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Global Spotlight

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

North America
Registration is now open for the 2019 WQA Mid-Year Leadership Conference, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Spa and Resort outside San Antonio, TX, September 9-11. Visit the website (https://events.wqa.org/) to register.

Legislative news
In June, Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Drought Resiliency and Water Supply Infrastructure Act, which will help communities throughout the western states create drought-proof water supplies. The bill includes a five-year, $100 million (USD) re-authorization of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse competitive grant program and $60 million for desalination, additional funding for surface and groundwater storage, and a new low-interest loan program for the financing of a range of water infrastructure projects.
Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) was joined by 11 senators to reintroduce the Contaminant and Lead Electronic Accounting and Reporting Requirements for (CLEARR) Drinking Water Act, legislation to authorize more than $1 billion in federal funding to help small and disadvantaged communities replace contaminated water infrastructure to comply with Safe Drinking Water Act requirements. CLEARR also directs US EPA to provide grants for community and research partnerships on drinking water contaminants, establish requirements for electronic reporting of water-quality testing results and update the requirements for repeat- or serious-offender water systems.

WQA: read municipal reports
WQA recommends homeowners review their municipality’s annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), available online or in the mail, to learn important information about their drinking-water quality. US EPA requires community water systems serving more than 25 people or 15 households to issue a CCR every year by July 1. Most CCRs are posted on the water system’s website; residents also can check the US EPA website (https://ofmpub.epa.gov/apex/safewater/f?p=ccr_wyl:102) to find the water-quality report for their community. Those who receive water from a private well are responsible for testing and treatment of their own water supply.

Team Horner: golden years
On Monday, April 15, the Team Horner Group celebrated worldwide in honor of 50 years in business. This was quite the milestone for current CEO, Dr. Bill Kent. Even the city of Fort Lauderdale, FL recognized this wonderful accomplishment by declaring April 15 Dr. Bill Kent and Team Horner Day. It all started back in 1969 with Earl Horner, three employees and one warehouse. (There are now nearly 500 employees in 19 locations and customers in over 110 countries for the integrated manufacturer, wholesale distributor and global exporter of swimming pool equipment and supplies.) In 1972, Kent bought into the company and became sole owner a year later. He sold the company to employees in 2016.

Water recyling program announced
Kemco Systems recently introduced CONSERVE, a program that delivers water recycling as a service to the laundry industry. Built around the company’s understanding of the challenges of running a laundry, the program allows laundry operators to install systems that can recycle up to 90 percent of their water with zero capital investment.

WaterTAP operations ceased
The Water Technology Acceleration Project’s (WaterTAP) funding from Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT) was terminated in March as a result of the provincial government’s cost-savings efforts. Therefore, WaterTAP ceased operations on June 30. WaterTAP was created by the Ontario Water Opportunities Act to promote and foster the growth of Ontario’s innovative water technology companies.

Charity golf tournament a success
In June, McKeough Supply held its 21st Annual Charity Golf Tournament (in honor of Bill Porteous) at Burford Golf Links. The tournament was a tremendous success, with $38,500 being raised in support of Camp Trillium/Rainbow Lake. This donation will enable 39 families affected by childhood cancer to spend a week at camp, having fun being kids. McKeough Supply offered heartfelt thanks to its customers, vendors and teammates for their ongoing support of this event.

Latin America
Aquatech Mexico news
The 4th edition of Aquatech Mexico will be held September 3-5 at the World Trade Centre in Mexico City. Cooperation with the National Association of Water and Sanitation Utilities of Mexico (ANEAS) will strengthen what this international platform has to offer. The event will be co-located with THE GREEN EXPO®. Additionally, the second edition of the Aquatech Latam Awards for new initiatives in responsible and efficient water management are now open for registration.

India water campaign launched
The newly formed government in India has acknowledged the gravity of the water crisis with the launch of the Jal Shakti Abhiyan, a campaign focusing on rainwater harvesting, water conservation, revival of traditional water bodies, reuse and recharge of water, watershed development and afforestation. Knowledge sharing and community participation have been identified as critical factors for the success of this campaign. Teams have already been constituted in 256 districts; engineers and technical staff have been put in place to take stock of groundwater levels and the state of aquifers and water bodies.

