June 2008, Vol. 20, No.6

Business

Engineering, consulting, and construction company Black & Veatch (Kansas City, Mo.) announced it has been selected by the city of Olathe, Kan., as the consulting engineer for the expansion of the Cedar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Black & Veatch will provide engineering services for the initial study phase of the capital improvement project to implement advanced nutrient removal processes and boost the plant’s wastewater treatment capacity to keep pace with Olathe’s growing population. The expansion is expected to triple the Cedar Creek plant’s existing capacity of 11,355 m3/d (3 mgd).

Consulting firm PBS&J has announced its acquisition of EcoScience Corp., an environmental and engineering consulting firm based in Raleigh, N.C. The two companies have worked in partnership on projects in the past. 
 
Siemens Water Technologies (Warrendale, Pa.) announced it will supply Mediterranea delle Acque’s new wastewater treatment plant in Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino, Italy with pretreatment to a membrane bioreactor system. Housed partially underground, the plant will benefit the coastal villages’ fishing and tourism industries by producing high-quality effluent that can be used for a variety of reuse purposes. The plant is expected to be operational in 2009.

Poseidon Resources Inc. announced that the Carlsbad Desalination Project has received the Environmental Spirit Award from the Carlsbad (Calif.) Chamber of Commerce. Once operational, the 190,000-m3/d (50-mgd) plant will supply enough drinking water to serve 300,000 residents annually.
 
The Hardin County Water District No. 1 of Radcliff, Ky., approved a $33-million, 17.5-year contract with Veolia Water North America. The agreement calls for the operation, management, and maintenance of Radcliff’s 15,000-m3/d (4-mgd) wastewater treatment plant, 57 lift stations, and 210 km (130 mi) of sewer lines to serve 8800 customers.

The Prince William County (Va.) Service Authority announced that it has been awarded a grant valued at $37,125,995 from Virginia’s Water Quality Improvement Fund. The grant has been awarded per an agreement between Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality and the service authority to reduce effluent levels of nitrogen and phosphorus at the H.L. Mooney Water Reclamation Facility to help improve the health of Chesapeake Bay.

The Salish Kootenai Tribal Reservation in northwest Montana recently opted for a mobile ultraviolet-disinfection unit from Aquionics (Erlanger, Ky.) to treat wastewater at two remote wastewater treatment plants. The plants are both small aerated secondary lagoon facilities that discharge their effluent for 1 or 2 months a year.

The Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA; Aurora, Colo.) announced that Gainesville (Fla.) Regional Utilities was named a recipient of the 2008 GITA Excellence Award. The award recognizes the dedication, insight, and high degree of initiative in the outstanding application of geospatial technology.
 
HOBAS Pipe USA (Houston), a manufacturer of centrifugally cast, fiberglass-reinforced, polymer mortar pipe systems, has promoted Dan Davis to division manager of the company’s eastern region. This newly created position covers the eastern United States from Maine to Florida. Davis has been with Hobas for 10 years.

Al Fitzpatrick has been appointed to the new position of director of sales and marketing, North America, for Metrix Instrument Co. (Houston) and Hardy Instruments (San Diego). Fitzpatrick has more than 20 years of experience in the sales, marketing, customer service, and logistics arena. Metrix also announced the appointment of David Lippman as product marketing manager. A Category III certified vibration analyst, Lippman is responsible for overseeing new product development and implementation plans.

Engineering, consulting, and construction company Black & Veatch (Kansas City, Mo.) announced it has signed a contract with the Fuzhou Municipality in the People’s Republic of China to provide consulting services for the Fuzhou Environmental Improvement Project in mainland China. Project features include the construction and rehabilitation of approximately 300 km of sewer networks, three new pumping stations, and the rehabilitation of another pumping station. Nantai Island will have a total of 46 km of interconnected inland creeks rehabilitated, dredging and excavation of about 2 Mg (2.2 million ton) of earthwork, construction of stone-lined channels, and rehabilitation of eight floodgates. Completion is scheduled for 2012.

The Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) and the International Water Association (London) announced that Smithfield Foods (Smithfield, Va.) is a program sponsor of World Water Monitoring Day™ (WWMD) for the fifth consecutive year. WWMD is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources worldwide by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local waterbodies. In the United States and Poland, Smithfield and its subsidiaries encouraged their employees to rally groups in their own communities to test their local waterways for WWMD 2007.

