Saturday, July 20th, 2002
Chester Paul Co., of Glendale, Calif., has published its water dealer price catalog. It offers a full line of water filtration components such as USFilter, John Guest, Omnipure, Harmsco, Hydro-Flow, Aquatec, Filmtec, Amtrol, Touch-Flo, QMP, Falcon Stainless, UV systems and accessory items. 💧
ALON USA LP and USFilter Operating Services Inc. have signed a 20-year, $76.6 million outsourcing agreement for water and wastewater services. ALON’s refinery is located in Big Springs, Texas. 💧
After 12 years of use in city and county lift stations in Australia, the Lift Station Well Washer is now available in the United States through an exclusive agreement between USFilter and Global Waste Water Answers LLC. The agreement gives USFilter the sole distribution rights of the well washer in the United States and Canada. 💧
Osmonics Inc., of Minnetonka, Minn., reported sales of $53.2 million for the first quarter ending March 31, almost equal to sales of $53.3 million for the first quarter of last year. 💧
Sandia National Laboratories has selected CH2M Hill, of Denver, as one of 17 firms to be licensed to train water utilities, consultants and others in Risk Assessment Methodology for Water Utilities. 💧
Kansas City, Mo.-based Black & Veatch was selected to lead an international stormwater research team in a $690,000 study of Best Management Practices and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems in the United States and United Kingdom. 💧
NSF International, of Ann Arbor, Mich., released a new verification report and statement for the ETV Drinking Water Systems Center—the Pall Corporation Microza™ Microfil-tration System Module. This report is located on the NSF and USEPA websites, www.nsf. org/etv.dws or www.epa.gov/etv 💧
CUNO Inc., of Meriden, Conn., reported second quarter results for the period ending April 30. Worldwide sales were $63.1 million, up 5 percent vs. that period last year. 💧
Hughes Supply Inc., of Orlando, Fla., opened a new location in May in Fort Collins, Colo. The branch will supply water and sewer products to contractors for use in commercial, residential, infrastructure and industrial projects. With annual revenues of $3 billion, Hughes has 439 locations in 34 states and Mexico. 💧
Bohus, Sweden-based Eka Chemicals Inc. acquired a patent to a process using a hydrogen peroxide/alkali metal chlorate blend as a feed chemical for the production of chlorine dioxide. It’s used in applications that include drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment, cooling tower treatment and industrial process water treatment. 💧
Vista, Calif.-based Glacier Water Services Inc. said revenues for the quarter ending March 31 increased 14.7 percent to $15.41 million as compared to the same quarter a year ago. 💧
Long Beach, Calif.-based Aquatyzer Engineering Inc. acquired the Internet domain of Bottlingplant.com. All Internet traffic to the site will be redirected to Aquatyzer.com. Aquatyzer is an engineering design, manufacturer and distributor of water purification and bottling equipment and systems. 💧
Clearwater Station Inc., of Lampasas, Texas, was selected as the newest dealer in central Texas for Everpure water filtration products. Clearwater has water retail stores in Lampasas, Burnet and Harker Heights. 💧
Met-Pro Corp., of Harleysville, Pa., acquired Pristine Hydrochemical Inc., of Williston, N.D. Pristine sells water treatment chemicals and services to municipal water utilities. Met-Pro also reported first quarter sales of $16.2 million compared to $17.6 million for that period last year. 💧
Pentair rolls out several new products
Pentair/Structural introduced four new products at the Water Quality Association trade show in New Orleans in March. The first is a heavy duty brine tank for residential water softeners with better structural integrity and allows a greater ability for product bundling to reduce shipping costs. A new thermoplastic tank and DI exchange tank are both impact and chemical resistant, which offers a longer service life. Finally, the new Soft Flo™ water softener cabinet is specially designed for Fleck mechanical 5600 and electronic 5600SE and ProFlo valves. The appliance-style cabinet fits 8-inch, 9-inch or 10×35-inch Structural vessels and also serves as a brine tank. “It’s basically priced for the dealer who has to compete with mass retail,” said Albin Erhart, marketing communications manager for the Brookfield, Wis., company.
