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Give a Bit and Get a Bit – The Benefits of Volunteering In and Promoting the Water Industry

By Kate Simmonds, CH2M HILL Australia/New Zealand Region Sustainability Coordinator and Project Manager

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Topics: Uncategorized.

Focus On Energy Management Earns Accolades for Spokane County Regional Water Reclamation Facility

By Rick Smith, CH2M HILL Program Manager

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Topics: Uncategorized.

Message From Pat Gallagher

In January, The Water Design-Build Council (WDBC) members officially welcomed Pat Gallagher as the organization’s president for 2013. Gallagher, a vice president at CDM Smith, is an attorney and environmental engineer with 35 years experience in the legal, institutional and financial aspects of water, wastewater, biosolids and hazardous waste projects and services.

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Topics: CDM Smith.

Have You Seen the Updated USEPA Guidelines for Water Reuse?

By Larry Schimmoller, CH2M HILL Global Technology Leader for Water Reuse

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Topics: Uncategorized.

CDM Smith Announces New Executive Leadership Team

Congratulations to the new executive leadership team at Water Design-Build Council member CDM Smith!

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Topics: CDM Smith.

Reducing Water Loss in Hong Kong

Hong Kong meets 20 to 30 percent of its water demand from local sources, making the control of leaks in the distribution system vital. Surface runoff and impoundments provide the locally sourced water while the remainder is supplied via pipelines from the Dong River in adjacent Guangdong Province. The city’s Water Supplies Department (WSD) distributes water to seven million people through a network of 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles) of mains mostly fed by gravity from service reservoirs at high points. A great many water mains are thus subject to relatively high pressure.

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Topics: Black & Veatch.

Storm Water Redesign Improves Scottish Coast

Discussion of engineering projects, especially between engineers, often moves swiftly from “why” to “how.” A project’s raison d’être can be overlooked in favour of analysing how the outcome was achieved. As engineers finish one project and move to the next, the opportunity to reflect on the legacy of work recently completed can be limited. However, reaction to a project in Campbeltown, Scotland, brings the “why” into sharp focus. Campbeltown is a port on the Kintyre peninsula in western Scotland. Historically, during periods of heavy rainfall, storm water flows affected the quality of the town’s coastal waters.

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Topics: Black & Veatch.

Urban Sustainability Director’s Network and CH2M Hill

An EcoDistrict is a neighborhood or district with a broad commitment to accelerate neighborhood-scale sustainability. EcoDistricts commit to achieving ambitious sustainability performance goals, guiding district investments and community action, and tracking the results over time – this isn’t the first time I have mentioned this.

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Topics: Jacobs, Research.

Jacobs Employees Contribute to “Water Treatment Plant Design” Book

Within the past few weeks, the American Water Works Association, in conjunction with the American Society of Civil Engineers, released the fifth edition of the textbook, Water Treatment Plant Design.

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Design-Build: An Alternative Delivery Model Not To Be Ignored

As we continue to think about and discuss innovative delivery models for the water sector after the conclusion of the American Water Summit yesterday, design-build or design-build-operate (DBO) models certainly cannot be ignored. What began as the private sector offering to design, build, finance, own, and operate water and wastewater treatment facilities in the early 1980s has now become a key delivery approach by many owners throughout North America. Today’s DBO model is characterized by significant risk transfer, application of innovative solutions and significant cost savings of owners. The single contract for all three phases of project delivery brings not only the value of design-build but also the integration of operation and maintenance into solutions that result in the lowest life-cycle cost for owners and the highest-quality projects.

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Topics: Design-Build, Jacobs.