News Article | May 18, 2017
VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, today announced that Alma Beciragic, a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been chosen as the recipient of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) 2017 American Water Scholarship. The scholarship is an annual award of $5,000 presented to a graduate level student to assist with the development of professionals interested in service to the water industry. "American Water is pleased to present this prestigious award to Alma, who was selected among 54 outstanding applicants," said Dr. Mark LeChevallier, vice president and chief science advisor, and member of the award selection committee. "Not only is Alma an exceptional scholar, she has the credibility to take on a future leadership role in the stewardship of environmental protection. We are honored to help advance her drinking water research studies." Alma was selected for this scholarship due to her exceptional academic abilities, outstanding character, community and outreach experience and dedication to contribute to the advancement of science in the field of drinking water. Her current research is focused on examining membrane systems to treat impaired water sources to produce high-quality drinking water. Alma was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and came to the United States as a refugee in 1994. In June 2010, she was awarded a presidential scholarship to attend Queens University of Charlotte. During her time there, she studied environmental science and chemistry, and participated in numerous research projects on federal and local levels. Alma worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Geodetic Survey Remote Sensing Division on shoreline uncertainty visualization. She also worked with Charlotte Water on various continuous improvement projects studying climate change adaptability, fleet fuel efficiency, and business cost minimization. In May 2014, she graduated as salutatorian, and is now is pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellow. Administered by AWWA, American Water's Scholarship is currently the only one offered by a water utility among the Association’s 16 active scholarships. For more information about AWWA scholarships, visit http://www.awwa.org/membership/get-involved/student-center/awwa-scholarships.aspx. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting amwater.com. Click here to subscribe to Mobile Alerts for American Water.
News Article | May 19, 2017
In a U.S. House subcommittee hearing today, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) testified that updates to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) are overdue and necessary to assist communities with water infrastructure and compliance challenges. Speaking before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Environment during Infrastructure Week, Water Utility Council Chair Kurt Vause presented AWWA’s suggestions related to funding, utility management and regulatory compliance. “An updating of the 1996 Amendments to the SDWA is overdue,” said Vause, special projects director at Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility in Anchorage, Alaska. “Our 2012 report, ‘Buried No Longer: Confronting America’s Water Infrastructure Challenge’ pointed out that this nation must spend $1 trillion on drinking water infrastructure in the next 25 years to maintain our current levels of service.” Vause, speaking on behalf of AWWA’s 50,000 members, spoke on the need to improve the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) to make it easier to use to help finance projects of consolidation for efficiency of operations and regulatory compliance. He also encouraged improved tracking of SRF capitalization grants to help that program become more efficient and flexibility in repayment of SRF loans to assist particularly distressed communities. “To some communities, the terms of repayment will necessarily lead to a limited use of SRF financing of critical infrastructure needs,” Vause said. Vause also encouraged Congress to provide fully authorized appropriations of $45 million for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) in FY2018. WIFIA is a promising new tool in repairing and replacing the nation’s aging water and wastewater infrastructure. WIFIA lowers the cost of large water infrastructure projects by providing low-interest, long-term federal loans to communities. Congress has already appropriated $30 million total for the program but, as Vause noted, “A fully authorized FY2018 WIFIA would support nearly $3 billion in needed infrastructure investment.” Vause spoke with committee members at length about how asset management can serve utilities and their customers to improve performance and the use of finite resources. To help states and communities manage regulatory obligations under all environmental statutes, Vause encouraged Congress to bring the drinking water sector into an integrated planning process, as is being discussed for the wastewater sector. “AWWA recommends Congress include drinking water requirements contained with the 1996 amendments of SDWA in any integrated planning framework to give communities across the country the flexibility to more effectively meet their regulatory obligations, while also better protecting public health,” Vause said. Former AWWA President John Donahue also testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Environment in March to encourage Congress to support water infrastructure investment. Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.
News Article | May 18, 2017
As part of its observance of Infrastructure Week, the American Water Works Association announced the launch of its new Buried No Longer® (BNL) tool. The BNL online tool offers water and wastewater utilities the opportunity to accurately forecast the cost of their water and wastewater pipe repair and replacement needs. It provides cost estimates and financial deferrals based on inputted data by a utility and is broken down by pipe size or material. Twenty-nine graphical outputs are generated to create a profile that is reflective of a community’s unique infrastructure needs. The tool comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that Congress will appropriate an additional $10 million for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). The additional amount brings WIFIA funding this year to $30 million, which can leverage an estimated $1.5 billion in federal loans. Both the BNL tool and WIFIA come at a critical time for the water sector. According to AWWA’s Buried No Longer report, repairing and replacing crumbling drinking water infrastructure will cost at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years because of aging water pipes. Additionally, AWWA’s 2017 State of the Water Industry lists replacing and repairing deteriorating water infrastructure as the leading concern among surveyed water utilities in North America. “Our Buried No Longer tool and continued work on WIFIA demonstrates AWWA is committed to helping water utilities overcome water infrastructure challenges in their communities,” said Tracy Mehan, AWWA Executive Director of Government Affairs. Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.
