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Fort Washington, Pa.-based Severn Trent Services, a supplier of water and wastewater treatment solutions, and Norcross, Ga.-based AdEdge Technologies Inc., a supplier of specialty adsorbent products for contaminant removal, agreed to provide arsenic removal systems to the potable water treatment market. 💧

CUNO Inc., of Meriden, Conn., reported record results for the fourth quarter ending Oct. 31, 2002, including sales of $67.5 million, up 8 percent from $62.2 million in the same period in 2001. 💧

At its December meeting, the Arizona WQA elected the following officers—Bret Scott, Pristene Water, president; R. Leigh DeGrave, Water Tec International, vice president; Dave Crissman, All About Water-Ecowater, secretary, and John Spalding, Spalding Salt, treasurer. Dave Crissman served as president for the past four years. 💧

WEDECO-Ideal Horizons Inc., of Charlotte, N.C., delivered an ultraviolet disinfection system in early December to the Freeman Road water production plant in Clayton County, Ga., that will treat 12 million gallons per day of potable water. 💧

USFilter Corp., a subsidiary of Vivendi Environnement, finalized the sale of its waterworks distribution business to National Waterworks Inc.—a company jointly owned by JPMorgan Partners and Thomas H. Lee Partners—for a cash purchase price of $620 million. The agreement was announced in September. 💧

Surfers Against Sewage tested non-recreational waters around Europe, using various testing methods from IDEXX Laboratories, of Westbrook, Maine. Designed for identifying E. coli, coliform bacteria and enterococci, the studies ran from May to September 2002 on beaches in France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain. 💧

Berkeley Heights, N.J.-based Chemetall Oakite, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals, announced a new strategic partnership with DMP Corp., of Fort Mill, S.C., a wastewater treatment provider. 💧

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, officials of the Texas city may begin bottling their own water soon. Bottles, ranging from 16 ounces to 2-½ gallons, could be culled from Lake Worth, Eagle Mountain Lake, Lake Bridgeport, Benbrook Lake, Cedar Creek Reservoir and Richland-Chambers Reservoir. 💧

Solvay Advanced Polymers LLC, of Alpharetta, Ga., has launched a new website (www.solvaymembranes.com) designed to help manufacturers and their end users better understand the benefits of using polymers for membranes.💧


 

John Guest rolls out symbol
John Guest USA, of Pine Brook, N.J., introduces its Genuine JG program, which highlights the benefits of the company—quality, reliability and support across a broad range of products. The Genuine JG symbol helps customers identify distributors, OEMs and installers who are affiliated with the program. The symbol assures customers that they are truly receiving company products as ordered, not unwanted substitutes.

Calif. law sparks debate
Under California law SB1006—negotiated between the WQA and California utilities and signed into law in 1999—a water district or local entity can ban automatic water softeners if the district is in violation of discharge standards; identifies and regulates all sources of salinity; holds a public hearing, and finds (through scientific study) that a ban is the only way to come back into compliance with its municipal discharge limits. According to the WQANewsFax, nearly 100 members from California attended a WQA/PWQA workshop in Palm Springs on SB1006 developments on Nov. 15 as part of the PWQA convention. An industry panel described recent events in the softener issue and how the associations plan to respond. An industry task force is already at work monitoring and commenting on a $750,000 American Water Works Association Research Foundation project that will develop a methodology for water districts to use in assessing and quantifying sources of salts in their service areas.

GE surges ahead with water
General Electric Co. plans to form a water treatment business with about $1.4 billion in annual revenue and 5,400 employees by combining GE Betz, GE Water Technologies and Osmonics Inc., according to a U.S. regulatory filing made in late December. Pending the expected close of GE’s acquisition of Osmonics in the first quarter, the conglomerate plans to combine the three businesses into a single operation within GE Specialty Materials. Osmonics disclosed more details about the plan, approved by GE chairman Jeff Immelt, in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Earlier, Immelt told analysts and investors that wastewater treatment will be big business for GE, especially in Europe and China. GE is targeting the treatment of industrial wastewater, as more people live in fewer cities and governments impose more regulations. In November, GE bolstered its plans in water treatment by announcing it would buy Osmonics, a maker of filtration systems, for about $253 million in stock and cash. Earlier this year, GE acquired BetzDearborn, the world’s No. 2 chemical water treatment business. With about $1 billion in annual sales, GE Betz is the linchpin of the newly formed unit. GE Water Technologies is currently a unit of GE Power Systems. The newly combined business will become official after the closing of the Osmonics acquisition.

