Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

Pipe repair

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

Internal Pipe Technologies’ Aquapea, now available in North America, is a free-swimming, efficient method of non-intrusive, in-line pipe repair that bonds to all pipe materials. The patented polymer-based technology is comprised of a specially formulated polymer material that, when mixed, starts a curing process; at its core is a polypropylene flotation and plugging methodology. A single pea works its way through piping systems (with the force of the leak) and plugs the pinhole.
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Soft starters

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

Siemens introduces First Soft Starters with integrated safe torque off (STO) functionality. Features include integrated motor protection function that ensures fast, reliable shutdown and a restart interlock feature and failsafe digital input to help ensure user safety. Products are SIL 3- and PL e-compliant as well as ATEX- and IECEx-certified. The SIRIUS 3RW55 Failsafe soft starters are the first to feature the integrated STO function, which ensures that the motor comes to a complete standstill if an operator initiates an emergency shutdown.

Touchless coolers

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

The International H2O® True Touchless System features Adjustable Proximity Sensitivity Sensors, from 0.5 to 6+ inches, as well as four primary functions: hot-water safety lock; hot-water dispensing; ambient or sparkling-water dispensing and cold-water dispensing. With the separately operating and simultaneously fully functional soft-touch sensor and True Touchless System, clients and customers may use either interface at their convenience and preference.
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Product guide

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

Purolite Corporation’s latest product summary guide provides a broad overview of the characteristics and applications of the company’s ion exchange and specialty resin products. The 40-page interactive guide features over 300 products and is divided by product type, industry, application or brand. The table of contents contains links that can immediately take users to the desired section(s) within the guide. This update includes several products not featured in the last guide and new sections featuring organic scavengers, fine-mesh resins and products for condensate polishing, food and beverage, and metal plating.

Ultrasonic and vortex flowmeters

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

KROHNE introduces the OPTISWIRL 2100 vortex flowmeter designed for basic utility applications in the process industries and is an economical solution for the measurement of liquids, (wet) gases, saturated and super-heated steam where high accuracy is not required. Features include Advanced Vortex Frequency Detection (AVFD) technology for stable measurements with demanding process conditions from -40 to +464°F (-40 to +240°C); flange and sandwich versions with optional integrated nominal diameter reduction and remote option with converter installation up to 50 meters (164 feet) from the sensor.

OPTISONIC 6300 V2 ultrasonic flowmeter with a stationary, clamp-on design is ideal for a wide range of systems. It allows users to measure flow anywhere necessary, all while processes continue. New to the unit is a viscosity range of up to 200 cSt: no need for re-greasing due to solid coupling material, a next-generation signal converter for enhanced application range, Namur NE107 diagnostics and integrated thermal energy calculation. This product is suitable for diameters ranging from 0.5 to 160 inches (1.2 to 406.4 cm). It has a process temperature range of -40 to 392°F (-40 to 200°C). This flowmeter is constructed as a submersible stainless steel sensor rail (IP 68/NEMA 6P).


Sunday, November 15th, 2020

WQA’s Burbidge honored
WQA Global Regulatory & Government Affairs Manager Kathleen Burbidge has been named to the prestigious 2020 Forty Under 40 list by the Chicago, IL-area Association Forum. The list annually recognizes top association or non-profit professionals for their accomplishments, leadership skills and commitments to the industry. Burbidge marks her sixth anniversary with WQA in January; her role is in advocating for public policy that promotes safer and healthier water. She also serves as the staff liaison to WQA’s Women in Industry (WIN) Advisory Council, overseeing development of WIN’s successful mentoring program and heading efforts to expand WQA programming in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Burbidge earned a Bachelor’s Degree in political science and global studies/international relations cum laude from North Central College (IL), where she minored in environmental studies.

Gruber appointed Haws President
Haws Corporation has named Chuck Gruber as President of the Board. He is the first Haws Corporation President from outside of the founding family. A chemical engineering graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Gruber received his MBA from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). A long-established leader in the safety corridor, he began his career at Rohm and Haas Corporation, followed by executive posts at Elemica, GAF, Cannon Equipment and Safe Reflections. In all his roles, his attention to safety resulted in significant, sometimes double-digit improvements in on-site safety metrics within weeks of his arrival.

Viola named IAPMO COO/VP
The IAPMO Board of Directors announced that IAPMO Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President Dave Viola has been appointed as CEO effective January 1, 2021, taking over for GP Russ Chaney, who is retiring after a quarter-century at the helm of the 95-year-old association. IAPMO will continue to benefit from Chaney’s leadership skills and experience as an executive adviser to the CEO. Viola has more than 25 years of senior management experience within the plumbing and mechanical industry. He joined IAPMO in 2007 and has served as IAPMO’s COO for the past seven years, with strategic and operational responsibility for the comprehensive array of IAPMO Group programs and services. Prior to joining IAPMO, Viola served as technical director for the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI) for nine years. Before PMI, he worked for BOCA International and the International Code Council as a staff engineer, managing the development of their plumbing code and associated training and support publications. Viola holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Northern Illinois University. In 2005, he received the American Society of Sanitary Engineers Fellow Award.