IDE technology deployed in Singapore
IDE Technologies announced it has been awarded the contract to deliver an RO system for the Jurong Island Desalination Plant (JIDP). This plant will be Singapore’s fifth desalination plant and have a capacity of 35.7 million gallons per day (135,000 m3/d). This combined system will produce high-quality water for Singapore. The small city-state has set a target to have desalinated water meet up to 30 percent of the country’s future water needs by 2060.

Global Spotlight

Monday, July 15th, 2019

North America
Pure Water Works advanced system installed
Traverse City, MI-based Pure Water Works Inc. reported it has designed and installed an advanced system, the H200M Triplex at Turtle Creek Casino and Resort in Williamsburg. The three-tank design uses progressive-flow technology to reach a peak potential of 229 gpm (866 L/m). The computerized system mate panel controls all aspects of operation and is downloadable. The patented MDV brine recovery system is an environmental and cost-saving feature, reducing both sodium and chlorides in the environment.

AquiSense technology compliance reported
AquiSense Technologies became the world’s first UV LED supplier to be tested against US EPA protocols for its PearlAqua Micro range, which was verified by Hull Consulting, LLC in compliance with US EPA microbiological performance protocols. Five models of the range have been validated with flowrates from 0.1-10.0 L/m. This validation provides reduction equivalent dose, allowing AquiSense to support customers selecting the right configuration for their application, flowrate, microbiological performance and UV dose.

High backflow preventer growth projected
The global demand for backflow preventers is expected to be influenced by the growing construction industry across the globe. Resilient consumer demand for backflow preventers from the residential plumbing sector, as well as from the sprinkler and irrigation sectors, is expected to witness significant growth in the coming years. The growth is leading toward lesser numbers of undesirable reverse-flow incidents, consequently reducing the probability of contamination in potable water. Based on end use, owing to increasing implementation of plumbing codes in residential construction, the residential plumbing segment is expected to be a prominent segment in the market, accounting for more than 40 percent of the market share.

Acuva certification compliance announced
Acuva Technologies announced that its Strike water purification modules comply with two key standards: NSF/ANSI 55 Ultraviolet Microbiological Water Treatment Systems for Material Safety and Structural Integrity and NSF/ANSI 372 Drinking Water System Components—Lead Content Compliance. OEMs can now differentiate themselves with advanced applications in industries that are highly regulated or need to meet very specific disinfection requirements.

Plastic waste program announced
Canada will ban single-use plastics, make companies responsible for plastic waste and invest to grow recycling across the country, a comprehensive approach to address plastic pollution across the country. While there is no single solution to addressing plastic waste, the combination of initiatives will position Canada in a place of domestic and international leadership. The government also sets an example by looking internally and leveraging its own purchasing and procurement power to shift markets by reducing reliance on single-use plastic and increasing usage of products that contain recycled material.

Middle East
DuPont decentralized treatment plant announced
DuPont Water Solutions announced it has partnered with Integrated Environmental Technology and Oil Services Company S.A.E to design a decentralized UF treatment plant in the Suez Governate. The plant is the first of four planned in the region. Built from pre-engineered and pre-assembled IntegraPac ultrafiltration units, the new compact plant is one-third the size of the previous facility. The modular design of the system requires fewer parts and materials than traditional designs and allows for a simplified installation process. In turn, the facility was fully operational in just three months—compared to the twelve months typically needed for completion.

UAE’s Be Kind to donate for Africa wells
Be Kind has pledged to donate 100 percent of profits from its first product, Zayed Water, to the Emirates Red Crescent. The ongoing charity campaign will continue all year long, with the goal of helping Be Kind (in collaboration with Emirates Red Crescent) to build 1,000 water wells over the next five years, in continents suffering from shortage of drinking water. Africa will be the first target. Through the Holy Month of Ramadan, Be Kind donated 120,000 bottles of Zayed Water to schools and Iftar tents within the Emirates, as a way to spread the culture of giving and increase the awareness about socially responsible companies in the Emirates and alleviate the suffering of the less fortunate.

IWA hub opened
A new International Water Association global operation hub has been opened in Asia, an important and strategic step to achieve IWA’s vision of a water-wise world. Aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG6, IWA inspires water professionals to deliver water and sanitation for all. Being home to over 2,000 environment companies and 100 universities and research institutes, Jiangsu Province boosts China’s economy and leads innovations in the water and other relevant industries.

