Friday, September 20th, 2002
Tomlinson Industries, of Cleveland, has acquired Hiller Eng. & Mfg. Co., of Santa Barbara, Calif. Hiller manufactures the “Quad-Flo” bypass valve. Quad-Flo valves will now be manufactured and distributed from Tomlinson’s headquarters. 💧
Watts Industries Inc., of North Andover, Mass., acquired ADEV Electronic SA, of France, and its closely affiliated distributor, E.K. Eminent A.B., of Gothenburg, Sweden. In June 2001, Watts purchased Phoenix-based Premier Water Systems. 💧
Westbrook, Maine-based IDEXX Laboratories Inc. said revenues for the second quarter in 2002 increased 4 percent to $105,690,000 from $102,001,000 for the second quarter of last year. 💧
Envirotrol Inc., of Sewickley, Pa., received a contract from American Water Resources dba American Carbon Resources, a subsidiary of American Water Works Company, for reactivation of granular activated carbon from municipal customers throughout North America. Envirotrol is a provider of custom reactivation services in the United States. 💧
Mycelx Technologies, of Gainesville, Fla., named Italy-based Technicalservice SNC, and EBP Engineering and Marico Engineering, both of Singapore, as distributors of Mycelx products. The company manufactures technology that bonds to hydrocarbons to make them hydrophobic and viscoelastic to aid water contaminant removal. 💧
The USFDA ruled that NicoWater, a bottled water containing nicotine intended to be a replacement for cigarettes, is illegal. The ruling was expected since the agency ordered nicotine-laced lollipops and lip balm off the market calling them non-approved drugs with enough nicotine to endanger children lured by the candy appearance. 💧
Ondeo Nalco Company, a subsidiary of SUEZ, was named “supplier of the year 2001” by Cargill in Turkey. Ondeo Nalco has provided water treatment and process services to Cargill since 1999, when the latter company started operating in Turkey. 💧
EcoWater, of St. Paul, Minn., was presented with the Sears Partner in Progress Award for 2001. The award is presented annually to a select group of vendor companies that supply Sears, Roebuck and Co. with products and services.
Pall Corp., of East Hills, N.Y., and VWR International, of West Chester, Pa., entered into an agreement to increase sales to the laboratory end-user market. Under this multi-year pact, VWR will sell and co-promote Pall’s filtration technologies in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and throughout Europe.
North Shore City (New Zealand) Council has awarded a contract to WEDECO WWT Water Technology Ltd., a subsidiary of WEDECO AG Water Technology, for a system plus ancillary flow control equipment (flow meters, pumps and penstocks) for installation at the Rosedale wastewater treatment plant. It provides service to 185,000 people.
Emerson Process Management, a St. Louis-based company, will provide a new desalination plant for the City of Ras Laffan, Qatar, in the Middle East. The plant will produce 40 million gallons of water per day. The contract is worth $1 million.
Badger Meter Inc., of Milwaukee, reported record sales and increased earnings for the second quarter ending June 30, 2002. Net sales for the second quarter were $43,586,000, a 28.4 percent increase from the same period last year.
Ionics Inc., of Watertown, Mass., acquired Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Microbar Inc. and its EnChem wastewater treatment process. Founded in 1991, Microbar manufactures systems for semiconductor fabrication.
Houston-based Aqua Dyne Inc. received an positive independent review from an Australian government department of its water purification technology—the JetWater distillation system.
PCI-WEDECO launches system
The Medford (Ore.) Water Commission recently began an ozone generation system for treating drinking water at the city’s Robert A. Duff Water Treatment Plant. The ozone generators were supplied by PCI-WEDECO Environmental Technologies, of West Caldwell, N.J. The project included two ozone generators, each capable of producing 680 pounds per day of ozone. The entire system will be able to produce up to 1,400 pounds per day at high concentrations reaching 10-12 percent by weight, using oxygen as the feed gas to maximize plant performance. The ozone system is capable of treating up to 45 million gallons per day of water at the facility. Black & Veatch, of Kansas City, Mo., designed the new system as part of a plant upgrade. PCI-WEDECO is also producing an ozone generation system for the City of Dallas for its Eastside Water Treatment Plant. On completion next year, it will become the world’s largest ozone treatment system for potable water, capable of purifying up to 450 million gallons per day.
