January WaterWorks News: California supply, Pennsylvania American acquisitions, Australian water outlook and more

January 2010 Vol. 65 No. 1

Over the next few years, the Wallaceton system also will see a number of capital improvements to enhance the community's water service and fire protection. Pennsylvania American Water plans to construct a 135,000-gallon water tank to expand storage capacity, install new fire hydrants, and replace more than 19,000 feet of aging cast iron and transite water main with new ductile iron pipe. Under terms of the purchase agreement approved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, the company will also install new water meters for all of the system’s customers.

In Centre County, the company acquired the water system operated by the Boggs Township Municipal Authority, serving primarily commercial and industrial customers along the Interstate 80 corridor. Pennsylvania American Water also purchased the assets of the Amwell Township Water Authority in Washington County, where the company already serves approximately 150,000 people.

Tyco Water helps improve Australia’s long-term water supply
Tyco Water, a division of Tyco Flow Control, has been selected to support the construction of Australia’s largest desalination project, one of the largest public-private partnerships for infrastructure in the world. The desalination plant to be constructed in the state of Victoria is critical to meeting the needs of the drought-stricken areas of southern and eastern Australia and has the capability to turn sea water into close to 40 billion gallons of drinking water per year for some 3.5 million people in Melbourne and surrounding areas. As part of the $120 million contract, Tyco Flow Control will supply the project with 6,200 mild steel pipes, stretching across 53 miles and connecting the desalination plant to the Melbourne water supply.

The Dow Live Earth Run For Water launches in April
Recently, Dow, along with Live Earth and Global Water Challenge, announced plans to implement the largest worldwide water initiative on record to help combat the global water crisis. The Dow Live Earth Run for Water – to take place April 18, 2010 – will consist of a series of 6 km run/walks (the average distance many women and children walk every day to secure water) taking place over the course of 24 hours in countries around the world, featuring concerts and water education activities aimed at igniting a tipping point to help solve the water crisis. Jessica Biel, Alexandra Cousteau, Pete Wentz, Angelique Kidjo and Jenny Fletcher will lend their names and their time in support of this important cause.