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September 9, 2009
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Clinton, Miss. Wastewater Treatment Facility Named Water Environment Association Plant of the Year

Southside wastewater treatment plant, of Clinton, Miss., has been awarded the 2008 Class 4 Plant of the Year Award from the Mississippi Water Environment Association. The city’s 3.5 million-gallons-per-day treatment plant serves 18,000 residents and is operated and maintained by Severn Trent Services under a public-private partnership that began in 1994.

The Southside plant was recognized for its state-of-the-art processes, safety record, preventive equipment maintenance and aesthetics. A plaque and commemorative flag were presented to the City of Clinton by Rusty Lyons, the award committee chairman from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

“Responsible innovation coupled with safety is always at the forefront of our operation,” said David Canizaro, plant manager. “In addition, we follow stringent policies and procedures to ensure proper equipment maintenance is performed daily.”

“We are proud to partner with the City of Clinton,” said Dana Kaas, vice president of operating services for Severn Trent Services. “Recognition such as this says our mission to provide world-class service to our partners has been successful.”


Artesian Resources, Tidewater Utilities Named ‘Best in Business’

Artesian Resources and Tidewater Utilities were recently ranked as being among Delaware’s top employers in the (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal’s annual “Best in Business” rankings.

The rankings are based on a workplace analysis survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics. Employees of participating companies were asked in the survey to rate their workplace on issues such as quality of life in the business environment, company culture, leadership quality of employees, training, benefits and pay scales.

“We are delighted to achieve this distinction in Delaware, particularly because the ranking is based on responses from our employees,” said Dian C. Taylor, chair, president and CEO of Artesian Resources. “We are dedicated to providing the very best possible work environment for our employees to enable them to better serve our customers.”

Gerard L. Esposito, president of Tidewater Utilities Inc., said, "We are delighted to achieve this distinction for the third time. We appreciate our employees' vote of confidence and are deeply proud of the dedication and commitment demonstrated by our employees in delivering quality service on a daily basis."

United Water Appoints Fewell as VP of Environmental Compliance

United Water announced that Brent A. Fewell has joined the company as vice president of environmental compliance. In this capacity, Fewell is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining the company’s environmental compliance program for its operations throughout North America.

“In the last decade, management of the natural environment has become one of the most important issues facing our industry today,” said Bob Iacullo, president of United Water. “Our company has a long history of being an environmental leader in the water and wastewater industry, and I strongly believe that Brent’s expertise will further strengthen our commitment to proactive environmental practices.”

Prior to joining United Water, Fewell served as the principal deputy assistant administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water, where he had responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of all facets of the EPA’s water programs. He also practiced environmental law with two of the nation’s leading law firms,Hunton and Williams in Washington, D.C., and Jones Day in Pittsburgh, Penn. Earlier in his career, Fewell worked at engineering firms where he managed a variety of environmental projects.

“Brent brings a unique mix of skills and experience to our organization,” said Iacullo. “His background in government, law and environmental engineering provides the depth of experience we need for our diverse operations across the United States. At a time when there is greater awareness of the importance of environmental issues and their impact on water quality, our customers will benefit from Brent’s capabilities as we meet the challenges ahead.”

Fewell has a Bachelor of Science in wildlife management from the University of Maine, a master’s in environmental management from Duke University and a J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law.

New Jersey American Water Salutes Returning Troops with Custom-Labeled Water

Over the next few months, U.S. soldiers from the 56th Stryker Brigade will arrive at Fort Dix, N.J., after serving tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a thank you for their courageous service, the troops and their families are receiving bottled water from New Jersey American Water as they return to the United States.

A team of 12 New Jersey American Water employees, along with staff from the American Red Cross, delivered 6,000 bottles of water – the first of two installments – to the Army post on Aug. 21. Each bottle sports a custom label declaring “Welcome Home Heroes.” In the coming weeks, the company will be delivering another 6,000 bottles of water to Fort Dix. The bottles will be distributed by the Red Cross to returning troops, along with snacks and supplies donated by several other organizations.

