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Aquathin Corp. recently received WQA Gold Seal certifications (S-300, S-200, S-100) for 23 of its products. “Aquathin’s dedication to quality and superior products are reflected in earning WQA Gold Seal Certifications,” said Thomas P. Palkon, WQA. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the company manufactures a broad spectrum of unique and patented water purification, softening and filtration systems servicing the domestic and inter- national residential, commercial, industrial and laboratory markets.

Tomlinson Industries’ Pro-Flo™ products have received NSF/ANSI Standard 61 – Annex G certification. The product line consists of high-quality, lead-free brass and stainless steel water dispensing components for the OEM market. Annex G certification enables manufacturers to demonstrate product compliance with the 0.25 percent maximum weighted average lead content requirement of new state laws that go into effect January 1, 2010.

Liquatec® announced it has moved its headquarters. The new address, effective July 20, is 2133 S. Green Privado, Ontario, CA 91761.


North America

Toray

Toray Industries, Inc. has established Toray Water Technology Laboratory (TWTL) in Singapore to conduct research and development of water treatment technologies. Nanyang Technological University’s Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI) is the choice partner for its research activities in Singapore. TWTL’s research and development activities are focused on membrane-based water treatment technologies. For its inaugural project, Toray is collaborating with NEWRI to develop innovative water treatment technologies in the area of membrane fouling mechanism. Professor Ng, who is also an international authority in water and wastewater treatment technology, will lead the joint research project.

Amiad system approved in California

The Amiad Automatic Microfiber (AMF) filtration system has received approval for use as a filtration technol- ogy for achieving the required turbidity level under the California Water Recycling Criteria, also known as Title 22. The company’s 20-micron system received the State’s official approval; the AMF system is also available for 10-, seven-, three- and two-micron levels of filtration. The Title 22 approval identifies the system as a comple- ment to an approved disinfection process. Disinfection technologies approved under the criteria include chlorine, UV or ozone. In addition to aiding in compliance with California’s rigorous standards for water recycling, Amiad has demonstrated that sediment pre-filtration optimizes chemical use, reduces shadowing and scattering of UV radiation and minimizes the creation of disinfection byproducts

Nelsen Corporation’s sweepstakes winners

Summit Water Treatment of Ft. Wayne, IN; Miracle Soft Water of Howell, MI; Champion Water of Dexter, MI; Ashberry Water Co. of Tampa, FL and Quality Water Treatment of Houston, TX each received a TomTom GPS as First Prize winners of Nelsen’s 55th Anniversary Sweepstakes June segment. Each month during the promotion period, five first prize winners are drawn. The 2009 grand prize winner will win their choice of a new 2010 Harley Davidson Motorcycle, Ford Mustang or Chevy Silverado Pickup. Every dealer in good standing with the corporation will receive one chance for each $500 (USD) in invoiced merchandise (excluding freight and taxes). There’s no limit on how many times an individual dealer may enter the sweepstakes. Deal- ers can also earn bonus entries through online sales, commercial orders or sales increases. No purchase is necessary to enter this sweepstakes and complete rules are available at www.nelsencorp.com.

WC&P Glossary of Terms
ANSI American National Standards Institute NSF National Sanitation Foundation
CDC Centers for Disease Control and OEM original equipment manufacturer
  Prevention ORP oxidation-reduction potential
CI Certified Installer PE Professional Engineer
CIP clean in place PLC programmable logic controller
CWS Certified Water Specialist POE point of entry
DI deionization POU point of use
DBP disinfection byproduct PVC polyvinylchloride
EDI electrodeionization RO reverse osmosis
FDA US Food and Drug Administration TOC total organic carbon
FRP fiberglass reinforced plastic THM trihalomethane
GAC granulated activated carbon TDS total dissolved solids
gpd gallons per day UF ultrafiltration
gpm gallons per minute US EPA US Environmental Protection Agency
IAMPO International Association of Plumbing UV ultraviolet
  and Mechanical Officials VFD variable frequency drive
MF microfiltration VOC volatile organic compounds
NOM natural organic matter WQA Water Quality Association
NGWA National Ground Water Association WRF Water Research Foundation

NSF news

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 300 children under the age of five drown in pools/ spas each year and an additional 5,000- 6,000 children are severely injured. To help reduce the potential for accidents in and around the pool, NSF International is offering free pool safety tips on its website. NSF’s recreational water safety experts have developed tips to help families create a safer swimming environment. For more information, visit www.nsf.org/ consumer/pools_and_spas/.

