News Article | December 6, 2016
In a brief filed Monday in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the American Water Works Association and the National Association of Water Companies challenged a new rule on steam power plant discharges, arguing that it does not adequately protect drinking water consumers. In challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final Effluent Limitation Guidelines for Steam Power Plants (ELG Rule), the water associations contend that the portion of the rule addressing bromide discharges should be sent back to EPA for further review. In the brief (docket number 00513784433) AWWA and NAWC point out that bromide discharges impact source water quality and result in elevated levels of harmful disinfection byproducts in finished drinking water. “This is a case where the independent operation of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts yielded negative consequences for drinking water users downstream of power plants,” said Tracy Mehan, AWWA executive director of government affairs. “EPA needs to address this threat to public health and support drinking water utilities in their efforts to meet the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act.” EPA’s decision imposes compliance challenges and additional costs on downstream water treatment plants instead of on the upstream power plants responsible for the pollution. “While the increased levels of bromide in surface waters may not have been EPA’s primary focus in this rulemaking and while some of the science on this issue may have been only recently developed, it was arbitrary and capricious for EPA not to address the problem by either requiring the steam electric industry to meet discharge limits consistent with technologies that exist and are effective at removing bromide from the wastewater discharges at steam electric power plants or consider other binding alternatives,” the brief states. There are already observed instances in which downstream water systems have exceeded Stage 2 Disinfection Byproduct Rule standards due to the influence of these outfalls. EPA acknowledged that a danger to public health existed because the release of bromide from steam electric power plants was documented to cause the formation of carcinogenic disinfection byproducts at water utilities located downstream of power plants where new air pollution technologies were being employed. AWWA and NAWC represent both public and private water systems throughout the United States. Together their membership serves more than 80 percent of Americans who are served by community water systems. “It was arbitrary for EPA not to exercise its responsibility for establishing effluent guidelines by requiring mandatory controls to protect the public from unacceptable risks to the drinking water supply and instead merely suggest voluntary measures may be adopted,” the brief states. 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. Established in 1895, The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) is the voice of the private water industry—the organization exclusively representing this group of quality service providers, innovation drivers and responsible partners. We are an association defined by our members, and by working together we can leverage our strengths to more effectively address the opportunities and challenges facing our nation.
News Article | December 7, 2016
AIM is pleased to announce the addition of Repcor as its new representative for AIM’s complete line of solder materials for the plumbing industry. Repcor will provide assistance to AIM customers in northern California and Northern Nevada in finding optimal solutions for their soldering needs. The experience Repcor brings will make for an excellent addition to AIM’s Plumbing Division team of representatives. With the addition of Repcor, AIM will continue to solidify client relations in northern California and northern Nevada. For more information about Repcor please contact by phone at 916-386-2233 or visit http://www.repcor1.com About Repcor Repcor is a recognized agency servicing the plumbing, waterworks, fire protection, industrial and turf irrigation markets in Northern California and northern Nevada. Repcor is a member and supports trade associations in all markets they operate in, including but not limited to AWWA, WSA, AFSA, NFSA, PHCC, APMC, IAPMO, ASPE, NCBPA, BIA, CLCA, ASLA, AIM/R, DPHA and IA. About AIM Alloys Division AIM Alloys specializes in standard and custom industrial-grade metals and alloys for casting, plating, and soldering for the industrial and plumbing industries. AIM’s manufacturing is ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified and products are manufactured using high-purity metals. AIM offers one of the most robust support systems in the industry, providing metallurgical assistance, extensive inventory, and flexibility in formulas, shapes, quantities. AIM’s direct sales force and authorized distributors and representatives guarantee reliable and immediate service. For more information on AIM Alloys, visit http://www.aimalloys.com.
