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Former Water Superintendent Charged with Taking $300K

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former water department superintendent in Tennessee has been charged with using the position to steal more than $300,000 from the department. A Hawkins County grand jury this week indicted 49-year-old Shawn Hatchett, who is the former superintendent of the Rogersvi..

Ditch Witch, Vacuworx Form Vacuum Lifting Technology Partnership

Ditch Witch has partnered with Vacuworx to bring the benefits of vacuum lifting technology to an expanded network of underground construction contractors, landscapers, municipalities and utilities. Vacuum lifting systems are designed to use constant vacuum pressure to handle heavy loads, such as st..

Rennie to Chair EPCOR's Board

Janice G. Rennie, FCA, F.ICD, has been appointed Board Chair of EPCOR Utilities Inc,, effective May 2, 2018. She succeeds Hugh J. Bolton, who is retiring after nearly two decades of leading the company through a significant period of growth. Rennie initially served as a member of the EPCOR Board fr..

Chair of Oregon Utility Commission Quits in Middle of Term

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The chairwoman of the Oregon Public Utility Commission has resigned less than two years after she was appointed. Lisa Hardie did not provide a reason why in a statement Friday, but said it was an honor to serve in the post. Her four-year term was scheduled to end May 31,..

Duke Energy Moves Ahead with Ohio Gas Pipeline Application

Duke Energy Ohio is moving ahead with its application before the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) to build the proposed Central Corridor Pipeline, a 13 mile, 20-inch natural gas pipeline designed to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to customers in southwest Ohio. Once finished,..

Illinois American Water to Acquire Alton’s Regional Wastewater System

Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire Alton’s regional wastewater system. Today’s agreement follows Wednesday night’s vote (7-1) by the Alton City Council in favor of Illinois American Water purchasing the regional wastewater syste..

Columbia Gas of Maryland Seeks Rate Increase for Pipeline Replacement Projects

Columbia Gas of Maryland, Inc. (Columbia Gas), a subsidiary of NiSource Inc., today filed a request with the Public Service Commission of Maryland (PSC) to adjust its base rates for distribution service so it can continue to replace aging pipeline and adopt pipeline safety upgrades.  In total, t..

West Virginia American Water Launches 2018 Infrastructure Upgrade Map

West Virginia American Water has launched its 2018 Infrastructure Upgrade Map, an online application enabling customers to view details about water main replacement projects and other water distribution system upgrades throughout the company’s service area. “We owe it to our customers to demonstrat..

Application Filed for $405 Million Gas Pipeline Project

Williams Partners L.P. has submitted an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking authorization for the $404.8 million Southeastern Trail Expansion Project, which would provide 296,375 Dth/d of additional firm transportation capacity to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and ..

Michael Baker Names Irby-Butler Water/Wastewater Regional Construction Services Practice Lead

Michael Baker International has named Teresa Irby-Butler, P.E., CCM, PMP, Water/Wastewater Regional Construction Services Practice Lead. Based in the firm’s Orlando, Fla., office, Irby-Butler will be responsible for assisting the National Construction Services Practice Lead in identifying, purs..

Cable, HDD Shore End Suppliers Chosen For Lake Ontario Project

Crosslake Fibre has selected Hexatronic Cables & Interconnect Systems AB of Sweden to supply the high-fiber-count submarine cable and Maritech International LTD to construct the Horizontal Directional Drilled (HDD) shore ends for its 58-km project being developed across Lake Ontario. “T..

Illinois American Water Acquires City of Farmington Water System

Illinois American Water has acquired the City of Farmington’s water system, adding approximately 1,125 new customers to the company’s customer base in the Peoria District. The Farmington City Council voted in favor of the sale in March 2017 and the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved the sa..

Juniper Capital Management Acquires Sewer Rehabilitation Companies

Infrastructure Services Group (ISG), a new investment platform created by Juniper Capital Management, in partnership with ORIX Mezzanine & Private Equity and LionsWing Capital Partners LLC, has acquired Green Mountain Pipeline Services and Mr. Rehab Sewer Systems. Green Mountain and Mr. Sewer provid..

Phase 1 of 650-Mile NGL Pipeline Done

EPIC Y Grade Pipeline, LP, a subsidiary of EPIC Y Grade Services, LP and EPIC Midstream Holdings, LP, has placed Phase 1 of its 650-mile NGL pipeline, which connects DLK Black River Midstream’s processing plant in Eddy County, N.M., and Delaware Basin Midstream’s terminal in Orla County, Texas, in s..

