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San Diego approves $2.5 billion wastewater recycling plan

The City Council of San Diego, California, has voted unanimously to approve a $2.5 billion plan to substantially improve the management of its wastewater and better secure a long-term supply of water for the city. In the initial phase of the plan, the city will develop the treatment capacity and infrastructure to recycle 15 million gallons of water daily by 2023. The amount of wastewater to be treated and recycled will be gradually increased to 83 million gallons per day by 2035, at which point the recycled water will account for one-third of the city’s water supply, the council estimates. The federal government has determined that the city’s main wastewater treatment plant has failed to comply with regulations for dumping wastewater in the ocean, but it has gained five-year waivers of the requirements since 1995, the last of which will expire in July 2015, thus prompting the city to act. In addition, “the drought puts a finer point on why this is so necessary,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer in announcing the City Council’s vote. “Droughts are unfortunately a way of life in California, so we have to be prepared. This helps us to control our destiny.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Corvias wins 30-year “P3” stormwater contract in MD

Calling it a “first of its kind” project delivery arrangement, Corvias Solutions (Bowie, MD) has formed a public-private partnership (P3) with Prince George’s County in Maryland under which Corvias will work with the county to improve stormwater management practices in the county over the next 30 years. Under the arrangement, the county will invest $100 million in an initial three-year retrofit of its stormwater management systems, while Corvias, a subsidiary of Corvias Group (East Greenwich, RI), will manage the design, construction, and long-term maintenance of the systems. Corvias will also provide access to private financing for the upgrades. “Both the private and public sectors have strengths that we can leverage for the common good,” said Adam Ortiz, director of Prince George’s County’s Department of the Environment. “Through this partnership, we will meet our clean water requirements with more speed, more jobs, and more savings, while establishing Prince George’s as an industry center for stormwater.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Arcadis forms alliance with Chinese environmental firm

Arcadis, N.V. (Amsterdam, Netherlands) announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with Shanghai Greenment Environmental Technology Co. Ltd., a Chinese provider of environmental services to multiple industries in China. Under the alliance, the two companies will provide site evaluation and restoration, environmental planning, and strategic environmental consulting services to multiple industries, including the chemical, pharmaceutical, commercial development, automotive, oil and gas, and manufacturing sectors. Arcadis said that the new partnership will also help it to better serve growing Chinese enterprises as they look for investment opportunities overseas. “As China’s environmental regulations develop and the enforcement of those regulations increases, the strategic alliance between ARCADIS and Greenment will enable us to respond more effectively to our clients’ changing needs,” said Mark Fenner, Arcadis’s global director for environmental solutions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014

IBM, Veolia partner on urban resource management

Announcing a new partnership at the Smart City Expo and World Congress in Barcelona on November 19, U.S.-based computer giant IBM (Armonk, NY) and Paris-based environmental services company Veolia will collaborate in the development and deployment of integrated digital technologies for the management of water, energy, and waste in urban areas. A provider of a variety of municipal services, Veolia said that it is turning to IBM to transform their service delivery through increased use of intelligent systems. In the water area for example, Veolia and IBM are planning to deliver what they call a Smarter Water solution incorporating IBM’s Intelligent Water software, an application that uses “big data” to better monitor and manage water systems. “Cities generate enormous amounts of data that must be constantly managed,” said Antoine Frerot, chairman and CEO of Veolia. “By combining our deep expertise with IBM’s data-driven insight, Veolia is creating a paradigm shift in urban management which in turn will help cities improve efficiency and deliver better services to citizens.” Veolia is current deploying these new systems for water management in Lyon, France, and in Tidworth, England.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014

CH2M HILL explores alternatives for business segments

CH2M HILL (Denver, CO) disclosed that it has begun the process of exploring strategic alternatives for the portion of its oil, gas, and chemicals business that serves the Alaska market and the Russian market of Sakhalin Island. The company said this portion of its business employs about 2,400 people and provides oil field support, operations, and maintenance services, construction services, and other related services. CH2M HILL said that it intends to focus on further developing its differentiated professional service offerings and not on capital-intensive business. “CH2M HILL is concentrating its resources on expanding its engineering, consulting, and program management service capabilities in its core markets, including water, environmental, transportation, and energy on a global basis,” said Patrick O’Keefe. CH2M HILL’s U.S. managing director. Describing the Alaska and Sakhalin operation as a “high-quality, well-run business with long-standing client relationships” that has made “significant contributions to the growth and value of our company,” Rob Berra, president of CH2M HILL’s energy business, said that the company will “continue to provide high-quality professional services to our oil, gas, and chemicals clients around the globe.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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