The area code for The Foundry Inc., of Daytona Beach, Fla., has been changed from 904 to 386. The new phone number is (386) 257-5020. ?

Conbraco Industries, of Matthews, N.C., has opened a European Operations Center in Manchester, England, to better serve its valve and actuator customers in the region. The 9,000-square-foot facility will serve the European Union, Scandinavia, Africa and parts of the Middle East. ?

Trojan Technologies Inc. said in February that it has reached an agreement with Scotiabank for a new credit line totaling up to $39.5 million. The term of the loan is five years. ?

In a continuing expansion of its services business, GE Glegg Water Technologies announced in January three new service locations in Portland, Ore., Houston and Singapore. ?

Aqua Care Systems Inc. finalized sale of its subsidiary DuraMeter Pump Company Inc. to Haskel International Inc., effective Dec. 28, 2000. ?

DuPont Co. raised prices on Elvax, an ethylene vinyl acetate resin used in the packaging, industrial and cable industries. The increase was 5 cents a pound, effective Feb. 15. ?

A 50/50 joint venture in December between Diversa Corp. and Dow Chemical Co. will be named Innovase LLC. Possible applications include water treatment, industrial cleaning and biofilm removal. ?

Solvay Interox Inc. was to increase off-list prices for all grades of hydrogen peroxide ($0.04 per pound), except electronic grades, for the entire NAFTA region, effective Feb. 1, or as contracts permit. ?

According to the USEPA, the percentage of children living in areas that logged violations of drinking water standards fell from 19 percent in 1993 to 8 percent in 1998. ?

Peabody, Mass.-based Weston & Sampson Engineers Inc. has opened a new branch office in Foxborough, Mass. ?

AquaClara Bottling & Distribution Inc., in a mid-January agreement with General Nutrition Corp. (GNC), will supply its oxygenated bottled water to GNCs in 19 Western states. ?

The American Water Works Association has released the Drinking Water Dictionary, which contains more than 15,000 definitions of drinking water-related words, phrases, chemicals and other terms. ?

Canada’s Choice was selected in December to bottle Glacier’s Edge Pure Natural Water, a private label brand sold by supermarkets in primarily U.S. southwest markets. The product will be shipped to over 700 stores in California, Arizona, Utah, Montana, Idaho and Nevada. ?

CST Industries Inc., of Kansas City, Kan., agreed to buy the Engineered Storage Products company from A.O. Smith Corp. in December. With the completion of the sale, Smith concluded the divestiture of its
Storage and Fluid Handling Technology platform. ?

StonePoint Group Ltd., a diversified beverage company, was granted exclusive rights in October for the Whistler Water bottled water brand for Arizona. ?

In January, the Canadian operations of Ashland Specialty Chemical Co.’s Drew Industrial Division purchased Finnan Engineered Products Ltd., a commercial/light industrial water treatment services company based in Toronto. The purchase price was not disclosed. ?

Water Pik Technologies Inc. said it expects first-quarter earnings to be below analysts’ forecasts due to slow sales in its pool products and heating systems. ?

In order to accommodate a growing staff and anticipated growth, the Civil Engineering Research Foundation of Washington, D.C., has relocated its offices across town. The new address is 2131 K Street, NW, Suite 700, 20037-1810. The telephone number is (202) 785-6420 and (202) 833-2604 (fax). ?


Company aids arsenic study
The New Jersey EPA has begun a study to find the best available technology for the reduction of arsenic. The first phase of testing is being done on a private well and Shockey’s Pure Water Systems, of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., was selected to perform the installations. The well has the highest concentration of arsenic currently detected in the state. Testing is being done for both POU and POE.  

USFilter’s pact, alliance
The USFilter Consumer & Commercial Group signed a five-year Global Cooperation Agreement in February with Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL). This allows the USFilter group to go through a combined certification process for a myriad of UL Marks, thus reducing cost and time, and increasing the efficiency of qualifying products through its in-house laboratory. Marks covered by the pact include the traditional UL Mark, UL’s Canadian C-UL Mark, UL’s Environmental & Public Health Mark, the Water Quality Association’s Gold Seal and Europe’s CE Mark. In other news, USFilter and Service Systems International have formed a strategic alliance to market Service Systems’ ultraviolet disinfection technology for water and wastewater applications. USFilter’s Wallace and Tiernan Products group of Vineland, N.J., has signed a letter of intent to form an exclusive alliance, in which Wallace and Tiernan Products will sell Service Systems’ Ultra Guard advanced ultraviolet disinfection technology.

