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August 11, 2009
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NACWA Awards Two Veolia Water Partnerships for 100% Permit Compliance

The successful operational partnership between Veolia Water North America and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) was recognized by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), which awarded the Milwaukee operations with two Platinum Peak Performance Awards.

Also recognized by NACWA was the Veolia Water-Gresham, Ore., wastewater partnership, which received a Platinum Peak Performance Award.

The Platinum Peak Performance Awards recognize public wastewater facilities that have achieved 100 percent compliance with their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for five or more consecutive calendar years. NACWA recognized both MMSD facilities operated by Veolia Water with this award: South Shore Water Reclamation Facility and Jones Island Water Reclamation facility for 12 and 11 consecutive years of perfect compliance, respectively. Gresham, Ore., was honored for five consecutive years of perfect compliance.

"This award is not an easy one to achieve," said Laurent Auguste, president and CEO of Veolia Water Americas. "But it signifies our environmental commitment to the communities that we serve."

In Milwaukee, MMSD's contractual agreement with private operator Veolia Water requires higher performance than the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) compliance permit, which governs the removal of contaminants from wastewater effluent before discharge into Lake Michigan.

"Veolia Water is an excellent environmental partner to MMSD," said Kevin Shafer, MMSD executive director. "Not only have they achieved perfect environmental compliance with WPDES permit standards, but they also were successful in 2008 at meeting MMSD's more stringent water quality parameters."

CH2M HILL Named a Best Company to Work For in Colorado

CH2M HILL has been named a Best Company to Work For in Colorado by ColoradoBiz magazine. Denver serves as the firm’s global headquarters, and CH2M HILL employs nearly 2,400 Coloradans.

“This recognition reflects the extraordinary culture our employees have built that continues to help us best serve our clients,” says Bob Allen, CH2M HILL’s chief human resources officer. “We appreciate their continued commitment to making CH2M HILL a great place to work.”

CH2M HILL was selected, in part, for its sense of integrity and values, senior leadership direction, caring people, community involvement, work flexibility and benefits. Employees often cite the opportunity to work on interesting projects that challenge their professional skills and improve the quality of the life in their communities as key reasons for joining and staying with the company. This pride and satisfaction in the company’s work is the reason that CH2M HILL employees refer more than 30 percent of the company’s new hires.

In Colorado, CH2M HILL is making a difference through the following projects:

  • Program management and design for the City of Aurora's Prairie Waters Project, an environmentally sustainable project combining natural and state-of-the-art water treatments to provide the arid city with new, pure water supplies;
  • Project management and design services to Colorado Springs Utilities for the 78 million-gallon-per-day Southern Delivery System, which will provide additional water to meet regional water needs through 2040;
  • Project manager for the alternatives analysis, environmental impact statement, record of decision and preliminary engineering for the Regional Transportation District’s 11.2 mile Gold Line Corridor from Denver to Wheat Ridge;
  • Program management for the City and County of Denver’s $550 million Better Denver Bond Program, which is building and improving facilities and infrastructure for more than 280 capital projects related to parks, public safety, libraries, transportation, human services, city buildings and cultural facilities;
  • Public works support for the City of Centennial, and management and operations of a full spectrum of municipal services for Castle Pines North;
  • Operating and maintaining water and wastewater systems for Fort Lupton; and
  • Supporting the U.S. Air Force Academy through civil engineering, cadet support, facility and infrastructure maintenance and operations, environmental support, and property management for all academic facilities and more than 2,000 dormitory rooms for 4,000 academy cadets.

Award-winning projects completed by CH2M HILL in Colorado include the Rocky Flats Closure Project, the Colorado Springs Metro Interstate Expansion (COSMIX) project and the Standley Lake Dam Improvement Project.

CH2M HILL’s community involvement programs were a differentiator in the selection process. In May, CH2M HILL’s Water For People employee giving campaign raised $229,000 for Denver-based nonprofit Water For People. Throughout the year, employees support the community through volunteer leadership and service to organizations and programs such as Engineers Without Borders-USA, Engineers Week, World Water Monitoring Day, and the Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists, among others.

This statewide recognition program is presented by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and managed by ModernThink LLC. Awards were presented July 31. CH2M HILL, along with the 34 other recognized companies, will be featured in the August 2009 issue of the magazine.

Earlier this week, CH2M HILL was also recognized by Florida Trend magazine as a Best Company to Work For in Florida.