New Pentair/Fleck valve options include a double backwash cam that adds a second backwash cycle between the slow rinse and rapid rinse cycles on Fleck’s 5600SE, 6600 and 6700 residential down-flow valves for water softeners and filters. This extends the media lifecycle and reduces the need for prefiltration, particularly benefiting well water applications with higher suspended solid concentrations that may require additional backwashing. Fleck also introduces a 1-¼-inch brass yoke for quick connects of 1-¼-inch plumbing to the Fleck standard 2-inch center without additional plumbing, and it showcases a new stainless steel bypass.
A new valve introduced at the WQA show allows for upscale homes with larger piping, combining capabilities of Fleck and SIATA, Pentair’s European brand originating in Italy. The Siata V132SE is designed for newer home construction that uses larger amounts of water for a variety of uses, whether pool, spa, hot tub or multiple bathrooms.
For the commercial/industrial market, Pentair will introduce in August an electronic network controller for the next generation in electronic controls. Only one controller is needed for a variety of uses. “These are single, double, triple and quadruple-valve systems all built the same just programmed differently on each valve. They come pre-programmed or can be programmed on site. But they make installation much easier and you don’t necessarily need an electrician,” Erhart said.
Lastly, Pentair is now working on another new 35-gpm residential valve to be launched next year that will be one of the highest flow valves available on the market, but uses 50 percent fewer parts. It will have a backwash rate of 35 gpm and can be used for softeners and filters.
Purolite conviction on Cuba overturned
A U.S. District judge on June 3 tossed out a jury verdict against Purolite chief executive Stefan Brodie, acquitting him of charges of conspiring to trade with Cuba, the Philadelphia Daily News reported. The judge cited “insufficient evidence” as the reason for overturning the early April conviction against the co-owner of the Bala Cynwyd, Pa.-based company, which makes and sells ion exchange resins used worldwide in water treatment systems. Arguments are still being heard in an appeal of convictions against Brodie’s brother and partner, Donald Brodie and the company’s marketing director James Sabzali, a Canadian citizen.
Sources close to the case noted, of remaining individual charges for which there were convictions (roughly half the initial charges were deemed without merit), most involve simply signing off on expense reports. For instance, half of those against Sabzali involve transactions when he lived in Canada and half involve expense reports he signed for another Canadian citizen’s travel to Cuba. This raised the ire of the Canadian government particularly since it has a law against honoring the U.S. embargo—viewed there and in Europe as an extraterritorial extension of U.S. law.
Sta-Rite makes purchase
Sta-Rite Industries, of Delavan, Wis., acquired Aermotor Pumps Inc., of Conway, Ark., in late April. Sta-Rite
purchased the company from GSW Inc., a manufacturer of durable goods and products based in Ontario, Canada. Aermotor manufactures a full line of water pumps and pump accessories for a variety of applications including potable water, agriculture and irrigation, sump drainage, sewage and effluent for the residential, industrial, commercial and mining markets. Sales last year totaled $50 million, and the company exports to more than 20 countries worldwide. Besides its main plant in Arkansas, Aermotor also has branch offices in Longwood, Fla.; Portland, Ore., and Canada. The company will become part of Sta-Rite’s Water Systems group. Sta-Rite is a worldwide manufacturer of both water pumps and water processing equipment for the water systems, irrigation, pool/spa and filtration markets.
UV system to treat NDMA
On March 11, the Orange County Water District Joint Cooperative Committee for the Groundwater Replenishment System Project recommended the use of Trojan UV equipment for the undertaking near Los Angeles. The UV equipment will form part of a larger system that will initially treat a flow rate of approximately 70 million gallons of water per day. The system will be used to greatly reduce N-nitrosedimethylamine (NDMA) as well as to ensure complete disinfection of the treated flow prior to groundwater recharge.
