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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Investor Ideas Water Stocks Directory Update- New Addition of IBM and its Smart Water Services

Investor Ideas Water Stocks Directory Update- New Addition of IBM and its Smart Water Services

DELTA, BC –March 26, 2009 - Investorideas.com and its Water-stocks.com portal update the current directory of publicly traded water stocks for investors looking for global water investment opportunities. The directory also includes publicly traded stocks and ETF’s.

The recent entry of IBM into its smart water services shows a critical direction in the industry towards management and metering.

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) (NYSE: IBM) IBM and Smarter Water -Water is a critical resource. On March 16 2009- IBM unveiled its first portfolio of smart water services and technologies, and a scientific breakthrough – a more energy efficient membrane that quickly and reliably filters out salts and deadly toxins, such as arsenic. Countries, cities, companies, utilities, farmers and people are wrestling with how to manage and make the most of it. The issues around water can be better understood and managed by collecting and analyzing of data. IBM is applying its expertise in smart systems and data analysis to help companies and governments effectively deal with these issues. More info on IBM and water - http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/presskit/26906.wss

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Water Stocks - IBM Unveils Global Innovation Outlook on Water

Water Stocks - IBM Unveils Global Innovation Outlook on Water

Unprecedented Opportunity Exists to Tap Technology and Collaborative Approaches for Intelligent Water Management

ARMONK, NY - IBM (NYSE:IBM) On March 16th revealed the findings from its Global Innovation Outlook (GIO) on Water -- a series of brainstorming sessions around the world, that brought together hundreds of the world’s leading water management experts—scientists, academics, businesses and governments—to share knowledge and discuss strategies for improving the efficiency of the world’s water systems. The sessions revealed that society and business are facing some complex challenges when it comes to understanding and managing water resources on this planet. A lack of viable and actionable data was identified as a key inhibitor to effective water management.

xSimilarly, a new IBM study underscored a growing gap within businesses and organizations around acknowledging water issues and managing increasingly complex water processes. A majority of companies ranked water management as a top priority, but lacked necessary processes and systems for administration and control. For example, 77 percent of those surveyed felt that water management was extremely critical to their businesses, but 51 percent lacked formal guidelines for implementation. In addition, 63 percent of executives lacked access to integrated water management systems and decision support systems.

"Regardless of industry or geography, smarter water management is an issue faced by every business and government on the planet," said Sharon Nunes, Vice President for Big Green Innovations at IBM. "Without sufficient insight into near- and long-term factors affecting your water supply and usage -- complex issues such as access, quality, cost and re-use -- you increasingly run the risk of failure."

Key GIO Water Findings:

· You cannot manage what you cannot measure. Water is poorly understood and widely mismanaged. More data is needed to fully understand how water is used by industry, agriculture, and individuals. Water use must be monitored and metered to locate inefficiencies. And both the data and the analyses that result should be shared between governments, academics, and industry.

· Water is an integral part of nearly every other system on the planet, including commerce, food, and energy production. Water is used to make everything from electricity to automobiles. As such, the complex interactions between these systems must be modeled and better understood in order to inform political and economic decisions.

· Despite being the most valuable natural resource on the planet, water is often free or very cheap, unlike food or energy. This leads to waste and misuse. But there are viable models that combine human rights to water and pricing structures that would reduce waste.

· Not all data on water is expensive to collect. In fact, much of it already exists, in bits and pieces, all over the world. It just needs to be collected, coordinated and shared.

· An example of a successful collaboration that promotes the useful collection of data across public and private sectors is the SmartBay Galway project in Ireland. The project will collect streams of real-time data on water quality, sea and coastal conditions, chemical content, and provide more support to local industries and the maritime environment and economy of Ireland.

· Technology will play an important role in supplying water to the billions of future urban dwellers. Smart infrastructure -- including real-time metering, pipe sensors and automatic repair -- will provide solutions to address urbanization.

Quotes

“Any water management strategy of any company should be based on detailed knowledge of both its own water use, as well the local water situation. The strategy should be driven by both a need to maximize water efficiency, reduce the energy used to manage water and minimize costs within the company, as well as a desire to reach local sustainable water management targets.” – Neil C. Hawkins, Vice President Sustainability, The Dow Chemical Company.

“Governments, industry and society need to work together to start to address these systems – water, energy and agriculture – in a more strategic and integrated way. We need to use a broader perspective.” – Joppe Cramwinckel, Sustainable Development Lead at Royal Dutch Shell.

"Together with IBM, The Nature Conservancy is developing computer tools that will enable companies to gain a better understanding of the environmental and social consequences of their water use. By fostering sustainable water management practices, companies and municipalities will be able to make better decisions to the benefit of both local communities and nature."

– Brian Richterb, Director of The Nature Conservancy's Global Freshwater Team.

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure. We need all kinds of data collection, including real-time, because it is a lack of credible, available and viable data that is holding us back.” – Doug Miell, Water Resource Management Expert, Miell Consulting.

Additional Multi-Media Materials

• For more information about IBM and water

please visit:

www.ibm.com/press/us/en/presskit/26906.wss • To read the GIO Water report online, please visit:

http://www.ibm.com/ibm/gio/media/pdf/ibm_gio_water_report.pdf

• To order hard copies of the GIO Water report (at no charge):

http://www.ibm.com/gio/order

• To watch themed videos of the GIO Water participants, please visit:

www.youtube.com/watch

• For regular updates on the progress of the GIO, please visit the GIO blog at:

http://gio.typepad.com

Contact(s) information Jennifer McTighe IBM Media Relations 1-914-945-1016 galitz@us.ibm.com




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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Water Stocks Sector Close –Up on Publicly Traded Water Stocks, ETF’s and Water Indices

Water Stocks Sector Close –Up on Publicly Traded Water Stocks, ETF’s and Water Indices

Northwest Pipe (NasdaqGS: NWPX) up $1.86 (7.10%)


POINT ROBERTS, WA and DELTA, BC –March 25, 2009 http://www.water-stocks.com/, an investor and industry portal for the water sector within Investorideas.com, presents a sector close up on water stocks ETF’s and Indices as of the close March 25th, 2009 .

The water stocks sector attracted global attention following World Water Day, March 22, 2009.

