Water Pik Technologies, Fort Collins, Colo., donated $100,000 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation as part of its 1999 national partnership to aid in the fight against cancer, which includes sponsoring the “Race for the Cure” breast cancer research fund-raiser. ?
The Year 2000 Edition Pump Standards has been released by the Hydraulic Institute, Parsippany, N.J., including sections on centrifugal, vertical and rotary pump design and application and mechanical testing. The 1150-page, 24-document set is based on results of extensive canvassing by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ?
Sparkletts celebrated the grand opening of a new 104,000-square-foot water bottling plant in Brownstown, Pa. ?
Suntory Water Group has acquired Georgia Mountain Water Inc., its 32nd acquisition since 1996; and Suntory has signed a letter of intent between its water.com and zebrmart.com (an Internet shopping club) for a mutual marketing strategy on a co-branded retail website. ?
Intel Corp. has recognized George Fischer Piping Systems, Santa Clara, Calif., with its 1999 Preferred Quality Supplier Award, which is part of the semiconductor chip manufacturer’s Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement process. ?
EcoWater Systems Inc., St. Paul, Minn., has been named as a Sears Partner in Progress for 1999, the 15th time since 1981 and 10th year in a row that it has received the honor from Sears, Roebuck & Co. ?
The Olivenhain Municipal Water District broke ground June 1 on a $30 million, 25-mgd ultrafiltration membrane water treatment plant—the largest of its kind in the world—in Encinitas, Calif. Canada-based Zenon Environmental Systems was awarded a $12 million contract to supply its ZeeWeed UF membranes and operate the plant for a year. ?
Books on wastewater disposal options for small communities in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, as well as the pamphlet: “The Onsite Assistance Program—Helping Small Wastewater Treatment Plants Achieve Permit Compliance,” are now available from the National Small Flows Clearinghouse at West Virginia University. ?
Elkay Manufacturing Company’s appeal of the September 1999 U.S. Appellate Court ruling in favor of Oasis Corp. (formerly EBCO Manufacturing) has been denied by the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision affirms that Oasis’ patented Waterguard® no-spill cooler device doesn’t infringe on Elkay’s patented version of the accessory. ?
Chlorinators Inc., Stuart, Fla., held a Silver Anniversary Sales Seminar at its expanded 14,000-square-foot facility to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a “Made in the USA” quality control standard for its Regal Gas Chlorinators, which are made from all U.S. parts. ?
Spa disinfectants ineffective
A number of “chlorine-free” disinfectants for killing bacteria in hot tubs don’t work, according to researchers at the University of Arizona, Tucson—particularly ozone and enzyme treatments. Rather, addition of chlorine or bromine to these systems is what kills the bacteria, according to their report, which was presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Los Angeles.
Experiments were also done using a hot tub disinfected for two days with different sanitizers. Two people then sat in the tub, and after 30 minutes the researchers looked at the levels of total coliforms, E. coli and P. aeruginosa in the water. The most effective treatment in this case was a silver ion cartridge plus monopersulfate.
Meanwhile, doctors at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver reported, at the American Thoracic Society’s annual meeting, identifying nine cases of lung disease caused by nontuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM) linked to indoor hot tubs. The microbes, which are generally found in brackish water such as tidepools and are highly resistant to disinfection, were found in hot tub water and air in patients’ homes.
CDC tough on public pools
Pointing out that public pools are essentially communal bathing where diseases can be transmitted, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said outbreaks, caused mostly by children and fecal accidents in the water, have led to a number of stomach infections and diarrhea.
In 1997 and 1998, the most recent years for which figures are available, 2,128 people were sickened by water at public pools. In 1998, there were 25 outbreaks, the highest since 1992.
Conversely, with respect to municipal drinking water there were 10 cases reported in 1998, a sharp fall from a peak of more than 50 cases in 1980. Still, more than 2,000 people became sick from their drinking water in 1997 and 1998, with contaminated wells and groundwater mostly to blame.
The worst outbreak was in Austin, Texas in July 1998, when 160,000 gallons of raw sewage seeped into an aquifer providing water to five municipal wells, sickening 1,400 people. For more information, visit the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov
Water linked to E. Coli on cruise ships: CDC
Three outbreaks of E. coli on cruise ships in 1997 and 1998 infected thousands of passengers, who suffered diarrhea and abdominal cramps due to the bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
All three were associated with consumption of beverages with ice cubes, while drinking unbottled water led to two other outbreaks—collectively affecting more than 1,300 people, according to a report in the April issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
The source appears to have been contaminated water taken on ship in foreign ports when water treatment systems were thought to have failed. For more on the bacteria, see “What the Heck is an E. coli?”: http://falcon.cc.ukans.edu/~jbrown/ecoli.html
Electrolux gets global trademark
The Electrolux Group, Stockholm, Sweden, signed an agreement to acquire the trademark and company name of “Electrolux” in North America from Electrolux LLC. The $5 billion company is the world’s largest producer of products for kitchen, cleaning and outdoor use and includes major appliance brands such as Frigidaire, Kelvinator, White-Westinghouse, Tappan and Eureka. Electrolux LLC was created by the founder of Electrolux Group, which held a minority share in LLC’s predecessor until 1968, when the subsidiary became independent. Electrolux LLC will continue to be an independent company. Discussions are ongoing about future opportunities for the two companies to work together.
Environmental regs boost membrane sales
Recent changes in water regulations are expected to spur growth in markets for membranes used in municipal water treatment facilities, according to a new study released in April by strategic research firm Frost & Sullivan.
These regulations set limits for cleanliness that can often only be achieved with membrane filtration. As the compliance date for these regulations draws near, demand for ultrafiltration and other types of membranes will increase dramatically.
