Water Journal : Water Journal November 2015
15 Industry News NOVEMBER 2015 WATER • In Guatemala and Honduras, hundreds of thousands of farmers have suffered the partial or total loss of their crops through drought and changes to the seasons. The last big El Niño in 1997--98 caused humanitarian disasters in many countries, including major forest res in Indonesia and severe drought throughout many Paci c Island countries. In addition, the pattern of El Niños is getting harder to predict. With ongoing climate change, 2014 was the hottest year on record. No El Niño developed then, but growing seasons in Southern Africa and Central America behaved as if one were occurring. Temperatures continued to rise this year and some scientists are expecting it to be the most powerful El Niño to date. FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR AQUATECH INNOVATION AWARD 2015 The nalists in the 2015 Aquatech Innovation Award have been announced, with the solutions developed by the nominated companies offering options to deal with some of the most pressing concerns of the water sector. More than 70 companies entered this year's competition, with the 14 most impressive entrants across ve categories nominated as nalists, along with an additional 'special mention' nominee. The international jury's decision on the winner of each category and the overall winning entry will be announced in November at the opening ceremony of the Amsterdam International Water Week and the 25th edition of the Aquatech Amsterdam exhibition. The ve categories of the award are: Not-Yet-To-Market; Process Control Technology & Process Automation; Transport & Storage; Water Supply/Water Treatment; and Wastewater Treatment. The nominees are: Category: Not-Yet-To-Market • BiAqua Phosphate Removal Technology (PRT), BiAqua BV • CAGIS: Real-time Customer Alert GIS, Vitens • PearlAqua, Aquisense Technologies Category: Process Control Technology & Process Automation • Biotrack AquaMonitor, Biotrack • FATHOM Meter Data Management, FATHOM Water Management LLC • Hach Prognosys predictive diagnostic system, Hach Lange Category: Transport & Storage • AQS-SYS, Aquarius Spectrum Ltd • SL-RAT Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool, InfoSense, Inc Category: Water Supply/Water Treatment • Grundfos BACMON Bacteria Monitoring, Grundfos A/S • Metalmembranes, Metalmembranes.com BV • MPC-Buoy: Monitor, Predict & Control Algal Blooms, LG Sonic BV Category: Wastewater Treatment • Arvia ODC, Arvia Technology Ltd • DyVaR O&G ZLD, Salttech BV • Keratox, ATG UV technology Special Mention • Serious water game, Vitens Proceeds from the Aquatech Innovation Award go to the AMREF Sustainable Water Access for the Masai in Kajiado, Kenya project. The project will bring access to safe water for approximately 50,000 people. Approximately 16,500 people will gain access to sanitation and be informed about the importance of good personal hygiene. VEOLIA SIGNS 15-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION FOR WYUNA WATER Veolia has signed a 15-year contract extension with Sydney Water for operations and maintenance of the Wyuna Water facilities. Wyuna Water is a Special Purpose Vehicle owned jointly by IFM Investors and Veolia. Wyuna Water outsources the Operations & Maintenance requirements to Veolia under a long-term agreement. Under the contract extension, worth in excess of $400m, Veolia will continue to operate and maintain the Illawarra and Woronora Water Treatment Plants, which supply high-quality drinking water to more than 500,000 people across the Sydney and Illawarra region. Commenting on the partnership, Veolia's Managing Director, Doug Dean AM, said, "This long-term partnership with Sydney Water is a testament to the high level of operational performance Veolia has been able to achieve. "By integrating our best-practice solutions, we have been able to deliver sustainable outcomes which protect the environment, while delivering ef ciency and value to Sydney Water." A key element of the Wyuna Water BOOT contract with Sydney Water is the Wyuna Science and Technology Agreement, which supports opportunities for joint research and development, as well as a fellowship program. The Agreement has played a signi cant role in fostering the sharing of information and technology as well as transferrable skills between Veolia and Sydney Water. Research and development projects under the Agreement include: • Drinking water research including catchment management, storage management, raw water quality, treatment processes, distribution networks, consumption forecasting and health; • Wastewater research; • Stormwater research.
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