According to the Janney Water Indexes, “ The most widely used estimate of the size of the global water market over the last two years has been in the range of $360 billion, with an annual growth rate of 4-5%, suggesting the market is currently in the range of $375 billion.” http://janney.snetglobalindexes.com/industry.php

Sector close- up as of close March 25, 2009
Water Stocks, Funds, ETF’s, Index

American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK) had gains of $0.29 (1.60%).
Aqua Americans (NYSE: WTR) was up $0.04 (0.21%).
California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT) moved up $0. 29 (0.72%).
ITT Corporation (NYSE:ITT) was down $0.02 (0.05%).
Northwest Pipe (NasdaqGS: NWPX) was up $1.86 (7.10%).
Pentair, Inc. (NYSE: PNR) closed unchanged on volume of 1,204,299.
Watts Water Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: WTS ) had gains of $ 0.64 (3.40%).
Wescorp Energy Inc. (OTCBB: WSCE ) closed up at $0.37, up (2.78%).
PFW Water Fund (PFWAX) closed down 2.29%.
PowerShares Water Resource Portfolio (NYSEArca: PHO) closed down $03 (0.24%).
Indices:
Claymore S&P Global Water (NYSEArca: CGW) closed up 0.17 (1.39%).
First Trust ISE Water (NYSEArca: FIW ) closed up 0.04 (0.29%).

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Featured Water Stocks Showcase Company: Wescorp Energy Inc. (OTCBB: WSCE )
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

New Jersey American Water Showcases Innovative Solutions to Industry Challenges

New Jersey American Water engineers introduce technological advances for water utility industry at state conference for waterworks professionals

CHERRY HILL, N.J., March 24 2009 -- From detecting leaks before a water main breaks to using GPS-like technology for more timely repairs, engineers from New Jersey American Water (NYSE: AWK) will present exciting new breakthroughs for the water utility industry at the American Water Works Association - New Jersey Section (NJAWWA) Annual Conference in Atlantic City from March 31 to April 3.

New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water, is one of the only water utility companies in the nation with a research and development unit staffed by experienced scientists and engineers dedicated to finding solutions to challenges in the industry.

Highlights from the New Jersey American Water presentations include:

Russell Titus, operations supervisor: "Meter Reading and Leak Detection: A New Synergy." Titus will explain how Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) can better measure water consumption and acoustically monitor leaks in pipes before they break. Dana Wright, senior engineering project manager: "Bypass Surgery on PCCP Transmission Mains." Wright and Michal Altland, from Hatch Mott MacDonald, will detail how utilities can work on a line by shutting it down, while using a bypass so as not to disrupt service to customers.Mark Khodash, planning engineer: "Distribution Maps from a GIS: Collaborative Feedback." Khodash will illustrate how GPS technology will enable New Jersey American Water to shorten repair time when a pipe leak occurs.

"New Jersey American Water employs some of the most creative and talented professionals in the industry who are engaged in important research and advancements that will improve the ways in which we deliver reliable water service," said John Bigelow, president, New Jersey American Water. "The NJAWWA conference allows us to share our findings and exchange knowledge with our colleagues to put that knowledge into action for our customers."

Now in its 70th year, the New Jersey Conference is the American Water Works Association's largest yearly event and presents opportunities for education, technology transfer, networking, and socializing.

New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK - News), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in 32 states and Ontario, Canada.


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Monday, March 23, 2009

Investorideas.com New Showcase Water Stock, Wescorp Energy Inc. (OTC BB: WSCE) Provides Solutions for ‘Produced Water’ in Oil and Gas Industry

Investorideas.com New Showcase Water Stock, Wescorp Energy Inc. (OTC BB: WSCE) Provides Solutions for ‘Produced Water’ in Oil and Gas Industry


Point Roberts, WA, Delta, BC - March 23, 2009 - www.InvestorIdeas.com, a leading global investor and industry research portal covering water, environment and oil and gas sectors, announces a new featured showcase company, Wescorp Energy Inc.(OTCBB:WSCE ),a company providing technology based solutions for the treatment of contaminated ‘produced water’ for the oil and gas industry.

Oil and gas production worldwide generates a tremendous amount unwanted waste water - water that has been contaminated with hydrocarbons, sand, drill cuttings, organic and inorganic salts. The produced water is contaminated naturally from the formation and artificially through oil and gas processing. The handling, treatment and disposal of the produced water are some of the most controversial and environmentally challenging issues oil and gas producers face today. Produced water from hydrocarbon operations creates massive volumes of waste that requires remediation.

Headlines in a March 2009 article in Oilweek.com, “Water—its use, reuse and conservation—has become almost as important to Alberta’s economic future as oil”, forecast the importance of finding solutions within the industry.
http://www.oilweek.com/articles.asp?ID=638

Wescorp Energy Inc. is an oil and gas solutions provider that specializes in water remediation and environmental technologies for the global oil and gas industry. One of the company’s primary technologies, H2Omaxx, is a commercially scalable water remediation unit that uses patented aeration technology to consistently provide safe, effective and economical separation of oil from produced water. Final independent verification testing was completed in November 2008. Analytical results proved the H20maxx unit increased the recovery of oil and reduced the amount of hydrocarbons in the treated produced water to less than 0.001% or 10 parts per million.

According to the company, “Virtually anywhere in the world that oil is produced, contaminated produced water becomes an unwanted byproduct. Water becomes contaminated naturally through associated formation water in conventional oil and gas production. Unconventional oil production including Oil Sands development in Alberta, Canada contaminates huge amounts of fresh potable water during the production and processing of the oil.”

According to Industry Canada, “Strict Canadian environmental regulations have demanded that Canadian engineers and scientists develop innovative remedial technologies to clean-up a broad spectrum of contaminants, such as petroleum hydrocarbons.”
http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ogt-ipg.nsf/eng/dk00095.html

Wescorp’s H20maxx technology is not going unnoticed. In December 2008, Wescorp announced that Weatherford International Ltd., (NYSE: WFT) executed a letter of intent for the testing of Wescorp's wholly-owned water remediation technology, H2Omaxx, in two projects in South America. Wescorp and Weatherford are currently in negotiations for a possible exclusive long-term global cooperative agreement. H2Omaxx units provide oil and gas operators an opportunity to increase their profits, and reduce their operational costs by reducing, reusing, and recycling water without the use of flocculants.

