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Global Spotlight

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

North America
New system for California prison
Pure Water Works Inc. announced the installation of a high-purity water system at the Valley State Penitentiary in Chowchilla, CA. The system went into a vision lab, the infrastructure built using prison labor. This state-of-the-art optical lab will be run by the prison population and provide eyewear to prisoners. It will also give marketable skills to inmates for use after their release.

WQA supports US EPA recommendations
The Water Quality Association announced that it supports the US EPA recommendation that residents of Newark, NJ use bottled water until further testing can verify that the amount of lead in the water delivered to homes and businesses does not exceed the design and scope of water filtration products to effectively reduce lead to safe levels. Based on the limited information available currently, the lead levels in water coming to the filters may exceed the 150 ppb for which they are tested under the American National Standards. If so, these high lead levels could exceed filter design and the scope of the product certification and thus, the ability to reach the US EPA safe drinking-water standard of 15 ppb.

ASSE standards available
ASSE International has published two new Listing Evaluation Criteria (LEC) documents: ASSE LEC 2004-2019, Drinking Water Treatment Systems Using Air as a Source and ASSE LEC 2006-2019, Point of Entry Reverse Osmosis Systems. ASSE LEC 2004 Systems, also known as atmospheric water generators, are used to produce drinking water by using humidity as a source. Atmospheric water generation becomes a real source of water supply in places where tap water is not available or where the quality of tap water does not meet consumer requirements. ASSE LEC 2006 POE RO Systems are used to treat and improve water quality as well. The document covers systems that produce a product flowrate of at least two gpm (7.6 L/min) out of the system.

Four decades of ATS
Alpine Technical Solutions announced it is celebrating 40 years in business.The original CEO, Robert Allred, began operations out of his pea-green station wagon in 1979. He catapulted the business into a leading water treatment and safety shower company that his son, Richard Allred, took over and expanded in Brazil, with plans to move into Uruguay, Saudi Arabia, China and India, as well as in other areas of the US.

Water tasting event requirements announced
The 30th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, produced by Travel Berkeley Springs, is the largest and longest running of its kind in the world, acclaimed by media as the world’s most prestigious water tasting. The event will take place in Berkeley Springs, WV February 20-23, 2020. New this year there will be no entry fees for winners of regional AWWA competitions, as a congratulatory gift from the event’s producer. The entry deadline is February 1, 2020.

Study on submersible pumps released
The submersible-pump type remains lucrative as investments in wastewater treatment and water supply projects see a hike, according to a Persistence Market Research study. The production rate of pumps is increasing across the globe, which is backed by demand from countries in Asia Pacific, Latin America and MEA. The global demand for pumps is directly correlated to infrastructure development activities worldwide. The global market for pumps witnessed significant growth in 2018 and is anticipated to reach a market value of $40 billion (USD) in 2019.

Latin America
ENEPAC collaboration announced
TRENDS Industrial (developer of the ENAPAC solar-powered desalination project) and the Sustainable Minerals Institute International Centre of Excellence-Chile (SMI-ICE-Chile, an entity of The University of Queensland, Australia) have signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of a project on an optimization supply model for the use of desalinated water in the Atacama Region. The country—and the Atacama Region in particular—is suffering from a severe drought. Continued and future industrial development, especially by the mining industry, will depend on having effective strategies in place to ensure sustainable water supply and demand management.

Europe
Aquatech news
Three months before the show, Aquatech Global Events announced that Aquatech Amsterdam is now 99-percent sold out. This is especially noteworthy as the show moves to larger halls this year. Over 1,000 exhibitors and 25,000 water professionals are anticipated to visit Amsterdam for a week of networking and knowledge sharing with industry peers. It is a festive edition as the show, born in 1964, celebrates its 55th anniversary. The first Aquatech Innovation Forum set for November 4 is nearing completion. Thirty speakers, including 15 water utilities, have confirmed to speak. With more than four months to go until its inaugural event, Aquatech is pleased to announce that 80 percent of the conference program for the Innovation Forum is now complete.

Canary Island project announced
IDE Technologies announced that is continuing a 50-year tradition of providing desalination plants to the Canary Islands by supplying a chemical-free SWRO solution to Aguas De Arguineguín, a water utility company. The plant has a capacity of 1,000 m3/day and utilizes IDE PROGREEN, which delivers affordable, clean water without the use of chemicals and with reduced energy consumption. The plant will be able to better meet increasing water demands due to tourism, without using harmful chemicals. Arguineguín is a picturesque tourist location on Gran Canaria’s south coast, the largest island in the archipelago. The existing desalination plant was built 36 years ago. IDE was awarded the project in late 2017, which included production and distribution.

