Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

California perchlorate protocol

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

The Department of Defense and the California EPA have created a procedure for prioritizing perchlorate sampling at DOD sites in the state. The first-of-its-kind protocol provides guidance to both state and federal officials on how to deal with military sites where perchlorate has likely been discharged in the proximity of drinking water supplies. The agreement could have national implications because while no other state has a similar protocol, 21 additional states have similar perchlorate issues.

Chesapeake sells assets of EcoWater

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation has sold the assets of Sharp Water of Florida (doing business locally as EcoWater Systems of Stuart) to Crystal Water Systems Inc., of Carson City, Nev. EcoWater, based in St. Paul, Minn., is the world’s oldest and largest manufacturer of water treatment and conditioning equipment. EcoWater of Stuart will continue to provide free water analysis and a full range of water solutions to residents in the area, Chesapeake reported. For more information on the sale, call (772) 692-1037.

High arsenic levels in N.H.

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

Sciences at the University of New Hampshire Durham are warning that the state has some of the nation’s highest levels of arsenic, especially in water wells in the Merrimack Valley. A 2003 federal study showed that there are more public and private wells in southeast New Hampshire exposed to potentially harmful levels of arsenic than in most of the rest of New England.

AWWA critical issues conference

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

The American Water Works Association hosted more than 500 water quality experts at its Water Quality Technology Conference in Texas in November. The conference, which included more than 30 technical sessions, brought together the world’s leading experts in the field to explore the latest advances in technology and discuss the unique challenges in providing a safe and abundant water supply. Participants examined the latest research and technology in desalination, membrane filtration, taste and odor issues, lead and disinfection byproducts. For additional information regarding the conference, visit http://www.awwa.org.

Aircraft water spurs action

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a commitment to implement new aircraft water testing and disinfection protocols after recent tests showed much of the water available on commercial airlines is susceptible to coliform and other bacteria. The EPA randomly tested 158 selected passenger aircraft in August/September 2004. Preliminary data shows that 12.6 percent of the domestic and international aircraft did not meet EPA standards.

Europe: Bulgaria spa water marketed

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

A new factory for bottling mineral water in Voditsa, Bulgaria has become the centerpiece of a large-scale investment program in the city. Zlaten Lev Holding opened Voditsa Bottling in November 2004 and according to preliminary estimates, has the potential to gain about 30 percent market share for mineral water in the country. The program drilled a spa spring in Voditsa from a depth of 1,200 meters, the deepest spa spring ever explored in Bulgaria. While the country has more than 1,000 kinds of spa springs, only three to four percent are used for commercial purposes.

Asia: India stops water production

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration of India has ordered 11 mineral water bottling units to stop production and distribution for not prescribing to norms outlined by the bureau in December 2003. The FDA order including suspension of certification for Briz Canadian Water plants at Thane and Badlapur, Sumeet Fluine plants at Thane and Talaseri, Shift Minerals, Surat Beverage Ltd., Aishwaria Industries, Pawan Aqua and Shreji Aqua. Two additional Parle Bisleri plants were closed, but re-certified later the same day.

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