Engineering, procurement, construction, and operations firm CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) announced the promotion of Martin Nicholson to regional manager of the firm’s nine-state southwestern U.S. region. Nicholson, a 30-year company veteran who has served in a variety of project and management positions, is based in the Redding, Calif., office.

Thames Water (London) has appointed CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) as program manager for the Thames Tideway Tunnel scheme to help deliver the “super-sewer” that will prevent overflows from London’s sewers entering the River Thames. The project will call for construction of London’s deepest tunnel — the Thames Tunnel — up to 80 m below ground level and spanning 32 km beneath the Thames from Hammersmith in West London to Beckton in East London. An additional tunnel — the Lee Tunnel (7 km) — will run from Abbey Mills in Stratford to Beckton. The tunnels will capture and transfer sewer discharges for treatment that otherwise would enter the Thames and its tributaries during heavy rainfall.
 
GE Water & Process Technologies (GE; Trevose, Pa.) and Eureka Forbes Ltd. (Mumbai, India) announced the formation of Infinite Water Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a joint venture focused on bringing safe, reliable, and affordable water solutions to the Indian residential market. Infinite Water Solutions will begin manufacturing GE’s reverse-osmosis membranes at Eureka Forbes’ subsidiary Aquamall’s new manufacturing facility in Dehradun.

Engineering, procurement, construction, and operations firm CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) announced it has been selected to design and build the Buckman Direct Diversion Project (BDD), a $180.9 million water treatment project that will divert water from the Rio Grande River and deliver it to residents and businesses in Santa Fe and Santa Fe County, N.M. Construction on the project, which will add about 10.7 million m3 (8730 ac-ft) of surface water a year, is expected to begin this year, and completion is scheduled for 2011.

The City of New London, Conn., has signed a $59 million, 10-year contract agreement with Veolia Water North America (Houston) for the operation and management of its water and wastewater systems. The company also will be responsible for billing and collections services.

Poseidon Resources Inc. (Stamford, Conn.) announced it has been recognized as one of the top 100 U.S. companies that are “Going Green” by Forbes magazine. Last year, Poseidon announced its Carlsbad seawater desalination plant will be the first major infrastructure project in the state to voluntarily eliminate its carbon footprint. Project construction is scheduled to begin later this year.

Sanford, Fla., will be the first municipality in North America to adopt the MaxWest Environmental Systems (Houston) gasification system for biosolids disposal. The gasification system converts municipal wastewater solids into renewable thermal energy.

The Des Moines (Iowa) Wastewater Reclamation Authority has selected architectural, engineering, and consulting firm HDR Inc. (Omaha, Neb.) to address significant combined-sewer overflow issues. HDR will evaluate and select the most appropriate treatment technologies and design and provide construction-phase engineering, as well as observation services, for a combined-sewer solids-separation facility. The project has an estimated cost of $40 million. Design plans are scheduled for completion in December 2009, and bids for construction should be received by March 2010 for a 2-year construction period.

Carbon Enterprises Inc. (CEI; Circleville, Ohio) celebrated 10 years of operation in April. The company was founded in 1998 to manufacture and supply filter media to the water purification industry. Today, CEI owns its own anthracite plant in Hazleton, Pa. Recently, the company named Rick Ciminello as chief executive officer, Ryan Carter as president, Lisa Ciminello as office manager, Spencer Wellington as sales–warehouse manager, Tiffany Pickett as accounting manager, and Megan Edgington as logistics manager.

In Memoriam
Charles Durham, founder of engineering firm HDR Inc. (Omaha, Neb.), died April 5 at the age of 90.
In 1940, after earning general and civil engineering degrees from Iowa State University (Ames), Durham began working at Henningson Engineering Co., which in 1950 became Henningson, Durham, and Richardson Inc., with Durham at the helm. Over three decades, Durham built HDR from 15 employees working on Nebraska projects to 1700 people with offices in 20 cities, working on projects in 50 states and 20 countries. In 2002, Durham received the Horatio Alger Award, which is presented to individuals who have overcome adversity to achieve great successes.
Durham made many contributions to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, supporting research in prostate cancer, arthritis, and surgery; the disciplines of architectural engineering, construction management, and construction engineering; and the study of chemistry, geography, geology, mathematics, and physics.