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CH2M HILL Recognized for Ethical Leadership

For the second consecutive year, CH2M HILL, a global full-service consulting, design, construction and operations firm, has been selected by Ethisphere Institute as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. The fourth annual list highlights 100 organizations that lead the way in promoting ethical business standards.

“The competition for the World’s Most Ethical Companies was the strongest it has ever been, with a record number of organizations vying for this distinguished honor,” said Alex Brigham, executive director of the Ethisphere Institute. “This year’s group recognizes the important role ethics play in brand reputation, which ultimately is the most valuable asset for a corporation. There is a strong correlation between a company’s ethics program and its performance. This proves that having a commitment to ethics is a competitive advantage and is imperative to business.”

Lee McIntire, CH2M HILL chairman and CEO, said, “Receiving this honor is truly a marketplace differentiator, and it reflects the dedication of employees, at all levels of our organization, to conduct business in the most ethical manor, and to care about the communities we serve. Treating each other with civility and our multi-culture diversity is big part of this. I couldn’t be more proud.”

As employee-owners and members of the communities where the firm works, CH2M HILL employees embrace all elements of corporate citizenship. Environmental, social and economic sustainability best practices are included as integral approaches in project delivery. Each year, the firm sets more ambitious goals for reducing its internal environmental footprint through a rigorous Environmental Management System. In 2009, CH2M HILL contributed $3.7 million to benefit global communities.

All employees reaffirm their commitment to uphold the firm’s business conduct policy through an annual re-signing process. Regular communications about ethics are shared with employees through monthly articles on the company’s online news channels, CEO blog, throughout the intranet, memos, e-mails from leadership and face-to-face discussions. New programs introduced in 2009 to further the firm’s commitment to ethical behavior include:

  • Enhanced confidential reporting line by launching a confidential online system for suppliers, subcontractors and employees to use when reporting ethics violations, financial and auditing concerns, harassment, theft, substance abuse, and unsafe conditions.
  • Established a Diversity & Inclusion strategy focused on working within CH2M HILL and also with global corporate leaders, civic associations and clients to apply Diversity/Equality & Inclusion values to their projects.
  • Developed a partnership to provide real-time tracking and monitoring of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses along with other sustainability indicators to help CH2M HILL better manage its resources and environmental impact.
  • Formalized a new Community Investment Program to maximize investment of time, talent and money. The program brings guidance at the local level while allowing flexibility and autonomy to affect social change and to support employees’ personal passions through programs such as Dollars for Doers.

According to Ethisphere, strong ethics programs lead to improved financial performance, increased consumer loyalty, regulatory leniency in the event of a transgression and stronger employee retention rates.

Through in-depth research and a multi-step analysis, Ethisphere reviewed nominations from companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries. The methodology includes reviewing codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluating the investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; looking at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studying nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers.

CH2M HILL is one of five engineering and construction companies on the 2010 list. To view the complete list, click here.

 

The New York Chapter 2010 Spring Conference

The New York Chapter of the National Association of Water Companies would like to invite you to attend our 2010 Spring Conference. The event will take place on Thursday, May 13, 2010, at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center located at 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, New York.

The entire event will take place in one area, the 2 King Street Ballroom. The cocktail hour with assorted hors d'oeuvres will begin at 5 p.m. followed by a brief presentation on our chapter’s progress on our revisions made to the “Value of Water Campaign.” As you recall at our Fall Conference, we presented this initiative and received significant, constructive feedback. Since that time, our campaign was also presented at the NARUC Convention in Chicago. We anticipate this to be the final review prior to launch of the program.

We will also take the opportunity to welcome our new associate members who are attending as a result of responding to our associate membership campaign drive. We look forward to their involvement and the value they will add to our association.

Immediately following the presentation, a hot buffet complete with carving board and open bar will be served. For those staying overnight, breakfast will be provided in the King Street Courtyard.

Lodging and Meals

If staying at The Desmond the night of May 13, the room cost of $159 (plus tax & gratuities) is all inclusive for the dinner, overnight accommodations and breakfast on the morning of May 14. This is payable directly to The Desmond Hotel.

If you wish to stay at The Desmond Hotel, please call their reservations department at (518) 869-8100 or (800) 448-3500. A block of rooms will be held until April 22. When calling, please refer to Group ID-11N3Q9 to reserve a room at the group rate. Check in is at 4 p.m. and check out is noon.

