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Global Spotlight


Watts Water Technologies, Inc. completed its acquisition of Blucher Metal A/S in a share purchase transaction, providing Watts with a new product platform in Europe. This will allow Watts to offer a broader product line to its existing professional customer base. 

Waterline Technology received certification by the State of California Department of Public Health for its HFC 1000 and SF 1000 Alwaysfreshh2o® drinking water systems. The approval, coordinated by the Water Quality Association’s WQA Gold Seal Program department through its new third-party application process, took only three weeks to complete once received by the state.

EcoWater has selected Donnelly Custom Manufacturing Company as its short-run supplier of molded parts due to its expertise in short-run manufacturing, project management and large takeover projects.

Dow Water Solutions increased the market price of all FILMTEC™ reverse osmosis (RO) and nanofiltration membrane elements by six percent, globally, effective July 15 or as contracts allow.  Purchase orders received prior to July 15 for shipment before September 1 were invoiced (subject to availability and terms acceptable to Dow) at the pre-increase price. Local Dow account managers will contact customers with specific product and price details. 

Expansion of Dow’s Edina, Minn. facility will feature an additional 630,000 square feet for manufacturing area and automated processes. The $88 million project, the third at the Edina location in the past eight years, is expected to increase the company’s total output by an initial 25 percent and will begin operation later this year.

Pentair Inc. and GE Water & Process Technologies will locate the global headquarters of their drinking water quality joint venture, Pentair Residential Filtration, in the Milwaukee, Wis. area. Under the terms of the agreement, Pentair has an 80-percent ownership stake and GE has a 20-percent stake of the venture, according to Small Business Times.

Purolite announced an 18 percent global price increase for ion exchange, catalyst, adsorbent and specialty resins, effective immediately or as contracts allow. In addition, the company will bill freight as a separate line item for North American customers.


North America

Water, Inc. honored

Water, Inc.’s Brew Express built-in coffee system, featuring its redesigned four- and 10-cup models, was voted Best New Kitchen Product of 2008 at the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference in Chicago, Ill. The company’s Modern Mixer full-scale kitchen sink faucet won a Platinum ADEX product design award earlier in the year and its Modern Faucet earned the Woman’s Day Remodeling and Makeovers Award in 2007.

NSF news

NSF International announced that Zero Technologies, LLC has obtained NSF certification for its pour-through water filtration pitchers. This is the first company to achieve certification of a filtration pitcher for lead reduction under the new requirements of NSF/ANSI Standard 53: Drinking Water Treatment Units — Health Effects. As of July 2007, all drinking water filters, including pour-through pitchers, faucet mounts and built-in faucet filters, certified by NSF must meet new test requirements for making claims of lead reduction under NSF/ANSI Standard 53.

NSF’s Beverage Quality Program has certified Radenska’s Naturelle Water, a large bottled water provider in the Balkan Region. After receiving the certification, the company’s product was designated the official water of the current President of the European Union.

Company awards for Watermatic

Watermatic, LLC garnered two slots as finalist for The American Business Awards. Known as the Stevie Awards, the program was created in 2002 to generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and business people worldwide. The company was chosen from a pool of more than 2,600 entries in more than 40 categories for Best New Company and Best Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program. The awards ceremony was held in New York in June.

US EPA news

In the near future, new homes can have water conservation products built into them. More than 160 high-efficiency toilets and over 60 bathroom sink faucets made by several manufacturers in different styles, colors and prices carry the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) WaterSense label. The agency requested comment in June on a draft specification for water-efficient single-family new homes. Once the criteria are finalized, new homes that meet them can be certified and labeled under the agency’s water conservation program.

The agency approved 99 alternative test procedures for contaminants listed in the drinking water regulations under the Safe Drinking Water Act. These procedures are as effective as methods already established for the same contaminants; 85 are identical to previously approved methods and 14 represent new or modified methods. US EPA is using the expedited method approval process rather than the notice-and-comment rulemaking process so that new methods will be available to stakeholders more quickly. Approval time has been cut from several years to less than a year.

Product registration for BASF

BASF Corporation announced its Aseptrol® CW technology, a new delivery form of its cooling water biocide, is pending registration with the US EPA. Designed to be a reliable, easy-to-use delivery system that regulates precise feed of chlorine dioxide into small-to-medium size cooling water systems, the product relies on patented technology to release high yield CIO2 when exposed to water. The product line includes the only US EPA-approved purifier for emergency drinking water and formulations for disinfection, deodorization, and cleaning.

Foundation’s name changed

The Awwa Research Foundation (AwwaRF) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to change its name to the Water Research Foundation during ACE ’08. The member-supported, international, nonprofit organization sponsors research to enable water utilities, public health agencies and other professionals provide safe and affordable drinking water.

Duke research results announced

In proof-of-concept experiments with RNA interference (RNAi) technology, Duke University engineers demonstrated that short strands of genetic material could successfully target a matching portion of a gene in a common fungus found in water and make it stop working. If this new approach can be perfected, the researchers believe that it could serve as the basis for a device to help solve the problem of safe drinking water in third world countries that lack water treatment facilities. This new approach could also address some drawbacks associated with treated drinking water in more developed nations .The researchers are conducting additional experiments, targeting other regions of the fungus’ genome. They plan to test this strategy in water that contains a number of different pathogens at the same time, as well as trying to determine the optimal concentration needed in the water to be effective.

