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West Virginia American Water “Green” Project Awarded Stimulus Funding

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has selected West Virginia American Water as the recipient of $3.85 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act economic stimulus funding.

The money will be used for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency–approved "green" project involving the installation of an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system. The hope is that this pilot project, which will serve approximately 12,000 customers in Fayette County, can eventually be expanded throughout West Virginia American Water's service territory.

The AMI system will transmit water consumption data collected at customer meters to the company's computer network daily via radio frequency. Employees can then evaluate the data not only for billing purposes, but also to uncover irregularities such as a water leak on a customer's property. This will allow the customer to be quickly notified so that he or she can get the leak fixed, reducing both the amount of wasted water and the potential property damage.

The system will also have the capability of detecting leaks along the utility's water mains through the use of acoustic monitors. If the data transmitted to company employees indicates a leak, a crew can be dispatched to fix it. Finding leaks before they surface will not only save water, but will also reduce damage caused by erosion.

This system will benefit not only West Virginia American Water and its customers, but will also have a positive effect on the environment because the resulting water conservation will reduce energy consumption and pollution.

"Speaking on behalf of the residents of Fayette County, we are honored that our county has been chosen to host such an innovative project," said Fayette County Commission President Ken Eskew. "This new technology will help to conserve water, cut down on pollutants to our environment, and ultimately improve the lives of our citizens in a variety of ways."

The acoustic monitors that "listen" on pipelines for frequencies typical of leak noise will be activated automatically at night, when there are fewer other noises to detract from the leak sounds. This system is much more practical than the current one, in which personnel are equipped with mobile listening devices and must move methodically from area to area listening for leak noise. This current method allows an entire distribution system to be surveyed only one or two times per year depending on the size of the system and number of employees assigned to the leak survey crew. The new system will literally provide a leak survey every night.

Over time, the project is expected to significantly decrease the amount of lost and wasted water in the Fayette District. That saved water will reduce the amount of chlorine and other chemicals needed in the water treatment process; the amount of waste residuals created during this process; the carbon dioxide emissions, fuel use and tire wear on the vehicles used to transport the chemicals to the water treatment plant and carry away the waste residuals; and the electricity used to pump the water throughout the system.

The daily transmission of meter data will reduce trips into the field to collect meter readings, which should result in the need for fewer vehicles. This will reduce emissions of pollutants connected to the manufacture of the vehicles and related products.

"This new technology will help West Virginia American Water operate more efficiently, which will benefit our customers, and will also have a positive effect on the environment," said company President Wayne Morgan. "It's a win-win situation."

Installation of the new system should be complete by year's end. The total cost is estimated at nearly $4.7 million. Eighty-two percent of the project is being financed by the $3.85 million in stimulus funding, half of which is being distributed through the West Virginia Drinking Water Treatment Revolving Fund. The other 18 percent, totaling nearly $848,000, will be paid by West Virginia American Water.

SouthWest Water Company Signs Agreement to be Acquired by Long-Term Infrastructure Investor Group

SouthWest Water Company announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired for approximately $275 million in cash, or $11 per share, by institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Water Management LLC (the partnership).

The all-cash offer represents a 56 percent premium over SouthWest Water’s closing share price on March 2, 2010, and a premium of 71 percent over the average 30-day closing price ended March 2, 2010. After taking into account SouthWest Water’s outstanding debt, the transaction represents a total enterprise value of approximately $427 million.

The board of directors of SouthWest Water and the members of the partnership unanimously approved the agreement, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval of SouthWest Water’s shareholders and various regulatory agencies.

“I am excited about the opportunity that this transaction presents for our customers, employees and the communities we serve, as well as the value it provides to our shareholders,” said Mark Swatek, president and chief executive officer of SouthWest Water. “The partnership is extremely committed to our industry and the infrastructure needs, as well as the stability of the company’s operations, quality customer service and community involvement. We are confident that this transaction will facilitate SouthWest Water’s access to long-term capital and enhances our ability to invest in systems to the benefit of the customers and communities we serve.”

Andrew Walters, vice president of J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Infrastructure Investments Group, said, “We believe that SouthWest Water is an excellent, long-term investment for the partnership. We look forward to working with SouthWest Water’s experienced management and talented workforce to deliver cost effective customer service to a growing customer base over time. A seamless transition and continuity are high priorities for us and we look forward to continuing to work with management and employees in the company’s service territories to ensure continued responsiveness to needs of local customers and communities.”

