September Newsline: PA invests in water; US-Mexico sewage scuffle; heavy equipment theme park opens

September 2010 Vol. 65 No. 9

For policymaker, industry and consumers to make informed choices, Santa believes it is important that the costs and challenges of greater reliance on natural gas for electric power generation be evaluated in comparison to costs and challenges of other options for meeting the energy and environmental policy goals being established by the Congress and regulators.

Publication highlights water reuse and desalination issues Web exclusive!
The Water Environment Federation (WEF), WateReuse Association (WRA) and the WateReuse Research Foundation (WRRF) recently announced the launch of a new trade and professional journal, World Water: Water Reuse & Desalination. The collaborative journal, designed to address the growing informational, technical and operational needs of global water reuse and desalination professionals, will be unveiled at WateReuse's 25th Annual Symposium this September in Washington, DC. The initial issue will be launched at WEF's 2010 Annual Meeting, WEFTEC 2010, in October.

The new journal initially will be published on a quarterly basis in both print and electronic formats. Plans call for the expansion to six annual print and electronic issues by the end of 2011, with translation into Chinese and Arabic to follow. Also planned is a companion, peer-reviewed journal that will be aimed towards academics, engineering students and the technical reuse and desalination communities.

The editorial content of the publication will reflect the global outlook, knowledge and technical expertise of water supply solutions unique to the growing area of reuse and desalination. Also included are potable water and industry reuse issues; seawater desalination; water quality issues in reuse and desalination processes; and the financial, policy, and public acceptance aspects of water reuse and desalination.

Veolia selected to manage city’s water system Web exclusive!
The city of Buffalo, NY, has selected Veolia Water North America to manage and operate the city's water system under a 10-year public-private partnership that will serve approximately 280,000 people.

Valued at approximately $53 million, the contract includes managing, operating and maintaining the city's water treatment facilities and distribution system, as well as all customer service components. Buffalo's water distribution system includes a 160 million-gallons-per-day water treatment facility, 785 miles of pipe, more than 12,000 valves and 7,430 fire hydrants.