Global Water Technologies’ wholly-owned subsidiary, Applied Water Technologies won a contract for installation of its proprietary water treatment program for Commonwealth Edison Inc.’s Zion Nuclear Power Station in Golden, Colo.?

Fisher Manufacturing, Tulare, Calif., recently converted all of its foodservice plumbing line to UPCA Standard Bar Code Protocol to simplify inventory management and increase stocking efficiency for dealers.?

Berkeley Pumps, Delavan, Wis., has improved its website at www.berkeleypumps.com with expanded capabilities and more interactive features to better assist end-use customers, distributors and dealers.?

The Bottled Water Store at www.bottledwaterstore.com offers bottlers an exciting way to offer their high quality bottled water products with easy, secure online ordering and shipments directly to the home or office.?

A fax newsletter called “Facts About SB 1006” highlights and answers important questions concerning the WQA-endorsed California softener restrictions that went into effect this month, and is available from the Water Quality Association.?

A new website from Everest VIT, Flanders, N.J., featuring action video of real life tank inspections is available at www.everestvit.com?

Calgon Carbon, Pittsburgh, Pa., reported net sales up 2 percent as compared to the third quarter of last year, to $73.8 million. Earnings were $0.05 per share for the quarter.?

A brass industry consortium led by the Copper Development Association, New York, N.Y., has registered the name “EnviroBrass” for the alloy series it introduced as “SeBiLOYs” in 1995. The alloy helps component manufactures meet NSF Standard 61 and other lead-restricting rules.?

The USEPA/NSF Package Drinking Water Systems ETV Pilot has finalized the protocol document for Equipment Verification Testing for Physical Chemical and Biological Removal of Nitrate, which includes the test plans for ion exchange and reverse osmosis/nanofiltration. The document can be downloaded from www.nsf.org/etv?

Water One Inc., a certified bottler in Hanover Park, Ill., received a perfect score on its 1999 plant inspection by NSF International, which qualified them for IBWA’s Excellence in Manufacturing Award for the year.?

 The American Society of Civil Engineers has created a semi-autonomous organization called the Environmental and Water Resources Institute, with open doors to related professionals and organizations including hydrologists, chemists, biologists and researchers.?


Utility sues regulator, jet maker
Privately-owned Southern California Water Co.—which provides water to 40,000 residents of the Rancho Cordova area—is suing Aerojet General Corp. and state toxic regulators for $50 million, accusing the rocket engine maker of ruining one third of the drinking water wells in the area. Eight of the utility’s 23 wells have been closed since February 1997 because of perchlorate, a soluble jet fuel oxidizer linked to the disruption of human thyroid glands and bone marrow disease. The utility is also suing the Sacramento County Superior Court and the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control for allowing Aerojet to pump water from the ground, treat it to minimal levels, then re-inject it back underground still contaminated with perchlorate.

New federal arsenic standard expected soon
An official with the Albuquerque Public Works Department said communications with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) revealed that the federal regulatory body expects to release details on a new arsenic standard this month.

John Merkle, environmental scientist with the San Francisco USEPA office, said the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act amendments included a deadline of Jan. 1; however, the latest word was that the new rule would likely be released in February.

Under existing regulations the arsenic limit has been 50 parts per billion (ppb), or micrograms per liter (µg/L). It was widely believed that the new limit would be near the World Health Organization limit of 10 ppb, but Merkle said talk in November had the number likely at 5 ppb. After a comment period, the new rule would be final in January 2001.

“Recently, the amount of time given when an MCL was established has been three years. We’ve been hearing this time it will be three to five years, with the shorter period for larger municipal systems and the smaller systems having until 2006 for compliance. The cutoff for that is greater or less than 10,000 in population,” Merkle said.