Global Spotlight

Saturday, June 15th, 2019

North America
ResinTech new global HQ
ResinTech, Inc. officially broke ground in April on its new global headquarters in Camden, NJ. The $138.8M development project includes 353,000 square feet of new construction on approximately 27 acres. The high-tech plant for manufacturing strong-acid cation resin will be the largest facility of its kind on the east coast and the first US plant to produce ion exchange resins in over 30 years. The facility is sized to provide 550,000 cubic feet of production capacity with a planned expansion to meet the demands of the growing market.

Global membrane demand to increase
Demand for membranes in the water treatment market is forecast to advance 5.8 percent per year to $8.3 billion in 2023, according to Global Membrane Separation Technologies, a new report from Freedonia Group. Growth will be driven in part by the implementation of more stringent quality regulations for water streams in both developed and developing markets. Gains will also be spurred by the extension of water treatment operations into areas without access to clean water. Contact Corinne Gangloff, cgangloff@freedoniagroup.com for more information about the report.

NSF standards updated for Canada
The American National Standards for health effects of drinking water treatment chemicals (NSF/ANSI 60) and plumbing system components (NSF/ANSI 61) have been updated for the Canadian market and published as National Standards of Canada. The standards, initially published in 1988, have been renamed NSF/ANSI/CAN 60: 2018 Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals – Health Effects and NSF/ANSI/CAN 61: 2018 Drinking Water System Components – Health Effects. NSF International facilitated development of the voluntary consensus standards by a balanced committee of stakeholders representing both US and Canadian public health officials, regulators, industry, product certifiers and various user groups.

Water-Right acquired by A.O. Smith
A.O. Smith has acquired Water-Right Inc. for $107 million (USD) in cash. The acquisition includes all Water-Right subsidiaries, real estate and Mineral-Right Inc., its sister company. It will expand A.O. Smith’s water treatment offerings to wholesale, dealer channels. In 2016, A.O. Smith acquired filtration company Aquasana, then added Hague Quality Water® in 2017.

ATS collaboration announced
Midvale, UT-based ATS Innova announced a new partnership with LuminUltra, a microbial monitoring company with offices in Canada, the US and Europe. Through this new collaboration, ATS and LuminUltra have partnered to benefit customers in water, wastewater and industrial markets, to enhance microbial management programs. This will allow the plants to implement technology-based solutions, save time and money and provide faster access to proactive methods for identifying microbes in water.

US EPA grants announced
US EPA recently announced it will issue more $43.7 million in grants across all 50 US states, which is money that can be used to help test drinking water for lead contamination in public schools and childcare facilities. Water-quality experts say that money can help knock down the $1.08 billion estimated price tag to implement much-needed programs that can help protect students from potential lead exposure. According to 120WaterAudit, schools are at a higher risk than other types of facilities.

Salt Institute no more
Salt has existed for millions of years. The Salt Institute has existed for just over a century; now it has dissolved. The Salt Institute spent decades questioning government efforts to limit Americans’ salt consumption. But the trade group has been officially shuttered by the salt industry executives that serve on its board of directors. The board’s statement didn’t reveal why they decided to close now, nor did employees from major salt companies that were contacted by National Public Radio.

ASTM MOU with Uzbekistan announced
ASTM International has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Standardization, Metrology and Certification Agency of Uzbekistan (UZSTANDART Agency), bringing the total number of MOUs to 112. The MOU program supports the use of ASTM International standards, while also encouraging global participation in the ongoing development of new and revised standards. The MOU with UZSTANDART Agency will support the development of Uzbek national standards for health, safety, the environment and other industries.

LANXESS product enhancement announced
A leading producer of Indian market chlor-alkali products has shown benefits from improved efficiency of chlor-alkali electrolysis by applying the LANXESS Lewatit MDS TP 208 as ion exchange resin. Consequently, this new generation of finely dispersed resins is being successfully introduced alongside the MonoPlus types. The south India chemical plant in which the technology was deployed has a production capacity of approximately 190 metric kilotons of caustic soda a year, requiring a quantity of around 400 cubic meters of sodium chloride brine per hour. The brine used for electrolysis needs to be pretreated to protect the electrolysis membranes from high levels of impurities; otherwise, precipitation can harm the membranes, resulting in a less efficient process.

