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Partnership Continues to Highlight the Relationship between Water Infrastructure, Business and the Economy

The Water is Your Business Campaign, a project of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will hold a panel discussion in partnership with the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Nov. 15, at 11:00 a.m. at the Sheila Doyle Russell Youth and Community Center in Cambridge, Mass. This event will be the third in a national series of dialogues on the economic value of water.

The discussion will feature members of the Cambridge business community, and will focus on the relationship between water infrastructure, local businesses and the local economy. A tour of The Walter J. Sullivan Water Treatment Facility will take place following the town hall.

Please register online for this event. For additional information about Water is Your Business please click here.

NAWC, DC Water for People Committee, to Host Gala Honoring Women in Water

The National Association of Water Companies will be the presenting sponsor of the Women in Water Gala to raise money for Water for People and its important mission to provide access to drinking water and sanitation. The DC Water for People Committee has chosen to honor Women in Water—those who carry water to and from remote water sources, design and manage water and sanitation systems, and have shown a commitment to improving access to safe drinking water and sanitation worldwide.

Please stay up to date with the event on Facebook, where ticket sales will be announced and the guest list will be updated.

 

Be Sure To ‘Friend’ Your Friends At NAWC

We’re pleased to report that NAWC has launched an exciting initiative that will help our industry communicate more effectively to the next generation of water and wastewater service customers. Taking advantage of the new field of social media and networking, NAWC now has a nonprofit page on Facebook, as well as a Twitter page.

If you are not currently on Facebook or Twitter, it’s free and easy, and we encourage you to sign up. You may find a lot of old friends that want to reconnect with you, and it’s an amazing way to share information with a vast array of customers and organizations. And that is our goal!

Once you join Facebook, you can type ‘National Association of Water Companies’ into the search bar and then indicate that you "Like" the page. Likewise, once on Twitter, you can follow NAWC’s tweets at @MovinH2OForward.

Click here to sign up:

 

Jeff Hines Closes NASDAQ Trading Day

On Monday, Oct. 25, The York Water Company President and CEO Jeff Hines celebrated the company's 10-year anniversary on the NASDAQ stock exchange by ringing the bell that brought the market to a close for the day. With signs touting “195 Years of Dividends and Service,” The York Water Company, the oldest investor-owned utility in America, supplies an average of 20 million gallons of water every day to about 65,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers and 43 communities in York and Adams counties in Pennsylvania. Hines is also the newest addition to NAWC’s Board of Directors, and was installed during the 2010 Annual Conference.

Linda Bridwell Receives Kentucky’s 2010 Civil Engineer Professional Recognition Award

Linda Bridwell, Kentucky American Water’s director of water quality and environmental compliance, has received the 2010 Robert M. Gillim Professional Recognition Award from the Kentucky Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers in recognition of her service to civil engineering in the Commonwealth. Bridwell is the first female to receive the honor, which has been awarded annually since 1966.

Bridwell holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky, a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University, and is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

She joined Kentucky American Water’s engineering team in 1989, and soon was working on plans to address Central Kentucky’s water supply deficit. She was promoted to lead the company’s engineering department in 1995, and became widely recognized within the company and the state as an expert on the region’s water supply issues.

Bridwell's efforts to resolve the increasingly worsening water supply situation lasted more than 20 years, as finding a solution became more and more complex. During that time, Bridwell served as the company’s water supply representative on numerous local, regional and state committees. In recent years, she led the project team that designed and constructed the solution that was ultimately approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission in 2008—a new, 20-million-gallon-per-day water treatmentplant in Owen County, Ky., connected to Kentucky American Water’s existing Central Kentucky distribution system by a 31-mile, 42-inch-diameter underground pipeline from Owen County through Franklin and Scott counties to Fayette County.

Under Bridwell’s direction, the project was designed in 12 months, which is considered an ambitious schedule by those in the industry. Similarly, construction of the $164 million project was completed in September 2010—just 25 months after it started—on time and on budget. The project’s 31-mile pipeline was constructed along rural roadways through four counties, presenting many challenges such as operating very large equipment in narrow corridors, boring through rocky hillsides, making adjustments as the team worked around historically and environmentally significant areas, and acquiring more than 100 easements, all of which were obtained through agreements with property owners.

