Friday, October 15th, 2004
HydroFlo retains Spelman Research
HydroFlo Inc., has retained investment research firm Spelman Research Ltd., to provide and publish independent reports on the company’s financial outlook for potential investors and shareholders. 💧
Perchlorate removal in Altadena
The Lincoln Avenue Water Company has successfully started its 2,000 gpm perchlorate removal system at two wells in Altadena, Calif. 💧
Everpure Inc., relocated their headquarters from Northbook, Ill., to Hanover Park, Ill., in July. The company’s new address is 1040 Muirfield Drive, Hanover Park, Ill., and their new phone number is (630) 307-3000. For more information, visit www.everpure.com 💧
Pure H2O to test POU system for hospitals
Pure H2O Bio-Technologies Inc., and USBioSystems Inc., have reached an agreement for PHBT to oversee testing of its newly engineered potable water point-of-use disinfection systems for hospital, residential and commercial use. 💧
Arrowhead earns LEED Silver Rating from USGBC
Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water Company has been awarded the Silver Rating from the Leadership in Energy & Environment Design program through United States Green Building Council. 💧
WEFPress water quality books
The Water Environment Federation has launched a new business alliance with publishers McGraw-Hill Professional. WEFPress will publish about a dozen water quality books, including manuals of practice, each year. 💧
Wichita to use ozone in Cheney Reservoir
Wichita, Kan., is spending $7.5 million to ozonate water in the Cheney Reservoir to improve odor and taste. The reservoir supplies about 60 percent of the city’s drinking water. 💧
Lake Dunlap water treatment expansion
To provide potable water in line with the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Canyon Regional Water Authority is expanding their Lake Dunlap water treatment plant with ultrafiltration technology from Koch Membrane Systems. The system includes 48-inch UF cartridges to provide 11 mgd ultrafiltration. 💧
Chinese bottled water below standards
Spot checks of more than 200 brands of bottled water produced in China reveal that only 30 percent, or 87 brands, meet the country’s national drinking water standards, according to the Provincial Administration of Industry and Commerce. 💧
Whirlpool offering new line of drinking water products
Whirlpool Corp., is now offering its own line of water softeners, water filtration products and coolers. The products are available exclusively at Lowe’s. 💧
Channell acquires Bushman Tanks
Channell Commercial Corporate has acquired 75 percent of Bushman Tanks, Australia’s largest manufacturer of rotational molded plastic tanks. ANZ Private Equity acquired the remaining 25 percent. 💧
Global bottled water report
Research & Markets is now offering the Global Bottled Water Report to its repertoire of market analyses available at www.researchandmarkets.com. The company cites the increasing consumer demand for bottled water and the growing influence of global companies that sell bottled water as key factors in its decision to issue the report. Included within the Global Bottled Water Report 2004 are overviews of the market in 75 countries, analysis of small pack versus bulk water markets and surveys of historical market trends and forecasts through 2008.
Tyco nets $35 million contract with UAE
Tyco Water, the industrial division of Tyco Engineered Products and Services, has netted a $35 million (U.S.) contract with United Arab Emirates to provide 13,000 steel water pipes for a desalination project in Abu Dhabi. The 12-meter pipes will be used to transport desalinated water from the capital to the eastern region of the country.
Research & Markets expands Israel offering
Research & Markets has announced the addition of a report on bottled water coolers and point-of-use in Israel in 2003 to their online offerings. Both industries have flourished in Israel since they were introduced in the late 1980s and the new R&M report outlines the growing competition between the two industries in the region. The report includes a full market commentary, trends, company profiles and a variety of other information. For more information, visit www.research andmarkets.com/reports.c3461
PuR sachets sent to Sudanese refugees
AmeriCares, in conjunction with Procter & Gamble’s Health Sciences Institute, has delivered one million PuR® water purification packets to Sudanese refugees in Chad. Water has been difficult to find and is often brackish throughout the region since more than 150,000 refugees fled Sudan for northern Chad in the past three months. The PuR systems are capable of purifying 10 million liters of water, according to AmeriCares President Curt Welling.
Counterfeit bottled water
Nairobi Trade and Industry Minister Mukhisa Kituyi has warned that bottled water is being counterfeited throughout the region and is unsafe for consumption. He said that the untreated counterfeit bottled water is being sold in packages of reputable companies that are known to offer safe quality products. The deception is compounding the risk for harm from the counterfeits because consumers would otherwise boil their water before drinking it. Kituyi was addressing a workshop on counterfeits and substandard goods at the time of the announcement. He said counterfeits and substandard goods have also dominated the field of medicine, motor vehicle components and lubricants, foodstuffs, seeds and chemicals.
Cape Town water supply cuts
The South Africa Department of Water Affairs and Forestry plans to cut water supplies to Cape Town and areas of the Western Cape from 10 to 30 percent at the first of October. The move will be accompanied by sharp tariffs for residential, commercial and industrial water use. The authority cites the 10-year drought as the motivation for the drastic cuts, as well as the dams in the Western Cape’s water supply system at only 41 percent capacity, an all time low for the water system now headed into its driest season of the year.
Safety of Tajik tap water still unknown
Despite admitting that high levels of chlorine are being pumped into the water supply to avoid an outbreak of typhoid, authorities in Dushanbe, Tajiki-stan are no longer delivering clean drinking water to local residents and advising they simply boil their tap water before consuming. Water tests have confirmed the presence of viruses and water turbidity following flooding of a the Varzob River and local experts estimate that about 90 colon bacillus (intestinal viruses) are present in each liter of water coming out of Dushanbe taps.