Weatherford (NYSE: WFT) is one of the largest global providers of innovative mechanical solutions, technology and services for the drilling and production sectors of the oil and gas industry.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Water Stocks Sector Close – Up and Commentary; Neil Berlant of the PFW Water Fund (PFWAX) Discusses Investing in Water

Water Stocks Sector Close – Up and Commentary; Neil Berlant of the PFW Water Fund (PFWAX) Discusses Investing in Water

World Water Day Reminds Investors of the Needs and Opportunities

POINT ROBERTS, WA and DELTA, BC –March 22, 2009 www.Water-Stocks.com, an investor and industry portal for the water sector within Investorideas.com, presents investing in water, the first in a series of commentary and insight with Neil Berlant, Fund Manager of the PFW Water Fund (PFWAX).

With World Water Day held March 22, 2009 http://www.worldwaterday.org/ , drawing global attention to water issues, Water-stocks.com reminds investors of the needs and opportunities within the sector.

As recently noted in a report from Ceres.Org, “Water Scarcity & Climate Change: Growing Risks for Businesses & Investors”, water is an area that needs more attention. http://www.ceres.org/Document.Doc?id=406
Investorideas.com and Water-stocks.com has turned to well- known industry expert, Neil Berlant of the PFW Water Fund, who has dedicated his life-long career to the sector, to provide insight and ideas on the global theme of investing water.

Q&A: Dawn Van Zant at Water-stocks.com, Neil Berlant of the PFW Water Fund

Q- Dawn Van Zant at Water-stocks.com
Neil, the recent media from Ceres.org warning investors and business they are not paying attention to water would not be news to you, as you have been a long- time believer in the sector. But in that line of thinking, for investors just getting into the water space - what are some of the key trends they should they be looking at?

A- Neil Berlant of the PFW Water Fund
The forces driving growth in the water sector can be narrowed down to three principal areas: Economics, quality, and infrastructure. On the economics side, water has historically been underpriced, that is, not reflecting its real cost. The real cost for water is what it costs to find water, treat water, and then to distribute it. We have never really factored in those costs to arrive at the price that we charge for water. That is in the process of changing, but change is coming on very slowly. As for quality, this is a major issue. Not that water quality for drinking water purposes is inadequate or not being addressed, but rather that the quality of the water we require for most applications is growing more demanding. For most applications today, and in the future, we require very highly purified water. For example, to manufacture semiconductors, we require “ultra-purified” water. The same is true for generating electricity and manufacturing. In addition, health care and food processing require highly purified water. These areas were previously not as demanding. Last, but not least, the issue of the water infrastructure throughout the US is growing in importance. It is well-documented that we are facing what may be as much as a $1 trillion deficit in capital to improve the aging US infrastructure. That means an enormous bounty of business in pipe replacement, filtration, and purification equipment over the next twenty years.

Q- Dawn Van Zant at Water-stocks.com
With your fund, The PFW Water Fund how would you define your short term and long term strategy? And how can investors participate in the fund?
A- Neil Berlant of the PFW Water Fund
The PFW Water Fund (PFWAX) expressly addresses the opportunities outlined above. The Fund broadly focuses on the water industry, and more specifically on the companies that comprise the broad definition of the water industry as all of the things that influence the quality or availability of water. The PFW Water Fund (PFWAX) is invested in companies in purification, infrastructure, desalination, and all things related to water. As the portfolio manager, I have focused exclusively on the water industry since the mid-1980s, with portfolios that have consistently beaten the broad stock market. The PFW Water Fund (PFWAX) is uniquely positioned to participate in the explosion of activity we anticipate over the next couple of decades. The growth we forecast is expected to last for some twenty years and therefore, the PFW Water Fund (PFWAX) is investing in the long-term growth of owning businesses, rather than short-term speculation. We are in front of wave of activity that is somewhat unique to the water industry and thus offers the prospect of wealth-building that is difficult to find elsewhere.

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About Neil Berlant:
Fund Manager of the PFW Water Fund - PFW Water A (PFWAX)
Since 1968, Neil has been continuously involved in the investment banking industry, either as a principal, officer, or founder of several firms. He has supervised and initiated the publication of numerous investment research reports on the water industry and conducted conferences directed towards top corporate management, the investment community, and venture capitalists. He has been a speaker at conferences on topics ranging from financing, to business and investment opportunities in the water industry. In addition, he has consulted to Fortune 500 companies and participated in negotiations concerning mergers, acquisitions, and venture capital investments. He is quoted frequently in newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Investor's Business Daily, and is a frequent water expert on CNBC.

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In 2009, the focus of World Water Day on March 22 will be on transboundary waters: sharing water, sharing opportunities
http://www.worldwaterday.org/
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Change 15,000 Lives in Haiti Kicks Off Awareness and Funding Campaign

Change 15,000 Lives in Haiti Kicks Off Awareness and Funding Campaign

Awareness to be raised through World Water Day, Marathon Run, Facebook, You Tube Video and Blog.

March19, 2009-An initiative called Change 15,000 Lives has been created this year in support of the Clean Water for Haiti Charities. Our goal is to collectively raise $50,000 from resources worldwide and together make a difference that will impact 15,000 Lives in Haiti. The campaign ends on July 31, 2009.

