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August 2, 2010

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Artesian Resources To Save Millions of Gallons of Water with Newly Created Water Recycling Partnership

Artesian Resources Corporation announced it has created the Artesian Water Recycling Partnership (AWRP) to encourage and support the use of reclaimed water for agricultural irrigation and other needs. Using reclaimed water to irrigate farm fields can save the Delmarva region millions of gallons of groundwater each day.

The AWRP’s first project in Middletown, which was planned and engineered by Artesian in cooperation with partners including the town of Middletown, Governor Jack Markell’s office, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the Delaware Department of Agriculture, the Delaware Farm Bureau, the University of Delaware and two area farmers, was recently launched and will save nearly 3 million gallons of water per day. The project enables the farmers to irrigate their fields with reclaimed water from Middletown instead of using pumped ground water.

“Water recycling makes sense for Delaware and the region, particularly during times of drought,” said Dian C. Taylor, chair, president & CEO of Artesian Resources. “Using reclaimed water saves our groundwater, reduces nutrients in our rivers, streams and in the Chesapeake and Delaware bays, enables municipalities to expand wastewater service without capital expenditures for the purchase of land and makes farming more financially tenable. It’s a win for residents, farmers, taxpayers, the environment and everyone involved. ”

Through the AWRP initiative, Artesian will provide planning, engineering and technical expertise and help bring together the various state, local and private partners needed for water recycling project approvals, Taylor said. Artesian’s unique experience and expertise in water recycling and its ability to plan, design and build the systems enabled the Middletown project to be completed in only nine months.

“We expect this is the first of many water recycling projects we will participate in on the Delmarva Peninsula,” Taylor said. “Every drop of water is precious. Through our AWRP initiative, we intend to work with developers, farmers and municipalities to encourage and support the use of creative water recycling approaches such as rapid infiltration and spray irrigation for agriculture.”


Veolia Water Introduces Water Impact Index as Part of First-Ever Water Carbon Footprint Study

Veolia Water North America (Veolia Water) today unveiled the Water Impact Index, the first indicator enabling a comprehensive assessment of the impact of human activity on water resources. The company also announced what is believed to be the first ever simultaneous analysis of water and carbon on a major metropolitan area's water cycle.

The Water Impact Index expands on existing volume-based water measurement tools by incorporating multiple factors including consumption, resource stress and water quality.
Fresh water availability has been predicted to become a major limitation factor for growth for cities and industries in many locations around the world and the need to understand and quantify the impact on water resources is becoming essential to maintaining their sustainability and future prosperity. This reality requires an understanding of the factors needed to make the most appropriate, sustainable decisions. The new tool will provide additional parameters that decision-makers need to make these decisions.

"The framework that we used has broad application for public and private-sector decision-makers and enables them to take into account a broader set of environmental and cost factors," said Laurent Auguste, president and CEO of Veolia Water Americas. "The simultaneous assessment of water and carbon, along with economic analysis, provides organizations with a more comprehensive framework for making truly sustainable decisions. With this achievement, Milwaukee is further demonstrating its unique leadership in advancing the case of sustainable fresh water resource management, and with this new initiative, our partnership is further developing the path to sustainability."

The Water Impact Index establishes the impact of human activity on water resources and provides a methodology for establishing the positive and negative implications of how water resources are managed. The study is the first to take the balance of both carbon and water into consideration and assigns a value to water based on quality, quantity and resource stress.

This water/energy/economic nexus study was possible through support from the City of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Water Council, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) and various water and energy utilities serving the area's 1.1 million people. Milwaukee's progressive actions and position toward water issues of the future made it a natural fit for the pioneering study. Milwaukee is the only United Nations Global Compact City focused on freshwater management, which requires the city to carry out a variety of water-quality projects that can be emulated by other cities.

Selected key findings include:

  • Even in a water-rich environment like Milwaukee, public water conservation has a needed positive impact on water resources and carbon emissions.
  • A new project to replace natural gas and electricity demand via landfill gas will significantly reduce both the Carbon Footprint and the Water Impact Index, reinforcing the project's relevance.
  • The Water Impact Index shows that in Milwaukee the impact of one gallon of a combined sewer overflow (CSO) is 465 percent higher than one gallon of treated wastewater. It also shows that the Water Impact Index of green solutions envisioned by Milwaukee, such as wetlands development, is approximately 12 times lower than the one from CSOs. MMSD has already been exploring these options and the study results confirm their choice and future plans.
  • Additional projects are already scheduled or being investigated between MMSD and Veolia Water to further improve the performance of the system and reduce both the Water Impact Index and carbon footprint.