Asia
Grundfos expansion announced
In August, P.T. Grundfos Pompa inaugurated its new office building in Surabaya, Indonesia. The new branch office is proof of Grundfos’ steady growth in Indonesia and will help cater to customers across key segments including industry, water utility, and commercial and domestic building services. Kim Jensen, Regional Managing Director-Grundfos Asia Pacific Region, Giancarlo Roggiolani, General Manager-Grundfos Indonesia & Philippines along with the key management team members from Indonesia, customers and partners were present at the inaugural event.

India sustainable water model to be developed
SPML Infra Limited, India’s leading water management company will play a key role in the development of sustainable water infrastructure to realize the vision of Nal Se Jal. This ambitious scheme announced by the Finance Minister aims to provide piped water connection to every household in India by 2024. Given the massive number of connecting about 140 million remaining rural and urban households in five years’ time will be a challenging task.

Viewpoint: Fall is coming…are you ready?

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

Fall temperatures should be coming your way soon, probably by the end of the month in the northernmost states. While southern states will continue to endure high temperatures longer, cooler weather will be welcome in most other places. Some companies will have to look for full- or part-time help if their family businesses are buoyed by school-aged relatives picking up the slack during the busy months. Their return to school may provide job opportunities for others, even if only short term.
With a wide range of contaminants being discussed in the media, many people may come to the conclusion that drinking water outside the home could be hazardous to their health. From lead to radon, Cryptosporidum to E. coli and everything in between, this is what helps drive business to dealers and manufacturers alike. And with many new reports on microplastics as an emerging contaminant, the shift back to public drinking water fountains in many areas is welcome, as are some of the newer containers trending upward into the consciousness of Millennial buyers.
In today’s beverage dispensing equipment (be it water, coffee, tea or other beverages), there are a host of water quality treatment options, including built-in UV disinfection, which gives consumers an added layer of protection and peace of mind. James Peterson of Klaran takes a closer look at how the need for beverage equipment disinfection is becoming a primary aspect of water treatment. Both residential and commercial water sources are prone to contamination, making it imperative to treat water at the dispensing end as well. Better water quality helps create a better end product.
Jill Culora, International Bottled Water Association’s Communications Director, reports on that industry, highlighting the various concerns and changes that have occurred since last year. Oliver Lawal (Founder and CEO) and Mitch Hansen (Marketing Specialist) of AquiSense Technologies delve into UV-C LEDs and how they are perceived in water treatment. Incorporation of this newer technology in the bottle-filler product line provides additional POU treatment, but may still be viewed with some measure of doubt.
Newer technologies often require additional testing requirements to be validated by third parties. Consumers want to know the products they purchase will do exactly what is claimed and they rely upon validation and certification, as noted by Rick Andrew of NSF International in his Water Matters column. Public Health Editor Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, PhD, reports on the effects of drinking contaminated water. Her column gives an in-depth look at the many contaminants and their characteristic illness traits, as well as how they are tracked and treated.
As you read this, you are probably recalling your experiences at the WQA Mid-Year Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX. Let us know your thoughts on the conference and how it can benefit you and your business. These events are important for everyone, from the small mom-and-pop dealers to the big OEM manufacturers. Keeping your finger on the pulse of the industry puts you a few more steps ahead of your competition. Until we meet again, stay positive and keep moving forward.

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Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Legionella Conference speaker announced
Pat Breysse, PhD, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, will deliver the keynote address at Legionella Conference 2019, to be held September 11-13 in Los Angeles, CA. Breysse will talk about Legionella and building water systems. The US is now in a fight against infection and he will highlight innovative strategies and projects that CDC and partners are working on to combat it.

Avery, Kramer to keynote WAHC
Ryan Avery, an Emmy award-winning journalist, two-time best-selling author, 2012 World Championship for Toastmasters International and world record holder, will deliver game-changing, life-magnifying strategies that allow World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) audience members to step up to achieve next-level results. His focus will be showing leaders how to Go From A to THE® in their industry. Actor and historian Mitchell Kramer, from Philadelphia, PA, has been portraying Benjamin Franklin for 10 years and will transport attendees to the past to help them learn about this amazing man of history. Franklin was an avid swimmer his entire life and his study of swimming led to his earliest invention, the swim flippers. His love of nature and his idea of man’s place in the world began in a small swimming pond off Mill Street in South Boston.