New Jersey Governor Names Former Democratic State Senator to Utility Board

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he’s naming a recently retired Democratic state senator to the board that oversees the state’s utilities. Murphy, a Democrat, said in a statement Thursday that he is nominating Bob Gordon to serve as a commissioner on the Board of Public Utiliti..

Trump has Confidence in EPA Chief as White House Probes His Ethics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Thursday he has confidence in Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, even as the White House investigates whether a condo rental by Pruitt was ethical. The EPA’s ethics office suggested there still could be questions abou..

Frontier Communications Names Burton Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs

Frontier Communications Corporation today announced that Alton (AJ) Burton Jr., currently Director, Federal Regulatory Affairs, has been promoted to Vice President. Burton will report to Group Vice President Ken Mason. “With regulatory and legal experience across the telecom sector, AJ is a tireles..

Aqua America Promotes Two Engineers to Vice President Posts

Aqua America (Aqua) today announced two directors from regulated operations have been promoted to vice president roles. Jim Barbato has been named vice president of corporate engineering and Joe Thurwanger has been appointed Aqua Pennsylvania’s vice president of planning and engineering. These promo..

New York City Wastewater Treatment Workers Compete in the 31st Annual Operations Challenge

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today held the 31st annual Operations Challenge where wastewater treatment plant operators compete to showcase the expertise and skills required to operate and maintain the city’s 14 wastewater treatment plants. After competing in five e..

EPA Chief Draws Trump Praise — and Ire

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is offering measured support for Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency chief whose deregulatory efforts make him one of the most consequential Cabinet members. But Pruitt, who is at the center of swirling ethics questions over his travel spending ..

Pipeline Company Offers to Relocate Pennsylvania Residents Affected by Sinkholes

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Sunoco Pipeline LP has agreed to relocate five families whose backyards were damaged after sinkholes developed along a major natural gas pipeline in the Philadelphia suburbs. After sinkholes developed within 50 feet of homes and near an Amtrak rail line, the state Publi..

Vortex Companies, Advantage Reline Form Strategic Partnership

Vortex Companies recently announced a strategic partnership with Advantage Reline, developer of a Sprayed-In-Place Pipe (SIPP) trenchless technology for the municipal, industrial and commercial market sectors. “The industry has placed great emphasis on CIPP alternatives and by partnering with Advan..

Amphenol Appoints Wolff to Board of Directors

Amphenol Corporation today announced that Anne Clarke Wolff, Managing Director and Head of Global Corporate Banking and Global Leasing at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, has been appointed to the company’s board of directors. Wolff has been a Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch since ..

Report: California’s Regulated Water Utilities Invested More than $645 Million on Infrastructure in 2017

According to an analysis by the California Water Association (CWA), the state’s largest regulated water utilities invested more than $645 million in 2017 into improving and upgrading the infrastructure that delivers water to the communities they serve. CWA represents 100 water utilities regulated b..

Final Section of Canadian Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion Placed in Service

TransCanada Corporation today announced its Northwest Mainline Loop-Boundary Lake pipeline has been placed into service, completing the final section of its 2017 Expansion Program on the NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) System, a natural gas pipeline system in Western Canada that consists of approx..

Virginia American Water Lifts Boil Water Advisory

Virginia American Water today announced it has lifted the boil-water advisory that was issued as a precautionary measure for customers in its Hopewell district, which includes the City of Hopewell, as well as the subdivisions of New Birchett Estates, Cedar Creek, Cedar Creek West, Strattford Woods a..

ActiveCare Direct Monthly Reports: How to Reduce Machine Idle Times and Boost Profits

ActiveCare Direct monthly reports provide insights on idle percentages versus work percentages across the entire fleet, by individual machine and by machine type. This allows you to easily compare utilization by operator and machine, as well as set goals for increased utilization over time. Doing so..

Vermont Gas Agrees to Independent Review of Pipeline

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gas Systems has agreed to an independent review of a pipeline project to address allegations of safety shortcuts. The company says it is confident in the integrity of the Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline, which was completed last year, but wants an outside expert ..

DC Water Commissions First Leg of Anacostia Tunnel System

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) today announced it has commissioned a 7-mile, 23-foot diameter tunnel segment that will reduce combined sewer overflows to the Anacostia River by more than 80 percent. The tunnel, which is part of the Anacostia Tunnel System, will cap..

Illinois American Water Acquires Village of Fisher Water and Wastewater Systems

Illinois American Water today announced it has acquired the Village of Fisher’s water and wastewater systems. As part of the acquisition, Illinois American Water will invest $2.9 million in the first five years of ownership including security upgrades, meter replacements, wastewater plant improvemen..