Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

Variable speed systems

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Goulds Water Technology, a Xylem brand, introduces its e-HME and e-SVE pumps with integrated and variable-speed control and intelligence. These easy-to-install systems combine a state-of-the-art hydraulic pump with permanent magnet-motor technology and a variable-speed drive to provide up to 70-percent energy savings in residential and agricultural applications.

They are pre-programmed for quick installation and have stainless steel casings and inner components for minimal noise levels and long service life. The products are certified to NSF/ANSI 61 to deliver safe, quality potable water and are rated NEMA 3R for outdoor installation. Quickly install a system by adding power and plumbing, press start and the system is ready to perform. No external drive or controller is required.

https://unitedstates.xylemappliedwater.com/brands/gouldswater-technology/pump-controllers/smart-pump-range/

Remote-controlled track drill

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Lone Star Drills introduces an all-new tracked drill with an automatic SPT hammer for improved accuracy in geotechnical and soil sampling applications, based on the popular LST1G+HDA. Operators can position the drill in hard-to-reach areas and locations with delicate underfoot and maintain leveling control with hydraulics. The drill was designed to address the growing demand from customers wanting to access remote or environmentally sensitive areas. The tracks spread the drill’s weight and lower its ground pressure to 3.8 psi, minimizing the risk of damage to the underfoot. The tracks also minimize the risk of the drill getting stuck in soft ground conditions. The remote is battery-powered and includes a 50-foot (15.24-meter) tether cord in case of battery power loss.
https://www.lonestardrills.com/
(800) 227-7515

Ultrasonic flowmeters

Monday, June 15th, 2020

KROHNE, Inc. announces the availability of the OPTISONIC 6300 V2 ultrasonic flowmeter with a stationary, clamp-on design, ideal for a wide range of systems. It allows users to measure flow wherever necessary, all while processes continue. New features include 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. The OPTISONIC 6300 V2 is suitable for diameters ranging from 0.5-160 inches (1.27 to 406.4 cm). It has a process temperature range of -40 to 392°F (-40 to 200°C). This is a flexible solution, with a quick and easy installation requiring no process shutdown and no flow interruptions or downtime. https://us.krohne.com/en/

Low-fouling RO membranes

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Toray Membrane USA, Inc.’s ROMEMBRA TLF-400DG features an improved cross-linked, hydrophilic polymer layer that minimizes the accumulation of foulants on the membrane surface. The membrane coating helps RO plants reduce frequent chemical cleanings while converting wastewater into a reusable water source. These membranes offer excellent removal of impurities (99.5 percent) and permeability (11,500 GPD) at standard conditions. They feature the integrated Durable ‘D’ membrane chemistry for the widest pH tolerance (1–13) for cleanings. Advantages include one-third less energy requirement and increased cost-savings associated with decreased CIPs, chemical use and membrane replacement. Tested and certified under NSF/ANSI Standard 61 and manufactured under ISO 9001:2015 to ensure consistency in product and service quality. https://www.toraywater.com/products/ro/index.html

People

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Kearney new IWSH director
The International, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (the charitable arm of IAPMO) has promoted Seán Kearney to the role of IWSH Managing Director. Since joining The IAPMO Group in 2015, Kearney has overseen development of the international Community Plumbing Challenge (CPC) program, which has grown into the flagship initiative of the IWSH Foundation today. Over the past five years, he has directed projects launched in India, South Africa, Indonesia and most recently the US. Following his education at the National College of Art & Design and Trinity College (both in Dublin, Ireland), Kearney represented the Emerald Isle as a competitor in Graphic Design Technology at the WorldSkills international competition in 2005. His participation led to work with WorldSkills, initially as a volunteer before employment as a workshop manager, secretariat and project developer, gaining project management experience in countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

He worked for the WorldSkills Foundation during its start-up period from 2013-15, during which time the Community Plumbing Challenge concept was established, alongside several other skills showcase projects and sustainability initiatives that Kearney has continued to develop under IAPMO’s WorldSkills Global Partnership to this day. Most notable of these was the recent Plumbing and Heating Champions initiative, presented in Kazan, Russia last year, which resulted in the international skills competition providing new toilet and washrooms to a local orphanage for special needs children.