Bridwell is a past president of the Kentucky Society of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a former director of the Bluegrass Chapter of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, has served as an adjunct professor in the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Kentucky, and is a current member of the American Water Works Association and the Industrial Advisory Committee for the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Kentucky. Since 2004, she has served as a board member of the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, which was created in 1988 to provide the mechanism for funding the construction of local public works projects in the Commonwealth. She is also president of the Central Christian Church Childcare Center Board of Directors, and has been a past board member of Bluegrass Tomorrow, Hospice of the Bluegrass, the Delta Gamma House Corporation, and has worked with the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Lexington Affiliate. She was named one of Central Kentucky’s leading businesswomen by Business Lexington earlier this year.

 

United Water’s Imparato Wins 2010 NJBIZ CFO of the Year Award

United Water announced that Edward Imparato, senior vice president and chief financial officer, was selected by NJBIZ to receive the 2010 CFO of the Year Award.

The publication’s awards program recognizes New Jersey-based financial executives who contribute to the success of New Jersey’s economic growth and stability. Imparato was recognized in the “Private Company with Revenues over $100 Million” category at a breakfast ceremony held in Somerset.

As United Water's CFO, Imparato is responsible for all of United Water’s financial functions, including accounting, treasury, corporate finance, financial planning and procurement. In addition, he oversees United Water’s information technology team.

“Ed is an outstanding executive and his extraordinary performance as CFO has earned him respect and recognition,” said Bertrand Camus, CEO of United Water. “I congratulate him in receiving this award for talent, leadership and dedication within our organization and within the water industry. In addition, I’d like to recognize his commitment to community service and corporate social responsibility.”

Imparato joined United Water, a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, in 1987, and advanced to positions of increasing responsibility, including manager of corporate accounting, director of financial planning, corporate controller, treasurer, and vice president and general manager of United Water’s regulated operations in the New York Division.

As an active executive in the water industry, Imparato serves as chairman of the board of directors of the National Association of Water Companies–New York chapter. In addition, he serves on the finance committee of the National Association of Water Companies.

Imparato also has a commitment to higher education. He is on the board of trustees of Dominican College, where he serves as chairman of the fiscal committee and as a member of the audit committee. In addition, Imparato is a member of the accounting advisory committee for Bergen Community College, and serves as a member of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

He holds an M.B.A. in finance from Iona College and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the City University of New York (CUNY) with a B.S. in accounting. Imparato holds an A.A.S. in computer science from CUNY. In addition, he is a Certified Management Accountant and a member of the Institute of Management Accountants.

 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Presents Prestigious Directors Award to West Virginia American Water’s Kanawha Valley Water Treatment Plant

Employees at West Virginia American Water’s Kanawha Valley Treatment Plant were honored as recipients of the prestigious Directors Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Partnership for Safe Water. Employees were joined by officials from the EPA, the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, the Public Service Commission of West Virginia, and the Kanawha County Commission, as well as representatives from American Water and West Virginia American Water, in a ceremony held at the plant to recognize their hard work and dedication.

The Partnership for Safe Water is a voluntary initiative developed by the EPA and other water organizations to recognize water suppliers that consistently achieve water treatment standards that surpass EPA regulatory requirements. The Directors Award is its most prestigious distinction awarded to water treatment plants.

Jeff Sterba, president and CEO of West Virginia American Water’s parent company, American Water, joined the West Virginia American team to celebrate this momentous occasion. “It’s great to be here in West Virginia to celebrate the achievements of our dedicated employees.” Sterba stated. “The availability of potable water is an increasing concern in much of the U.S. today, and the fact that this plant continually provides an abundant, reliable supply of water while simultaneously being recognized by the EPA for excellence in water quality is an accomplishment this team should be quite proud of.”

The Kanawha Valley Treatment Plant treats an average of 30 million gallons per day, serving more than 300,000 people in Kanawha, Boone, Putnam, Lincoln and Clay
counties. Constructed in 1972 along the Elk River in downtown Charleston, it is the largest water treatment plant in West Virginia.

In his opening remarks, West Virginia American Water president Wayne Morgan stated; “West Virginia American Water continually pursues ways to improve the production and distribution of the highest quality water possible, and this award is a testament to our commitment. Furthermore, the optimization of the plant process achieved through the Partnership has reduced production costs.”

While this is the first year a Directors Award has been granted to the Kanawha Valley Water Treatment Plant, West Virginia American Water’s Huntington Water Treatment Plant recently received the 10-Year Directors Award for 10 consecutive years of outstanding quality. To date, eight of West Virginia American Water’s nine water treatment plants (which serve 98% of the company’s customers) have received Directors Awards.

