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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.
York Times attacks 5 successful P3 projects in NJ, CA and PA
systems adding E.coli to America's drinking water
State University researchers have sampled 64 river systems in the
state for E. coli and the human fecal bacteria B-theta and found
that septic tanks aren't working. "Sample after sample"
shows bacterial concentrations are "highest where there were
higher numbers of septic systems in the watershed area,"
according to water expert Joan Rose. ...full
water recalled for E.coli contamination
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
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.
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Paula Recycling Facility "Plant of the Year"
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
NJ law: private water companies can recover full purchase price of
under performing municipal utilities
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.
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
more information, New Jersey consumers can find the bill
New Jersey legislation would allow sale of troubled municipal
water systems to private water companies without public
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
legislation approved by both houses
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
the drugs in sewage pass through treatment plants
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
much Fat Oil and Grease do Fast Food restaurants produce and how
to deal with it
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
Go to the Green Turtle web site to learn more and to toss in your
2 cents of opinion ... or facts.
Turtle and read the full
of Regina Canada concession competitors
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.
names of the familiar
companies in each consortium go to: full
financed water projects are not cheaper than privately financed
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.
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
may allow private water companies to finance privatization through
rate increases on current customers
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
private partnerships really be better than government wastewater
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
leaking energy for water systems
Inc. believes that 50% to 75% of the total capital costs at public
utilities go to supplying energy for water supply and treatment and
loses 1.7 trillion gallons per year to leaky water pipes.
and wastewater utilities are typically the largest consumers of
energy in municipalities, often accounting for 30-40% of total
according to EPA..full
of estimated costs and savings of alternative water and wastewater
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.
does the Long-Term water concession model work?
simple description of the design-build-own-operate-transfer public
private partnership arrangement -- also called Concession Model
Is there a future for water privatization?
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
. Wenonah Hauter is the executive director of Food and Water
Watch, an advocacy group for food and water quality.
Larry Chertoff controlling our water supply?
Ron Paul thinks so, or so his web
truth about plastic bottles
it so that: “Reusing plastic water bottles (PET) can cause them to break down into carcinogenic compounds
(diethylhydroxylamine or DEHA).
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origin of 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.
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Archaea -- the oldest new solution to wastewater
story of sludge processing
it is generated, dewatered, dried, distributed.