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EPA FY 2014-2018 Strategic Plan

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

The Strategic Plan charts the course for advancing EPA’s priorities and mission to protect human health and the environment.

The Plan identifies the measurable environmental and human health outcomes the public can expect over the next four years and describes how we intend to achieve those results. The Plan represents a commitment to our core values of science, transparency, and the rule of law in managing our programs.

The Plan identifies five strategic goals to guide the Agency’s work:

•Goal 1: Addressing Climate Change and Improving Air Quality
•Goal 2: Protecting America’s Waters
•Goal 3: Cleaning Up Communities and Advancing Sustainable Development
•Goal 4: Ensuring the Safety of Chemicals and Preventing Pollution
•Goal 5: Protecting Human Health and the Environment by Enforcing Laws and Assuring Compliance

The Plan also sets forth the following four cross-agency strategies which set clear expectations for changing the way EPA does business in achieving its results.

•Working Toward a Sustainable Future
•Working to Make a Visible Difference in Communities
•Launching a New Era of State, Tribal, Local, and International Partnerships
•Embracing EPA as a High-Performing Organization

The EPA FY 2014-2018 Strategic Plan is available online.

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EPA Releases Guide to Help Water Utilities Adopt Sustainable Practices

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

EPA GraphicOn April 3, EPA released a guide for water utilities on sustainable and effective practices. Developed with extensive input from utility leaders and states, this document will help water sector utilities of all sizes adopt proven and sustainable practices over time to better serve communities across the nation. The practices in the document are organized around a series of attributes of effectively managed utilities endorsed by EPA and leading water professional associations.

A PDF of the document Moving Toward Sustainability:Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating Your Own Water Utility Roadmap  is available online.

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CH2M HILL’s Duyen Tran Receives the NAWC Living Water Award

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

DuyenTran_ProfileCongratulations to CH2M HILL’s Duyen Tran on being selected to receive an NAWC Living Water Award.

Duyen is the sixth private water professional to be recognized through this program, which was established in 2012 to celebrate the exemplary employees of NAWC member companies.

“I congratulate Duyen and CH2M HILL on this achievement. It is such a privilege for the NAWC leadership to represent an industry with so many dedicated individuals. From the launch of the Living Water Awards, we have been delighted by the caliber of nominees who have been selected by their colleagues to be considered for this recognition and honor. Duyen truly represents the best of the private water industry and we look forward to continuing to recognize these outstanding individuals and the impact they have in their communities,” said Michael Deane, executive director, the NAWC.

Read the full press release on NAWC’s website.

 

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Middlesex Water’s G. Christian Andreasen Receives 2014 George Warren Fuller Award

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

G. Christian Andreasen, Director of Engineering at Middlesex Water Company, received the esteemed 2014 George Warren Fuller Award by the American Water Works Association – New Jersey Section (AWWA-NJ) at its Annual Conference in Atlantic City held last week.

Andreasen has been actively involved in the water industry and AWWA-NJ for over 30 years, previously serving as the Section’s Secretary Treasurer, Trustee, and Section Chair, and is a current member of the AWWA-NJ Infrastructure Management Committee. He also serves as Vice Chair of the New Jersey Water Supply Advisory Council which advises the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection on various water supply resource issues.

George Warren Fuller Awards are presented annually by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) to the sections’ respective selected members for their distinguished service to the water supply field in commemoration of the sound engineering skill George Warren Fuller, one of America’s most eminent engineers.

Read the full press release online.

 

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York Water Company Named to Forbes list of the 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

Each year, GMI Ratings provides Forbes with a list of the 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America. To develop the ranking, GMI reviews the accounting and governance behaviors of more than 8,000 publicly-traded companies in North America. In assessing each company, GMI considers factors including high risk events, revenue and expense recognition methods, SEC actions, and bankruptcy risk as indicators of a company’s credibility.

The companies that make this list garnered the 100 highest scores for trustworthy behavior over the four quarters of the previous fiscal year. The final score, called a AGR — “Aggressive Accounting and Governance Risk” — is out of 100.

York Water Company scored an impressive 86.

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Connecticut Water Company Promotes Craig J. Patla to Vice President of Service Delivery

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

NAWC congratulates Craig J. Patla, of Connecticut Water Service, Inc. on his promotion to the role of Vice President of Service Delivery. In his new position Criag will oversee the company’s operations, engineering, water quality and service delivery teams.

