Water Journal : Water Journal August 2011
industry news regular features 32 AUGUST 2011 water industrial buildings in California, and helped develop ways to meet these, together with colleagues at the Center for Building Science which he founded at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His technological innovations include energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs and reflective roof-coatings which reduce air-conditioning costs. Dr Philipp Rutberg is a Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Director of the Institute for Electrophysics and Electric Power in St Petersburg. Throughout his career he has worked to develop high-power plasma technologies which can convert waste materials into synthetic fuels, with minimal harmful emissions. Using this technology, a town of around 30,000 people could supply all its heating needs and a portion of its electricity needs using domestic waste as a power source. New Managing Director for South East Water South East Water has announced Kevin Hutchings as its new Managing Director, effective from 1 July, 2011. Mr Hutchings, who has been South East Water's Acting Chief Executive Office since February, has been with the company since its inception in 1995 and brings a wealth of water, sewerage and infrastructure senior management expertise to the role of Managing Director. South East Water's Chairman, Doug Shirrefs, said Mr Hutchings is well placed to address the challenges and opportunities facing the Melbourne water industry. "Kevin was the outstanding candidate among a very high- quality group of contenders. His strong background in leading large-scale water and sewerage projects, as well as his business acumen and passion for innovation, will guide the organisation through the challenges posed by climate change and population growth," said Mr Shirrefs. "Kevin will also focus on strengthening relationships with industry stakeholders and the broader community to ensure a collaborative and holistic approach to shaping our future water solutions." Mr Hutchings spear-headed the creation of a new service delivery model for South East Water's operations and maintenance program, by establishing 'us' -- Utility Services, an alliance between South East Water, Thiess Services and Siemens, a first in the Australian water industry. Acqua for Life Challenge Raises Over 43 Million Litres of Drinking Water The Acqua for Life Challenge, a collaboration between Green Cross International and fashion group Giorgio Armani, has raised over 43 million litres of water in support of Green Cross International's Smart Water for Green Schools project in Ghana. "The results of the Acqua for Life Challenge are a great step forward to ensure that more people have access to safe drinking water and thereby also ensuring children are able to continue with their education," said Alexander Likhotal, President of Green Cross International. From 1 March to 31 May, 2011, every bottle of Acqua di Gio and Acqua di Gioia, two of Giorgio Armani's fragrances, sold generated a donation of 100 litres of drinking water. A code on each carton allowed people to double their donation by creating their own Acqua for Life community on the Facebook Acqua for Life fan page. Then, each new member of their community generated a new donation of 10 litres of water, and each "like" and/or "comments" within the community, 1 litre. The outcome surpassed the goal of raising 40 million litres of safe drinking water for communities in Ghana. This allows the project to be expanded to 16 communities. The Acqua for Life Challenge 2011 has already benefited 10 communities, all located in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The six other communities are located in the Volta Region. A total of approximately 27,000 people living in 16 communities will then have access to safe drinking water. Out of those 27,000 people, approximately 3,500 will be children who will enjoy a safe water supply while at school. This will increase the children's school attendance. In addition, 200 professors will benefit from the installations. At the end of the project's implementation about 110 community members -- predominantly women, masons and mechanics -- will be trained to maintain and refurbish the systems, ensuring their optimal and sustainable utilisation. Green Cross International is a non-profit and non- governmental organisation working in 30 countries to address challenges of security, poverty and environmental degradation through a combination of high-level advocacy and local projects. For more information, please visit: www.gcint.org. PHOTO: GLOBAL ENERGY PRIZE Dr Philipp Rutberg Kevin Hutchings In countries such as Ghana access to clean, safe drinking water helps ensure continued education for children.
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