Water institute created

The recently formed The Water Policy Institute, chaired by former US EPA Administrator and New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, will address water-related issues and provide information to the public through its website, according to PRNewswire. Institute members, including water experts from BP, the Central Arizona Project and GE Water, will discuss and review current challenges affecting both global and local water issues. They will develop white papers and provide thought leadership on legal and regulatory issues involving water and collaborate to propose sustainable solutions. The Institute’s Advisory Panel is comprised of leading water experts, including scientists, academics, former government officials, NGO professionals and other prominent water leaders.

RO cartridge recycling

EcoWater Belleville (Ontario, Canada) has been selected from nationwide dealers to participate in a pilot program for recycling RO cartridges used in home water systems to ensure filters and their contaminants do not end up in landfills. The firm is one of eight to participate in this unique program, The Trentonian reported. There are between 300 and 400 area residents that use home RO systems. Filters need to be returned to EcoWater in Belleville to be recycled. For more information about the program, contact the company at (613) 969-7952.

Latin America

Brazilian venture for Hawk

Hawk Measurement Systems, Australia, announced its joint venture with MS Instrumentos Industriais Ltda of Brazil, effective July 1. The Brazilian firm supplies a wide range of industrial measurement equipment and controls, concentrating on non-contact measurement of products and materials. MS Instrumentos serves multiple sectors including food and beverage, ceramics, metals and mining, plastics, water and wastewater treatment.

Europe

Silver celebration for Siemens

Siemens Water Technologies will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its MEMCOR membrane filtration product line this year. These innovative membranes have been installed in thousands of drinking water, wastewater reuse and industrial plants worldwide, offering a sustainable, reliable and cost-effective solution to these plants’ water management needs.

World water event underway

Billed as the biggest water festival on the planet, Spain’s Expo Zaragosa 2008 opened June 14 and runs until 14 September. The site will host 4,529 different shows in 13 different venues. The 93-day exposition encompasses a wide variety of platforms dedicated to its theme, Water and Sustainable Development. The Water Tribune platform for technical, scientific and social debate on water and sustainable development, will involve 32,000 participants; 280 hours of lectures and debates; 2,000 experts from every continent; 52 hours of videoconferences with Asia, Africa and Latin America; 221 guest lecturers from 47 countries; nine central documents for conclusions and proposals and 186 hours of audiovisual programming. Visit www.expozaragoza2008.es/ for more information.

Silver celebration for Siemens

Siemens Water Technologies will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its MEMCOR membrane filtration product line this year. These innovative membranes have been installed in thousands of drinking water, wastewater reuse and industrial plants worldwide, offering a sustainable, reliable and cost-effective solution to these plants’ water management needs.

LANXESS dividend quadrupled

LANXESS AG’s Board of Management and Supervisory Board proposed a significant dividend increase to the stockholders at its Annual Stockholders’ Meeting in Cologne. According to the proposal, the dividend is to be quadrupled from 25 cents for 2006 to one Euro per share for 2007, putting it in line with that of other companies in the sector. The company plans to maintain this dividend policy in the future.

Water prize information announced

The Stockholm Water Foundation announced that nominations for the 2009 Stockholm Water Prize should be submitted in English and must be received before September 30. The winner will be announced in March 2009 and receive the prize at a royal ceremony to be held later in the year. Visit www.siwi.org for complete submission guidelines or contact swp.secretary@siwi.org for additional information.

Asia

Chemito aquired by Thermo Fisher

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has acquired the Analytical Technologies and Environment Instrumentation divisions of Chemito Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Headquartered in Mumbai, India, Chemito is the country’s largest local supplier of analytical instruments for life sciences and environmental monitoring applications and manufactures its own analytical instruments, including gas chromatography, atomic absorption and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The company has annual revenues of approximately $10 million and will be integrated into Thermo Fisher’s Analytical Technologies Segment.

US steel pipe manufacturers win ITC decision

According to an Associated Press report, the International Trade Commission (ITC) determined by a 5-0 vote that the US steel pipe industry was being harmed by the import of circular steel pipe from China. This cleared the way for imposition of penalty tariffs ranging from 99 percent to 701 percent on Chinese imports of circular welded pipe (a form used in a variety of construction jobs from home plumbing to sprinkler systems and fencing) for the next five years. The case opens a new avenue for beleaguered American manufacturers seeking protection against Chinese imports by alleging that the Chinese government is unfairly subsidizing its own companies.

Membrana technology in China

Membrana’s Liqui-Cel® Membrane Contactors have been selected as the degasification technology at the largest plasma display panel plant in China. Siemens Ltd. in Shanghai China has designed and is building the deoxygenation system that utilizes 14 x 28 membrane contactors. The degassing system will process 300 m3/hour (1,320 gpm) of water and will reduce dissolved O2 levels in the water from 8,550 ppb down to < 100 ppb. Additional contactors can be easily added later to expand the system for oxygen removal to less than one ppb.

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