“We are very grateful for the donations made by the New Jersey American Water Company. With the temperatures continuing to climb, I’m sure the soldiers will be able to use as much water as we can get them,” said Joan Brown, Red Cross volunteer coordinator. For information on items needed for deploying and returning troops, e-mail Joan Brown.

Aqua America Acquires Lawrenceville Water System

Aqua America Inc., announced that it has acquired the Lawrenceville Water Company, which serves nearly 8,000 people in Lawrence Township, N.J., in a stock transaction valued at $3.3 million including the assumption of $400,000 of debt. The system will be operated and managed by its New Jersey subsidiary, Aqua New Jersey Inc.

Lawrenceville is the 14th acquisition for Aqua America companies this year. It is located in central New Jersey, equal distance between Princeton and the state capitol of Trenton, and is also the home of the renowned Lawrenceville Prep School.

"This is an opportune acquisition for our New Jersey operations as it neighbors our Hamilton, New Jersey headquarters and increases our customer base throughout the state by five percent," said Aqua America Chairman and CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis. "We are excited to have the opportunity to provide service to these customers who were virtually right in our back yard."

DeBenedictis said that Aqua New Jersey anticipates making needed capital improvements including installing new mains and a new radio frequency metering system, and completing improvements to its well treatment systems.

American Water Names Frank Kartmann President of Missouri American Water and Texas American Water

American Water Works Company Inc. announced today that Frank Kartmann will assume the role of president of Missouri American Water and Texas American Water. Kartmann has been serving as the interim president of both companies since May.

In this role, Kartmann will continue to lead the companies’ dedicated employees to serve customers throughout Missouri and Texas. He is the principal external contact and is committed to building and maintaining relationships with state and local officials, regulators and customers. Kartmann also works closely with the local operating staff to continue to enhance performance.

“With 20 years of experience in this industry, Frank has both the knowledge and commitment to lead our operations that provide high-quality, reliable water and wastewater services to more than 1.5 million people in Missouri and more than 10,000 people in Texas,” said Walter Lynch, president of regulated operations at American Water. “His leadership will ensure that the needs of our customers are met and that our relationships with local constituencies remain our priority.”

Kartmann joined American Water in 1989. Most recently, he was the vice president of operations for Missouri American Water. In this role, Kartmann was responsible for all service operations including maintenance and construction activities, water and wastewater treatment, distribution system and production operations, and field customer service.

Kartmann joined the company in 1989 as a system engineer. He has served in multiple positions of increasing responsibility over the last 20 years including as vice president of engineering in Missouri and as director of Network Operations for six states. In that role, Kartmann oversaw the distribution, meter reading and commercial activities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

He led the team that delivered high-quality water service to approximately 3.5 million people in 300 communities.

Kartman is a founding member of the Metro Water Infrastructure Partnership (MWIP), a regional water and wastewater infrastructure education organization that has been cited as a national model by the Water Environment Federation. He also serves on the board of the Missouri Energy Development Association and is a member of the American Water Works Association and the National Association of Water Companies.

Kartmann earned his master’s in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, his bachelor’s in civil Engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla, and his bachelor’s in Secondary Education from the University of Illinois. He is a registered professional engineer, licensed in the State of Missouri.

Kartmann replaced Terry Gloriod, who retired as president of Missouri American Water and Texas American Water following a 40-year career in the water industry.

Pennichuck Corporation Receives $2.1 Million in Water Infrastructure Funding

Pennichuck Corporation announced that its Pennichuck Water Works Inc. subsidiary has been awarded $2.1 million in low-cost loans by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services for drinking water infrastructure projects in New Hampshire. One-half of this amount is federal stimulus money under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that will be forgiven over the life of the loan. The other one-half is from an existing NHDES revolving loan program and will carry an interest rate of 3.74% or less.

