May 2012, Vol. 24, No.5


Johan Kuylenstierna has been appointed executive director of the Stockholm Environment Institute (Sweden). Before his appointment, he worked as chief technical advisor to the chair of UN-Water, based in the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, and served in U.N. agencies in both New York and Geneva. Kuylenstierna also served as project director at the Stockholm International Water Institute and manager of the Swedish Water House (Stockholm) initiative.

Charles Austen Pumps (Byfleet, England), a manufacturer of vacuum pumps and compressors, announced the opening of its newest offices in Buford, Ga., under the name Blue Diamond Pumps Inc. 


WGK Inc. Engineers & Surveyors (Clinton, Miss.) hired Jon Huey as a project engineer for its wastewater engineering clients. Before joining the firm, Huey was an environmental engineer and administrator at the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, where he worked in the area of environmental planning and permitting for 27 years. Huey will continue to teach graduate engineering classes at Jackson State University (Jackson, Miss.). He is a member of the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (Annapolis, Md.).


Industrial Scientific (Oakdale, Pa.) was named Advanced Manufacturer of the Year in the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s2011 Tech 50 Awards. The award honors the Pittsburgh region’s fastest growing and most innovative technology companies and top executives.


Lisa Sparrow, president and chief executive officer of Utilities Inc. (Northbrook, Ill.), has been named president of the National Association of Water Companies (Washington, D.C.) board of directors. Prior to joining the company, Sparrow spent 10 years at British Petroleum (London).

Russell Ford, vice president and New Jersey area manager of CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.), has been appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board Drinking Water Committee.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized five organizations and one individual as the 2011 WaterSense Partners of the Year. WaterSense partners manufacture and sell a range of products, support green jobs, promote the protection of water resources, and have shown outstanding contributions to water efficiency. Organizations recognized are Cobb County Water System (Marietta, Ga.) for educating Georgia consumers on water efficiency through events and presentations; Delta Faucet Co. (Indianapolis) for conducting widespread promotional activities and leading a coalition of stakeholders in developing a performance test for showerheads; The Home Depot (Atlanta) for selling only WaterSense-labeled lavatory faucets that saved customers more than 102 billion L (27 billion gal) of water and $174 million on water utility bills in 2010; KB Home (Los Angeles)for unveiling the first WaterSense-labeled homes in November 2010 at its Springwood community in Roseville, Calif.; and Energy Inspectors Corp. (Las Vegas), which worked closely with KB Home by inspecting and certifying the first WaterSense-labeled new homes and also recruited additional builder partners.

EPA also recognized Christopher Curry, a principal at Sweeney + Associates Irrigation Design and Consulting (Orange, Calif.), for practicing water-efficient irrigation design that helps the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department save 11 million L (3 million gal) of water per year.


Raftelis Financial Consultants Inc. (Charlotte, N.C.) has hired Keith Readling to be director of stormwater management consulting.


Parsons (Pasadena, Calif.) has established Parsons AustralAsia and appointed Mike Walsh president of the new regional business unit. Also, PARCOMM and Parsons Water & Infrastructure Inc. merged into PE&I.Virginia L. Grebbien was named president of PE&I.


GE Power & Water Technologies (Trevose, Pa.) named Paul Schulerthe newengineered systems regional sales executive for theNorth American region.


USALCO LLC (Baltimore),a manufacturer of aluminum-based and intermediate chemical products, acquired Delta Chemical Corp. (Baltimore), a manufacturer of a wide range of environmental chemicals for water and wastewater treatment, and Delta Transport Inc. (Sacramento, Calif.), a transportation service company.


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