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Global Spotlight

Alldos Limited has moved to a new facility as the first step in future expansion plans. The new address is 39 Gravity Industrial Park, Tyburn Road, Birmingham B24 8TG. All other contact information remains the same: telephone: 0121 328 3336; fax 0121 328 4332; www.alldos.com 💧

AquaCell Technologies, Inc. has filed a Form 10 Registration Statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission on behalf of its Aquacell Water, Inc. subsidiary to allow it to become a publicly traded company. 💧

JMAR Technologies, Inc. has received a purchase order for two BioSentry™ units to proceed with the second and final test cycle at Kimpen, S.A. de C.V., a unit of Mexico’s leading beverage development and manufacturing company. 💧

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is making all public drinking water system tests available online for interested parties. The site is searchable by a host of factors and updated every two weeks (www.safewater.state.nm.us). 💧

Groupe Danone has concluded the sale of its U.S. water cooler joint venture to Kelso, a U.S. investment fund and has said it will charge $118 million in the second half of the year against the investment. 💧

The American Water Works Association has revised its Standard B600-05, Powdered Activated Carbon, to include a description of the raw materials used to make PAC and add a variety of other definitions and language changes. 💧

Bentley Systems, Incorporated has completed its acquisition of the Research Engineers International (REI) business from netGuru, Inc. Bentley’s annual report can be viewed online at www.bentley.com/june2005annualreport. 💧

Pure1 Systems, the developer of EverFull™ self-filling bottled water coolers, has chosen Goldenwhipp Coffee Services of Guayanabo, Puerto Rico to be the exclusive dealer of Pure1 Systems in the Commonwealth. 💧

Watts Water Technologies Inc. is buying Changsha Valve Works, located in Chang-sha, China. The valve maker has about 385 employees and annual revenues of approximately $8 million (U.S.). The cost of the acquisition, which is expected to be completed this month, was not disclosed. 💧

ChungHo U.S.A. has launched a new national dealer program. Interested parties should contact the company at 1 (800) 758-1234 for more information. 💧

Modern Process Equipment Corporation (MPE), has launched a new website to focus exclusively on the Food, Chemical and Mineral Grinding Division. The site, www.mpechicago.com,  features a new design and  is more organized to feature additional content on various grinders manufactured by MPE. 💧

Aquafine Corporation has announced that it will operate as a strategic business unit of Trojan Technologies. Aquafine will continue to operate in its current location and focus on industrial/commercial business. 💧


United States

Negotiators reach Great Lakes deal
Negotiators have finally reached a deal, after four years of debate, that will hopefully prevent outside municipalities and companies from accessing water from the Great Lakes, the Associated Press reports. Governors and premiers of eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces began discussing the issue in 2001 in order to develop a legal framework to preserve the natural resource. State legislators are now signing a non-binding agreement on the issue and the U.S. Congress has been asked to approve a binding compact related to the agreement, because individual states cannot make treaties with foreign governments.

Commission rejects freight rate increase
The National Classification Committee, organized through the National Motor Freight Traffic Association, has decided against a freight rate increase that would have added as much as 40 percent to the cost of shipping softeners, according to the Water Quality Association. The WQA lobbied the NCC against the proposal, which would have increased rates based on density of the freight and classified a lower-density rating for water softeners. More than 45 companies responded to a WQA call to action and several member companies presented data to the NCC during the debate.

Dallas jury awards $1 million in water suit
Global Water Group, Inc., a Dallas-based water purification equipment manufacturer, was awarded $1 million in damages in a trade secrets case, the company reports. In a Nov. 14 verdict, a jury in the 116th District Court found that the former president of Global Water Technologies, Inc., a firm acquired in 1995 by Global Water Group, left the company after the acquisition and formed Aspen Water, conspiring with the new company to use Global Water Group’s technology, trade secrets and intellectual property.

Nashua water dispute
The New Hampshire Supreme Court has given authorities in Nashua the approval to proceed with plans to take private waterworks by eminent domain, the Boston Globe reports. The owners of Pennichuck Water Works have been fighting the city’s attempt to municipalize the waterworks for more than three years. Nashua officials believe that the city can provide high quality water services to their residents at a lower price than PWW, which is now considering a jury trial against the city for potential damages in the millions of dollars.

BooKoo adds flavored water
Four new ‘functional’ waters have been added to BooKoo Beverages Inc.’s nutrient-enhanced product line. The waters contain a variety of vitamins and minerals and are available in four new flavors: Rebound, MMMMulti, BooKoo C and Inner G. They will be marketed alongside the BooKoo Energy product line, the Soft Drink Letter reports.

U.S. EPA enforcement in 2005
The Environmental Protection Agency released its annual summary of enforcement actions, documenting a projected reduction of 1.1 billion pounds of pollution in 2005. Among the remediation efforts were 1.6 billion cubic yards of contaminated water to be cleaned up and the drinking water of more than eight million municipal water users will be safer. Criminal defendants in EPA-initiated pollution cases will pay more than $100 million in fines and restitution. Moreover, the agency, in combination with state authorities, concluded major sewer cases to reduce more than 19 billion gallons of raw sewage overflows annually.

