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November 2010, Vol. 47, No. 9

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Luxury Albuquerque, N.M., Hotel Saving Millions of Gallons of Water

Historic Hotel Andaluz focuses on water efficiency, as well as posh appointments

Hotel Exterior Small When Goodman Realty Group (Albuquerque, N.M.) set out to revitalize Hotel Andaluz (Albuquerque) in 2005, the company had visions of environmental sustainability, as well as luxury designed with a nod to the modern Andalucía Region of Spain. Originally built in 1939 by Conrad Hilton as Hotel La Posada de Albuquerque, the city’s oldest and only historic hotel was purchased by Goodman in 2005. The company closed the hotel that year and invested $30 million in upgrades that it says make Hotel Andaluz the “greenest” boutique hotel in the U.S. Southwest. In September, the hotel received the Boutique and Lifestyle Lodging Association (West Hills, Calif.) and Hospitality Design magazine’s “Lifestyle Hotel of the Year” award. 
The entrance to Hotel Andaluz (Albuquerque), a historic hotel remodeled with sustainable features. Photo courtesy of Ramona Willis d'Viola/ilumus photography. Click for larger image.


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UK Debuts First Wastewater-Powered Car


When children of the 1960s see a Volkswagen (VW) Beetle, they think “Flower Power.” When children of the 2010s see the iconic car, they may someday think “sewer power.”

At least that’s the hope of a group in England that converted a second-hand VW to operate on methane gas from a virtually inexhaustible source: human waste.

Dubbed the Bio-Bug, the sewage-powered car is the brainchild of GENeco (Bristol, England), a sustainable-energy company owned by Wessex Water (Bath, England), a water and wastewater company serving much of southwestern England.  
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The Bio-Bug, a modified VW Beetle, runs on both conventional fuel and compressed methane gas. Photo courtesy of GENeco (Bristol, England). Click for larger image.


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From the President: Plans For a New Year


BrownAs I begin my year with the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), I realize that it is truly an honor to be president of this great organization.

But along with that honor comes responsibility and challenge. I am assuming the presidency of WEF at a very pivotal time in history for both the organization and us as water professionals. We have to think differently from how we did before the recession. We need to be creative with financial resources that, at times, are not sufficient. We all are faced with doing more with less. Utilities throughout the United States have sustained severe budget cuts, yet we must operate and maintain our treatment plants, repair and rehabilitate our infrastructure, face work-force issues, deal with increasingly stringent permit requirements, manage stormwater, prepare for climate change, and ensure sustainable practices to have the resources needed for future generations. 
Jeanette Brown, 2010–2011 WEF President. 


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World Water Monitoring Day Reaches Around the World


World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) continues to reach more people around the world every year. Participants in the international education and outreach program coordinated by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the International Water Association (IWA; London) span the globe, including Vietnam, Pakistan, Bulgaria, India, and the United States.  

The program encourages people to test their local waterways for a core set of water quality parameters — including temperature, acidity, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen — with the WWMD water testing kit between March 22 and Dec. 31. Participants submit their results to be shared through the WWMD Web site, www.worldwatermonitoringday.org. Every year, the official WWMD observation is Sept. 18, and many have come out to celebrate.
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Students visit an exhibit at the 2010 World Water Monitoring Day celebration held Sept. 16 in Washington, D.C. See more photos in the WWMD 2010 gallery. Photo courtesy of Allison O’Brien. Click for larger image.


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In Memoriam: Joseph L. Abbott Jr., Godwin Pumps National Sales Manager


In Memoriam - AbbottJoseph L. Abbott Jr., national sales manager of Godwin Pumps (Bridgeport, N.J.) and a Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) member, died Sept. 12.

Abbott, a resident of Radnor, Pa., received his bachelor of science degree in accounting from Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia). He was a member of the National Association of Sewer Service Companies (Owings Mill, Md.) for more than 20 years. In addition to being a member of WEF, he belonged to the North American Society of Trenchless Technology (Liverpool, N.Y.), National Utility Contractors Association (Arlington, Va.), National Mining Association (Washington, D.C.), and American Rental Association (Moline, Ill.).
Photo courtesy of Godwin Pumps (Bridgeport, N.J.). 


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