August 2011, Vol. 23, No.8


IDE Technologies (Kadima, Israel)has been awarded “Desalination Company of the Year” by the magazine, Global Water Intelligence (GWI). GWI also nominated and short-listed IDE’s MED desalination plant in Tianjin, China, as its “Desalination Plant of the Year.” 


Jan Dell, CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) vice president, Energy and Water Division, has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke to serve as a member of the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee. Dell will serve a 3-year term.


Gene C. Koontz was elected as vice president of the American Water Works Association (AWWA; Denver). Koontz serves on the AWWA board of directors representing the Pennsylvania Section. In 2009, he received AWWA’s George Warren Fuller Award for distinguished service to the water supply field.


MAR Systems (Cleveland) has been awarded the NorTec (Cleveland) Innovation Award for its work in the removal of metal contaminants from industrial wastewater, industrial runoff, ground wells, and problematic legacy water.


Parkson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and MIOX (Albuquerque, N.M.) announced the formation of a new partnership to develop the market for onsite generation disinfection systems.


J.B. Conant has joined Wachs Water Services (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) as the regional business development manager for Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Conant most recently served in a business development role at Suncoast Infrastructure Inc. (Florence, Miss.) focusing on sanitary sewer inspections and sewer system rehabilitation, including cured-in-place piping and protective epoxy coatings.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission (Hollywood, Md.)with a PISCES award for its methane power cogeneration and digester project at the Marlay–Taylor Water Reclamation Facility.


Mesa Consolidated Water District (Costa Mesa, Calif.)engineer Robert R. McVicker has been awarded the Diplomate Water Resources Engineer credential from the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (Reston, Va.) board of trustees. McVicker also was selected by the Orange County(Calif.)board of supervisors to serve a 3-year term on the Wells Standards Advisory Board.  


AP/M Permaform (Johnston, Iowa)has announced Robin Wolf as East Coast regional manager. Since 1999 Wolf has been involved in the precast concrete industry as a product manager and marketing director for the Premarc Corp. (Durand, Mich.).


BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) is set to acquire ultrafiltration specialist inge watertechnologies AG (Greifenberg, Germany). The transaction is expected to close within the third quarter of 2011.


NSF International (Ann Arbor, Mich.) has launched a new performance certification program for equipment that removes from public drinking water Cryptosporidium, bacteria, and viruses that are known to cause gastrointestinal illness.


Aqua-Aerobic Systems Inc. (Rockford, Ill.) has partnered with SupplyCore Middle East (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia). The partnership offers wastewater solutions to Saudi Arabia, the largest economy in the Arab world, as well as the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council.


The Michigan Business and Professional Association (Warren) chose Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures (Belding, Mich.) as one of “West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” in 2011. The awards are presented by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (Warren) and recognize companies for strategies they use to create the best human resource practices for their employees.


Kleinfelder (San Diego) began celebrating its 50th year in business on April 1. As part of the yearlong celebration, the company has made a commitment of $50,000 and more than 3500 volunteer hours to Ronald McDonald House Charities (Oak Brook, Ill.).


The City of Round Rock, Texas, received the Bob Derrington Reclamation Award from the Texas Section of the American Water Works Association (Denver) for its development of a new water reuse system. The system, which will be constructed at the Brushy Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (Round Rock, Texas), is projected to reduce potable water demand by approximately 45,000 m3/d (12 mgd).


Environmental Dynamics Inc. (Columbia, Mo.) changed its name to Environmental Dynamics International to reflect its increased global activities in the water and wastewater treatment industry. 


Koch Membrane Systems Inc. (Wilmington, Mass.) promoted Manwinder Singh to senior vice president of technology. Singh, based at company headquarters, joined the company in April 2010 as vice president of technology product management.


Aquatech (Canonsburg, Pa.) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federal Electricity and Water Authority (Dubai) have signed a contract for Aquatech to provide a seawater reverse osmosis system to provide drinking water for the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. The project, valued at more than $82 million, is scheduled to be operational in late 2013.


McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. (St. Louis) was recognized by the AZ Water Association (Prescott, Ariz.) for two of its water projects in Phoenix for excellence in wastewater and water projects completed between March 2010 and March 2011. The Unified Plant Expansion project earned the Wastewater Project of the Year award, and the Deer Valley Water Treatment Plant – East Basin Reconstruction Project earned the Water Project of the Year award.


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