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Vol. 3 - No. 76
September 24, 2001
ISSN: 1533-449X
Copyright 1999-2001

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In This Issue

- Press Releases, Show Announcements and Industry News Wanted!
- ONDEO Nalco Wins R&D 100 Award
- American Water Works Acquires Ca. WW Operations
- Top Picks at Amazon.com
- This Month's Ask Tom! Article
- Open Letter - WEFTEC Show Must Go On
- Water and Wastewater Dot Com had over 32,000+ visitors in August!
- USFilter Acquires Modular Environmental Technologies
- Hot Messages from the Help Forum
- Call For Photographs!
- From the Job Fair
- Subscribe, Unsubscribe, Sponsorship & Archive Information
- ReferWare
- About Us

From the Editor


Hi Everyone,

Check out the "Open Letter" from the WEF.  We agree that the best thing we can do is continue our lives and we support their decision to go on with the show.

We will be at the WEFTEC, walking the exhibits.  If you would like us to drop by your booth, shoot me an email and we will make arrangements to meet.

Our goal is to provide information to improve your business by using the resources available on the Internet.

Joe Taylor


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Four-Time Award Winner

ONDEO Nalco Wins R&D 100 Award

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- For the fourth year in a row, ONDEO Nalco has been selected as a recipient of an R&D 100 Award. The award, presented by R&D Magazine, recognizes the 100 most significant technologies of the year. This year, ONDEO Nalco's Anionic ULTIMER product was chosen as an award recipient.

Like the original ULTIMER product line (which won the R&D 100 Award in 1999), Anionic ULTIMER is an oil-free, water-based flocculent polymer. Since its introduction in 1997, the ULTIMER line of products has prevented millions of pounds of oils and surfactants from entering the world's waterways.

When ONDEO Nalco introduced the ULTIMER product line in 1999, it consisted only of cationic flocculent polymers. Today the ULTIMER platform has been expanded to include an anionic flocculent polymer. Anionic ULTIMER gives ONDEO Nalco access to a wider marketplace in wastewater treatment, paper, and mining. By overcoming various technical challenges, ONDEO Nalco is the first to offer a product of this kind to the market place.

ONDEO Nalco's ULTIMER products remove suspended solids, organic matter and other materials from water prior to its use in industrial processes. Being water-based, ULTIMER polymers do not contain hydrocarbon oils or surfactants, which means reduced air emissions, toxicity, flammability and transportation hazards.

"We are honored to have been recognized four years in a row by the distinguished panel of judges at R&D Magazine," said Christian Maurin, Chairman and CEO of ONDEO Nalco. "We are focused on delivering a return on investment to our customers by creating new, environmentally beneficial solutions to their challenges. Anionic ULTIMER allows us to provide a more complete, oil-free option to our water treatment customers."

ONDEO Nalco, a subsidiary of ONDEO, is the worldwide leader in water treatment and process chemicals with 10,000 employees working with more than 60,000 customers in 120 countries and annual revenues of $2.8 billion. ONDEO is the premier water-related solutions provider with a presence in 130 countries supplying 110 million people with water and wastewater services, providing services to more than 60,000 industrial customers, and has built more than 10,000 water treatment plants worldwide. ONDEO is the water division of SUEZ.

For more information contact:
ONDEO Nalco Company
1601 W. Diehl Road
Naperville, IL 60563-1198 U.S.A.
Tel: 630-305-1000
Fax: 630-305-2900
Web site:  http://www.nalco.com/

$835 Million Purchase Price

American Water Works Receives Approval to Acquire California Water & Wastewater Operations

VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 24, 2001--American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK), the largest publicly traded water services company in the United States, announced that the California Public Utilities Commission approved the acquisition of the water and wastewater assets of Citizens Communications Company by California-American Water Company, an American Water subsidiary.

Click hereThe unanimous vote by the Commissioners late last week was the final state public utility regulatory approval that American Water needs to complete the acquisition of Citizens operations in six states. The transaction, which is expected to close before the end of the year, will add more than one million people to the 10 million American Water now serves.

According to American Water President and CEO J. James Barr, "This decision is especially gratifying for us in two ways. First, the Commission accepted the regulatory approach that we suggested - one that both provides significant benefits to customers and gives the Company the opportunity to realize its economic goals for the acquisition. Second, and more important, the unanimous vote indicates the Commissioners share our belief that the acquisition is in the best interests of the customers of both companies."

