Tuesday, February 24th, 2004
SORB 33 is the name of a process that uses granules to remove arsenic from drinking water and developed by Severn Trent Services, of Fort Washington, Pa., and Bayer Chemicals AG. The USEPA plans to use it in six of 12 demonstration projects for removing arsenic in drinking water. 💧
Information on Canada’s Focus–CIPHEX Ontario 2004 is online at: www.focus2004.ca. The visitor information link contains details on the seminar program and celebrity appearances schedule. The trade show (March 4-6, 2004) is scheduled to have 300 exhibit booths and attendance of 6,000. 💧
Meriden, Conn.-based CUNO Inc. reported record results for the fourth quarter ended Oct. 31 including sales of $77.5 million, up 15 percent from $67.5 million in 2002. 💧
Barnebey Sutcliffe Corp., owned by Water-link, of Columbus, Ohio, has executed an agreement with Barnebey Acquisition Corp. to purchase Waterlink including operations of Barnebey Sutcliffe Corp. The agreement is for $25.75 million. 💧
Environmental Safety Technologies Inc. has merged its offices. Its new address is: 1815 Brownsboro Road, Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40206-2111. The company conducts indoor air investigations and offers environmental testing and laboratory analyses. 💧
The 2004 International Pool & Spa Expo and the NSPI Retailers Council issued a call for entries for the first NSPI Retailer of Excellence Concept Store Design competition. The 2,400-square-foot concept store will be unveiled at the expo on Dec. 1-3 in Las Vegas. 💧
The book Heterotrophic Plate Counts and Drinking-Water Safety has been released by London-based IWA Publishing (on behalf of the World Health Organization) detailing the significance of HPCs for water quality and human health. It provides a critical assessment of the role of HPC measurement in drinking water quality management. 💧
In its June 13th edition, The Ann Arbor (Mich.) News’ Don Faber wrote a feature story on Ray Cross, WQA member, WQA Hall of Fame Award winner and namesake of its Ray E. Cross Award for POU/POE industry pioneers. 💧
Denver-based American Water Works Association (AWWA) is helping to rebuild Iraq’s aging and war-torn water system. The AWWA has delivered to the Baghdad Water Authority thousands of dollars in DVDs, books, manuals, journals, etc., to assist water engineers and operators working to restore Iraq’s water operations. 💧
The Water Environment Research Foundation has released three new research reports to help guide states, municipalities and water quality professionals through the total maximum daily load (TMDL) development process. For more information, contact Margaret Stewart at (703) 684-2470 ext. 7147 or email: email@example.com 💧
Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway announced that Goulds Pumps will continue to serve as title sponsor for the annual NASCAR Busch Series event for the next two years. 💧
Dealer looks to sue Fla. newspaper; questions linger about sales tactics
Responding to a two-part article that culminated with a Dec. 5 story by the Naples Daily News that questioned his business acumen and selling tactics, Michael Nunn is intimating that a lawsuit may be filed against the newspaper. The publication reported that a preliminary investigation had begun into Nunn’s water treatment company, Fort Myers-based Oasis Systems Inc., an independent dealer. According to the paper, the names of 72 families who may have been misled prior to purchasing water systems were released to local officials by the president of the local Haitian community center. Nunn agreed to meet the reporter, Denise Zoldan, to discuss these customer complaints at which time, she produced six names. As of this writing, no complaint list had been sent to the state attorney’s office nor has Nunn been contacted by anyone at the office. “I believe it’s going to go away because if it doesn’t, I am going to sue the (Naples Daily News) big time because they have really damaged my business… The reporter has destroyed my name,” Nunn says. He adds that several customers have since asked him to service their equipment and then refused to pay by citing the article. His business, which made between $60,000 to $70,000 a month before the article, only tallied sales of $11,000 in December, Nunn claims.
