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Gary L. McArthur Named as CH2M HILL Chief Financial Officer

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

On July 9, CH2M HILL announced Gary L. McArthur will join the firm as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective August 4, 2014.

“Gary brings solid finance and accounting experience and a great cultural fit for the next chapter in CH2M HILL’s journey,” said Jacqueline Hinman, CH2M HILL President and CEO.  “As a well-known and highly respected leader, Gary will be a great addition to our leadership team and strengthen our ability to grow and deliver excellent client service around the world.”

Mr. McArthur joins CH2M HILL from Harris Corporation (a Fortune 500 international communications and information technology company) where he served as Chief Financial Officer since 2006, and in various other financial positions since 1997.

Read the full release on CH2M HILL’s website.

 

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AWWA 2014 American Water Scholarship Presented to Johns Hopkins University Doctoral Student

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American Water recently announced that Michael Rose, a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University, has been chosen as the recipient of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) 2014 American Water Scholarship. The scholarship is an annual award of $5,000 presented to a graduate level student to assist with the development of professionals interested in service to the water industry.

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Rose was selected for this scholarship due to his exceptional academic abilities, industry experience and leadership to contribute to the advancement of science in the field of drinking water. His current research focuses on iodine-containing disinfection byproducts that may be formed during treatment of hydraulic fracturing wastewater, which are generated during natural gas drilling. During this research, Rose hopes to shed light on iodine chemistry in conventional water treatment and the relationship between shale gas extraction and drinking water quality.

“American Water is pleased to present this prestigious award to Michael, who was selected among 33 outstanding applicants,” said Dr. Mark LeChevallier, director of Innovation & Environmental Stewardship and member of the award selection committee. “Not only is Michael an exceptional scholar, he is a dedicated engineer with leadership potential in the water industry and has a passion for learning and research. We are proud to help him advance his drinking water research studies.”

Rose received a bachelor’s degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Rose also studied at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand and holds his Professional Geologist license in California.
Administered by AWWA, American Water’s Scholarship is currently the only one offered by a water utility among the 15 active scholarships. The 2014 American Water Scholarship was initially announced at the organization’s ACE14 event in Boston. For more information about AWWA scholarships, visit http://www.awwa.org/membership/get-involved/student-center/awwa-scholarships.aspx.

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CNT Initiative Helps America Become “Rain Ready”

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)  has just launched a new resource to help individuals, businesses, and communities find solutions to the problem of too much or too little water.

This new resource, branded “Rain Ready”, is centered around an action-oriented website and offers a suite of policies and practices to help residents, communities and states plan for weather events associated with global climate change.

Learn more on the Rain Ready website.

 

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American States Water Company and Golden State Water Company Recognized for Leadership Opportunities for Women and Support of Minority Businesses

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

American States Water Company has received special recognition from two organizations.

American States Water Company ranked fifth in the UC Davis “California’s Top 25″ listing  of companies with the highest percentage of women leaders. Approximately 43% of positions among the American States Water Company board of directors and five highest-compensated executive officers are held by women.

In recognition of their support of the growth and development of the Black Business Association (BBA) and providing equal opportunities for diverse suppliers, Golden State Water Company, the largest subsidiary of American States Water Company, received the BBA Utility Company of the Year Award.

“We are proud to be recognized by these two organizations,” stated Robert J. Sprowls, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our commitment to diversity in the workplace and the broader community remains steadfast.”

More information is available online.

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American Water Announces Recipients of James LaFrankie Scholarship Awards

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

American Water has announced nine recipients of this year’s James V. LaFrankie Scholarship Awards. The annual awards were distributed nationwide to college-bound children of full-time American Water employees who demonstrate an interest in water-related industry occupational fields.

The nine high school seniors were selected out of 32 applicants based on their outstanding high school records, academic honors, participation in extracurricular activities and teacher recommendations. The scholarships are awarded for a term of one year in individual awards of $1,000. Scholarship renewal is contingent upon the student’s academic progress and may be renewed up to three years.

The list of recipients is available online.

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Pennsylvania American Water’s “Keystone Firefighting Challenge,

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

Twenty-two fire departments across Pennsylvania hope people “Like” them on Facebook. They are competing in Pennsylvania American Water’s “Keystone Firefighting Challenge,” a Facebook contest that allows the two top vote-getters to earn $700 and $300, respectively, to offset the cost of equipment and training.

“Local fire departments in the communities we serve are important partners, and we’re proud to help offset the cost of protective gear, communication equipment and training that can help improve fire protection for our customers,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Kathy L. Pape. “We encourage people to read about each of their important projects and to vote daily throughout the contest for their favorite fire departments.”

Read the full release on Pennsylvania American Water’s website.

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Most Recent Letter to the Editor by Michael Deane on Why Water Is Worth Protecting

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excerpt from LTE:

It’s important for all of us, locally and nationally, to recognize that water is the life and blood of communities, businesses, and ecosystems. Man-made and natural infrastructure that supports clean and safe water needs as much attention as the transportation and energy infrastructure, and soon. We also know that just about every infrastructure project is connected to water in one way or another, so even though it may seem expensive to invest in our water infrastructure now, we can’t afford to wait.

To find out more about this problem and what we can do about it, visit www.thevalueofwater.org.”