In his new role, Kearney will provide additional strategic and organizational leadership across the IWSH team, as the foundation further grows its reputation and expands its impact in the international water, sanitation and hygiene sector. He continues to provide guidance to the design and delivery of other international programs and partnerships of The IAPMO Group.

Lamparter retired, Nava appointed VP, Managing Director
The MANN+HUMMEL Management Board announced that Marco Nava has been appointed VP, Membrane Solutions with MANN+HUMMEL and Managing Director of MICRODYN-NADIR. The appointment was effective in April, with Nava succeeding Walter Lamparter. Nava has been part of the MANN+HUMMEL Group since 2018 and has grown its Italian water business with great success. In his previous role, he served as Managing Director for MICRODYN-NADIR Italy, since the company’s 2018 acquisition of OLTREMARE SPA, where he previously served as CEO. Under his guidance, OLTREMARE was established as Europe’s leading, private-label RO spiral-wound membrane manufacturer. In addition to his new role, Nava serves as CEO for a number of specialty corporations.

Lamparter declared his desire to transition to an external advisor role, where he could consult with the company while pursuing other interests outside of the company. He joined the MANN+HUMMEL group with the acquisition of MICRODYN-NADIR in 2014. Beginning in April, Lamparter will continue to cooperate closely with the company and will support its Life Sciences & Environment team with his valuable expertise.

Global Spotlight

Monday, June 15th, 2020

North America
WQA 2021 call for papers
The Water Quality Association invites potential speakers to submit proposals for education sessions for the 2021 WQA Convention & Exposition on April 27-29, 2021, in Las Vegas, NV. Education sessions cover technical topics related to POU/POE water treatment and business operations topics appropriate for small or family-owned businesses. Although the presenter application form outlines areas of interest, potential presenters are invited to suggest their own topics as well. When selecting the speakers, WQA will give preference to WQA members and to registered exhibitors and sponsors. The sessions cannot contain references to specific products or overtly promote a speaker’s products or services. Proposals are due by August 31 and must be submitted online, using WQA’s form and guidelines. Questions can be directed to education@wqa.org.

PFAS to be added to regulations
US EPA has taken the next step to implement an important per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) requirement of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA added 172 PFAS to the list of chemicals required to be reported to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and established a 100-pound reporting threshold for these substances. The agency is publishing a final rule that officially incorporates these requirements into the Code of Federal Regulations for TRI.

UV water sterilizers repurposed
WaterFiltersOnline announced it has repurposed its UV water sterilizers (which anyone can do at a low cost) to sterilize employees incoming mail and UPS deliveries. View the YouTube video about the process at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCiI8m3RAVk

Senate approves water recycling investment
In early May, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee passed legislation that will make significant investments in water recycling programs and resources. America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 and the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 include numerous provisions that will advance the adoption of water reuse across the country. The legislation directs US EPA to establish an Interagency Working Group on Water Reuse to coordinate federal activities across the federal government. The WateReuse Association was pivotal in advocating for these provisions in the draft bill and in the managers’ amendment during committee markup.

NSF pipe testing announced
NSF International has completed the moves of two of its laboratories to one new 20,000-square-foot space in Ypsilanti, MI. The expanded location brings together all of NSF’s plastics testing and certification capabilities, including advanced chemical and structural testing on plastic pipes, fittings and valves, metal fittings and components, manifolds, solvent cements, thread sealants, PVC ingredients and plastic materials for global applications.

Bottle water consumption grows
Bottled water has once again reaffirmed its position as America’s favorite drink, outselling all other packaged beverages in 2019, new data from the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) shows. Consumers are increasingly choosing bottled water instead of less healthy packaged drinks. The BMC data detail how, since 2010, bottled water has steadily increased in sales volume each year, while consumption of carbonated soft drinks has declined. Bottled water outsold soda for the first time in 2016 and has done so each year since.

NACE, SSPC to combine
NACE International announced its members have voted to approve the association’s proposal to combine with the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC). During the two-week voting period, thousands of NACE stakeholders worldwide cast votes, with an overwhelming 89 percent in favor of combining forces with SSPC. The vote came after more than a year of discussions between the member leadership of both organizations and a unanimous vote this past March by NACE International’s Board of Directors, in favor of a resolution to bring the combination to a member vote.