AMTA honors announced
AMTA announced that Joseph M. Barnes of the University of Wyoming was the 2020 recipient of the Ian C. Watson Fellowship for Membrane Advancement. He is an environmental engineering graduate student studying Nanofibrous Membranes for the Selective Recovery of Nonaqueous Phases from Industrial Brines. Barnes has a BS Degree in chemical engineering from Benedictine College (Kansas), where he graduated summa cum laude. AMTA and the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) named seven 2020 recipients of the AMTA/NWRI Graduate Fellowships for Membrane Technology Research Institute, out of a group of 60 applications that were received. Yousuf Bootwala, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stephanie Ribet, Northwestern University and Mackenzie Anderson, UCLA, will each receive $10,000 (USD). Yanghua Duan, UC Berkeley; Wei-Cheng Hung, UCLA; Lorianne Shultz, University of Central Florida and Hannah Greenwald, UC Berkeley, each will receive $5,000.

English named KROHNE sales VP
KROHNE has hired Chris English as the company’s new Vice President of Sales for the US, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. He brings extensive experience in the process control instrumentation market to his new role. English has worked for several of the top companies in the process control instrumentation market over his 27 years in the industry and has experience with process control and automation in nearly all sectors of the market. He will be responsible for both sales and marketing for the NAFTA region, including managing the company’s regional sales force. In a prior role as VP of Sales, English was responsible for leading Direct Sales, Representatives, Sales Managers and Area VPs. A graduate of Clarkson University (New York), he studied interdisciplinary engineering and management to earn a degree in industrial distribution.

ACS’ Kean honored with Grady-Stack Award
The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced Sam Kean as the 2021 recipient of the Grady-Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public. The award, named for ACS News Service managers James T. Grady and James H. Stack, was established in 1955 to recognize individuals who have increased public knowledge and understanding of the chemical sciences. Kean is a freelance writer and author of the bestselling book The Disappearing Spoon, which compiles little-known stories about each element of the Periodic Table. He has also authored four other books about science and written about scientific subjects for Science magazine, The Atlantic, The New Yorker and other major outlets.

Global Spotlight

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

North America
Colorado River Basin drought to continue
Modeling results for the Colorado River Basin operations released by the Bureau of Reclamation indicates continued drought and an increased chance of potential water shortages by 2025. The Colorado River Basin is in its 21st year of an extended drought. As reservoir levels decline, Lake Powell and Lake Mead operations are potentially impacted. The Colorado River Simulation System modeling results, released at least three times per year, provide water managers with information needed to plan accordingly for the future. Due to the below average runoff this year (55 percent of average for the water year), the CRSS projections indicate an increase by as much as 12 percent in the chance of Lake Powell and Lake Mead falling to critically low reservoir levels by 2025, as compared with the projections released this spring. The CRSS projections can be found at https://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/riverops/coriver-projections.html.

IAPMO/AWWA guide issued
At a time when many buildings are not fully occupied due to COVID-19, AWWA and IAPMO have developed a guide to help building managers address water-system stagnation. Stagnation within building water systems is a concern in periods of low or no occupancy. When water does not move through the system, water quality issues may arise at an outlet, a group of outlets or throughout an entire building water system, causing potential health risks. Responding to Stagnation in Buildings with Reduced or No Water Use provides a decision-making framework for building managers to design responses to building water-system stagnation.

IDE awarded wastewater project
IDE Technologies has been awarded the Cherokee Metropolitan District Wastewater TDS Reduction Project, commissioned to begin in 2021. The company’s technology, an advanced high-recovery RO solution, will be part of the Cherokee Metropolitan District’s Water Reuse project. The main goal is to comply with a Colorado court order for the district to lower its TDS discharge to under 400 mg/L. Until recently, the district’s wastewater treatment plant used a traditional secondary process. In order to meet the new discharge limits for TDS, however, a membrane bioreactor and RO have been added. With brine management being a critical factor in the RO design, currently being addressed using evaporation ponds with a substantial footprint, it became evident that high recovery of 90-95 percent was needed in order to minimize the volume of produced RO brine.

Changes to NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 announced
Newly published changes to NSF/ANSI/CAN 61, the drinking water product standard required in the United States and Canada, further restrict the amount of lead that can leach from plumbing products, NSF International announced. The significantly more rigorous requirements were approved after nearly three years of exploring various testing methods to reduce lead leaching from endpoint devices that dispense drinking water, as well as from other plumbing components. The more stringent pass/fail criteria for certification to the standard will require the maximum amount of lead leaching to be reduced from five to one µg for plumbing endpoint devices that dispense drinking water such as faucets, and from three to 0.5µg for other plumbing components, such as connector hoses and small shut-off valves. In-line mechanical devices and other product categories under NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 are not subject to the new requirements. Under the new standard requirements, certification of applicable products to the more stringent lead leaching criteria is optional for the next three years to allow manufacturers time to comply. On January 1, 2024, all products will be required to meet the stricter requirements. Products certified to the standard’s new criteria will be required to indicate compliance on their product literature and/or packaging to enable schools and consumers to easily identify products with the reduced lead leaching limits. NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 also covers other contaminants in drinking water.