Meals Only (No Lodging)

If you would like to attend the dinner only, we ask for a contribution of $20 to cover the cost of the dinner. This fee can be paid in advance to the “NAWC/New York Chapter” c/o Mrs. Leslie Maier, United Water New York, 360 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, NY 10994. You can also pay at the door.

RSVP

Reservations for the dinner may be made with Leslie Maier at (845) 620-3353 or by email. Please respond no later than May 7, 2010 and indicate if you are attending.

 

Missouri Rural Water Association Presents Source Water Protection Award to Missouri American Water

Missouri American Water was presented with the Source Water Protection Award during the Missouri Rural Water Association’s (MRWA) annual banquet held in Columbia, Mo., on March 3, 2010. The annual award was in recognition for Missouri American Water’s commitment to protecting sources of drinking water in four of the operating districts.

Missouri American Water’s operating districts in Brunswick, Mexico, St. Joseph and Warrensburg currently have wellhead protection programs endorsed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The Joplin District is in the beginning stages of planning a program that will address protection of both groundwater and Shoal Creek.

A source water protection program is voluntary and involves protecting both the land and water near the natural sources of drinking water for a community.

“These programs are strictly voluntary and are meant to be growing, living programs,” said Gary Webber, MRWA groundwater protection specialist. “The programs must be flexible, exercise Missouri Rural Water Association Presents Source Water Protection Award to Missouri American Water, and engaged over time to sustain a level of education and awareness to all the stakeholders of the communities.”

Some of the actions incorporated into these programs include expanding source water protection areas, involving landowners with planning efforts, identifying potential contaminant threats, monitoring water quality and encouraging participation of stakeholders in action planning.

“Safe drinking water is essential to public health, public safety and economic opportunity in our communities,” said Frank Kartmann, president of Missouri American Water. “While these source water protection programs are not mandated by environmental regulation, for Missouri American Water, providing safe and quality water service is an absolute requirement that begins with doing our part to support the safety of our source water.”

 

N.H. Supreme Court Affirms NHPUC Decision Regarding Eminent Domain

Pennichuck Corporation announced that the New Hampshire Supreme Court (the “Court”) has issued its decision on the appeals by Pennichuck and the City of Nashua, New Hampshire of the July 2008 ruling of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (the “NHPUC”) regarding the eminent domain dispute between Pennichuck (the “Company”) and Nashua. The Court unanimously affirmed the NHPUC’s ruling in its entirety. The full text of the decision is available on the Court’s website.

In the NHPUC July 2008 order, which was reaffirmed by the Commission in March 2009, the NHPUC ruled that a taking of the operating assets of the Company’s Pennichuck Water Works, Inc. regulated utility subsidiary is in the public interest and that the amount to be paid to Pennichuck for such assets is $203 million, determined as of December 31, 2008. In its finding, the NHPUC also established a number of conditions, including that Nashua must pay an additional $40 million into a mitigation fund to protect the interests of the customers of the Company’s other two regulated water utilities.

Commenting on the Court’s decision, Duane C. Montopoli, Pennichuck’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “On balance, we are pleased with this decision because it maintains both the $203 million asset valuation as of December 31, 2008 and the $40 million mitigation reserve. Although to our knowledge Nashua has not yet publicly commented on the Court’s decision, it has publicly stated in the past that it believes these amounts are too much to pay for the assets of Pennichuck Water Works. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we continue to believe that, subject to gaining required approvals, a Pennichuck Corporation stock sale to Nashua, in lieu of an eminent domain taking, could be in the best interests of all stakeholders. Consequently, we stand ready to consider any and all credible acquisition proposals the city may wish to make.”

 

California American Water and Monterey County Public Agencies Propose Agreement

On March 30, California American Water officials joined the Monterey County Water Resources Agency, Marina Coast Water District and a gathering of local elected officials to announce a tentative agreement had been reached to develop a regional water supply project proposed for the Monterey Bay area.

“After years of study, negotiation and public input, we have very good news to report,” said California American Water President Robert MacLean. “This proposed agreement paves the way for a collaborative project, which is also the lowest cost and most environmentally-friendly of the many options that have been considered.”

The project, a combination of desalination and underground storage of winter river flows, will satisfy state demands to reduce the Monterey Peninsula’s reliance on the Carmel River for its water supply and serve future water needs for customers of Marina Coast Water District.

