillsborough County, Fla., water services picks Oracle for customer care, billing; New Logic Research hires global director of refining, oilfield operations; Internal Hydro selects new management team for renewable energy expansion; Electric Aquagenics Unlimited changes name, trading symbol; GenTek Inc. acquires assets of Chalum Inc.; New Wiluna, Australia, wastewater plant opened...
In other news below:
-- Highest level of treatment achieved at all Ocala wastewater facilities
-- Hillsborough County, Fla., water services picks Oracle for customer care, billing
-- New Logic Research hires global director of refining, oilfield operations
-- Internal Hydro selects new management team for renewable energy expansion
-- Electric Aquagenics Unlimited changes name, trading symbol
-- GenTek Inc. acquires assets of Chalum Inc.
-- New Wiluna, Australia, wastewater plant opened
• MWH awarded contract to help Boulder, Colo., assess water system, future needs -- Evaluation plan will help city maintain high water quality and supply levels -- BROOMFIELD, CO, Feb. 14, 2007 -- MWH Global Inc., a leading provider of environmental engineering, construction and strategic consulting services, announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the City of Boulder to help assess the city's existing raw water system and identify future needs and challenges. Under the terms of the contract, MWH will work with the city to develop an evaluation plan that will help it maintain its high water quality and supply levels into the future.
"Continuing to plan for Boulder's water supply and source water delivery infrastructure is critical to our City," said Joe Tadduecci, Utilities Project Manager for the city of Boulder. "We chose MWH to help us with this important plan because of their creative project approach, their key staff's knowledge of city facilities, and their experience performing water master planning studies."
The Source Water Strategic Plan (SWSP) to be completed by MWH will include an overview of the state of the Boulder' raw water collection, storage and distribution system as well as an assessment of the future challenges that the system will confront. MWH will also identify and prioritize strategies for the ongoing protection of the quality and reliability of the city's existing water supplies.
"This plan will help the city avoid potential problems before they occur, while maintaining its track-record of consistently high-quality water supply standards," said Kevin Clark, project manager at MWH.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) most recent Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment notes that throughout the country aging water delivery infrastructure will require replacement or significant rehabilitation over the next 20 years. In addition, the report states that over the next 20 years, a $276.8 billion investment in the nation's water systems will be needed in order to continue to provide clean and safe drinking water. The report lists the installation of new infrastructure, as well as the rehabilitation or replacement of deteriorated or undersized infrastructure as areas of particular need.
With headquarters in Broomfield, CO, MWH (www.mwhglobal.com) is a private, employee-owned firm with approximately 6,000 employees worldwide. The company provides water, wastewater, energy, natural resource, program management, consulting and construction services to industrial, municipal and government clients in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, India, Asia and the Pacific Rim.
Among other recent headlines:
• Highest level of treatment achieved at all Ocala wastewater facilities -- OCALA, FL, Feb. 14, 2007 -- The city of Ocala has achieved the highest level of treatment standards for all of its wastewater treatment facilities. "This achievement is rare among utilities, and it places Ocala in the forefront of protecting the environment," said City Manager Paul Nugent. The goal at wastewater facilities is to treat the incoming raw sewage to the highest level achievable so it can safely be recycled back into the environment. The city accomplishes this with both its reclaimed water and biosolids. The reclaimed water is treated through filtration and disinfection to meet public access standards and then returned to the environment through spray and drip irrigation systems. The biosolids -- solid material that remains after the treatment process -- are processed through an indirect dryer to "Class AA" standards and used as a soil amendment and supplement for fertilizer. As of this month, all of the city's biosolids are processed at its state-of-the-art wastewater facility, Water Reclamation Facility No. 3. In the past, all biosolids were treated to "Class B", which is a restricted access standard, and then safely returned to the environment through land application on area farms. As rural areas are developed, land application becomes less practical. As a result, biosolids from all three plants are now treated to Class AA and sold to a fertilizer marketer. Ocala has three reclamation facilities that treat an average of 5.63 mgd of wastewater...