Additional details are provided in “U.S. Ultrafiltration, Nanofiltration, and Reverse Osmosis Membrane Element Markets,” which points out that total market revenue has increased from $202 million in 1998 to $215.3 million in 1999 with steady growth anticipated through 2006.
Continued losses prompt Waterlink to seek buyer
Waterlink Inc., of Canton, Ohio, will explore alternatives to maximize shareholder value of its stock and has retained Banc of America Securities LLC as financial advisors to look into strategic options available to the company, including selling the company.
“Over the past 18 months, we’ve made significant progress in positioning the company for future growth,” said President and CEO Scott King. “We organized the business into five strategic divisions, eliminated redundant facilities and functions and improved operating efficiencies. Although these efforts, along with our common stock offering in 1999, strengthened Waterlink considerably, we feel we must find alternative ways for our shareholders to maximize the investments they’ve made.”
Second quarter financial results were released at the same time, showing net sales of $41.6 million for the period ending March 31 (a 6.3 percent decline over the same period a year ago) and net sales for the half of $91.5 million (6.6 percent higher than the same period in 1999). The current backlog stands at $52.5 million, a 37.1 percent increase over that level a year ago. Net loss was 7 cents a diluted share compared to net income of 7 cents per share for the same period in 1999.
U.S. industrial chemicals demand to grow
Demand for industrial water management chemicals is projected to increase 4.7 percent annually to $2.3 billion—or 6.4 billion pounds—in 2004, according to a new study released by the Freedonia Group, a Cleveland industrial market analysis company.
This will reflect a generally healthy manufacturing economy coupled with rising environmental standards, states the report “Industrial Water Management Chemicals”. Lower pollution tolerance and stricter enforcement of existing regulations have promoted a trend toward more industrial water recycling, and thus a greater need for chemical treatment.
Corrosion inhibitors will continue to be the value leader. Cooling water will continue to be the largest application. And pulp and paper manufacturing will continue to be the largest market.
French management online
France is looking to share its international expertise in managing municipal water systems with Eaudoc, the largest service in the world for documents related to water. The Internet library holds more than 200,000 documents in various European languages, with future projects in Central and Eastern Europe as well as Latin America. Assorted material found in this library includes water re-sources and their uses and operating program monitoring, implementation and evaluation. The site is located at http://eaudoc.oieau.fr/
E. coli blamed on at least 7 Canadian deaths
Canadian investigators were still unclear as of the first week of June as to the cause of an E. coli outbreak that began May 21 and killed at least seven and sickened hundreds of people in the small town of Walkerton, Ontario, which lies 90 miles west of Toronto.
E. coli is usually found in the intestines of humans and animals. Some strains cause dangerous, even life-threatening infections. Symptoms include fever, severe cramping, diarrhea and vomiting. It can take two to 10 days for symptoms to appear and normally about a week for patients to recover. The illness eventually overcomes the kidneys in the estimated 5 percent of cases in which patients die.
Four additional deaths were being checked by the Ontario coroner, with parallel investigations by the Ontario Provincial Police and Environment Ministry. The focus had been narrowed to the town’s three wells. A May 12 flood was ruled out as the cause.
WaterChef supplies CARE
WaterChef, of Glen Head, N.Y., received an order for four of its PureSafe Water Stations® from a distributor in Vienna, Austria for Mozambique, where floods have ravaged the countryside and led to cholera outbreaks. The distributor, Unimetro, secured approval for the project from the CARE Group and the International Red Cross, with matching funds to be provided by the Government of Austria.
The 5,000-gpd units take `”grey”’ or bad water through a patented filtration system making the water safe for drinking purposes. Weighing about 1,200 pounds, they’re transportable by truck or helicopter to reach difficult outlying areas, using either available electricity or their own generator. They produce potable water for less than 3 cents a gallon. This initial order is worth over $150,000 and additional funding is expected.
Azurix helps clean algae from Argentine reservoir
U.S. and Australian experts were brought in by Azurix, a business unit of Enron Corp., to help deal with an algae bloom at a reservoir in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, about 420 miles southwest of Buenos Aires. About 420,000 residents of the city were urged not to drink tap water or shower, bath or brush their teeth with it, while a solution to the problem was being sought. Azurix called in others when treating the bloom with chlorine resulted in discolored water with a strong stench. The contaminant was later determined not to be toxic, but an Argentine governor urged the company not to bill customers for the period it took for the smell and taste to return to normal—about two weeks.
Colorado, Nepal form environmental partnership
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (COEDIT) received a $140,000 grant from the Council of State Governments to lead a statewide partnership aimed at improving environmental policies and practices in Nepal. Swanson Environmental Management Systems will serve as project director, coordinating the efforts of partners that include: Colorado Department of Public Health, South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, the city and county of Boulder, Fort Collins, USEPA Region VIII, Safety-Kleen Inc. and Waste Management of Colorado. The partners are providing $155,000 in matching funds.
Danone, Cadbury mum on joint Nabisco offer
Bottled water is a big part of the attraction from Grupo Danone and Cadbury-Schweppes for U.S. snack maker Nabisco, which owns the Arrowhead brand among others.
Latest reports from Britain’s Sunday Times are that the two would team up to compete against rival bidders RJR Reynolds, Phillip Morris and Carl Icahn. The newspaper claims the joint offer would be in the area of $15 billion; however, Danone declined comment. Icahn has offered $6.5 billion.
However, it’s not just bottled water, but confections and biscuits that make Nabisco a treat to suitors. While the world’s No. 1 in sweet biscuits, Danone is still absent from the U.S. market where it has leading positions in its other major activities—water and dairy products.