The key component of the project will be a 10-million-gallon-per-day desalination facility located in North Marina and owned by Marina Coast Water District. It will draw a combination of seawater and brackish groundwater from wells that will be owned by the Monterey County Water Resources Agency. The brine will be discharged through an existing ocean outfall structure belonging to Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency. California American Water will purchase water from the project and will build and own a 10-mile pipeline to deliver water from Marina to its customers on the Monterey Peninsula. California American Water will also construct additional storage facilities required to operate the project as well as infrastructure needed to expand its Aquifer, Storage and Recovery program, which captures excess winter flows from the Carmel River and stores them in the Seaside groundwater basin for withdrawal in the dry
season.

California American Water is required by the State Water Resources Control Board to reduce its historic diversions from the Carmel River by nearly 70 percent. The regional water project will meet that objective while providing residents of the semi-arid region with a drought-proof water source.

“This project has the support of environmental experts because it avoids impacts to marine life by utilizing inland wells to draw seawater instead of a direct ocean intake pipe,” said MacLean. “We’re also committed to exploring the possibility of alternative energy sources — such as methane gas from the landfill in Marina — to generate electricity and reduce our carbon footprint”

The total cost for the wells, desalination facility, and the pipeline and water storage components are estimated between $280 million and $390 million. In order for the project to proceed, the California Public Utilities Commission must approve the agreement reached between the parties and issue a Certificate of Convenience and Public Necessity. A decision is expected later this year, which will allow the project proponents to move ahead with final design and construction work.

 

SouthWest Water Company Promotes Chris Malinowski to Managing Director of Operations and Maintenance

SouthWest Water Company announced that it has promoted Chris Malinowski to managing director of the company's operations and maintenance (O&M) division. Malinowski joined SouthWest Water in April 2007 as vice president of safety and compliance.

Malinowski is a 20-year veteran of the water and wastewater treatment industry. During the past three years at SouthWest Water, he led efforts to ensure a safe working environment and regulatory compliance at all company owned and operated facilities. Prior to joining the company, Malinowski was division manager of water and wastewater activities for the Texas region of PBS&J, a national full-service engineering firm. Earlier, he spent 17 years with United Water and its parent company, Suez, where he progressed through engineering, operations and business development roles in the United States, Puerto Rico and France.

"Chris has been instrumental in helping SouthWest Water become an industry leader in safety and compliance," said Mark A. Swatek, SouthWest Water's chief executive officer and president. "His detailed knowledge of our operations will ensure a smooth transition in his new role, and I am confident that Chris will lead our experienced O&M teams to new achievements."

Malinowski earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma.

 

Illinois EPA, Department of Public Health Recognize Illinois American Water Treatment Facilities for Fluoridation Efforts

The Illinois Department of Health and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency have recognized Illinois American Water for maintaining state-mandated fluoride levels in drinking water for each month in 2009. Twenty-two Illinois American Water systems in 11 service districts received awards. Many districts had multiple years of providing optimum fluoride levels to customers.

“Community water fluoridation is an efficient, economical way to promote dental health,” according to Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director. “Water fluoridation is an effective way to prevent tooth decay and improve overall oral health for both children and adults.”

The Illinois American Water operating systems were recognized in Springfield at the 2010 Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association meeting.

 

Tidewater Utilities Signs Temporary Water Sales Contract with Dover AFB

Middlesex Water Company announced that its Delaware subsidiary, Tidewater utilities Inc., has entered into a temporary agreement with Dover Air Force Base (DAFB) to supply drinking and other water supplies while the base upgrades its water supply system. The six-month contract allows for the transmission of water from one of Tidewater’s largest water districts, which is contiguous to DAFB through an interconnected water line with an emergency backup. Tidewater anticipates supplying 50 million gallons of water throughout the construction period.

"We are proud to partner with our neighbors at DAFB and to be able to provide a short term solution as they enhance their infrastructure. Having supplied water to Dover Air Force Properties, the owner of the facility's off base housing for over four years, being able to serve DAFB in this capacity was a natural extension of our service and an efficient and practical solution," said Gerard L. Esposito, President, Tidewater Utilities.

 

Severn Trent Services Provides World’s Largest Fixed-Film Denitrification System for Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant

Severn Trent Services has been awarded a contract to supply their TETRA® Denite® denitrification system for use at the Baltimore City Department of Public Works’ Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant. The tertiary treatment system will help reduce the plant’s discharge of total nitrogen (TN) by more than 80 percent and total phosphorous (TP) by more than 90 percent, significantly reducing nutrients discharged to the Patapsco River and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. The Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant is undergoing upgrades and expansion over the next two years. Once completed, it will be the largest installed fixed-film denitrification system in the world.