Clean Water For Haiti (CWH). CWH is a volunteer run Canadian based humanitarian aid organization that works to provide sustainable solutions to the water crisis in Haiti. The World Health Organization considers Haiti the most water impoverished nation. The quality of drinking water is the worst in the world. For more information you can visit:
www.cleanwaterforhaiti.org

Campaign organizer Peter J. Kletas expands on what inspired him to spearhead this campaign and why clean drinking water is so dear to his heart. To listen to the audio interview click here:
http://www.thenewswire.ca/client_files/cly/15,000%20Lives%201.mp3

To raise awareness for this campaign group organizers have arranged a walk on World Water Day on March 22nd in Vancouver. If you would like to show your support by walking with us in Vancouver, BC, we will be meeting at the Vancouver Art Gallery on March 22nd, 2009 at 1:00 PM to walk 6K. Bring a water jug to represent the walk that millions of families have to do daily for their water supply.
In addition Peter J. Kletas will be running the Vancouver International Marathon on May 3rd. Mr. Kletas states, “Due to a medical condition that requires me to drink double the amount water to keep hydrated, I recognize the challenge of completing this marathon and the importance that clean water holds in my life. On days when training is difficult I picture 15,000 smiling faces and it motivates me to train harder and complete this race for them”.
If you would like to learn more about this campaign please visit our blog at http://change15000lives.blogspot.com/ or join our Facebook group “Together We Can Change 15,000 Lives” and spread the good word.
For media inquiries or if you would like to become more involved with the campaign or become a corporate donor and sponsor of this initiative please contact:

Peter J. Kletas
403-284-9644
prpanos@yahoo.ca

About Clean Water For Haiti

Clean Water for Haiti (CWH) is a volunteer run, faith based missions and humanitarian aide organization started in 2001. As a registered non-profit organization in Canada and the US, CWH works to provide sustainable solutions to the water crisis in Haiti. Through Biosand filter projects CWH is able to provide a simple, effective, and affordable solution to the lack of clean water sources for Haitian families. The household slow sand Biosand filter is a simple design that uses basic readily available materials, allows for easy production, and they are easy to transport. For more information visit: www.cleanwaterforhaiti.org


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Corporate Accountability International: On World Water Day, Stimulus Flows to Public Water

Corporate Accountability International: On World Water Day, Stimulus Flows to Public Water States Still Face Shortfalls, Spend on Bottled Water

BOSTON, March 19 2009 -- Since being designated by the United Nations in 1992, World Water Day has been anything but a Hallmark holiday. Devoted to raising awareness and spurring action around the global water crisis, the holiday has been a flashpoint for protest over water privatization.

This year has been no different. During the corporate-driven World Water Forum in Istanbul, hundreds have taken to the streets to protest corporate water grabs and World Bank water lending policies.

"Too many people are going thirsty and suffering from the manifold downsides of corporate control of water -- water takings, water shut-offs, price hikes, short cuts on water treatment -- for us to pass this holiday without sounding an alarm," said Mark Hays, Corporate Accountability International spokesperson. "Those who are going thirsty don't have a voice in the halls where the global water agenda is being set and a handful of corporations would prefer it remains that way."

Corporate Accountability International and its allies are calling on the United Nations to take the lead in creating a transparent, democratic space to decide international water policy. Absent UN leadership, private interests that stand to profit from scarcity are filling the void in the form of the World Water Forum and other closed-door convenings.
The United Nations has, on the one hand, promoted World Water Day and the basic human right to water, but housed programs that provide water corporations official cover for a range of abuses, such as the CEO Water Mandate. This week 118 organizations and 33 countries called on Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to withdraw support from the Mandate.

In the U.S., a series of events are being organized to spotlight the impact of new stimulus dollars in repairing aging water systems and putting people to work; hundreds of thousands are expected to be employed. At these events, Corporate Accountability International is also calling attention to the spending gap that remains and continued state spending on bottled water. The stimulus package designated $6 billion to public water systems, though we face a $22 billion annual spending gap.

"As state budgets feel the pinch, states should not be spending taxpayer dollars on wasteful products like bottled water," said Gigi Kellett, national director of the Think Outside the Bottle campaign. "Given the important role of states in protecting and funding public water systems, canceling contracts also sends the message 'we have faith in our public tap water.'"
Over the coming week, World Water Day events are planned in St. Paul, Seattle, Albuquerque, Boston, and Montpelier. For more information on local events, developments at the World Water Forum, the national Think Outside the Bottle campaign, or World Water Day visit www.StopCorporateAbuse.org.

SOURCE Corporate Accountability International


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Saturday, March 14, 2009

"Greening" Government: IBM Consulting Offering Helps Public Officials Reduce Energy and Water Use, Waste, Environmental Impact

"Greening" Government: IBM Consulting Offering Helps Public Officials Reduce Energy and Water Use, Waste, Environmental Impact

WASHINGTON, DC and ARMONK, NY - IBM (NYSE: IBM) has introduced the first consulting service designed to help government organizations analyze energy and water use, assess waste management, evaluate overall environmental impact and develop improvement strategies.

The IBM Public Sector Energy and Environment Diagnostic can help governments better understand their overall performance on environmental issues, identify improvements that can increase energy efficiency, reduce environmental impact including greenhouse gas emissions, and help ensure public institutions meet their own rising environmental standards.

IBM developed the diagnostic to help U.S. federal agencies comply with current requirements for broad improvements in efficiency and economy for all environmental, energy and transportation management operations. However, it can be adapted to any future requirements for U.S. government agencies or for use with any other federal, state or municipal government in any country.

"Citizens everywhere are demanding that governments improve efficiency and reduce environmental impact, and public officials at every level are responding by raising standards for how they operate," said Eric Riddleberger, IBM's business strategy consulting global leader, who heads up the company's corporate social responsibility consulting efforts. "Using a comprehensive approach that employs new, smart processes and tools to assess current performance and develop improvements can help public agencies meet those standards while maintaining proper levels of public service."

The IBM Public Sector Energy and Environment Diagnostic offering uses a proprietary Heat Map tool to provide an initial analysis. Based on IBM's Component Business Model approach, the tool breaks organizations down into logical segments -- finance, operations, procurement, etc. -- and then provides an analysis as to how well they are performing in terms of efficiency, cost and environmental impact.

Areas for potential environmental improvement are color coded -- red for "most critical," yellow for "moderately critical," and green for "performing within guidelines" -- to help government institutions prioritize where to make changes. From there, IBM can assist government agencies in developing a comprehensive strategy for prioritizing and implementing those changes, accounting for the cost and benefit of each solution.