Farm bill helps wells
The farm bill signed into law in mid-May by President Bush includes a provision that would assist low to moderate-income Americans fund the installation or improvement of individual household water wells. The provision authorizes $10 million for grants for each year between 2003 and 2007. The grants would go to non-profit organizations to provide loans to individuals for constructing, refurbishing or servicing household water well systems. The loans would have a maximum interest rate of 1 percent with a term up to 20 years. Though it makes up a very small portion of the $31.2 billion farm bill, it’s viewed as an important step in offering a choice to rural residents to gain access to safer drinking water. The bill was endorsed by the National Ground Water Association. The full text of the household water well financing is available from the government affairs pages on NGWA’s website, www.ngwa.org/govaffairs/legis.html, or by calling (800) 551-7379.
WEDECO lands Fla. ozone deal
PCI-WEDECO, of West Caldwell, N.J., installed an ozone generation system for drinking water in a Gulf Coast municipality in Florida. The project included two Effizon ozone generation systems, each capable of producing 35,000 pounds per day (66 kilograms per hour) of ozone. The ozone system will be able to produce from 7,000 to 10,000 pounds per day (190 kg/h) at high concentration reaching 10 percent by weight, using oxygen as the feed gas to maximize performance. This system will treat 100 million gpd of water.
Haliant gets new facility
Haliant Technologies relocated its office and factory to a larger facility in Venice, Fla., on May 6. The facility represents an expansion of over 50 percent from the previous headquarters in Sarasota. “This move is really a morale and productivity booster for our employees, most of whom previously worked at Environmental Products USA and live in the Venice area,” said Ed Closuit, Haliant president. Telephone and fax numbers remain unchanged.
Osmonics plans expansion
Sensing increased demand for reverse osmosis (RO) treated bottled water, municipal water, seawater desalting and general industrial water treatment, Osmonics Inc., of Minnetonka, Minn., has planned a state-of-the-art RO membrane and spiral-wound element factory. It will encompass a 60,000-square-foot expansion of the company’s headquarters. Expansion will increase the total size of the facility by almost 20 percent, and the equipment should be fully operational by 2004. In other news, the company said its Rockford, Ill. facility completed registration of its quality system to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 series standards for quality through TUV Rhein-land North America. This certification adds AquaMatic branded products to the extensive list of company products manufactured in ISO 9001 certified plants including valves, controls, filters and RO membranes.
Harrison visits with WRI
Water Resources International (WRI) welcomed Joe Harrison, WQA’s technical director, to its headquarters in Phoenix. Harrison was in town for the water quality technology seminar, which took place on May 16 and 17 at Gateway Community College. After touring WRI’s offices, Harrison watched the world champion Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-2, behind Randy Johnson’s pitching performance.
Bottled water takes off
Many WQA members are contemplating adding bottled water to their businesses. In fact, the WQA convention offered a couple of bottled water seminars to dealers. Meanwhile, the U.S. market for bottled water volume and sales rose to more than 5.4 billion gallons last year—an increase of 10.6 percent over 2000, according to a recent report from Beverage Marketing Corp.
Watts purchases Hunter
Watts Industries Inc., of North Andover, Mass., acquired Hunter Innovations Inc., of Sacramento, Calif., for $25 million. Hunter was founded in 1995 as a technology development company and has developed a diaphragm seal technology currently licensed by Watts for its backflow prevention product line, a line of automatic control valves, and advances in large backflow prevention device technology. Hunter is shifting from a technology development company to a manufacturing company, and sales during the last year were about $1.5 million. Watts designs, manufactures and sells an extensive line of valves to the backflow prevention, water regulation and control markets, with annual sales of about $575 million.
Calgon brings UV to Canada
Calgon Carbon Corp., of Pittsburgh, announced that EPCOR Water Services will operate two Sentinel UV disinfection systems under license agreements. The systems will treat 140 million gallons of water per day. Calgon Carbon has patented the low-energy ultraviolet light for the inactivation of Cryptosporidium and other pathogens in drinking water that could pose a health threat to people who ingest them. The company offers water producers a license fee to utilize the technology. One of the systems will be installed at EPCOR’s E.L. Smith Treatment Plant, Alberta, Canada. The contract is valued at $800,000. The second system will be installed at the Rosedale Water Treatment Plant, also in Edmonton, within two years. Calgon Carbon said EPCOR will market its systems throughout western Canada.