India’s drinktec event a success
drink technology India South (dti-South), which took place for the first time in Bengaluru in April, has established a strong position on the south Indian market. With more than 90 brands, 6,481 visitors and an extensive supporting program, the dti family further expanded its footprint to the southern region of India.

Middle East
DuPont technology deployed at water plant
DuPont Water Solutions reported that it has provided technical assistance to the Safi plant in Ajman to install and manage the system, which produces low-conductivity water for the production facilities and helps provide fresh water to the water-scarce region. Constructed in 2010 and then extended with DuPont technology in 2016, the plant was designed to desalinate estuary water as a means to reduce stress on fresh water resources in the region. The extended plant employs a two-stage system that first utilizes IntegraPac IP-77-XP Ultrafiltration for pretreatment of the water. Then, FILMTEC BW30XFR-400/34 RO elements, employed for the second stage.

Solar-powered water treatment advancing in Africa
In recent years, much effort has been devoted to creating and developing innovative technologies in the field of solarized water treatment technologies and the future is promising. According to Business Daily, in Africa, solar energy is an abundant and widely untapped resource, whose estimated daily insolation is four to six KWh/m2. The use of solar energy in photovoltaic systems for lighting, water heating and solar water pumping is rapidly gaining popularity due to its availability, reliability, efficiency and quick payback periods. Solar-powered RO plants are among the technologies being fronted as the sustainable solution to water scarcity in not just Africa but the world over.

North America: Grundfos honored by Frost & Sullivan

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Grundfos won the award for Company of the Year in the global water and wastewater pumps market at the annual awards show Frost & Sullivan. In the award report, Frost & Sullivan cited superior offerings of sustainable solutions for a better world and commitment toward a customer-centric service, coupled with market foresight and innovation-driven growth.

Asia: University faculty bring water to Nepal

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Ball State’s Kirsten Nicholson is leading another trip by Ball State University faculty to the Mount Everest region of Nepal, as they continue to help local residents in their search for clean water. Nicholson, a geological sciences professor, is part of a group who have partnered with Action for Nepal to build a water plant and filtration system to help two small communities in the Sagarmatha National Park of Nepal. The area has long suffered from tainted water supplies, which come from the glaciers at Mount Everest. These glaciers are contaminated by hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit the mountain range each year.

North America: Nestlé, Veola partnership announced

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Nestlé announced a new partnership with Veolia to work on global waste collection, sorting and recycling of plastic material, with an emphasis on flexible plastic packaging. The partnership will also explore technologies to establish viable models of recycling in different countries. This includes chemical recycling technologies like pyrolysis, which is capable of producing virgin-quality plastic.

North America: WinSupply top company announced

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Winsupply Inc., one of the nation’s largest wholesalers, has named Central Oklahoma Winnelson 2018 Plumbing Company of the Year and Midland Winpump (Texas) its 2018 Pump Company of the Year. Each year, Winsupply recognizes its top performing companies in plumbing, heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC), industrial, electrical, waterworks, pump, turf irrigation and fire fabrication.

North America: DuPont to sponsor Global Water Summit

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

DuPont Water Solutions was a Silver Sponsor of this year’s Global Water Summit 2019, which took place in April. The annual water conference attracts high-level executives from industry, municipalities and international water companies. The focus of this year’s discussion centered on disruptive designs—the innovative technologies and strategies that can offer real solutions to today’s water challenges.

North America: Dow name change announced

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Dow Microbial Control officially changed its name to DuPont Microbial Control, marking the alignment with the DuPont brand and the successful separation of the Dow company from DowDuPont. DuPont Microbial Control represents the combined power of Dow’s pioneering history of developing products that control the growth of harmful microorganisms, now enhanced by DuPont’s world-leading position in the biotechnology space.

North America: Maine PFAS testing requirement instituted

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

In March, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced in a memorandum to licensed facilities that land apply, compost or process biosolids (i.e., wastewater treatment sludge) that it will require the testing of that material for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, PFBS and many other compounds. Given that these compounds are ubiquitous (and that land application of biosolids or composted biosolids as a soil amendment has been a common and long-standing practice in Maine and elsewhere), the aggressive new testing requirement is likely to have far-reaching effects.

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