Nov 22, 2019

Business News: American Water Employees Log Over 5,000 Volunteer Hours

American Water employees logged over 5,000 volunteer hours during month of service; Small Storm Ltd. receives technology and development award.

Business News: American Water Employees Log Over 5,000 Volunteer Hours

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Smart Storm Ltd. Receives Technology & Development Award

Smart Storm Ltd. have been awarded the Development and Technology Award at the Calderdale Business Awards. The awards recognize and reward a cross section of businesses and the role they play in the economic success of the region. 

“We have found that in the established water and wastewater industry innovation is a necessity for growth. Our products utilise the latest technologies to ensure highly accurate measurement, whilst offering a truly unique user-friendly experience, not seen in other instruments,” said Dr. John Duffy, company founder and managing director in the company’s press release. “So obviously we are delighted to have won the award, as recognition for our expertise in research and development.” 

American Water Employees Log Over 5,000 Volunteer Hours 

American Water held its company wide AmerICANs in Action! Month of Service employee volunteer event in September. More than 1,100 American Water employees participated in more than 90 different community volunteer projects and logged a record-breaking 5,100 hours of service. 

“American Water is committed to building strong communities everywhere we serve, even beyond delivering safe, clean and reliable water and water services to our customers every day. Our AmerICANs in Action! Month of Service is a great opportunity for our employees to support these communities where we work and live,” said Susan Story, president and chief executive officer. “They are our neighbors, our family and our friends, and we want to create measurable and lasting impacts in their lives.”

Microvi MNE Technology Becomes Bay Area’s First Full-Scale Wastewater Sidestream Treatment System

Microvi Biotech Inc. and Oro Loma Sanitary District (OLSD) have announced the installation of a full-scale Microvi MNE wastewater sidestream treatment system at the 20 MGD OLSD treatment plant in San Lorenzo, Calif., in 2020. The multi-million dollar collaborative project will be conducted between Microvi, OLSD and engineering firm HDR Inc. and is funded by the U.S. EPA. 

This full-scale installation follows an EPA-funded analysis of sidestream treatment in the Bay Area. The analysis, led by East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), showed that treating this small volume of highly concentrated effluent is a cost-effective strategy to substantially reduce nitrogen loads for 21 Bay Area treatment plants with anaerobic digesters. 

“Microvi MNE is a dynamic and unique biological solution that has the power to make a significant positive impact on our environment and for the communities we serve. We are excited to work with Oro Loma Sanitary District and the U.S. EPA in implementing breakthrough solutions that benefit society and the planet,” said Dr. Fatemeh Shirazi, CEO of Microvi. 

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