Wednesday, July 25th, 2001
At a June 15 meeting, the Florida Water Quality Association was to announce its board of directors for 2001-2002. Mark Kuyawa, of Atlantic Filter Corp., president; Kavey Water Equipment’s Larry Eaton, vice president; Alan Sayer, of Sayler WaterCare, secretary; and Pentair Water Treatment’s Dave Beeman, treasurer. 💧
Bomar Water Inc. has relocated its DI manufacturing and regeneration facility to Tampa, Fla. The new address is 4807 Anderson Road with a zip code of 33634. The phone number is (813) 901-5622. 💧
Antiscalants SpectraGuard and SpectraGuard Super-Concentrate from Professional Water Technologies, of Escondido, Calif., are now certified to ANSI/NSF Standard 60 requirements. Underwriters Laboratories completed the testing. 💧
Denver-based IHS Engineering, a provider of technical standards, specifications, logistics and parts information, has made engineering handbooks available to almost 700 universities nationwide. 💧
Carbon Enterprises Inc. will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting event on July 12 for its new, state-of-the-art, 20,500-square-foot facility. It will feature new computer and communications systems. 💧
Sharp Water Inc., a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corp., purchased in May its second EcoWater dealership in Florida. Absolute Water Care Inc. serves the Sarasota, Charlotte and Manatee counties. 💧
NSF International gained acceptance from the Standards Institute of Israel and Ministry of Industry and Trade by satisfying Israel’s new testing regulations for imported drinking water treatment units. 💧
The American Consulting Engineers Council in May changed its name to the American Council of Engineering Companies, thus keeping the same acronym. 💧
Advanced Medical Technologies Inc. has signed a master franchise agreement with Menzies on Main Pty Ltd. to develop WaterStar franchise offices throughout Australia and New Zealand. 💧
Clearly Canadian has teamed up with Reebok International to launch “Reebok Fitness Water” in a half dozen markets. 💧
The Georgia Water and Pollution Control Association in May awarded Miller Brewing Co.’s Albany brewery a 2001 Pollution Control Award for outstanding environmental protection of its wastewater treatment facility. 💧
Crane Environmental delivered two Cochrane brand deaerators in April to the U.S. Navy for use on the new aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. 💧
Torrington, Conn.-based InterGis, a developer of routing and scheduling solutions for client server, desktop and web-based routing systems, has contracted with Phoenix-based Puretec, an RO and water softener service company. 💧
Pepsi Bottling Group Inc., the largest distributor of PepsiCo Inc. drinks, announced in April a 53 percent rise in first-quarter profits. Bottled water is growing at a rapid clip, but comprises only 1 percent of U.S. case volume. 💧
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. acquired South Bend, Ind.-based Environmental Health Laboratories in April. EHL is one of the nation’s leading facilities for compliance testing and analysis of drinking water. 💧
Standard 61 approved for softeners
At a May 9 meeting, an NSF International joint committee approved use of Standard 61 for use in Standard 44 – Cation Exchange Water Softeners. WQA technical director Joe Harrison noted in the WQA Newsfax an interest in seeing NSF adopt Standard 61 as an alternative method of materials safety extraction testing for all drinking water treatment units (DWTUs), saying it will make certification more efficient/less costly for members and satisfy more stringent requirements pursued by plumbing code bodies. That would require more study though, the committee felt. It also discussed changes to ANSI/NSF Standard 55 to make that a broader microbial water purifier standard to include all bacteria, cyst and virus claims. Such claims now under Standard 53 would move to the new Standard 55. Clearer language also will be developed for product literature defining RO efficiency and recovery ratings in Standard 58.
Meanwhile, on May 1, the Universal Plumbing Code adopted a new section, “Sizing of Residential Water Softeners,” that includes a table stating that a ¾-inch connection will serve up to two bathrooms in a home and a 1-inch connection will serve one with up to four bathrooms. The code recognizes that a softener serving over four bathrooms would have to be engineered for the installation. IAPMO, which oversees the code, took this action after reviewing WQA’s new report, “Analysis of Indoor Peak Demands in Single-Family Housing.” It delayed a ruling on whether to reinstate Gold Seal standards from the code until a report is completed in September. In other news, an Irvine Ranch Water District/AWWARF salinity study to determine relative contribution to waste streams of different sources has been delayed until January 2002.
NSF buys safety company
NSF International in May acquired Cook & Thurber, LLC, a leading provider of process-based product safety and quality audits for the food, beverage, animal feed and packaging industries. Combining Cook & Thurber’s processing industry expertise with NSF’s existing food safety services could allow NSF to offer the most comprehensive quality, sanitation and safety auditing services available. Operating under a new name, NSF-Cook & Thurber, a division of NSF, will maintain its headquarters in Madison, Wisc.