USEPA mulls over arsenic issue; compliance could be delayed
USEPA officials are considering a plan that would allow smaller water systems (serving less than 3,300 customers) to delay meeting new federal arsenic standards until 2015—even if they supply water with 200 percent of the arsenic limit. Larger systems could even put off compliance for up to eight years with drinking water containing up to 350 percent the legal limit of arsenic. The USEPA National Drinking Water Advisory Council approved the exemption plan on May 8. According to WQANewsFax, the plan would allow small systems providing water with up to 20 ppb of arsenic to delay compliance with the USEPA’s 10 ppb standard for 14 years. It would also allow larger systems providing water with up to 35 ppb until 2009 to comply. An estimated 4,100 of the nation’s 78,000 water systems currently deliver water with arsenic levels above the 10 ppb goal, the vast majority being small water systems in rural states. Many have arsenic levels that significantly exceed the standards, and they cite a lack of funds and infrastructure to clean up their supplies.
IX firm buys General Water
ACM Company Inc., of Forest Hill, Md., a sister company of ResinTech Inc., purchased the EDM business unit from General Water Corp., of Media, Pa. General Water will now devote its full resources to high purity water systems. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. ACM will merge the business into its ion exchange resin processing facility in Forest Hill, Md. EDM (electro-discharge-machining) is a precision metal cutting technology that uses ion exchange resin to deionize water that metal parts are bathed in during the cutting process. ACM specializes in the regeneration of ion exchange resins used for EDM, waste-water treatment and resource recovery.
UV laws could pack impact
Pending state legislation that would require UV systems to follow new disposal or labeling laws are being challenged by the industry and other groups, the WQANewsFax reported. If passed, legislation to label UV lamps containing mercury may affect manufacturers. Still, more restrictive legislation on selling and disposing of UV equipment may be enacted, which could adversely affect water equipment dealers and distributors. The measure follows similar action against computer monitor screens and cell phones. Last year, the WQA formed an ad hoc task force to address the mercury-reduction bills pending in several New England states and New York. The WQA has teamed up with other associations such as the National Electric Manufacturers Association to work toward legislation that won’t restrict members’ ability to manufacture, distribute or install UV systems.
Severn wins plant contract
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection awarded Severn Trent Services, of Fort Washington, Pa., a contract for the refurbishment of the 26th Ward wastewater treatment plant in mid-May. The contract is valued at $1.7 million and the project will be completed within one year.
Miox gets certification
Miox Corp., of Albuquerque, N.M., received certification for both its mixed-oxidant and hypochlorite on-site generators for potable water disinfection. The generators are listed under NSF Standard 61, Drinking Water System Components-Health Effects. The certification procedure included a toxicology review to ensure no contaminants were leaching into the drinking water, a factory audit to verify formulation and QA/QC records, and products testing done to NSF protocol.
Vivendi continues transition
France’s Vivendi Environnement SA said in late May that it agreed to acquire a 50 percent interest in a Chinese joint venture that will provide drinking water to Shanghai residents. The deal is worth $245 million. The 50-year production, distribution and management contract to provide drinking water to Shanghai’s Pudong district is the first of its kind awarded to a foreign company in China. Vivendi said the contract should generate about $920 million in revenue. In other Vivendi news, the company sold its 17 percent stake in water utility Philadelphia Suburban Corp. The move will generate about $280 million for Vivendi. Chairman Jean-Marie Messier also submitted to his board a plan to sell part of Vivendi Environnement SA to raise cash to pay down Vivendi’s towering debt and secured the board’s backing of the plan in principle. In late May, Vivendi Universal said it looked to raise $2.3 billion by selling shares in its water utility, Vivendi Environnement SA. Meanwhile, Vivendi bought United Kingdom group First Aqua Ltd., parent company of Southern Water, for $3 billion.