Specific areas addressed in the diagnostic are:
Environmental management systems -- identifying leadership, establishing targets, tracking performance and communicating with stakeholders; Energy and greenhouse gases -- addressing efficiency and use of renewable sources; Water management -- reducing consumption and improving quality; Waste and disposal -- waste prevention, recycling, environmentally responsible disposal, and reducing the use of potentially toxic and hazardous chemicals; Facilities and equipment -- sustainable practices in motor fleets and renovation and construction operations; Workforce programs -- establishing workforce sustainability programs, training, benefits, and awards for environmental sustainability leadership. The Public Sector Energy and Environment Diagnostic joins a growing portfolio of consulting offerings from IBM designed to help clients address CSR issues throughout their operations, including: the CSR Assessment and Benchmarking Utility, the Carbon Tradeoff Modeler, Green Sigma™, Environmental Product Lifecycle Management, the Supply Chain Network Optimization Workbench (or SNOW), and Strategic Carbon Management.

The public sector diagnostic is designed to be used together with many of these other offerings. For example, after completing an analysis and identifying areas for improvement with the public sector diagnostic, clients can use Green Sigma™, which applies Lean Six Sigma principles to measuring and monitoring energy and water usage throughout a organization's operations, and the Carbon Trade-off Modeler, which helps evaluate and balance carbon dioxide emissions and energy usage with other key factors throughout a supply chain -- cost, service and quality.
These offerings use "smart" approaches, such as advanced business processes and monitoring dashboards, which allow clients to collect and analyze large amounts of data to make better decisions.

To learn more about IBM's strategy and change offerings, click here
For more information on IBM's energy and environmental offerings and products, go to: www.ibm.com/green
Contact(s) information Jay Cadmus IBM Media Relations 914-766-2326 203-948-2351 jcadmus@us.ibm.com Lia P. Davis IBM Media Relations 202-515-5499 202-285-5333 lia.p.davis@us.ibm.com



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Thursday, March 12, 2009

BLUE GOLD: WORLD WATER WARS- “A must see film for every person on the planet.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“A must see film for every person on the planet.” - Greenmuze.com

“Sounds the same sweeping alarms as Inconvenient Truth, only about our dwindling water supplies.” - Toronto Star

BLUE GOLD:
WORLD WATER WARS

Sam Bozzo’s Critically-Acclaimed Documentary,
Narrated by Golden Globe® Nominee Malcolm McDowell,
Debuts on DVD April 7

Bonus Features Include Deleted Scenes and Filmmaker Interview


LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (March 6, 2008) – Blue Gold: World Water Wars, the award-winning documentary directed by Sam Bozzo, debuts on DVD April 7. Based on the acclaimed book by Maude Barlow and Tony Clark, the film examines the global conflicts past, present, and future, created by the privatization and commoditization of our fresh water supply. Blue Gold features insightful interviews with international experts, heroic citizens leading battles for their right to survive, and narration by Golden Globe® nominee Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, TV’s “Heroes”). Bonus features include deleted scenes and interviews with the filmmakers. Blue Gold: World Water Wars, which won the Audience Choice Award for Best Environmental Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Beloit International Film Festival, will be available for $24.99 SRP.

SYNOPSIS: In every corner of the globe, we are polluting, diverting, pumping, and wasting our limited supply of fresh water at an expediential level as population and technology grows, resulting in the desertification of the earth. Corporate giants profit by forcing developing countries to privatize their shrinking water supply. Wall Street investors target desalination and mass bulk water export schemes to turn a global catastrophe into a product. Corrupt governments use water for economic and political gain, military control of water emerges, and a new geopolitical map and power structure forms, setting the stage for world water wars. We follow numerous worldwide examples of people fighting for their basic right to water, from court cases to violent revolutions, from U.N. conventions to military take-overs, from local protests at grade schools to kidnappings and even murder. As Maude Barlow proclaims, “This is our revolution, this is our war”. A line is crossed as water becomes a commodity. Will we survive?

Blue Gold: World Water Wars will be released on DVD in conjunction with World Water Day (March 22) and Earth Day (April 22).

Based on the ground-breaking book by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke, Blue Gold: World Water Wars was directed by Sam Bozzo, executive produced by Mark Achbar (The Corporation) and Si Litvinoff (The Man Who Fell to Earth), and narrated by Malcolm McDowell. Go to www.bluegold-worldwaterwars.com for more information.

BASICS
DVD: $24.99
Street Date: April 7, 2009
Order Date: March 3, 2009
Running Time: Approximately 90 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Language: English
Studio: PBS Distribution
Catalog #: BGWW601
UPC Code: 841887010214


Publicity Contacts:
mPRm Public Relations
Nahal Mogharabi, 323/933-3399 ext. 4273
nmogharabi@mprm.com



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Middlesex Water Company Reports 2008 Financial Results- Annual Revenues up $4.9 Million From 2007

Middlesex Water Company Reports 2008 Financial Results- Annual Revenues up $4.9 Million From 2007

ISELIN, NJ----Mar 12, 2009 -- Middlesex Water Company (NasdaqGS:MSEX ) a provider of water, wastewater and related services in New Jersey and Delaware, today announced operating revenue of $91.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2008, compared to operating revenue of $86.1 million in 2007. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2008 was $12.2 million, up from $11.8 million for the same period in 2007. Earnings applicable to common stock for the year ended December 31, 2008, were $12.0 million, or $0.90 per basic share, compared with $11.6 million, or $0.88 per basic share, in 2007. On a fully diluted basis, earnings per share were $0.89 for 2008, compared to $0.87 per share in 2007.

Middlesex Water President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis W. Doll said, "Despite the deepening uncertainties and volatility in the marketplace, we were able to achieve moderate growth in revenues, customers and earnings per share in 2008. Revenues in our Middlesex system increased as a result of rate relief implemented in late 2007. We realized improved water sales in our Delaware system, Tidewater Utilities, Inc. and our regulated wastewater operations in Delaware contributed to increased revenues due to customer growth. Although we are seeing some impact from our nation's economic challenges on the business in the form of moderately reduced water consumption for industrial, commercial and residential purposes, we remain focused on maintaining operational integrity and continuing to improve service to customers through investments in infrastructure and technology. Our mature regulatory model, reasonably predictable revenue stream and stable customer base are all elements of stability in an otherwise unstable economic environment," he added.