Michael Deane is the executive director of the National Association of Water Companies.

Read the full letter online.

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Middlesex Water Company Board Members Honored for Community Service & Leadership

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Middlesex Water Company has announced its lead Director Jeffries Shein and board member Amy B. Mansue were recipients of recent honors.

Shein, a director since 1990, was honored when the New Jersey Institute For Disabilities (NJID) dedicated and named its new Adult Training Center Building on Route 1 in Iselin, NJ in his honor this spring. Shein is Managing Partner of JGT Management Company, LLC. Shein, who also serves as President of the Marion and Norman Tanzman Charitable Foundation, has been a longtime advocate and generous supporter of the NJID which serves more than 1500 infants, children and adults with disabilities throughout the state. The 6500 sq. foot training facility serves adults with disabilities ranging from ages 21-75 through development, vocational opportunities and community integration. Through NJID day programs, participants can enjoy state of the art accessible technology, life skills training, job activities training and educational excursions as well as cultural and volunteer activities.

Amy B. Mansue, a board member since 2010, was recently inducted into the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame. Mansue is president and chief executive officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital, the largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital in the country. Mansue was recognized with the prestigious designation granted to New Jersey’s “ultimate role models” for her leadership in the social services and health care sector and for her tireless advocacy for quality healthcare.

Under Mansue’s guidance, Children’s Specialized Hospital was named the 2012 Hospital of the Year by NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes and holds the distinct honor of being the only pediatric rehabilitation system to be named to New York Magazine’s Top Hospitals Listing. Mansue also serves as First Vice Chair of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

“Community service, advocacy and leadership are values we embrace and encourage throughout the entire Middlesex Water family of companies and Jeff and Amy’s commitment at the board level sets an example for all of us,” said Dennis Doll, Middlesex Water President and CEO and current NAWC Board President. “We congratulate them on these notable achievements,” added Doll.

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WeiserMazars 2014 US Water Industry Outlook- Aging Infrastructure & Capital Needs Remain Unaddressed

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

WeiserMazars LLP has released its 2014 US Water Industry Outlook which discusses issues ranging from operations to financial results and trends impacting the future of the water industry. Similar to the findings in the 2012 Outlook, this year’s survey found that the most significant challenges facing the industry remain aging infrastructure and capital needs. 95% of study respondents ranked aging facilities and infrastructure as one of the most significant challenges facing the water industry.

“The objective of this year’s Water Industry Outlook was to track the progress of the water industry over the past two years. The significantly larger number of participants gave us a clearer image of the state of the U.S. water industry,” said Jerome Devillers, Head of Water Infrastructure/Project Financing. “Seeing the same key challenges cited in both the 2012 and 2014 studies provides a wake-up call that the water industry remains at risk.”

Click here to read the study in its entirety.

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DOE Releases New Report – “The Water-Energy Nexus: Challenge and Opportunities”

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Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a new report that frames an integrated challenge and opportunity space around the water-energy nexus for DOE and its partners and lays the foundation for future efforts.

Present day water and energy systems are tightly intertwined. Water is used in all phases of energy production and electricity generation. Energy is required to extract, convey, and deliver water of appropriate quality for diverse human uses.

Recent developments have focused national attention on these connections. When severe drought affected more than a third of the United States in 2012, limited water availability constrained the operation of some power plants and other energy production activities. Hurricane Sandy demonstrated the compounding ramifications of vital water infrastructure losing power. The recent boom in domestic unconventional oil and gas development has added complexity to the national dialogue on the relationship between energy and water resources.

The Water-Energy Nexus: Challenge and Opportunities lays out an array of technical and operational challenges across the water-energy nexus at local, regional, and national scales. The report notes that water scarcity, variability, and uncertainty are becoming more prominent, potentially leading to vulnerabilities of the U.S. energy system. System evolution brought on by climate change, population growth, technological advances, and policy developments are increasing the urgency for informed action. DOE is uniquely suited to meet a key national need for data-driven and empirical solutions to address these challenges. DOE’s longstanding technology and modeling research and development (R&D) positions the Department to guide research, demonstration, and deployment, as well as enhance and integrate data and models to better inform researchers, decision makers, and the public.

“DOE can bring its strong science, technology, and analytic capabilities to bear to help the Nation move to more resilient energy-water systems,” said Secretary Moniz. “This report provides a foundation for future DOE action in response to the challenges before us.”

The report identifies six strategic pillars that will serve as the foundation for coordinating R&D:

  • Optimize the freshwater efficiency of energy production, electricity generation, and end use systems;
  • Optimize the energy efficiency of water management, treatment, distribution, and end use systems;
  • Enhance the reliability and resilience of energy and water systems;
  • Increase safe and productive use of nontraditional water sources;
  • Promote responsible energy operations with respect to water quality, ecosystem, and seismic impacts; and
  • Exploit productive synergies among water and energy systems.

To pursue next steps, DOE will work with partners, including other federal agencies, state and local governments, foreign governments, private industry, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and citizens. This integration and collaboration will enable more effective research, development, and deployment of key technologies; harmonization of policies where warranted; shared robust datasets; informed decision-making; and public dialogue.

The full report is available on Energy.gov website.

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