Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

Europe: SUEZ-Rosneft agreement announced

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

SUEZ CEO Jean-Louis Chaussade and Vice President Andrey Shishkin of Russia-based Rosneft strengthened their working relationship with the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement (SCA) that will further technology development and implementation of water, wastewater and waste programs at Rosneft refinery and petrochemical sites. SUEZ will provide technologies and solutions with pilot testing as needed. Areas of focus include wastewater pretreatment, biological wastewater treatment, desalination for reuse, water purification by evaporation and various treatment programs for cooling-water systems. SUEZ will also expand its existing technical advisory services currently deployed at one of Rosneft’s sites to other sites owned and operated by Rosneft.

Latin America: MoU for ENEPAC project signed

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

TRENDS Industrial and Almar Water Solutions signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the development of a solar-powered desalination project for the Atacama region in Chile: ENAPAC. Almar has become an equity investor in the project and the MoU specifies a further Joint Development Agreement for the completion of ENAPAC, one of the largest solar-powered desalination projects in the world, requiring a base $500-million (USD) investment.

North America: Farm bill supported by AWWA

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

The American Water Works Association applauded the US Senate Agriculture Committee for introducing a bipartisan farm bill that recognizes the importance of protecting drinking-water sources from nutrient runoff. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 includes several key measures advanced by AWWA over the past two years. The bill makes a strong commitment to overall conservation by maintaining funding at current levels. It also makes an added funding commitment to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and emphasizes source-water protection in the program.

North America: Grant for sensor technology awarded

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Dallas, TX-based Max-IR Labs announced it has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant of $225,000 (USD) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue its development of a novel real-time optical sensor for nitrate detection in water and soil. Driven by recent advances in infrared technology, the proposed sensor will provide superior performance and flexibility, while being 70-percent less costly than traditional UV instruments and more robust and versatile than ion-selective electrodes.

North America: WaterSense program shutdown averted

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

The House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee, which oversees US EPA funding, recently outlined its support of the that agency’s WaterSense program, while rejecting its proposed elimination. The WaterSense label signifies that the product meets high performance standards while using at least 20 percent less water than products meeting federal water-efficiency standards. Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) applauded the committee members for taking a strong stance to promote the continued funding and operation of the program. The association and its members (along with a number of trade associations and non-governmental organizations) have met with dozens of members of Congress, including members of the Appropriations Committee, to underscore the benefits of the program. PMI is supporting similar report language in the Senate.

North America: NGWA Foundation and Groundwater Foundation merged

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

The National Ground Water Association’s (NGWA) Foundation for Groundwater and the Groundwater Foundation announced the organizations will enter into a merger, establishing the foremost foundation dedicated to protecting groundwater and enhancing professional practices in the industry. Under the agreement, the combined entity will carry the Groundwater Foundation name and will leverage administrative and operational support from NGWA.

North America: IAPMO accredited

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced it has accredited the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) to act as the US Technical Advisory Group (US/TAG) administrator for development of a new international standard pertaining to water-efficient products and appliances. The standard will be developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). IAPMO will work to help determine US stakeholder interests for the technical provisions contained within the new standard.

North America: Canature partnership announced

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Canature WaterGroup announced that Canature Group has acquired a 51.0 percent controlling interest in its business. Canature WaterGroup has had a long and successful relationship with Canature Group since 2009. The transaction is structured as a partnership, with Canature WaterGroup maintaining its independence and flexibility, while leveraging Canature Group’s financial strength as a publicly listed company and its world-class innovation and manufacturing capability. Don Fettes will continue to serve as the CEO and President, and the company will continue to be managed by the existing management team.

North America: Pacer earns NSF certification

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Pacer Pumps, a Division of ASM Industries, has earned certification to NSF/ANSI 61, the American National Standard for Drinking Water System Components, by NSF International.

North America: Enpress lists Pioneer filtration system

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

ENPRESS LLC announced that its PIONEER Lead & Cyst filtration system is now listed with the California Water Boards Registration and the Iowa Department of Public Health Registration. The listings can be found on the company website at www.enpress.com/site/product/pioneer-system/.

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