Crystal Mountain Water Cooler Corp. has moved to a new modern facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Its new address is: 11925-145 Street NW, T5L 2H4. The toll-free number is (800) 878-6422. ?

CUNO, Inc. reported record worldwide sales of $62.8 million for the third quarter, up 11 percent from $56.3 million in the same period last year. ?

Coming in fall 2000, Aqua Vie Beverage Corp. and iXL Enterprises will create, an all-natural water beverage portal on the Internet. ?

Following the merger of TotalFina and Elf Aquitaine last February, it was agreed that the chemical division of the company would be renamed ATOFINA. Elf Atochem becomes ATOFINA Chemicals, Inc., and Fina Oil & Chemical Company is now ATOFINA Petrochemicals, Inc. ?

Haley & Aldrich, Inc., of Boston, has purchased Groundwater Resources Consultants Inc., of Tucson, Ariz. ?

Norton Company, of Worcester, Mass., a subsidiary of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, has acquired all shares from Chemfab Corp., of Merrimack, N.H., at a cash price of $18.25 per share. ?

Effective October 1, Dow Liquid Separations has announced an across the board average increase of 5 percent on DOWEX ion exchange resins. It’s the second increase this year (a 5 percent jump also occurred on March 15), both due to the rising cost of raw materials. ?

The Mexican Ministry of Health has proposed a ban on rock salt for human and animal nutrition and allowed limits on sulfates, magnesium, calcium, nitrates and nitrites in salt, according to the Salt Institute. ?

AM Parts & Service has changed its name to AM Products & Services, LLC. They can be contacted at (888) 686-0700. ?

The 11th edition of Water Systems Handbook has been released by the Water Systems Council. The handbook provides information on drinking water wells, their design, operation and maintenance. ?

In the August edition of Smart Money magazine, writer Paul Sturm provides a perspective on what companies in the water industry look the most appealing to potential investors. ?

A subsidiary of Lyonnaise des Eaux, Nalco Chemical Company received an “Advancing the Value of Human Worth in the Workplace” award. It was presented by The Ken Blanchard Companies. ?

The Plumbing & Hardware Specialties Catalog and Spec Book from Fisher Manufacturing Company Inc., of Tulare, Calif., has been released. ?

ChemicalDesk, of Angel Fire, N.M., an electronic marketplace for the water treatment industry, has been awarded a grant from the state’s Economic Development Corp. to provide advanced technical training for almost 30 individuals. ?

The Water Environment Foundation, of Alexandria, Va., has launched an online library from their website,, which provides water quality information. ?

With its goal to advance environmentally sound and accepted management practices for biosolids, the National Biosolids Partnership has launched its website at ?

More than 20 new or expanded projects, representing nearly $7 million, have been selected by the Water Environment Research Federation research council and board of directors. ?

Angola, N.Y.-based Filtration & Separation Dynamics has adopted its new name to better reflect its product focus more accurately. The company was previously known as Filtration Systems Division. ?

Membrane Technologies for Industrial and Municipal Wastewater Treatment and Reuse has been published by the Water Environment Federation. The soft cover, 412-page book features an introduction to membrane separation technologies. ?

BWI gets 3 certifications
Better Water Industries Inc., of Tyler, Minn., has received three new certifications on its chlorine products. Now, all of BWI’s chlorine products will carry the NSF logo; are considered USDA food grade; and EPA registered. This new development is also expected to increase consumer confidence in the products.

Complying with standards
Products of Aquateknologies USA Inc., of Hoffman Estates, Ill., have been tested and confirmed by major international health organizations and government agencies such as Institute Pasteur in France, and the health departments of Italy, Egypt and Czechoslovokia. All components used in the manufacturing process meet NSF standards.

Sta-Rite buys Park Intl.
A division of Wisconsin Energy Corp., Sta-Rite Industries, of Delavan, Wisc., has acquired Park International, a privately held manufacturer of fiber-wound pressure tanks for the water treatment industry. The acquisition was made through WICOR Industries, WEC’s manufacturing subsidiary. Details of the transaction weren’t disclosed.