Buck promoted at NSF
Stefan Buck has been promoted to General Manager of NSF International’s Global Drinking Water Treatment Unit and Biosafety Cabinet Programs. He will be responsible for NSF International’s certification services for POU and POE drinking water treatment systems and components as well as for NSF’s biosafety cabinet certification and field certifier accreditation program. Buck joined NSF in 2013, was named Business Unit Manager for NSF’s Global Water Program–Filtration Division in 2014 and was directly involved in NSF International’s public health communication efforts during the Flint water crisis. Before joining NSF International, he served more than 10 years in the environmental industry. Buck holds a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental studies from Lake Forest College and a Master’s Degree in environmental management from the University of Maryland.

Evans named Director of IWER
Stetson University has named Jason Evans, PhD interim Executive Director of the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience (IWER), beginning August 15. He is an Associate Professor of environmental science and studies at Stetson, as well as Faculty Director of IWER. Evans will fill the position while the university searches for a permanent replacement for Clay Henderson, JD, who is retiring.

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.

Asia
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.

Viewpoint: Splish splash, I was takin’ a bath!

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

Yes, a swimming pool can seem like a huge bathtub when summer heat threatens to ruin your day. August brings some of the hottest temperatures in the country and pool/spa use skyrockets. Anyone who listens to us (and to the news) knows that it can be, unfortunately, less than optimum summer fun when water quality issues intrude. There are several options for maintaining pools and spas, with new technologies beginning to take their place in the treatment professional’s tool kit. The first order of business, however, is to to keep people safe when they are enjoying a summer cool-down.
Be it municipal or private pools, ozone is quickly becoming a more viable option for the residential pool and spa market. In this issue, Kelly Johnson, MWS, Quality Water Services, covers our two main topics in one article, examining the efficacy of using ozone treatment for pools and spas. NSF International’s David Nance covers the evaluation and certification of equipment to NSF 50, Equipment for Swimming Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs and Other Recreational Water Facilities. These include non-chemical water conditioning devices that are becoming more popular with both consumers and dealers, and which require inclusion in the certification standards as well.
Virtual versus real…this is an issue many encounter when dealing with modern technology. Jennifer Smith of Moti-Vitality takes a closer look at virtual sales appointments. As we embrace the era of better products and systems with advanced technology, the less technical/digital savvy may feel left behind. Not everyone is a tech or gadget junkie. Some may feel excluded merely because they do not or cannot grasp new technology. As time marches on, the need to adapt and accept virtual reality in the water treatment industry is evolving. It’s an interesting read, even if not everyone is ready for it.
The risk of waterborne illness is heightened during the summer, if only because the contaminants in water are given a boost by warmer weather. Of note are recent reports on people acquiring flesh-eating bacterial infections that have killed two (quickly) in the past month. The local swimming hole, like the local pool, still can be risky. Public Health Editor Dr. Kelly A. Reynolds, takes a much closer look at some of the illness vectors, water treatment options and the basics of healthy swimming.
There’s no silver bullet in water treatment and every advance that makes water safer should be considered. Though some may not be popular with everyone, we learn every day and not everything we learn now will be appropriate in the future. Even if you may not readily accept some of the treatment options available, the prospective client may want you to help find what they believe best fits their lifestyle. Keep an open mind to what works and how, and think in terms of what makes you a better water treatment specialist.
The WQA Mid-Year Leadership Conference is right around the corner and will be held in San Antonio, TX. This is a wonderful venue and the Hill Country makes for a great place to meet. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so as quickly as possible. The event will take place September 9-11, so you have to act quickly. We hope to see you there!

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Monday, July 15th, 2019

Annocki promoted at ResinTech
ResinTech’s Michael Annocki has been promoted to Vice President. In his new position, he will be responsible for all procurement activities, as well as day-to-day operations for ResinTech’s production and distribution facilities around the world. Annocki joined ResinTech in 2011 as a purchasing agent and became General Manager in 2014. His 15 years of purchasing experience and strong track record for driving process improvement have helped ResinTech meet the rapidly growing demand for its products.

Wilker named to Canature team
Canature WaterGroup has appointed Chris Wilker to its Canature North America team. He will serve as the Executive VP of Business Development to drive company growth. Wilker has shown excellence in the areas of branded dealer management, business operations and new technology development throughout his almost 30-year career at Ecowater Systems and Marmon Water. He has also been a key contributor to the water treatment industry as a six-year member of the Water Quality Association (WQA) Board of Governors and most recently completed his tenure as President. Wilker was the 2019 WQA Ray Cross award recipient, which recognizes a current or former member whose pioneering spirit and unwavering commitment has made a notable difference in the water treatment industry and has not been previously honored with the Hall of Fame or Lifetime Member Award.

