Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

ResinTech’s Meyer honored

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

ResinTech, Inc. announced its Senior Technical Director, Peter Meyers, is the 2018 recipient of the IWC Merit award. The International Water Conference® presents the Annual Merit Award to honor an inspiring individual in the field of industrial water technology, a person who has continually demonstrated outstanding leadership and made significant contributions to water-related technology or the advancement of its application.

Ethridge appointed IAPMO toxicologist

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

IAPMO R&T has added Shannon Ethridge, diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology as in-house toxicologist. A senior-level toxicologist with a wide array of experience in both the laboratory and regulatory environments, she brings expertise specific to public health, drinking water quality (including US EPA public drinking water standards), surface water quality, groundwater contamination, human health risk assessment, environmental policy and regulations, and air quality, among many others. As a regulatory toxicologist, Ethridge has provided toxicological support to many state agency program areas. During her career, she has worked with several federal departments, Texas Department of State Health Services and numerous local, state and national government officials, members of the public and activist groups.

Mast, Feldman honored by association

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Alan Mast, MWS, CI and owner of Mast Water Technology and Theresa ‘Terri’ Feldman were recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Water Quality Association of Wisconsin (WQAW). A self-described ‘water rat,’ Mast spent the majority of his professional career in the water treatment industry, as Engineering Manager for WaterCare Corp, owner/operator, President of the Mast Water Technology dealership group and also several positions at Hellenbrand Inc. He has been a long-time member of the WQAW Board of Directors, serving as President twice. Mast has a degree in industrial engineering from UW-Madison and an MBA in marketing from Marquette University. He is a licensed engineer in the State of Wisconsin, a past member and Chairperson of the University of Wisconsin, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Advisory Board. In addition, he is a Wisconsin-licensed Master Plumber-MPRA and past committee member of the Water Quality Association. Feldman graduated from the College of St. Benedict in Collegeville, MN and began her career in the water treatment industry at Cargill Salt as the Territory Manager for southeastern WI from 1986-1996. She transitioned to VP of Sales for United Salt in Woodland, from 1996-2016.

NSPF Board, Officers announced

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019


The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF) has announced the election of a new President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary of its Board of Directors. Additionally, Michelle Kavanaugh will assume the role of Executive Director of The Pool Spa & Aquatics Alliance and The California Pool & Spa Association.


NSPF has named Andrew Roberts as its new Mission Development Manager. The new officers are experienced members of NSPF’s Board. Swim Across America CEO and six-year Board member Rob Butcher will replace G. Bruce Dunn as President and Ecolab’s James R. Mock, an NSPF Instructor for over 15 years, will serve as Vice President. Karl R. Frykman and Captain Julie Gilchrist, MD, have assumed the roles of Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.

Green Builders Make Clean Water a Priority

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

By David H. Martin

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) celebrated its 25th anniversary at the annual Greenbuild Show held at Chicago’s McCormick Place last November. (USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEED] is the most widely used and recognized green building program, helping buildings and homes everywhere use less water and energy, providing a healthier environment for occupants and saving money.) In Chicago, USGBC launched LEED x4 in an effort to continue making improvements to its ever-expanding certified building rating system that today boasts more than seven billion square feet of LEED-certified space on our planet. Its community of 200,000 LEED professionals (builders and architects) has transformed the green building market into a trillion-dollar global industry.

WaterBuild Summit
WC&P attended the one-day WaterBuild Summit that preceded the opening of the Greenbuild convention and trade show. Green builders recognize that access to safe drinking water in adequate quantities is a fundamental human right. While water quantity, availability and efficiency are usually top-of-mind for influencers in the green building and sustainability realms, quality is an equally important consideration in the continued maintenance of today’s water infrastructure and critical to building the communities and cities of tomorrow. Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, demonstrated her expertise on innovative solutions to municipal water reuse and stewardship. She also offered insight on how new public health research findings will improve access and water quality for all through better regulations and coordination with the development community. In a session on water supply, infrastructure and conservation, Kohler Corporation discussed how new technology and innovation in plumbing products address water conservation and quality without sacrificing performance and how alternative plumbing systems might be the future.

Greenbuild exhibitors offer solutions
Watts showed its RainCycle rainwater harvesting system that was launched a year ago at Greenbuild in Boston, according to Chad Fournier. “It’s a modular system that takes you through collection, pumping, storage and treatment for non-potable applications including toilets, laundry, irrigation and cooling towers. With a compact footprint and easy servicing, RainCycle is ideal for green roof applications,” said Fournier. Watts makes its own valves and UV to integrate with RainCycle systems. Other components are sourced in China and are susceptible to the 10-percent US import tariff.

Water Harvesting Solutions showed its Wahasco packaged rainwater harvesting system that treats up to 20 gpm (75/L/m). Stuart Bailin said the company sells nationally and in Canada from its plant in Crystal Lake, IL. “The China tariff is affecting us on some steel housings made from Chinese steel. Fortunately, the water recycling market is growing as the cost of water increases and the availability decreases,” said Bailin. “States including California and Arizona are now legislating requirements for water recycling systems.”