AWWA touts anti-terror plan
The American Water Works Association recommended that public water supplies comply with the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act signed by President Bush. The act includes significant new requirements for water utilities intended to better prepare the nation in case of another terrorist attack. Title IV of the act requires water utilities serving more than 3,300 people to conduct vulnerability assessments to include a review of pipes and constructed conveyances; physical barriers; water collection, pretreatment, and storage and distribution facilities. The completion dates for vulnerability assessments for systems serving the indicated population categories are as follows:
- 100,000 or more—March 31, 2003
- 50,000-99,999—Dec. 31, 2003
- 3,300-49,999—June 30, 2004
The act authorizes $160 million this year for drinking water utilities to conduct vulnerability assessments, revise emergency response plans and make security upgrades.
Pentair travels to masses
Pentair Water Treatment, of St. Paul, Minn., announced in July that it’s launching a mobile showroom as a way to shorten new product introductions, build long-term customer relationships, and stimulate sales. The van will allow the company to focus on customer service and education. It’s scheduled to visit OEMs and dealers from Chicago to California throughout the remainder of this year. The mobile showroom comes equipped with a clear plastic, working model of a softener to demonstrate the advantages of the company’s technology. In addition, the showroom is used for the following—training on softener control valve installation and programming, system troubleshooting, and market trend analysis.
Faster E. coli testing?
Scientists are developing a handheld sensor they claim would help save lives by quickly pinpointing the presence of a deadly E. coli strain and other harmful germs in food and drinks, in some cases within minutes. The device has been in development for the past decade, during which time several fatal E. coli outbreaks have occurred throughout the country. Cornell University, and in particular chemist Richard Durst, helped develop the test. Field testing of the new device, which takes as little as eight minutes to detect the potentially lethal E. coli O157:H7, was scheduled to begin in July. Cornell has licensed the device to Grand Island, N.Y-based Innovative Biotechnologies International Inc., which is working with a public health laboratory in upstate New York to test the technology.
Spectrum, Nelsen strike deal
Spectrum Labs, of St. Paul, Minn., announced that Nelsen Corp. will be a master distributor for Spectrum’s chemicals and soap products. Under the agreement, Norton, Ohio-based Nelsen will distribute water treatment chemicals and serve as a warehouse location and distributor for soap products. Spectrum Labs is a leading provider of water treatment chemicals to the residential water treatment industry. Spectrum Labs is a member of the Marmon Group of Companies, an international association of autonomous manufacturing and service companies with annual sales of $7 billion.
Water pros finish training
Black & Veatch, of Kansas City, Mo., announced today that more than 1,500 water industry professionals have completed security training offered by the company in association with the American Water Works Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The company is also working with Sandia National Laboratories to provide training designed to help utilities protect their customers and the nation’s water supply.
Through the “Counter Terrorism and Security in the Water Industry” seminars, Black & Veatch water system security experts helped utilities nationwide prepare for the possibility of both natural disasters and terrorist acts. Between November 2001 and May 2002, Black & Veatch conducted 16 seminars that focused on vulnerability assessment and the development of emergency response plans.
In accordance with directives developed in response to the attacks of Sept. 11 of last year, water utilities serving more than 100,000 citizens are required to assess their vulnerability to a terrorist attack and submit that assessment to the USEPA by March 31, 2003. “Security concerns will continue to evolve in the water industry as more becomes known about detection and prevention of chemical, biological, radiological and cyber attacks. Utilities should prepare to institutionalize security beyond current levels—not because we expect water to be attacked, but because it makes good business sense,” said Americas Division president Jim Patton.
Radon risk taken lightly?
The health risk posed by residential radon exposure may be 50 percent higher than indicated by previous studies, say University of Iowa researchers. They examined several exposure assessment methods used in previous residential radon studies that were done in North America, Europe and China. Those epidemiological models looked for associations between radon exposure and lung cancer rates. The USEPA says 15,000, or nearly 10 percent, of all lung cancer deaths in the United States are attributable to radon. The USEPA recommends homes be fixed if the occupants’ long-term radon exposure averages 4 picocouries per liter (pCi/L). The average U.S. indoor radon level is 1.3 pCi/L. It’s suggested radon detecting devices be bought or a qualified radon tester hired to check a home’s radon levels. Most radon repairs cost between $800 to $2,500. They may include installing underground pipes and an exhaust system to expel the radon, or sealing cracks and other openings in floors and walls. For more information about radon, go to the USEPA or National Safety Council websites (www.epa.gov or www.nsc.org).