Arizona Water Association Names Arizona American Water’s Initiative ‘Project of the Year’

Arizona American Water’s Northwest Valley team was given the Water Reuse Small Project of the Year award at the annual Arizona Water Reuse Conference in Flagstaff, Ariz. The award is for innovative use of the Big Bubba Water Filter. The operation’s team invented a way to use the water filter for internal industrial use, reducing water consumption and cutting water costs by more than 50 percent annually.

“I’m extremely proud of the team at the Northwest Valley Facility for coming up with a savvy way to both save water and cut costs,” said Paul Townsley, president of Arizona American Water. “Everyone knows that we must be mindful of the water we use here in the desert and, thanks to this team, we will save an additional 12 million gallons a year.”

The cost-reduction plan has also resulted in major water savings. Arizona American Water now reuses water from the facility’s 1.2 million gallon equalization basin by filtering the water with a water filter intended for normal drinking water. To meet time constraints and be cost effective, all work was done by in-house staff.

Expenses for water have dropped more than $5,000 a month in the winter months. Even more impressive is that this treatment plant now saves more than 12 million gallons of water a year. In the fall of 2008, the company that manufactures the filter contacted Arizona American Water to learn more about the application of its filter in a wastewater treatment plant.

One of the unanticipated savings of the project was the elimination of the need to soften the water. Now that the wastewater treatment plant is reusing non-potable water (wastewater) rather than potable drinking water in the treatment process, the need to soften the potable water is eliminated. As a result, the bank of water softeners at the facility is offline, providing additional savings on maintenance and chemical expense, which is almost $10,000 a month.


Kentucky American Water Announces Ripple Effect Scholarship Recipients

Kentucky American Water has awarded Ripple Effect Scholarships to two Central Kentucky high school seniors for their academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to the environment. Catherine Mannon and Shuang “Shelly” Xu, students at Henry Clay High School and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, respectively, were awarded scholarships from Kentucky American Water for use at a higher-education institution. As first-place winner, Mannon will receive $3,000, and Xu will receive $2,000 as runner-up.

“Kentucky American Water is pleased to offer a scholarship program that recognizes bright young people in our community who are already committed to protecting the environment,” said External Affairs Director Ray Golden. “As a water utility, our company has a special commitment to sustaining the environment, so it’s especially rewarding for us to see students who are already making a difference in their communities. We’re hopeful this commitment will stay with them throughout their lives.”

Kentucky American Water established the Ripple Effect Scholarship program in 2002 to recognize students’ academic achievement and community service activities. The company refined the program’s criteria in 2006 so that it aligned more closely with the company’s goals to foster an appreciation for, and a commitment to, environmental stewardship. High school seniors in the company’s 10-county service area are eligible to apply. Since 2002, the company has awarded a total of $36,500 to 57 Central Kentucky students.

In selecting recipients, judges reviewed students’ transcripts, resume of activities, recommendation letters and a 500-word essay describing their environmental and community service activities. Mannon carried a 3.9 un-weighted grade point average and served as the founder and leader of the Henry Clay High School Go Green Club. Xu carried a 4.0 un-weighted grade point average and has been active as the president of the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Recycling Club.

Severn Trent De Nora Names William Burroughs Manager of BALPURE Product Line

Severn Trent De Nora has named William Burroughs as manager of its BALPURE® ballast water treatment product line. As product line manager, Burroughs is responsible for planning, organizing, integrating and expanding the BALPURE product line as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the marine wastewater treatment and seawater disinfection markets.

According to Frank Martin, director of operations for Severn Trent De Nora, “With environmental authorities worldwide taking action to regulate the discharge of ballast water arriving in ships coming from overseas ports, the BALPURE system has proven to be an effective, economical and high-capacity device to treat ballast water with no adverse effects on the environment. William brings our company outstanding experience in maritime and chemical engineering, and his appointment is a reflection of Severn Trent De Nora’s commitment to the ballast water treatment market.”

Burroughs previous experience includes serving his country as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy’s submarine force. He has spent more than 25 years in positions of increasing responsibility in engineering management, project management, industrial design, construction supervision and project engineering. Burroughs earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Auburn University and has an extensive educational background in nuclear engineering.

The patented BALPURE ballast water treatment system generates biocides, meters and analyzes the residual level of both biocides and neutralizing agents, and logs the performance of the overall ballast water treatment system. Third-party testing of the BALPURE system has confirmed effluent quality that meets proposed International Maritime Organization ballast water standards.

