Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine


Saturday, December 15th, 2001

By Carlos David Mogollón

New arsenic standard opens doors for POU/POE, again

It only took seven months and 11 days.

That’s the time from when the Bush Administration proposed withdrawing the new arsenic in drinking water standard of 10 ppb approved by Bill Clinton as one of the many “midnight regulations” signed in the waning hours of his presidency and affirmation of that new MCL. USEPA chief Christie Whitman, who suspended implementation March 20 for a general review, reaffirmed the new level on Halloween. It matches the World Health Organization guideline established in 1993—a fifth of the previous U.S. standard.

The new rule also reaffirms POU/POE water treatment’s import for small systems (and larger ones as well) in protecting customers and allowing consumers—particularly well owners—better peace of mind that the water they drink can meet the tighter restriction. But that still doesn’t mean a “plug and play” mentality can suffice in offering the assurance required. Because of the health risks of arsenic, as evidenced by a recent National Academy of Sciences report on cancer incidence, etc., treatment requires careful monitoring and maintenance to ensure system integrity. This isn’t lost on Whitman.

“Nearly 97 percent of the water systems affected by this rule are small systems that serve fewer than 10,000 people each,” she noted in her letter to Congress on the topic. “I recognize the challenges many small systems will face in complying with this standard, given their higher per capita costs. Therefore, I am committed to working closely with states and small water systems to identify ways to reduce arsenic levels at a reasonable cost to ratepayers.”

Thus, the USEPA plans to provide $20 million over two years for research and development of more cost-effective technologies to help small systems to meet the new standard, Whitman said. The agency will also provide technical assistance and training to operators of small systems to reduce compliance costs. And it will work with small communities to maximize grants and loans under current State Revolving Fund and Rural Utilities Service programs.

The compliance date still stands at January 2006, offering places like Albuquerque, N.M.—the city believed most seriously affected, considering naturally present arsenic levels averaging 13 ppb—a chance to prepare for it. The city, which is testing microfiltration and advanced oxidation removal techniques, estimates cost to meet the new standard at $250 million, more than half that for the entire state.

WQA technical director Joe Harrison said it likely will be cheaper: “WQA supports a standard of 10 or lower because our products can economically achieve that level. We could even go down to 5 ppb. This NDWAC Arsenic Cost Working Group brought that forward this summer. Instead of $30 or more a family, the cost is actually $20 or less for POU. With ROs these days, if a community signs up an entire community that’s easily achievable. These new absorbent medias, such as the one from a German university, GFH, and Apyron, are emerging as other cost effective methods. All of them are iron-based absorbents.”

Included on that working group were WQA World Assembly Division’s P.J. Regunathan, Arsenic Solutions Inc.’s Matt Simmons and Engelhard Corp.’s Frank Ardite.

On another note, an Italian affiliate of Austria’s BWT, chairman of Unione Agua Italia and WQA member (all the same guy) took umbrage with a letter from Pentair’s Jorge Fernandez soliciting corporate support of the International HPC Conference in April in Geneva, while using language critical of the German DIN standard for softeners. Nothing seemed ostensibly incorrect, but the letter—which focused on the standard’s impact on U.S. exports—should have been rewritten for a European audience.

Harrison said the WHO had signed on as a sponsor for the conference, cosponsored by NSF and supported by the USEPA and IBWA. WQA/WQRC are contributing $10,000. Another eight companies, as of early November, had committed $30,000. Fernandez was seeking at least $70,000 from 14 companies.


Thursday, November 15th, 2001

By Carlos David Mogollón

Make an enemy a friend with a clean glass of water

One thing’s certain. When you can’t go any lower, there’s only one place left to go. Up. While consumers and investors remain wary, the economic slide since last summer seems to have bottomed out—we hope—with the precipitous drop on U.S. stock markets following terrorist attacks Sept. 11 on the East Coast.

Although the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 14 percent the first week after New York exchanges reopened Sept. 17, the market rebounded sharply by the time a broad-based U.S.-led coalition began airstrikes against responsible terrorist and Taliban military targets in Afghanistan three weeks later.

The Dow recovered 884 points, or nearly 65 percent, of the 1,369 lost in the first week of trading following the attacks. The Nasdaq composite index, which lost 272 points, rose 106.50, or 7.1 percent, the week leading up to Oct. 7. A Raymond James Financial Services letter to clients, noting similar market action after other national crises (see Table), illuminates the trend.

These statistics are selective and don’t predict the future in a world vastly changed since the attacks. Who would have thought the former Soviet Union, China, Germany, Italy, France, Britain and the United States would all be on the same side of any issue, with allies including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan and India. Such coalitions, however, are fragile and maintaining them—particularly for a sustained effort to cripple global terrorism—requires more than careful reasoning and balancing divergent cultural and political interests. It requires looking to the root causes beneath the anger that lead to such terrorist acts.

