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EBI News for May 03, 2024 – Mobile technology helps water utilities comply with new PFAS rules

EBI News for May 03, 2024 – The following news section contains the latest stories for the environmental industry. Including, mobile technology helps water utilities comply with new PFAS rules, acquisitions, and more!

WSP grows presence in Spain

WSP Global Inc. (Montreal, Canada) is to acquire 1A Ingenieros S.L. (Valladolid, Spain), a 250-employee consulting firm operating mainly in the power and energy sector. The transaction is expected to create a strong multidisciplinary business in the region with a balanced portfolio in three core markets: transportation and infrastructure, power and energy, and property and buildings, in addition to a presence in earth and environment. It will increase WSP’s local workforce by approximately 70%, yielding a combined team of approximately 600 employees and making WSP one of the leading international engineering firms in Spain.


Mobile technology helps water utilities comply with new PFAS rules

A new mobile treatment system from global water technology provider Xylem (Washington, D.C.) is enabling utilities to comply with PFAS limits in drinking water. The MitiGATOR allows utilities to begin reducing PFAS and other emerging contaminants immediately on site. It can also provide technology performance data to help utilities select a more permanent solution. The system uses granular activated carbon or ion exchange resins in specially designed vessels. With remote monitoring capabilities, the system can connect directly to source water and manage a flow rate of up to 1,000 gallons per minute. 


PFAS hazardous waste rules could hit drinking water utilities

Hazardous waste regulations being considered by the US EPA for PFAS could unintentionally drive up drinking water costs, according to research by Hazen & Sawyer (New York, N.Y.) and the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA). Published in the February issue of AWWA Water Science, the study found that a large number of drinking water treatment plants could be affected. Raw water often contains PFAS, which can accumulate in the solid and liquid waste generated by treatment processes. Hazen engineers calculated that disposing of drinking water residuals at a Subtitle C hazardous waste landfill could cost almost $2,500 per ton compared to less than $1,500 per ton for nonhazardous disposal and less than $100 per ton for applying it to farmland. “Our research shows that if they [US EPA] aren’t careful about how they frame these hazardous waste rules, it could leave utilities severely hamstrung by the added costs of residuals disposal,” said Hazen engineer Conner Murray, the study’s lead author.


Verdantas makes two acquisitions in April 

Verdantas (Natick, Mass.), a private-equity-backed firm specializing in environmental consulting, sustainable engineering, modeling, and digital technology, announced two acquisitions in April. Project Navigator Ltd., with offices in Tustin, Calif. and Houston, brings management and project coordination services especially at federal and state Superfund sites. This acquisition will enhance Verdantas’ services in the Western region and expand its reach in the Gulf Coast states. Verdantas also acquired CT Consultants Inc., a company operating in the government, water, and transportation markets across the Great Lakes region and neighboring states to the south. Verdantas and CT will combine expertise in water and wastewater systems engineering. EFCG served as a financial advisor to Verdantas during its acquisition of CT. 


Jacobs selected for desalination plant in Australia

Jacobs (Dallas) has been selected by Water Corporation, the largest water utility in Western Australia, to design, build, operate and maintain the Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant in Perth. The project, part of an alliance with Water Corporation and Acciona, is expected to produce 13 billion gallons of drinking water per year, scalable up to 26 billion gallons under a future project. Part of an overall program by Water Corporation estimated at approximately US$1.83 billion, the plant would secure a sustainable water supply to more than 2.5 million Western Australians. The project also incorporates a 2.5-mile offshore outfall tunnel and 1.6-mile seawater intake tunnel.


Arcadis secures strategic design role in UK

Arcadis (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) is one of four strategic design partners selected by the UK water and wastewater provider South West Water. Focusing on the design of several major new infrastructure schemes, Arcadis will support South West Water in delivering its new capital investment program for AMP8, the UK water industry’s investment schedule for 2025-30. Worth £2.8 billion, the new program is double that of the current Asset Management Plan cycle and will mark a significant period of transformation for the UK water and utility industry. South West Water serves around 1.8 million people. In March, Arcadis announced its selection by Thames Water for the utility’s Programme Partner Framework.


Burns & McDonnell to build 200 MW of solar projects

Burns & McDonnell (Kansas City, Mo.) announced it is the engineer-procure-construct (EPC) contractor and will be self-performing construction for two Alliant Energy solar projects in Iowa: the 150-MW Wever project in Lee County and the 50-MW Creston project in Union County. The projects are expected to bring clean power to more than 40,000 homes annually. Burns & McDonnell recently completed EPC and self-perform construction for nine of Alliant Energy’s solar projects in Wisconsin.


Stantec chosen for design role in UK’s largest battery cell factory

Stantec (Edmonton, Canada) has been selected to provide integrated design services for Agratas, Tata Group’s global battery business, which is building a battery cell manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom. The new facility, comprising three separate buildings with ancillary structures, will create up to 4,000 jobs on site over the lifespan of the project and thousands more in the supply chain. The factory will be one of the largest of its kind in Europe. “Using state-of-the-art technology, our facility will power the transition to electric mobility and clean energy storage,” said Joe Hibbert, vice president of capital projects at Agratas. 


Morgan Stanley acquires Resource Innovations

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners (MSCP) has acquired Resource Innovations (San Francisco, Calif.), a tech-enabled services company focused on energy efficiency and sustainability, from BV Investment Partners and other shareholders. Founder Lauren Casentini will continue as chief executive officer and remains a significant equity holder. Resource Innovations provides advisory services, program management and software to utility, government and corporate clients in energy efficiency and decarbonization. This represents MSCP’s third investment in industrials and outsourced services, following the acquisition of Apex in 2023 and Alliance Technical Group in 2021.


True Environmental acquires Triton 

Environmental consulting firm Triton Environmental Inc. (Guilford, Conn.) and its subsidiary Triton Coastal Consultants LLC have joined True Environmental Inc. (New York, N.Y.). True Environmental is a platform backed by Halle Capital that collaborates with founder- and employee-owned environmental consulting and engineering firms to provide capital solutions for growth and to facilitate ownership transitions. True Environmental is led by Jim Stamatis, former CEO of Louis Berger and a veteran of the environmental industry.


AtkinsRéalis takes lead on UK professional services framework

AtkinsRéalis (Montreal, Canada) has been named as lead provider for a £780-million UK professional services framework. AtkinsRéalis will provide multidisciplinary services including project and program management, advisory, and design and engineering on Lot 1 of the framework from Pagabo as sole provider, worth up to £500 million to the business. This will enable more than 2,000 public sector organizations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to access AtkinsRéalis’ services via direct award across a range of markets, including: central and local government, defence, health, transportation, infrastructure, nuclear, power and renewables and water and environment. In addition, AtkinsRéalis has been appointed to Pagabo’s new £27-million Scotland-specific framework, along with one other provider. Pagabo is a UK procurement organization.

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