August 2007, Vol. 19, No.8

Business

Grundfos (Bjerringbro, Denmark) will supplement its production of large-scale wastewater pumps with new facilities in Suzhou, China, to meet demands in East Asia. The new factory will create designs for the local market, focusing mainly on SuperVortex and channel-impeller pumps with motors from 20 to 250 kW. The company also plans to develop a new research and development team dedicated to wastewater solutions.

Earth Tech Inc. (Long Beach, Calif.) was awarded a $5.5 million contract by the Hilton Head (S.C.) Public Service District, the drinking water and reclaimed water utility for the north and mid-island areas of Hilton Head Island. The company will design and build a new desalination facility that will use reverse osmosis to treat up to 11,355 m3/d (3 mgd) of brackish water from the Middle Floridian Aquifer, a new drinking water source for the island. It will take approximately 18 months to design and build.

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF; Alexandria, Va.) is beginning a new study on nutrient removal. The initiative will include more than 30 wastewater utilities, universities, and water organizations. All of WERF’s nutrient-related research will be conducted under this program for the next 5 years. CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.), an engineering, construction, and operations firm, will manage the research program. WERF’s goal is to develop and demonstrate new treatment technologies that will reduce capital and operating and maintenance costs related to nutrient removal at wastewater treatment facilities by 10%.

The American Public Works Association (APWA; Kansas City, Mo.) recently named 10 public works professionals as 2007 Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year. Award recipients include John M. Bernal, deputy county administrator of public works, Pima County, Ariz.; Lawrence E. Bombara, superintendent of public works, Town of Uxbridge, Mass.; Frank “Cheech” DeCelles, Public Works Director, City of Plantation, Fla.; H. Reed Fowler Jr., director of public works, City of Newport News, Va.; Bret Hodne, superintendent of public works, City of West Des Moines, Iowa; Joseph C. Johnson, director of public works, City of Leawood, Kan.; Stuart A. Moring, director of public works, City of Roswell, Ga.; William L. Pugh, public works director, City of Tacoma, Wash.; Peter W. Steblin, general manager of environmental and engineering services and city engineer, City of London, Ontario; and Gary G. Warren; director of airside development, Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis.

CDM (Cambridge, Mass.), a consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm, has acquired Polish environmental consultancy PROEKO, headquartered in Warsaw. PROEKO, active in the Polish market since 1991, provides specialized consulting services in environmental protection, with core expertise in environmental investment, policies, and program development; integrated pollution prevention and control, and other permitting; environmental assessments and audits; and renewable energy. PROEKO will operate in its national and Central–East European markets as PROEKO Ltd., a member of CDM Group.

Bruce G. Kuffer has joined the East Lansing, Mich., office of Plastics Pipe Institute (Irving, Texas) as manager of polyethylene market development for the company’s Municipal and Industrial Division. Kuffer, who has more than 35 years of technical expertise with extensive background in trenchless technology, will focus on expanding knowledge in trenchless applications for municipal, rural, marine, forced main, and other high-density polyethylene pipe applications.

Chemilizer Products Inc. (Largo, Fla.) has appointed Mike Buchanan general sales manager. Buchanan oversees Chemilizer’s expansion into the water treatment, fertigation, and swimming pool markets, as well as the company’s well-established animal health presence.

Degremont S.A. (Cedex, France), specializing in water treatment and a wholly owned subsidiary of SUEZ Environment, has appointed Shyam J. Bhan as chief executive officer for North America. Bhan will head four of the leading providers and manufacturers of water and wastewater equipment in North America. The companies — which include Infilco Degremont Inc. (Richmond, Va.), Ozonia North America (Elmwood Park, N.J.), Anderson Water Systems (Dundas, Ontario), and Degremont Ltd. (Dorval, Quebec City) —recently were unified under the Degremont Technologies (SUEZ) banner.

Flex Your Power, California’s statewide energy efficiency campaign, has recognized the City of San Diego Water Department as a leader in energy efficiency with a Flex Your Power Award. Forty-one winners were selected from several hundred applicants for outstanding leadership in energy efficiency. The City of San Diego Water Department’s Water Conservation Program directly accounts for approximately 37 million m3 (30,000 ac-ft) of potable water savings per year, approximately 13% of the city’s total water use.