One cause that can clearly be pointed to is the abject poverty in some of these nations. If people have nothing to care for, they have nothing to lose. Given that, raising the quality of life in such areas is the only long-term way to prevent such tragedies from reoccurring and ensure domestic tranquillity everywhere. Central to that is providing access to safe, sustainable water sources. We in the water quality improvement industry have a key role in that. It’s not the time to pull back in fear, but rather to press forward.

When the smoke clears from the battle, let it be said we did not shrink from our duties in offering relief from the desperation that led to this violence. Let it be known we offered a foe a clean glass of water and helped rebuild the irrigation systems destroyed nearly a millennium ago by Genghis Kahn, turning a once lush paradise at the heart of Islam’s power and civilization into a vast desert. Only then will true peace bloom. Only then will an “enemy” become a friend. Only then can we be safe in prosperity.

Table. Changes in Dow Jones Industrial Average after Tragic Events

Date 1 day later 1 week later 2 weeks later 1 year later 2 years later 3 years later
2/15/18981 -2.1% -5.9% -5.1% +24.9% +34.1% +41.4%
5/7/19152 -4.7% -7.3% -0.4% +35.9% +40.0% +23.6%
12/7/19413 -2.9% -4.6% -6.6% -0.8% +13.8% +28.2%
10/27/19624 +1.8% +6.3% +8.3% +33.8% +57.3% +68.6%
11/22/19635 +4.5% +5.5% +6.9% +25.0% +33.0% 11.7%
8/4/19646 0.0% -0.6% +1.2% +7.2% +3.1% +10.9%
8/2/19907 -1.9% -3.7% -6.4% +4.9% +18.5% +24.3%
2/26/19938 -0.5% +1.0% +1.7% +13.9% +19.0% +65.1%
4/19/19959 +0.6% +2.2% +3.9% +31.6% +59.3% +117.9%
Average -0.6% -0.8% +0.4% +19.6% +30.9% +43.5%

  1. USS Maine bombed launching Spanish-American War
  2. Lusitania torpedoed early in World War II, killing 1,198 including 128 U.S. citizens
  3. Pearl Harbor attacked, killing 2,403 and prompting U.S. entry into World War II
  4. Cuban missile crisis
  5. Pres. John F. Kennedy assassination
  6. Gulf of Tonkin incident in Vietnam
  7. Iraq invades Kuwait prompting the Gulf War
  8. World Trade Center bombed, first terrorist attack on U.S. soil
  9. Oklahoma City federal building bombed

SOURCES: CS First Boston, http://markethistory.com, Buehler Capital Management


Thursday, November 15th, 2001

Water industry loses ambassador at 58; Cammack headed Alamo for 25 years
Huette “Sonny” Cammack, founder of Alamo Water Refiners Inc., of San Antonio, passed away on September 30. He is survived by a brother, Addison Cammack; a son, John Dan Cammack; three stepchildren; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Sonny was 58. He established the retail water conditioning company in 1965. In 1978, the retail business was discontinued and Alamo became a manufacturer and wholesaler to the entire water treatment market. In August 2000, Marmon Group, of Chicago, purchased Alamo and subsequently merged last Jan. 1 with Matt-Son Inc. and Ecodyne Water Treatment Inc. Sonny was a founding member of the Texas Water Quality Association (TWQA) and served as its president and on many committees. An active member of the national WQA, he was on the board of directors for six years.

Jo Grace, executive director of TWQA, said, “Throughout those 28 years, anddespite the growth and expansion of his company from retail to retail/supplier to supplier/manufacturer, Sonny never forgot his humble beginnings and was always there to share his expertise, knowledge and experience with the ‘new man on the block’ as well as the people and businesses that had grown up with him… Sonny was always there for us individually and for us each personally. We had hoped he would be passing the gavel from the ‘old’ guard to the relatively ‘new’ and certainly the next generation, when we have our 30th anniversary party in 2003.”

Bill Hall, president of Amigo Enterprises Inc., of Azle, Texas, attended the funeral services and said of his friend, “I first knew Sonny as a competitor and, for many years, as my boss. Sonny was my friend. That statement as of itself may not sound like much but I heard it repeated hundreds of times at his memorial service (on Oct. 3). As I recollect what all the people in attendance said about Sonny, I am convinced that the statement ‘he was my friend’ is the greatest tribute we can pay to this great man.”

Ian Knapp, president of Alamo, recalled, “In all, I worked with Sonny for less than two years but, because it was Sonny, it feels like I’ve known him much longer. He had an incomparable way of making people feel welcome and at home. Sonny was my chief advisor after Alamo was purchased and more like a big brother guiding me through unfamiliar territory.  His boots can’t be filled, but we will all work to make this Alamo the best memorial that we can to the man who started it all.”