The Oasis sales staff has been reduced from 11 to just one. This allows for some clarification, says Gary Lukoski, sales manager for Tampa-based ISPC, which provides Oasis with its financing. (ISPC’s parent company, Tampa-based Leveredge, also sells water filtration products to Oasis). Lukoski believes that Nunn was approached by several businessmen who told him they could get him “involved” in the Haitian community—a growing market—and Nunn hired them without much background scrutiny. Nevertheless, the new Oasis representatives brought him new customers as well as service work. In Nunn’s defense, however, Lukoski says that the majority of the customers’ complaints have to do with equipment that wasn’t sold by Nunn but that he serviced for someone else. To Lukoski’s knowledge, the Haitian salespeople have been let go by Nunn.
Bad press like this doesn’t make is easy for ISPC, which has been in the water financing business for over 20 years, to collect from its merchants’ customers, he adds. Lukoski agrees with Nunn in that he senses a “pack mentality” whereby certain customers are refusing to pay for their water equipment because of what they read in the newspaper article. Oasis, which has been in business for seven years, has 2,590 customer accounts, 97 of them are Haitian. Several families told the newspaper, through interpreters, that Oasis sales representatives said the water in the county isn’t safe to drink and can make them sick. Nunn vehemently denies these claims. Whether or not Nunn sues the Naples Daily News or not, Lukoski sees a bumpy road ahead for Oasis: “It’s going to be hard for him… with all the bad press.”
—Ronald Y. Pérez
N.Y. Post study: Bottled vs. tap
Armed with municipal data, the New York Post recently commissioned a study that concluded bottled water isn’t necessarily better than tap water for one’s health. Still, bottled brands were found to have some advantages over the city’s supply. None contained any measurable amount of lead, and nine of the 10 tested had no measurable trihalo-methanes (THMs), which at high levels have been associated with cancer and miscarriages. Some bottled waters surveyed had slightly higher concentrations of arsenic than tap water, which can raise one’s chances of getting lung or bladder cancer. The newspaper looked at the 10 best-selling bottled brands in a study done by the Environmental Quality Institute at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. It compared those results with a 2002 report by the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, which tested for dozens of typical drinking water contaminants. Yet, tap water came out higher than bottled water in tests for lead, which showed up in about 10 percent of New York homes sampled at 15 parts per billion or more. There was no lead or coliform bacteria found in the bottled waters. None of the contaminants in city water or bottled brands were above federal public health standards set by the USEPA. Two of the bottled waters in the study, Aquafina and Dasani, were “purified drinking water”—municipal water that’s been filtered. The other eight waters were spring waters.
Firm names representative
Appleton, Wis.-based Water Right Inc., a manufacturer of water treatment systems for residential, industrial and commercial markets, welcomes Dick Johnson & Associates of Portland, Ore., as a manufacturer’s representative. With over 30 years of experience in the plumbing and water well industries, it offers a knowledgeable and experienced staff to represent Water Right’s full line of water conditioning equipment to wholesale distributors in Oregon and Washington. The agreement went into effect Dec. 1.
GE and Pall strike deal
General Electric, of Trevose, Pa., (NYSE: GE) and Pall Corporation, of East Hills, N.Y., announced in January that Pall’s high performance microfil-tration/ultrafiltration technologies will be integrated with GE Water Technologies’ advanced design reverse osmosis/nanofiltration systems and services to provide total water management solutions to the industrial marketplace. In other news, Pall and W. L. Gore & Associates, of Newark, Del., have entered into a strategic alliance that gives Pall exclusive worldwide rights to Gore-Tex filter technology to be utilized in back-washable filtration systems for such applications as brine, catalyst recovery and wastewater treatment. Perhaps best known by consumers as a component of water and windproof clothing, Gore-Tex membranes are also widely used as a high performance filter material.
WET moves to new building
ITT Sanitaire–Water Equipment Technologies (WET) has moved. The newly constructed facility includes over 45,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space and will serve as headquarters for the WET Pure Water Products division of ITT Sanitaire. The building is designed to further improve production flow and overall efficiency throughout the manufacturing plant. The new address is 3610 Quantum Boulevard, Boynton Beach, FL 33426. Both phone and fax numbers remain the same.
