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North America
New system for California prison
Pure Water Works Inc. announced the installation of a high-purity water system at the Valley State Penitentiary in Chowchilla, CA. The system went into a vision lab, the infrastructure built using prison labor. This state-of-the-art optical lab will be run by the prison population and provide eyewear to prisoners. It will also give marketable skills to inmates for use after their release.

WQA supports US EPA recommendations
The Water Quality Association announced that it supports the US EPA recommendation that residents of Newark, NJ use bottled water until further testing can verify that the amount of lead in the water delivered to homes and businesses does not exceed the design and scope of water filtration products to effectively reduce lead to safe levels. Based on the limited information available currently, the lead levels in water coming to the filters may exceed the 150 ppb for which they are tested under the American National Standards. If so, these high lead levels could exceed filter design and the scope of the product certification and thus, the ability to reach the US EPA safe drinking-water standard of 15 ppb.

ASSE standards available
ASSE International has published two new Listing Evaluation Criteria (LEC) documents: ASSE LEC 2004-2019, Drinking Water Treatment Systems Using Air as a Source and ASSE LEC 2006-2019, Point of Entry Reverse Osmosis Systems. ASSE LEC 2004 Systems, also known as atmospheric water generators, are used to produce drinking water by using humidity as a source. Atmospheric water generation becomes a real source of water supply in places where tap water is not available or where the quality of tap water does not meet consumer requirements. ASSE LEC 2006 POE RO Systems are used to treat and improve water quality as well. The document covers systems that produce a product flowrate of at least two gpm (7.6 L/min) out of the system.

Four decades of ATS
Alpine Technical Solutions announced it is celebrating 40 years in business.The original CEO, Robert Allred, began operations out of his pea-green station wagon in 1979. He catapulted the business into a leading water treatment and safety shower company that his son, Richard Allred, took over and expanded in Brazil, with plans to move into Uruguay, Saudi Arabia, China and India, as well as in other areas of the US.

Water tasting event requirements announced
The 30th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, produced by Travel Berkeley Springs, is the largest and longest running of its kind in the world, acclaimed by media as the world’s most prestigious water tasting. The event will take place in Berkeley Springs, WV February 20-23, 2020. New this year there will be no entry fees for winners of regional AWWA competitions, as a congratulatory gift from the event’s producer. The entry deadline is February 1, 2020.

Study on submersible pumps released
The submersible-pump type remains lucrative as investments in wastewater treatment and water supply projects see a hike, according to a Persistence Market Research study. The production rate of pumps is increasing across the globe, which is backed by demand from countries in Asia Pacific, Latin America and MEA. The global demand for pumps is directly correlated to infrastructure development activities worldwide. The global market for pumps witnessed significant growth in 2018 and is anticipated to reach a market value of $40 billion (USD) in 2019.

Latin America
ENEPAC collaboration announced
TRENDS Industrial (developer of the ENAPAC solar-powered desalination project) and the Sustainable Minerals Institute International Centre of Excellence-Chile (SMI-ICE-Chile, an entity of The University of Queensland, Australia) have signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of a project on an optimization supply model for the use of desalinated water in the Atacama Region. The country—and the Atacama Region in particular—is suffering from a severe drought. Continued and future industrial development, especially by the mining industry, will depend on having effective strategies in place to ensure sustainable water supply and demand management.

Europe
Aquatech news
Three months before the show, Aquatech Global Events announced that Aquatech Amsterdam is now 99-percent sold out. This is especially noteworthy as the show moves to larger halls this year. Over 1,000 exhibitors and 25,000 water professionals are anticipated to visit Amsterdam for a week of networking and knowledge sharing with industry peers. It is a festive edition as the show, born in 1964, celebrates its 55th anniversary. The first Aquatech Innovation Forum set for November 4 is nearing completion. Thirty speakers, including 15 water utilities, have confirmed to speak. With more than four months to go until its inaugural event, Aquatech is pleased to announce that 80 percent of the conference program for the Innovation Forum is now complete.

Canary Island project announced
IDE Technologies announced that is continuing a 50-year tradition of providing desalination plants to the Canary Islands by supplying a chemical-free SWRO solution to Aguas De Arguineguín, a water utility company. The plant has a capacity of 1,000 m3/day and utilizes IDE PROGREEN, which delivers affordable, clean water without the use of chemicals and with reduced energy consumption. The plant will be able to better meet increasing water demands due to tourism, without using harmful chemicals. Arguineguín is a picturesque tourist location on Gran Canaria’s south coast, the largest island in the archipelago. The existing desalination plant was built 36 years ago. IDE was awarded the project in late 2017, which included production and distribution.

Asia
Grundfos expansion announced
In August, P.T. Grundfos Pompa inaugurated its new office building in Surabaya, Indonesia. The new branch office is proof of Grundfos’ steady growth in Indonesia and will help cater to customers across key segments including industry, water utility, and commercial and domestic building services. Kim Jensen, Regional Managing Director-Grundfos Asia Pacific Region, Giancarlo Roggiolani, General Manager-Grundfos Indonesia & Philippines along with the key management team members from Indonesia, customers and partners were present at the inaugural event.

India sustainable water model to be developed
SPML Infra Limited, India’s leading water management company will play a key role in the development of sustainable water infrastructure to realize the vision of Nal Se Jal. This ambitious scheme announced by the Finance Minister aims to provide piped water connection to every household in India by 2024. Given the massive number of connecting about 140 million remaining rural and urban households in five years’ time will be a challenging task.

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