In lieu of flowers, the Cammack family has asked that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association at (800) 342-2383 or www.diabetes.org or St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 315 E. Pecan St., San Antonio, TX 78205. Cards can also be sent to Dan Cammack, 2611 Menard, San Antonio, TX 78251.

Severn exec added to board
The European Bottled Water Association (EBWA) has announced the appointment of Marwan Nesicolaci, general manager of international sales and marketing for Fort Washington, Pa.-based Severn Trent Services, to its board of directors. The move represents Nesicolaci’s second, three-year term with the EBWA. Prior to joining Severn Trent, he was founder and president of Universal Aqua Technologies—an international manufacturer of reverse osmosis, water purification systems and bottled water equipment. Severn Trent acquired the company last year. Nesicolaci earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in international finance from UCLA.

Beck gets new part owner
Neil Callahan, senior director of the Infrastructure Practice at R. W. Beck Inc., of Farmington, Mass., has been elected an owner of the company. R. W. Beck is an international management consulting and engineering firm. His election by the firm’s board of directors was in recognition of his four-year tenure and expertise in the rapidly-growing water/wastewater market. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental science from Rutgers University.

Bertera chosen to head WEF
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has selected William Bertera as its executive director. He began his post on Nov. 1, replacing Quincalee Brown, who retired after 15 years at WEF’s helm. Previously, Bertera was the executive director of the Society for Nuclear Medicine. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from American International College and a master’s degree in urban affairs from American University.

USEPA nominee drops out
Sensing his nomination would be roadblocked, former Ohio environmental official Donald Schregardus withdrew his name from consideration to head the USEPA’s enforcement office. Schreg-ardus, a former USEPA regional official and director of the Ohio EPA, drew sharp criticism from Democrats and environmental groups concerned that the Bush Administration is making efforts to weaken the office. The Ohio USEPA office launched a wide-ranging review of Ohio’s environmental program last year in response to complaints and petitions from several environmental groups.  

StonePoint adds 2 to staff
StonePoint Group Ltd., of Vancouver, British Columbia, has announced the appointment of Paul Kirkman to executive vice president of sales for U.S. operations. Also, the company named Theodore Konyi to its board of directors. Kirkman has 21 years of experience in the beverage industry. Kirkman joins StonePoint from Water Source One where he was responsible for the sales and marketing of bottled water products for many national accounts for a partnership of privately owned bottling plants. StonePoint is a diversified beverage company that develops, produces and markets premium beverages for the private label and branded markets.

IACC puts one more in hall
Mietek Jaroniec, Ph.D., a professor at Kent State University, received the annual Activated Carbon Hall of Fame award at the 9th International Activated Carbon Conference in September. Jaroniec received the honor in large part for his “new porous carbons.” Previous award recipients include Dr. Milton Manes, George Tobias (deceased), Jonathan Cooper, Dr. Amos Turk and Gordon Culp.


Monday, October 15th, 2001

By Carlos David Mogollón

America Under Attack—September 11

We will never look at this date the same way again. It will join others in the pantheon of our collective memory. Yet as we watched TV screens in horror as scenes unfolded in New York City, Washington, D.C., and the Pennsylvania countryside, my mind turned to quotes of others more profound than I. Reminders of this day will not be lost just to the pages of history, but these declarations from times past may offer some solace to those who seek it in understanding the tragedy of our times:

“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

Thomas Jefferson, U.S. president (1743-1826)

“The temple of our purest thoughts is silence.”

Sarah J. Hale, American author (1788-1879)

“Something startles me where I thought I was safest,
I withdraw from the still woods I loved…”

Walt Whitman, American poet (1819-1892)

“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.”

Mark Twain, American author (1835-1910)

“No person was ever honoured for what he received. Honour has been the reward for what he gave.”

Calvin Coolidge, U.S. president (1872-1933)

“All out of doors looked darkly at him,
Through the thin frost, almost in separate stars,
That gathers on the pane in empty rooms.”

Robert Frost, American poet (1874-1963)

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”

John F. Kennedy, U.S. president (1917-1963)

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Martin Luther King, Jr., American minister and civil rights leader (1929-1968)

“To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger.”

James Baldwin, American author (1924-1987)

“So little time we live in Time,
And we learn all so painfully,
That we may spare this hour’s term
To practice all Eternity.”

Robert Penn Warren, American poet laureate (1905-1989)

“That’s the way freedom is, and we wouldn’t change it in a minute… Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journey continue… We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, as they… ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.’ ”

Ronald Reagan, U.S. president (1911- ), memorial to those who died on the space shuttle Challenger, Jan. 28, 1986

The Water Quality Association announced the WQA Mid-Year Leadership Conference in Sedona, Ariz., Sept. 19-22, was canceled. All registration fees will be refunded unless otherwise specified. WC&P recommends members decline refunds in support of the Water Quality Research Council. Also, an agreement has been worked out with Amtrak for discounted fares to those planning to attend the WQA Convention in New Orleans in March 2002, said executive director Peter Censky.