Albuquerque, which draws much of its drinking water from groundwater sources heavily influenced by natural arsenic deposits, is involved in an arsenic remediation test program co-funded by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, said Mark Schmidt, with the city’s Water Resources Division. The $1.2 million project, which would involve testing on a shutdown well with 54 parts per billion of arsenic, is to include ion exchange/activated alumina and coagulation/microfiltration as possible treatment regimens. It’s 60 percent designed and construction is set for this year with first data to be released in 2001. Of 90 to 100 wells in the New Mexico city, those affected if the new rule were 10 ppb would be 30-to-40 percent. That figure would jump to 75 percent if the new standard were 5 ppb.

CET off USEPA blacklist
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) lifted its Aug. 10 suspension of CET Environmental Services of Englewood, Colo., allowing the remediation contractor to again pursue business with federal agencies, but not before the company shut down one office and sold two more, reducing employees by approximately 60 percent—including the resignation of Robert Taylor, M.D. from its directors board. A decline in revenues for the third quarter 1999 were attributed to this contract suspension; President and CEO Steven H. Davis promised shareholders a leaner, more profitable company in the next few months.

CET off USEPA blacklist
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) lifted its Aug. 10 suspension of CET Environmental Services of Englewood, Colo., allowing the remediation contractor to again pursue business with federal agencies, but not before the company shut down one office and sold two more, reducing employees by approximately 60 percent—including the resignation of Robert Taylor, M.D. from its directors board. A decline in revenues for the third quarter 1999 were attributed to this contract suspension; President and CEO Steven H. Davis promised shareholders a leaner, more profitable company in the next few months.

Dental lines use bottled water
 Comfort Dental, a Denver, Colo.-based dental practice, is converting the dental waterlines in all of its centers to a bottled water system. An American Dental Association statement on waterlines encourages the industry to improve the design of dental equipment so that water delivered to patients contains no more than 200 colony forming units per milliliter (cfu/ml). The ADA recommends use of water reservoirs, chemical treatment regimens, daily draining, air purging and point-of-use filters to maintain this.

Hach’s m-ColiBlue24 wins federal approval
The m-ColiBlue24 Method, introduced by Loveland, Colo.’s Hach Co. and operating successfully in the field for several years, was approved by the USEPA for detection of total coliforms and E. coli—the only such broth to be able to do so colorimetrically for both in 24 hours. It also provides a quantitative count of the organisms during various stages in the drinking water process.

Reed buys InterBev show
Reed Exhibition Companies of Norwalk, Conn., acquired InterBev, the semi-annual international beverage industry trade show, from the National Soft Drink Association (NSDA). Reed plans to build the show into a global event for all segments of the beverage industry. NSDA will continue as sponsor and strategic partner for the show, which takes place Dec. 4-6, 2000, in New Orleans. More than 40 acquisitions have taken place within the trade show industry so far this year; industry mergers and acquisitions have increased by 44 percent annually since 1995.

$75 billion in filters for 2020
The world market for filtration media will rise from $17 billion in 1998 to over $75 billion in 2020, according to a new report by The McIlvaine company. Factors affecting this market increase include population growth, national gross domestic product, technical and societal circumstances. Heavy industry and mining, which used to account for most filtration revenues, are smaller market segments now and will continue to lose share over the next two decades. Water supply—presently accounting for 7 percent of filtration media sales—could double over the next two decades, according to the report.

NSF accepts WQA proposal
The NSF International Joint Committee on Drinking Water Treatment Units has accepted a proposal by the Water Quality Association to allow use of ANSI/NSF Standard 61 as an option for materials safety testing of point of use/point of entry water treatment equipment. A task group formed by the committee will evaluate criteria to allow use of the standard in the testing of components, which means they can be assembled into a finished product with a minimum of additional fees.

Pall’s 1Q earnings jump
Pall Corp., in East Hills, N.Y., reported first quarter fiscal 2000 earnings for the period ending Oct. 30, 1999, of $24.9 million—an increase of 85 percent compared to last year’s $14.5 million for the same period. Earnings per share were 20 cents compared to last year’s 11 cents. Prior year share amounts were adjusted down by one cent due to an accounting change. Sales were up 7 percent to $267.1 million. The increase was credited to a third quarter restructuring last year, recovery of its microelectronics segment and blood filter sales strength, as well as industrial systems growth.