Profits up at Pentair
With a big assist from its water technology and enclosures groups, Pentair Inc., of Minneapolis, reported earnings per share for the second quarter of 2000 totaled $ .75, a 14 percent increase from the same quarter last year. For the three-month period ending July 1, 2000, net sales totaled $781.9 million, versus $507.2 million in the same quarter of last year. Pentair’s Water Technology Group increased revenues by 110 percent in 2000’s second quarter, with strong performances in the pump, water storage, and pool and spa sectors of the business, both in North America and abroad.

Trojan supplies France
A large ultraviolet (UV) system has been designed and installed by Trojan Technologies Inc., of London, Ontario, for EDF-France, the national power company. The system will treat cooling water for EDF’s latest nuclear power plant in Civaux, France. By using UV, cooling will occur at a rate of 22.8 million gallons per day or 1 m3/sec. Civaux’s facility consists of two reactors that are among the four largest in the world.

Advertising dollars in bottled water
With growth of 9.5 percent in 1998 and 14 percent in 1999, the bottled water industry saw a 29 percent plummet in advertising dollars spent over the same timeframe, according to the Soft Drink Letter, a publication of Whitaker Newsletters Inc.

Evian remains at the top with  $11.5 million in advertising for spending in 1999, matching the overall drop compared to its previous year advertising budget. It was followed by Dasani, Dannon, Naya and Sparkletts, with Naya dropping from second the  previous year because of its filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Beverage Marketing Corp. reported bottled water spent $6.5 million on spot TV advertising in 1999 compared to $15.4 million in 1998; $2.9 million on radio advertising in 1999 as opposed to $6 million; and $17.5 million on print advertising in 1999 compared to $16.9 million.

Wal-Mart to sell appliances
Wal-Mart, Inc., of Bentonville, Ark., said it will begin selling refrigerators, ranges and other large home appliances manufactured by General Electric Co. at 12 stores by year end. The retailer will carry about 40 to 50 items in the front of its stores. Plus, the 150-unit GE appliance line will be available for ordering through kiosks in the store. Recently, Home Depot agreed to sell a full line of GE’s point-of-use/point-of-entry products.

IBWA comments on report
Responding to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final study report, the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) agreed with the agency that not all information found in a Consumer Confidence Report for public water systems is applicable to bottled water. Plus, the IBWA also agreed with the FDA that certain data on labels and access to company contact news are reliable means of providing information to the consumer.  

Website posts two deals, an Internet based business-to-business global marketplace for the water industry, reported two transactions involving Azurix-owned companies have been completed on its website. Using the site, an Azurix North America O&M services company based in Alvin, Texas, and Wessex, a UK wastewater company, purchased standard MRO products from suppliers.  

US to treat caustic water
The city of Mesaieed, Qatar has called on USFilter to supply a Zimpro wet air oxidation system for the National Oil Distribution Co. (NODCO). Designed to treat refinery-spent caustic from the plant’s chemical processing facility, the skid-mounted system is being manufactured by USFilter’s Zimpro Products in Rothschild, Wis. LG Engineering, of Seoul, Korea, is the engineering contractor on the NODCO team.

Scientists study crater
Geologists are drilling a 2,700-foot deep hole to explore a 35-million-year-old crater located near NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Langley sits on the edge of the 56-mile wide crater, which helped create the Chesapeake Bay. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey will use samples from the crater to determine the quality of groundwater in the coastal region of Virginia.

Sybron buys Lab Vision
Through its subsidiary Richard-Allan Scientific Co., Sybron International Corp. has purchased Lab Vision Corp., a private manufacturer of automated staining instruments and antibodies. Terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed. Lab Vision’s annual sales revenues are presently about $9 million.