“Southwest Water has made a significant commitment to improve the water service infrastructure in the regions it serves and, in turn, enhance service and reliability to its customers,” said Disque Deane Jr., of Water Asset Management. “Our partnership is committed to funding necessary maintenance and upgrades over the long term.”

2010 Winter Leadership Meeting

From February 28–March 2, a select group of private-water company executives escaped the chill and convened in Aventura, Fla., at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle for the opportunity to converse with each other on best practices for corporate responsibility and conservation, as well as to hear from speakers about fostering teamwork and learn about current legislative and financial market matters. One of the highlights was Center for Creative Leadership trainer and author of Retiring the Generation Gap, Jennifer Deal, Ph.D., who spoke about her research and offered anecdotes on how managers did the impossible, uniting bright new employees and seasoned veterans under a shared purpose. E-mail NAWC for a copy of Deal’s book.

Other highlights of the sessions included a presentation by Eric Thornburg, president and CEO of Connecticut Water Co., who spoke on Consumers, Companies and Conservation: Time to Think Outside the Drop. Thornburg, whose father and grandfather were in the water industry, talked about the changes in the industry that he’s seen, and innovations that impact our business every day, like horizontal axis clothes washers and “smart” lawn watering equipment that can analyze the moisture content of your lawn, as our companies work to provide water solutions to their customers by “thinking outside the drop.”

Dennis Doll, president and CEO of Middlesex Water Co., and Jeff Hines, president and CEO of The York Water Co., teamed up to share their insights on The Business of Being of Good Corporate Citizens. Doll discussed weighing the benefits of good corporate citizenship, and how to gain an understanding of the intangible benefits of such. To maximize the effectiveness of a company’s scarce resources, it’s all about balance — balancing the needs of customers, shareholders and employees. Hines discussed his company’s experiences and the relationship of technologies like hybrid vehicles, online bill presentment, RF drive-by and more to both the company and its customers.

Switching the name of this annual happening from the Water Utility Executive Council Meeting marks more than a name change; it’s a shift in objectives as it reflects the fact that NAWC’s newest members like Veolia, Severn Trent and CH2M HILL , along with United Water and American Water, are not traditional utilities and, therefore, play a critical part in the association’s new vision for outreach. Attendees included NAWC’s board of directors and committee chairs, water company CEOs and staff, and honored guests NARUC President David Coen (Vermont Public Service Board) and NARUC Water Committee Chairman John “Butch” Howard (South Carolina Public Service Commission).

NAWC’s Networking Drop-In at the 2010 NAWC Fly-In

Where else but at a chic drop-in hosted by the National Association of Water Companies in celebration of their Annual Report to Congressional Leaders could you order an “Urban Run-off” with the waitress and she know to bring you a Manhattan? On March 8, NAWC invited its members staying on Capitol Hill for the evening to mix and mingle with some of their most trusted water industry allies at the popular Sonoma Wine Bar. More than 80 guests were in attendance with cocktail chatter spanning a variety of topics from infrastructure-based job creation to March Madness basketball brackets. A great time was had by all.

Aqua America Chairman DeBenedictis Receives Ellipse Award for Improvement of Quality of Life through Infrastructure

Aqua America Chairman and CEO Nick DeBenedictis received the 2010 Ellipse Award for Improvement of Life through Infrastructure at a ceremony on March 6. The Ellipse Award for the improvement of quality of life through infrastructure is given annually by Pennoni Associates to a member of the community who has improved the quality of life of those around him or her through pioneering or innovative approaches to civil infrastructure development or redevelopment.

DeBenedictis has led Aqua in fulfilling its mission to provide reliable delivery of quality drinking water to its customers — a service that is basic to the quality of life we enjoy in the United States — and dispose of wastewater in the most environmentally responsible ways. Aqua’s commitment to providing quality water and wastewater service, and the capital investment in key water and wastewater infrastructure, have thrived under DeBenedictis’ stewardship.

DeBenedictis considers the health of our nation’s infrastructure to be a top priority and has led Aqua to invest $2 billion to improve its plants, tanks, distribution systems and other infrastructure in the last decade (2000-2009). His visions of a world where everyone has access to clean drinking water and good sanitation, as well as his ability to lead change to make those visions a reality, are among the many reasons that he has been chosen as the recipient of the 2010 Ellipse Award. Former recipients include Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Liberty Property Trust Chairman William P. Hankowsky and SEPTA Chairman Pasquale T. Deon.

