Aug 21, 2020

Business News: 8/21/20

The latest in the industry, including a local call for green infrastructure projects and a new partnership.  

MWRD is looking for green infrastructure projects. Read about this and more in this week's industry news.
MWRD is looking for green infrastructure projects. Read about this and more in this week's industry news.

MWRD of Greater Chicago Seeking Green Infrastructure Projects

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is currently seeking applications through August 30 from municipal, township and county agencies within Cook County to fund green infrastructure projects.

In 2019, MWRD selected 20 projects across the county to fund and provide other assistance. 

“So many of the communities we serve across Cook County are pumping water from their basements and streets after another series of heavy May rains,” said MWRD President Kari K. Steele in a press release. “We encourage communities to step forward and share their ideas of how we can collaborate together to invest in green infrastructure solutions that can minimize flooding and benefit our communities.”

According to a press release, MWRD intends to provide partial funding toward the construction of the selected green infrastructure installations on public property, and project partners will be expected to provide long-term operation and maintenance. 

The eligibility requirements and the application can be found here.


Ferguson Waterworks Named Distributor & Installer for Advance Valve Technologies 

Advanced Valve Technologies and Ferguson Waterworks have entered a distributor and installer agreement covering the Arizona and New Mexico regions of the United States, according to a press release.

The two companies have been working together for eight years and this partnership means “Ferguson Waterworks now has highly experienced teams trained to install the full range of AVT EZ Valves across the region.” 

“This strategic partnership is great news for the residents and businesses of Arizona and New Mexico. Ferguson already has established and trusted relationships with local water utility operators and will now be able to ensure they can deliver even more reliable water networks via faster access to the innovative AVT EZ Valve and highly experienced installers,” AVT President Harry Gray said in a press release. “This means there will be no need to shut off water networks and less inconvenience will be caused to local people.”