Friday, December 23rd, 2005
Shimadzu Scientific Industry, Inc. has received R&D Magazine’s 2005 R&D 100 Award for its new hybrid Ion Trap-Time-Of-Flight instrument. Named a ‘breakthrough technology’ in the Analytical Instruments Category, the Shimadzu LCMS-IT-TOF employs more than a dozen pending product technology patents. 💧
AquaCell Technologies, Inc. announces that its Aquacell Water, Inc. subsidiary has received its first order for its arsenic removal system from a municipal water supplier. 💧
Ecovation, Inc. has entered into an exclusive license agreement with Biotim N.V. to sell the company’s anaerobic treatment technologies in North America. Ecovation also recently broke ground on a new waste stream pretreatment and renewable energy facility in North Lawrence, N.Y. in partnership with CoolBrands Dairy, Inc. 💧
WS Packaging Group of Algoma, Wisc. has purchased the assets of Ampersand Label, Inc. of Garden Grove, Calif. Ampersand will be known as WS Packaging Group—Ampersand Label.
Pure1 Systems has selected Livendco, Inc., of Pensacola, Fla., as the exclusive dealer for its products in Alabama and Florida. 💧
Pure1 Systems has selected Livendco, Inc., of Pensacola, Fla., as the exclusive dealer for its products in Alabama and Florida.💧
The U.S. EPA is distributing flyers on potential health and environmental issues to the impacted areas of the recent hurricanes. Containing basic information on water quality safety, they direct concerned residents to local water treatment professionals for assistance. 💧
NSF International has expanded its laboratory testing services in Taiwan with the assistance of a nonprofit Taiwan-based technical service institute, the Plastics Industry Development Center. 💧
Parker Hannifin Corporation has acquired TexLoc Ltd. and its medical division, TexMed. The financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. 💧
Tomlinson Industries has purchased the assets of C&K Manufacturing & Sales Co., LLC. C&K’s line, which will fit into Tomlinson’s range of commercial foodser-vice equipment and supply items, and will be called C&K Products Division of Tomlinson Industries. 💧
After 25 years in Sarasota, Fla., Ozone Pure Water Inc. has moved to Kerrville, Texas. Their new location is 134 Cummings Ln. Kerrville, Texas 78028-4963. “Being in Texas gives us a central location to better serve all our customers, for whom we are always grateful,” said President Roger Nathanson. 💧
William R. Pearson II has received the Ray Baum Memorial Water Technologist of the Year Award from the Association of Water Technologies. He is director of sales, consulting and technical services at Southeastern Laboratories, Inc. The award recognizes exemplary service to the AWT membership and outstanding contributions to the industry. 💧
WQA creates health review board
The WQA’s Gold Seal program has created an independent review board to provide oversight and approval to the association’s Gold Seal Certification policies. While ANSI’s accreditation and ongoing audits ensure the program is a bona fide independent certification program, the association decided to add oversight to help ensure the utmost integrity and assurance of public interest. Over 90 manufacturers currently use the WQA accredited certifications for conformance to the NSF/ANSI Standards and required compliance with state regulations for more than 1,030 drinking water contact products.
Lakewood splits from GE
Lakewood Instruments, previously a division of GE Water & Process Technologies, is under new ownership as an independent, privately owned and operated company. A manufacturer and assembler of water treatment controllers for cooling tower, boiler process and wastewater applications, Lakewood plans to operate under a new business model with renewed interest in investments for product development and increased market coverage in the water treatment industry. In early 2006, the company plans to introduce a combination controller model, the M1500 Series.
Pool associations renew partnership
The Association for Pool & Spa Professionals and the National Swimming Pool Foundation have signed an agreement to expand cooperation between the two organizations to better encourage healthier living through aquatic education and research so they can better serve the people who purchase and use pool products. As a part of new working agreement, APSP will discontinue its Professional Pool & Spa Operator (PPSO) course and transition instructors and operators to the NSPF-run Certified Pool-Spa Operator program. NSPF will waive all registration fees to PPSO instructors in good standing and the two associations will work together in order to ensure that the transition is a smooth one for existing customers.