"The world's great cities and economies have always been built around access to water," said Auguste. "The study confirms the need to manage and locate future economic growth in areas that can sustain natural resources for future generations. It also reinforces the need to manage water and wastewater treatment systems through best practices that fully protect waterways, but do so with cost efficiency and life-cycle costing that maximize value for citizens."

MMSD and Veolia Water are partners in the largest wastewater partnership in North America. The company has provided operations and maintenance services of Milwaukee's Jones Island and South Shore treatment water reclamation facilities since March 2008 as part of this partnership. Together they manage a 411 square-mile service area with a 3,000-mile system of interceptor and main sewers and typically treat more than 200 million gallons of wastewater each day.

"It's everyone's responsibility to take care of our natural resources," Auguste said. "Citizens, businesses and public authorities must all be at the table to ensure the sustainable future of our local water resources."



Partnership for Safe Water Conference

Planning is complete for the Partnership conference October 18 - 20, 2010, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Registration is open.

The technical program includes information to help utilities optimize water treatment plants and
distribution systems. Operations personnel, including supervisors, managers, operators and
engineers will benefit from the program. The preliminary program includes informational sessions on the following topics:

Treatment Plant Optimization

  • Optimization Tenacity - never ending quest for excellence!
  • Filter Optimization Procedures
  • Coagulation and Sedimentation
  • Disinfection for DBP Control
  • Self-Assessment Tips
  • Plant Assessment Workshop - plant review and evaluation
  • Operators - What can you do?
  • Beyond Phase III - Advanced optimization efforts
  • Products and Services that help everyone
    • Distribution System Optimization
    • Distribution System Program-Performance Goals
  • Optimizing Distribution System Performance
  • Water Loss Control and other specific practices
  • Self-Assessment procedures and specifics

You can access the Registration form or the Sponsorship form at the Partnership website or the Pennsylvania Section website. You may also contact Don Hershey. The NAWC and many of its members are proud supporters of the Partnership for Safe Water.


American Water Donates $193,000 to Water For People

American Water Works Company, Inc., announced the company has raised $193,227 for Water For People, the majority of which was collected through employee contributions in its company-wide 2010 fundraising campaign.

In addition, American Water will sponsor Dave Yungermann, an operations manager with Missouri American Water, to participate in a four-day Water For People field visit in Bolivia in September. Yungermann, who resides in St. Louis, was selected at random from a list of employees who contributed a minimum of $20 per month to the campaign. The field visit will give Yungermann the opportunity to personally witness Water For People's activities in Bolivia by visiting developing sanitation projects, observing first-hand the improvements in the water system and interacting with the residents who benefit from these efforts.

"Once again, American Water employees have shown their commitment to assist Water For People in realizing its vision of a world where no one has to suffer from water or sanitation related disease," said Ellen Wolf, chief financial officer of American Water, chair of the company's 2010 giving campaign and an active volunteer for Water For People.

"The continued generosity and support of companies like American Water has enabled Water For People to achieve nearly all its 2011 goals a full two years ahead of schedule and to set even more aggressive goals in our strategic plan for 2010-2014 to build long-lasting solutions that eradicate water poverty," said Ned Breslin, chief executive officer of Water For People.

American Water has made an annual contribution to Water For People since it was established 19 years ago and to date has contributed approximately $1.4 million.


Students Learn About Industry Careers at Middlesex Water Co.

Young students are learning more about careers in the water industry thanks to a program offered by Middlesex Water Company.

Students in Grades 6-8 were invited to learn about the many different types of careers found in the water industry and to write an essay on which career path they found most interesting. Such careers include mechanics, licensed plant operators, accountants, utility personnel, customer service professionals and engineers, among others. The company named the competition the “Faces Behind the Faucet” Contest to demonstrate the many, but seldom considered professionals that are necessary in the delivery of water service, a critical life-sustaining need. The company conducts numerous public outreach programs to encourage an awareness of the value of safe drinking water and the need to protect our environment.