Walter Ivey, Director of Environmental Health Services for the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health presented the award, along with Jessica Greathouse of the EPA. “Optimizing water treatment plants to a level that exceeds federal requirements provides additional public health protection to the consumers of this water,” Ivey stated. “The job of a water treatment plant operator is one of the most important professions in the community, and the operators of this plant made the commitment required to make this program successful.”


Haworth Water Treatment Plant Upgrade Receives National DBIA Award

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) recognized United Water New Jersey’s Haworth Water Treatment Plant upgrade with a National Design-Build Excellence Award in the water/wastewater "over $25 million" category. The award was presented at DBIA’s recent 2010 Design-Build Conference and Exposition.

United Water partnered with CDM to design and build a $100 million upgrade to the company’s 200-million-gallon-per-day (mgd) facility, which serves 800,000 people in northern New Jersey. The project included innovative high-rate dissolved air flotation (DAF) for sedimentation clarification, a highly efficient ozone pretreatment process, new disinfection facilities and new residuals handling and treatment processes.

The design-build project delivery method enables one entity to provide design and construction to an owner under a single contract. This allowed Haworth’s major process treatment units to be designed, permitted, constructed and placed in service in only 21 months, which is half the time conventional design and construction would require. “The greatest measure of success was that our customers enjoyed a safe and reliable supply of water during the construction of the upgrade at the water treatment plant,” said Bob Iacullo, president of United Water. “This was unprecedented when you consider the activity that took place. We had more than 100 construction workers putting in six-day work weeks to meet our ambitious schedule.”

“Progressive design-build delivery was integral to the success of the upgrade," said Pete Tunnicliffe, CDM's senior vice president. "By working with United Water to advance the design scope, we were able to incorporate their engineering and operations input, expedite procurement, and initiate construction while the final design took place. Not only did we deliver the project ahead of schedule and under budget, but we ensured that regulations were met—protecting the environment and customers of United Water.”

Haworth’s high-rate DAF—the largest of its kind in the U.S.—removes 90 percent of particles and algae from source for improved water quality. As a result, backwash volume from filtration is significantly reduced, and backwash water is recycled to eliminate discharge. High-rate DAF requires one-eighth the process tank volume needed for traditional sedimentation clarification, which at the Haworth plant saved 12 acres of woodland and millions of dollars in infrastructure costs. In addition, Haworth’s state-of-the-art ozone system removes unwanted tastes and odors, boosts DAF performance, and increases filter-run periods by 4 to 6 times—contributing to the water treatment plant’s exceptional water quality and energy efficiency. The result is an enhanced treatment process that saves energy, protects the environment and produces great-tasting water.

 

Artesian Close on Acquisition of Fort Deposit, Maryland, Water Assets

Artesian Water Maryland announced that it has closed on the agreement to buy the water assets of the Town of Port Deposit, Md.

Artesian has operated Port Deposit’s water system since April 2009, and in July 2010 received approval from the Maryland Public Service Commission to purchase the water assets.

“This acquisition gives us another reliable water source for Cecil County, as the purchase includes access to the Susquehanna River as a source of supply, which will help ensure not only reliable and quality service to our new customers in Port Deposit, but more than sufficient supply availability to meet the future demands of Cecil County’s 17-mile designated-growth corridor,” said Dian C. Taylor, president and CEO of Artesian Resources Corporation.

Cecil County is anticipating significant growth as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program that is transferring thousands of military and civilian personnel to the nearby Aberdeen Proving Grounds. Artesian also has an interconnection with the Town of Elkton, which also has capacity to serve areas of the Cecil County growth corridor as they develop. Artesian’s investment in water and wastewater infrastructure in Cecil County’s growth corridor will help the county to manage expected development.

"With more than a century of providing superior water and wastewater services on the Delmarva Peninsula, we have the expertise to operate water systems as efficiently as possible while providing outstanding customer service," Taylor added. "We are also committed to the communities we serve and we look forward to becoming an active member of the Port Deposit community.”

Through the agreement, Artesian acquired the Town of Port Deposit’s water treatment facility, an existing 700,000-gallon-per-day Susquehanna River Water Appropriation permit, a 500,000-gallon ground storage tank, and water mains. Artesian will take over water service rights for the service area that encompasses Port Deposit’s existing 280 customers, in addition to several adjacent tracts of land including the Bainbridge property, a 1,200-acre former U.S. Navy facility with the potential to be developed for 2,800 residential homes, as well as commercial and educational uses.