News Article | May 25, 2017
(DENVER) – The American Water Works Association announced today that Olympic champion Amy Van Dyken and a panel of water industry leaders will speak at the association’s Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE17), to be held June 11-14 in Philadelphia. Three noteworthy leaders in the water industry will be part of a panel discussion at ACE17’s Opening General Session at 8:30 a.m. on Mon., June 12 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The panel will feature: The event will be sponsored by HomeServe, a leading provider of home repair service plans. Additionally, Amy Van Dyken will speak during ACE17’s Water Industry Luncheon at 12 p.m. on Tues., June 13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Van Dyken is a six-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, four of which she won at the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 2014, a severe all-terrain vehicle accident left her partially paralyzed. She will speak about her experience as a world-class athlete and the obstacles she has overcome throughout her career. The event will be sponsored by CDM Smith and Stantec. Visit ACE17’s webpage to view the conference program and to register. Standard registration rates end on May 31. Media note: Accredited members of the media may attend ACE17 at no charge. However, they are required to register with AWWA Public Affairs by May 31. For media registration, please visit the AWWA Press Room or contact Deirdre Mueller at dmueller(at)awwa.org or at 303-347-6140. Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.
News Article | May 24, 2017
The Great Lakes Protection Fund and American Water Works Association are pleased to announce the finalists in the Water Utility Energy Challenge (WUEC), an innovative program which engages water operators in a competition to reduce the emissions sourced in their energy generation. The inaugural 2017-2018 competition, focused on the Great Lakes Basin, is aimed at connecting the utilities with new innovative software while fostering an awareness of the associated emissions, particularly mercury. The six finalist water utilities are: “We’re really excited with the breadth of the WUEC finalists. They were chosen from a broad field of applicants and these six utility leaders represent a wide range of communities, from Bayfield, Wisconsin, which serves fewer than 1,000 residents, to the Great Lakes Water Authority, which serves more than 4 million residents in 125 communities across southeast Michigan. The fact that there were both U.S. and Canadian finalists also illustrates that regardless of the operation’s scale or location, utilities can use the cleanest energy to deliver clean, safe drinking water to their customers,” said David LaFrance, AWWA CEO. “These finalists characterize the next generation of water utility who will reduce emissions while improving the financial health of their systems. We’re excited to see the geographic range of utilities across the entire Great Lakes Basin as well as a mix of water and combined water/wastewater systems. The competition is another step toward protecting and restoring the health of our shared Great Lakes waters,” said David Rankin, Vice President of Programs, GLPF. The competition will run through April 2018, with award and cash prizes presented later in the spring. More information on the challenge can be found by visiting www.AWWA.org/competition. The Water Utility Energy Challenge (WUEC) is a technology competition focused on water utilities in the Great Lakes Basin. Offering two top cash prizes of $20,000 and $10,000, the Water Utility Energy Challenge is supported by the Great Lakes Protection Fund. It is a collaborative effort of the American Water Works Association, CDM Smith, E2I, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Growth Capital Network, and Wayne State University. For more information, visit www.AWWA.org/competition Follow WUEC on Twitter Like WUEC on Facebook The Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF) is a private, nonprofit corporation formed in 1989 by the governors of the Great Lakes states. It is a permanent environmental endowment that supports collaborative actions to improve the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. To date, the Fund has made 269 grants and program-related investments representing over $78 million to support the creative work of collaborative teams that test new ideas, take risks, and share what they learn. www.glpf.org Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.
