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Layne Christensen to sell Heavy Civil unit to management
Reynolds Construction Company and Reynolds Inliner which was sold to Layne Christensen Company in 2005 will, again, be an independent construction company. The top management of Layne Heavy Civil (formerly Reynolds Construction), including Jeff Reynolds, Les Archer, Wes Self and several others along with unnamed private equity investors, announced February 9th that it signed a definitive agreement to buy the Heavy Civil group from Layne Christensen. It is likely that the newly reformed company, once again, will rebrand itself as Reynolds Construction.
New York Times attacks 5 successful P3 projects in NJ, CA and PA
Bottled water recalled for E.coli contamination
Fourteen brands of spring water bottled by the same company -- from the same source are potentially contaminated with E. coli. A voluntary recall notice has been issued for Acadia, Acme, Big Y, Best Yet, 7-Eleven, Niagara, Nature's Place, Price Rite, Super Chill, Morning Fresh, Shaws, ShopRite, Western Beef Blue, and Wegmans water bottled at two plants in Pennsylvania between June 10 and 18, ABC 6 reports.Niagara Bottling says a spring owner failed to report evidence of E. coli at the source, but there have been no signs of contaminated products or reports of consumers getting sick, reports CNN. source: NEWSER
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Santa Paula Recycling Facility "Plant of the Year"
The Santa Paula Water Recycling Facility added another honor to its collection. The California Water Environment Association (CWEA) selected this "exceptional" facility as the 2014 Plant of the Year Award for Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. It is now in the running for plant of the year for the state of California. The Facility was recognized by CWEA for its "outstanding achievements within the water environment field," specifically noting its award-winning efficient design, commitment to process efficiency, and exceptionally high quality effluent. ....full story
New NJ law: private water companies can recover full purchase price of under performing municipal utilities
A municipality wishing to sell could certify that because of certain emergent conditions it has to accelerate the process for a sale. Voters can be bypassed no referendum.
Currently, regulators review a sale and approve how much of the purchase price may be recovered in the rates the purchaser charges. WIPA would require the entire purchase price be included in the rates.
For more information, New Jersey consumers can find the bill (A3628) www.njleg.state.nj.us/
New New Jersey legislation would allow sale of troubled municipal water systems to private water companies without public referendums
Currently, a public entity must put a potential sale directly to the public in the form of a referendum. But the bipartisan bill, sponsored by State Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) and State Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen), would put together a new process by which a municipality could seek to designate its system as in disrepair and get approvals from both the Department of Environmental Protection and the Board of Public Utilities to sell it directly to a private company....full story
WIFIA legislation approved by both houses
WIFIA is designed to leverage federal funds by attracting substantial private or other non-federal investments to promote increased development of critical water infrastructure and to help speed construction of local projects. It is modeled on the USDOT TIFIA program and has many similar elements, including interest rate (tied to long-term Treasury rates) and maximum maturity (35 years); maximum percentage of eligible project cost that can be financed (generally 49 percent, although in contrast in TIFIA program, WIFIA legislation provides that up to 25 percent of each year's financing assistance can be made be available for loans exceeding 49 percent of project cost); deferral of loan repayment for up to five years after substantial completion; credit rating requirements; and non-subordination/ "springing parity lien" in the event of bankruptcy. ...full story
Half the drugs in sewage pass through treatment plants
Treatment plants may only be getting rid of about half the drugs that turn up in our sewage. A new study found that plants capture many but some herbicides and anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-seizure drugs and two antibiotics slipped by. ...full story
How much Fat Oil and Grease do Fast Food restaurants produce and how to deal with it
The thousands of fast food restaurants in the US produce over 1.6 billion pounds of grease every year. The average fast food restaurant generates over 28 pounds of grease per day. This grease, if untreated properly jams pump stations, clogs sewer lines and over burdens wastewater treatment plants. Who should pay for this public burden and how should it most effectively be treated? Green Turtle water treatment solutions believe they have a plan. Let them know if their plan makes sense to you and to your municipal utility.
