July Water Works News: New Curriculum at Marquette Law; Loma Linda Adopts Neutrality in LAFCO 3076 Consolidation

July 2009 Vol. 64 No. 7

Cities accepted into the program submitted proposals to address complex challenges common to most urban areas such as housing, health care and sanitation. Milwaukee’s proposal focuses on managing limited freshwater resources. It’s a plan that prioritizes, implements, and monitors the activities of a number of integrated sub-projects that make a difference in water quality for the Milwaukee and the surrounding region.

Admission into the UNGCCP is the latest evidence of Milwaukee’s emergence as a global hub for freshwater expertise and industry. The area is home to 120 businesses that serve some aspect of the water industry. Five of the world’s largest water companies have headquarters or other major operations in the area. In March, the Milwaukee area further increased its stature as a global freshwater hub with Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle’s commitment of $240 million to fund education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, including support for the School of Freshwater Sciences - the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

PERC and Alinda recipients of 2009 Global Water Award

Pacific Environmental Resources Corp. (PERC) and Alinda Capital Partners LLC were presented the Global Water Awards 2009 “Water Deal of the Year” Award of Distinction for their contribution to the advancement of public-private partnerships in the international water sector specific to their contract to design, build, operate and finance the Santa Paula Water Recycling Facility.

The award was given to PERC and Alinda by Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States and Nobel laureate, at an awards banquet on April 27 in Zurich, Switzerland. The prizes were awarded on the basis of votes cast by readers of Global Water Intelligence, and members of the International Private Water Association and the International Desalination Association.

PERC was chosen from among three other projects from the Middle East and Russia respectively.

The Santa Paula Water Recycling Facility, located in Ventura County, CA, will be a new 4.2 mg/d facility for the city of Santa Paula. PERC and Alinda were awarded the contract in May 2008; engineering commenced immediately and construction was initiated in July 2008. Operations will begin no later than Dec. 15, 2010. PERC will operate the new facility under a 30-year concession with Santa Paula Water. This will be the first facility of its type to be built under California’s new regulations encouraging private investment to meet public infrastructure needs.