Ticcioni retirement announced
In June, industry veteran Jim Ticcioni entered retirement after 26 years at Marlo Incorporated. He worked both as Engineering Manager and most recently, Director of Technical Services, where he assisted countless customers with technical support, spare parts sales, troubleshooting, field start-ups and equipment training. Coupled with his previous 25 years with Bruner Corporation, Ticcioni is one of the select few in the water treatment industry to serve over 50 years. He will be dearly missed within the industry.

Wilderer name CEO of De Nora
De Nora has named Mirka Wilderer, PhD, to lead De Nora’s Water Technologies group as CEO. She joined De Nora in February 2019 as Global Integration Director. Wilderer is committed to bolstering the company’s revenue growth with geographic and application market expansion, technology advancements and improved processes that will bring an enhanced 21st century experience to De Nora’s global customer base. She had 15 years of water industry experience in numerous countries in Europe and Asia before moving to the United States in 2009. Wilderer holds a Doctorate in international management.

WEF Director announced
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced the selection of Walter Marlowe, PE, CAE as its new Executive Director. He brings extensive, high-level experience in association leadership and the areas of civil engineering, construction, certification and science to the WEF position, including tenure as a Director at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Marlowe is currently the Executive Director of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. Previously, he held the same position with the Construction Specifications Institute and the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. Marlowe has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in civil engineering from Stevens Institute of Engineering and an MBA from George Washington University.

Dyck named Manufacturer’s Agent
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) has named Andrew Dyck, VP of Sales for Barclay Sales, as the 72nd CIPH Chairman. He began his career in 1987 with Honeywell Limited, then moved onto ECR International in 2001 as a Territory Manager for British Columbia. Dyck joined the CIPH Board in 2011 and has been very active with the Agents Council and with the BC Region Board, having served twice as their Region President and the Chairman of the CIPH Agents Council.

AWWA poster winners announced
The American Water Works Association announced the winners of its annual Fresh Ideas Poster Competition for students, which took place during AWWA’s recent Annual Conference & Exposition in Denver, CO. The first-place winner was Amir Alansari representing AWWA’s North Carolina and South Carolina Sections for his poster, Next-Generation Coagulation Optimization for Drinking Water Treatment Plants: A Case Study. He will receive $500 and the opportunity to write an article for Journal–American Water Works Association. The second-place winner was Carmen Velasco from AWWA’s Rocky Mountain Section for her poster, Influence of pH on the Solubility of U(VI) and Natural Organic Matter in Laboratory Controlled Conditions. The third-place winner was Ryan Hanson from AWWA’s Minnesota Section for his poster, Generation of PFOS and PFOA from Cationic and Zwitterionic Precursors during Conventional Drinking Water Disinfection.

Roberts named to Zenith Team
Zenith Global appointed Michael Roberts as Principal Sustainability Consultant, to lead the company’s continued expansion into sustainability services across the food and drink sectors. He will retain his current role as Global Business Development Director for Capri-Sun, while building up the Zenith Global sustainability team. Much of Roberts’ previous career was in the Coca-Cola system, predominantly in Europe, the Middle East and China, often working with partners including Nestlé and McDonald’s.

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.

Asia
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.

Viewpoint: Is your summer busy enough?

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

We know that water treatment in summer takes on a sense of urgency with the warmer temperatures creating issues with certain contaminants. Biofilm production is in full force when the water warms, making it prime time to check filters for replacement. Carbon filter systems are workhorses but may not be the best solution for all treatment issues. That brings us to the next workhorse in the treatment arsenal: reverse osmosis.
RO is a true no-salt system, offering a final-barrier approach to water safety that stands above most others. This technology removes more microplastics, PPCPs and other contaminants than most. Gary Battenberg of Parker Hannifin and Peter Cartwright, PE, two of our resident technical experts, have recently been engaged in a discussion involving a social-media campaign in India that seeks to ban RO and claims RO drinking water is dangerous. This lively discussion plays out in their collaborative article in this issue, myth-busting and providing proof of RO efficacy and safety along the way. If you have concerns or questions, this article should address them handily.
With water scarcity becoming a more reported topic in mainstream US news, consumers are looking for ways to offset shortages that might be felt in their regions. Reuse and water harvesting are two important ways to preclude loss of water sources and there are many ways for all to take part. WQA’s Bryanna Poczatek provides an in-depth technical treatise on the merits of rainwater harvesting and catchment for those who are now investing time to offer this technology to their customers. You’re the water experts and they need assistance with navigating technologies, products and sometimes, state or local ordinances regarding water harvesting.
We have a trio of marketing presentations this month, which focus on using the WQA consumer study to enhance the process of informing consumers about water-treatment options from David Martin; how to make a better direct-marketing campaign from Dale Filhaber and why high-quality leads are being left on the table from Candice Wentling. Enjoy the tips they offer to help you gain more customers.
IAPMO’s IWSH Foundation is involved in several projects to bring safe water to communities lacking access. Called the Community Plumbing Challenge, their efforts have been primarily directed outside the US, where potable water is far less available. They have now engaged projects concentrated on the Native American population and are presenting a recap of the first project. This article is the lead-in, as other projects are already commencing to bring clean, safe water to our Native American citizens.
There is much buzz about microplastics, the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch and what is being done. Public Health Editor Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, PhD tackles the reality of how something most see as being ‘way out there’ is actually a problem right here, right now. Municipal water treatment cannot remove all the microplastics. Dealers and manufacturers, this problem will only get worse. Your final-barrier treatments are needed now more than ever before.
We hope to hear from our readers about what they would like to read about in WC&P. While each issue has a theme, everything about water treatment is important. Let us know if we need to cover something we might have missed. Until next month, be well, travel safely and keep making our world a better place to live.