AWS goes back to school
In late December, American Water Star Inc. (AWS), of Las Vegas, announced that 40 school districts in Minnesota have joined in a healthier nutrition program for their students and will begin serving AWS beverages in their schools effective immediately. Diversified Snack Distribution Inc., of Prior Lake, Minn., will deliver the AWS beverages. The first truckload of beverage was delivered on Jan. 5. The school districts have accepted AWS’ Hawaiian Tropic Beverage line as a new drink.
Tropical fills large order
Santa Ana, Calif.-based Tropical Beverage Inc. has received an order for over 500 truckloads of spring water to be delivered in the next year. The company will produce the brand in a number of size bottles. Co-packing fees during the year will average about $1 per case. Tropical Beverage, through co-packing arrangements, produces a number of brands under the Tropical brand as well as private label. The company recently signed an exclusive agreement with Vivo to produce and distribute the enhanced water worldwide.
Nicotine water gets pulled
Bottles of nicotine-laced water were pulled from the shelves of Rite Aid drug stores in Maine as legislators considered whether to ban the product, the Associated Press said. A company spokeswoman said the company removed bottles of NicoWater for sale in its 80 Maine stores in early January shortly after a legislative health committee voted 6-5 for a measure to outlaw the product until it’s approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The bill would need full Senate and House approval to become law. Rite Aid, of Camp Hill, Pa., has 3,400 stores nationwide. State Sen. John Martin took aim at NicoWater last spring when he saw ads touting the product as a cigarette substitute for people who have nicotine cravings in non-smoking environments. The product is sold in four-packs of half-liter bottles, each of which has four milligrams of nicotine, an amount equal to that in two cigarettes. Martin said NicoWater poses a threat, especially to children, and carries no health benefits. California-based QT 5 Inc. manufactures the water. The FDA initially blocked the sale of NicoWater in 2002, saying what producers called a dietary supplement was actually a drug. The water went on the market after QT 5 reclassified NicoWater as a “homeopathic nicotinum formula.”
Firm expands on both coasts
Forest Hill, Md.-based ACM Co. has appointed IDSC Inc., of Lighthouse Point, Fla., to market and sell ACM’s line of resin regeneration and wastewater treatment services to metal finishing customers in the Southeast Region. IDSC sells chemicals and equipment to plating and metal finishing process companies. ACM, an ion exchange resin regeneration and resource recovery plant, is aligning itself with other major manu-facturer’s representative organizations in the United States and Canada. ACM is a subsidiary of ResinTech Inc., a manufacturer of ion exchange resins and specialty media based in West Berlin, N.J. In related news, the Aries Division of ResinTech Inc. acquired American Filterworks (AFW) of Los Angeles. The company’s products will be integrated into the Aries product line and the entire division will be renamed Aries Filterworks. Meanwhile, David Nasrin, former president of AFW, joins Aries as director of sales of point-of-use/point-of-entry. AFW designs, produces and markets cartridges, water systems and related equipment for commercial, residential and industrial applications.
Utility drops 2 more assets
Dover, Del.-based Chesapeake Utilities Corp.’s Water Business Unit has sold Carroll Water Systems Inc., of West-minster, Md., to Ronald Smith, its former owner. Chesapeake purchased Carroll Water Systems from Smith in January 2000. Including the sale of these assets, Chesapeake has disposed of all but one water dealership—EcoWater of Stuart, of Stuart, Fla.—that was part of its water services business unit. In addition, Chesapeake sold Sam Shannahan Well Co., with locations in Salisbury, Md. and Dover, Del., to D.J. and Cindy Shanna-han, son and daughter-in-law of the former owner. Chesapeake purchased Sam Shannahan Well in March 1998. The Tullius Co., a merchant-banking firm located in Portland, Ore., specializing in the water treatment and bottled water industries, acted as exclusive financial advisor to Chesapeake.