Water rates: not rain contingent
Water ratepayers in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Vermont pay more than three  times for their utility-supplied water than consumers in Arkansas, Michigan and Tennessee, according to an independent survey by the National Utility Service. In the past year, water prices have risen for many individual states, with Fort Smith, Ark., residents leading the way with almost a 26 percent rate hike since the beginning of the year. The national average price of 220,00 gallons used in a month was $404. Pittsburgh had the most expensive water at $874; Salt Lake City was the cheapest at $155.

Endorsements boost PurTest
PurTest, a comprehensive line of do-it-yourself water test kits, will get expanded national exposure to the 4.8 million subscribers and members of Today’s Homeowner magazine and The Handyman Club of America, both of which have endorsed the comprehensive line of do-it-yourself water test kits manufactured by Vital Living Products Inc., a Matthews, N.C., company doing business as American Water Service. PurTest will be featured in the magazine’s February issue—with 3.8 million readers—as one of 39 products listed as the “Best New Products for 2000.” The Handyman’s American How-To—circulation 1 million—also tested and will feature PurTest in its upcoming issue.

Softening salt sales soar
U.S. salt sales for the first half of 1999 had a 40.5 percent increase in tonnage and a 19 percent revenue increase, with all salt markets advancing except for chemical sales. The biggest increases were a 77 percent jump in sales of highway salt and a 20 percent rise in water conditioning salt sales. Softening salt had 1999 revenues of $146.4, which is 5.2 percent more than last year, according to the Salt Institute.

Ice for the Scotch lover
Scotch Rocks is a new product with the Scotch connoisseur in mind. It’s made with purified water from the Chapeltown Glenlivet Spring in the Scottish Highlands—the same area where Glenlivet and about 50 brands of Scotland’s malt whisky is produced—and is sealed in three ready-to-freeze disposable trays. Strictly for the high-end Scotch lover, the custom cubes package retails at around $8 for a 22-ounce package. 

Texas leaders object repeal
Texas political, industrial and environmental leaders are protesting congressional efforts to reverse water conservation provisions of the 1992 Energy Policy Act, lead by Rep. Joe Knollenberg, R-Mich., who wants to repeal national efficiency standards for such household plumbing fixtures as faucets, showerheads and toilets. Texas passed its own plumbing efficiency standards in 1991, a year before Congress approved identical standards. Opponents say without the federal standards, states could implement less efficient standards or remove water efficiency standards entirely. Over 45 Texas organizations and the Western States Water Council oppose the annulment effort.

Softener installation permits required in Tucson
Tucson, Ariz.,’s City Attorney’s Office issued a directive to all water treatment dealers that as of Nov. 12, a building permit fees of $28.25 would be required for installation of “water conditioning/treatment equipment.”

A letter from the city to sellers of such devices dated Oct. 12, said, “We have observed that most participants in your industry have, for years, routinely failed to obtain the necessary permits… Clearly, this omission breaches code provisions and often constitutes a deceptive practice in violation of the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act. The underlying rationale for permits and accompanying inspections is directly related to health and safety factors of importance to consumers of potable water.”

Rex Ruddick, Culligan Tucson general manager, noted that there was some initial confusion as to the specific fee amount because there was no category for water softeners in the city plumbing code. After discussion, the base fee was set at $22 with $4.25 for the permit and a $2 processing fee.

“I’m a little concerned about ROs that may be under the sink and if it’s double or we still need to pull only one permit,” Ruddick said. However, the letter stipulates that devices that “attach to the faucet spout” are not affected.

He said smaller adjacent cities have had permit requirements for at least two years, but this is the first time many dealers had heard of the need to pull permits in Tucson. At least one company has been complying for about a year.

