Access Water Client Newsletter: October 2013

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President’s Message

This week water professionals from around the world will gather for the annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in Chicago, IL. We will be involved in most everything that WEFTEC has to offer, with our experts exchanging ideas, sharing best practices and listening to the needs of our clients. If you are attending, we hope you stop by the Monday evening Water For People Blues Bash, which CH2M HILL is sponsoring, or please come to one of our technical sessions and workshops.

As water experts gather to discuss the latest innovations in water, we’ll be sharing project case studies we’re working on with many of our forward-thinking clients. For instance, the City of Chicago, which is served almost entirely by combined sewers, is undertaking a Citywide Master Planning effort to develop a suite of sewer improvements to help mitigate surcharging during heavy rains. We’ll be presenting on their innovative approach to sewer system modeling and master planning. We’re also presenting on the fast-track design of disinfection facilities for the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant, with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC).  These are just a few out of dozens of projects we’ll be discussing at WEFTEC.

I hope to see many of you in Chicago during WEFTEC to catch up and hear what you have been working on and thinking about.

Best Regards,
Bob Bailey
President, CH2M HILL Water Business Group

Our Industry

CH2M HILL Announces CEO Transition

Jacqueline Hinman

CH2M HILL recently announced that Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Lee McIntire will step down as CEO effective January 1, 2014. McIntire, 64, will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board. The Board has appointed Jacqueline Hinman, 52, to serve as CEO also effective January 1, 2014. She most recently served as President, CH2M HILL International and is currently a member of the Board of Directors. McIntire has been CEO since January 1, 2009.

Ms. Hinman joined the firm in 1988. She has held numerous management positions during her tenure and has been involved as a key executive in many of CH2M HILL’s highest profile projects, such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games construction program. She also served as Chairman and CEO of Halcrow Companies after CH2M HILL’s 2011 acquisition of the 6,000-person, British-based firm.

“This is truly a great honor. CH2M HILL is a global family of people solving the world’s biggest challenges. We have such a strong foundation of achievements on which to build our future,” said Hinman.

CH2M HILL Joins Inaugural FutureStructure Summit

In late August, CH2M HILL participated in GOVERNING magazine’s inaugural FutureStructure 2013: Water, Waste & Energy Conference in Chicago. State and local government leaders and utility directors gathered to discuss challenges and innovative solutions around developing sustainable, thriving communities for the future.

CH2M HILL joined GOVERNING and Government Technology as the founding underwriter for the FutureStructure initiative, a new framework for thinking about communities as large, complex systems consisting of deeply interdependent smaller systems. Today more than half the world’s population lives in cities, and this number is expected to rise to more than 90 percent by 2050. As people move closer to cities, there is a greater need for urban development and more sustainable infrastructure because cities are massive consumers of water and energy.

“As we start planning for our future, initiatives like FutureStructure enhance the dialogue happening across public and private sectors,” says CH2M HILL’s Joseph Danko, Managing Director of Urban Programs. “When we work together in community partnerships, we are able to mold our technology ideas to create local solutions that result in energy-efficient buildings, more efficient and sustainable water and wastewater facilities, intelligent transportation systems and other green infrastructure for the states and cities of tomorrow.”

The next FutureStructure Summit will be held on November 12, 2013 in San Francisco and will discuss Transportation and the Built Environment. Learn more about FutureStructure initiative.

2013 CH2M HILL Sustainability Report Continues Tradition of Excellence and Transparency

With a portfolio of projects and 28,000 people scattered around the globe, CH2M HILL recognizes the significant impact we have on our world. Named a leader in sustainable consulting by Verdantix (an independent analyst firm), we have worked hard to create a culture that embraces sustainability, both in how we operate and run our firm, as well as the sustainable solutions we offer our clients.

Each year, we evaluate our environmental, social, and economic programs to benchmark the progress we are making toward a more sustainable world. Our 2013 Sustainability Report is reflective of this commitment and how far we have come over the years.

One of the major initiatives in 2013 was renovating our corporate headquarters in Denver, CO. With dual flush toilets in restrooms and water and energy-saving appliances in employee break rooms and kitchen areas, CH2M HILL is practicing what we preach to our clients on ways to cut down energy and water consumption. In addition, we eliminated bottled water from our vending machines and no longer serve bottled water at meetings hosted in our offices.
Read more about other initiatives we are working on to make our offices more sustainable.

Hats Off To. . .

NEWater Project put on Singapore stamp

NEWater Sinapore Postage Stamp

To celebrate Singapore’s 48 years of independence, the city state put its landmark NEWater facility on a new 65c stamp. The stamp commemorates conquering the water challenges the country has faced and the innovative technology applied in NEWater that draws drinkable water from reclaimed sources. CH2M HILL is proud to have worked with PUB on the NEWater facility, which has won international recognition and has helped Singapore be seen as an emerging global hydrohub and a model city for water management. This is the first water reuse project to ever be put on a national stamp. Congratulations to everyone involved in the NEWater project.  Learn more about the NEWater project on the Access Water blog.

Fort Campbell Project Receives 2013 WEF Award for Safety

CH2M HILL has been selected as a recipient of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Safety Award for its exemplary safety program at the Fort Campbell Project in Kentucky. We operate the water and wastewater treatment plant as well as the distribution and collection systems at Fort Campbell, home to the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division and its supporting units.

Ft. Campbell project

Making sure our team works safely and returns home at the end of each workday uninjured is a priority for us. The Fort Campbell Project’s safety program is leading the industry with zero OSHA recordable injuries in the last 65 months – an impressive accomplishment with 36 personnel and more than 38,000 labor hours. This record is not unique to Fort Campbell; globally our Water Business Group celebrated a major milestone in June, accumulating 18 million consecutive work-hours without a day away/restricted time case (DART).