2008 Operating Results
Consolidated operating revenues rose $4.9 million, or 5.7% over the same period in 2007. Revenues in our Middlesex system increased by $4.2 million as result of a 9.1% base rate increase implemented in October 2007. Middlesex revenues decreased $1.1 million due to lower consumption by our customers during 2008. In Delaware, water sales improved by $0.8 million. We realized additional revenue of $1.2 million as a result of an additional 12% base rate increase granted to Tidewater in February 2007 and additional Distribution System Improvement Charge increases approved in January and July 2008. Revenues from regulated wastewater operations increased $0.2 million due to customer growth.
Fees charged for initial connection to our DE water system were $0.4 million lower in 2008. This is attributed to a slowing of new residential and commercial development in our Delaware service territories. Fees for managing the City of Perth Amboy water and wastewater systems were $0.5 million higher than the same period in 2007, due mostly to scheduled fixed fee increases inherent in the contract. Revenues from regulated wastewater operations in DE increased $0.2 million due to customer growth.
Total operations and maintenance expenses for the year ended December 31, 2008 increased $2.7 million, or 5.8%, from 2007 largely due to labor and benefits costs, which increased $1.3 million. Water production costs were $0.3 million higher in 2008, over 2007. The cost to operate wastewater facilities in Delaware increased by $0.3 million as a result of an increased number of wastewater treatment facilities in operation in Delaware. Costs for service claims under our water and sewer line maintenance program were $0.1 million higher due in part to a 9.4% increase in the number of subscribers in the program during 2008.
Depreciation expense for 2008 rose by $0.4 million or 5.1% due to a higher level of utility plant in service. Other taxes increased by $0.5 million generally reflecting additional taxes on higher taxable gross revenues, payroll and real estate.
Fourth Quarter 2008
For the three month period ended December 31, 2008, operating revenues increased to $21.5 million, up from $21.2 million, for the same period in 2007. This increase was largely due to rate relief, customer growth and increased water consumption in our Delaware system. Total operating expenses increased to $17.0 million, up from $16.3 million for the same period in 2007.
Net income decreased to $1.9 million, down from $2.6 million, in 2007. The decrease of $0.7 million was primarily due to the sale of certain water service rights in Delaware in 2007, that were not expected to recur in 2008, and increased labor and benefits costs including a reduction in the cash surrender value of life insurance policies due to financial market conditions.
Company Quarterly Dividend
Middlesex Water paid a quarterly dividend of $0.1775 per share on the Common Stock on March 2, 2009, to stockholders of record as of February 13, 2009. The Company has paid cash dividends in varying amounts continually since 1912.
About Middlesex Water Company
Middlesex Water Company, organized in 1897, is a water utility serving customers in central and southern New Jersey and in the State of Delaware. The Company and its New Jersey subsidiaries -- Pinelands Water Company and Pinelands Wastewater Company -- are subject to the regulations of the Board of Public Utilities of the State of New Jersey. Middlesex Water Company operates the water and wastewater utilities for the City of Perth Amboy through its subsidiary, Utility Service Affiliates (Perth Amboy) Inc. Middlesex Water also provides contract operations services and a service line maintenance program through its non-regulated subsidiary, Utility Service Affiliates, Inc. The Company's regulated Delaware subsidiaries, Tidewater Utilities, Inc., together with Southern Shores Water Company and Tidewater Environmental Services Inc., are subject to the regulations of the Public Service Commission in Delaware. White Marsh Environmental Systems, Inc. operates small water and wastewater systems under contract on a non-regulated basis in Delaware. These companies are also subject to various Federal and State regulatory agencies concerning water, and wastewater effluent, quality standards.

For additional information regarding Middlesex Water Company, visit the Company's web site at http://www.middlesexwater.com/ or call (732) 634-1500.
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, among others, our long-term strategy and expectations, the status of our acquisition program, the impact of our acquisitions, the impact of current and projected rate requests and the impact of our capital program on our environmental compliance. There are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements including: general economic business conditions, unfavorable weather conditions, the success of certain cost containment initiatives, changes in regulations or regulatory treatment, availability and the cost of capital, the success of growth initiatives and other factors discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

No Changes to Janney Global Water Index (TICKER: JGI) in Quarterly Rebalancing

No Changes to Janney Global Water Index in Quarterly Rebalancing

NEW YORK March 11 --The Janney Global Water IndexSM (TICKER: JGI) will have no constituent changes in its quarterly rebalancing, effective 09:00 AM (ET) Monday, March 23, 2009.

A complete list of constituents and weights will be posted on the Janney index family web site, (http://janney.snetglobalindexes.com/about_the_indexes.php).


The Janney Global Water IndexSM is a capitalization-weighted, float-adjusted index of the most prominent water stocks in the world. To be included in the JGI index, stocks must pass multiple screens, including for capitalization, float, exchange listing, share price and turnover.
Detailed information, including constituent data, rules and price information, on the Janney family of global water indexes is available at www.janneywaterindexes.com. Data is also available through most vendors of financial data.


Index: Janney Global Water IndexSM
TICKER: JGI
Index: Janney Water WorksSM
TICKER: JWW
Index: Janney Water TechSM
TICKER: JWT


Contacts Janney Montgomery Scott, LLCDebra Coy, 202-955-4315orJ-Net Global Indexes, LLCJoseph LaCorte, 646-467-7927www.janneywaterindexes.com



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Monday, March 9, 2009

ITT Publishes White Paper on Water, Energy Initiatives in Stimulus Package

ITT Publishes White Paper on Water, Energy Initiatives in Stimulus Package

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--March 9 2009 --ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT), the leading provider of pumps and systems to move and treat water and wastewater, has published a new white paper titled: The Most Important Things You Need to Know about the Stimulus Package.

On February 17, 2009 President Barack Obama signed into law The American Economic Recovery and Investment Act to stimulate the economy through an injection of $787 billion in federal spending, including $60 billion to support traditional and “green technology” environmental infrastructure projects. This includes shovel-ready projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure, as well as energy-saving initiatives.

ITT has extensive engineering expertise and innovative technology that has been instrumental to the creation and success of energy-efficient clean water and wastewater projects around the globe, as well as equipment to make homes and commercial buildings more energy-efficient. ITT’s white paper can be downloaded at www.itt.com/now

“Communities around the country, from major metropolitan cities to rural small towns, are now working to secure funds to launch much-needed infrastructure projects, such as drinking water and wastewater projects,” said Colin Sabol, vice president of business development for ITT’s Fluid Technology business. “ITT has extensive experience with the planning and creation of such projects, and measuring how project success produces benefits to the health and economy of a community.”