News Article | April 17, 2017
Frequency and severity of Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) in the California-Nevada region have increased in recent years. These HABs affect plant operations and sometimes force temporary closures of water treatment plants due to severe taste and odor issues or cyanotoxins. Copper-based algaecides have been an important tool for many decades in management of source water. In some cases, copper has been over-used, leading to backlash. Doctor Hammond will discuss recent advances that have led to more efficient formulations of copper, which have superior performance and have less environmental impact. “Data from real world case studies will be presented, illustrating that a formulation of liquid copper yields superior results, superior pest control, and better cost-effectiveness at lower doses.” states Hammond. One such product, EarthTec, has been reported by municipalities to reduce taste and odor by directly removing or degrading the compounds responsible, such as geosmin. It delivers a low-dose of copper at only 60 Parts per billion. The use of advanced copper based products such as EarthTec QZ for the treatment and prevention of invasive quagga mussels (Dreissenids) will also be discussed by Dr. Hammond. Both products are approved by the EPA for control of in lakes and open waters. They are also approved for mussel control in pipelines and flowing waters. QZ is one of a select group of products that is both NSF-Certified for drinking water and EPA registered as a molluscicide. It has been in full-scale implementation at water treatment plants throughout the U.S. Data and case studies from some of these municipalities will be presented at the CA/NV AWWA conference in Anaheim, CA on April,11. David Hammond, Ph.D. is an environmental chemist with an interdisciplinary background in physical, biological and social sciences. As a scientific consultant, his clients have included Nike, IDEO, Amorim, agricultural producers, and the Green Chemistry Institute. Dr. Hammond has three patents for pest control agents and numerous peer-reviewed publications. He holds an M.S. from the Energy & Resources Group and a Ph.D. in Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry, both from the University of California, Berkeley, where he specialized in Chemical Ecology. He was honored with the Macy award for excellence in entomology. Dr. Hammond currently serves as Senior Scientist with Earth Science Laboratories, Inc. For more information visit EarthTecwatertreatment.com / EarthTecQZ.com or call (800) 257-9283. You can follow EarthTec on LinkedIn.
News Article | May 8, 2017
The American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America are kicking off Drinking Water Week today with the theme “Your Water – To Know It Is To Love It”. AWWA and the water community will celebrate Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives. Focus will be placed on ways in which water consumers can take personal responsibility in caring for their tap water and water infrastructure at home and in the community. To commemorate the week, water utilities, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and other stakeholders will celebrate drinking water through public presentations, staff events and community festivals and will provide information on how water consumers can understand and appreciate their water. “This year’s Drinking Water Week will motivate water consumers to be actively aware of how they personally connect with water,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “We should all know how to find and fix leaks, care for our home’s pipes and support our utility’s investment in water infrastructure.” About Drinking Water Week For more than 35 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives. Additional information about Drinking Water Week, including free materials for download and celebration ideas, is available on the Drinking Water Week webpage. Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.
News Article | May 3, 2017
The American Water Works Association today celebrated news that 43 entities have expressed interest in loans through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and urged increased funding to confront the U.S. water infrastructure challenge. AWWA, the chief architect of the WIFIA program, continues to advocate for WIFIA and State Revolving Funds on Capitol Hill. At the 2017 Water Matters! Fly-In held in March, AWWA delegates met with over 400 Congressional offices, urging robust funding for FY18 for WIFIA and the Drinking Water and Clean Water SRFs. “With more than $2 trillion needed to repair and expand water and wastewater infrastructure in the coming years, water utilities needed a smart new finance tool to help communities pay for large, critical water projects,” said Tracy Mehan, AWWA Executive Director of Government Affairs. “Funding WIFIA is a tremendous step forward as we confront the nation’s water infrastructure challenge.” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency solicited letters of interest for 2017 WIFIA loans beginning in January. EPA estimates the $20 million appropriated for WIFIA in its inaugural year will provide approximately $1 billion in credit assistance and finance over $2 billion in water infrastructure investment. “As a federal-local-private partnership, this program will help expand water infrastructure systems to meet the needs of growing communities,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said this week in announcing the interest in WIFIA loans. “This investment will empower states, municipalities, companies, and public-private partnerships to solve real environmental problems in our communities, like the need for clean and safe water.” WIFIA leverages federal dollars so that for every dollar Congress appropriates, $50 to $60 is expected to be loaned out. A proposed 2017 omnibus spending bill, which would keep the government funded through Sept. 30, includes an additional $10 million for WIFIA. Congress is considering the bill this week. “The overwhelming interest from utilities WIFIA loans suggests Congress should appropriate the maximum amount possible for the program,” Mehan said. “For example, adding $10 million in the 2017 budget more would provide $1.62 billion in credit assistance and finance more than $3 billion in water infrastructure investment.” Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.