Bill could spawn plant
A congressional bill has been introduced that would renegotiate a border treaty and allow construction of a private, for-profit treatment plant in Tijuana, Mexico. Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Imperial Beach, and Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, co-sponsored the bill, HR 4635, that was expected to reach the floor in September. The San Diego City Council Committee on Natural Resources has also backed the proposal.

Rohm dumps salt business as earnings drop
Salins-Europe, a European salt business owned by Rohm and Haas Company, has been sold to a consortium led by Union d’Etudes et d’Investissements SA for approximately $270 million. As one of Europe’s leading salt producers, Salins-Europe employs over 1,500 people in France, Spain, Italy and Tunisia. Salins-Europe’s annual sales are about $220 million. In other news, Rohm and Haas reported earnings fell about 20 percent for the second quarter, because of rising raw material costs.
Supplying ‘famous’ water
Norland Int’l has supplied Daytona Beach, Fla., which refers to itself as having the “world’s most famous water,” with equipment that bottles the city’s water. The Lincoln, Neb.-based company was selected as the supplier after an exhaustive search of candidates. The Norland equipment is able to rinse, fill, cap and label up to 50 of the square 16-ounce bottles per minute, and was installed at a special facility in Daytona Beach last March.
WQA questions bill
Assembly Bill 2381 originally called for California’s Department of Health to study heterotrophic bacteria via various sources. Aimed primarily at water lines in dental offices, the health department widened the search to other narrow-gauge water lines. The Water Quality Association (WQA) opposed the study as misguided and costly because no previous study had shown heterotrophs causing disease. In response to WQA’s request, the bill’s sponsor amended the bill to study only pathogenic bacteria.

American student wins top prize at world competition
For a senior-to-be in high school, it was a rather memorable summer for Ashley Mulroy. On Aug. 15, the toast of Wheeling, W. Va. (Linsly School) was awarded the grand prize of the International Stockholm Junior Water Prize. Sponsored globally by ITT Industries Inc., the honor, in its fourth year, recognizes the best high school-level research in the field of water environment. Mulroy’s project, which won the U.S. national competition in the spring, studied the correlation of antibiotic levels in public water to drug resistant E. coli. For her achievement, she received a $5,000 scholarship award, a crystal sculpture and personal congratulations from HRH Princess Victoria of Sweden.

“I didn’t expect to win,” Mulroy said. “But I knew I had done my best, and whatever happened would have been fine.” Her project took one year to complete, she said. Mulroy is mulling over her college options and has narrowed her choices down to three—Kenyon in Ohio, Williams in Massachusetts and Oxford. She plans to study biochemistry with an eye on the future as a forensic pathologist. As far as her most memorable moment in Sweden including her brush with royalty, Mulroy insists that “it was getting to meet everybody and to hear all of their ideas, not only in my research but in everybody else’s.” Participating countries in the competition were: Argentina, Australia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and the United States.

WQA takes center stage on the set of Today Show
The Today Show segment with Bob Greene aired on the morning of Aug. 24 in consecutive live and taped “feeds” across the country. Ann Curry, cohost for the vacationing Katie Couric, interviewed Greene about the health benefits of water. They discussed various home water contaminants and, most importantly, Greene displayed and explained a spectrum of water treatment products ranging from under-the-sink reverse osmosis and carbon units to tabletop and portable devices.

Because the segment was reassigned from Matt Lauer to Ann Curry late Wednesday afternoon, NBC producers decided against using the home water tests that Water Quality Association (WQA) and National Testing Lab performed on Lauer and Couric’s water. Curry was vacationing that week and could not have her own water tested.
In addition, Curry’s script called for her to inform viewers that the Today Show website linked directly to, where they could access specific information regarding home treatment options. For some reason, she neglected to give this information.
However, WQA continues to get approximately 1,500 website visits per day, almost twice as many as before the show.


SeaTec sale finalized
Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. has completed the acquisition of SeaTec Belize Limited for approximately $3.9 million. The buyer develops and operates seawater conversion plants and water distribution systems in the Cayman Islands where natural supplies of potable water are scarce. For about four years, SeaTec has operated a reverse osmosis seawater conversion plant on Ambergris Caye in Belize, Central America.