About American Water Works

With annual revenues of $1.4 billion, American Water Works Company is the nation's largest publicly traded enterprise devoted exclusively to the water and wastewater business. Its 5,000 associates provide water, wastewater and other water resource management services to more than 10 million people in 1,300 communities throughout the U.S.

For more information contact:
American Water Works
Nancy A. Macenko
Telephone:  856-566-4026
Web site:  http://www.amwater.com/

The Reading Room

Top Picks at Amazon.com
Filtration - Equipment Selection Modeling and Process
by Richard J. Wakeman, E. S. Tarleton
Hardcover, 300 pages, 1998
stars-5-0.gif (430 bytes)"very useful and excellent book..."

Filters and Filtration Handbook
by T. Christopher Dickenson
Hard Cover, 4th Edition, December 1997

"Best water filtration strategies for the '90s. Get the engineering savvy you need to capitalize on membrane technology for effective water filtration."

Water Treatment Membrane Processes
(AWWA Research Foundation)

by Peter Odendaal, M. Wiesner and J. Mallevialle
Hard Cover, August 1996

Thank You!

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Ask Tom! Column


This Month's Ask Tom! Article

"Polyethylene Chemical Storage Vessels:  What's New and What's Right"
Guest article by Marshall Lampson
Vice President, Innovation and Technology Poly Processing Company

You can read Marshall's article at:

Past Ask Tom! Archived Articles
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For more information, please contact Tom Keenan at:

"We Resolve to be Strong..."

Open Letter - WEFTEC Show Must Go On

Dear Colleagues:

The Board of Directors, Executive Committee and staff of the Water Environment Federation offer deepest condolences to our extended family and friends who have been affected personally by the tragic events of last week. The human toll taken by the destruction and devastation of the terrorist attacks is tremendous and will forever stay with us.

Click hereIn order to collectively step forward and serve the communities in New York and Washington, D.C., WEF has set up a special section of our website. We are also providing you, as a water quality professional, with other relevant information in this section. The website address is:


and will include information such as:

  • The New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) reports that they have no indications at this time, of any impact on wastewater treatment in the New York area. Their staff has been involved in checking water supplies and treatment facilities, and all seems to be functioning well.
  • Everyone has been touched in some manner as is evidenced by the outpouring of support from nations across the world. WEF has received many expressions of concern from our affiliates worldwide that we would like to share with you. We thank all for their thoughts and prayers.
  • Many of you who have not had the opportunity to visit WEF headquarters may not be aware that WEF is approximately 5 miles (8 km) from the Pentagon. The smoke could be seen clearly and lingered above northern Alexandria. Many staff members have family and friends who work at the Pentagon.
  • A listing of relief efforts. Please let us know if you have information on others we can add to the list. WEF is participating in the Associations Advance America fund that has been set up by the American Society of Association Executives and the American Red Cross to mobilize financial support. I encourage our Member Associations and individual members to join us in this campaign.
  • WEFTEC 2001 in Atlanta, Georgia, October 13-17 will go on. As President Bush has asked that we resolve to be strong and "go back to work" we will continue to update you on WEF activities. Although business as usual is difficult to imagine, business at WEF has resumed to full capacity and staff are dedicated to the success of the WEFTEC event.
  • Information from the EPA and other agencies and organizations.
  • Last Tuesday, the FBI issued a Terrorist Threat Advisory, intended for all infrastructures including water and wastewater systems, which is effective until October 11.
  • EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman announced the Agency was working with state officials in New York and federal agencies to ensure the safety of rescue workers and the public by alerting water supply systems to provide any information on security incidents to the FBI.
  • Employees out of EPA's New York regional office are operating out of temporary quarters in New Jersey.

I wish you and your family comfort and peace. Please let us know if we can be of assistance.

Joe C. Stowe, Jr.
WEF President

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MET Owns and Operates Facilities

USFilter Acquires Modular Environmental Technologies

Provider of Wastewater Treatment and Byproduct Chemical Recovery Technologies and Services Enhances USFilter’s Industrial Outsourcing Services Portfolio

HOUSTON, Sept. 18, 2001 – USFilter has acquired Texas-based Modular Environmental Technologies (MET), a national provider of wastewater treatment and byproduct chemical recovery technologies and services. USFilter Operating Services has begun operating and managing seven outsourcing facilities that serve MET’s 11 industrial clients located throughout the United States.