Nonchemical water treatment demand
The national demand for nonchemical water treatment supplies and equipment is projected to increase 6.7 percent annually to $6.3 billion in 2009, according to a new report from The Freedonia Group, Inc. While the filtration and separation segment is expected to continue to account for the largest majority of demand, disinfection is expected to register faster growth as water treatment operators turn to nonchemical techniques. As a result, both UV and ozone equipment are expected to post growth approaching 20 percent annually. For more information on the report, visit www. freedoniagroup.com
EPA sets guidelines for water on airlines
Two dozen airlines (11 major domestic carriers and 13 smaller airlines) have signed agreements with the U.S. EPA subjecting them to fines up to $27,500 if they fail to adopt safeguards against drinking water contamination on their flights. The deal comes as a result of an EPA investigation earlier this year that found fecal coliform in 15 percent of airplanes at 19 airports nationwide. The agreements, which varied slightly from airline to airline as a result of the negotiation process, require regular monitoring of water systems, collecting total coliform samples from at least one galley and one bathroom from every aircraft at least once each year. Additionally, 25 percent of an airline’s fleet must be monitored every three months.
More U.S. EPA news
The EPA’s Guide Standard and Protocol for Testing Microbiological Water Purifiers has certified ZENON Environmental Inc.’s whole house Homespring™ UF200 series ultrafiltration systems as its first series of whole home water filtration systems. The Homespring Purifier can be used on treated municipal water and untreated well or lake water. An EPA task force developed the standard, beginning in 1984, to be a general guide for determining the microbial removal/inactivation effectiveness of certain types of water treatment units on waters of unknown quality. Its purpose is to provide at least the minimum features and framework for testing a treatment unit. It utilizes a performance-based format and is intended to provide a realistic worst-case use of the unit under study.
NSF partners with USAF
NSF International has been awarded a research and development contract from the U.S. Air Force to test and evaluate microbiological treatment claims for several handheld water purifiers being considered for field use by military personnel. The Air Force Field Water Medic Program conducted a market survey in 2004 that identified a handful of commercially available handheld technologies that would be ideal for military use. NSF will test those kits for established product safety and performance requirements to finalize a product selection that the military will use to guarantee drinkable water for military personnel while in field conditions where only untreated source water is available.
Freight rate changes could hurt softeners
The Classification Committee of the National Manufacturers Freight Transit Association is considering changing the density classification for water softener shipments, potentially raising the shipping rates for the product. Under the new proposal, the less dense a shipment is, the larger its classification number and the higher the costs associated with shipping. The Water Quality Association called upon its members to testify on the topic at NMFTA’s meeting last month.
New AirWater products coming to the U.S.
Hendrix Corporation will debut a new line of Atmospheric Water Generation equipment in the first quarter of 2006. The Rainmaker and Eriva AWG products join a rapidly growing collection of AirWater machines that use condensation and purification technologies to provide a water cooler with no plumbing and no bottles. They’ve billed themselves as an environmentally sensitive alternative to conventional POU systems such as reverse osmosis. AirWater technologies debuted at the Water Quality Association’s annual convention and expo two years ago and have grown from a small contingent of U.S.-based manufacturers to more than a dozen product offerings from manufacturers worldwide.
‘Governator’ limits soda sales in schools
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill restricting the sale of soft drinks to high school students on school grounds from 30 minutes before school until 30 minutes after school. Opposed by the American Beverage Association, the bill allows for the sale of bottled water, 100 percent juices, sports drinks and milk, but specifically limited the sale of drinks with no-calorie sweeteners.
NGWA foundation receives $1 million
The Foundation for Affordable Drinking Water, established by the National Ground Water Association, has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide one percent interest loans to low-income families for water wells and well systems. The loans are offered in 18 different states and qualified applicants can receive up to $8,000 on a 20-year loan for drilling and installation. An important aspect of the program is to educate recipients on the importance of regular well maintenance and annual testing. Loan applications are available at www.wellowner.org
400,000 sign up for water line protection
American Water’s Homeowner Services Group announces that 400,000 people have enrolled in their Water Line and Sewer Line Protection Programs. In response to this large turnout, the company has developed a new program exclusively for municipalities. The new program, LineSaver™, is designed to protect customers from unexpected service line repairs while generating revenue for the community with no additional investment and minimal labor requirements. Typically, homeowners are unaware that they are personally responsible for the cost of maintaining and repairing water and sewer lines from the street to their homes.