Grant to fund resilience project
The Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience (IWER) at Stetson University is collaborating with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Coastal Management and Sea Grant College Programs in Florida and Georgia, as well as North and South Carolina, to evaluate green infrastructure interventions for reducing flood risks. The research opportunity is made possible by funding from a $404,000 (USD), two-year Karl Havens Memorial South Atlantic Regional Research on Coastal Community Resilience Grant.

Heroes of chemistry announced
Scientists who developed products that have led to significant advancements in medicine, separation technology and semiconductor manufacturing are this year’s inductees of the Heroes of Chemistry, a scientific hall of fame. The American Chemical Society (ACS) has bestowed this honor annually since 1996. Honorees included DuPont Water Solutions for its FilmTec RO technology, which employs a membrane liquid separation process to reject dissolved solutes on a nanoscale level. Since its introduction 25 years ago, this technology has been widely implemented to provide drinking water for millions of people worldwide and for purification in offshore oil production and the dairy industry.

IAPMO training manuals
IAPMO has made its 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC) illustrated training manuals and study guides available to read for free online for a limited time. For more information on IAPMO and its proactive initiatives in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, direct your web browser to https://www.iapmo.org/code-standard-development/covid-19-resources.

Correction
In the May issue, an erroneous website address for United Manufacturing International 2000 Activated Carbon was used on page 30. It should be http://umi20001.tripod.com.

Europe
Zenith water news
After a searing summer in 2018, UK plain water sales slipped back in 2019, but were ahead of results for 2017, according to the new 2020 UK Plain Water Report from Zenith Global. Volumes (excluding water coolers and dispensers) dipped 3.1 percent to 3,500 million liters (924 million gallons) in 2019, while value fell a more modest 2.5 percent to £2.7 billion ($3.28 billion USD). UK sales of plain, flavored, juicy and functional waters have increased by more than one billion liters over the past five years, according to the new 2020 UK Water Drinks Report. Volumes excluding water coolers rose from under three billion liters (792.5 billion gallons) in 2014 to over four billion liters (1.05 trillion gallons) in 2019, dipping by four percent in 2019 after the hot summer of 2018. The overall sales value of UK water drinks in 2019 was £3.3 billion ($4.0 billion USD).

Aquatech virtual events announced
Aquatech is set to launch a new, live event series intended to shake up the traditional and overcrowded webinar circuit. Called BreakOuts, the event series will feature engaging, live panel discussions with industry thought leaders. The format is informal, engaging and short, aiming to be the perfect break during the work day. Taking place on May 26 at 16:00 pm-17:00 pm (CEST), the first live event was expected to attract a crowd of up to 500 delegates. Bridging the themes of innovation and digitization from the physical Aquatech events, the online discussion kick-started with utilities, European partnerships and global engineering thought leaders from across Europe and the Middle East.

Pure Water Group expands
Pure Water Group has recently established two new entities. In addition to the head office in the Netherlands, the company also has offices in Spain (Pure Water Technologies S.L.) and the United Kingdom (Pure Water Technologies Ltd.). This expansion enhances company resources and demonstrates its commitment to ensuring a consistently high level of customer support and attention. For additional information: +31 165 348 252(3) or contact info@purewatergroup.com www.purewatergroup.com

Viewpoint: It’s not the end of the world

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

In prepper communities and groups across the globe, there is an acronym that has gotten renewed attention as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc. TEOTWAWKI, the end of the world as we know it, is not all encompassing, however, no matter what some elements of society preach. In most places, the societal norms have been modified but not (for the most part) abandoned. Collapse of society is not eminent. But we do have to step back and look at how our consumerist society has been turned on its head. Listen to the news for more than a few days and we hear about how the inability to shop is having a major mental health impact and social distancing isn’t helping ease the feelings of isolation.

