WaterBriefs: Jacobs receives contract from San Diego County Water Authority

Also in this report: FuelCell Energy's plant meets Calif.'s strict air standards; Pionetics unveils joint venture in China; Labtronics hires manager of implementation, validation services; QAD MFG/PRO supports A.J. Antunes & Co., Fri-Jado alliance; Washington state implements crisis management system; UK water champion warns House of Lords; Water among three new units at Germany's Aqua Society; Baker establishes Iraq Survivors Scholarship Fund; Ship company to pay $10.5M for oil spill coverup...

In other news below:
-- FuelCell Energy's high efficiency power plant meets Calif.'s strict air standards
-- Pionetics announces LINX Water System joint venture in China
-- IT project management vet to lead Labtronics implementation, validation services
-- QAD MFG/PRO supports strategic alliance between A.J. Antunes & Co. and Fri-Jado
-- New crisis management system to protect all K-12 schools in Washington state
-- Planning needed to keep water on tap, UK water champion warns House of Lords
-- Water among three new corporate divisions at Germany's Aqua Society
-- Baker establishes Iraq Survivors Scholarship Fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation
-- Ship management company to pay $10.5 million for covering up oil pollution

Jacobs receives contract from San Diego County Water Authority
PASADENA, CA, Dec. 20, 2005 (PRNewswire-FirstCall) -- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. announced that a subsidiary company received a contract from the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA).

Company officials disclosed the value of the contract effort at $17.9 million.

Jacobs will furnish professional and technical services through June 30, 2011 to oversee the performance of independent contractors to accomplish the portfolio of projects described in SDCWA's $3.3 billion Capital Improvement Program. The purpose of the program is to construct water facilities infrastructure in the San Diego, Calif., region to meet demands and reliability goals for treated and untreated water service.

In making the announcement, Jacobs Group Vice President Allyn Taylor stated, "We are excited to partner with SDCWA to help implement immediate and efficient solutions to their Capital Improvement Program."

Jacobs, with over 38,000 employees and revenues approaching $6.0 billion, provides technical, professional, and construction services globally.

-- In other Jacobs news: "Jacobs receives Navy contract to support airborne threat simulation organization"

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Among other recent headlines:

FuelCell Energy's high efficiency DFC 300MA power plant certified to Calif.'s strict 2007 air emissions standards -- Modular power plant, designated as 'ultra-clean,' qualifies for preferential California rate treatment; lower manufacturing cost makes systems accessible to larger market -- DANBURY, CT, Dec. 20, 2005 -- FuelCell Energy Inc., a leading manufacturer of efficient, ultra-clean power generation plants for commercial and industrial customers, today announced that its modular 250-kilowatt (kW) Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plant has met the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) stringent distributed generation emissions standards for 2007, qualifying the DFC 300MA power plant for state-sponsored economic incentives. The California Self Generation Program (SGIP) provides $400 million per year of incentive funding for renewable and ultra-clean technologies on the basis of $2500/kW for DFC products operating on natural gas and $4500/kW for our DFC products operating on renewable fuels such as anaerobic gas from wastewater treatment facilities...

Pionetics announces LINX Water System joint venture in China -- SAN CARLOS, CA, Dec. 20, 2005 -- In the wake of a pollution-induced water system shutdown in Harbin, China, Pionetics Corp. announced a joint venture with Elantec of Beijing, China under which the two companies will manufacture and sell the LINX® drinking water system for the Chinese market. Under the terms of the deal, Pionetics gains a strong foothold in the world's largest market for home water purification systems, and Elantec, which has about 20% of the Chinese market, obtains a totally new water purification system that wastes 80% less water during the purification process and works very well under conditions of low water pressure, which are typical throughout China...

IT project management vet to lead Labtronics implementation, validation services -- GUELPH, ON, Canada, Dec. 20, 2005 -- Labtronics Inc., a global provider of innovative laboratory data integration and management software solutions, announced the appointment of William Bushey as project manager. Reporting directly to Labtronics president Robert Pavlis said Bushey will oversee Labtronics' Implementation and Validation Services. He joins the company from Novopharm where he served as manager of systems validation. His pharmaceutical software validation expertise strengthens Labtronics' service offerings...