Perchlorate found near wells
Groundwater samples taken by the U.S. Army near drinking water wells in Aberdeen, Mass., contain a chemical often linked to thyroid cancer, and officials at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) say that it makes the area a top priority for investigation and treatment. The Army and USEPA said no traces of perchlorate were found in the drinking water or 11 wells along the APG boundary. But perchlorate was discovered within 300 feet of the city’s wells. No acceptable limits for perchlorate in drinking water are established, but maximums considered range from 2-to-18 parts per billion.
Standard 58 gets face-lift
Revisions to ANSI/NSF Standard 58 on arsenic were accepted and expected to be published this summer. Three areas of the standard were affected. One, the material extraction requirement was reduced from 25 parts per billion (ppb), which is the maximum allowable concentration (MAC) in Canada, to the new USEPA maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 10 ppb. Two, chemical reduction now has a maximum allowable product water level of 10 ppb, as opposed to the previous 25 ppb. Thirdly, product literature now includes several detailed statements about arsenic and creation of a new arsenic fact sheet. Some fact sheet examples are included in the standard for reference. Meanwhile, another ballot was completed in the standard concerning efficiency rating and recovery rating. The definitions have changed. Systems with a storage tank and automatic shutoff are required to report the efficiency rating. Plus, there are additional instructions about measuring efficiency and recovery ratings as well as new literature requirements for both ratings.
Court tosses Perrier suit
A federal court in late May dismissed a lawsuit filed by three American Indian tribes against The Perrier Group of America and Michigan Governor John Engler, saying that the tribes didn’t have the right to sue under provisions of the U.S. Water Resources Development Act. The lawsuit alleged that a Perrier water bottling plant, which is located near Big Rapids and utilizes groundwater, would impair the tribes’ fishing rights on the Great Lakes.
Two die in L.A. hospital
Nine people have become ill since January—including two who later died—with Legionnaires’ disease acquired at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. One patient, a 55-year-old man, died June 15. Details on the other deceased patient weren’t available. County health officials believe the patients became sick with the respiratory infection because of the hospital’s water system, which contained the bacterium Legionella pneumo-phila. Hospital and county officials believe the outbreak has been contained. The hospital was serving all patients bottled water instead of tap water, changed all shower heads and has performed a super-heated water flush of its plumbing system. In Europe, meanwhile, a German and two UK residents died of the disease in separate incidents. Nearly 100 people were diagnosed with symptoms in Britain.
StonePoint hits markets
Canadian-based StonePoint Group Limited was awarded the private label bottled water business for Haggen Inc.—the largest independent grocer and sixth largest private company in Washington state. Under the agreement, StonePoint will supply spring water, packaged in 500 mL and 750 mL PET bottles, to all Haggen Food & Pharmacy and TOP Food & Drug supermarkets throughout the Pacific Northwest. In addition, StonePoint has been selected to supply Safeway Inc. with its spring water for the Denver distribution center. The company also reported fiscal 2001 revenues of $12.04 million, representing an increase of 4.8 percent over revenues in 2000.
Study tracks membrane use
Demand for membrane separation materials is forecast to advance 7.4 percent per year to $2.1 billion in 2006. Advances will be driven by the expanding use of membranes in a variety of markets such as water and wastewater treatment, and food and beverage processing. This data are presented in “Membrane Separation Technologies,” a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industrial market research firm. The vast majority of membrane materials were polymeric last year. By process, microfiltration membranes accounted for the largest share of the market in 2001 with about half of value demand (see Table 1). Meanwhile, demand for reverse osmosis membranes are predicted to advance more rapidly due to their ability to provide the highest level of purity, increasingly demanded in home water treatment, beverage processing and wastewater treatment. The water and wastewater treatment market accounted for 55 percent of membrane demand last year. The pharmaceutical and medical markets will post the strongest gains through 2006 as demand for membranes expands from well-established niches into a variety of new uses.
Belgium firm picks up PCT
As of May 1, Progressive Composite Technologies (PCT), of Vista, Calif., is the membrane pressure vessel division of Bekaert Corp, of Kortrijk, Belgium. Bekaert is a $2.5 billion world manufacturer in advanced metal transformation and coating technologies as well as the leading supplier of membrane pressure vessels in Europe and the Middle East. Effective immediately, the name Bekaert Progressive Composites will refer jointly to PCT and Bekaert Composites in Spain. “The combination…positions us as the second largest membrane pressure vessel supplier in the world,” said PCT president Doug Eisberg. The Vista, Calif., facility will serve as the focal global point for Bekaert membrane pressure vessel technology.
