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The handheld eXact meter from Industrial Test Systems Inc. has been named one of the Top 50 New Products for 2005 by Pool & Spa News Magazine and one of the Most Valuable New Products for 2005 by Aqua-tics International Magazine.💧

New Jersey American Water, the nation’s largest water utility, has received the Partnership for Safe Water Director’s Award from the U.S. EPA for drinking water quality that consistently surpasses required federal standards.💧

Unique chlorine dioxide release technology from Engelhard Corporation has been awarded its eighth registration by the U.S. EPA for fighting microbial contamination.💧

Wilron Pumps & Compressors has changed its name to WestRon Pumps, Compressors & Blowers. Ownership, sales and service locations remain unchanged.💧

Lanxess Deutschland GmbH has increased prices globally for its Lewatit® ion exchange resins by five percent due to high energy and raw material costs.💧

USFilter Corporation has received a U.S. patent for its General Filter Products’ CenTROL® filter flow splitting weir design. The company’s Zimpro Systems has also achieved ISO 9001:2000 registration.💧

The website of the American Water Works Association, www.awwa.org, has earned a Webby Award from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for design, creativity, usability and functionality.💧

Zenon Environmental Inc. has launched a new website, www.zenon.com, with expanded content covering the company’s products and services for membrane plants and pre-engineered systems of all sizes.💧

Suez Corporation released its first quarter financial statement detailing more than €10.3 billion in revenues, 6.1 percent organic growth and seven percent total growth.💧

An MSNBC report cites plastic water bottles and the skyrocketing retail bottled water business as the cause of a nationwide slump in recycling rates.💧

Amiad North America announced today the launch of its redesigned corporate website, www.amiad.com. The new site centralizes all Amiad Filtration System divisions under one domain and supports the company’s overall corporate identity and brand consolidation efforts.💧


CUNO sold for $1.35 billion
3M Company has acquired CUNO Inc. for about $1.35 billion in a move to capitalize on the company’s water and air purification technologies, Reuters reports. Known primarily as the manufacturer of Scotch Tape and Post-It Notes, 3M also has a $1.1 billion air purification business and hopes to use the acquisition as a way to introduce CUNO’s own water and air purification products into China and other areas where they have yet to establish a presence. 3M plans to fund the transaction with existing cash and additional details regarding the new structure of the company or potential layoffs were not disclosed.

Micro-fluidic division
Burkert Chromatic Inc. has expanded with its new Micro-fluidic Systems Division. Offering a comprehensive family of valves, sensors and pumps ranging in size from 10 mm to 35 mm, Micro-fluidic Systems primarily serves OEMs building precision instrumentation and devices for a variety of industries. Craig Occhiato, Micro-fluidic Systems Market Segment Manager, says, “Burkert actually has been in the micro-fluidic market for more than 15 years, pioneering market milestones that include flipper solenoid valves and the proprietary rocker incorporated in our Type 127 Miniature Rocker Solenoid Valve. As such, we fully understand the market’s requirements and can anticipate customer needs and trends.”

Silica may reduce Alzheimer’s risk
A French study is suggesting that a high concentration of silica in drinking water, “may help to protect against Alzheimer’s disease,” the Canadian Water Quality Association reports. The findings were gleaned from the Epidemiology of Osteoporosis Study performed on more than 71,000 women age 75 and older, in Toulouse, France, conducted by researchers at Hospital Casselardit. The relationship between silica and Alzheimers remains statistically significant despite a variety of factors outlined in the study including age, history of stroke, education level and income.

Advanced perchlorate removal
Carollo Engineers has received conditional acceptance from the California Department of Health Services for their fixed-bed biological treatment process for the production of drinking water from perchlorate-contaminated water. The first approval of its kind, the non-proprietary perchlorate treatment technology makes it possible to implement such a process in California. Unlike conventional technologies, the process does not produce a perchlorate-laden waste stream, has high process efficiency with water recoveries greater than 97 percent and simultaneously removes other contaminants such as nitrate, organic matter and taste and odor compounds.