The contract for the denitrification system was awarded by Fru-Con Construction Corporation, in Woodbridge, Va., the project’s general contractor. Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP of Baltimore is the consulting engineer for the plant expansion and selected the TETRA Denite system for use at the Patapsco facility.

The construction project, which is scheduled for completion in 2013, is designed to treat an average flow rate of 81 million gallons per day (mgd) and a maximum of 150 mgd. The TETRA Denite denitrification system will enable the Patapsco facility to reduce nitrate-nitrogen (NO3-N) to 0.5 mg/l and total suspended solids (TSS) to 5 mg/l at the plant’s average flow rate. Severn Trent Services has provided a process performance guarantee for the effluent parameters of the Denite system. The Denite system is the only fixed-film denitrification system that has proven it can reduce NO3-N to 0.5 mg/l or less at average daily flow rates.

The TETRA Denite system is an economical solution for the removal of NO3-N and TSS in a single treatment step. Denite is a fixed-film biological denitrification process that also serves as a deep bed filtration system capable of removing suspended solids to virtually any final effluent level requirement. The system integrates well with other plant treatment processes to provide superior TN and TP removal.

According to Joe Bonazza, Filtration Business Unit director for Severn Trent Services, “The Chesapeake Bay is the nation’s largest estuary and has long been the focus of intensive government-sponsored restoration efforts, including strategies to reduce nitrogen and phosphorous discharges. Fixed-film biological denitrification has proven to be highly effective in helping wastewater treatment facilities meet low NO3-N, TSS and TN limits.”

 

Pennsylvania American Water Receives $9.9 million PENNVEST Loan Toward Chester County Treatment Plan Upgrade

Following recent approval of nearly $9.9 million in low-interest financing from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST), Pennsylvania American Water announced that construction will begin this summer on upgrades to its Rock Run Water Treatment Plant. The facility provides drinking water to approximately 11,500 customers in the City of Coatesville and surrounding communities.

The construction project, with a total cost of approximately $20 million, includes replacing aging plant equipment and installing new chemical feed systems to ensure that the facility complies with current and future drinking water regulations. The upgrades will also enhance water quality and improve service reliability, as well as add safety and security features and improve the plant’s energy efficiency. Built in the mid-1970s, the Rock Run facility is located in West Caln Township with an existing production capacity of 5 million gallons per day (MGD). The project will not only increase plant capacity to 7 MGD, but it also includes a new standby generator and system improvements to address reliability issues that caused previous plant shutdowns.

In addition, the company plans to install a centralized data-monitoring system to enhance plant operations and replace pumps and other plant equipment to increase energy efficiency.
On March 23, PENNVEST board of directors approved the low-interest loan for the Rock Run plant upgrades. Pennsylvania American Water President Kathy L. Pape said, “The PENNVEST financing is very important to helping us control project costs through reduced interest expense. The lower interest cost will enable Pennsylvania American Water to devote more funds to other needed system improvements.”

Construction is scheduled to begin in August. Pennsylvania American Water expects to complete the Rock Run plant upgrades by June 2012.

 

SouthWest Water Company Names Glenn Fountain Water and Wastewater Services Project Manager for the City of Thomaston, Ga.

SouthWest Water Company announced that Glenn Fountain has been named project manager of the company's contract with the City of Thomaston, Ga., to provide operations and maintenance of water and wastewater services.

"We are extremely pleased to have Glenn join our team in Thomaston as project manager," said Craig Sorensen, general manager of SouthWest Water's Georgia and Alabama O&M operations. "He brings extensive experience in all aspects of water and wastewater plant operations, infrastructure, capital improvement projects, and environmental permitting and safety compliance audits."

A 15-year water and wastewater industry veteran, Fountain earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Valdosta State University in Georgia and holds the highest wastewater certification level in Georgia, Class 1 Wastewater Operator, as well as Class 3 Water Operator, Wastewater Lab Analyst, and Water Lab Analyst. Prior to joining SouthWest Water, he was environmental manager and safety representative at Ingersoll Rand Company and earlier, environmental safety manager at Spring Griffin Finishing Plant at Springs Global, where he managed daily operations of a 1.8 MGD activated sludge plant. He also worked as pollution control superintendent for the City of Atlanta, Ga., where he was responsible for the operation of a 90 MGD activated sludge plant.

"I take great pride in providing customer satisfaction while improving the quality of life for the community I serve," said Fountain. "I'm excited about this new opportunity to work with the City of Thomaston."

