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Calgon Carbon Corporation results for the second quarter ended June 30 included net sales of $148.4 million, a 9.7 percent increase over the second quarter of 2011. Sales for the activated carbon and service segment increased four percent, primarily due to higher demand for certain activated carbon and service products in the potable water market and higher pricing on activated carbon products for the metals recovery market.

Pelican Water Systems has been added to the Wisconsin-approved products list, making the company one of the first and only approved manufacturers of salt-free technology in the state. Pelican is a full-line manufacturer of water treatment systems, ranging from salt-based water systems to the company’s premium whole-house, salt-free softening/conditioning systems.


North America

US EPA funding awards announced

US EPA has awarded nearly $15 million (USD) in funding to provide training and technical assistance to small drinking and wastewater systems—those serving fewer than 10,000 people—and to private well owners. Recipients are National Rural Water Association (nearly $7 million); Texas Engineering Extension Service (nearly $3 million); $2.5 million to New Mexico Environmental Finance Center; $2 million to the Rural Community Assistance Partnership to work with small publicly-owned wastewater systems on treatment and operations issues and to help private well owners, and $500,000 to the Rural Community Assistance Partnership to provide training and technical assistance to tribal-owned and operated public water systems.

Chester Paul brochures in Spanish

The numbers may be too large to ignore, yet much of the Spanish-speaking population goes underserved in many water treatment markets. In order to help reach out to this ever-growing market segment and serve the entire community, Chester Paul Company has translated four of its most popular Linis™ Pure Water Systems brochures into Spanish. These brochures promote Pro RO and Water Station™ drinking water systems for home and office. For Linis dealers, digital print files of these brochures can be customized with company logos and location information. A sample file can be viewed at http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1104089400008-109/LinisSpanishSamples.pdf. For more details on how to take advantage of the opportunity to tap into this huge market segment, please contact Scott Bailey directly by phone (805) 733-3045 or email, sbailey@chesterpaul.com.

Water team event results for autism charities

Advanced H2O Solutions’ Adam Glasgow and Frank DeSilva of ResinTech, Inc. were part of a team that competed in the 6th Annual Surfers’ Environmental Alliance (SEA) SEAPaddle NYC in August. The race was a 26.5-mile paddle around the island of Manhattan (see photo above). The Advanced H2O Team was the top fundraising team at the event. One hundred percent of the donations go to the event’s charitable organization beneficiaries (Surfers Environmental Alliance) and seven autism charities: Best Day Foundation, Autism Family Service of NJ, Autism of NJ, Hawaiian Autism Foundation, Parents of Autistic Children, Surfer’s Healing and Virginia Autism Project. Surfers’ Environmental Alliance is committed to the preservation and protection of the environmental and cultural elements that are inherent to the sport of surfing. For more information about Surfers’ Environmental Alliance and SEAPaddle NYC, please visit www.SeaPaddleNYC.org.

Siemens product line acquired by WesTech

WesTech Engineering, Inc. announced it has signed an agreement with Siemens Industry, Inc. to purchase the conventional water treatment business that includes the Microfloc and General Filter product portfolios. The purchase strategically complements WesTech’s ability to offer the water industry the service and products it needs to meet increasingly stringent treatment requirements and growing demand for clean water. The agreement includes all active projects, associated assets and liabilities, inventory, and associated patents and trademarks, as well as the facility in Ames, Iowa. Sixty-two active employees dedicated to this business will join WesTech.

NSF to evaluate and test Coast Guard technologies

NSF International (NSF) has become the first independent laboratory accepted by the US Coast Guard (USCG) to evaluate and test technologies designed to treat ballast water on ships in order to prevent the spread of non-native aquatic species in lakes, rivers and coastal waters. NSF is leading a partnership between Retlif Testing Laboratories (Retlif), the Great Ships Initiative (GSI) and the Maritime Environmental Resource Center (MERC) to test and evaluate systems to Coast Guard requirements. Ballast water management system manufacturers (BWMS) will apply to NSF International and the USCG for testing, review and evaluations. NSF International will coordinate testing between Retlif, the GSI and the MERC.

Microfilter membrane business transferred

Effective August 1, Microfilter Co., Ltd. transferred its RO membrane business to MCM Co., Ltd. The transfer will give Microfilter greater opportunity to deliver unique and high-quality products to its customers. The company’s combination of talented people, a high-tech environment and fully automated operations will present tremendous advantages, and the company will be better positioned to compete on a national and international basis. Microfilter’s company rights and duties will transfer to MCM Co., Ltd. and that company name will be shown on all products, correspondence and commercial documents. Contacts in sales, customer service, the manufacturing facility and all materials will remain the same.

WQA Gold Seal for ResinTech product

ResinTech, Inc. has received the WQA’s Gold Seal of approval for its chromate selective resin, ResinTech SIR-700, which now meets NSF/ANSI-61: Drinking Water System Components–Health Effects criteria for use in all potable water applications. SIR-700 has been used successfully for years at several Superfund sites to remove hexavalent chromium from groundwater. The unique chemical structure of the resin provides tremendous throughput capacity with the ability to load more than seven pounds of chrome per cubic foot of media under ideal conditions.

Bentley competition announced

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced a call for submissions in Bentley’s 2013 Student Design Competition, sponsored by Be Careers Network. University, college, high school and technical school students are invited to submit projects designed using Bentley software, along with a short essay describing their work. Project submissions will be judged by an independent panel of distinguished educational leaders and industry professionals from around the world. The judges will focus on creativity and skill in applying design and engineering principles. The competition welcomes individual and team efforts comprising no more than three members. All submissions must be received by April 5, 2013. Bentley will award a $2,000 (USD) scholarship to the winning individual or team in each of the categories at the college/university level and a $1,500 scholarship to the winning individual or team at the high school/technical school level.

Status of Canada’s low-lead requirements reported

Currently in Canada there is no published standard guiding manufacturers on how to certify plumbing fittings to a low-lead requirement, according to Pipeline Online Weekly. However, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) has learned at the recent annual meeting of Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing (CACP) that a new version of ASME A112.18.1/CSA B125.1 and CSA B125.3 standards for plumbing fittings that includes NSF 372 low-lead requirements is expected to be published in late fall 2012.

Middle East

Toray to provide membranes

Toray Industries, Inc. has received two separate orders to supply RO membranes to seawater desalination plants in Al Zawra (Emirate of Ajman) and Ghalilah (Emirate of Ra’s al Khaymah) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Together, the two plants will produce 113,000 cubic meters of water per day. Both plants are expected to start operations in fiscal 2013.

Asia

Ecologix system installed on remote Russian island

Ecologix Environmental Systems announced the installation of an advanced, end-to-end wastewater treatment facility on Russky Island, Russia. The project is part of the Russian government’s $6 billion (USD), two-year infrastructure and development project for the island, located off the coast of Vladivostok in the Sea of Japan. The newly installed integrated bio-reactor (IBR) helps make a sparsely populated part of Russia habitable for what will be the largest community to ever live there—an estimated 30,000 residents will attend or work at the island’s new Far Eastern Federal University. The IBR is capable of supporting the entire island by handling up to 2.65 million gallons (10 billion liters) of wastewater per day.

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