United Water Signs 10-Year Contract With East Providence to Upgrade and Operate City's Wastewater Facilities

United Water announced it has reached agreement with the City of East Providence, R.I., for a 10-year, design-build-operate (DBO) contract for the city’s wastewater collection and treatment facilities, which provide service to roughly two-thirds of East Providence’s 50,000 residents. The contract calls for United Water to begin operational responsibility for the system immediately, while also implementing $52.5 million worth of infrastructure and treatment process upgrades necessary to bring the collection system and plant into compliance with new state Department of Environmental Management mandates.

As a part of the agreement with the city, United Water will manage plant operations and improvements. This is expected to save the city $13 million over what was budgeted to be spent under a traditional project delivery approach. Construction is slated to begin at the plant, which was built in 1954 and upgraded in the mid-1970s, before the end of the year, with a completion deadline of September 2012. In addition to the renovations at the plant, United Water is scheduled to build a new pump station at Watchemoket Cove and a wastewater pipeline by August 2013.

“We’re excited to be part of the solution that helps East Providence meet its goal of providing efficient and sustainable wastewater service to its residents,” said Bertrand Camus, CEO of United Water. “We fully realize that our work is critical to ensuring an environmentally sound wastewater system for the city and we look forward to making our plans a reality for all the residents of East Providence.”

The treatment plant will undergo extensive upgrades including odor control systems and a biological nutrient removal (BNR) process to reduce nitrogen levels in the treated water. The new BNR process will provide an added level of treatment that will improve water quality in the Pawtucket River and Narragansett Bay.

“What the city and United Water have done is nothing short of spectacular,” said Joseph S. Larisa Jr., Mayor of East Providence. “The city and its residents receive a new wastewater treatment plant, a new pumping station and professional wastewater service, and we retain the right to set our rates and keep jobs for our workers.”

United Water already operates the Bucklin Point Wastewater Treatment Facility, which serves about one-third of East Providence, for the Narragansett Bay Commission as well as the Westerly, Newport and Warren wastewater treatment facilities. The company has earned several awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and the National Wastewater Pollution Control Agency for operational excellence.

American Water Names Walter Lynch President and Chief Operating Officer of Regulated Operations and John Young Chief Water Technology Officer

American Water Works Company Inc. announced that Walter Lynch has been named the president and chief operating officer of its regulated operations. The company also announced that John Young has been named chief water technology officer.

Lynch, formerly the president of regulated utilities, will now not only direct the overall operations of American Water's regulated states, but will also lead other operations such as engineering, maintenance, SCADA, the central lab, procurement and operational risk management, as well as the company's business transformation effort. This critical effort will ensure the company employs the proper technology and processes to execute its key strategies.

Young, who currently supports various growth opportunities for the company, will further expand his emphasis on driving larger business development activities. Young, who is also president of the American Water Works Service Co., will continue to lead the company's information technology, innovation and environmental stewardship, and ensure alignment between the organization's capabilities and potential opportunities to provide water solutions on a large-scale basis.

"Walter's leadership and John's industry expertise continue to drive performance and innovation at American Water," said Don Correll, president and CEO of American Water. "These changes were made to enhance American Water's capabilities by further aligning our operations, supporting our commitment to provide water and wastewater solutions and implementing best practices across the business."

Lynch joined American Water in 2001. In his most recent position, he led the successful performance of American Water's 20 regulated states as well the company's two national customer call centers. Prior to that role, Lynch served as the executive vice president of business operations for the company's Eastern Division, which encompassed eight states stretching from Tennessee to New York with approximately 2,600 employees. Lynch also served as president of American Water's Northeast Region, including serving as both president of New Jersey American Water and Long Island American Water. Prior to that, he was president of American Water Products and Services Group, our non-regulated portfolio, which included 10 business lines with revenues of more than $500 million. Before joining American Water, Lynch served in a number of leadership roles in various companies in the environmental industry, and he also worked for Mobil Oil Corp. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Lynch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering and attained the rank of Captain before his departure from the U. S. Army in 1990. He serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Water Companies and serves on its Executive Committee.

Young began his career with American Water in 1977 and has held a variety of executive positions, including chief operating officer, vice president of operations and investment performance, and vice president of engineering. He is an active member of several professional organizations and was recently elected to the WateReuse Foundation board of directors. Young also serves as chairman of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), a member of the board of American Water Works Association, and belongs to the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has also served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Drinking Water Advisory Council and several EPA working groups. A registered professional engineer in a number of states, Young holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Duke University and a master's degree in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina.