BioLab merges with group
Great Lakes Chemical Corp., of Indianapolis, announced that its BioLab Inc. subsidiary has entered into a strategic alliance with MYCELX Technologies to market a broad range of environmental products for use in pool and spa care and industrial water treatment applications. The MYCELX product is a polymeric composition that directly bonds to hydrocarbons, making them hydrophobic and viscoelastic so they can be completely removed from water and air.
Industrial show hits jackpot
WC&P Technical Review Committee member Peter S. Cartwright, P.E., CWS-VI, of
Minneapolis’ Cartwright Consulting Co., filed this report from Las Vegas in December—The editors.
The Second Annual Industrial Water Conference, held Dec. 9-11, combined with Power-Gen International to take up two floors at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Power-Gen, as the name implies, is a huge exhibition devoted to electrical generation with more than 1,200 exhibitors. The exhibition, as well as the conference, is sponsored by Pennwell Publishing Co. Power-Gen also had its own conference; however, everything related to water was presented in the Industrial Water Conference, which Pennwell sought to expand by going beyond topics related to power generation. In my opinion, there’s a need for a conference addressing industrial applications of water purification and wastewater treatment technologies. This year’s conference had three major themes—“Make Up and Process Water,” “Cooling Water” and “Wastewater.” Although some presentations in each category were related to power generation, many addressed other industrial and municipal water and wastewater treatment applications. Pennwell did an excellent job in organizing and running the conference; the staff was well trained and very responsive to needs of the presenters as well as “delegates.” Refreshments and meals were both timely and tasty, and everything went off smoothly. Pennwell plans to “spin” this conference off from Power-Gen in the next couple of years or so, and make it independent. Next year, the conference will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Orlando, Fla., again in conjunction with Power-Gen.
It’s Miller time: WC&P sales rep reels in Big Fish story at Classic
When he’s not pitching the benefits of advertising in WC&P Magazine, John Miller enjoys one of his favorite pastimes: fishing. Well, now it has paid off for him in the form of winning a prestigious amateur award in California in November—the 2003 WON Bass Miller High Life Mercury Cup. WON stands for Western Outdoor News (www.wonbass.com), the largest hunting and fishing newspaper in the United States based in San Clemente, Calif. WON Bass has sponsored the event for the past 16 years. To qualify for the Western Classic, Miller fished in four tournaments and accumulated enough points along the way to be one of the 50 amateurs to compete. Western Classic participants include professional athletes, CEOs, construction workers, bank tellers, state senators and truck drivers.
Miller won the Mercury Cup—consisting of the top three amateurs from the southern and northern divisions—that represents the “amateur angler of the year,” according to Mike Kennedy, the tournament director for the past 10 years. By the time Miller had qualified for the Classic, the Mercury Cup was a given. “He would have to had finished about last to lose the Cup,” Kennedy said. Miller is the only Arizonan to win the Cup, which began in 1996. Miller has his sights set on another goal now—no one has ever won the Mercury Cup twice. About winning the cup, he said: “The two things that were so gratifying about winning this award were how proud it made my stepfather, Bill Weiss, who introduced me to fishing, and my mother, Marilyn, and dedicating the Mercury Cup to Darrell Goll, a longtime friend and fellow angler we lost to cancer last July.”
Veolia buys Shenzhen stake
Veolia Water, a unit of France’s Veolia Environnement, has signed a 50-year water management contract with the city of Shenzhen, one of China’s financial centers. Veolia said the contract covers production and distribution of water as well as collection and treatment of wastewater in the southern city. Veolia said it expects the 50-year deal to generate over $10.5 billion in revenue. Under the contract, Veolia Water and its partner, Beijing Capital Group, will acquire 45 percent of Shenzhen Water Group Co. The remaining 55 percent stake will be owned by the Shenzhen municipal government. Veolia Envi-ronnement manages water services projects in several Chinese cities including Shanghai, Tianjin, Qingdao, Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
Coca-Cola says ‘oui’ at last
Coca-Cola will enter the French bottled water market this spring with its Dasani brand. Meanwhile, Dasani will be sold in Britain as purified water beginning in February. Yet, the Dasani sold in France will be a non-carbonated natural mineral water. Coca-Cola has been operating since 1933 in France, where it markets a range of soft drinks, fruit juices, teas and sports drinks with annual sales of $1.6 billion. One of the more sought-after markets is Western Europe, where 38 gallons of bottled water are consumed per capita per year. Coca-Cola has been active in the sector since 1986 and hopes to gain ground against giants Nestlé—which markets such brands as Poland Spring, Arrowhead, Perrier, Contrex, Vittel and San Pellegrino—and Danone of France, which sells Evian, Acqua, Volvic, Badoit and other brands.