 

Artesian Opens New Facility in Sussex County

Artesian Resources Corporation announced the consolidation of the Sussex County, Delaware, operations of Artesian Water, Artesian Wastewater Management, and Artesian Consulting Engineers (ACE) -- which provide water, wastewater and engineering services -- into a newly acquired facility.

The Southern Corporate Center will house all of Artesian’s Southern Delaware operations as of Nov. 1, 2010. Artesian expanded into Sussex County in 1997 to meet the water and wastewater infrastructure needs of residents in Southern Delaware, and this new facility will further Artesian’s commitment to those residents. The Southern Corporate Center consists of approximately 10,000 square feet of office space, and a nearly 10,000-square-foot warehouse.

“We are extremely pleased to enhance our operations and presence in Sussex County,” said Artesian president and CEO Dian C. Taylor. “This new space will enable us to further improve the efficiency of our operations, and make us even more accessible to our neighbors and customers. We’re absolutely committed to providing the best products and service to this portion of our home state, and being an active, involved member of the entire Sussex County community.”

Artesian Consulting Engineers (ACE) is a one-stop shop for professional surveying, land planning, site engineering, architectural services, stormwater management, and water and wastewater system design. ACE’s full-service civil engineering, architectural design and land surveying capabilities enable the group to take projects from land planning to construction, giving clients increased control and faster project-development schedules.

 

Middlesex Water Company Announces Departure of Annette Catino from Board

Middlesex Water Company announced that Annette Catino has resigned from the Company's Board of Directors effective Oct. 26, 2010. It had been previously announced that she would be leaving the Board prior to the end of 2010. Catino, president and CEO of QualCare Alliance Networks, was named to the Middlesex Board in January 2003. She was chair of the ad hoc Pricing Committee, and served as a member of the Audit, Compensation, Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and the Capital Improvement Committee.

"Annette's insight, leadership and strong business sense have been of great benefit to Middlesex Water Company in her many years on the Board," said Middlesex Water Chairman, President and CEO Dennis W. Doll. "We are grateful for her many contributions and we wish her well as she is focusing on the numerous challenges and opportunities in her business as a result of recently enacted federal health care legislation," added Doll.

 

Long Island American Water Opens New Iron Removal Plant in Malverne

Long Island American Water staff, along with elected officials and representatives from the New York State Public Service Commission, recently cut the ribbon to officially open the company’s new $7.5 million iron removal plant in Malverne. The new plant, which enables the company to treat water from two wells that were previously out of service due to high iron content, will provide up to 4 million gallons per day of high-quality filtered water to its customers. This is the company’s sixth iron removal facility.

Long Island American Water President William Varley was joined at the ribbon-cutting ceremony by Nassau County Legislator Francis X. Becker Jr. and Malverne Mayor Patricia Ann Norris-McDonald, as well as other local officials and members of Layne Christensen Company, the lead contracting firm for the project.

“Iron intrusion is a challenge in Long Island, and this new, state-of-the-art plant provides a much needed solution to help us provide water that meets or exceeds both EPA standards, as well as our customers’ standards. Our customers expect high-quality water and we deliver it,” Varley said. “Keeping up with the demand for water this past summer was also challenging, due to the hot, dry weather, and this plant also helps us meet those increased demands by allowing us to draw and treat water from two additional wells."

Construction on the new plant began in October 2009 and consisted of demolition of the existing site buildings, construction of a new building, rehabilitation of both existing wells, and the installation of three pressure filter vessels, new chemical treatment systems, a new plant electrical system, emergency power generator, a new Supervisory Control and Automated Data Acquisition (SCADA) and automatic filter controls.

The new iron removal facility is part of Long Island American Water’s ongoing capital investment program to help ensure high-quality, reliable water service for its customers. In the last two years, Long Island American Water has invested more than $26 million in infrastructure. Even with these necessary upgrades, water service remains an exceptional value for customers, at less than a penny per gallon.

 

Middlesex Water Collaborates on Coloring Book

Bernadette M. Sohler, vice president of corporate affairs at Middlesex Water (left), reviews the finished work with Cassie Dent (Edison), Dylan Tasco (Iselin), Professor Maria Marshall, An Ngo (Avenel), and Jessica Frabasile (Iselin)

Students in the graphic design program at Middlesex County College worked with representatives of the Middlesex Water Company to create a coloring book that helps children better understand the value of water and the importance of wise water use.

Elementary school chilwow idren from all over Middlesex County drew many of the panels for the book, which was designed by the MCC students. Copies of the completed book were presented to Middlesex students, faculty and the College president in October, and will serve as an mportant tool in the company’s education and outreach efforts.