 

Veolia Water North America Achieves Record Employee Safety Levels

Veolia Water North America (Veolia Water) set a new safety record for the fourth consecutive year, continuing to significantly outperform private-industry water, wastewater and other comparable utility systems as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The company's Lost-Time Incidence Rate (LTIR), injuries or illnesses resulting in time away from work, was an impressive 0.6 versus a BLS average of 2.1. Statistically, Veolia Water's LTIR results were 78 percent better than the national average.

Veolia Water's Recordable Incidence Rate (RIR) was 2.9 versus a BLS average of 9.0. RIR includes medical treatment, restrictions and transfers, and lost-time injuries or illnesses. Veolia Water's RIR performance was approximately 68 percent better than the national average.

More than 80 percent of Veolia Water North America projects had no OSHA recordable injuries in 2009 and 95 percent of the organization's projects celebrated "no lost-time accident" milestones in 2009, ranging from one to 25 years.

"Part of the advantage of being a Veolia Water employee is having a safe working environment," said Laurent Auguste, president and CEO of Veolia Water Americas. "We are committed to the safety of our employees and the public first and foremost, and our track record proves it."

The Veolia Water culture holds everyone accountable for safety, ranging from the executive level to the project manager and shift employee. In North America, Veolia Water employees work in more than 650 communities and at approximately 100 industrial sites, and they are all held to uniform safety standards, including a program of continuous improvement designed to support working safety.

For instance, Indianapolis, the nation's largest public-private partnership for water services, recorded its best safety performance ever. Other projects, including West Melbourne, Fla., Edwardsville, Ill., Springboro, Ohio, and Woodmere, Ohio, celebrated completing 20 or more years without a single lost-time accident.

"Public sector employees want to be reassured of their safety when they transition to the private sector, and Veolia delivers," said Terry Heldstab, mayor of Junction City, where Veolia Water's East wastewater treatment plant just went 20 years without a lost-time accident. "Veolia Water is committed to the technically competent employees that are at the heart of providing clean water services for Americans, and it shows in the company's improved training programs and safety-oriented culture."

Veolia Water's proven safety record is not only important to industrial and municipal customers, but to employees as well. "Veolia Water is a company that recognizes the front-line employee is the foundation for its success," said Robert Reed, president of the National Conference of Firemen & Oilers, S.E.I.U. Chapter 131, and an employee at Veolia Water Indianapolis. "I see that first hand, because the company has multiple training programs, face-to-face safety meetings, weekly safety reminders, safety tailgate meetings, and ongoing safety training and programs. The health and welfare of their employees is clearly a core value at Veolia Water."

"Our safety performance is clearly ahead of the industry, yet we will continue to do more," said Auguste. "Our ambition is not just to beat the safety status quo, but to work toward a perfectly safe place in which to work."

 

Aquarion Water Company Opens its Doors to Junior Achievement

Aquarion Water Company has helped young people in area communities by opening its doors to Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut (JA) so the agency can continue its educational programs for youth.

To mark the relationship, Aquarion President and CEO Charles V. Firlotte hosted a reception and officially welcomed JA to the company’s Main Street headquarters. Early last year, the JA staff and board of directors learned a new owner had acquired the building in which their offices were housed and that their rent would increase beyond which JA could afford. The only way to meet the increase would be to take funding away from programs for students, which was not acceptable, so they immediately started looking for new accommodations.

Firlotte learned of JA’s situation and realized he could help. By rearranging office space in
Aquarion’s headquarters on Main Street, just around the corner from JA’s offices, he was able to create enough space to answer JA’s needs. Firlotte began discussions with JA Board Member George Dunbar of Monroe, and they reached an agreement on rental arrangements. Before long, JA was in its new home.

Bernadine Venditto, JA’s executive director, said she and her staff were grateful for
Firlotte’s willingness and ability to provide an alternative that enabled them to continue offering
the programs that teach local students real-life skills to succeed in the business world. They also enjoy their new surroundings in the Art Deco-style building, with its grand marble staircase and large, leaded window showcasing the goddess Aquarius.

“We thank Aquarion and Chuck Firlotte for our new home in this beautiful, historic building in the heart of Bridgeport,” Venditto said. “Chuck and the Aquarion family have gone above and beyond to accommodate us and make us feel welcome every day.”

“Aquarion and JA have had a longstanding partnership for more than 20 years,” she said.
“We appreciate that Chuck, an outstanding member in the Bridgeport community, believes in the value of JA’s mission, preparing our youth to be financially literate, entrepreneurial thinkers and prepared for the workforce.”

