July 2007, Vol. 19, No.7


Donald A. Davis joined water supply and wastewater management company Barton & Loguidice P.C. (Syracuse, N.Y.) as senior water quality scientist. For the past 18 years, Davis has worked as a project manager and technical advisor, and he is a certified water and wastewater treatment plant operator.

Larry Wimmer, president of Grundfos USA (Olathe, Kan.) and president and CEO of Grundfos North America, will be retiring at the end of 2007. Dennis Wierzbicki assumed the role of president and general manager of Grundfos USA on May 1. Gregers Johansen is the new president and general manager of PACO Pumps (Brookshire, Texas) — a newly acquired subsidiary of Grundfos.

The National Water Research Institute (Burlington, Ontario) named environmental engineer James L. Barnard of Black & Veatch Corp. (Kansas City, Mo.) as the 14th recipient of its annual Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. The prize was established in 1993 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated excellence in water science research and technology. Barnard, who has spent more than 40 years researching and implementing better ways to conserve water resources and improve wastewater treatment, is particularly well known for his work in biological nutrient removal.

The Wellness Councils of America (Omaha, Neb.) recently awarded consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm CDM (Cambridge, Mass.) a Silver Well Workplace Award, recognizing the firm among the elite group of America’s Healthiest Companies. CDM was acknowledged for its “Be Well” employee health and wellness program.

Layne Christensen (Mission Woods, Kan.), parent company of Inliner Technologies (Paoli, Ind.), has acquired Underground Infrastructure Group Inc. (UIG), a subsidiary of American Water Services (Voorhees, N.J.), for $28.6 million — a move that is expected to double the installations of Inliner Technologies’ method of cured-in-place pipe. UIG is being folded into Reynolds Inliner, a full-service wastewater system renewal contractor with offices throughout the U.S. Midwest and South.

Black & Veatch Corp. (Kansas City, Mo.), an engineering, consulting, and construction company, was selected by H2O-china.com (Beijing) as one of the top consulting companies that operated in the China water industry during 2006. It is the first time that international firms such as Black & Veatch have been included on this list. The selection was made on the basis of a public Internet vote and professional review that identified significant performers in the China water industry in 2006.

Environmental consulting and engineering firm Jacques Whitford (Saint John, New Brunswick) has acquired ecological engineering company North American Wetland Engineering (NAWE; White Bear Lake, Minn.) and EcoCheck Inc. (White Bear Lake). In 2002, NAWE established EcoCheck to fill a critical need for quality infrastructure management of its wastewater systems. NAWE has been involved in more than 250 projects worldwide.

The Department of Natural Resources and Parks for King County, Wash., has awarded GE Water & Process Technologies (Trevose, Pa.), a unit of General Electric Co. (Fairfield, Conn.), the Green Globe Award for outstanding achievement in the category of Leader in Reclaimed Water. The biennial Green Globe Award is King County’s highest honor for businesses, organizations, and individuals that foster environmental stewardship by protecting the environment, managing natural resources, and benefiting the community. King County is currently building two new wastewater treatment plants that will incorporate GE’s ZeeWeed Membrane Bioreactor technology.

Barbara H. Mulkey of Mulkey Engineers & Consultants (Raleigh, N.C.) has been named to the North Carolina State University (NCSU; Raleigh) board of trustees, which strives to promote sound development and continued excellence to the students of the NCSU community. The board comprises 13 trustees who each serve one 4-year term. Mulkey has run her own civil engineering firm since 1993.

EnerTech Environmental Inc. (Atlanta) this spring began construction of its first full-scale SlurryCarb™ facility, in Rialto, Calif. HDR Design–Build Inc. (Omaha, Neb.) began construction in April after receiving the full notice to proceed. The facility will produce approximately 132 tonne (145 ton) of renewable E-Fuel™ from biosolids supplied by five municipalities in the Los Angeles region. The fuel will be used by a local cement kiln as a renewable alternative to coal.

Aquatech International Corp. (Canonsburg, Pa.) received a contract for the Pearl gas-to-liquids project in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar. Sponsored by Qatar Petroleum (Doha) and Royal Dutch Shell (The Hague, Netherlands), the contract covers the installation of a large demineralization and condensate polishing plant that will treat a total of 76 m³/d (20,000 gal/d) of flow.