Monday, October 15th, 2001

Harmsco names COO, 2 others
North Palm Beach, Fla.-based Harmsco Filtration Products announced the appointment of Mike Heald as president and chief operating officer. Heald has served as the company’s vice president and general manager since June 2000. He was named vice president of Harmsco in 1992, after serving five years as the company’s production manager. In other company moves, Richard Barreto has been named director of sales and worldwide marketing. He has experience in filtration sales and project management with over 15 years in the environmental arena with several companies including Allied/Signal. Also, Michael Brachfeld was appointed to corporate controller of Harmsco. A certified public accountant, Brachfeld has a bachelor’s degree in management from Tulane University and a master’s degree in accounting from Florida International University.

Nelsen plans for growth
Nelsen Corp., of Akron, Ohio, has appointed Bob Matthews to national sales manager. Formerly southeast regional manager for Alamo Water Refiners, Matthews has 16 years of experience in various sales and managerial positions within the industry. In other company news, Nelsen plans a major office and warehouse addition. The project is expected to be completed early next year and will include state-of-the-art production facilities and improved shipping capabilities.

Trojan picks new CEO
Canada-based Trojan Technologies Inc. has appointed Allan Bulckaert as its president and chief executive officer, effective Oct. 1. He brings experience in managing global operations in a manufacturing and high-tech competitive environment. He has overseen international operations in France, Korea, Mexico, Germany, Japan, the Czech Republic, as well as Chatham and London, Canada. Bulckaert earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Western Ontario.  

Taylor adds Nash to team
Taylor Technologies, of Sparks, Md., has brought on Jessica Nash as a customer service representative to keep pace with the company’s core markets—industrial water treatment and pool/spa water management. Taylor targets public and private sector operations that involve routine analysis of water quality. These include pool and spa water maintenance, boiler and cooler system operation, potable water and wastewater treatment, industrial operational control, and food and beverage production.

Journal gets new editor
Dr. Mary Anderson, chair of the department of geology and geophysics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been appointed editor-in-chief of Ground Water, a bi-monthly peer-reviewed journal of the National Ground Water Association. Anderson will succeed Warren Wood, a research hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Va. Ground Water, a 39-year-old journal published by NGWA, features scientific articles for and by professional groundwater hydrologists. Anderson assumes her editorial responsibilities Jan. 1. She earned a doctorate degree in hydrology from Stanford University.  

Green named Norit manager
Judith Green has joined Atlanta-based Norit Americas as the business manager for membranes and systems. Most recently, Green served as marketing director for Beacon e-Commerce where she managed national accounts for procurement of filtration products on its website. Prior to that, she was regional sales manager for Koch Membrane Systems and sales engineer for Osmonics. Green graduated from the University of North Carolina with a mechanical engineering degree. She also has bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology from Geneva College. Norit manufactures and sells hollow fiber and tubular membranes that are used in a variety of markets including potable water, municipal and industrial waste waters and beverage filtration.

Donoho becomes VP at IBWA
The International Bottled Water Association appointed Patrick Donoho as vice president of government relations. Donoho joined the association after serving as vice president, government affairs and public policy at the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, which represents managed care pharmacies and its healthcare partners in all areas of pharmaceutical care. He has over 25 years of government affairs experience at the federal, state and local levels. Donoho has a bachelor’s degree in political science and German from the University of Minnesota.

Fisher CEO steps down
Fisher Manufacturing Co. announced in June the retirement of CEO Ray Fisher Sr. after 43 years in the family-owned business. He will remain chairman of the board. Fisher Manufacturing, of Tulare, Calif., produces commercial plumbing products for food service and related industries.

Bowman speaks at AWQA
Dennis Bowman, president of Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Eco-Tech, addressed Arizona Water Quality Association members at a luncheon held Aug. 24. He discussed proper drain connections and air gaps. The company manufactures and distributes drain connections for undercounter RO units and distillers, including air gaps for residential and commercial water softeners and RO units.

ASCE names institutes’ head
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in July named C. Gary Carroll as executive director of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute, Architectural Engineering Institute and the Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute. His areas of expertise include planning, designing and constructing water treatment plants and wastewater facilities; developing water quality studies and managing construction services. Carroll holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Idaho.


Saturday, September 15th, 2001

WQA bids adieu to Wyckoff
Dan Wyckoff, CWS-VI, left his post at the Water Quality Association as world assembly director. His last day was July 20. He has been with the WQA for five years and worked to develop the World Assembly Division (WAD). Wyckoff is headed to A.J. Antunes & Co., of Carol Stream, Ill., as the managing director of new business development for its filtration division. He plans to stay active with the WQA and the WAD.

