Nov 11, 2019

Business News: Water & Wastewater Workforce Development Bill Passed

A new national grant program backed by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission received $1 million in federal funding to support career development for workers in the water and wastewater industries; Dewberry received a master services agreement for the replacement of their water distribution system at Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City, Fla.

Business News: Water & Wastewater Workforce Development Bill Passed

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Water & Wastewater Workforce Development Bill Passed

A new national grant program backed by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) received $1 million in federal funding approval by the U.S. Senate. The program will support training and career development for workers in the water and wastewater industries. 

“We want all San Franciscans to have the opportunity for a successful and fulfilling career, with a good salary and benefits for themselves and their families,” said San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed. “With this federal funding, we’ll be able to train people for careers in the water and wastewater industries, which will continue to be essential jobs for generations to come. I want to thank Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris and Speaker Nancy Pelosi for their support of this program and for their advocacy as we look forward to funding it again next year.” 

“At the SFPUC, nearly half of our workforce is set to retire in the next 5 to 10 years,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “We need to take action now to ensure that we train the next generation of workers to fill those shoes. This grant program can help us achieve that goal.”’


De Nora Addresses Chlorine Management Safety at IWA 2019

To address increasingly complex water treatment issues and standards in Asia, water disinfection and filtration technologies manufacturer De Nora highlighted its hybrid system of CECHLO and Capital Controls, in light of this year’s International Water Assn. (IWA) conference. The system aims to ensure an entirely safe process of chlorine management.  

Water treatment is an indispensable part of the water supply process, with chlorine being the most common disinfectant. However, safety around the transportation and management of chlorine gas is a growing concern, especially in populated areas. 

Discussing this issue at a pre-conference workshop ahead of the IWA-ASPIRE Conference 2019, De Nora promoted an alternative to providing safe water: generating chlorine on-site. This eliminates the risks associated with transporting and storing large quantities of liquid chlorine containers.


Dewberry Awarded Contract for Water Infrastructure Improvements 

Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, announced in a news release the firm has been awarded a master services agreement for the replacement of the water distribution system at Tyndall Air Force Base (TAFB) near Panama City, Fla.

Dewberry, which has held five recent contracts with TAFB and has performed Air Force installation projects for more than 40 years, was selected to provide professional site/civil engineering services related to damages sustained to the water distribution system during Hurricane Michael. Additionally, the firm will provide services related to the overall design, operation and maintenance of the water distribution system.

“The damage sustained during Hurricane Michael was widespread across Florida’s panhandle, with no exception to TAFB,” said Dewberry Vice President Cliff Wilson. “Considering all the critical services that come out of the base, we’re thankful to have the opportunity to support them in their efforts to keep operations running smoothly so they can effectively serve our nation.”


Conecsus de Mexico S.A. de C.V. Wins Mexico Technology Award

Conecsus de Mexico S.A. de C.V., an industrial wastewater treatment plant solutions provider in Mexico, was awarded a Mexico Technology Award for successfully applying its technologies for the purification of residual industrial wastewater. The award was presented Oct. 23 at the Westin Guadalajara, prior to the SMTA Guadalajara Expo & Technical Forum. 

Conecsus de Mexico S.A. de C.V. was launched by parent company Conecsus LLC, a refiner of SMT solder/solder paste wastes and residues for the SMT electronics manufacturing industry. The Mexico Technology Awards acknowledge the latest innovations available in Mexico produced by OEM manufacturing equipment and materials suppliers over the previous 12 months. 

The award falls in the Environmental Systems or Services category, recognizing the work’s application of physicochemical treatment methodology for the purification of residual industrial wastewater at its new industrial wastewater recycling enterprise in Villa de Reyes, San Luis Potosí (SLP), Mexico. 


LG Sonic Nanobubble Solution Wins Aquatech Innovation Award

LG Sonic’s MPC-NanoBubble, a solution to improve dissolved oxygen levels in lakes by using pure oxygen nanobubbles, has won the Aquatech Innovation Award in the water supply category.

The Aquatech Innovation Awards honor the most innovative water products and solutions in the water industry. The winners were revealed on Nov. 4 during the opening of the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) and the Aquatech Amsterdam exhibition in the RAI in Amsterdam. Honors were presented in four different award categories, including wastewater treatment, process control technology, water supply and innovation not yet to market. 

“We are proud to have received the Aquatech Innovation Award for our MPC-NanoBubble solution,” said CTO of LG Sonic Lisa Maria Brand. “This brings our company one step closer into bringing safe and sustainable solutions for algal blooms in our surface waters and eliminate the usage of harmful chemicals in water treatment.”


Networking Section

  • Danfoss Drives has appointed Ian Barrie as its new head of sales for the Americas.

  • Regional Water Authority in Connecticut named Premjith Singh as vice president - chief information and digital officer.

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