Hague debuts RO warranty
Columbus, Ohio-based Hague Quality Water International launched a 25-year limited warranty for its entire line of residential RO systems. Covered: the dispensing faucet, filter and membrane housings and caps. If a storage tank is found to be defective, Hague will repair or replace it at no charge for five years from date of installation.
USFilter settles lawsuits
USFilter Corp., of Palm Desert, Calif., said in April it settled lawsuits for patent infringement against Watertown, Mass.-based Ionics Inc., a supplier of water treatment and water purification systems. Ionics will pay USFilter an undisclosed sum for the patent infringement. The patents covered various products and methods for production of high purity water used in the microelectronics, pharmaceutical, biotech, food and beverage, and power industries. Two suits involved the company’s continuous electrodeionization technology and a third concerned its RO technology.
Two companies slash jobs
Philadelphia-based Rohm and Haas said in May it expects to cut as many as 1,260 jobs as part of a restructuring plan. The specialty chemicals company hopes to save $200 million annually by late next year. It said the cuts would likely result in a loss of 6 to 7 percent of employees. Rohm and Haas isn’t the only chemical company looking to trim staffing. Also in May, Dow Chemical Co., of Midland, Mich., said it also plans to cut 4,500 jobs, or 8 percent of its work force, doubling earlier job-reduction estimate as it looks to bolster savings from its purchase of Union Carbide. Dow hopes to cut annual costs by $1.1 billion by early 2003, more than twice its $500 million projection when the Union Carbide deal was announced in 1999. In other news, nanofiltration technology from Dow is helping to rehabilitate domestic water treatment at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. By next year, the area will have a total of four new water treatment facilities producing 916,000 gallons of fresh water per day. Lake Mead attracts over 9 million visitors a year and is home to over 5,000 permanent residents. To supply water to residents and visitors, the National Park Service maintains water treatment plants in order to make purified drinking water from lake water. Meanwhile, Dow’s Liquid Separations business group announced a worldwide price increase of its DOWEX ion exchange resins effective June 15. The price will rise an average of 5.6 percent across the range of products. Prices for resins sold in Europe will rise 10 percent.
Osmonics gets ISO mark
Osmonics Inc. said its headquarters’ facility in Minnetonka, Minn., was awarded ISO 9001 Certification from SGS International Certification Services for the second time. Meanwhile, Sterlitech Corp., of Kent, Wash., acquired the silver metal membrane product line from Osmonics in May. Sterlitech is one of the largest manufacturers of inorganic membranes in the world.
Aquafine goes high tech
Aquafine Corp. announced in May its expansion into a new, custom-built headquarters—the single largest manufacturing facility for industrial UV products in the world. At 20910 Avenue Paine in Valencia, Calif., it will give the company 110,000 square feet of office and factory space.
Pregnancy safe from arsenic
Pregnant women exposed to average levels of arsenic in tap water need not fear harming their fetus, according to results of a new study, but the researchers recommend testing drinking water for arsenic if it comes from a private rather than a municipal well. Researchers led by Dr. Melinda Wilkins of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented their findings in April at the organization’s 50th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service. In related news, the USEPA is reporting that 12 percent of Michigan water systems are estimated to contain arsenic levels above 10 parts per billion. Only two other states have a higher percentage.
Laws would handcuff UV
Manufacturers of UV disinfection systems could face new disposal or labeling laws if legislation introduced in New England states and New York were to pass. The legislation, aimed at restricting just about every commercial use of mercury, has been sponsored by hazardous waste officials in a coordinated campaign. UV equipment manufacturers who would like to serve on an ad hoc task force addressing the issue have been encouraged to contact the WQA public affairs department.
Hercules completes sale
Hercules Inc., parent company of water treatment chemicals distributor BetzDearborn, sold its peroxy chemicals business to GEO Specialty Chemicals Inc. in late May. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The peroxy chemicals business was part of Hercules’ Resins division, with operations in Gibbstown, N.J., and Franklin, Va. As part of the transaction, Hercules will also produce certain peroxy products at its Brunswick, Ga., and Beringen, Belgium facilities. Also, Hercules closed the sale of its 50 percent interest in Hercules-Sanyo Inc. to SANAM Corp., a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Sanyo Chemical Industries Ltd. Hercules-Sanyo is in the toner resins business.
Zenon gets large orders
Zenon Environmental Inc., a global leader in membrane-based water treatment technologies, said it has secured orders above $17 million for its ZeeWeed water treatment systems. Some of the communities to purchase the technology for drinking water treatment are located in Alberta, Oregon, Missouri and Puerto Rico.
Bowl game seeks sponsor
The Culligan Holiday Bowl was in preliminary talks in May with several companies interested in sponsoring the college football game should Culligan not renew its four-year contract. It’s set to expire next year. Company names being considered are under wraps, but added sponsorship costs are more than seven figures per year for a four-year period.
