March 2009, Vol. 21, No.3


The Association of Water Technologies (Rockville, Md.) appointed Scott W. Olson of Lakeland Chemical Specialties Inc. (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) as its new president. The association also presented the Water Technologist of the Year award to Jim Lukanich of ChemCal Inc. (Grapevine, Texas) and Supplier of the Year award to Steve Pescatore of Houghton Chemical Corp. (Allston, Mass.).

Eric Scherch and Nicolas Fontaine, engineers in the San Diego office of HDR (Omaha, Neb.), were selected to make a presentation at the U.N. Water Conference held by UNESCO (Paris) in December. Scherch’s presentation focused on his work for Engineers Without Borders–USA (Boulder, Colo.) in Southeast India, while Fontaine’s presentation focused on cultural challenges inherent in the development and planning of clean water projects.

The partnership of Gresham, Ore., and Veolia Water North America (Chicago) was awarded the 2008 Public−Private Partnership Award by the National Council for Public−Private Partnerships (Arlington, Va.).

ShanXi DaTong Co-gen Ltd. (Da Tong, China) has selected Dow Chemical Co. (Midland Mich.) ultrafiltration membranes for its cogeneration plant in DaTong. To meet the increasing demand for energy, DaTong required a cost-effective, efficient solution for municipal wastewater treatment. The site was able to maintain acceptable feed water quality for reverse osmosis using only a prescreen and ultrafiltration modules as pretreatment.

Michael J. Reardon was elected to the MIOX Corp. (Albuquerque, N.M.) board of directors. Previously, Reardon served as president and chief operating officer of Culligan International (Rosemont, Ill.) and was a co-founding finance and operations executive and a board member of USFilter (now Siemens Water Technologies [Warrendale, Pa.]).

GEI Consultants Inc. (Woburn, Mass.) Chief Operating Officer Ray Hart and senior consultant Steve Verigin have been appointed to serve on the U.S. National Committee on Levee Safety.

The Millennium Challenge Account–Lesotho Authority awarded CDM (Cambridge, Mass.) a 5-year, $12.7 million contract to provide program management for the $180 million Metolong Dam activities in Maseru, Lesotho, and in neighboring towns. The project will enable better management of water resources and increased connections to the urban water supply system. Lesotho is a landlocked independent country in southern Africa completely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. The Millennium Challenge Account is a U.S. government-sponsored program that funds projects to reduce global poverty by promoting sustainable economic growth.

The nitrate treatment plant at Bratch Pumping Station (Wombourne, England) constructed by Black & Veatch (Kansas City, Mo.) has won the 2008 South Staffordshire Council Conservation and Design Award in the new-build category. Black & Veatch was principal contractor on the project for Severn Trent Water (Birmingham, England), with Grontmij (Leeds, England) providing design services.

Steve Meininger was selected to be global operations director for project delivery, and Scott Haskins was named director of the New Technology, Quality, and Innovation Group at CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.). Meininger joined the company in 1993 and was regional vice president. Haskins joined the company in 2007 and was a vice president and principal management consultant. In addition, Don Del Nero has joined the company’s Global Conveyance Technology Group as global tunnelling technology specialist.

Siemens Water Technologies (Warrendale, Pa.) was selected by Petro-Canada (Calgary, Alberta) to provide a system for treating coal-bed-methane-produced water at the Mitchell Draw CBM Project in Wyoming. Siemens also will provide assistance with system commissioning, as well as operate and maintain the plant under a 5-year operation and maintenance contract.

John E. Webb was named Los Angeles-area director of marketing at MACTEC Engineering and Consulting Inc. (Alpharetta, Ga.). He brings more than 27 years of marketing and business development experience to the firm.

Colfax Corp. (Richmond, Va.) has marked the 10th anniversary of its Asia Pacific regional office, which opened in 1998 in Hong Kong with five employees. The office has approximately 300 employees in 10 offices.

RJN Group Inc. (Wheaton, Ill.) recently received certification as a member of the National Association of Sewer Service Companies (Owings Mills, Md.). Members are required to comprehend the quality and safety issues related to dealing with rehabilitated pipelines and are active in developing guidelines and specifications that become industry standards. 

HDR (Omaha, Neb.) named Carolyn Dimmick as the new leader of the Water Business Group’s Pittsburgh office and Lorraine Veltri as water marketing manager and water national pursuit leader for the East region, based in Pittsburgh.

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