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WQA to offer testing through partnership with Jana

The Water Quality Association (WQA) announced the signing of a partnership agreement with Jana Laboratories Inc. (Jana), a laboratory with the largest oxidation-resistance test and analysis capacity in the world and the largest hydrostatic test capacity in North America. Effective immediately, Jana will provide testing services in support of WQA’s Gold Seal product certification program. Specifically, the agreement will allow WQA Gold Seal to begin testing water distribution products for conformance to NSF/ANSI Standard 14: Plastic Piping System Components and Related Materials. Jana will test Gold Seal client products to NSF/ANSI 14 and provide a test report to WQA. The verification and validation testing conducted by Jana in the product development phase may then also be used to support certification.

PurePoint acquired by Quench

Quench acquired Pure Point Water Systems, a supplier of bottle-less water systems with expertise in water purification methods, including a unique triple-filtration process. Pure Point has been serving commercial customers in the Mid-Atlantic region since 1997. The acquisition significantly adds to Quench’s market-leading customer base in the Mid- Atlantic region.

Water treatment equipment report released

According to The Freedonia Group’s latest study, World Water Treatment Equipment, world demand for water treatment equipment is expected to grow 6.9 percent per year to $53.4 billion (USD) in 2017. Developing parts of the world (the Asia/ Pacific and Africa/Mideast regions, Eastern Europe, Central and South America) are expected to show strong growth, with gains supported by improved access to treated drinking water and sanitation facilities, particularly through greater use of filtration and membrane systems. Expanding manufacturing and industrial activities requiring water treatment equipment, such as membrane systems and disinfection equipment, will also promote growth in these regions. Demand for membrane systems and disinfection equipment in the mature markets for water treatment equipment (North America, Western Europe and Japan) will be supported by continued efforts to reduce chemical use by replacing chlorine and other chemicals with water treatment equipment, and by an ongoing rebound in manufacturing output after the 2009 global recession.

SC water plant honored by US EPA

Greenville, SC’s Water’s Stovall Water Treatment Plant received the rarely achieved Phase IV Presidents Award recognition from the Partnership for Safe Water, a program developed by US EPA, the American Water Works Association

and other water organizations representing water suppliers. Phase IV goals are the highest possible level of performance that can be achieved in the four-phased program. The Presidents Award recognizes achieving Phase IV’s very stringent treatment plant filter performance goals for turbidity. Greenville Water has been participating in the Partnership for Safe Water treatment program since 2001. It owns and maintains over 26,000 acres of highly protected mountain watersheds in their natural pristine condition. As a result, the quality of the water is very high. The Stovall Water Treatment Plant utilizes an innovative filtration/ treatment technique known as dissolved air flotation to treat up to 75 million gpd (283 million liters/day).

Quench funding secured

Quench announced it has secured $38.5 million (USD) in equity and debt financing. New investor T. Rowe Price joins existing investors Element Partners, Virgin Green Fund, Douglas Brown, ORIX Ventures, Advent-Morro Equity Partners, Potomac Energy Fund and The Pohlad Companies. Quench, which is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the growing popularity of filtered water, as well as on the value businesses are placing on more economical and environmentally friendly practices, will use the funds to invest in organic sales and strategic acquisitions over the coming year.

CIPHEX to feature hydronics conference

CIPHEX West, which will take place November 5-6 in Calgary, Canada, will feature a Hydronics Conference. Internationally recognized hydronics experts Robert Bean, Dan Holohan and John Siegenthaler are confirmed speakers. Sessions will provide the technical information contractors, wholesalers and engineers need to specify, install and maintain hydronic systems and give expert insights into future trends in modern hot water heating and practical solutions to increase hydronic sales. With a focus on what’s new in 2014 and what industry can expect to see in the future, CIPHEX West will also feature seminars focusing on new plumbing codes and standards, new trends in plumbing and HVACR and emerging technologies.


Primozone funding awarded

Primozone has been awarded funding of a project for removal of pharmaceutical residue from wastewater. The project has been funded by Tillväxtverket, the Swedish agency for economical and regional growth. Primozone has received funding to build a mobile pilot-scale ozone system for removal of pharmaceutical residue. The aim is to be able to prove the concept on existing wastewater treatment plants and to test and confirm the system design on different water flows and environmental conditions. Sweden is at the forefront when it comes to research on how to reduce the amount of pharmaceutical residue in wastewater; several wastewater treatment plants has identified the problem and many Swedish universities are conducting studies of the residues’ effect on the environment.