Ionics, MIT work on patent
Ionics Inc., of Watertown, Mass., signed an agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to license patented technology that’s expected to enhance the performance of membranes used in water desalination and reuse applications by improving their resistance to fouling constituents. The MIT work is based on research by Dr. Anne Mayes, MIT professor of polymer physics, and her colleagues and focuses on the use of certain additives known as comb polymers that appear to enhance resistance to membrane fouling. Membrane fouling is a problem, arising when suspended organic substances or emulsified materials attach to a membrane surface and, as a consequence, impact membrane properties and performance in water treatment applications. In other news, Ionics said revenues for the first half of this year were $159.7 million vs. $236.6 million for the same period in 2001.

N.J. takes stance on wells
New Jersey introduced a bill in mid-December that would require the testing of all private wells, reported the WQANewsFax. New Jersey co-Senate president is behind the bill because 28 percent of wells failed one or more health-based standards under the newly enacted Private Well Testing Act. Still under consideration for the measure are timetables for the testing schedule, what tests would be required, and whether any water purification or cleanup would be required. If passed, the bill would reportedly make New Jersey the first state to mandate tests for all well owners.

BioVir passes Crypto test
BioVir Laboratories Inc., of Benicia, Calif., received USEPA notification  it will be among the nation’s first laboratories approved to perform Cryptospo-ridium testing under the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2). The USEPA’s “approval pending” status is being granted to qualified, audited labs and will give utilities a significant measure of confidence in development of “grandfathered” protozoan data in advance of the LT2 rule. The company was chosen to be audited as a training exercise by USEPA contract auditors in setting up their LT2 protozoan lab auditing program which, when authorized by promulgation in the Federal Register, will approve all laboratories performing Method 1622/23 Cryptosporidium testing under the LT2ESWTR. The LT2 rule is a two-year intensive survey of Cryptosporidium occurrence in the nation’s raw surface drinking water supply. It’s intended to provide information to utilities and regulatory authorities regarding the need for new or additional treatment of drinking water.

Pentair’s tour gets raves
Pentair, of Brookfield, Wis., said its mobile showroom—launched by its water treatment business in July 2002—has enjoyed record attendance and positive reviews from water treatment dealers across the country. The showroom was designed to both stimulate sales and build long-term customer relationships. It’s the first of its kind in the water treatment industry. In the past five months, the mobile showroom has hosted 15 original equipment manufacturer-sponsored events from California to New Hampshire. Attendance at the events has averaged 30 to 50 dealers each time. Additionally, the van traveled with the company’s customers to dealers that couldn’t participate in the events.

Osmonics kicks off tour
Osmonics Inc., of Minnetonka, Minn., will offer its third annual North American Autotrol™ brand products world tour seminar from February to November. Forty, one-day sessions are scheduled in more than 35 cities worldwide. The series provides professional water treatment dealers a full day of hands-on training for selling, maintaining and servicing the wide line of the company’s valves and controllers. These free sessions provide dealers with a highly professional, no time-wasted approach to product discussions. For specific training dates and locations, visit www.performasoft.com. In 2003, the company will be introducing six world tour “ultra sessions.” These free two-day seminars provide a second day of in-depth commercial and industrial products training. Dealers will have the option of attending one or both days of the session. An ultra session seminar will be given on March 18, 2003, in Las Vegas. This session coincides with the Water Quality Association convention and exhibition. In other news, Osmonics was chosen to supply a reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment system to Wheatland Electric in Garden City, Kan. Wheatland Electric will, in turn, supply residents with pure drinking water as well as using the water for other industrial applications. The new water treatment system is scheduled to begin pumping water to over 28,000 Garden City residents in April.