NDPA resource center opened
The National Drowning Prevention Alliance announced that its Resource Center has opened to improve access to relevant information by collecting, categorizing and organizing materials that are useful to all members of the aquatics industry and drowning-prevention advocates. It will provide a multitude of resources to the general public and to NDPA members at https://ndpa.org/resource_center/.

Better Water Today (betterwatertoday.org), WQA’s consumer-focused website, explains the benefits of in-home or at-the-tap drinking water treatment. The website, introduced at WQA’s Mid-Year Leadership Conference, uses easy-to-understand language and illustrations.

Water impact fund closed
In September, Emerald Technology Ventures closed its news water innovation impact fund with Temasek, Ecolab, SKion Water and Microsoft as investors. The fund will invest in early- to expansion-stage companies globally to drive critical innovation and its adoption in the water space. It will support the development of technologies that address some of the most pressing global challenges, as expressed within the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including conserving water resources, supporting solutions for sustainable, resilient cities, improving resource efficiency, adapting to climate change, reducing health risks and stimulating innovation as well as economic growth.

Angola water project announced
Idrica, through the Aguas de Valencia & Quantum Solutions Emerging Markets Consortium, will participate in the execution of three management, operation and maintenance contracts for drinking water supply systems in the provincial capitals of Uíge, Malanje and N’Dalatando (Angola). The contracts are worth approximately € 7 million ($20 million USD) and have a duration of four years. The contracts are part of the second phase of the Institutional Development Program for the Water Sector (PDISA 2), financed by the Government of Angola, the World Bank and the French Development Agency. The implementation is carried out by the Project Coordination Unit (UCP), under the Ministry of Energy and Water (MINEA). The management of the three contracts will be carried out jointly by Idrica and Quantum.

Viewpoint: The outlook for the future is not blurry

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

As we move into the final months of the year, we can acknowledge the industry has been through a very trying period and there is probably more to come. Anxiety over a multitude of issues (not the least of which includes COVID-19, a possible recession on the horizon, election issues and more) should not be what defines 2020. Instead, our responses should determine what comes next.

During the Great Recession, water treatment businesses changed in numerous ways to meet the demands of a crashed economy. Some survived by branching out into different aspects of water treatment, bottled water, even pool and spa treatment. Others tried but didn’t survive. The lessons learned then should be revisited and revised as necessary to meet new and ongoing challenges. With no way to predict the end or better management of COVID-19 and no crystal ball to predict what direction the economy will take, many have wondered if they might survive the current state of affairs. The answer during the Great Recession was, “You won’t if you don’t try.” What will your answer be this time?

Water and air are the most basic needs for almost all living things. We have treatment options for both, tackling a host of contaminants, both man-made and natural. We focus this month on groundwater and arsenic, closely intertwined. The Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) has undertaken a massive study to map water quality, reported on by WQRF Relations & Research Manager, Kim Redden. This new resource “provides access to an immense amount of data for groundwater and customized searches for researching contaminants, systems and source waters” on a scale never before imagined.

Arsenic is a huge problem in the US, more so in the Southwest than other places, though its occurrence is widespread. With all of the coverage about this ubiquitous contaminant, one aspect has not been covered in WC&P: arsenic toxicity. This is tackled most ably by Technical Reviewer Gary Battenberg of Argonide Corporation. Also of importance when discussing arsenic, Rick Andrew reviews the testing and certification of POU RO systems for removing it.

In a slightly different vein but most important especially for the western US states suffering from one conflagration after another, Public Health Editor Kelly A. Reynolds provides an in-depth look at what happens to water quality in the aftermath of wildfires. In light of the heightened level of concern about climate change and how it affects wildfire season in the West, there are aspects of water contamination that must be resolved before fire refugees can begin their long path back to normalcy.

There are numerous problems facing both the world and our industry these days and that doesn’t appear likely to change for some time to come. Whether it’s learning more about water treatment or coming to the rescue of those who need the assurance of safe, clean water, it’s the industry’s best chance to be the front line of that rescue effort. Be the hero people need in troubled times…and let that be your best investment for the future.

Chemistry manual

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

Elsevier introduces The Alkaloids: Chemistry and Biology by Hans-Joachim Knolker, the latest volume (#84) in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Serials. This series covers all aspects of alkaloids, including their chemistry, biology and pharmacology. Sections are presented as high-quality, timeless reviews written by renowned experts in the field. The book contains more than 70 published volumes in this field of study. https://www.sciencedirect.com/

UV disinfection system

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

AquiSense Technologies announces the launch of its PearlAqua Deca UV LED disinfection system designed for the POE residential, commercial and light industrial markets. The system offers operational benefits specific to LEDs, including intermittent flow management, mercury-free, ownership cost and provides greater than 99.99-percent disinfection in a small, self-contained unit. The PearlAqua Deca features automatic on/off switching in addition to Dynamic Power Control, which reduces overall energy consumption and extends lamp replacement intervals. https://www.aquisense.com/

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