 

Middlesex Water Company to Purchase Montague Water and Sewer Companies

Middlesex Water Company announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase Montague Water Company Inc. and Montague Sewer Company Inc. in Montague, N.J. The companies presently serve more than 2,000 people in Montague Township, located in northwestern New Jersey.

"We continue to pursue opportunities that make sense both operationally and strategically," said Middlesex Water President & CEO Dennis W. Doll. "We also continue our focus on leveraging our solid water and wastewater capabilities in expanding our footprint both within and beyond our core New Jersey and Delaware operations. In November 2009, Middlesex Water acquired the assets of Twin Lakes Water Services Inc., in Shohola, Pennsylvania, near the Montague systems. The proximity of these systems is expected to enhance our ability to deliver additional efficiencies for the benefit of all of these customers," added Doll. The transaction requires approval by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

 

American Water Resources Marks Milestone with Lumber Donation to Habitat for Humanity

American Water Resources Inc., a subsidiary of American Water Works Company Inc., marked its achievement of 750,000 customer contracts by donating 750 pieces of lumber to Metropolitan Camden Habitat for Humanity. The wood, valued at approximately $10,000, will be used toward the construction of nine new homes in the city of Camden, N.J., this spring.

"We are proud to provide peace-of-mind coverage to homeowners nationwide, and I can think of no better way to celebrate our achievement in protecting homes than with a donation that helps build homes for families in need," said Sharon Cameron, president of American Water Resources.

In addition to the donation, staff members from American Water Resources spent the morning working on one of the organization's home rehabilitation projects in Camden. American Water Resources staff previously volunteered for a homebuilding project in 2007.

Doug Wagner, executive director of Metropolitan Camden Habitat for Humanity, said, "We welcome American Water Resources to the family of local businesses that are giving back to the community to make decent, affordable housing for families in need a reality."

 

American Water Donates More Than $41,000 to American Red Cross for Haiti Relief through Employee Campaign

American Water Works Company Inc. announced that the company and its employees have made a contribution totaling more than $41,000 to the American Red Cross for its Haiti Earthquake Relief efforts.

American Water sponsored a nationwide employee campaign to help the victims of January's devastating earthquake in Haiti through donations to the American Red Cross for relief and recovery efforts. Employees in locations throughout American Water's 35 states raised more than $31,000, and the company matched these efforts with a donation of an additional $10,000.

"Our employees are passionate about giving back, especially when the cause involves providing safe drinking water to people in need, as is the case with the victims of the Haiti earthquake," said Laura Monica, senior vice president of corporate communications and external affairs. "American Water is committed to delivering high quality water to the communities we serve, and we are proud to be able to contribute to the Red Cross' efforts of providing drinking water and other necessities of life to the communities affected by this disaster."

 

CH2M HILL and the City of Clovis, Calif., Celebrate the Opening of a New Water Reuse Facility

CH2M HILL, a global full-service consulting, design, construction and operations firm, is pleased to share that an innovative design-build-operate wastewater treatment/water reuse project developed by the City of Clovis, Calif., in partnership with CH2M HILL, will officially open on Friday, March 19.

The City of Clovis Water Reuse Facility will relieve the demand on underground and surface water supplies and will provide recycled water for irrigation of agricultural operations and urban landscaping throughout the city. Using recycled water for these purposes, rather than the traditional water supply, saves millions of gallons of drinking water and protects vital underground supplies — increasingly important as the region’s population continues to grow.

“Clovis partnered with CH2M HILL to build this facility with innovative technology, which makes it a great neighbor, provides recycled water at a low life-cycle cost,” says Steve Patterson, P.E., CH2M HILL principal project manager. “The City of Clovis Water Reuse Facility is a great representation of the commitment the city has shown to the environment and its citizens, and it is a great model for other communities who are grappling with issues of surface and/or groundwater shortages.”

The 2.8-million-gallon-per-day (mgd) plant uses low-pressure, high-output ultraviolet lamps for disinfection that require one-third the amount of energy compared to other ultraviolet options. Membrane bioreactors provide the opportunity for better automation, reduced facility size and treatment performance. Additionally, the patented Cannibal™ sludge reduction system will reduce the amount of biosolids significantly and is the largest application of the technology to date in California.

The design-build-operate contract was a departure from Clovis’ normal customary procurement method. The single-source alternative provided the city an innovative solution at a competitive price. CH2M HILL will operate the facility for 10 years. Second- and third-phase expansions will increase the daily capacity to 8.4 mgd.

Other noteworthy features include reduced physical presence, advanced odor treatment, landscaping and prairie-style architecture to create a neighbor-friendly treatment plant.