NGWA show shatters record; board, officers are appointed
The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) show in Las Vegas in December reported an attendance of 5,561, which surpassed the 5,093 who attended the expo in 1994 in Las Vegas. Other records included 2,454 attending contractors, 278 exhibitors, 61,100 feet of sold exhibit space and 51 first-time exhibitors, including the Water Quality Association, which hosted a pavilion showcasing products from the household, commercial, industrial, and small system water treatment technologies. The event was the association’s 12th in Las Vegas. The new 2003 NGWA president is Ernest Pender, Master Ground Water Contractor (MGWC). Other officers for the 2003 board are:

  • President-elect: Ralph Taylor, Jr., CWD
  • Past president: Leonard Assante, CWD/PI
  • Vice president/Association Ground Water of Scientists and Engineers Division Chair: Michael E. Campana
  • Vice president/Contractor Division Chair: Larry Lyons, MGWC
  • Vice president/Manufacturer Division Chair: Dan Wright
  • Vice president/Suppliers Division Chair: Richard Burke
  • Secretary: Thomas Downey, CWD/PI
  • Treasurer: Loyd Watson, MGWC
  • Scott Fowler, CWD/PI, and Alan Eades, CWD/PI, were also elected to positions on the NGWA board of directors.

International

Trojan brings UV to Brazil
Brazil has chosen ultraviolet (UV) technology developed by Trojan Technologies Inc., of London, Ontario, Canada, as the treatment solution for some of its wastewater plants. The company was awarded, in December, a contract to supply UV systems to four wastewater plants in the state of Espírito Santo. Scheduled to be in operation by early 2003, the facilities will treat a total of 32 million gallons, or 121,000 cubic meters, of water a day (mgd). The largest UV wastewater treatment installation in Latin America is also supplied by the company. The plant is located in the city of Curitiba (in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná), and is now fully operational. It serves a population of 330,000 people and treats up to 36 mgd (136,000 cubic meters).

Ozonia makes two moves
Ozonia has transferred sales and marketing responsibility for South America to its Ozonia North America (ONA), of Elmwood Park, N.J., subsidiary. The company said all future sales activities for its standard products division in South America will be managed by ONA. In other news, ONA and Ozono Polaris, of Puebla, Mexico, have completed the first phase start-up at the first two of four ozone facilities being supplied to Mexico City for drinking water treatment. Earlier last year, Mexico City awarded a contract to Ozono Polaris for the supply, installation and start-up of ozonation equipment to treat poor quality well water at four potable water treatment plants in the city. The equipment includes ozone generators supplied by ONA with a total ozone production capacity of 561 kilograms/per day from oxygen generated on-site. Ozonia is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of ozone and ultraviolet systems.

ITT acquires PCI unit; wins contract in Vienna
ITT Industries Inc., of White Plains, N.Y., acquired the assets of PCI Membranes from Thames Water. The PCI Membrane products will provide significant expansion opportunities for ITT Industries’ Sanitaire in the growing filtration and disinfection segments. Terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed. PCI’s membrane technology and expertise will be leveraged within Sanitaire to develop both MBR (membrane bioreactor) and secondary effluent filtration products. PCI Membranes employs approximately 174 employees in the UK and has operations in Laverstoke, Swansea and Winchester. In the United States, the company has operations in Cincinnati and Zelienople, Pa. Full-year revenues for 2002 were expected to be approximately $26 million. In other news, ITT won a contract to supply pumps, mixers and aeration equipment for the main wastewater treatment plant in the city of Vienna, Austria. The plant is currently undergoing expansion. ITT’s portion of the contract is worth $5 million. Installation will begin this year. Start-up of the new biological treatment process is scheduled for the end of 2005.

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