The world is not at its end, we won’t implode if we can’t go out for a night on the town and while many businesses may end their existence due to factors beyond their control, most will quietly rebuild their sales teams and product lines to factor in the influence of the pandemic. Whether it’s the hospitality industry that has been brutally crushed or the manufacturing companies who are thankful to have operations in the US rather than offshore, the resiliency of the American capitalist may be slightly muted at the moment but it has not been silenced. Technical Reviewer Peter S. Cartwright, PE, offers his perspective on what is happening in the COVID-19 world and our lives, based on his decades of water treatment expertise.

As an essential industry and a public health player, water treatment is still badly needed. Treatment options will continue to emerge in response to whatever happens next, as it always has. A basic component of water treatment that stretches back into the earliest societies, carbon is still at the forefront of a great many treatment systems. Gary Battenberg, of Dan Wood Co. treats us to a primer on the do’s and don’ts of using activated carbon.

There are many interlocking and overarching aspects of water treatment, including plumbing, though it can often be overlooked. While it is a critical element of commercial enterprises, plumbing and the associated regulations are not always at the forefront of a water specialist’s mindset…until he hits a permit brick wall in a state requiring a plumber be involved. Thomas Palkon of the IAPMO Group delves in to the ASSE 1087 standard to explain what is required in the crossover between water treatment and plumbing for commercial and food-service operations.

As states begin allowing more and more businesses to reopen, there is revelation about water safety (or lack thereof) in buildings that have sat idle for the past couple of months. You can’t just turn on the tap and expect water quality to be the same as it was before the tap was turned off. Public Health Editor Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, PhD, reviews the processes and procedures by which all building managers can ensure they do not make a bad situation worse. Building water supplies are at risk from stagnation and contamination, creating a public health hazard for businesses and inhabitants alike. It’s a good read with many salient points for those wishing to get back on track to reopen as soon as possible.

More events have been cancelled, postponed or are being held virtually. No, it’s not the same convention experience, but the focus on education remains the same. If you can take advantage of any educational seminar or training session, do it. You never know what you’ll learn next and how it will be of great benefit to your clients, down the road. Be the edge instead of trying to find a fancy slogan to give you an edge. Now more than ever, you are critical and essential to the well-being of our country and others that you serve. Be there for them, now and in the future.

Adsorbent

Friday, May 15th, 2020

CETCO announces the launch of FLUORO-SORB® adsorbent, a proprietary, NSF/ANSI 61-certified product that effectively treats multiple variants of PFAS. It binds the entire spectrum of PFAS (including PFOA, PFOS, PFHxS and PFNA) efficiently and in a wide variety of removal and remediation processes. This product also controls the source of contamination and can be deployed easily as a flow-through treatment media, as a passive in situ treatment (permeable reactive barrier and in-situ stabilization and solidification or ISS), or used in a CETCO REACTIVE CORE MAT® composite geotextile mat for sediment capping. Made in the USA, manufactured in an ISO9001:2015 facility.
www.mineralstech.com

Filter cartridges

Friday, May 15th, 2020

Delta Pure Filtration CFM Series Carbon Fiber Filter Cartridges are designed to remove organic compounds, hydrocarbons, chlorine, color and odors from aqueous and organic liquids and gases. This design of the carbon media is intended to maximize flow and contaminant removal without carbon being released into the system. The CFM is made of high-efficiency absorption activated carbon that uses a hollow framework as the support and multiple prefiltration design. The CFM provides low-pressure drop and is nontoxic, tasteless, acid resistant and alkali-resistant.
https://deltapure.com/cfm-series-carbon-filter-cartridge/

Volumetric feeder

Friday, May 15th, 2020

Scaletron Industries Ltd. introduces the VMF-90F volumetric feeder, a totally self-contained, automated, dry-chemical addition system. Full-featured upon installation, it also offers useful options to optimize automatic monitored dosing processes in the water and wastewater industries. The entire system is mounted on a steel skid with forklift cutouts. The feed rate is 0.36 to 3.56 cubic feet per hour, with accuracy to within one percent of volume. The feed rate is optimized with a 1.5-inch (38.1-mm) diameter, stainless steel open helix feed screw, which delivers material to a built-in wetting cone. The standard VMF-90F unit features carbon steel construction with corrosion-resistant zinc oxide primed, dry-powder epoxy coating.
www.scaletronscales.com
(800) 257-5911

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