MET provides proprietary technology solutions to the refining, steel and specialty chemical industries. Often using modular concepts, this niche company treats industrial wastewater and offers byproduct chemical recovery services through long-term service agreements whereby MET typically owns and operates facilities for its customers.

“MET is a perfect fit for our industrial outsourcing services business,” said Ron Davis, executive vice president and general manager, USFilter Operating Services. “Their technology-based outsourcing business model is consistent with our industrial outsourcing capabilities and solutions -- including those offered by the newly-acquired Scaltech. With the recent additions of Scaltech and MET to our portfolio, we are more than ever equipped to meet the needs of industrial customers.”

MET’s 40-plus team of employees will now become part of the USFilter team. “MET has an excellent reputation in the marketplace for its outstanding customer service and its sophisticated process solutions. This is entirely due to the company’s employees and its innovative approach to providing niche services to customers. We are pleased to now have this group of industry experts as part of the USFilter team,” added Davis.

“The acquisition assures our growth,” said Calvin LeFevre, president of MET. “Being part of USFilter secures the sustainable expansion of our business. With access to USFilter’s financial and human resources, we will be able to pursue larger contracts and opportunities that may not have been possible before.” Further terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

USFilter Operating Services, which is part of USFilter, designs, builds, operates, owns and finances water, wastewater and related utility facilities and systems. USFilter is a Vivendi Water company, the leading global provider of commercial, industrial, municipal and residential water and wastewater treatment systems, products and services, with operations in more than 100 countries. Together, Vivendi Water, Onyx (solid waste and industrial services), Dalkia (energy management), and Connex (transportation and logistics) comprise Vivendi Environnement, the largest environmental services company in the world with annual revenues of more than $23 billion.

For more information visit USFilter’s web site at http://www.usfilter.com/

Help Forum

Hot Messages from the Help Forum

People post their requests for help and offer their suggestions to others in our open forum.

Ms. Finesey wants plan for startup of WWT plants:

I'm looking for a detailed commissioning plan for a middle-sized municipal wastewater treatment plant.  (Click here to reply to this message)

Please help!
Linda Finesey

Mr. Morrison needs help on power calculations:

I am trying to figure out how much aeration it will take to increase our waste water flow from a dissolved Oxygen of 2ppm to 5ppm?  How many hp or kWh will this take for a 100 gpm flow with standard aerators?
(Click here to reply to this message)

C. Morrison

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Photos Wanted

Call For Photographs!

Click hereThis week's photo is of a wastewater treatment plant.  Columbian TecTank offers tanks in a wide range of configurations. These include flat bottoms, cone bottoms and tanks on structures, each with various piping options. Our liquid storage tanks are individually engineered for your specific application.

Photo courtesy of Mr. Tom Renich, Columbian-TecTank

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Full credit and the description of the photo will be given.  Photographs are be changed every two weeks to give everyone a chance to be included.

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From the Job Fair

Wastewater Group Leader - Portland, OR

A strong leader with a successful track record of marketing, business development, staff management, and quality control for the wastewater collection and treatment systems division is needed for this 25 year old firm of 30 employees located in the Portland, Oregon area.  This established, highly reputable civil, structural, and environmental engineering firm specializes in wastewater treatment and related capital improvement projects.  Join the team of engineers and technicians who are known for leading the industry in the design of wastewater collections and treatment systems throughout the Northwest.

The successful candidate will exercise strong leadership skills in guiding a team of five people who are dedicated to innovative engineering and sound economics.  The group leader will monitor budget operations to ensure the profitability and success of the wastewater division.  This position requires commitment to the highest professional standards, the ability to increase client base, expertise to manage projects and staff and provide strategic direction to the firm.

Qualified candidates will possess a Bachelors or Masters in Civil Engineering, and a P.E. in Oregon, Washington or Idaho.  A minimum of five years experience in a leadership role with an emphasis on wastewater treatment is required.  Proficient use of Word, Excel, spreadsheets and other tools for design treatment is desired.

A person who thrives in a team environment, is well respected and dynamic and enjoys a strategic role in a firm will be well suited for this opportunity.

Please email your resume to:
Jennifer Myers
Hall & Company
fax 360/697-3744
call 800/583-0379 or apply on line at http://www.AEjob.com/

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