Haliant acquires resources
Sarasota, Fla.-based Haliant Technologies, an RO equipment manufacturer, said that between Jan. 10-22, two-thirds of employees at Force Filtration Systems Inc. had joined the Haliant team. Included are Roger Biset, the leading sales engineer, and the manufacturing personnel responsible for the mechanical and electric assembly of industrial RO systems offered by Force Filtration. The transition reunites the new staff with the former president and other employees of Environmental Products USA Inc., which forms the nucleus of Haliant. Before the move, Force Filtration was expected to be liquidated by Crane Environmental. In other news, Haliant announced a joint venture with Mizutec Inc. to produce and distribute water purification equipment worldwide. Mizutec has offices in Singapore, Japan, and Sarasota, Fla.

WQA backs study and bills
Research performed by Aquacraft engineers from Boulder, Colo., showed 99.96 percent of residences have peak flows equal or less than 12 gpm, and spikes above that lasted less than four minutes. The WQA used this study at its March annual convention to underscore its argument that water softeners rated at an 8-12 gpm flow are adequate for the majority of installations. In other news, the WQA will participate in advocacy of two bills the NGWA plans to reintroduce this year. One would prohibit federal funds from projects that require all homes to connect into a long-pipe distribution system when there are individuals who would prefer a private well source. The other would allow low and moderate-income people to receive government funds to upgrade or refurbish individual private wells. A joint conference and lobbying day was to take place on March 19-20 in the nation’s capital.

Waiver would abolish MTBE
Tosco Corp., of Stamford, Conn., was still waiting for the federal government to waive a rule that increases oxygen content in gasoline before it replaces the controversial MTBE additive in its California gasolines, the company said in January. The largest U.S. oil refiner and marketer would eliminate MTBE from the gasoline sold at its 1,600 Union 76 and Circle K outlets and replace it with ethanol if the USEPA would grant a waiver of the oxygen mandate. Tosco had aimed to phase out MTBE in December 2000, but the waiver never came.

NSF releases reports
NSF International’s Steering Committee has approved modifications and additions to the EPA/NSF ETV Protocol for Equipment Verification Testing for Removal of Radioactive Chemical Contaminants. A copy may be downloaded from NSF’s website. NSF also announced in February a new verification report and statement for the ETV Drinking Water Treatment Project. The ClorTec Model T-12 Sodium Hypochlorite Generation System completed ETV testing last year. The entire report is located on the NSF and USEPA websites.

Pall states earnings, pacts
V.I. Technologies Inc. and its marketing partner, Pall Corp., announced that Vitex enrolled the first subject for its Phase II clinical trial of the Inactine Pathogen Inactivation product for red blood cells on Dec. 12. Under the agreement, this enrollment initiated the Phase II trial and triggered a $4 million milestone equity investment in Vitex by Pall. Vitex issued approximately 800,000 shares to Pall on Dec. 27. Red blood cells represent the largest component of the transfusion blood product market. In other news, Pall entered an alliance in January with Pulsar UV Technologies Inc., a California-based manufacturer of novel UV disinfection and oxidation systems. Pall will integrate Pulsar’s Pulsed Blackbody Ultraviolet technology into its Aria brand membrane-based water treatment systems, providing customers with an alternative against waterborne contaminants. Meanwhile, Pall said sales increased 3.5 percent to $304.7 million compared to $294.7 million last year for the second quarter of 2001 ending Jan. 27.

Check the fern for arsenic
A common fern has been found to soak up extraordinary amounts of arsenic without any ill effects, potentially offering a natural way of cleaning up polluted soil and water. The plant, known as the brake fern, grows naturally in the Southeast United States and California. The brake fern, whose scientific name is Pteris vittata, is the first plant known to accumulate arsenic in extremely high concentrations and still flourish, scientists said in the Feb. 1 issue of Nature.

Parasite found in Florida
At least two cases of cyclospora—a parasite that causes diarrhea, vomiting and fatigue—were confirmed in southern Palm Beach County, Florida, in February. The county’s health department is investigating the cases as well as four unconfirmed cyclospora infections in December and January. The parasite can be found on berries, fresh basil and baby lettuce, and is usually found on goods imported from outside the United States. It can also be found in contaminated water.  

Senator seeks ban on MTBE
Renewing his drive to preserve air quality and protect the nation’s water drinking water supplies, U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (R-Ill.) reintroduced a bill in February banning the hazardous fuel additive MTBE, which has contaminated groundwater supplies in communities across the country. The measure, which Fitzgerald originally proposed last spring, would phase out the contaminant and pave the way for ethanol to replace MTBE as the leading additive in the nation’s clean air program.