CH2M HILL Hires Neil Reynolds as Water Business Group International Operations Director

CH2M HILL announced that Neil Reynolds has joined the firm as international operations director for the Water Business Group. Reynolds comes to CH2M HILL with nearly 30 years of experience in international water infrastructure project development, engineering, procurement and construction. Since 2002, Reynolds has worked for Biwater, a specialist contractor and operator in the water industry, where he was most recently managing director for Biwater’s Europe business unit. Reynolds had leadership and profit-and-loss responsibility for two main strategic regional hubs: Turkey, where he was based, and France. Also in this capacity, Reynolds managed local businesses, joint venture companies and numerous design-build, design-build-operate, operations and maintenance, and contractor-financed projects spread across Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Middle East, Francophone Africa and North Africa.

While at Biwater, Reynolds served as a main board director, jointly responsible for running day-to-day operations around the world and overseeing the opening of new markets in China, Russia and India. Prior to joining Biwater, Reynolds was regional director for Skanska, a global contractor, developer and construction services company. Reynolds spent most of his time based in South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Egypt delivering infrastructure projects.

“Neil’s diverse country and EPC experience will contribute significantly to CH2M HILL’s continued growth of targeted markets around the world,” said Global Operations Director Greg McIntyre. “I am pleased to welcome Neil to CH2M HILL.”

Based in CH2M HILL’s London office, Reynolds is a chartered civil engineer and a chartered environmentalist receiving his BS degree with honors in civil engineering from the University of Glamorgan. He is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Society for the Environment.

United Water To Provide Service in Hyannis

United Water, one of the largest providers of water and wastewater services in the nation, is beginning a five-year contract to provide safe and reliable drinking water to the Village of Hyannis, Mass. Hyannis is the largest of the seven villages in the Town of Barnstable, the county seat of Barnstable County, and one of five water districts in the town. The agreement with the Town of Barnstable has the potential for three five-year extensions.

Under the terms of its contract, United Water will operate, manage and maintain the complete water system, which includes four water treatment facilities, 12 wells, two water storage standpipes and approximately 106 miles of distribution piping. These facilities help provide an average of 2.7 million gallons per day of safe drinking water to residential and commercial customers. In addition, United Water will provide customer service, billing and collection services as part of the agreement. The agreement includes asset management and inspection services for the standpipes to be provided by Utility Service Company, an affiliate of United Water.

“We’re excited and honored the Town of Barnstable has chosen United Water to operate this water system,” said Bob Iacullo, president of United Water. ”Our team looks forward to becoming part of the Barnstable community and we’re genuinely excited to have the opportunity to serve its residents.”

“We selected United Water to operate the water system because of the company’s vast experience, cost-effective operations and excellent customer service in managing water systems,” said Deb Krau, chair of the Hyannis Water Board. “We fully expect United Water to deliver excellent water service to our residents and businesses in the Hyannis community.”

Aqua America Announces Appointment of New Director

Aqua America Inc. announced that its board of directors has appointed Mario Mele, president of Fidelio Insurance Company and Dental Delivery Systems Inc., as its newest member. The board of directors has determined that Mele is an independent director and as such, appointed him to the Corporate Governance Committee of the Board.

Mele was appointed to the class of directors that stands for re-election at Aqua America's 2011 annual meeting. He replaces former director and Drexel University President Dr. Constantine Papadakis, who passed away in April of this year.

Fidelio Insurance Company specializes in underwriting group dental insurance. Founded in 1986, the company expanded its operations to New Jersey in 2002. Mele is concurrently president of Dental Delivery Systems Inc., a dental HMO that serves clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Mele has 35 years of experience in the health insurance industry, having headed Dental Delivery Systems since 1975.

In addition to his private industry experience, Mele spent eight years in government, having been elected chairman of the Montgomery County (PA) Board of Commissioners in 1992, where he managed the county's then $300 million operating budget and $200 million capital budget. Prior to that, he served seven years on the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board under Pennsylvania Gov. Richard Thornburgh.

Aqua America Chairman Nicholas DeBenedictis said the company will be well served by Mele's experience. "Mario brings a wealth of relevant knowledge to our board. His tenure in the health insurance industry will be valuable as we continue to manage the challenge of increasing health insurance costs. Additionally, his experience in county and state government will provide insight as we continue to pursue and acquire municipal and authority water and wastewater systems."

