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The early bird gets the worm…

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I see it all the time – a great idea, turned into a product, gone through a testing process, and earned certification….but now what?  So often, innovators don’t know where to turn when seeking partners for pilot testing.  And so often, they eventually run out of money and take their technologies and ideas elsewhere.  In an effort to keep the innovation within Water & Wastewater, I’d like to highlight a few water utilities that have “lent a helping hand” to entrepreneurs – and come away with successful contracts.

American Water – Four of American Water’s utilities were offered up for piloting new smart grid technology from ENBALA Power.  The technology aimed to increase efficiencies, thereby reducing energy and water usage, and ultimately, costs.  This was done through demand response – an energy management program that allows users to earn revenue if and when electricity consumption is reduced during peak demand hours.  The two companies announced a formal partnership in the fall of 2011.

Clean Water Services – The Oregon water resources management utility implemented technology from Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies at a pilot project, and made plans to build a full-scale plant that utilized the new technology if …

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Water: Week in Review

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Multiple asset sales (by Oman Investment Corporation, American Water Works Company, Vision Energy, and Santander) occurred around the world this week.  For details on these transactions, and other stories in water, continue reading below.

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Projects

  • ProSep Inc won a C$13 million contract to design and supply a

Water: Week in Review

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Water infrastructure received a lot of attention this week, but in other areas of water, it was relatively quiet.  While there weren’t too many big news announcements regarding new partnerships, investments, or projects, a good number of water companies (i.e. Innovyze, Elster AMCO Water, ACCIONA Agua, etc.) did manage to secure new customers.  To view which companies were particularly active, take a look on i3, where you can filter news by tags or topic.

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Projects

  • Wastewater utility Missouri American Water completed an $11m water system improvement project in Jefferson City, Missouri, designed by Black & Veatch.  The project, which replaced water infrastructure that was 50 to 120 years old, has improved the water pipelines and pumping station that deliver water from the Missouri River to the treatment plant.
    http://www.water-technology.net/news/newsmissouri-american-water-completes-water-system-upgrade-in-the-us
  • Rijn & IJssel Water Board is replacing an outdated sewage treatment plant in the Dutch town of Dinxperlo by a new one, which will use innovative energy and space-saving Nereda technology. 

Water: Week in Review

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This week’s news round-up is highlighted by ITT Corporation’s merger with YSI Incorporated.  ITT continues to seek strategic companies, those with brand recognition and reach within the water industry, as potential acquisition targets in preparation for the new standalone water company that will separate from ITT later this year.  More on that and other water news below:

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