The agency announced that MGS Progetti has become one of the first Euro- pean faucet manufacturers to demonstrate compliance with NSF/ANSI Standard 61– Annex G – Weighted Average Lead Content Evaluation Procedure to a 0.25-percent lead requirement. The new section of the standard includes requirements that mandate a maximum weighted average lead content of ≤0.25 percent. The new requirement applies to manufacturers of faucets, valves, water fittings and other products that come in contact with drinking water.

Teledyne sales force expanded

Teledyne Tekmar Company added Portland, OR-based FernCreek Tech- nologies to its US sales force. FernCreek brings over 20 years experience selling analytical equipment, with an emphasis on environmental, pharmaceutical, bio- tech, manufacturing R&D and pulp and paper industries. The sales force will be responsible for covering the Pacific north- western US territory (Alaska, Oregon and Washington).

UV systems validated

Aquionics’ InLine+ series of UV water disinfection systems has been fully validated in accordance with US EPA’s UV Disinfection Guidance Manual (UVDGM). The validation certifies use of the systems for the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2ESWTR)

released in November 2006. The testing was conducted by Carollo Engineers at its Portland, OR validation facility and covered a three-dimensional matrix of UV transmittance, flow and reduction equiva- lent dose, using both T1 and MS-2 phage test surrogates. Dose delivery equations were derived for all reactors that predict T1 and MS-2 RED as a function of flow, UV-T, UV sensor readings and microbe UV sensitivity.

Water campus opened

Parkson recently opened its Water Campus, in Fort Lauderdale, FL to family and friends for the first time as a special tribute to Parkson employees and families throughout the world. Visitors toured the new headquarters building and were entertained with presentations demon- strating many of the company’s significant water-oriented technologies. In addition, they were immersed in the world of water as interpreted by the headquarters facil- ity’s imaginative interior design with its many water-oriented features.

Latin America

NGWA Panama conference recap

Participants from nine countries gathered in Panama City, Panama, June 8-10 to discuss groundwater issues during the Groundwater for the Americas Conference, hosted by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). Attendees repre- sented Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Venezuela. The International Associa- tion of Hydrogeologists, the Asociacion Venezolana de la Industria de las Aguas Subterraneas (Venezuelan Association of the Groundwater Industry) and Roscoe Moss Co. co-sponsored the conference. NGWA Professional Development Direc- tor Kathy Butcher said the conference created an effective setting for networking between and among groundwater profes- sionals, including consultants, contractors, academics and water providers. Presen- tations were given on environmental and ecological impacts on groundwater sustainability, potable water supplies, Latin American groundwater issues, groundwater contamination resulting from natural and man-made activities and specific groundwater issues by country.

Europe

Krones milestone reached

In September, Krones AG will deliver its 1,000th Variopac packer. The first ma- chine was commissioned a decade ago at mineral water bottler, VMH Rosbach. In just 18 months, 100 machines had been supplied to clients in the beverage, food and non-food industries all over the world, for packing cans, glass or plastic containers. Specific stipulations from many bottlers and canners governed the design concept for the first fully automatic, continuously operating Variopac packer from Krones, which still applies today.

Middle East

Coal, a new material for activated carbon

Scientists in Oman are exploring the possibility of developing activated carbon using coal as a raw material, according to Khaleej Times. The research assumes significance because of large deposits of bituminous coal in the Al Kamil region. The project is being carried out by academics at the Department of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering of the College of Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU). Researchers have already characterized samples of the coal obtained from Al Kamil, considered an important step for its eventual use. Assistant Professor Dr. B.Y. Jibril and one of the researchers said recent increases in industrial activities and water purification had led to an increase in demand of activated carbon in Oman.

Asia

Singapore Water Week recap

The second Singapore International Water Week ended on a high note for many local and international water companies who sealed deals totaling $2.2 billion (SGD) ($1.5 billion USD), nearly six times the amount achieved last year. More than 10,000 attendees (comprising delegates, visitors and exhibitors from over 85 countries/regions) surpassed the attendance of 8,500 last year, with posi- tive feedback from the participants. The Water Leaders Summit attracted about 300 high-level delegates from 49 countries as well as CEOs of international global water companies and water organizations. At the Water Convention, 800+ experts, academics and practitioners from 68 countries came together to discuss the advancements and challenges in water technologies. In addition, a total of 28 new products and technologies were unveiled for the first time in Asia or the world at the Water Expo’s Innovation Corner, signaling a strong endorsement of the Water Week as an important platform for such global and regional launches.

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