Mele received a B.A. and an M.A. in physics from LaSalle University and Temple University, respectively. He also serves as a member of the Holy Redeemer Health System Advisory Board and the Board of the Opera Company of Philadelphia.



Steven M. Klein Named to Board of Directors of Middlesex Water Company

Steven M. Klein, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Northfield Bancorp Inc., has been named to the board of directors of Middlesex Water Company.  Klein's term becomes effective Aug. 1, 2009, and will remain in effect until the next Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

Klein joined Northfield Bancorp Inc., a federally chartered stock holding company for Northfield Bank, in 2005. Northfield Bank was organized in 1887 and operates 18 branch offices in New York and New Jersey. Prior to joining Northfield, Klein served as an audit partner with the international accounting and auditing firm KPMG LLP.

"We welcome Steve to our board," said Dennis W. Doll, president and chief executive officer of Middlesex Water. "His strong accounting, financial and overall business background is a tremendous complement to the broad-based backgrounds and skills of our existing directors. We are confident Steve will play a valuable role in our company's continued growth and success," added Doll.

Mr. Klein is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, the New Jersey League of Community Bankers, and America's Community Bankers. He is a graduate of Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.



California American Appoints Operations Manager

California American Water announced that Eric Sabolsice has been appointed to the position of operations manager in Monterey County.

“Eric will fill a vital role in assuring we meet customer needs every day, including overseeing water treatment, transmission, distribution and customer service. He will also oversee our conservation department,” said General Manager Craig Anthony. “His depth of experience on water reuse and desalination will be a tremendous asset to our community as we look to commence operations of the Sand City desalination facility as well as increase the mix of reused water in our portfolio.”

Sabolsice also has vast experience in water utility operations. In 2000, he led a team that won top national honors in an American Water Works Association competition testing knowledge of best operating practices and regulation.

Sabolsice’s resume includes 21 years of water utility experience leading the operation
and maintenance of some of the largest and most complex water treatment systems in
the United States. This past experience includes six years with American Water’s non-regulated business as project director for the Tampa Bay Water Desalination Facility
and the Southeast Water Purification Plant in Houston, Texas. At the Tampa Bay
facility, Eric was an instrumental part of the team that brought the facility online,
including the pretreatment process.

Prior to joining California American Water, Sabolsice worked for the engineering and
consulting firm CDM as senior operations and maintenance specialist. In this role, he
managed the launch of the Orange County Ground Water Replenishment Facility in
Fountain Valley, Calif.; the 225 million-gallon-per-day Corbalis Surface Water
Treatment Facility in Herndon, Va.; and the 27.5 million-gallon-per-day
brackish desalination facility in El Paso, Texas.

Sabolsice is a veteran of the United States Army and is married with four children.



Aqua America's Texas Subsidiary Acquires New Water Systems

Aqua America Inc., announced that its Texas operating subsidiary has acquired two water systems from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) for a total cost of $330,000. Aqua Texas Inc. purchased the assets of the Harper Water System in Gillespie County and the London Water System in Kimble County, which together serve about 480 Texans.

"These two new systems will enable Aqua to expand our service footprint in Texas," said Aqua America chairman and CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis. "We appreciate the opportunity to work with the LCRA and to introduce Aqua to these two communities, and we hope to continue to grow here. Mostly, Aqua looks forward to providing quality water and reliable service to our new customers."

The LCRA is a Texas conservation and reclamation district that plays a variety of roles in Central Texas: delivering electricity, managing the water supply and environment of the lower Colorado River basin, developing water and wastewater utilities, providing public recreation areas, and supporting community and economic development.



Notice of Upcoming Chapter Meeting

The Fall 2009 NAWC New England Chapter Meeting will be held November 12-13, 2009, in Newport, R.I.

The program agenda features:

“Investor Owned Water Companies – The Next Five Years”
Commissioner Paul Roberti, Rhode Island PUC
Hank Mülle, H.G. Mülle & Associates
George Logan, Aquarion Water Co., Director of Capital Planning

“Prudent Capital Expenses – Concept to Rate Base”: A Panel Discussion
Moderator: Judy Kelley, President, Aqua Maine
Panelist: Don Ware, President, Pennichuck W.W.
Panelist: Don Tata, President, Tata & Howard Engineers
Panelist: Rich Sobolewski, Office of Consumer Counsel, CT
Panelist: Mark Naylor, Director of Finance, Gas & Water, NH PUC

More details to follow in the upcoming chapter newsletter.