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Strategies for Nutrient & Resource Management in Cities of the Future

By Samuel Jeyanayagam, PhD, PE, BCEE, Vice President, CH2M HILL

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Topics: Uncategorized.

Aging US Water Infrastructure: The Role of the Private Sector

Water Design-Build Council member AECOM Technology Corporation, a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for public and private clients in more than 140 countries around the world, recently announced that it has published a white paper titled, “Fostering a Larger Private-Sector Role in United States Infrastructure.”

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Topics: AECOM, P3, Water Infrastructure/Treatment.

Where’s The Public Anger About Water?

Major headlines are appearing throughout the national media about Prince Georges County, Maryland, residents and businesses being without water for five days while the utility repairs a major water main. Newspapers and TV news anchors initially reported this issue as a “natural disaster” because of its impact on residents, health care facilities, and businesses. Some are questioning (and perhaps even opining) why this situation is occurring and why haven’t public officials taken actions before now to prevent it. But at the same time, a lot of people, businesses, and industries might actually live out just what it is like to be without water. Imagine turning on the spigot and nothing comes out!

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Topics: WDBC Admin.

Aging Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Forces Utilities to Make Hard Choices

The Miami-Dade Commission approved $1.6 billion over the next 15 years to repair and update the county’s aging water and sewer pipes. That sounds like a big commitment, and it demonstrates a step in the right direction.

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Topics: Haskell.

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.