Trojan buys peroxide maker
Ontario, Canada-based Trojan Technologies Inc. has acquired a 51 percent interest in US Peroxide LLC, of Laguna Niguel, Calif. US Peroxide is the largest North American supplier of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) for environmental service applications and also offers equipment and services related to hydrogen peroxide. An oxidant, hydrogen peroxide is used for odor reduction and corrosion control in municipal wastewater treatment applications. Trojan uses hydrogen peroxide in its existing environmental contaminant treatment solutions, which are designed to reduce chemicals found in contaminated water supplies.
Water unsafe in Pakistan
A national water quality monitoring survey has shown at least 21 Pakistani cities supply polluted water unfit for consumption, according to officials. The National Water Quality Monitoring Program was launched in the spring of 2001 with the objective of establishing a permanent water quality monitoring network in the country to observe changes in surface water and groundwater quality. The country’s six main rivers along with dams, reservoirs, natural lakes and two major drainage areas were also included in the survey. Overall, almost 50 percent of water samples in 17 cities were found unfit for human consumption. The remaining four cities had supplies that were also bacterially contaminated and considered unsafe for human consumption. Arsenic and lead were found in considerable quantities in the samples. For more information, see www.most.gov.pk/frames/organizations/PCRWR.htm
Echo slashes 20 jobs
Toronto, Canada-based Echo Springs Water Corp. is cutting 20 jobs and ending several leases and supplier contracts as the insolvent water bottler works to restructure its business. The company, operating under bankruptcy court protection, also agreed to out-source its production to CJC Bottling Ltd., a supplier of private-label bottled water based in Grafton, Ontario. Echo Springs markets water in Canada and the United States under its Echo Springs and Canada’s Choice brands as well as private label brands.
Cryptosporidium case settled in Saskatchewan
A $425,000, out-of-court settlement was reached with a group of about 100 people made ill by a parasite in their drinking water in Saskatchewan, Cana-da, two years ago. The settlement comes on the heels of a $3.2 million settlement reached with another group of about 700 people last August. Both settlements include compensation for pain and suffering, lost income, out-of-pocket expenses and legal fees. Costs will be shared equally between the province and the city of North Battleford. Payments will be made to individuals based on the extent of their suffering. An estimated 7,000 people experienced vomiting, diarrhea and high fever in 2001 when Cryptospo-ridium got into North Battleford’s drinking water after maintenance work was done on a filter at the treatment plant. Lab tests confirmed 361 cases of the illness. No one died. It was later learned the city’s water treatment plant hadn’t been inspected by the province for 10 years.
B.C.: Canada’s worst water
British Columbia has some of the worst drinking water in Canada and some of the country’s lowest standards governing quality, provincial reports show. At least 29 waterborne disease outbreaks were confirmed since 1980, caused by such microorganisms as Giardia, Cryptosporidium, E. coli, toxoplasma and Campylobacter. The provincial government is working on a “drinking water action plan” in which 3,500 source-to-tap water systems across the province will be studied. Results, including fixes, will take five to 10 years to implement. Water systems in Vancouver and Victoria were found to be of good quality and will improve as new systems are put in place. A new $500 million water filtration plant is being built in North Vancouver using ultraviolet light to disinfect drinking water. A $40 million ozone water treatment plant opened in Coquitlam last year. It’s smaller, older systems run by people with little training that are at risk. The United States, Quebec and Ontario have roughly 80 standards governing chemical and other contaminates while B.C. has only three.