The goal of this white paper is to provide consulting engineers, as well as state and local municipal boards, with the straightforward information and practical advice they need to embark on shovel-ready projects. Some of this information includes:

A list of the key federal agencies involved in environmental infrastructure program implementation and project assistance; Guidance about the resources available to help plan projects and deal with the expedited project approvals timeframe to ensure critical deadlines – the application of funds, submission of project proposals and construction start-dates – are met; and, An overview of a variety of the products available to be used in the construction and successful completion of environmental infrastructure projects. About ITT Corporation

ITT Corporation is a high-technology engineering and manufacturing company operating on all seven continents in three vital markets: water and fluids management, global defense and security, and motion and flow control. With a heritage of innovation, ITT partners with its customers to deliver extraordinary solutions that crate more livable environments, provide protection and safety and connect our world. Headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., the company generated 2008 sales of $11.7 billion. www.itt.com



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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Joins Board of Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Joins Board of Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc.


VANCOUVER, BC –Ostara Nutrient RecoveryTechnologies Inc., developer and marketer of proprietary technologiesthat recover polluting nutrients from wastewater and recycle them intoenvironmentally-friendly high-value fertilizer, announced that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., has been elected to the Company’s board ofdirectors.

Kennedy is a prominent environmental advocate and a VenturePartner at VantagePoint Ventures Partners, a leading investor in 21stcentury technologies based in Silicon Valley, California.

VantagePointhas been a significant Ostara shareholder since 2008.Phillip Abrary, President and CEO of Ostara, said the Company will benefit fromKennedy’s insights and experiences as an expert in balancing protection of theenvironment with sustainable recreation and development.“Bobby is a recognized expert on water management and an active environmentalist. Heis passionate about sustainability and keeping waterways clean for future generations —and we believe he will bring a unique and valuable perspective to our Board,” saidAbrary.

Kennedy said he has been impressed with Ostara’s technology and its potential to helpmunicipal wastewater systems increase the efficiency of their operations while reducingtheir environmental impact on waterways and the water table.“I remain deeply concerned about the resource challenges we will face in our futures,and believe that by serving on Ostara’s board I will gain an opportunity to both advocatefor environmental stewardship and help Ostara with its water treatment and resourcerecovery solutions,” said Kennedy.About Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.Kennedy is a Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney at Pace University School ofLaw’s Environmental Litigation Clinic. Kennedy also serves as President of WaterkeeperAlliance, Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, and Senior Attorneyfor the Natural Resources Defence Council.

He was named one of Time magazine’s“Heroes for the Planet.” He is a graduate of Harvard University, University of VirginiaLaw School, as well as Pace University School of Law, where he received a MastersDegree in Environmental Law. (www.robertfkennedyjr.com)

About VantagePoint Venture PartnersVantagePoint Venture Partners is a leader in investing in 21st Century technologies andpartners with entrepreneurs in the CleanTech, Healthcare and Information Technologysectors. With a large investment team of experts, a broad network of strategic partnersand advisors, and more than $4.5 billion in committed capital, the Firm has the depth ofresources to help build transformative companies that are clear leaders in theircategories. The Silicon Valley firm has investments in more than 70 companies. Formore information visit www.vpvp.com.


About OstaraOstara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc., founded in 2005, is a Vancouver-basedcompany commercializing proprietary technologies that recover resources fromwastewater and recycle them into valuable products. Ostara's struvite recovery process,developed at the University of British Columbia (UBC), recovers pollutants that wouldotherwise be released into the environment, helps wastewater treatment plants reduceoperating costs and meet environmental regulations, and provides municipalities andutilities with revenue from the sale of the recovered pollutants that are recycled intoenvironmentally safe slow-release fertilizer, Crystal Green®.


For more information: visitwww.ostara.com and www.crystalgreen.com.


Contact: Michelle Tiang 25 Feb 2009Corporate Marketing Manager



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Friday, March 6, 2009

Water crisis: world heads for ‘water bankruptcy’ warns World Economic Forum report

Reminder - World Water Day- March 22

In 2009, the focus of World Water Day on March 22 will be on transboundary waters: sharing water, sharing opportunities.
http://www.worldwaterday.org/

Water crisis: world heads for ‘water bankruptcy’ warns World Economic Forum report

http://www.irc.nl/page/46786

Many places in the world are on the verge of "water bankruptcy" following a series of regional water "bubbles" over the past 50 years that fuelled economic growth, according to a new report [1] by the World Economic Forum (WEF). This leads to a structural problem in the way water is managed across the global economy.
Some of the highlights of the forecast include:
The majority of the glaciers of the Himalayas and Tibet, which are a source of water for more than 2 billion people, will disappear by 2100 under current trends.
70 major rivers around the world are close to being totally drained in order to supply water for irrigation systems and reservoirs.

Within two decades, water will become a mainstream theme for investors; for many, water is already a better "pick" than oil. With good regulation, this will enable much more financing to be mobilized to invest in water infrastructure and technology.

The report was presented at the WEF Annual Meeting held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from 28 January to 1 February 2009. At the meeting, Margaret Catley-Carlson chaired a special session on "The Politics of Water". “By far the most controversial issue was the need to recognize water as a scarce commodity. All participants agreed that pricing is as economically necessary as it is politically risky”, the session summary report [2] stated.

[1] WEF Water Initiative (2009). The bubble is close to bursting : a forecast of the main economic and geopolitical water issues likely to arise in the world during the next two decades. Draft. Geneva, Switzerland, World Economic Forum. 68 p. PDF file.
[2] Read the full session summary here and view the webcast here.
Web site: WEF Water Initiative.

Related news:
Climate change: millions fear death as water resources are depleted, Tearfund report, Source Weekly, 30 Jan 2009
World Economic Forum: water as critical as climate change, Source Weekly, 25 Feb 2008
Contact: WEF Water Initiative, Switzerland, water@weforum.org




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Investing In Water, Investor Ideas Water Stocks Directory Features Global Listed Water Companies and ETF’s

Investing In Water, Investor Ideas Water Stocks Directory Features Global Listed Water Companies and ETF’s


POINT ROBERTS, WA and DELTA, BC –March 6, 2009 - Investorideas.com and its Water-stocks.com portal update the current directory of publicly traded water stocks for investors looking for global water investment opportunities. The directory also includes publicly traded stocks and ETF’s.