James Smith, a 7th grade student

James Smith, a 7th grade student from St. Joseph’s School in Carteret, NJ, was one of the winners selected to spend a morning shadowing a Middlesex Water professional in his chosen career field. Winners also received a $50 Gift Card.

James began his day at Middlesex Water Company (MWC) with a welcome orientation with Bernadette Sohler, vice president of corporate affairs. They spoke about general MWC history, sources of water and James shared his love of building things. He then met Ladislao Monterrosa, a MWC staff engineer, where he began his Jr. Engineer experience. Monterrosa talked to James about the various roles in the department, tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and described a typical day in the field. Monterrosa also discussed important courses of study, skills required and explained the myriad of tasks involved in becoming an engineer. Ladislao and Brian Carr, Sr. project engineer took James out in the field to do some street surveying for replacement of water lines. Monterrosa and James then visited the Company’s Carl J. Olsen Surface Water Treatment Plant where Bill Maxwell, MWC process supervisor, provided James with an exclusive tour of the facility which provides water to over 400,000 Central New Jersey residents. James’ day concluded with receipt of his certificate of achievement.

“Students are very eager to learn about career opportunities at this age, particularly as they are growing more aware of their environment and starting to think more about their future and course of study,” said Bernadette Sohler. “This program is our way of generating interest in water careers, building pride in being an environmental steward and fostering awareness regarding degree and non degree opportunities that exist in the water and wastewater profession.”

Other student winners of the Faces Behind the Faucet Contest included: Sanya Mehta, Avenel Middle School, Carteret, Jason Waye and Naomi Siegel, both from Marlboro Memorial Middle School.

For additional information about Middlesex Water Company, please visit their website.


California American Water Names New Engineering Director

California American Water announced that Richard Svindland has been appointed to the position of engineering director. Svindland will be based at the company’s Sacramento office, where the majority of its engineering team resides.

In this role, Svindland will oversee all of the company’s capital projects within the state to ensure their timely and cost-efficient delivery as well as their optimum production once in place. Svindland will also develop capital planning strategies as well as provide an operational review of existing infrastructure in order to ensure these systems are sufficiently meeting both the current and future needs of the more than 600,000 people the company presently serves in California.

“There are many challenges facing California’s water infrastructure and they will only grow more pronounced as the state’s population expands,” said Rob MacLean, president of California American Water. “California American Water has been on the leading edge in pursuing new and innovative strategies to improve and enhance our source of supplies. Richard’s proven and extensive expertise in managing large-scale projects and expert knowledge in emerging technologies will help us continue to lead the way in ensuring the state has a sufficient and affordable supply of quality water for generations to come.”

Svindland brings more than 20 years of experience to the job, including nearly a decade of
working with American Water. Svindland most recently was a principal in a civil engineering firm
in Georgia, where he headed its water and wastewater operations. Prior to this, from 1999-2009, he worked extensively with Kentucky and American Water’s Southeast Region on various
projects throughout the Southeast. In all, Svindland has overseen more than $500 million in
water and wastewater projects since 1990 and more than $100 million of that have been
American Water projects.


United Water Promotes Paperless eBilling Program

United Water officials announced the launch of a sweepstakes campaign designed to encourage enrollment in its award-winning paperless eBilling program that will offer a grand prize of $2,500 and four daily prizes of $50 during the next 12 weeks. The “Go Green. Win Green.” program is open to residents and businesses in United Water’s service territory who visit the company’s website. In order to play, participants must match a “decoder” in their bill to reveal a “win” or “no win” message found on the website.

Customers will have the opportunity to sign up for paperless eBilling when they register on the website. Approximately 50,000 customers nationally have already signed up for United Water’s eBilling program. The enrollment rate of 8 percent surpasses the three-year industry average of 5 percent. NAWC presented United Water with an Innovation Award in recognition of this program’s success.

“This campaign highlights paperless billing as one of the many convenient options available to our customers,” said Lynne Allaker, vice president of corporate customer service at United Water. “Customers who enroll in the program will have their paper bill replaced with an exact electronic replica delivered by email. By choosing to go paperless, customers can help save trees, reduce water usage and cut down on greenhouse gases.”