Of the $2.1 million, $1.3 million is for the replacement and/or rehabilitation of more than 8,200 lineal feet of water main in the French Hill area of Nashua, N.H.. $450,000 is for the connection of Pennichuck Water’s Ashley Commons Community Water System in Milford, N.H., to the Town of Milford’s water system in order to replace a low-yield, poor water quality well supply. $300,000 is for the construction of a new pumping station in south Nashua, and $98,000 is for the replacement of an aging 20,000-gallon water storage tank at Pennichuck Water’s Glenridge Community Water System in Derry, N.H.

Commenting on this development, Duane C. Montopoli, Pennichuck’s president and chief executive, said, “These are important necessary projects that will improve the water system and add jobs in the local area. Furthermore, the forgiveness of loan principal and the low interest rates on the remaining loan balances will help to minimize water rates for the benefit of Pennichuck Water’s customers.”


Enhanced Utility Customer and Contract Services Information

Consistent with its ongoing efforts to enhance services offered to its customers and contract services clients, SouthWest Water Company announced that it has launched a redesigned Web site with expanded content.

Located at the same URL address as before – – the improved Web site now offers to its utility customers detailed information about the water and wastewater services in their area. Each SouthWest Water-owned utility has a dedicated section in the Web site’s Customer Center, displaying customer rate tables, tariffs, latest news, water quality reports, service area maps and much more. The Web site will also serve as a beneficial tool for cities, municipal districts and private companies that are looking for professional help with the operations and maintenance of their own utilities.

“The new design, improved navigation and rich content ensure better access to information that matters to all of our stakeholders – utility customers, contract services clients, investors and potential employees,” said Vice President of Corporate Communications DeLise Keim. “The more than 400 pages of content highlights how our professional staff can assist cities, municipal districts and private companies in addressing their water and wastewater needs, and reflects the pride that SouthWest Water takes in the stewardship of our communities’ valuable water resources.”

Utilities Inc., Announces Acquisition of Louisiana Sewerage District

Utilities Inc. and its subsidiary Utilities Inc. of Louisiana (UIL) have announced UIL’s acquisition of the sewer collection system assets of Sewerage District No. 6 in St. Tammany Parish, La. The District was formed in 1985 to serve residential and commercial development in the area between Abita Springs and Covington. The District served approximately 940 customers including the Abita Brewery.

“Growth through acquisitions like Sewerage District No. 6 is exciting for us. Our acquisition alleviated the need for the District to make a significant capital investment in its old wastewater treatment plant by connecting Sewerage District No. 6 customers to our adjacent Arrowwood Wastewater Treatment Plant. It’s a win-win situation for all concerned. The District avoided an unnecessary investment, the customers continue to experience reasonable rates, LDEQ eliminates an environmentally challenged plant and UIL can fully utilize our upgraded plant,” says Don Sudduth, vice president of corporate development for Utilities Inc. “We were pleased to work with the Louisiana Public Service Commission to complete one of the first transactions planned in connection with the Parish’s effort to regionalize wastewater treatment and improve the region’s waterways.”

The existing Arrowwood Wastewater Treatment Plant is a regional facility with capacity to provide high-quality treatment through the use of filters and UV disinfection. The plant processes sewerage from existing residential and commercial developments located within the Arrowwood-Northpark service areas, and now the customers located within the previous Sewerage District No. 6 boundaries. The connection between Arrowwood and the old District collection system has been completed and the flows from Sewerage District No. 6 are now redirected into the Arrowwood plant for treatment and disposal.

“We take pride in our ability to consolidate systems, eliminate non-compliant facilities and unwanted sources of pollution; all while protecting the way of life everyone has grown to love here in St. Tammany Parish”, says Delos Williams, regional director in charge of the Louisiana Operations for Utilities Inc. “Our experienced Customer Service and Operation Staffs are diligently working through the final stages of the transition process, our Operator assigned to this area has already taken over the day-to-day operations of the collection facilities, and we are all ready to provide the best available service to our new customers”.