News Article | May 4, 2017
BRYN MAWR, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Two Aqua Pennsylvania (Aqua) maintenance crew employees have won the opportunity to represent the Pennsylvania in the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) national Hydrant Hysteria competition at AWWA’s national conference, which takes place in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from June 11 to 14. Aqua’s Hydrant Hysteria team made up of Eastern Division Maintenance Leader John Christiansen of Warminster, Bucks County and Maintenance Foreman Dennis Wiley of Jenkintown, Montgomery County, won the Pennsylvania AWWA Hydrant Hysteria competition by assembling a fire hydrant faster than their competitors. Competing teams were given two opportunities to assemble a hydrant. AWWA averaged the scores of each of the two attempts and used the average of both scores to determine the winner. Aqua’s times were 1:54:68 for the first round and 1:44 for the second, giving them the average winning score of 1:49.49. Christiansen described the time leading up to the competition as “very nerve-wracking.” “I was stressed out the whole ride out there. I was anxious. I just wanted to perform well, you know,” said the former high school lacrosse and football player. “It was like the night before the big game.” “It was a lot of fun,” said Wiley. “We had the sample hydrant for about a week to prepare and did about a dozen test runs before competing in Hershey.” While hydrant repair and replacement is part of the work they’re responsible for, it’s not a large part of what they do every day. “We probably fix a couple fire hydrants a month, and usually they’re not full rip-downs—we don’t always have to take the entire hydrant apart. The competition hydrant is foreign to our system. Although we understand the parts, we had to learn each part and where it went,” explained Christiansen. Although the competition hydrant was foreign to the team, Wiley said, “Assembling a new hydrant is easier because everything works the way it should. Sometimes we have to cut the bolts off a hydrant if it has layers of paint on it or if the hydrant is bent from a car hit.” When asked if the two had a game plan for winning the nationals in June, Christiansen said, “We’re going to stick to the game plan. I’ll be quiet and nervous the day of and hopefully have another win.” Aqua Pennsylvania serves approximately 1.4 million people in 32 counties throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Visit AquaAmerica.com for more information, or follow Aqua on Facebook at facebook.com/MyAquaAmerica and on Twitter at @MyAquaAmerica. EDITOR’S NOTE: The Hydrant Hysteria team is available for interviews and to demonstrate how they assemble the hydrant. The preferred location is their work headquarters in Willow Grove (Upper Moreland), PA. An in-studio demonstration for television is possible as well.
News Article | February 15, 2017
ARCADIA, CA--(Marketwired - February 07, 2017) - SAFNA Engineering and Consulting (SAFNA) today announced the expansion of its business of engineering and consulting services in infrastructure engineering and program management. To support the company's broader market focus, SAFNA has hired industry veteran Reymundo Trejo, PE as its new Executive Director and Chief Engineer. Mr. Trejo brings a broad range of experience in the municipal infrastructure projects business to his new role at SAFNA. Over the course of more than 20 years in both private and public sector organizations, Trejo has overseen advanced water treatment, conveyance infrastructure, waste water conveyance, and regional-scale recycled water programs valued at nearly $1B. He brings extensive experience in the planning, operations, budgeting, grant funding, and staffing of large infrastructure projects, and is a proven manager of complex and innovative programs. Mr. Trejo currently serves on the California-Nevada American Water Works Association (AWWA) Recycled Water and Desalination Committees. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Environmental Engineering from the University of Southern California, and is a professionally-registered civil engineer. Headquartered in Arcadia, CA, SAFNA has already been involved with the engineering and design of complex infrastructure projects, including in their list of customers the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the Irvine Ranch Water District, the city of Simi Valley, and Santa Barbara County. Most notably, SAFNA worked on the Carlsbad Desalination Project for the San Diego County Water Authority. This $1B project provides 50 million gallons of water per day to approximately 300,000 residents in San Diego. For the Carlsbad project, SAFNA designed an innovative pre-treatment filtration vessel that extends the life of the RO (reverse osmosis) equipment and meets NSF 61 requirements. "We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Rey's talents and experience join our SAFNA team," said Mr. Jorge Ramirez, President and CEO. "We are confident that with Mr. Trejo's extensive experience in municipality project management, SAFNA will be able to add to our portfolio of successfully-completed private and public infrastructure projects." SAFNA offers a wide range of professional engineering services and products. The company provides engineering and consulting services supporting program management, engineering design, and implementation of infrastructure projects. SAFNA is an industry leader in the product design and fabrication of custom carbon and stainless steel storage tanks, pressure vessels, and filter housings, manufactured in a National Board-Certified facility located in San Dimas, California. SAFNA has successfully engineered, designed, and constructed a number of innovative systems for municipality projects including water treatment, landfill, and desalination applications. For more information, please visit http://www.safna.com.