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Saturday, June 15th, 2019

Kennedy appointed at Soft Water Specialists
Dennis Kennedy has been appointed to the Soft Water Specialists LLC team, heading the company’s salt and maintenance service, along with marketing. He enjoys working with people and helping them push beyond their limits, positive skills for essential customer service. While not yet certified, Kennedy plans to gain WQA certification in the near future. He has been in the fitness industry since he graduated from the University of Akron. Previously, Kennedy started personal training in 2012 then trained at Rackleys Sports Performance in West Richland, WA in 2015-16. He is training at Mission Accomplish Fitness in Kennewick, WA and is certified through ACTION.

Rogerson appointed to ACS VP position
The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced Audrey M. Rogerson, PhD, assumed the new role of VP of Development, effective June 3. She brings to ACS 17 years of experience as a fundraiser and organizational strategist for non-profits, focused on scientific research and science education. Rogerson will assume leadership in designing, articulating and implementing the future fundraising strategies of the organization. She will provide the strategic vision and leadership for a comprehensive development plan to elevate ACS’ philanthropic success by building a culture of philanthropy across the ACS community. Most recently, Rogerson served as the Director of Resource Development for the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) and prior to BIOS, she worked as the Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations for Boston’s Museum of Science and as Director of Development for the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. She holds a PhD in applied mathematics from Brown University.

Hawkins to keynote Water Smart
George Hawkins, former CEO and GM of DC Water, will deliver the keynote opening address for the 12th Annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, NV on October 2. He launched his leadership and innovation-focused consulting business Moonshot LLC and a parallel non-profit enterprise Moonshot Missions after stepping down from DC Water, where he served for 11 years, including several as a board member. Hawkins serves on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, is a strategic advisor to Xylem, Inc., is an Executive in Residence for XPV Water Partners and is a Professor of Practice for American University’s School of Public Affairs, where he teaches graduate students about urban development, infrastructure and innovation. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University and Cum Laude from Harvard Law School, and taught environmental law and policy for the Princeton Environmental Institute from 1999 to 2017.

Haynes appointed at Little Beaver
Little Beaver welcomed Joseph Haynes as Product Engineer at the company’s manufacturing facility in Livingston, TX. A fourth-generation Little Beaver team member, he brings a familiarity of the family business and innovative knowledge of product design processes. Haynes most recently spent 11 years as a product engineer at pipe-fitting manufacturer WFI International, where he designed and developed a variety of fittings for different industries. He brings a wealth of manufacturing experience, as well as a strong understanding of mechanical engineering and product development to his new role. Haynes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University.

García-Bartolomei named IDA scholarship winner
The International Desalination Association (IDA) has awarded its Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship to Enzo Rene García-Bartolomei of Chile for the 2019/2020 academic year. The Institute of Seawater Desalination and Multipurpose Utilization (ISDMU), SOA (Tianjin, China), co-sponsored the 2019/2020 scholarship through a matching contribution to the IDA Sustainable Water Resources Foundation (SWRF), which will issue a $5,000 (USD) matching grant. This makes the total scholarship value $10,000.

Kemco sales team expanded
Kemco Systems announced the hire of three new sales team members. Matt Lewis brings an extensive sales background in the laundry industry and outfitting laundry automation systems. Based in Atlanta, GA, he will lead the global Laundry Market Vertical.

Dillon Moran’s diverse background in water technologies makes for a smooth transition as Regional Sales Manager in the Northeast Territory.

David Schwartzel, CE, has 20+ years designing and selling disinfection and water technologies and will be Regional Sales Manager in the Northwest Territory.

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.

Europe
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.

Asia
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.

Africa
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.

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