Cholera attacks Somalia
More than 50 Somalians died in one week in April from cholera. Dozens more are infected with the disease in both towns and surrounding villages. Around Mogadishu, cholera—an acute bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea and kills by dehydrating the victim—has been endemic in Somalia for a decade. The country has no state water system and few health facilities.
USFilter finds work abroad
USFilter will install eight LO/PRO odor control scrubber systems and 10 chemical storage tanks for the Mafraq Water Treatment Works, of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. USFilter’s parent company, Vivendi Water, will provide the facility with several water softeners to prevent scaling and further wear and tear on existing equipment. The installation, valued at $2.7 million, is expected to be completed by early 2003. In other news, USFilter’s John Meunier Products will provide the ValCartier Canadian Air Force Base wastewater treatment plant in Quebec, Canada, with an ESCALATOR screen. The company will also retrofit the Drummondville, Quebec drinking water treatment plant with a high rate clarification process with anthracite gravity filtration units. The project is valued at $2.5 million and was scheduled for completion this month.
Safeway picks Canadian bottler
Canadian-based StonePoint Group Limited has been selected to supply Safeway Inc. with private label spring water for the Denver distribution center. The company also reported fiscal 2001 revenues of $12.04 million, an increase of 4.8 percent over revenues in 2000.
Pepsi bottles up deal
Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. acquired the biggest bottler of Pepsi drinks in Mexico from its two main owners for $1.25 billion in May. The agreement with Pepsi-Gemex SA represents the largest deal to date since becoming a public company in March 1999. Mexico is the world’s second-largest soft drink market, and PepsiCo has been seeking to strengthen its overall position there. Pepsi-Gemex, of Mexico City, is the second-largest bottler of Pepsi drinks outside the United States and owns Mexico’s largest purified water company, Electropura.
UV used for Belgium’s water
WEDECO’s Dutch subsidiary, Helmond-based WEDECO BV, was awarded its third major contract to build a UV drinking water disinfection system by the Antwerp-based water supplier, PIDPA. The drinking water will be disinfected using medium pressure UV technology. PIDPA is one of the three largest water suppliers in Belgium and supplies over 434,000 households in Antwerp. WEDECO AG Water Technology, of Germany, and parent company of PCI WEDECO Environmental Technologies Inc. and WEDECO Ideal Horizons Inc., has decided to consolidate its North American ozone and UV operations into a new single manufacturing, administration and headquarters facility in Charlotte, N.C. Meanwhile, WEDECO AG has won a major contract through its British subsidiary, WEDECO UV Systems. United Utilities, formerly North West Water, has ordered UV wastewater disinfection systems for 19 sewage treatment plants in the northwest of England. In other news, WEDECO AG reported a 113.5 percent increase in revenues in the United States from the first quarter of 2001 vs. the same quarter this year.
SUEZ looks abroad for work
French utility SUEZ SA in mid-May said it won a contract worth $303.9 million to build and operate three water treatment plants in Canada as it seeks to become North America’s biggest player in the sector. In other news, water unit Ondeo signed an agreement to supply and manage the drinking water for Chongquing, in western China. In other news, the French construction, media and telecommunications group Bouygues backed out of talks in early March to trade Saur, France’s third utility company behind SUEZ and Vivendi, to German utility E.ON for the 17.5 percent stake E.ON has in Bouyges’ mobile phone unit. Saur posted a net profit of $30 million in 2001 on sales of $2.26 billion and debt of $613 million. SUEZ saw profits up 12 percent and net income up 8 percent in 2001, but set aside nearly $123 million for potential losses in economically troubled Argentina.
Nestle scoops up company
Nestle AG’s Nestle Waters division bought Sparkling Spring Mineral Water, of Vernon Hills, Ill. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Sparkling Spring devotes 85 percent of its business to drinking water to homes and offices, with the remainder the distribution of water at the point of sale. Last year, the company reported sales of $33 million. The deal gives Nestle Waters a 32.5 percent share of the U.S. market, with a portfolio of 15 strong regional brands.