Industry News - September 2023

Industry News - September 2023

Steve Aiken (center) accepts his award during the 2023 MWEA Annual Conference. From left, granddaughter Mackenzie Fris, wife Diane Aiken, Steve, daughter Cori Fris, and granddaughter Taylor Fris.

Duperon’s Steve Aiken earns MWEA honor

Duperon Regional Sales Manager Steve Aiken was named recipient of the Michigan Water Environment Association Dan Wolz Clean Water Award for Environmental Excellence. As the highest MWEA honor, the award is reserved for individuals of admirable character who have demonstrated exemplary service to the MWEA and made distinctive contributions to the water environment field. With Duperon since 2010, Aiken has helped customers in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Wisconsin identify the best solutions to meet screening and processing needs. 

Xylem completes acquisition of Evoqua

Xylem has completed its acquisition of Evoqua Water Technologies. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the combined company includes more than 22,000 employees globally. Xylem’s portfolio of innovative solutions across the water cycle, including advanced technologies, integrated services, and deep application expertise, will help customers in utilities, industrial and commercial end markets address their most pressing water needs. The combined company’s executive leadership team will be led by Patrick Decker and include senior leaders from both Xylem and Evoqua. Xylem has also appointed Lisa Glatch and Lynn Swann, former Evoqua directors, to serve as members of its board of directors.

UGSI Solutions changes name to cleanwater1

UGSI Solutions has changed its name to cleanwater1. Brands under the company’s umbrella include Microclor On-Site Hypochlorite Generation Systems, Polyblend and Dynablend Polymer Feed Systems, Encore Chemical Metering Pumps and PAX Mixers.

Veolia Academy launches free online training program

Veolia North America has opened its in-house training program to the general public to support skills acquisition for individuals looking for jobs in the water and wastewater treatment industry. Veolia Academy offers free online courses for people to learn the technical skills and prepare for the state certifications necessary for a career in the industry, which needs tens of thousands of new workers across the country to handle today’s environmental challenges. Veolia Academy was developed in 2021 and its training has been approved by 38 states, with more in the process, through each state’s licensing and regulation authorities.

New AWWA president a tested leader

Having served 10 years as an active U.S. Army officer and an additional 10 years as a reservist, Patrick Kerr began his one-year term in June as the 142nd president of the American Water Works Association with decades of experience working with others to get results. One of Kerr’s goals as AWWA president is to expand the association’s reach and influence in the water sector by encouraging existing members to personally introduce their colleagues and water sector partners to the benefits of AWWA membership. “We owe it to the water community to expand our reach and increase the capacity of water utilities to provide safe drinking water for their customers,” he says in a release. “There is no doubt that being an AWWA member makes you better at your job.”   


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