Coffee Perks names first female franchisee
Coffee Perks, an affiliate of SunBelt Coffee & Water Service, a provider of breakroom supplies, equipment and services, has awarded the exclusive rights to own and operate the franchise in Charlotte, N.C. to Amy Gais, the company’s first female independent franchisee. Charlotte is currently home to more than 1.5 million people and is expected to become a key revenue generator for the company. “We are looking forward to having Amy Gais as our first independent franchise operator in the state of North Carolina,” said Susan Hartley, the company’s president.
WEF receives presidential honor
The Water Environment Federation was been awarded the U.S. Commerce Department’s Certificate of Appreciation for Achievement in Trade. Presented by Israel Hernandez, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director-General of the U.S. Commercial Service, the award recognized the long-term partnering efforts between the Federation and the Service for its role as one of the oldest partners of the Service’s International Buyer Program. WEF President Lynn Orphan accepted the award during the WEFTEC 2005 trade show in Washington D.C. in October.
Airlines supports cancer research with bottled water
Alaska Airlines served Athena bottled water to passengers throughout October in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the airlines reports. Athena Partners, founded by breast cancer survivor Trish May, donates 100 percent of its profits to women’s cancer initiatives. Athena water is also available at retailers and cafes throughout the Northwest, including Bartell Drugs, Costco Business Centers, Larry’s Markets, Safeway and FC.
Abu Dhabi Water selects Severn Trent
The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority in the United Arab Emirates has selected Severn Trent Services’ SmartMeter™ line to upgrade their metering technology. The contract, the financials of which were undisclosed, includes the supply of water meters and touch pads used to take readings at residential and commercial properties. STS will provide local technical support for the program.
World’s largest desal plant opens
Ashkelon, Israel is now home to the world’s largest desalination plant, with two sister plants each producing about 43 million gallons of drinking water each day. The Water and Desalination Authority of Israel will use the treated water to supplement and upgrade existing potable municipal water supplies in the region with extremely dry conditions and limited fresh water resources. The plant is owned and operated by the VID Desalination Company and relies on FILMTEC™ membrane technology from The Dow Chemical Company.
Recyclable shower water
A university student in the United Kingdom has designed a shower that recycles dirty water, re-circulating and cleaning it to lower energy and water bills. The shower, which won the British Standards Institute 2005 Environmental Design Award, uses a filtration system and hydro-cyclones installed behind the shower unit to clean, recycle and reheat water before reentering the shower at a cost savings of about $200 each year.
Common bacteria in drinking water
The most common stomach bug in Britain, which affects more than 42,000 people a year, could be present in tap water, the Canadian Water Quality Association reports. Campylobacter, which causes intestinal problems commonly associated with undercooked meats, is not routinely tested for by the majority of water companies in the United Kingdom. While many companies look for E. coli, recent studies show that it is not a good indicator for Campylobacter and additional routine water testing may be necessary.
‘A Silent Tsunami’ surges
The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Polity Solutions at Duke University has published a new report on worldwide access to clean drinking water. The report, A Silent Tsunami, outlines the World Health Organization data documenting an estimated six million deaths annually from the lack of clean drinking water. The report also features 10 recommendations for priority action and many examples of innovative projects already underway by governments, businesses and civic groups to help remediate the problem. The report, which will be presented at the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico City in March 2006, is available for review at www.nicholas.duke.edu/institute/water
The world’s worst water crisis
The Chinese Vice Minister of Construction is calling the country’s water woes, “a crisis more severe and urgent than any other country in the world.” According to Vice Minister Qui Baoxing, less than half of the wastewater generated by major Chinese cities is currently treated and recycled and is instead seriously jeopardizing China’s ability to sustain uncompromised aquifers that are pumped for drinking water. The company struggles with an aging infrastructure, with losses of 20 percent of water supplies through leaky pipes and unknown levels of contamination during transport. Calling the situation the “the world’s worse water crisis,” Qui outlined a five-year plan to replace infrastructure, develop wastewater systems and regulate heavy pollution in and around agricultural communities.
Thermal desal in Aruba
Aquatech International Corporation has received a contract for a thermal desalination plant for the Valero Refining Company in Aruba. The 1.5-million gpd system will be used as boiler feed water for Valero’s cogeneration power plant at their Aruba refinery. When delivered in 2006, the project will be the 8th identical Multi Stage Flash unit supplied by Aquatech on the island of Aruba.