Go to the Green Turtle web site to learn more and to toss in your 2 cents of opinion ... or facts.
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Shortlist of Regina Canada concession competitors
The City of Regina three shortlisted private consortiums will compete for the contract for a new $224.3 million wastewater treatment plant. The successful bidder will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the new plant under a public-private partnership with the city. Each will be paid a $250,000 honorarium to help cover the cost of participating in the process.
To learn the names of the familiar companies in each consortium go to: full story
Publicly financed water projects are not cheaper than privately financed
A study by a Canadian think tank is pouring cold water on the contention Water Watch that public-sector financed infrastructure projects are cheaper than projects financed by the private sector. “The argument that government funding is less expensive than private funding is not only wrong but also, unfortunately, ubiquitous in debates on public investment, especially for large infrastructure projects,” said the 20-page report by the C.D. Howe Institute. full story
Private equity firm rehabilitates Bahamas water system
A 10-year project to improve the Bahamas water system has reached its first significant milestone: 24/7 service water supply and pressure for all residents achieved through a new automated pressure control system. This is the first step towards a more efficient water distribution system for the island which will also lead to savings of 4 million gallons of clean water every day. The decade-long Water Efficiency Project is being carried out by The Water and Sewerage Corporation, in partnership with Miya, part of Arison Investments with support of the Inter-American Development Bank. full story
Illinois may allow private water companies to finance privatization through rate increases on current customers
Legislation moving quickly through Springfield would allow the state's biggest private water companies, Illinois American Water and Aqua Illinois, to fast-track takeovers of municipal water systems and automatically charge current customers higher rates to fund those conquests, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) warned Monday. full story
Can public private partnerships really be better than government wastewater treatment systems?
West Yost Associates presented to the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency a comprehensive comparison publicly operated versus privately operated wastewater systems. Guess which systems are more cost effective and why. full story
America: leaking energy for water systems
Xylem Inc. believes that 50% to 75% of the total capital costs at public utilities go to supplying energy for water supply and treatment and the U.S. loses 1.7 trillion gallons per year to leaky water pipes. Water and wastewater utilities are typically the largest consumers of energy in municipalities, often accounting for 30-40% of total energy consumed according to EPA..full story
Summary of estimated costs and savings of alternative water and wastewater treatment systems
Public Works Financing looked at more than two dozen water and wastewater system projects to compare costs and, for design-build-operate, savings through private involvement.
How does the Long-Term water concession model work?
A simple description of the design-build-own-operate-transfer public private partnership arrangement -- also called Concession Model
Is there a future for water privatization?
Most Americans get their household water from a public-owned-and-operated water utilities. However, nearly 73 million people now are served with help from a private company, according to a 2011 report by the National Association of Water Companies. From the consumer's perspective, privatization's results have been mixed. In some cases, cities have retaken control of their water services. And not every private provider has delivered on promises of reduced rates. But to governments strapped for cash, the option is seen as increasingly attractive. Here, two policy experts exchange views on what is best for our communities. Richard G. Little is a senior fellow at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California . Wenonah Hauter is the executive director of Food and Water Watch, an advocacy group for food and water quality.
Is Larry Chertoff controlling our water supply?
Candidate Ron Paul thinks so, or so his web site states.
The truth about plastic bottles
Is it so that: “Reusing plastic water bottles (PET) can cause them to break down into carcinogenic compounds (diethylhydroxylamine or DEHA).
reprinted from The Water Connoisseur
The origin of water
Water is the essence of life, but where did water come from? The latest discoveries in astrophysics point to water not being a natural terrestrial product but imported from the edges of our solar system.
reprinted from The Water Connoisseur
Archaea -- the oldest new solution to wastewater treatment?
The story of sludge processing
How it is generated, dewatered, dried, distributed.