Bharwada named Zenon VP
Zenon Environmental Inc., of Ontario, Canada, has appointed Upen Bharwada as vice president of membrane technology, effective immediately. He will manage the company’s membrane manufacturing and membrane related research and development initiatives. Prior to joining Zenon, Bharwada worked for the Dow Chemical Co. for 17 years. In his most recent position, he was vice president of research and development as well as a member of the board of directors of the Filmtec Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering and has a master’s degree in marketing/international business.

Rose receives NWRI honor
The National Water Research Institute announced that microbiologist Joan Rose, Ph.D., has received the annual Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. NWRI established the prize in 1993 to award outstanding research scientists who have implemented better water science research and technology. The prize includes a 14-karat gold medallion and $50,000 award. It was presented to Rose at a ceremony on July 25. She is a professor of water microbiology in the College of Marine Sciences at the University of South Florida in Sarasota, Fla. She received her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in microbiology from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in microbiology from the University of Wyoming.

VP selected at Apyron
Atlanta-based Apyron Technologies Inc. has appointed John Morine as vice president of business development. He brings more than 19 years of experience to the company. His main responsibility is to promote new business development in the water treatment industry, specifically in antimicrobial and arsenic adsorbent technology, two of Apyron’s specialty areas. Prior to joining Apyron, Morine served as the executive director of research and development for Everpure, a unit of USFilter and Vivendi Environnement.

Giles lauded for effort
Carroll Giles, of Dayton (Ohio) Water Systems, was honored for his sales efforts at the EcoWater Systems International convention in Blaine, Wash. He has won the award every year since 1993, except for 1998. Giles has been at Dayton Water Systems for 36 years. EcoWater Systems Inc., of St. Paul, Minn., is the world’s largest manufacturer of residential automatic water conditioning equipment.

Trinity adds Robb to board
Trinity Springs Ltd., of Ketchum, Idaho, and bottler of Trinity® spring water, announced in July that Walter Robb has been named to the company’s board of directors. Robb is a 25-year veteran of the natural foods industry and executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market®.

Three added at B&V
Black & Veatch, of Kansas City, Mo., an engineering and construction firm, has added three new positions to its design-build and construction practices for its Water Sector, Americas Division. Bill Jones, vice president of design-build, will be responsible for all aspects of the design-build project execution. Blake Childress has been named vice president of business development. Jack Small has been named manager of construction.

IWG adds board member
International Water-Guard Industries Inc. announced in June that Ryaz Shariff has accepted an invitation to join the company’s board of directors. Since leaving the investment business in 1997, Shariff has been involved in restructuring and financing early-stage growth companies. He holds a chartered financial analyst designation. IWG is a Canadian water treatment company providing total water treatment solutions to aviation, industrial/commercial and residential customers throughout the world.

Search begins for new CEO
Canadian-based Trojan Technologies Inc. said in July that Henry Vander Laan will be retiring as president and chief executive officer. The company is implementing its CEO transition plan, and is actively seeking a replacement for Vander Laan, its founder and CEO since 1977.

Northwest promotes 3
Northwest Pipe Co., of Portland, Ore., has promoted Charles Koenig, Terrence Mitchell and Gary Stokes. Koenig is now senior vice president and general manager of Northwest’s Water Transmission Group. Mitchell has become senior vice president and general manager of the company’s Tubular Products Group. Stokes was promoted to senior vice president and general manager of the Water Transmission Group.

Godfrey becomes new VP
Advanced Medical Technologies Inc., of Boca Raton, Fla., has appointed D. Michael Godfrey as vice president of operations, effective immediately. Previously, he has worked at Texas Instruments, Fairchild Semiconductor, Raytheon and All American.

Gable chosen to run Harden
Fisher Manufacturing Co., of Tulare, Calif., has named Donn Gable as president of Harden Industries—a brand of decorative solid-brass faucets and fixtures—which Fisher recently purchased. Gable will also keep his previous position as Fisher’s vice president of business development. Fisher produces commercial plumbing products for food service and related industries.


Saturday, September 15th, 2001

By Carlos David Mongollón

What now WQA World Assembly Division?

It’s rather timely that with our annual “International” issue there’s a changing of the guard at the Water Quality Association’s World Assembly Division (WQA-WAD).

In July, Dan Wyckoff, WAD director since 1997, left to become business development manager for the new filtration division of Chicago’s A.J. Antunes & Co. Culligan international sales coordinator before becoming WAD’s first director, he said he let WQA executive director Peter Censky know last year he was seeking a position back in the private sector. He remains highly supportive of WAD’s mission to improve the quality of industry professionals globally, but noted “there’s always been different opinions as to what the WQA and World Assembly’s long term function should be.”