Krones valve business restructured

Krones has founded Evoguard GmbH to operate its valve technology business on a stand-alone basis. Located in Nittenau, Germany, Evoguard is owned 100 percent by Krones AG. As an independent and autonomous company, Evoguard will benefit from a favorable cost structure, high flexibility and the efficient decision-making of a streamlined management structure. The company started its business operations in Nittenau at the beginning of January.

Middle East

Sustainable treatment plant opened in Pakistan

Archroma Group has opened its first sustainable effluent treatment (SET) facility for a textile operational site in Jamshoro, Pakistan. With an investment of 371 million PKR ($3.5 million USD), the facility not only supports the substantial recovery of 80 percent of water but also allows effluent treatment based on zero liquid discharge, fulfilling Pakistan’s very stringent National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS) requirements. The operational SET plant is spread over an area of 25 acres consisting of flocculation, equalization, surface aeration, clarification, ultrafiltration and RO to yield colorless water with a chemical oxygen demand and TDS of less than 75 ppm.

Magnetrol plant opened

Magnetrol® International Incorporated has completed construction of a new MAGNETROL International United Arab Emirates (MIUAE) production facility in Jebel Ali, UAE. The new production facility will operate under the ISO 9001 umbrella of MAGNETROL International NV. The facility features a 550-m2 production floor, which will enable MAGNETROL to increase its production of external chamber devices to meet the needs of customers in the Middle East. This facility adds to the company’s existing production capacity in the US, Belgium, Brazil and China.

Primozone to provide ozone solution

Primozone has been awarded the ozone part of an industrial wastewater treatment and reuse solution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The contractor of the complete water treatment solution is Veolia Water in Riyadh. Veolia Water chose Primozone in competition with other leading ozone providers on the market. The ozone solution provided by Primozone is part of an oxidation step where the industrial wastewater is cleaned. The water can then be reused in the production process.


Desalitech partnership in Japan announced

Desalitech and Japan-based Toyo Engineering Corporation announced the formation of a strategic partnership to introduce environmentally responsible and highly economical water and waste- water treatment solutions to Japanese, East Asian and international markets. The partnership agreement was signed in Tokyo, Japan as part of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Massachusetts– Asia Innovation Partnership Mission. Industry is putting water resources under tremendous strain worldwide, driving the need for highly efficient, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective water supply and wastewater treatment solutions. The collaboration between Desalitech and Toyo will bring Closed Circuit Desalination (CCD) reverse osmosis (RO) solutions to East Asian and other international markets to increase water recovery, improve energy efficiency, reduce environmental impact and reduce disposal costs.

IDE to provide SWRO solution to India

IDE Technologies announced that Reliance Industries Ltd., India’s largest private-sector company, has ordered its first seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination solution from IDE. Reliance chose IDE’s SWRO solution to meet the increased water capacity needs of the plant at one of India’s largest oil refineries. The new SWRO plant will yield pure processed water. The plant will be close to the sea, decreasing the length of pipes and thereby reducing costs related to pumping.

Eco Expo Asia results announced

Eco Expo Asia, the premier exhibition for green-tech development in Asia, successfully closed its 2013 edition in spectacular fashion, as global green-tech firms showcased their latest products and solutions across a range of sectors. The show hosted 297 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions. From energy- efficient building solutions to large-scale smokeless industrial incinerators, the fair offered something unique, practical and innovative for all individuals interested in a greener future. In total, 12,952 professional visitors from 98 countries and regions attended the four-day event, a 12-percent increase from 2012. The top 10 countries for overseas visitor attendance in ranking order included the Chinese mainland, Macau, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, the US, Malaysia, Korea, Australia and Canada.

InterMET partner announced

Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA) is partnering with Inter- MET Asia, which has been designated as one of the official co-located events of the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS) 2014. CESS 2014 is being held in conjunction with the 6th Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and the 4th World Cities Summit. InterMET Asia, which will be held June 2-3, will be the first event of its kind in Asia to address the technical aspects of the acquisition, interpretation and communication of met data, and the ways in which this data can be applied across a wide range of new and existing weather and climate-sensitive commercial and governmental applications, including its role in risk management. Singapore NEA support means InterMET Asia will have a high-level partner to help ensure that high-level ministerial delegations visiting Singapore during CESS 2014 include their National Meteorological & Hydrometeorological Services (NMHSs).

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