Online industrial marketplace
Worldwide Industrial Marketplace, an online directory and industrial portal, has aligned itself with two websites, www.industrialleaders.com and www. foreigntradeexchange.com, to enable industrial buyers to find distributors and manufactures in more than 50 countries worldwide. The network features a custom search engine, articles and reports covering the industrial marketplace, a business forum and a unique Trade Board that allows users to explore and post offers and demands for a variety of industrial products and services.

Cartridge filters market explodes
McIlvaine Company has published a new report, Cartridge Filters: World Markets, projecting a $4 billion worldwide market for residential water purification cartridges by 2008. The study concludes that at that time, the sector will comprise about 30 percent of the cartridge market, which is projected to reach about $13.2 billion in sales in the next three years. Among the biggest growth in the sector is the continued projected success of POU cartridges, which will likely account for more than 75 percent of the residential market. The full report is available at www.mcilvainecompany.com

MARTI to distribute internationally
Metals & Arsenic Removal Technology Inc. (MARTI), a portfolio company of HydroFlo Inc., has signed a distribution agreement with EYI Industries Inc., an international distributor of dietary supplements and nutrional products. Under the agreement, EYI will distribute MARTI FATS® units, water pitcher and filter units. The agreement explains that each unit will be packaged and sold as an EYI product with the market label “With MARTI Inside.”

United States

No passport needed for WQA Mid-Year
The Water Quality Association reminds members that a current passport is not a requirement for Americans attending its Mid-Year Leadership Conference in Quebec from Sept. 13 to 16. While U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to carry the document to avoid any problems when returning to America, homeland security restrictions on intercontinental travel do not go into effect until Dec. 31, 2006. For additional information on travel restrictions and regulations to Canada from the United States, visit http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/get_840.html

60 years of fluoridation
The city of Grand Rapids, Mich., celebrated the 60th anniversary of community water fluoridation in May with a special ceremony at the site of the city’s downtown Water Fluoridation Monument. Grand Rapids was the first city in the country to fluoridate its public water supply in 1945. “Its pretty remarkable to think that the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay all started right here in Grand Rapids,” said Steve Dater, a dentist in the area and the treasurer of the Michigan Dental Association.

New division at Nelsen
Nelsen Corporation announces its new division, Nelsen Filtration Solutions, which will emphasize Nelsen’s point of use product lines. “This new division is geared to offer our customers even greater service by expanding their selection, savings and convenience,” said President David Nelsen. “We want our customers to continue to receive the same great experience from these POU products as they have for the last 50 years with products from Nelsen,” he concluded. The new Nelsen Filtration Solutions has expanded their product offering to include many specialty filtration products from Pentek, KX Industries, GE Osmonics and many more. Nelsen Filtration Solutions will serve customers from both of Nelsen’s locations in Ohio and Arizona.

Lead found in courthouse water
Unsafe levels of lead and copper have been found in about two dozen water fountains at the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse in Detroit, Mich. As a result, federal officials have shut off more than half of the fountains at the federal courthouse and have told judges to stop drinking water from their office sinks or using the water to make coffee. Testing in one jury room’s sink found lead levels five times the maximum amount allowed by the U.S. EPA, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Water Smart Homes in LV
The Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association unveiled the first Water Smart Home, certified to save as much as 75,000 gallons of water per year. Built by KB Home Nevada, the house is the first to be certified by the new home and neighborhood program that state officials say is critical to preserving water resources in Las Vegas and beyond. KB Home, the largest builder in the Las Vegas area, expects to build 2,500 Water Smart Homes this year.

U.S. EPA water quality funds
Every state will get additional water quality monitoring funds as a result of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to target a $9.92 million increase in fiscal year 2005. The U.S. EPA awards funds to assist states and interstate agencies in establishing and implementing water pollution control programs. The funds are awarded annually under Section 106 of the Clean Water Act. A total of $208.3 million for the grant program was appropriated this year for activities to provide the data necessary to support cost-effective water quality management decisions and to generate a national assessment of water quality conditions.