Some U.S. dealers complain about WQA spending on WAD with little benefit to their business, while the WQA Board of Governors presses WAD to remain self-sustaining. Membership has leveled off with foreign members and companies complaining WAD committees are made up mostly of Americans and meetings held largely in the United States. To its credit, WAD has sponsored trade shows in Mexico, Singapore, Amsterdam and Brazil. And it’s promoted regulatory harmonization, improved delivery of education programs and foreign WQA chapters with degrees of success during several periods of financial turmoil globally. All agree, though, Wyckoff’s departure leaves an opportunity for new goals and direction at WAD just as its executive committee is in the process of redefining those with a new business plan.

Bill Prior, the first World Assembly executive committee chairman and Kinetico co-founder, says revolutionary change is in order. He wrote a report on the subject for WAD advisory board chairman Danny Taragan of Israel’s Tana Industries. In it, he lays out a case for restructuring the WQA as an international manufacturers association that supports autonomous national chapters focused mainly on dealers and sales distribution channels. As factors supporting this, he points to consolidation and globalization of a manufacturing base less focused solely on the U.S. market, dissatisfaction of U.S. dealers with a diminished role in WQA, perceptions WQA is simply “a U.S. organization meddling in international affairs” with few non-U.S. participants and a lack of effective voice for them in governance, and growing competition from other associations on a global scale. He proposes a series of meetings coordinated with a consultant for a six-month effort to redefine the WQA and develop a new entity that more aptly captures the breadth of a booming global industry. Prior likens this to the type of visionary thinking that led to the merging of the WCAI and WCF in 1974 to create the WQA.

Current WQA president C.R. Hall says he respects Prior as one of the industry’s best “big picture” thinkers, but that his idea may be “too far ahead of the curve.”

“The concern we have—and it’s a chicken or the egg thing—is the reality of today, where the majority of the industry is in the U.S. with most of its management, production, distribution (and) end-users here… ” Hall said. “I most fervently believe we need to be global. We also need to look at where dues are coming from, where members are coming from and where committee members are coming from… The world’s changing. We just need to decide how far ahead or how close behind we want to be on that.”

Still, Hall, Censky and Ray Jaglowski, WAD executive committee chairman, say Wyckoff’s replacement will need to be less of an administrator and more of a visionary along the lines Prior discusses to set the stage for the organization’s next phase. As such, they note P.J. Regunathan, formerly of Culligan, will likely take over WAD’s standards and regulations advocacy. It’s not clear whether other key WAD administrative functions such as trade shows and educational programs will get their own coordinator. This is to free the new director to promote global goals of WQA and support affiliate groups.

“One thing I can say with great confidence is World Assembly is self funding… And WAD does bring members into WQA who otherwise probably would not join… More importantly, this is a global community and what happens in other countries as far as how POU and POE devices are regulated can have a material and direct impact in the future on how these products are marketed in the U.S.,” stressed Jaglowski, who took early retirement from Access Business Group LLC (Amway) in August to become NSF International vice president of business development.


Saturday, August 25th, 2001

WQA honors 10 standouts
The Water Quality Association recently released a photo showing this year’s recipients of awards of recognition. They were announced at the group’s annual awards banquet in March. The WQA’s awards committee reviews nominees and selects the winners. This year’s award recipients are Jack Lorenzen, of Quality Water Services Inc.; W. Gordon Miller, of Cleanwater Corp. of America; Orville Schaefer, of Schaefer Water Centers; Tony Pagliaro, of Nimbus Water Systems; Peter Cartwright, of Cartwright Consulting Co.; Carol Russell, of Eastern Water Quality Association; F. Stuart Mitchell, of Punta Gordon; Scott Brane, of Flowmatic Systems Inc.; and Bruce Stump, of USFilter-Plymouth Products. The late John Scott, of The Marmon Water Group, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Goguen will compete for U.S.
Brenda Goguen, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va., is this year’s U.S. winner for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the world’s most prestigious water science prize for youth. Goguen, whose research challenges the theory that Pfiesteria picicida caused the crippling fish kills in the late 1990s in the Chesapeake Bay region, will go on to compete with finalists from 22 countries during World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. The grand prize will be presented by HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. Last year, Ashley Mulroy of the United States won the grand prize.

Moves made at Nalco
ONDEO Nalco announced the promotion of several executives within the company. William Roe has been named executive vice president and COO replacing Steven Newlin, who elected early retirement with the company’s recent acquisition by Suez Lyonnaisse des Eaux. Peter Smith has been named group vice president of the Pacific Division. James Ondyak has been promoted to group vice president of the process division. Monte Krier, formerly general manager of Nalco Diversified Technologies, has been promoted to vice president of corporate marketing.

Osmonics picks new VP
Richard Elliott joins Osmonics Household Water Group as vice president and general manager. Having previously served as president of four manufacturing companies, including EcoWater Systems Inc., Elliott brings knowledge of the water treatment industry and general management experience. He will report to Ed Fierko, Osmonics president and COO. Elliott received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned his master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University.   