IMS teams with USFilter
El Cajon, Calif.-based Innovative Medical Services (IMS) announced that USFilter will provide equipment to the company’s Nutripure® water dealer program. IMS has created a marketing program that offers existing independent water treatment dealers a line of residential water softening and other point-of-use water treatment equipment for sale to the public under IMS’ Nutripure brand. In other news, IMS has signed MarketLink Corp. in May as the first Nutripure master dealer. Based in Schwenksville, Pa., MarketLink is a direct sales and marketing organization specializing in marketing quality water filtration and conditioning equipment in the Philadelphia area and other East Coast locations. Before
On Tap launches 1st issue
Based out of West Virginia University in Morgantown, National Drinking Water Clearinghouse (NDWC) has published its first issue of On Tap magazine. With its release of the Spring 2001 issue, the magazine hopes to provide “drinking water news for America’s small communities.” Previously, NDWC oversaw two newsletters, On Tap and Water Sense. They have been incorporated into the new publication.
Canada besieged by Crypto
The potentially deadly parasite lurking in the water supply of a small Canadian prairie town has affected hundreds of people across the country, Saskatchewan’s medical officer said. Officials said there were 44 confirmed cases of a flu-like illness caused by water tainted with Cryptospridium as of mid-May in North Battleford, a community of 1,400 located in west-central Saskatchewan. Attention was focused on a sedimentation chamber at one of the town’s two water treatment plants, which stopped working properly for about a month in March and April. Meanwhile, politicians in Canada’s House of Commons voted to establish enforceable national water quality standards to replace voluntary, loosely respected guidelines.
STS awarded bottling deal
Aqua Golden Mississippi, an Indonesian-based water bottling company, has awarded STS/Universal Aqua a contract that will expand AGM’s facility’s production of five gallon bottles by an extra 1,200 bottles per hour. AGM is owned by P.T. Tirta Investama, which is a joint venture with the Danone Group, one of the largest bottlers in the world. STS/UA will be designing a fully automated turnkey washer, filler and copper system specifically designed to meet AGM’s requirements.
Pall picks Canada rep.
Pall Canada Ltd., a subsidiary of Pall Corp., chose MAAK Technologies in May to represent Pall’s advanced membrane filtration systems in the Ontario municipal water market. MAAK will bring Pall’s growing line of filtration systems to water suppliers in Ontario. Pall entered the municipal drinking water market four years ago. In other news, Pall Canada selected DWG Process Supply Ltd. to represent Pall’s membrane filtration systems for the western Canadian municipal water market.
Clorox set to buy company
Clorox Co. resurrected its plan in May to form a household cleaning products joint venture with Brazil’s Bombril S.A., though at a lower price than previously announced. Clorox said it would pay $175 million for its 50 percent stake in Clorox-Bombril S.A. Clorox has been looking to Latin America as an area to expand its business. The companies are expected to finalize the transaction in July or August. Based on preliminary estimates, the company said the transaction will modestly reduce Clorox’s fiscal 2002 earnings per share.
Italy tabs Zenon for plan
A community in Italy has chosen Canada-based Zenon’s technology to treat municipal wastewater for a thriving metropolitan region. The project, valued at approximately $10 million, is expected to be complete by August 2002. Once built, nearly 10 million gallons of wastewater will be treated per day and allow the community to safely discharge the water back into the environment.
Buzz created by water store
Rome’s Termini railroad station has a new watering hole with international waters called the Aqua Store. Aside from Italian waters, there are also waters on sale from other countries such as Glen Eagles (Scotland), Appolinaris (Germany) and Perrier (France). The store also gives advice to customers as to which mineral waters are healthy, according to BottledWaterWeb.com. The store estimates 1,500 customers visit it daily.
Trojan posts record UV pact
Canadian-based Trojan Technologies Inc. signed a $15 million contract in May with the Jefferson County Commission Environmental Services Department in Alabama. The contract is the largest UV disinfection treatment contract awarded in the industry. Trojan will supply its UV disinfection technology to treat up to 360 million gallons per day of municipal wastewater and sewer overflows during storm events. In other news, Trojan agreed in late April with Netherlands-based N.V. PWN Water Supply Co. to collaborate in the design and installation of a UV treatment systems at a drinking water treatment plant in Andijk. Meanwhile, Trojan announced its financial and operating results for the six-month period ended Feb. 28, 2001. For the period, revenues grew 13.8 percent from $29.3 million in the prior year to $33.3 million.
USFilter donates MF systems
USFilter donated the use of two microfiltration systems for water purification to the city of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, which is combating contamination of its water supply from Cryptosporidium. The systems were installed by tapping into the current water distribution system at the city’s Civic Centre and Fire Hall. The systems work by filtering the water through polymeric membranes with microscopic pores, which trap and remove Cryptosporidium oocysts, Giardia cysts and other pathogens. North Battleford’s 14,000 residents had been boiling their tap water since April 25, when a boil water advisory was issued by the city. By mid-May, 61 residents in the region had been diagnosed with Cryptosporidium infection and thousands have suffered nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps.