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EPCOR USA Wins 2017 “Economic Driver” Impact Award

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

EPCOR USA has received the 2017 Economic Driver, Large Business, IMPACT award from the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

“At EPCOR, we believe that by embracing the powerful combination of public service and private enterprise we can improve water infrastructure in communities across Arizona,” said Joe Gysel, President of EPCOR USA. “Water service and water delivery are a critical piece of our state and country’s economy, and we are honored to be recognized by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce for the commitment, expertise and ingenuity that EPCOR employees bring to Arizona’s water landscape every day.”

“This recognition comes as we celebrate our fifth anniversary in the United States and underscores EPCOR’s deep commitment to quality and excellence, the value of water to our communities and our economy, and the significant and positive impact utilities deliver every day,” Gysel continued.

Since 2012 and including the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce IMPACT Award, EPCOR USA has received 101 awards and recognitions, including 92 safety and operational excellence awards from the AZ Water association, the coveted “Director’s Award of Recognition” from the American Water Works Association and EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Partnership and the National Association of Water Companies’ Living Water Award. The company has been recognized four times by The Phoenix Business Journal with the Best Places to Work designation and was awarded WESTMARC’s “Best of the West” Economic Engine award for its work on the Luke 303 project. Luke 303 has also been recognized with a Build Arizona award from the Arizona Chapter of Associated

The full press release about EPCOR’s recent achievement is available online.

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A #TimetoBuild and a Time to Invest

Posted on by Michael

As America’s attention is drawn to Infrastructure Week, the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) is working to highlight water infrastructure. When the nation focuses attention on the broad spectrum of infrastructure, it is important for the water sector to have a seat at the infrastructure table.

Across the country, there are conversations about transportation, roads, bridges, ports and airports. Because they’re above ground, it keeps them top-of-mind for consumers, communities and public officials. While all types of infrastructure are important, I would argue water infrastructure is the most critical because no other forms of infrastructure would exist without it. Water is the element upon which everything else depends, regardless of whether we can see the pipes and water mains delivering this life-giving resource to our communities.

Water is essential to every aspect of our lives, and it stands to reason that the systems delivering water are as valuable as the water itself.

However, it’s no secret that in many parts of the country, water service isn’t as reliable as it should be – predominantly due to aging infrastructure. Much of America’s complex network of water systems have outlived their useful life, and the responsibility has fallen to this generation to restore, repair and expand the water infrastructure.

The costs and complexities related to the nation’s water infrastructure are challenging, but there are many proven approaches and solutions that can be deployed today and over the next decade to address these water challenges. Overcoming these challenges will require unprecedented partnerships between the public and private water sectors using a variety of solutions.

There is an immediate need to embrace the value of collaboration between government-owned water systems and private water companies. Globally speaking, this nation’s water quality is among the highest, but that won’t continue without immediate, sustained investment in water infrastructure.

With respect to water infrastructure, the health and safety of America is at stake, and so is the quality of life for the next generation.

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Aqua America Recognized For Corporate Board Diversity

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

Aqua America was recognized by 2020 Women on Boards as a 2016 Winning ‘W’ Company for having 20 percent or more of its board of directors seats held by women. Aqua’s board is made up of 25 percent women and is one of 702 companies to receive this recognition.

“It is an honor to be recognized by 2020 Women on Boards for our efforts to increase the number of women in leadership positions throughout the company,” said Aqua America President and CEO Christopher Franklin. “The more diversity within our company, the better able we are to understand and serve our diverse customers, and bring varying points of view to our business.”

This is the second in a pair of awards Aqua has earned for gender diversity on its board. In October, Aqua was celebrated as a Champion of Board Diversity at the 2016 Leadership Breakfast for the Forum of Executive Women, a Philadelphia-area event honoring organizations having 25 percent of women on their respective boards of directors.
2020 Women on Boards is a non-profit grassroots campaign committed to increasing the percentage of women who serve on company boards to 20 percent or greater by the year 2020. The campaign redefines good corporate governance, gender diversity standards and creates a cultural imperative for corporate action.

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SUEZ wins the Smart Water Company of the Year award at the Global Water Awards 2017

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

SUEZ AwardCongratulations to SUEZ on being named Smart Water Company of the Year during the Global Water Awards 2017 ceremony on Monday, April 24 at the Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid.

The Smart Water Company of the Year award recognizes companies that have contributed the most to the advancement of digital technologies in the water sector.

Each year, the Global Water Awards are awarded in the framework of the Global Water Summit, the world’s largest global event for the Water industry.The Global Water Awards are voted by subscribed readers of GWI magazine, Water Desalination Report and individual members of the International Desalination Association (IDA).

More information on the Global Water Awards can be found at: http://globalwaterawards.com

 

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NAWC Executive Director Michael Deane Addresses Food & Water Watch’s False Claims

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

A piece from NAWC Executive Director Michael Deane posted last week at The Hill, a widely read Washington, DC publication. The op-ed, titled “US Water Infrastructure Challenges Need Private Sector Participation,” is in response to a recent piece in the same publication from Food & Water Watch’s Wenonah Hauter in which she criticized any infrastructure proposal that relies on private sector participation. In his piece, Deane sets the record straight, noting that private water models already serve 73 million Americans and that private water companies are already investing to rebuild America’s infrastructure. Noting that the ASCE recently gave America’s drinking water infrastructure a D grade, Deane calls on Hauter to stop demonizing the private sector and to come to the table with real solutions to fill the investment gap.

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Middlesex Water Company Launches $160 Million Infrastructure Effort

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

Middlesex Water Company has announced a major infrastructure campaign to enhance safety, reliability and resiliency throughout its water system in New Jersey.

The campaign, Water For Tomorrow®, involves numerous projects designed to upgrade and replace infrastructure and enhance the integrity of system assets to better serve the current and future generations of water users. Middlesex plans to invest $160 million through 2018 in connection with this plan.  The Middlesex system in New Jersey provides retail, commercial and industrial water services to 61,000 homes and businesses in Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, South Amboy, South Plainfield and Woodbridge.

This long-planned capital program follows the recent release of an Infrastructure Report Card issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which rated the state of our country’s water infrastructure a D+ and urged a wakeup call attending to the condition of America’s drinking water.

“Working to ensure sustained quality service across generations is a major part of our responsibility as a steward of a precious natural resource that is critical to economic stability, as well as to life itself. This responsibility requires that we make smart, proactive capital investments,” said Dennis W. Doll, Middlesex Water Chairman, President and CEO.  “The projects encompassed in the Water For Tomorrow campaign are all based on rigorous asset management evaluations. They are a natural extension of the diligence we have applied over many years to make prudent investments to bolster our water delivery network, enhance system pressures and storage, provide critical back up supplies, reduce lost water, and enhance the safety of our water treatment process,” added Doll.

Additional information and updates about the Water For Tomorrow program can be found on www.middlesexwater.com.

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NAWC Executive Director Calls Out In The Public Interest for its Private Water Falsehoods

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

In a piece for The Huffington Post, NAWC Executive Director Michael Deane called out In the Public Interest’s Executive Director Donald Cohen for spreading falsehoods about private water.

“Once again, instead of engaging in a constructive conversation about America’s water infrastructure challenges, we find ourselves having to correct rampant misinformation being spread by those opposed to America’s private sector solutions.

In the Public Interest’s Executive Director Donald Cohen recently made some very distorted claims about the Pittsburgh water utility and the city’s consulting arrangement with Veolia, a water services company. Here’s the full story.

In 2012, Veolia and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) entered a peer arrangement under which a small group of Veolia employees worked alongside more than 200 PWSA employees to improve the day-to-day operations of the authority and to share industry best practices. According to the contract agreement between PWSA and Veolia, signed in July 2012, PWSA was “ultimately responsible for the operation and maintenance of its facilities.” Veolia was working in a consulting role.”

Read the full piece here.

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Golden State Water’s William C. Gedney Selected To Serve On Board Of Directors For Metropolitan Water District Of Southern California

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

William C. Gedney, Golden State Water Company’s Vice President of Environmental Quality, has been appointed to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s (Metropolitan) Board of Directors, representing the 46 water providers and nearly 2 million customers served by the Central Basin Municipal Water District (Central Basin).

Metropolitan’s 38-member Board of Directors represents the District’s 26 member agencies and is responsible for establishing and administering Metropolitan’s policies and upholding the articles in the MWD Act.

“I’d like to congratulate Bill for his selection to these prestigious boards, and thank him for serving on behalf of Golden State Water and all member agencies,” said Denise Kruger, Senior Vice President of Regulated Utilities for Golden State Water. “Bill is uniquely qualified for this opportunity, which was made possible because of Assemblymember Cristina Garcia and her leadership with Assembly Bill 1794.”

Gedney’s tenure with Golden State Water has spanned 20 years and included leadership posts as Vice President of Asset Management (2007-15) and Vice President of Water Quality (2004-07). He began his career with Golden State Water in August 1997, when he was hired as the water quality engineer for the utility’s Central District.

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American Water Breaks Ground on New Corporate Headquarters

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

On February 27, 2017, American Water Works Company, Inc., held a groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s new headquarters at One Water Street on The Camden Waterfront. Scheduled for completion in late 2018, the five-story, 220,000 square foot facility will house more than 600 employees, consolidating four different locations in southern New Jersey.

American Water President and CEO Susan Story was joined by U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross; Camden Mayor Dana Redd; Bob Martin, commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; Timothy Lizura, president and COO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority; William Hankowsky, president and CEO of Liberty Property Trust and more than 150 guests to celebrate the start of construction, which is expected to last about 18 months.

“American Water and our employees are excited about our new home on the Camden waterfront,” said Susan Story, president and CEO of American Water. “We know this will be a place where we can become an even stronger presence in this great city; where we can attract and develop talent for today and the future; and where we can develop solutions to challenges for clean, safe, reliable and affordable water and water services for people across the country.”

The full press release is available on the American Water website.

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Aqua America Hires New Director, Asset Management and Field Services

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

Kauffman_JustinAqua America has announced Justin D. Kauffman as its director, asset management and field services.

In his new position, Kauffman will lead the implementation of Aqua’s well and water distribution asset management plan and develop asset management plans for the company’s surface water plants, wastewater plants and wastewater collection systems. He will also lead the Field Service and National Dispatch team, responsible for dispatching preventative and customer response work orders in Aqua’s eight states.

“Aqua continually strives to innovate and streamline our operational systems to run our business efficiently every day,” said Aqua America Deputy Chief Operating Officer Colleen Arnold. “We look forward to having Justin join our team, where he will work to optimize our operations and improve our processes to best serve our customers.”

Kauffman brings more than 15 years of experience implementing asset management programs and business process enhancement strategies to his role. 
 Prior to joining Aqua, Kauffman spent eight years as a regional technology leader and asset management specialist at CH2M, an engineering consulting, design, construction and operations company. There he developed asset management plans for water utility clients and implemented enterprise-wide work management systems.

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