Students feted by NGWA
The NGWA’s Educational Foundation presented special groundwater project awards to high school students at the 2001 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Winners at this year’s fair in San Jose, Calif., were Tanner Brunsdale, of Bountiful, Utah, who received first place and $500. His project was “Surfactant-Enhanced Aquifer Remediation of DNAPLs.” Jessica Lenz, of Waterloo, Ill., received second place and $250. Her project was “Do Slope and Land Use Affect Seasonal High Water Tables?” Jessica Parker, of Brooksville, Fla., received $200 for third place. Her project was “Hydrology of a Hilltop Aquifer.”

Board gets ex-official
Dr. Mostafa Tolba has joined WaterChef’s board of scientific advisors. Tolba served as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, and executive director of the U.N. Environmental Program from 1976 to 1992. He received his doctorate degree in microbiology from Imperial College in London. WaterChef is a pure water systems manufacturer.   

CH2M adds to water group
CH2M Hill, of Denver, has announced that Elisa Speranza has joined the firm as a market segment director for its Global Water Business Group. Speranza will help to identify strategic trends in the drinking water market. In prior posts, she has served as deputy director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and as special projects manager for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission. She was a vice president of the AWWA and served on the board of the New England Water Works Association, a section of AWWA. She currently serves on AWWA’s Administrative and Policy Council and on the board of Water for People.

Bulus set to head Praxair Asia
Domingos Bulus has been appointed president of Praxair Asia, effective July 1. Bulus is the former executive director of the Andean region (Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela) for the South American operations of Danbury, Conn.-based Praxair Inc. A native of Brazil, Bulus earned a mechanical engineering degree from Gama Filho University in Rio de Janeiro and a master’s degree in human resources from Amana Key in Sao Paulo. Praxair’s industries include aerospace, food and beverage healthcare, semiconductor materials, steel, chemicals and refining, metal fabrication, water treatment, glass and others.

Alamo engineers a few additions
San Antonio-based Alamo Water has announced the following engineering additions to its industrial division in Naperville, Ill. Dave Anderson, formerly a project manager at USFilter, has joined Alamo as engineering manager. He has more than 18 years experience in the water treatment industry. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Illinois. E. Veronica Castillo joined Alamo as an application engineer in May. She began her career with Nalco Chemical Co., and has previous experience in process engineering, chemicals purchasing, and operations planning and logistics. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Alamo sells and supports product needs to independent water distributors.


Saturday, August 25th, 2001

Carlos David Mogollón, WC&P Executive Editor

Perrier Restricts Ozone Use Awaiting Better Control Options

A nearly yearlong reevaluation of impending new disinfection by-product (DBP) rules and ozonation at The Perrier Group of America, based in Greenwich, Conn., means big things for the oxidant/disinfectant’s continued use as part of water bottlers’ treatment regimen.

Perrier—the No. 1 water bottling company worldwide—declined to comment directly on rumors it discontinued ozonation of process water as of June 1 at its U.S. bottling plants.

National technical manager Kent Kise acknowledged, though, Perrier was concerned because of final DBP rules for which the effective date for bottled water was set by the Food and Drug Administration for Jan. 1, 2002, according to the July 5 Federal Register. This sets a limit for bromate, a by-product of ozone in waters containing the organic bromide ion, at 10 ppb. The final rule was released for public comment on March 28, and did not lower the restriction for bromate from an earlier version as some feared might occur.

Still, Kise noted, bottlers must take bromate into better account in their production processes since its occurrence is “event driven” and inconsistent. Because bottled water production involves a lot of stops and starts rather than a continuous process such as municipal water treatment, this requires more monitoring and control needs and a broader understanding by ozone vendors of bottling applications, he said.

“I would not want to send a message that ozone is a bad actor,” he said. “The point is, it just needs to be properly managed, properly controlled and more technically understood from a vendor standpoint. They need to be able to say here’s the hardware, here’s how it affects your industry and here’s the scientific testing and verification that its effective in these conditions. It’s very much an industry without a lot of direct data to support that.”

For now, Kise said, Perrier is looking at UV “as a disinfectant of choice,” recognizing it as one component of a multi-barrier system. He said ozone will continue to be an important part of the industry and Perrier’s treatment train, but may be relegated to bottle washing and sanitizing unless better control can be established to anticipate and reduce bromate formation.

GDT Water Process Corp. president Paul Overbeck—past chairman of the WQA Ozone Task Force and International Ozone Association technical committee—said ozone generator and contacting system makers are already focusing on those needs with more responsive PID (proportional integral derivative) control loops (see p. 74 this issue).
“So, pulling ozone completely from the bottled water process, meaning ‘water treatment and reusable bottle cleaning,’ would be a mistake,” Overbeck said. “I’m confident ozone will be used as a final rinse with high-residual ozonation as a minimum and, hopefully, a well-controlled ozone system will assure integrity of the water prior to bottling.”