GE posts strong 2nd quarter sales
GE Infrastructure Water and Processes Technologies, an international supplier of water, wastewater and process systems solution reported a 12 percent increase in its second quarter sales over the same period last year. Company representatives credit the growth to services outside the United States, specifically China, where there is excitement around the building of infrastructure to support the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Saint John fined over water reports
Officials from the city of Saint John were fined $7,500 (Canadian) in August after failing to write reports on water quality problems in the city that led to a boil order for 40,000 people. St. John was charged by New Brunswick authorities for failing to follow reporting rules under the Clean Environment Act after E. coli was discovered in the system in April.
CodeLine receives product certification
The NSF has approved CodeLine, a product of Pentair Water Treatment, for NSF/ANSI Standard 61 certification, making it the first fiberglass membrane housing to meet international standards for mitigating chemical contaminants and impurities indirectly imparted to drinking water products. Unlike material certification through NSF 61, product certification guarantees that the products comply with Canadian and United States plumbing codes for water supply products, as well as other international standards.
Avoiding rate shock, a new AWWA report
The American Water Works Association has released a report providing utilities insights into gaining community support for necessary improvements to drinking water infrastructure and successfully communicating their needs to elected leaders and consumers. Avoiding Rate Shock: Making The Case For Water Rates outlines how consumers often do not recognize the immense value of tap water and that reality makes setting reasonable water rates difficult. Additional information regarding the report can be found at www.awwa.org
POU cooler recall
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a voluntary recall of 145,000 hot/cold bottled water coolers from Elkay Manufacturing Company of Oak Brook, Ill. The coolers are 115 volt POU coolers with both hot and cold water faucets. According to the commission, there have been no reports of injury but at least 14 incidents of overheating that present a significant fire hazard. Additional information on the recall can be found at Elkay’s recall website, www.coolerfix.com.
Air operation pump and test standards
The Hydraulic Institute has added two new standards to its ANSI/HI Pump Standards for 2004. The first new standard is for air operated pumps, including positive displacement reciprocating pumps for general liquid transfer. The second applies to the test of air operated diaphragm and bellows pumps and provides uniform procedures for mechanical and other pump performance tests. A master index and reference guide to the standards is available online at www.pumps.org
Maine group seeks initiative for bottled water
Residents of Maine are seeking a ballot initiative that would require compensation from companies that bottle and sell water from the state. Under the proposal, a $.20 per gallon tax would be taken from the companies and used to develop small business programs in Maine. While estimates show the extraction fee could produce $80 to $100 million each year in revenue, bottlers in the state say it could be detrimental to their business.
Pentair completes WICOR acquisition
Pentair Inc., has completed its $850 million acquisition of WICOR Industries, a unit of Wisconsin Energy Corporation. Known simply as Pentair Water, the company manufactures water system, filtration and pool equipment products under the Sta-Rite, SHURflow and Hypro brands, and is now a $2 billion operation with about 8,000 employees worldwide. According to Pentair chairman and CEO Randall Hogan, the transaction doubles Pentair’s annual water revenues and will lead to accelerated development of new products.
AWWA responds to water supply concerns
The American Water Works Association has added a new seminar to its training calendar. Watershed Protection: Planning for the Future of Source Water, is designed to help utilities ensure their future water supply by planning for source water protection. The seminar is ideal for utility managers, engineers, consultants and others interested in creating, funding and implementing source water protection plans. John Wither-spoon, a member of the AWWA South Water Protection Committee, will host the seminar that is slated for Dec. 2 and 3 in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information, call (800) 926-7337
WQA releases marketing survey
The Water Quality Association has released an extensive consumer survey mapping a variety of market factors and trends. The 2004 WQA Consumer Marketing Survey includes details on consumer opinions of home drinking water units, bottled water delivery and drinking water from the tap, as well as who is more likely to buy a water softener and comprehensive buyer demographic information.
Despite alarm, no Prozac in UK drinking water
The Drinking Water Inspectorate has announced that despite recent articles in the London press, Prozac has never been found in the nation’s drinking water. The alarm arose from a review by the United Kingdom’s Environment Agency of pharmaceuticals in the environment, which showed that traces of the anti-depressant were found in sewage effluent. The review did not include drinking water. While river water can be used as a source of drinking water, the waters receive advanced treatment to remove pesticides. The report also detailed how the structure of Prozac (Fluoxetine) is biodegradable and will be broken down by the sewage treatment process and in watercourses.
Desalinated water in London
Thames Water is finalizing plans for London’s first ever desalination plant, a £200m project due to come on stream in 2007 or 2008. The plan is currently awaiting approval by authorities in the Borough of Newham, with construction tentatively planned to start before the end of the year. Thames said the plant would play a key role in guaranteeing supplies to customers during drought periods with a maximum treatment capacity of 150 million liters of water each day.
Veolia sells Culligan for $610 million
France-based Veolia Environnement has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of its Culligan business to private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice for $610 million in cash. The sale represents the end of Veolia’s “Strategic Refocus” of water operations in North America, a $1.9 billion disposal program begun in September 2003. Other portions of the program include the sale of Everpure to Pentair in late 2003 and the sale of USFilter’s farmlands in California and systems and services businesses to Siemens earlier this year. The Culligan transaction, which is expected to be complete by the fourth quarter of 2004, is subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.