• Fla.'s Hillsborough County Water Resource Services picks Oracle Utilities Applications to enhance customer service -- SAN DIEGO, Feb. 14, 2007 -- With a customer base that's nearly doubled since 1998, Hillsborough County Water Resource Services has selected Oracle® Utilities Customer Care and Billing and Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing Business Advisor to help improve service to its fast-growing customer base on Florida's West Coast, Oracle reported last week at DistribuTECH 2007. It also is implementing Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management, offering a unique opportunity to leverage two of its business-critical systems -- work and asset management and customer care and billing. The addition of customer care and billing will help create the business synergy and operational efficiencies that are essential to managing 6% growth and achieving its goal of "Best County" status...
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"BearingPoint completes Oracle|SPL ERM solution for Orange County Utilities Department"
"Oracle buys SPL"
• Joseph Rund joins New Logic Research -- EMERYVILLE, CA, Feb. 14, 2007 -- New Logic Research Inc., the maker of the VSEP vibratory membrane separation system, announced the hiring of Joseph Rund as global director for Refining & Oilfield Operations, hoping to build on its recent successes in refinery and oilfield water treatment. He'll be responsible for sales, marketing and field operations for the company. Rund was the area vice president over the U.S. West, Western Canada, Asia Pacific, Australia, and SureClean Services group with Baker Petrolite Inc., a division of Baker Hughes, for over 12 years, and before that an account representative for Nalco Chemical Company...
• Internal Hydro selects new management team for expansion in renewable energy sector -- TAMPA, FL, Feb. 13, 2007 -- The board of directors of Internal Hydro International Inc. announced the appointment of Ken Brown as president and chief executive officer, and R. Edward Hart as chief operating officer. Both have considerable renewable energy and executive experience to lead the company's commercialization of its Energy Commander technology and to expand the company into new renewable energy markets. Brown, a 15-year veteran in the energy and environmental sectors, has served as president and CEO of Acqua America Inc., a subsidiary of the Australia wastewater and environmental management company Acqua International Pty Ltd. Hart comes to Internal Hydro after serving as the president of Encore Energy Solutions LLC, which consults for large commercial and industrial end users and manages their natural gas and electric purchases. He's also a partner in Niagara Biomass Power LLC, a special purpose entity created to purchase a 54 MW power plant in Niagara Falls, NY...
Also see: "Internal Hydro International Inc.'s Low Impact Hydro Unit Transported to Italy for Production Cycle"
• Electric Aquagenics Unlimited changes name, trading symbol -- LINDON, UT, Feb. 13, 2007 -- Electric Aquagenics Unlimited Inc., a provider of electrolyzed oxidative water, that promotes "Green Chemistry" to numerous industries including food processing, agriculture and carpet cleaning, today announced its name change to EAU Technologies Inc. EAU will now trade under the symbol "EAUI" on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board. EAU started the process of its name change in 2006 as the company moved from entrepreneurial management to professional management. EAU's CEO Wade Bradley, who joined the company in November 2006, stated, "Water electrolysis is now becoming well known in the food safety and pathogen intervention community as an alternative to existing environmentally unfriendly solutions. EAU Technologies better reflects the new focus of the company"...
• GenTek Inc. announces acquisition of assets of Chalum Inc. -- PARSIPPANY, NJ, Feb. 6, 2007 -- GenTek Inc. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, General Chemical LLC, has acquired the assets of Chalum Inc a producer of aluminum sulfate in Sacaton, AZ. The purchase price of the transaction is $3 million before any working capital adjustments. The transaction is expected to be accretive in 2007. The transaction is expected to offer the dual benefit of expanding its customer base into the growing Phoenix market and allows it to drive incremental savings through raw material sourcing arrangements in the company's core assets, chemical and auto/truck valve train systems...
• New Wiluna, Australia, wastewater plant opened -- WILUNA, Western Australia, Jan. 31, 2007 -- A new wastewater treatment plant has been opened at Wiluna by Water Resources Minister John Kobelke. The minister said the upgraded treatment system, comprising a pumping main, new pump station, connecting pipeline and an evaporation pond 1.5km out of town, replaced three treatment ponds located in central Wiluna. While Wiluna had been adequately serviced by its septic tank system for wastewater, it was clear the treatment ponds could no longer stay in close proximity to the school and housing. Kobelke said the Water Corporation would take over control of the town's wastewater scheme from the shire. He said there had been considerable help given to the Water Corporation, particularly in the areas of design and procurement, which had fast-tracked the project and the expertise of DM Civil to construct the new scheme...