News Article | November 15, 2016
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Water Research Foundation and the American Water Works Association (AWWA), in partnership with West Virginia American Water, Greater Cincinnati Water Works, and Aqua America, Inc., have published a new report that developed a detailed methodology for identifying potential sources of contamination upstream of drinking water intakes, particularly from aboveground storage tanks (ASTs). A Methodology for Locating and Managing Dynamic Potential Source Water Contaminant D
News Article | October 28, 2016
Huffman Engineering, Inc., a leader in control systems integration, today announced that it will attend the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Nebraska Section Fall Conference in Kearney, NE. The event is held jointly with the Nebraska chapters of the American Public Works Association (APWA) and Water Environment Association (WEA) November 2-4, 2016. Huffman Engineering will have a display at the exposition showcasing their extensive expertise in the design and implementation of turnkey automation infrastructure solutions for water and wastewater facilites. For 29 years, Huffman Engineering has served as a trusted technology and services partner to many of Nebraska’s water industry professionals. “Huffman Engineering is proud to have participated in this event for the past 19 years,” says Howard Huffman, president, Huffman Engineering. “Utilities in Nebraska and across the U.S. are challenged by aging infrastucture and the demands of increasing regulatory requirements. Implementation of sustainable and intelligent infrastructure technologies allow utilities to optimize and measure productivity, access and analyze critical operational data, automate regulatory documentation, improve network security and manage facility costs.” This year’s conference focuses on topics critical to the wastewater, clean water and public works industries, and features a record number of exhibitors. The breakout sessions are geared to a variety of job responsibilities, and attendees range from system operators to top-level executives such as city managers. In Nebraska, wastewater treatment facility operators are required to earn continuing education credits to maintain their license, and the conference can fulfill a portion of those requirements. In addition to networking and continuing education, attendees can participate in social events including several contests and a charity fundraising event. The annual Texas Hold’em-style poker tournament supports the Water for People organization which brings clean water initiatives to impoverished communities around the world. Specializing in process control applications, Huffman Engineering has a proven track record of delivering large-scale system integration projects for highly regulated industries which require clients to meet stringent regulatory requirements. Whether meeting requirements for the FDA, USDA, or EPA, Huffman Engineering builds robust reliable automation systems. To learn more about Huffman Engineering, visit HuffmanEng.com. Huffman Engineering, Inc. is a CSIA Certified control systems integration company offering turnkey engineering design and control systems integration services to manufacturing and utility customers. The company’s highly-skilled team of electrical, mechanical, control systems, and chemical engineers, and experienced technicians practice a proven, results-driven project methodology to consistently deliver optimal industrial automation solutions. Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, Huffman Engineering has served the Midwest since 1987, specializing in pharmaceutical, life science, machine, and utility process control applications. For more information, visit HuffmanEng.com.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Conwed and DelStar Technologies, now both part of the Advanced Materials and Structures (AMS) division of Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE: SWM), will exhibit their reverse osmosis (RO) feed spacers portfolio at the 2017 Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition, in Long Beach, CA (Booths #525 & #420 - February 13-17, 2017). Organized by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) this event will showcase how membrane technology can enhance water reliability and water quality while revealing new directions in water treatment technologies and wastewater membrane bioreactor applications. With over 1,200 attendees, it is the premier event for membrane technology and its applications in water, wastewater and industrial treatments in North America. Acquired by SWM in 2013, DelStar Technologies has a successful history as a market leader in feed spacers for RO wound elements. The recent acquisition of Conwed, the next-generation feed spacer developer in the world, by SWM, combines the talents of both companies to offer the undisputable, leading portfolio in feed spacers worldwide. “DelStar and Conwed have been competitors for decades, always aiming at developing the most advanced filtration products for an increasingly demanding industry. We are thrilled to join our talents and technologies to lead the feed spacer development across the globe”, said Ivan Soltero, senior strategic marketing manager at Conwed. Frequently known as spacer, scrim, mesh, net, or netting, feed spacers act as one of the layers of wound materials in RO filters and provide vital separation between the membranes to achieve superior filter performance. “As part of SWM’s enterprise, we will continue to address the top three challenges in every RO system: membrane damage, pressure drop and biofouling. Our combined expertise creates a distinctive hub of R&D, engineering and commercialization capabilities that truly make us the leading feed spacer developer in the world”, said Soltero. Reverse osmosis is a critical part of the world's water supply. The International Water Management Institute, a non-profit scientific research organization that focuses on sustainable water use in developing countries, estimates that by 2025 nearly 1 billion people will lack access to fresh, drinkable water. It's clear that Reverse Osmosis (RO) will play a major role in alleviating water scarcity, but there will be a strong push for greater efficiency and cutting energy costs while boosting product water output. “Water scarcity is a global challenge driving technology companies to improve existing and develop new materials and systems. We believe the next wave of innovation will come from the feed spacer”, said Soltero. To know more about Conwed in reverse osmosis applications, visit http://www.conwedplastics.com/ro About CONWED Conwed is the leading plastic netting manufacturer in the world. Conwed manufactures extruded, oriented, knitted and multilayer netting with unique customization capabilities. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Conwed has five manufacturing locations on two continents and a global distribution network. http://www.conwedplastics.com About DelStar Technologies DelStar Technologies is the world’s leading manufacturer of thermoplastic nets, nonwovens, laminates and extruded components. Founded in 1946, DelStar has manufacturing, sales and distribution centers in the United States, Europe and the Pacific Rim. http://www.delstarinc.com About SWM Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. – SWM, is a leading global provider of highly engineered solutions and advanced materials for a variety of industries. SWM and its subsidiaries conduct business in over 90 countries and employ approximately 3,100 people worldwide, with operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Russia, Brazil, Poland and China, including two joint ventures. http://www.swmintl.com
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.