Industrial water generators achieve 50 percent increase
Hendrx Corporation announces a breakthrough in their atmospheric water generation technologies, increasing the capability of their industrial water generators by 50 percent. The company’s Big Blue 5000, an AirWater technology, produces up to 5,000 liters of drinking water from ambient air daily, depending on ambient conditions. With new, proprietary generation technology, the forthcoming Big Blue line will have a capacity of up to 7,500 liters per day.

Calif. overhauls drinking water device registration
The California Department of Health Services has agreed to significant changes in its Drinking Water Device Certification program after an intense effort by the regional and national WQAs to overhaul the program. Going forward, the CDHS will set up procedures to accept American National Standards Institute (ANSI)—accredited product certifications in lieu of their current review process. Initially, the department will accept certifications for Standard 53 (water filtration) and Standard 44 (softeners), while reverse osmosis units will continue to be handled the same as they are now, the WQA reports. The program revisions are expected to be in place during the first quarter of this year.

Park Forest builds five mgpd plant
City officials from Park Forest, Ill. have broken ground on a new $13.4 million water treatment plant for the region’s outdated 50-year-old plant. Designed by Baxter & Woodman, Inc., the system will have a capacity of five million gpd and utilize a lime-soda ash treatment process to remove calcium and magnesium. In addition to the lime-soda ash silos, softening clarifiers, cluster filters and solids dewatering equipment will be included.

Survey shows water fee support
A new survey indicates that residents of Encinitas, Calif. would support a $5 monthly fee to clean up the city’s storm water, so long as the revenue would be used to protect the ocean and lagoons from the polluted runoff. The clean water fee proposed by the Encinitas City Council is one of the first of its kind in the nation to help local municipalities meet federal clean water mandates by removing debris from streets and storm drains.

Katrina, Rita relief continues
Kinetico Incorporated of Geauga County has provided a municipal surface water treatment system to be put in place near St. Bernard Parish, La. Once running, the system will provide clean water for hundreds of people every day. It will be set up on a dock of the Mississippi River in St. Bernard Parish where it will treat more than 50,000 gallons of water daily.

Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. has worked with engineers from the U.S. Army and the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation to provide tactical water purification systems in the hurricane-ravaged gulf region. Koch units have provided relief in some of the hardest hit areas, such as Biloxi, Miss.

Middle East

Saudi Arabia may sell desal plants
Saudi Arabia is considering selling its desalination treatment plants to help generate $53 billion necessary to meet an increasing demand for water by 2020, Bloomberg reports. State-owned Saline Water Conversion Corp., the kingdom’s largest desal producer, has hired international consultants to help decide the fate of 30 plants. With a demand for water forecast to triple in the next 15 years, about $53 billion is needed to boost desalination capacity to 10.7 million cubic meters a day by 2020. The goal, SWCC representatives say, is to liquidate their smaller production plants and develop more efficient and higher-volume desal plants to meet rising needs.

Asia

Contaminated water impacts millions in China
More than four million people had their drinking water shut off after a chemical plant explosion polluted a river with toxic benzene in Harbin, China. Home to about 3.8 million people, Harbin’s water system was shut down for nearly a week after the accident, which also contaminated irrigation systems of neighboring agricultural communities. Fears of toxic drinking water have set off a panic in the region, leaving bottled water and other goods in short supply. The explosion, which occurred Nov. 13, also forced the shutdown of water supplies in at least one district of Songyuan City in the neighboring Jilin province, the Associated Press reported, though national and local officials have denied it.

Sea ice for irrigation
A new method for extracting fresh water from ocean ice has been developed by Chinese scientists. Salinity from the water extracted from the ice is below 0.2 percent, within the threshold for potable water and would be ideal for irrigation purposes. An appraisal panel organized by the Chinese Ministry of Education has concluded that the technology is ripe for large-scale experimentation and industrial production. Researchers from Beijing Normal University said processing the ice water in the Bohai Sea alone would yield 30 billion cubic meters of fresh water annually.

South India hit by waterborne disease
The Daily Times of India is reporting an outbreak of waterborne diseases in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu after the region was battered by several weeks of heavy rains. More than 30 cases of cholera and 40 cases of dengue fever have been reported in Chennai, the Joint Health Commissioner in Tamil Nadu’s state capital said. Following crushing rains during the October monsoons in the same region, 82 people were reported to have died from similar diseases.

Nepal school uses recycled water
Students of the Bal Premi High School in Sunga, Madhyapur Thimi, Nepal will soon start using water generated by treatment of the sewage of the surrounding area. The recycled water will not be used for drinking; it will be used for flushing toilets and cleaning. The school will receive water obtained from the Reed Bed Treatment System, a project constructed by the local community with funds from and technical support by the Nepalese Environment and Public Health Organization.

Australia

Sydney reduces water consumption
Four Sydney companies have been praised for achieving significant water savings at the annual Every Drop Counts Business Sustainability Awards. The program has attracted almost 300 members and generated a total savings of more than 17.7 million liters each day. Moreover, Western Water has developed a plan to recycle 100 percent of treated sewage for ‘beneficial use’ by December 2006, the Australian Water Association reports. Through strategic improvements and investments, the company has already increased its recycled water content from 61 percent to 88 percent.

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