Kise said one benefit is the issue has forced bottlers to integrate understanding such core competencies more into their business and pulled the ozone industry to the table to determine how to offer more consistent ozone dosing in bottled water applications.

It’s also important to note, while bromate formation isn’t a localized or regional issue, USEPA sources indicate less than 15 percent of U.S. waters are potentially affected. Thus, it’s important bottlers analyze for it and consult ozone vendors with a proper response if encountered. This is underscored by planned changes to the International Bottled Water Association’s “Model Code” to require quarterly monitoring for bromide in raw water and bromide/bromate in finished water, confirms the IBWA’s David Dexter.

Kise said another benefit of the July 5 DBP ruling was the FDA won’t require bottled water already on the market to be pulled from store shelves, which is important considering it has an effective shelf life of two years.
On a side note, the FDA also ruled July 5 it wouldn’t issue regulations for bottled water on removal of Cryptosporidium since: 1) 75 percent use groundwater as their source (i.e., artesian well, spring and mineral water), which isn’t expected to contain the protozoa; and 2) the other 25 percent use municipal public water sources already required to treat for it by USEPA rules.

Now, there’s some pragmatic good news.


Wednesday, July 25th, 2001

Pall Canada tabs manager
Pall Canada Ltd. has hired Leigh McDemott as business unit manager to cover the Canadian municipal water market. Leigh comes to Pall with broad experience in membrane technologies and water treatment for a wide range of industries including pharmaceutical process water and mining wastewater. He earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Western Ontario.

Aqua-Pure names new CEO
Jacob Halldorson, on behalf of Calgary, Alberta-based Aqua-Pure Ventures Inc.’s board, appointed Clifford Alexander, former COO, as company president and CEO. Alexander joined Aqua-Pure as COO in October 2000. With over 17 years experience in Canada, the United States and South America, he has experience in refining, chemicals, petrochemicals and municipal and industrial water treatment.

Zenon CEO gets AWWA prize
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) in May presented Dr. Andrew Benedek, chairman and CEO of Zenon Environmental Inc., with this year’s George Warren Fuller Award. The award recognizes the service of one of its members with respect to his/her engineering skill, diplomatic talent and leadership.

Naltex adds to sales team
Naltex announced the addition of Cliff Loveland as senior sales executive. He will operate out of the Detroit area. Naltex is a major manufacturer of extruded thermoplastic netting for the filtration industry.

CET buys stock from ex-VP
CET Environmental Services Inc. reached an agreement in May to purchase a significant block of its common stock from Douglas Cotton, the former director and executive vice president of the company, as well as settle certain issues surrounding his resignation last September. The company will purchase Cotton’s common stock, which amounts to 631,514 shares or approximately 10 percent of the outstanding shares.

B&V names new president
Black & Veatch Corp., of Kansas City, Mo., appointed Dwane Stone as president of the company’s process division. Stone earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in finance from the University of Houston. Black & Veatch is a global engineering and construction firm specializing in the fields of energy, water and information technology.

Tribuno promoted to VP
Scott/Bacharach Instruments LLC, of Exton, Pa., announced the promotion of its controller, Al Tribuno, to vice president of finance and operations. Tribuno has more than 14 years of finance experience. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ursinus College and is working toward his master’s in business administration at Penn State University.  

Uniloy gains unit manager
Ronald Lamanna has joined blow-molding manufacturer Uniloy Milacron, of Manchester, Mich., as business unit manager for molds, parts and services. He will be responsible for strategic planning and development of the company’s third party, aftermarket parts and customer service business segments. Lamanna holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Grove City College.

Buetow becomes Pentair VP
Pentair Water Technologies announced the promotion of Kathleen Buetow to vice president and general manager of Ashland Operations (Hydromatic and Myers), a unit of Pentair Pump Group. She has over 13 years in the pump industry serving in varying management roles with Myers. The Pentair Pump Group manufactures and sells products under Aurora Pump, Fairbanks Morse, Hydromatic, Myers, Layne/Verti-line, Water Ace and Shur-Dri brands serving the commercial, industrial, municipal and residential markets.

2 appointed at Solvay
William Barnes was promoted to vice president of human resources, regulatory affairs and purchasing, at Solvay Interox Inc. Previously, he was director of logistics at Solvay. He joined the company in 1988. Barnes holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of William and Mary, and a master’s degree in chemistry and a doctorate in analytical chemistry from Purdue University. Meanwhile, Dan Magid was appointed to logistics and e-commerce director. Previously, Magid was marketing director. He has been with Solvay since 1979. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Texas, and a master’s degree in business from the University of Houston.

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