News Article | February 27, 2017
ISELIN, N.J., Feb. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Middlesex Water Company (NASDAQ:MSEX) has named David Brogle Director of Production. Mr. Brogle will manage operations at the Company’s Carl J. Olsen Surface Water Treatment Plant, Wellfields, Water Storage and Booster Station facilities and meter pits. These facilities produce over 15 billion gallons of water each year to serve the needs of Middlesex and Monmouth County, New Jersey residents. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/8ef443b9-a470-460d-a180-ca42c7b5c271 Mr. Brogle is a 24-year industry veteran with extensive experience in water treatment research, project management, environmental compliance and water quality management. He is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and was past chair of the NJ Section AWWA Research and Technology Transfer Committee. “We congratulate Dave on his promotion to Director of Production,” said Middlesex Water Company Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Richard M. Risoldi. “Protection of public health is of paramount importance in the production, testing and monitoring of safe drinking water. Dave’s leadership qualities, extensive background in water quality and familiarity with our facilities and processes will help ensure a seamless transition to his new role,” added Mr. Risoldi. Mr. Brogle succeeds Frank Falco who recently retired after 33 years with the company. Middlesex Water Company is a 120-year old investor-owned water utility serving customers in central and southern New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. For additional information regarding Middlesex Water Company, visit the Company's Web site at www.middlesexwater.com or call (732) 634-1500.
News Article | February 21, 2017
Water utilities from across the US and Canada are gearing up for Water Utility Energy Challenge. Don't miss your opportunity to compete! The Water Utility Energy and Efficiency Challenge (WUEC) is an innovative program that engages water operators in a competition to reduce the emissions sourced in their energy generation. Funded by the Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF), the competition aims to connect utilities with new innovative software while fostering an awareness of the associated emissions, particularly mercury. “Our team is excited to have such a wide breadth of locations and utilities competing,” said Dr. Carol Miller, the technical lead for the competition and the Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Wayne State University. “The competition has registrations from Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, New York and Wisconsin, as well as the province of Ontario.” The technology is open source for utilities across the United States, but the inaugural challenge and prize dollars will be focused on the Great Lakes Basin. There is no cost to enter, and competing utilities will receive software and tools to assist in monitoring and reporting emissions as well as hands-on technical assistance. The competition will run through 2018 with $30,000 in prizes presented next spring. “AWWA is eager to collaborate with the Great Lakes Protection Fund on this forward-looking work. With its cutting edge technology and training component, the partnership will help water utilities optimize their energy consumption, use cleaner energy sources and, importantly, help keep the Great Lakes clean,” said David LaFrance, AWWA Chief Executive Officer. More information on the challenge can be found by visiting AWWA’s WUEC webpage. 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 265 grants and program-related investments representing over $75 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. www.awwa.org
News Article | January 28, 2016
Abstract: Tesla NanoCoatings, the world leader in nanotechnology for corrosion protection, announced a significant addition to its team. Joseph Davis has joined as vice president-sales engineering. Davis is recognized throughout the industry as an authority on corrosion prevention and protection. He maintains certifications as a NACE Level III certified inspector as well as SSPC C1 and C2, and a Protective Coatings Specialist. Davis serves as the chairman of the AWWA D102 Coating of Steel Water Tank Committee and as chairman of the NACE International Institute's NIICAP Oversight Board. He most recently served as vice president of the technical service group for TNEMEC Company Inc., in Kansas City, Mo., where he helped establish the company's strategic vision, and coordinated the efforts of the technical service department, analytical lab, and panel sample lab, with the marketing and research and development groups. "As we continue to lead innovation in corrosion-fighting technology to meet