In an interview with David Crawford, President of Rainwater Management Solutions (RMS), he told how their rainwater harvesting business was growing in Great Lakes cities such as Minneapolis, where RMS recently installed a major recycling plant in that city’s major-league baseball stadium in response to stormwater pollution. Crawford said the company’s product pricing is reflecting the US tariffs on Chinese components, including steel and pumps. “Also, our fiberglass cost has risen.”

Aquacell and Phoenix Process Equipment Co. have partnered to execute water recycling projects worldwide. Aquacell pioneered cost-effective, pre-engineered water recycling technology in Australia in 2001. Phoenix, based in Louisville, KY, is a global leader in water recycling, making products used by some of the world’s largest companies and municipalities in the management of residuals and effluent from their production and wastewater facilities. Technologies include combinations of bioreactor and membrane treatment, UV and filtration. San Francisco, CA’s new 1,070-foot-tall Salesforce Tower will feature the largest high-rise recycling project that combines wastewater from sources such as rainwater collection, cooling towers, showers, toilets and urinals, treated in a centralized treatment center and recirculated through a separate pipe system to serve non-potable uses.

Southerlin, Oregon-based Orenco Systems Inc. is an onsite wastewater equipment manufacturer. Its AdvanTex treatment systems use a muti-pass bioreactor, packed-bed technology, said to be ideal for handling highly variable flows. “When you don’t have a sewer, we can come up with a solution to treat your wastewater,” said company spokesman Jeff Pringle.“Advantex systems can treat both blackwater and greywater.”

Biomicrobics, Lenexa, Kansas, markets its integrated fixed-film activated sludge (IFAS) bioreactor process to provide chemical-free wastewater treatment for new construction and retrofit installations. Biomicrobics serves the growing decentralized wastewater treatment market. Superior Manufacturing Corp., Ft. Wayne, IN, showed its magnetic water treatment products used in both residential and commercial/industrial settings. Owner Chuck Sanderson said residential sales are rising.

Natural Choice Corp. of Loves Park, IL, showed its handsome, appliance-style, ION countertop pure water dispensing system that delivers an eight-ounce glass of chilled water every three seconds. Instant hot is just as fast. And the unit makes sparkling water, too. The electric-powered unit features a quick-change FiberTek filter that’s good for the equivalent of 12,000 16-ounce bottles of pure water.

And residential water savers…
Niagara Conservation Inc. showed a line of water-efficient shower heads. Neoperl Inc. featured its water flow restrictors and Evolve Technologies showed its line of ShowerStart thermostatic shut-off valves that save water and energy while waiting for the shower to become warm.

Planning ahead protects the trust that people have in their community to protect their lives from future and often repetitive natural events. Today, green builders and developers are preparing for the realities of chronic water shortages and other natural disasters caused by climate change.

About the author
David H. Martin is President of Lenzi Martin Marketing, Oak Park, IL, a firm specializing in water improvement and environmental marketing that integrates old and new media. He can be reached at (708) 848-8404 or by email at dmartin@lenzimartin.com

Asia: Grundfos, Cambodia project announced

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Grundfos and the Ministry of Industry & Handicraft, Cambodia, confirmed they will exchange a Letter of Intent to strengthen cooperation in water management, in an effort to reduce the cost of water and increase access to clean, quality water in the country. Grundfos introduced a pilot project in the Takeo province using its Demand Driven Distribution solution. The plant operator is paying for the pump system through annual installments, which are financed by the money saved on energy and water bills due to equipment upgrade. The strategy of implementing the innovative solution together with the business model helped the plant save more than 270,000 kWh of electricity and around 200,0003 water per year, with a projected payback period of two and a half years.

Middle East: DuPont plant opened in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

DuPont Water Solutions has opened its new RO production line in Jubail Industrial City II, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The facility will manufacture membrane technology and enhance production capabilities at the fully integrated Sadara Chemical Company complex, a joint venture developed by Dow and Saudi Aramco. The new production line is expected to be operational early this year.

Europe: LANXESS expansion announced

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS announced it is investing in its ion exchange resin production facility at the Leverkusen, Germany, site. The company reported it is optimizing its process technology and operating efficiency and the project is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2019.

North America: Groundwater Week a resounding success

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Groundwater Week 2018, held December 3-6 in Las Vegas, NV, drew 5,116 visitors, making it the seventh largest show in its 70-year history. Attendees from more than 30 countries and the US took part to network, earn continuing education credits, see and hear the latest and greatest in the industry and to have fun. The convention featured an educational lineup of 50+ workshops geared for water-well system professionals and 55+ platform and poster presentations covering 11 scientific topics designed for scientists and engineers. Nearly 300 exhibitors spanning 73,000 square feet of show floor space (including 31 first-time exhibitors) displayed their latest products for 12 hours over two days. In addition, NGWA and the Water Systems Council signed a five-year memorandum of understanding that provides a foundation for collaboration of future joint projects and initiatives.

North America: Winsupply acquisition announced

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Winsupply Inc. announced it has purchased MSI Supply, a Houston, TX-based distributor of pipe, valves and fittings (PFV). Details of the stock purchase were not disclosed. MSI Supply is a full-line distributor of PVF, flanges, stud bolts, gaskets and fasteners. As a Winsupply company, MSI Supply will remain under the leadership of co-owner Chad Smith. The company was founded in 1999.

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