Mr. Patla is a licensed professional engineer and a certified water distribution operator who began his career at Connecticut Water in 1990. He joined the company as an engineer, overseeing the design and construction of various water infrastructure projects including water treatment plants, pump stations, and water main installations. Mr. Patla has assumed increasing levels of responsibility in the organization, most recently as Director of Service Delivery, providing leadership and direction for the 100 water professionals who deliver water service from source to tap for the 300,000 people served by Connecticut Water in 56 communities across Connecticut.

Eric W. Thornburg, President and CEO of Connecticut Water and a member of the NAWC board of directors, commented, “Craig is extremely knowledgeable of our systems and operations, is passionate about our mission, and honors and reflects our core values. He is a natural and accomplished leader, who has embraced his role as the Director of Service Delivery, leading his teams to meet numerous operational challenges and to deliver world class customer service.”

Read the full release on Connecticut Water’s website.

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GIS Technology Trends, Status, and Best Practices in Water and Wastewater Utility Organizations

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URISA announced a new publication on the trends, technology and best practices of GIS implementation in Water and Wastewater Utility Organizations.  This special publication is designed to provide water and wastewater utility organizations with information to support planning for GIS implementation and operation.  This invaluable guide gives an overview of existing GIS implementations within Water and Wastewater Organizations while offering insight for Organizations who are looking to deploy GIS.

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American Water recieves two Business Achievement Awards for its sustainability innovations

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

American Water has received two Business Achievement Awards from the Environmental Business Journal® (EBJ) and the Climate Change Business Journal® (CCBJ) for its sustainability innovations. The awards were presented in a ceremony at the Environmental Industry Summit 2014 this week in San Diego, Calif.

EMJ recognized American Water in its Industry Leadership category for the company’s Innovation Development Process (IDP). The program tests new ideas, both from within the company and from business partners, to create greater efficiencies in strategic areas such as water reuse, desalination, wastewater operations, and bio-energy. Through the IDP, American Water is bringing new solutions and technologies to the marketplace. Since the program’s inception in 2009, approximately 400 ideas were reviewed, and several have proceeded to pilot testing and the preparation of a business case.

Additionally, the CCBJ recognized American Water in the Technology Merit: Smart Grid & Energy Management category for expanding its relationship with ENBALA Power Networks to harness the flexibility of the company’s demand-side assets and deliver grid balance to the electric power system. ENBALA’s innovative technology manages the way treatment plants and pumps use power without impacting the efficiency of the plants’ processes or operational costs. American Water’s pilot study exhibited that the SCADA system could respond within seconds and the entire demand-response process was seamless to the water plant operator.

This is the fifth year American Water has received a Business Achievement Award. These awards annually recognize companies and executives for environmental achievements seen as outperforming the marke

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CEO’s from Middlesex Water Company, Connecticut Water Service, Inc., The York Water Company and Artesian Resources to ring NASDAQ Closing Bell on March 20th

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

The companies represent the four investor-owned water companies listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market. Also joining Middlesex Water, will be Michael Deane, NAWC’s Executive Director.

Dennis W. Doll, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Middlesex Water
Company, was elected to serve as President of NAWC in October 2013.

“Our companies continue to deliver a vital service to large populations every day and work to ensure the reliability of water infrastructure in addition to all other aspects of service delivery.  It is an honor to share in this observance of World Water Day as we work together to ensure this fragile resource is never taken for granted,” said Doll. “It’s particularly fitting that this year’s World Water Day theme is the relationship between water and energy as this reflects strategic initiatives in our company, having expanded beyond our suite of water, wastewater, contract operations, and ancillary services to include renewable energy as related to the water/energy nexus,” added Doll.

A live webcast of the NASDAQ Closing Bell will be available at: http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx.  A video of the ceremony will also be posted on the Investor Relations section of Middlesex Water’s website at www.middlesexwater.com following the ceremony.

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Chase Down Leaks for Fix a Leak Week

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

FixALeakWeekNext week marks the U.S. EPA’s sixth annual Fix a Leak Week, during which everyone is urged to chase down and fix leaks in their homes. Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so join the effort to fix a leak to save water and money. Learn more here.

On Twitter? Join WaterSense® on Monday, March 17 at 2 p.m. EDT for their Fix a Leak Week Twitter Party, hastag #fixaleak, to learn tips on how to find and fix leaks in your home.

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