Editor’s note: In the International section of the August 2002 issue, the above news item contained some erroneous information. This is the correct version.
Waterite buys Wis. company
Waterite Technologies, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, purchased Great Lakes Soft Water Co., of Stevens Point, Wis., on July 8. Paul Jacuzzi, president and CEO of Waterite, said, “The purchase of Great Lakes represents an exciting entry to the U.S. market as a full-line, wholesale supplier to the water quality industry. We are able to offer Great Lakes customers a much expanded product line and enhanced services, while participating in a new sales region with an opportunity for continued company sales growth.” The combined company will operate under the name of Waterite Technologies, while retaining the Great Lakes sales division. Great Lakes was expected to have a sales representative for the Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota sales regions by mid-summer. Combined manufacturing, warehousing and administration services were consolidated at Waterite’s headquarters July 15. Waterite is a manufacturer and distributor of water quality equipment, providing products and services for the residential, commercial and municipal water treatment.
Cuba to host global environment forum
A U.S. delegation is being assembled to attend the Fourth International Conference on Environment & Development in Havana, Cuba, in June 2003. An open invitation to attend has been extended to specialists, professionals, students and activists in the fields of sustainable agriculture, renewable energies, marine conservation, biodiversity, forestry, recycling, alternative wastewater management, fisheries, protected areas and environmental education. The delegation—which is being coordinated by San Francisco-based Global Exchange—will be invited to all conference sessions and activities, and attendees are invited to submit abstracts for the presentation of papers. Global Exchange participants will take part in special pre- and post-conference sessions to discuss the bilateral U.S.-Cuba issues regarding environment and development issues during a 10-day period (14 optional). Global Exchange will also organize visits to sites of historic, cultural and natural interest for trip participants. UN Environment Programme Special Ambassador John Francis (U.S.) invites attendees to participate in a walk across Cuba, as part of his Planet Walk Project. For more information, contact Rachel Bruhnke, coordinator for Eco Cuba Exchange at (415) 575-5531 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Study shows some E. coli immune to UV disinfection
According to a new study from Canadian researchers, ultraviolet (UV) lamps aren’t always effective in eliminating E. coli bacteria from drinking water. The researchers discovered that commonly used low-pressure UV lamps can’t prevent the bacteria from regenerating their DNA after exposure. Medium-pressure lamps, however, work better, said the scientists from the University of Waterloo, whose study appeared in the July issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. The research becomes significant as more U.S. cities and towns are moving toward UV water treatment. Seattle is building such a system, and Phoenix, Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta, San Francisco, Detroit, Salt Lake City, and Portland, Ore., are also testing the technology. UV irradiation has been used extensively in Europe for 50 years to kill bacteria in water and food. Its U.S. popularity—growing in the past decade with technical advances and more affordable systems—is expected to increase as federal authorities require smaller towns to treat Cryptosporidium and protect against potential bioterrorism.
Drinking toilet water?
According to Reuters, Singapore’s residents may soon face the idea of drinking water recycled from toilets. It’s seen as a move by the Singapore government to cut its dependence on neighboring Malaysia, which supplies half of its water. The Public Utilities Board is looking at the findings of an international panel that has declared recycled water, or so-called Newater, safe to drink. It’s expected to deliver its recommendations to the government this month. Joan Rose, a U.S. microbiology expert from the United States stressed the importance of education to help the public get over its doubts about drinking recycled wastewater. Resource-scarce Singapore is building two plants to produce 15 million gallons per day of recycled water for industrial use that will be ready by year end. Rose said using recycled water to recharge reservoirs before its treatment to produce drinking water was in practice in the U.S. for more than 20 years, adding studies showed no evidence of any adverse health effects.
Seminars set for Aquatech
The Water Quality Association’s World Assembly Division will host four separate two-hour water treatment seminars at this year’s Aquatech show Oct. 1-4 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Each session will cover fundamentals, critical aspects, and useful application information for a different water treatment technology. Issues covered include disinfection processes, membrane technologies, filtration and ion exchange. The seminars will be presented by industry experts, and cost for all sessions, plus the educational proceedings on CD-ROM, is 75 Euros.