UV pilot program in Pa.
Pennsylvania-American Water Co. has begun a pilot program, in partnership with Calgon Carbon Corp. and the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, to study ultraviolet (UV) light disinfection technology in the water treatment process at the company’s Hays Mine Complex in Pittsburgh. The program involves the installation of a UV light unit on one of the plant’s filters to be used in addition to traditional chlorination and filtration for water treatment and disinfection. The program will be completed by July 2002.

Growth in membrane goods
Demand for membrane materials in the United States will advance 7.8 percent annually to $1.8 billion by 2004, according to Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industrial market research firm. The total value of membrane systems will reach $4.8 billion in 2004. Growth will be driven by the expanding use of membrane systems in medical and food processing applications, while the dominant water and wastewater treatment market will record more moderate gains due to maturity. Demand will also benefit from the ongoing development of new membrane uses.

International

Wedeco starts 2001 with bang
Wedeco AG Water Technology won a major contract in the United Kingdom to design and build a wastewater disinfection system using ultraviolet (UV) light. The UV system is intended for future operation during the bathing season. With over 2,000 lamps and a throughput of 22,032 m3/h, this system will be the largest of its kind in Europe. Preliminary commissioning was planned for December 2000 and the system is due to be fully operational for the start of the bathing season in May. Also, Wedeco yielded a major drinking water contract in Sweden in January. Stockholm Vatten AB, the Stockholm waterworks operator, chose UV over chloramine, which has been the method used at the plant since 1942. In February, Wedeco also acquired the business sector of UV lamps and peripheral devices from the quartz lamp producer Dr. Ing. Felix Müller GmbH & Co KG in Essen/Germany through its newly formed company, Advanced UV Light GmbH, as part of an asset purchase.

Filmtec’s China sales soar
FilmTec Corp., a Dow Chemical Co. subsidiary, has sold enough of the FILMTEC reverse osmosis membranes in China to purify over 50 million gallons of drinking water every day. Midland, Mich.-based Dow began marketing its membrane technology in China during the 1980s. It wasn’t until the mid-1990s that sales began to take off. An increasingly prosperous population in China is now able to afford purified drinking water using reverse osmosis technology. Shortage of clean water as well as increased incomes have led to the boom in the potable water business. Possible applications include water treatment, industrial cleaning and biofilm removal.

Apyron units combat arsenic
The Indian government has stepped up efforts to aggressively fight back against arsenic, a poisonous element contaminating drinking water in many regions of the country. With the number of people potentially at risk reaching epidemic proportions, the government has approached international relief agencies to assist in purchasing much needed water treatment units. UNICEF was the first to respond to this request via a grant to the Public Health and Engineering Directorate (PHED) of West Bengal. The PHED will use this grant to fund the installation of multiple groundwater Arsenic Treatment Units from Atlanta-based Apyron Technologies. It’s estimated that the installations will provide safe drinking water to more than 4,500 villagers.

Cholera strikes S. Africa
South Africa’s worst cholera epidemic in more than 15 years has killed 111 people and sickened more than 50,000 others since August, health authorities said in February. Cholera, which causes severe diarrhea, can only be controlled by providing rural residents with clean drinking water and sanitation, the World Health Organization said. The government allocated $82.5 million for water and sanitation for the KwaZulu-Natal province. Cholera has also flared in other countries in the region and WHO was to organize a meeting of southern Africa states in March to map out a plan to halt the outbreak.

Quakes kill hundreds
Rebuilding the thousands of homes, highways, churches and buildings destroyed by two devastating earthquakes within a month will cost El Salvador more than $2.8 billion, the government said in February. On Jan. 13, the country was struck by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 844 people. Another earthquake with a 6.6 magnitude hit several central provinces on Feb. 13, killing 322 people. The National Emergency Committee said that more than 350 aftershocks from the second earthquake had shaken the country. Meanwhile, a poll of 1,212 Salvadorans by the CID-Gallup organization found that 37 percent think the first earthquake was punishment from God. Relief efforts are being coordinated by the Red Cross and Pan American Health Organization: www.paho.org.

Residents offered payment
Citizens of Walkerton, Ontario, where E. coli bacteria killed seven people and sickened thousands would get at least $1,400 each under a tentative resolution to a class-action lawsuit. Under the proposed agreement, people who suffered serious illness or the death of a relative could seek larger amounts. The proposal, announced in late January, still requires court approval. If accepted, the agreement would eliminate the need for a lengthy court battle over responsibility for the E. coli contamination last May.

WaterChef system in resort
The PureSafe Water Station from WaterChef Inc. has been selected as the drinking water source for the Masapa Beach Resort in Nicaragua. The system—including the first year’s supply of replacement parts, spares and filter catridges—was expected to be ready for delivery in late March.

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