QAD MFG/PRO supports strategic alliance between A.J. Antunes & Co. and Fri-Jado -- QAD enables global business standardization for improved cost control, enhanced productivity and rapid response capabilities -- CARPINTERIA, CA, Dec. 20, 2005 -- QAD Inc., a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturers, has enabled A. J. Antunes & Co. and Fri-Jado to advance their 10-year relationship and create a strategic alliance that will allow A. J. Antunes & Co. -- whose divisions include Antunes Controls, Antunes Foodservice Equipment and Antunes Filtration Technologies -- to provide base operations for Fri-Jado USA, a producer of food service equipment. The companies have utilized the Global Enterprise Edition of QAD MFG/PRO eB2.1 to expand their global reach through standardization of processes, reporting and analytics across multiple sites, multiple languages, and multiple currencies. QAD MFG/PRO eB2.1 is part of the QAD Global Enterprise Edition portfolio of solutions created to support global operational excellence, while preserving the flexibility of local operations...

Docucorp announces marketing alliance with systems and software -- DALLAS, Dec. 20, 2005 -- Docucorp International, a provider of customer communication management (CCM) solutions, has signed a marketing agreement with Systems & Software Inc., a leading customer information systems (CIS) solution provider. Through this alliance, the companies will provide municipal and investor-owned utilities with complementary technologies for a comprehensive, end-to-end bill design, production and delivery solution...

Devcon names George M. Hare as chief financial officer -- DEERFIELD BEACH, FL, Dec. 20, 2005 -- Devcon International Corp. announces that George M. Hare, 50, has been named CFO at the Florida-based company whose business units include DevMat, an 80%-owned joint venture formed in 2003 to build, own and operate freshwater and wastewater treatment and power systems in Florida and the Caribbean...

New crisis management system to protect all K-12 schools in Washington state -- More than 400 high schools now protected; middle and elementary schools next before focus shifts to courthouses public office buildings water treatment facilities, etc. -- OLYMPIA, WA, Dec. 20, 2005 -- The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) announced today that all participating high schools in the state, representing more than 400, are now protected by a crisis management system and the state's middle and elementary schools will soon have similar protection. The statewide system, available on laptop computers or via the Internet, will provide police, fire, and other first responders with instant access to more than 300 data points per facility, including emergency response plans, satellite and geospatial imagery, exterior and interior photos, floor plans, utility shut-offs, and hazardous material locations. The system will provide police, fire, and other emergency responders with critical facility information helping them to save lives and mitigate property damage...

Planning needed to keep water on tap, UK water champion warns House of Lords -- BIRMINGHAM, England, UK, Dec. 20, 2005 -- The champion for water consumers in England and Wales will today warn the House of Lords that Government needs better planning to ensure future water supplies in Southern England. The Consumer Council for Water (CCWater), which is giving evidence to a House of Lords select committee inquiry today, said consumers had sent a clear message that they expected 'water on tap, 365 days a year'. But growing demand for water and the pace of planned developments in Southern and Eastern England could make compulsory metering and further water restrictions necessary in some parts of the country...
In other UK water news:
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-- "International lottery grants make water the big issue"

Germany's Aqua Society establishes three corporate divisions: Refrigeration, Water and Energy HERTEN, Germany, Dec. 19, 2005 -- Aqua Society Inc., at its press conference in Herten, Germany, announced that it plans to focus on the marketing and licensing of its processes, technology and plant engineering. At the same time, the company's three divisions -- water, HVAC&R and energy -- are to be expanded in a targeted way. The new strategy has been reinforced in personnel terms by a change at the top management levels...

Baker establishes Iraq Survivors Scholarship Fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation -- PITTSBURGH, Dec. 19, 2005 -- Michael Baker Corp. announced the establishment of the Iraq Survivors Scholarship Fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation. The Fund was created to provide scholarships for children and surviving spouses of service men and women who die during active military service in, or as the direct result of serving in, the U.S.-Iraq War. Baker provides engineering and operations and maintenance services worldwide for clients including environmental, utilities, water/wastewater, and oil & gas...

Ship management company to pay $10.5 million for covering up oil pollution -- Largest environmental criminal fine in Massachusetts history -- BOSTON, Dec. 19, 2005 -- MSC Ship Management Ltd., a Hong Kong-based container ship company, has agreed to plead guilty to charges that it engaged in conspiracy, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, false statements and violated the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, the Department of Justice announced today. Per the terms of a plea agreement that must be approved by the court, the company will pay $10.5 million. This amount would be the largest ever paid in a case involving deliberate pollution from a single vessel and the largest criminal fine paid by a defendant in an environmental case in Massachusetts history...

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