January 2012, Vol. 24, No.1



Pall Corp. (Port Washington, N.Y.), has been named one of the greenest companies in America by Newsweek magazine. Pall was ranked fifth in the capital goods sector and 69thamong Newsweek’s U.S. 500 List. The Newsweek 2011 Green Rankings assess the environmental performance of the largest publicly traded companies in America and around the world.


The HDR (Omaha, Neb.) water business group recently made several new appointments, including Rich Atoulikian as vice president and Northeast area client service manager; Kim Buckley as information technology business services consultant; Larry Hentz, a Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) member, as Mid-Atlantic area manager; Pierre Kwan as the Northwest and Alaska water treatment business class lead; Jim Pembroke as Southwest area marketing manager; and Joe Wojslaw as senior wastewater project manager and the business groups’ program manager in the Los Angeles office.


Real Tech Inc. (Whitby, Ontario) won the 2011 DeloitteTechnology Green 15™ award. The award, created in 2007, showcases 15 Canadian companies that are leading the way to create major breakthroughs in the field of green technology. The company also received the Deloitte Technology Green 15 award in 2009 and in 2010.

Real Tech has developed a product line of portable and real-time spectral analysis instrumentation to rapidly detect many common and emerging contaminants in water and wastewater.


Severn Trent Services (Fort Washington, Pa.) appointed Enric Cardoner as the new general manager for its water purification group in Europe and John Dyson as North American sales director for its water purification group.

Cardoner has held senior positions with major companies in both water and technological fields, and Dyson has 20 years of experience in technical sales and management.


The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF; Alexandria, Va.) presented the Paul L. Busch Award to Volodymyr Tarabara, associate professor of environmental engineering at Michigan State University (East Lansing), for a research project that could lead to more available potable water in arid climates.

The award includes a $100,000 grant to support and promote work that will bring new benefits to the water quality community. Tarabara will use his award to validate innovative concepts that could lead to the widespread use of multifunctional membranes for a range of processes, including the reduction or removal of halogens, nitrogen compounds, and salt.

WERF also recognized the City of Los Angeles and DC Water (Washington, D.C.) with its new Award for Excellence in Innovation. This new WERF award recognizes organizations that have made improvements to wastewater and stormwater collection, storage or treatment operations, facilities, or processes by applying WERF research.

Los Angeles was recognized for the Bureau of Sanitation’s Terminal Island Renewable Energy (TIRE) project. TIRE has offered numerous environmental solutions and a successful diversified biosolids management program while potentially saving millions of dollars annually since the facility began operating in 2008.

DC Water was recognized for its biosolids program, which includes constructing a new thermal hydrolysis process and anaerobic digesters. The program will cut greenhouse gas emissions, produce more energy, and create higher-quality biosolids — all combining to save millions of dollars annually when the facility begins operating in 2014.


The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA; Washington, D.C.) presented Riverside (Calif.) Public Utilities with its Platinum Award for Utility Excellence. The award, which recognizes extraordinary performance of water agencies, was presented to nine water utilities this year. AMWA noted Riverside’s local partnerships, proactive approach to groundwater management, and prudent fiscal strategies among the reasons for bestowing the honor.


Synagro Technologies Inc. (Houston) appointed Eric Zimmer executive vice president, services division. Zimmer has than 22 years of experience in the environmental services industry.


Andrew Chastain-Howley joined Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.) as a director in the company’s management consulting business. He has more than 20 years of experience and chairs the Groundwater Committee at the Water Environment Association of Texas (Austin), the Water Loss Control Audit Software Subcommittee of the American Water Works Association (Denver), and the Technical Committee on Aquifer Storage and Recovery at the American Water Resources Association (Middleburg, Va.).

Will Williams also joined Black & Veatch as director within the company’s management consulting business. Williams is based in Atlanta.


Gregory E. DiLoreto, chief executive officer at Tualatin Valley Water District (Beaverton, Ore.) was named president-elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers (Reston, Va.).


Aqua Nova Engineering PLC announced the opening of its national headquarters in Earlysville, Va. The company specializes in wastewater, stormwater, and rainwater management systems and is a licensed designer and installer of Living Machine® Systems.


Xylem Inc. (White Plains, N.Y.) completed its spinoff from ITT Corp. (White Plains) and began operations as a stand-alone water technology company. The company serves customers in more than 150 countries. Product brands, such as Bell and Gossett, Flojet, Flygt, Godwin, Goulds Water Technologies, WTW, and YSI, are all registered trademarks of Xylem Inc.


The board of directors at Anaergia Inc. (Burlington, Ontario), a producer of biogas-based energy, appointed Steve Watzeck to succeed the company’s founder, Andrew Benedek, as CEO. Benedek will remain with the company as executive chairman and chief technology officer.

Kim Lukens was named president of North American operations at Anaergia. Lukens has held technical and senior management positions with several technology and engineering construction companies during his 30 years in the environmental management and water/wastewater industries.


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