Severn Trent Services Introduces Pre-engineered Inorganic Removal Systems to Address Potable Treatment Needs of Small Water Systems

Severn Trent Services has introduced two new, standard and pre-engineered inorganic removal systems for small water systems to treat arsenic, iron and manganese contamination in potable water. The new SORB 33® ARS Series and the Omni-SORB™ IRS Series offer all the benefits of the existing SORB 33 arsenic removal and Omni-SORB iron and manganese removal product lines and feature cost-effective designs available for fast delivery. The standard systems are simple to install and operate, an ideal combination for use in small water systems. The systems are designed in five different vessel sizes ranging from 3.5 to 7 ft (1.1 to 2.1 m) in diameter.

The SORB 33 ARS Series features the proprietary Bayoxide® E33 arsenic removal media and reduces arsenic contamination to non-detect levels. The Bayoxide media has a high capacity for arsenic and as a result has a long run time before it must be replaced. Compared to competitive technologies, Bayoxide E33 offers the lowest capital cost while providing ease of operation and maintenance. As the exclusive global partner of Lanxess for potable and wastewater applications, Bayoxide media is only available through Severn Trent Services.

The Omni-SORB IRS Series offers the combined removal of oxidized iron and manganese from potable ground water sources. The filter systems are also suitable for the removal of arsenic in the presence of high iron waters. The system is chemical free and does not require the use of potassium permanganate for oxidation. With a media life of eight years, the Omni-SORB media
is long lasting.


American Water Named Finalist in Annual EXPLOR Awards

American Water Works Company, Inc. announced that it has been selected as one of four finalists in the 2010 EXPLOR awards competition honoring technology innovation in marketing research. The four finalists, American Water, ANZ National Bank, eBay and Wrigley, will each present a case study at The Market Research Event, November 8-10, 2010 in San Diego, California.

American Water is being recognized for its new Target Identification Program (TIP) business
development technology. American Water and Digital Research, Inc. created this comprehensive, fact-based research tool as an alternative to the traditional relationship based practices employed in the water and wastewater services industry.

The Market Research Event brings together hundreds of the leading market researchers across the globe to exchange cutting edge knowledge and learn what's new, next and critical in market research. For more details, visit The Market Research Event website.


Arizona American Water Appoints Virginia Korte to Board of Directors

Arizona American Water announced this week that Virginia Korte, president and CEO of Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS), has been elected to the board of directors of the water and wastewater utility.

Virginia Korte has more than 29 years of extensive executive experience, focusing on business operations, financial oversight, community stewardship, nonprofit management and critical strategic planning processes. Prior to her current role with STARS, she held leadership roles in the family-owned Ray Korte Chevrolet dealership, including dealer and general manager until it was sold in 1998.

From 1992 to 1998, Korte served on the board of directors for the Central Arizona Water Conservation District. During that time, she was elected by the citizens of Maricopa County to govern the Central Arizona Project. An active participant in many civic community organizations, Korte is currently a member of the Scottsdale Healthcare Community Stewardship Advisory Council, Scottsdale Leadership and Scottsdale LINKS Advisory Councils. She currently serves on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood Arizona, DC Ranch Community Foundation and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. In addition, she is a member of the Northern Arizona University College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Science Leadership Council.

“Virginia Korte is a great leader and has made huge differences in a number of organizations in Arizona,” said Paul Townsley, president of Arizona American Water. “We are extremely proud to have her join the board of directors of Arizona American Water and know her strong background and experiences will have a positive impact on our business.”

Korte has been active in the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, including a role as president where she contributed towards increasing membership, community engagement and financial stability. Korte has also been involved in the Scottsdale and Mesa Community Colleges, serving as director of the Center for Native and Urban Wildlife at SCC, and teaching general and environmental biology.

“I am pleased to join Ernie Calderon and John Keegan on the Arizona American Water board of directors. This is a great company with whom I am proud to be affiliated,” Korte said. “There is no more important issue to the future of Arizona than water, and Arizona American Water plays a major role in water treatment and distribution, as well as water conservation.”

Korte has received numerous degrees, honors and awards. She received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology from Northern Arizona University. Most recently, she received the Legacy award from the Scottsdale Area Chamber ofCommerce. In 2006, she was a Scottsdale History Hall of Fame inductee, received the 1998 Volunteer of the Year award from the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce and received the Frank Hodges Alumni Achievement award in 1995 from Scottsdale Leadership.