Firlotte said he was honored to assist JA. “I have long admired and supported JA’s work with young people,” he said. “We’ve participated in and sponsored many JA activities over the years; this arrangement is simply an extension of that support. And I’m especially gratified to know JA is able to continue its excellent work, which benefits not only the students, but the business world, by preparing our next generation for the future.”

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through hands-on, classroom activities. JA of Western Connecticut reaches more than 19,000 students in
20 communities.

 

NAWC New England Chapter Prepares for Spring Meeting

The NAWC New England Chapter Spring meeting will be held at the Cliff House in Ogunquit, Maine, on Friday, April 23. Topics at the meeting include a brief snapshot of what’s new from each state, using technology to improve service and operating efficiencies, and declining consumption and water conservation. For registration and other information on the meeting, please click here.

 

American Water Named Finalist in Two Categories for Global Water Awards

American Water Works Company Inc. has been named as a finalist in two categories for Global Water Intelligence's 2010 Global Water Awards. The winners will be announced during an awards ceremony featuring Queen Noor of Jordan on April 26, 2010, in Paris, France.

The Fillmore Water Recycling Plant is a finalist for Water Reuse Project of the Year. This facility is a state-of-the-art, zero-discharge wastewater treatment plant that was designed, built and is being operated by American Water in a public-private partnership with the City of Fillmore. The plant currently produces one million gallons of high-quality filtered and disinfected water per day that meets the stringent standards for unrestricted reuse irrigation purposes. Approximately 200,000 gallons per day is used to irrigate two public schools, the new Two Rivers Park and a new greenbelt in downtown Fillmore, and about 800,000 gallons per day is discharged to an underground effluent disposal system that provides groundwater recharge. The plant also features advanced technology that maximizes energy efficiency.

"We are honored that Global Water Intelligence has chosen to recognize our accomplishments again this year with these nominations," said Donald Correll, president and CEO of American Water. "The Fillmore Water Recycling Plant is not just a model for innovation and sustainability, but also for how public-private partnerships can provide tangible, effective solutions for communities' water challenges."

American Water is also a finalist in the category of Water Deal of the Year for the final divestiture from RWE. The company returned to public ownership with its IPO in April 2008, and the divestiture was complete in 2009.

The GWI Global Water Awards recognize excellence in the global water industry — the projects, the technologies and the people who have made a difference over the past year. The awards represent what the industry perceives as being the most deserving of merit during the year.

 

SouthWest Water Subsidiary Expands Program to Support Economic Opportunities for Diverse Business Enterprises

SouthWest Water Company announced that its subsidiary, Suburban Water Systems, is furthering its supplier diversity program commitment. Suburban's enhancements are due, in part, to its desire to meet voluntary water industry standards. To further its commitment, Suburban Water Systems recently appointed a Utility Supplier Diversity Program Manager, Stephanie Swenseid. In this role, Swenseid will develop, implement and manage the supplier diversity initiative to meet goals and objectives set by the company and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

According to the Managing Director, Michael Quinn, Suburban is extremely committed to promoting business opportunities for certified minority, woman and disabled veteran business enterprises (MWDVBE). "We recognize the impact that diversity makes in communities we serve, and we're committed to it," said Quinn.

The supplier diversity program fosters a diverse supplier base and ensures that the company receives high-quality products and services at an economical price.

"This initiative is directly in line with our core mission and values around community citizenship," said Quinn. "As a company, we recognize that our supplier base should better represent the demographics of our community base."

A comprehensive supplier diversity initiative enables Suburban to advocate, coordinate and set forth a level playing field for every qualified firm that seeks to do business with the company. A diverse supplier base adds value, creates jobs and affords partnerships with cost-efficient and flexible vendors.

"Strengthening Suburban's supplier base is a collaborative process that will help to achieve ultimate success," said Swenseid. "Encouraging and affording opportunities to a diverse supplier base that offers us high-quality products and services at an economical price is vital to the company and to the communities we serve."

Stephanie Swenseid has more than 14 years of procurement experience, including developing, implementing and managing supplier diversity initiatives. During her career, Swenseid has held several diversity-related positions including Corporate Director of Supplier Diversity at the Fortune 300 firm, The First American Corporation.

 

American Water Names David Baker to Lead Western Division

American Water Works Company Inc. announced that David Baker, president of Indiana American Water and Michigan American Water, has been named senior vice president of the company's Western Division.