International

Italy utility buys water co.
Italian utility company Edison will buy 50 percent of International Water Ltd., a London-based water treatment and distribution company that’s part of U.S.-owned Bechtel, in a deal worth approximately US$40 million. International Water currently has six million customers northern Europe, Asia and South America. Edison also bought 60 percent of Arcalgas Sud, a gas and water company with 31,000 customers in Rome and an annual turnover of around 23 billion lire or US$12.45 million.

Filipino water project financed
New Jersey-based WorldWater Corp. and LGU Guarantee Corp., a Filipino guarantor of local infrastructure projects, signed an agreement to develop water programs of various government unites in the Cebu province of the Philippines. The first financed project is expected to be the Cebu Potable Water Project, for US$20 million. Financing of locally-initiated undertakings has always been a stumbling block to rural development in the Philippines; the agreement settles funding concerns and makes the difference in bringing the project to success, said Cebu governor Pablo Garcia.

World rivers in trouble
More than half the world’s major rivers are going dry or are polluted, a panel studying global water problems at the Second World Water Forum in The Hague, the Netherlands, reported. It also said this was the first year the number of environmental refugees surpassed the number of war refugees. And of the 500 major world rivers, the Amazon in South America and the Congo in Africa are the healthiest. Both have few industrial centers near their banks, the report noted. By contrast, overuse and misuse of land and water resources in river basins elsewhere has caused serious depletion and pollution, the commission said, citing reasons such as a lack of coordinated management of watersheds, which often cross national or state boundaries.

World Commission on Water for the 21st Century’s major rivers with serious problems:

  • China’s Yellow River. Severely polluted, dry in its lower reaches 226 days out of the year in 1997.
  • Asia’s Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers. Both of their flows into the Aral Sea have been reduced by three-quarters and has caused a major regression in sea levels, approximately 53 feet between 1962 and 1994.
  • United States’ Colorado River. Exploited and polluted by agriculture to the point that downstream marshes are turning from lush green to salty.
  • Africa’s Nile River. Approximately 90 percent of its flow is used for irrigation or lost through evaporation. Heavily polluted when it reaches the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Russia’s Volga River. Only three percent of its basin is considered safe for drinking water. Over 42 tons of toxic waste adds to its pollution each year.
  • South Asia’s Ganges River. Depleted to the point that the Sunderband Wetlands in Bangladesh is seriously threatened.
  • Middle East’s Jordan River. Only a third of its water now reaches the Dead Sea, no longer meeting the needs of people in the region.

Rivers cited as healthy include Brazil’s Amazon River and Africa’s Congo, both remaining powerful with few settlements or industries on its banks.

Africa water in short supply
Water pollution and growing demands on the water supply were key points raised in the South African government’s first report on the environment. Water demand is expected to increase 50 percent in the next 30 years, yet 45 percent of South Africans don’t have access to clean water today, the report states. And much of the existing water supply is “polluted by industrial effluents, domestic and commercial sewage, acid mine drainage, agricultural runoff and litter,” according to a synopsis of the report. The report said industries and companies should comply with minimum standards for resource use and waste minimization and reuse, and report on these activities in annual reports.

Norton, Saint-Gobain form unit
Saint-Gobain of Paris, France, has combined the operations of it subsidiary Norton Performance Plastics of Wayne, N.J., and the Furon Co. to create a new business unit, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. The unit will also be headquartered in New Jersey and is expected to annual sales of approximately $830 million. It will employ about 5,600 worldwide and is the largest processor of high performance polymers.

Thames buys U.S. company
British utility Thames Water Plc, London, is buying U.S. utility E’town Corp. in a $923 million deal, even though Thames is facing regulatory constraints at home. It paid $68 each for the shares of E’town, which achieved an operating profit of $51.6 million on sales of $145.5 last year. Thames said the New Jersey acquisition would provide for further expansion in the North American market and was expected to enhance earnings in the first year of ownership.

 

 

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