our global customer base's demands for corrosion protection, Joe brings a wealth of coatings-industry technical experience to our team," said Tesla NanoCoatings President Todd Hawkins. "Joe is playing an integral role in educating customers about our breakthrough 2X1 Wet Edge technology, our two-coat epoxy primer and topcoat system that replaces conventional three-coat systems traditionally used to protect steel surfaces in any environment in all corners of the globe, offering significant advantages not only in corrosion protection, but also in application time and effort." Davis' prior work experience also includes president of DavCorr Corrosion Services, CEO of DavCorr Inc, and industrial specification specialist for ICI-Devoe High Performance Coatings. About Tesla NanoCoatings Tesla NanoCoatings, Inc. (www.teslanano.com) is a technology company based in Massillon, Ohio. The company's product line is Teslan®, a highly effective corrosion control coating for structural steel utilizing carbon nanotechnology, to create innovative solutions to corrosion issues. For more information, please click If you have a comment, please us. Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.
News Article | October 28, 2016
WHAT: It’s no secret that America’s water and wastewater systems face a multitude of challenges related to vulnerability and cyber-attacks. The American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) 2016 Water Infrastructure Conference & Exhibition, taking place on October 30 – November 2, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ, will focus on addressing and protecting this asset and infrastructure challenges. The four-day event will highlight water infrastructure planning and reinvestment strategies, critical infrastructure protection through comprehensive emergency preparedness efforts, and enhanced security measures. Rick Tracy, senior vice president and chief security officer at Telos Corporation, a leading provider of continuous security solutions and services for the world’s most security-conscious agencies and organizations, will present a session titled, “Don’t Let a Cyber Breach be a Watershed Event: Leveraging the NIST CSF to Manage Cyber Risk in the Water Infrastructure Industry.” This session will highlight the benefits of the NIST Cyber Security Framework for the purpose of managing cyber security risk and protecting the water and wastewater systems’ critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks. The presentation will educate attendees on the following: WHEN: Monday, October 31, 2016, 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. MST Professional Session: Don’t Let a Cyber Breach be a Watershed Event: Leveraging NIST CSF to Manage Cyber Risk in the Water Infrastructure Industry WHO: Rick Tracy is senior vice president and chief security officer at Telos Corporation, a leading provider of continuous security solutions and services for the world’s most security-conscious agencies and organizations. A 30-year cyber security veteran and key driver in the evolution of the information security marketplace, Tracy is a top expert in computer networking, information security, IT risk management, security process automation and cloud security. Since beginning his career at Telos in 1986, Tracy has served in various management roles. In 1996, he established Telos’ information security consulting practice. He also pioneered several innovative and highly scalable enterprise technologies that make it easier for Telos customers to maintain and document the state of their information security environment and practices. The principal inventor of five patented Telos technologies, Tracy co-invented Xacta, Telos’ IT governance, risk management and compliance (IT-GRC) platform. He also led teams that created products that are top solutions within the federal government and the financial services industry. Follow him on Twitter @Rick_Tracy. For more information about the conference and to register, visit: http://www.awwa.org/conferences-education/conferences/water-infrastructure.aspx About Telos Corporation Telos Corporation empowers and protects the world’s most security-conscious organizations with solutions and services for continuous security assurance of individuals, systems and information. Telos’ offerings include cybersecurity solutions and services for IT risk management and information security; secure mobility to protect globally connected organizations; and identity management to establish trust in personnel and continuously monitor for insider threats. The company serves military, intelligence and civilian agencies of the federal government, allied nations and commercial organizations around the world. For more information, visit http://www.telos.com and follow on Twitter @TelosNews. ###