American Water's Western Division includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico and Texas. In this new role, Baker will lead the operations, drive performance within the division, establish consistent best practices, and further enhance American Water's efforts to maintain and build external relationships.

Alan DeBoy, formerly vice president of operations for American Water's operation in Indiana and Michigan, has been named the new president of both Indiana American Water and Michigan American Water. In that role, DeBoy will lead the operations and its employees, providing water and wastewater services to more than 1.2 million people.

"David and Alan have done exceptional work in our Indiana and Michigan service area," said Walter Lynch, president and COO of American Water's regulated operations. "They are both results-driven leaders focused on reinforcing and strengthening customer, regulatory and local government relationships, as well as driving operational and financial results. I am confident with David leading the Western Division and Alan leading our operations in Indiana and Michigan, American Water's commitment to having a strong local presence in every community we serve will be further strengthened."

Baker served as president of Indiana and Michigan American Water since 2006. From 2004 to 2006, Baker served as vice president of business development for the Central Region of American Water. Baker also served as division manager of Eastern Division for Illinois American Water from 2001 to 2004. In this role, he was responsible for management of the Champaign, Streator, Pontiac and Sterling operating districts. Baker joined American Water in 1995 at Kentucky American Water, where he served in business development and customer service management roles through 2000.

Before joining American Water, Baker had a decade of experience as division president/general manager of waste management of Kentucky, based in Lexington. He served as operations manager for waste management in Fort Wayne, Ind., before being promoted and transferred to Kentucky.

A native of Indiana, Baker has a master's degree in management from Saint Francis University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Indiana University.

Alan DeBoy served as vice president of operations for Indiana American Water since 2008. In that position, he managed more than 300 employees and drove best practices across 19 independent water utilities and one system in Michigan. DeBoy joined American Water in 1993 as a director of engineering through the acquisition of Avatar Utilities. He has held a number of leadership roles during his 21 years at American Water, supporting regulatory activity, driving engineering policies and procedures, managing the company's operations, and building external relationships with public officials in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Iowa and Ohio. He holds 28 years of experience in the water industry.

Also a native of Indiana, DeBoy has a master's degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Purdue University. DeBoy is a registered professional engineer in several states and has an active relationship with the American Water Works Association. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the National Association of Water Companies and the Water Environment Federation.

 

American Water's John Young Elected to WateReuse Foundation Board of Directors

American Water Works Company Inc. announced today that John Young, president of American Water Services and American Water Works Service Company, has been elected to the WateReuse Foundation board of directors.

The mission of the WateReuse Foundation is to conduct and promote applied research on the reclamation, recycling, reuse and desalination of water. The foundation's research advances the science of water reuse and supports communities across the United States and abroad in their efforts to create new sources of high-quality water. The foundation's research provides information on the safety and quality of reclaimed and recycled water, and provides water professionals with the tools and knowledge to meet their commitment of increasing the reliability and quality of the nation's water supplies. More information can be found here.

 

Rentricity Presents to NARUC at Winter Committee Conference

Jake Berlin, CFO and general manager of Rentricity Inc., presented “How Water and Wastewater Utilities Could Generate Energy from Excess Pressure & Flows” to more than 90 public utility commissioners and water executives at the NARUC Winter Meetings.  The presentation stressed the growing electricity required by water and wastewater operators to treat water, citing that approximately 3% of all electricity in the U.S. is associated with water processing. In addition, the presentation discussed the growing interest in exploring the integration of energy recovery projects into rate cases in support of state and community renewable energy goals. “The reception was positive.  However, more discussion is required to support pilot programs for our country’s water systems,” said Berlin.

Allie Corless of Rentricity is an associate member of NAWC. Rentricity is a renewable energy company that uses unique energy recovery configurations to transform the untapped energy in various manmade processes into electricity.  The energy recovery systems, called Flow-to-Wire℠, convert excess pressure in water mains and other similar pipes into clean electric power. A single Flow-to-Wire℠ system produces between 30 and 300 kilowatts of electricity. Since this electricity can then be sold onto the grid, Rentricity gives its generating partners an additional source of revenue and a way to offset rising electricity rates while supporting local renewable energy goals.

 


Michael Deane, Executive Director, NAWC at the Water Reuse…From Used to Useful Leadership Summit

GE Water brought together industry leaders, academics and policymakers to talk about next steps for proactively addressing the policies, technologies, fiscal needs, solutions and implications related to water scarcity and reuse strategies. The event was held at GE’s Learning Center in Crotonville, N.Y.