Connecticut adopts water bottle recycling
The Connecticut State Senate has voted to include plastic water bottles among the containers eligible for a five-cent recycling deposit, local news station NBC 30 reports. The Connecticut Food Association opposes the bill, which they say would impose new costs and regulatory obligations for the state’s food retailers, while only addressing about one percent of the state’s litter problem. About 244 million plastic water bottles were sold in the state in 2002 and the association estimates the bill would cost about $16 million annually.

Koch to supply NY treatment plant and U.S. Navy
Koch Membrane Systems has been selected to provide ultrafiltration equipment under a contract with BMJ Construction Company Inc., to upgrade the Mount Ebo Wastewater Treatment Plant in Putnam County. The 160,000-gpd system features two membrane filtration package plant systems, each equipped with KMS low-pressure, hollow-fiber membrane cartridges.
In other news, the U.S. Navy has selected Koch to provide tactical water purification systems for reconstruction, humanitarian aid and disaster relief projects where feed water has nuclear, biological or chemical contamination.

Activists challenge Suez/United Water
Consumer advocates and environmentalists protested in front of United Water’s New Jersey facility in defense of people’s right to water and access to water services. The event coincided with Suez’s annual shareholders meeting (the parent company of United Water). “Private water corporations do not exist to provide safe and affordable water to you and your family,” says Wenonah Hauter, director of Public Citizen’s Water for All Campaign, which organized the protest. Suez is one of the world’s largest private suppliers of water and sanitation services.

Carlsbad desal project
The City of Carlsbad, Calif., has released the Environmental Impact Report for the Carlsbad Desalination Plant and the public review and comment period is now open. Since 1998, the city has been working in conjunction with Poseidon Resources Corporation to develop a 50-million gpd desalination plant to provide drinking water to about 300,000 residents annually.

Canada

Quebec water crisis
Thousands of residents and seven municipalities in Quebec are without drinking water after a myriad of problems with the local supply, the Canadian Water Quality Association reports. Although aging water pipes have been replaced, many residents have been warned not to drink the water. As a result, affected municipalities have supplied drinking water with tanker trucks and many local stores have increased their stock of bottled water.

Europe

Bottled water stockpiling in the U.K.
The British Soft Drinks Association and several large bottled water companies in that country are working with local municipalities to develop a plan to stockpile bottled water in the event that a summer drought threatens hospitals and households. While reservoir levels throughout the U.K. are currently at acceptable levels, government officials fear that supplies could be exacerbated in the hot summer months. As a result, they see a need for making sure that emergency supplies at critical locations, like hospitals, schools and community centers, are available throughout the summer, the BSDA says.
Forty percent of Russian tap water lost in transit

Russia’s Federal Agency for Water Resources is reporting that up to 40 percent of the nation’s tap water is lost during distribution. By comparison, Germany loses only five to seven percent of its tap water. According to Mosnews.com, water systems’ failures in the nation are at a critical level with about 70 percent in need of replacement. The risks are not only associated with water loss, but also increased threat of contamination. The number of water-related acute intestinal infections has risen steadily since 2003.

Asia

Membrana supplies Chinese plant
Membrana-Charlotte announced that Liqui-Cel Membrane Contractors has been chosen to de-aerate ultrapure water at a major semiconductor lab in China. The contractors will be used to remove dissolved oxygen to less than one part per billion and are scheduled to be online by the third quarter of 2005.

Australia

OZWATER successes
The OZWATER series of conferences held in partnership with the Australian Water Association have drawn thousands of manufacturers, distributors and dealers from across the country. More than 100 delegates met in Townsville to discuss catchment management and discharges into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Basin while preliminary figures from the Brisbane OZWATER Conference detail more than 745 delegates from the association, about 200 exhibitors and thousands of visitors.

Water commission meets again
The second meeting of the National Water Commission was held at Mount Loft, South Australia in May, the first of a series of conferences scheduled throughout the country to discuss water reforms at the national and local level. The dates and locations of future meetings can be obtained by emailing commissioner Kim Ulrick at kim.ulrick@nwc.gov.au

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