Investorideas.com was one of the first investor resources covering water stocks and features the Investing in Water Podcast series, news, resources and links and a global water stocks directory.
Water Stocks Directory: http://www.investorideas.com/Water-Stocks/Stock_List.asp
Partial Directory:

ACEA SpA (Milan:ACE.MI) - ACEA SpA is an Italy-based utility company engaged in the production and supply of water, electricity, public lighting and heating. With 10,000 kilometers of aqueducts and networks, it manages the entire water cycle in the Ambito Territoriale Ottimale, in Rome and Frosinone.

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A)Agilent Technologies Inc. is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 20,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.8 billion in fiscal 2008.

AIR WATER INC.(TYO:4088) Tokyo-is a Japan-based manufacturing company - Treatment.

Aliran Ihsan Resources Bhd (Kuala Lampur:8516.KL) is a United Kingdom-based investment holding company. The Company's subsidiaries include Southern Water Corporation Sdn. Bhd., Arensi Pipes Sdn. Bhd., RNC Corporations Berhad, Southern Water Technology Sdn. Bhd. and Southern Water Engineering Sdn. Bhd. The principal activities of the subsidiaries include water treatment, rehabilitation of water treatment plants and construction of water works, construction of waterworks and water treatment plants and operation, maintenance and management of water treatment plants

AMCON Distributing Co. (AMEX:DIT) AMCON is a leading wholesale distributor of consumer products, including beverages, candy, tobacco, groceries, food service, frozen and chilled foods, and health and beauty care products with distribution centers in Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

American Pacific Corp. (NasdaqGM:APFC) is a leading manufacturer of specialty and fine chemicals within its focused markets. We also produce specialty chemicals utilized in various applications such as fire extinguishing systems, as well as manufacture water treatment equipment.

American States Water Company (NYSE:AWR) through its principal subsidiary, Golden State Water Company (GSWC), engages in the purchase, production, and distribution of water. It also distributes electricity in one customer service area. The company provides water and wastewater services, including billing and meter reading, water marketing, and the operation and maintenance of water and wastewater systems to various municipalities, the United States government, and private entities. As of December 31, 2005, it served 13,001 customers located in the town of Fountain Hills, Arizona, as well as a portion of the City of Scottsdale, Arizona; and operated approximately 184 miles of pipeline.

Full Directory: http://www.investorideas.com/Water-Stocks/Stock_List.asp

For investors following the sector, a report from The IPCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,
“Climate Change and Water”, will enlighten and inform them as to the urgency and help direct research for potential investment.
http://www.ipcc.ch/ipccreports/tp-climate-change-water.htm
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Monday, March 2, 2009

Gov. Schwarzenegger Takes Action to Address California’s Water Shortage

Gov. Schwarzenegger Takes Action to Address California’s Water Shortage

Proclaims State of Emergency, Directs Government to Utilize Resources, Help People

To combat California’s third consecutive year of drought, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today proclaimed a state of emergency and ordered immediate action to manage the crisis. In the proclamation, the Governor uses his authority to direct all state government agencies to utilize their resources, implement a state emergency plan and provide assistance for people, communities and businesses impacted by the drought.

“Even with the recent rainfall, California faces its third consecutive year of drought and we must prepare for the worst - a fourth, fifth or even sixth year of drought,” Governor Schwarzenegger said. “Last year we experienced the driest spring and summer on record and storage in the state’s reservoir system is near historic lows. This drought is having a devastating impact on our people, our communities, our economy and our environment - making today’s action absolutely necessary. This is a crisis, just as severe as an earthquake or raging wildfire, and we must treat it with the same urgency by upgrading California’s water infrastructure to ensure a clean and reliable water supply for our growing state.”

The Governor’s order directs various state departments to engage in activity to provide assistance to people and communities impacted by the drought. The proclamation:
Requests that all urban water users immediately increase their water conservation activities in an effort to reduce their individual water use by 20 percent Directs the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to expedite water transfers and related efforts by water users and suppliers Directs DWR to offer technical assistance to agricultural water suppliers and agricultural water users, including information on managing water supplies to minimize economic impacts and implementing efficient water management practices Directs DWR to implement short-term efforts to protect water quality or water supply, such as the installation of temporary barriers in the Delta or temporary water supply connections Directs the Labor and Workforce Development Agency to assist the labor market, including job training and financial assistance Directs DWR to join with other appropriate agencies to launch a statewide water conservation campaign calling for all Californians to immediately decrease their water use Directs state agencies to immediately implement a water use reduction plan and take immediate water conservation actions and requests that federal and local agencies also implement water use reduction plans for facilities within their control In particular, the order directs that by March 30, 2009, DWR shall provide an updated report on the state’s drought conditions and water availability. According to the proclamation, if the emergency conditions have not been sufficiently mitigated, the Governor will consider additional steps. These could include the institution of mandatory water rationing and mandatory reductions in water use; reoperation of major reservoirs in the state to minimize impacts of the drought; additional regulatory relief or permit streamlining as allowed under the Emergency Services Act; and other actions necessary to prevent, remedy or mitigate the effects of the extreme drought conditions.

DWR and California’s Department of Food and Agriculture will also recommend, within 30 days, measures to reduce the economic impacts of the drought, including but not limited to water transfers, through-Delta emergency transfers, water conservation measures, efficient irrigation practices, and improvements to the California Irrigation Management Information System.
Last week, DWR announced that California’s severe drought had prevented it from increasing its State Water Project (SWP) delivery allocations for the first time since 2001. This year’s allocation as of February is at just 15 percent of SWP contractor’s requests. This is only the second time in SWP history that the February allocation has been this low.
The drought conditions and water restrictions are causing additional devastating economic and business losses. Agricultural revenue losses exceed $300 million to date and could exceed $2 billion in the coming season, with a total economic loss of nearly $3 billion in 2009.


Full text of proclamation:

http://gov.ca.gov/press-release/11556/



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