MTBE spill in Brazil
Petrobas, Brazil’s oil giant, reported a ruptured pipeline that spilled close to 270 gallons of the toxic fuel additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE). Know to cause cancer in animals, MTBE is a toxic substance often added to gasoline in Brazil to boost combustion rates. After the incident, residents in Paracambi—a town about 44 miles northwest of Rio de Janiero—complained of nausea and a strong chemical smell.

Mexico’s water dangerous
In a scathing report, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said one-third of gastrointestinal problems suffered by Mexicans could be traced to water supplies contaminated by feces. In 1997, 54 of every 100,000 inhabitants of Oaxaca, an indigenous southern state, died because of bad water. Environmentalists say another problem is a scarcity of water, which will become more evident with a rapidly growing population.

Vivendi buys Seagram  
After months of speculation, it’s official—Vivendi has purchased Seagram in a complicated agreement that also includes Vivendi’s 49 percent-owned Canal Plus television and cable unit. The new company will be known as Vivendi Universal. Earlier, in an effort to alleviate debt burden, Vivendi sold a 49.9 percent stake in its Sithe North America energy business to PECO Energy for $680 million. Several months ago, Sithe had reduced its U.S. presence by selling several generating plants to Reliant Energy for $2.1 billion.  

Merger talk heats up
Germany’s largest power company, E.On AG, was planning recently on meeting with French utilities group Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux to discuss the possibility of becoming one of Europe’s biggest power suppliers. This came a week after E.On’s main German rival, RWE AG, reportedly nixed a merger with Suez. If a merger should materialize, it would create Europe’s second largest electricity company behind Electricite de France.

Spill follows sale
A ruptured pipeline has been blamed for causing more than 260,000 gallons of crude oil to spill into a river in northern British Columbia. Some of the heavy oil evaded containment booms set up on the Pine River and threatened the water supply of Chetwynd, a mining and logging community of about 3,000 people. Just a day before, Pembina Pipeline Income Fund bought the pipeline from Imperial Oil Ltd. and Anderson Exploration Ltd. for $230 million.

Prime talks with Cemex
Prime Utilities Bhd, a Malaysian water treatment firm, has discussed with Mexico’s Cemex SA, one of the world’s largest cement makers, to buy a joint stake in a Malaysian cement company. In January, Prime was offered a 55 percent stake in local cement maker Perak Hanjoong Simen Sdn Bhd, estimated to be worth about 440 million ringgit ($116 million). Perak currently controls 8.5 percent of the Malaysian cement market, and operates a plant with a production capacity of 1.2 million tons a year.

Contract offsets weak sales
Bouncing back from a reported loss in the second quarter, Zenon Environmental Inc. of Toronto has signed a contract with Fairmont, W.V. to replace its conventional drinking water treatment plant with a ZeeWeed membrane system. The value of the contract is estimated at $6 million. A new water treatment plant will be built adjacent to the replaced 1924 facility. Incidentally, Zenon said it attributed lower revenue to weaker sales and longer delivery times for membrane-based water purification systems.  

Mass. firm helps Poland
In a step toward acceptance into the European Union, Poland has enlisted the help of Coler & Colantonio, Inc., of Norwell, Mass., to evaluate the application of innovative U.S. technologies regarding the quality of drinking water in the city of Krakow. The study is being led by Coler with other New England and Eastern European partners. Its goal is to improve wastewater treatment in the Raba River watershed in southern Poland, which feeds the Dobcyze Reservoir. Sixty percent of the water used by Krakow comes from the reservoir.

Severe drought affects millions in Asia
Families in central and south Asia are facing the prospect of losing their homes while searching for food and water as a drought has killed livestock and affected 60 million people, the United Nations reported. In fact, the World Food Program has asked donors for $55 million to aid some of the 4 million Afghans most affected by the drought. In Afghanistan, normal rainfall is not expected until next May or June.


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