Woonsocket and Veolia Water Partner to Operate, Maintain and Manage City's Collection System

The City of Woonsocket, R.I., and Veolia Water North America-Northeast LLC (Veolia Water) are expanding their public-private partnership for wastewater services.
In a competitive procurement, Veolia Water was selected to operate, maintain and manage the city's wastewater collection system. For more than a decade, Veolia Water has provided operations, maintenance and management services for the city's 16-million-gallons-per-day (MGD) wastewater treatment facility. The collection system has been operated and managed by the city.

The wastewater collection system includes 108 miles of collection lines that deliver wastewater flows from Woonsocket and North Smithfield, R.I., and Blackstone and Bellingham, Mass., to the city's wastewater treatment plant. City and Veolia Water officials state that unifying the management approach between system and facility operations and implementing new asset management practices will yield greater benefits.
Valued at approximately $10 million, the 10-year contract includes a $1 million concession payment by Veolia Water to the city, as well as $230,000 for the purchase of city-owned vehicles for collections system work.

"Building on an already successful partnership for facility operations and management, we are looking forward to Veolia Water's added value in the management of our collection system. This agreement includes a $1 million concession, which is an additional benefit to the city beyond the environmental and economic benefits we expect to receive," said Woonsocket Mayor Susan Menard.

Veolia Water's Underground Asset Management program will focus on servicing and maintaining the system's underground assets to extend asset life, lower operating costs and increased capacity.

Veolia Water-Northeast LLC President Keavin Nelson stated, "We are very pleased to expand the scope of our partnership into the collections system. The City of Woonsocket and Veolia Water have a true partnership and we are grateful for this additional opportunity to continue to improve the community's quality of life."

The partnership builds on an EPA and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management initiative to reduce the potential for sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) in numerous Rhode Island communities.

"The city's team of Eisenhardt Group and Burns & Levenson were hired to advise us during the bid process and they deserve a lot of credit for getting this contract completed in a manner that provides maximum benefits for the city, both immediately and in the long-term planning for our infrastructure needs," said Mike Annarummo, Woonsocket director of Public Works. "This first step is critical for determining the future capital upgrades that will be required at the wastewater facility and will save the city money as we move forward."

For more than a decade, Veolia Water has provided operations, maintenance and management (O&M) services for the City's 16 MGD wastewater treatment plant and pump stations as part of a design, build and operate 20-year contract. The facility has received several awards this decade for operational improvements and operational excellence.

Walter Baumer of Severn Trent Services Named Wastewater Operator of the Year

Severn Trent Services announced Walter Baumer, project manager of the company’s public-private partnership with the Town of Lewes, Del., was named 2008 Wastewater Operator of the Year by the Delaware House of Representatives. Overseeing daily operation of the seaside town’s 1.5-million-gallons-per-day Howard Seymour Water Reclamation Facility, Baumer has managed the Town’s wastewater system since the inception of the partnership in 2002.

The award was bestowed upon Baumer during the Operator of the Year Awards ceremony held at the Delaware Technical and Community College this May. The annual award is presented to water, wastewater and on-site operators who have demonstrated outstanding technical excellence and an exemplary work ethic, contributing to the high level of water quality in Delaware. Baumer was one of four nominated operators eligible to receive the award.

In 2005, the Town of Lewes began construction of a new facility incorporating membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology. Working with Severn Trent, the Howard H. Seymour Water Reclamation Plant was completed at approximately half the cost of the original concept that would have required spray irrigation of the effluent. The new MBR facility, dedicated in April 2008, is the first of its kind in Delaware.

“Walt was given a re-built facility with state-of-the-art processes and immediately brought it into compliance,” noted Severn Trent Services area manager Dave Fink. “Walt’s hard work and dedication is worthy of this prestigious honor.”



West Basin Municipal Water District Renews Professional Services Agreement With United Water

United Water announced the signing of a new five-year agreement with the West Basin Municipal Water District to operate and maintain the district’s Edward C. Little Water Recycling Plant and four satellite facilities, which together comprise the largest water recycling operation of its kind in the United States..

