Brown and Caldwell’s Jeff Theerman honored by NACWA

Congratulations to Jeff Theerman, Vice President and Senior Utility Consultant for WDBC Member and leading nationwide environmental engineering firm Brown and Caldwell.  Earlier this month, Jeff was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies at the association’s meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Topics: Brown and Caldwell.

Using the RFP Process to Select the Best Design-Builder for Your Project

This AWWA ACE13 presentation by Mark Alpert will provide participants with a guide to when and how to use the design–build approach for water and wastewater projects.

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Topics: Design-Build.

Developing Sustainable Solutions: Partnerships Are the Model of the Future

Louis D. Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, famously stated in 1932 that individual states in the U.S. were “laboratories of democracy” for policy experiments – and it would seem this metaphor could also be applied to the sustainability efforts of many municipalities and regions across the globe.

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Topics: Black & Veatch.

Water Continues to Rise on Asia’s Agenda

Dr. Glen Daigger has been traveling through Asia discussing water issues and solutions, and shares a travelogue of his journey which showcases the continued growing focus on water and environmental protection technology, and how the global community is coming together to address the complex challenge of sustainable water management. His trip included stops in China at the Yixing Environmental Science and Technology Park, Korea for the kick-off of preparations for the 7th World Water Forum, and Thailand for the Asia-Pacific Water Forum.

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Topics: Uncategorized.

Carollo Engineers Supports California Direct Potable Reuse Initiative

WDBC member Carollo Engineers, a California-based, water-focused consulting engineering firm, recently announced a pledge of $150,000 toward a new Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) research initiative, led by the WateReuse Research Foundation (WRRF). Since July of 2012, the WRRF has raised more than $2.7 million toward the California DPR Initiative, which exists to help California meet its legislative and state-mandated DPR initiatives by 2016.

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Topics: Carollo.

Balancing Water Demands In Vietnam

The Dong Nai river basin in South Viet Nam has a catchment area of 47,300 square kilometers, making it the third largest in Vietnam. The Phuoc Hoa Water Resources Project is to provide additional water in the Saigon and Vam Co Dong river basins for development of irrigated agriculture and to supplement existing supplies for salinity control and domestic, municipal, and industrial use in Ho Chi Minh City and the surrounding provinces.

The Phuoc Hoa Water Resources Project is enabling sustainable water use in rapidly developing areas around Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam is prospering. For almost 20 years, its growth rate has stood firm at around 7 percent annually. During the first decade of this century, its gross domestic product tripled, and its exports quadrupled. With factors including greater political stability and reform, and one million young people arriving on the job market every year, investment persists. Many dramatic social and economic changes have resulted, and the question of how this emerging modern nation grows is just as important as by how much.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Water Infrastructure/Treatment.

Parsons Awarded San Antonio Water System Brackish Water Desalination Program

Water Design-Build Council member firm Parsons recently announced that it, along with a joint venture (JV) partner, has been selected by the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) to serve as the construction manager at-risk (CMAR) for its critical brackish groundwater desalination program. This $86 million CMAR contract includes preconstruction phase collaboration with the SAWS program management and design teams, construction of all program components, and six months of treatment plant operations.

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Topics: Parsons.

Report from the Water Infrastructure Summit

This past week, presentations sponsored by numerous national organizations at the Water Infrastructure Summit (Reinvest/Rebuild/Revive) focused on the role that the water infrastructure industry has in the jobs market. In fact, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), catalyst for this forum, has established a “Waterforjobs” website ( that advocates messages for creating jobs, innovation, and safeguarding public health. The business case presented is, “Federal investment in water and wastewater leverages enormous benefits nationally and for our local economies. Each public dollar invested in water infrastructure increases private long-term Gross Domestic Product output by $6.35. It is estimated that a $1 billion invested in water and wastewater infrastructure can create over 26,000 jobs.”

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Topics: Water Infrastructure/Treatment, WDBC Admin.

Is Your Utility Making the Business Case?

By Dan Pitzler, member of CH2M HILL’s Asset Management team

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Topics: Uncategorized.

Progressive Design-Build Provides Long- and Short-Term Water Project Benefits

Water utilities have quickly realized the pressures of delivering quality product to consumers in a changing environment. The potable water needs of society have begun to stress the infrastructure that has served consumers sufficiently for many years. Water utility companies now face solutions that have become influenced by changing regulations, a growing population and greater technical challenges. Current Water/Wastewater Solutions Are More Challenging With those issues as a backdrop, the water/wastewater industry has found progressive design-build (PDB) a …

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Topics: Haskell, Progressive Design-Build.