The WEF Safety Award encourages active and effective safety programs in the water environment field by recognizing entities that invest their resources to develop and adopt high quality safety programs within their own culture and who also seek opportunities to share these programs within the water industry. The award will be presented to CH2M HILL during WEFTEC 2013.

Julian Sandino Named WEF Fellow

Julian Sandino

CH2M HILL’s Julian Sandino was recently named a prestigious Water Environment Federation Fellow for his distinguished accomplishments in and contributions to the global water environment. A nationally recognized technical leader in wastewater treatment, Dr. Sandino has more than 25 years of experience leading and assisting multi-disciplinary teams in sanitation infrastructure and environmental projects throughout the world. He is an expert in the evaluation and process design of wastewater treatment facilities including both liquid and solids treatment trains, as well as in the definition of biosolids management reuse/ disposal solutions and in the area of management of wet-weather flows in treatment facilities.

Celebrating members’ achievements, stature, and contributions in professional segments served by WEF, the WEF Fellow Recognition Program identifies individuals with outstanding accomplishments who have made an impact in their field of expertise. Dr. Sandino is one of 15 outstanding professionals to receive this esteemed designation this year and will be recognized during WEFTEC 2013.

Fort Wayne Projects Named Water & Wastes Digest 2013 Top Projects

Ft. Wayne project

Two CH2M HILL projects in Fort Wayne, Indiana have been awarded Water & Wastes Digest (WWD) magazine’s Top Projects of 2013. The Three Rivers Filtration Plant Ultra Violet (UV) Disinfection Project implemented UV disinfection for the City’s drinking water as well as improving water storage reservoirs and a pump station. This project resulted in cost effective water quality and reliability for the community. The Wet Weather Pump Station and Screenings Project reduced the City of Fort Wayne’s wet weather overflow events and increased pump station capacity. Additionally provisions to increase future pumping and screening were required. Both projects overcame many challenges to successfully complete their goals. The WWD awards will be presented to CH2M HILL during WEFTEC 2013 at a private event.

CH2M HILL Achieves Top Ranking among U.S. Environmental Firms

For the eighth year, CH2M HILL was ranked the top U.S. Environmental firm in Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) annual Top 200 Environmental Firms list, a position we have held since 2006. Additionally, the firm received the #1 ranking in the wastewater treatment market, and the #2 spot in water treatment and supply. Lee McIntire, CH2M HILL’s Chairman and CEO said, “Our firm began over 65 years ago as an environmental firm, primarily focused on helping our clients solve their water challenges. Today our business has expanded to encompass energy, environment, water and infrastructure, but the principles of ensuring people have clean water, clean air and a healthy environment is still at the core of what we do.”

Cool Projects

Putting Smart Grid to Work in Contamination Warning System

Although the United States has one of the safest public drinking water supplies in the world, the consequences of contaminated drinking water remain a sincere concern. Since September 11, 2001, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made it a top priority to address the security of our nation’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.


To help this concern, Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), as part of a larger Water Security initiative grant from the EPA, developed a comprehensive contamination warning system (CWS, now called Surveillance and Response System—SRS) for the city’s drinking water system. Philadelphia was among five cities selected to participate in pilot programs to help pave the way for water utilities around the nation to develop new security technologies for detecting and monitoring water supplies.

“The EPA-funded projects have far reaching impacts as they help to ensure our nation has access to clean, reliable drinking water,” says Ken Thompson, CH2M HILL’s Intelligent Water Solutions Deputy Director.

A series of white papers was released by CH2M HILL and PWD this summer to disseminate knowledge and industry best practices gained from the PWD CWS Demonstration Pilot Project.

Download the white papers and learn more about this initiative.

Our Community

CH2M HILL Employee Donations to Water For People exceed $1.5 Million

CH2M HILL employees have donated more than US$1.5 million to Water For People through the company’s annual Workplace Giving Campaign, the first company to do so. Our first Workplace Giving Campaign held in 2003 raised $10,000. The 2013 campaign raised nearly $224,000.

The donations assist Water For People, an international non-profit based in Denver, fulfill its mission of supporting clean water, improved sanitation and health and hygiene education programs in 10 developing countries. Funds raised through the 11-year campaign helped Water For People expand operations into five new countries in 2007 and launch its World Water Corps program to monitor program success.

“I’m very proud to work with so many caring individuals,” said CH2M HILL’s Operations Management President Elisa Speranza and co-sponsor of the Workplace Giving Campaign. “The contributions of our employees make a real difference in the life of others around the world through Water For People’s programs.”

During this year’s Workplace Giving Campaign, CH2M HILL employees in 15 countries, from the United States and Canada to Saudi Arabia and Italy, participated in office events and donated through payroll deduction and online giving. The Workplace Giving Campaign total is made entirely of employee giving; it does not include corporate donations, sponsorships, in-kind donations or volunteer time. Beyond the financial support, CH2M HILL employees also lend technical expertise with 15 employees volunteering over the past three years on World Water Corps trips.

Stay Social with CH2M HILL – Water

Connecting with our clients, employees and partners is important to us, as is water, which is why we continue to post thoughtful and innovative water news on our award-winning Access Water blog and water-specific social media channels on Facebook and Twitter in addition to the CH2M HILL feeds. With WEFTEC 2013 this week, there is no better time to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@access_water), and visit Access Water to make sure you are subscribed to the blog so that you can get the latest industry insights and engage with our experts during the conference and throughout the year.

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