“This is truly an exciting day for both the West Basin Municipal Water District and United Water,” said Tony Harding, chairman of United Water. “We have been partners for 15 years in an effort to preserve potable water supplies in southern California. In fact, earlier this year we celebrated a milestone together by reaching the mark of 100 billion gallons of recycled water served, since the inception of the program in 1995.”

“Our partnership saves more than precious potable water supplies in a drought prone region, though,” said Harding. “We also contribute to good environmental stewardship by reducing wastewater discharged to the Santa Monica Bay.”

The Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility has the capacity to produce 50 million gallons a day of recycled water for use in a wide variety of commercial, industrial and irrigation applications. The plant can also produce up to 12.5 million gallons a day of barrier water for use in protecting South Bay’s coastal groundwater reservoirs against saltwater intrusion from the Pacific Ocean.

“We’re extremely proud to continue our highly valued partnership with United Water,” said Edward C. Little, president of West Basin’s Board of Directors. “Our first priority together will be to continue to work towards replacing half of the region’s imported potable water with recycled water to ease the demand for a scarce water supply from Northern California and the Colorado River. Since our supply is dependent on two imported sources, water conservation and water recycling have become a way of life in Southern California. That’s all the more reason for us to use and reuse water wisely.”

The Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility was recognized by the National Water Research Institute in 2002 as one of only six National Centers for Water Treatment Technologies. The plant is the only treatment facility in the country that produces five different qualities of "designer" or custom-made recycled water that meet the unique needs of West Basin’s municipal, commercial and industrial customers.

The five types of designer water include:

  • Tertiary Water (Title 22) for a wide variety of industrial and irrigation uses;
  • Nitrified Water for industrial cooling towers;
  • Softened Reverse Osmosis Water: Secondary treated wastewater purified by micro-filtration (MF), followed by reverse osmosis (RO), and disinfection for groundwater recharge;
  • Pure Reverse Osmosis Water for refinery low-pressure boiler feed water; and
  • Ultra-Pure double pass Reverse Osmosis Water for refinery high-pressure boiler feed water.

American Water Awarded Grant from Water Research Foundation

American Water Works Company Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a grant by the Water Research Foundation to research new methodologies for optimizing pretreatment processes for reverse osmosis desalination.

The project is valued at $490,000, and portions of the research will be conducted in conjunction with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization-Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE) in the Netherlands.

"This research project will use novel methods to measure organic carbon in seawater that can cause plugging of the reverse osmosis membranes," said Dr. Orren Schneider, senior environmental engineer for American Water and principle investigator for this project. "The study will also use advanced techniques to measure the surface charge of particles in seawater. Neutralization of this surface charge is important for particle and organic carbon removal in the pretreatment process."


Pennsylvania American Water Earns Honor from National Dam Safety Organization

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) has selected Pennsylvania American Water to receive the 2009 Northeast Regional Award of Merit. The
association presents the award annually to organizations or individuals that have made outstanding contributions to dam safety.

The award will be presented to Pennsylvania American Water on Sept. 29, at the ASDSO Annual Conference Banquet in Hollywood, Fla. ASDSO is a national nonprofit organization serving state dam safety programs and the dam safety community, including federal dam safety professionals, dam owners and operators, engineering firms, and others interested in improving dam safety.

Pennsylvania American Water owns, operates and maintains 65 regulated dams across the state. According to Senior Engineer Anthony Nokovich of Pennsylvania American Water, this award stems from the company’s internal dam inspection program and for its proactive approach to dam improvements, which has earned commendations from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

In addition, Nokovich said Pennsylvania American Water developed and received DEP approval on emergency action plans for all of the company’s high-hazard dams, and it continues to prepare remediation plans for a number of its dams across the state.
“This award reflects the great deal of time, expertise and financial resources that we devote to ensure the long-term safety of our dams and reservoirs. It’s a real honor to be recognized for this commitment by our industry peers,” said David Kaufman, vice president of engineering, Pennsylvania American Water.