Waterworld USA Inc., of Stafford, Texas, has a new address. It’s 13004 Murphy Road, Suite #224. The zip code is 77477. ?

Amarillo, Texas-based Maverick Manufacturing and Filters designs and builds state-of-the-art filter winding machines, using laser cut frames and precision machined components. These filters can be used in various liquid filtration applications. ?

A group of private investors joined with America Pacific Water Industries Inc. to create a new company, AquaPlus Inc., as of Jan. 1. ?

Dover, Del.-based Sunroc Corp. purchased in April all of the business and assets of the CORDLEY/Temprite bottled water cooler division from Elkay Manufacturing Co., of Oak Brook, Ill. ?

The Water Quality Society is offering a free subscription to the group through its website. The Society is WQA’s Internet-based subscription program promoting the water quality improvement industry. ?

Tucson, Ariz.-based Hy-Gen Systems, which provides fuel cell power and co-generation systems for commercial, industrial, military and residential applications, has two new strategic partners, Hydros LLC and Simflo Pumps Inc. ?

Detroit has selected USFilter to upgrade its secondary wastewater clarifiers as part of the city’s effort to eliminate maintenance and operation costs. The contract is valued at $5 million. ?

Bayer Corp., which acquired Sybron Chemicals Inc. last year, will market its line of ion exchange resins and water treatment chemicals under the Sybron name as a wholly owned subsidiary, the company said in April. ?

WEDECO reported sales revenues increased 67.1 percent in 2000 over the previous year. Also, net profit in 2000 increased 169.5 percent over 1999. ?

Chemical maker IMC Global Inc. in March advised its shareholders to reject an unsolicited “mini-tender” offer for up to about 3.5 percent of its outstanding stock by TRC Capital Corp.

On April 11, Danone Waters of North America Inc. opened its new 168,000 square-foot bottling facility in Mt. Shasta, Calif. Danone will bottle spring water initially under the Dannon, Sparkletts and Pure American brand names. ?

Solar City Inc. of Tampa, Fla., has changed its name to The LeverEdge, effective immediately. The company is a wholesale distributor of energy conservation products. ?


ResinTech buys company
ResinTech Inc., of Cherry Hill, N.J., purchased Chicago-based Ion Exchange Products, manufacturer of water purification and fluid filtration equipment in April. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Ion Exchange Products offers a variety of water purification cartridges for hospitals, pharmaceuticals, laboratories, and other specialty applications requiring high purity water. ResinTech will temporarily move manufacturing to its Cherry Hill plant until the company relocates to its new facility in West Berlin, N.J., later this year.

Osmonics, R&M close deal
Osmonics’ Autotrol division and the R&M Water Group, a division of Water Technologies Inc., have entered into a supply agreement for the Technetic 1100i control valve. Effective June 1, R&M will have exclusive distribution rights within the United States for the control valve. R&M plans to introduce a complete line of high efficiency, high flow systems utilizing the control valve, which will be sold through authorized dealers.

Pentair line in Home Depot
Pentair said in April that its DeVilbiss Air Power Co. has reached an agreement with Home Depot Inc. to supply the home improvement merchandiser with its entire line of ExCell pressure washers and accessories. Pentair said this represents the largest pressure washer award ever received by the company. The ExCell line is being showcased in Home Depot’s catalogs and featured on 16-foot displays in stores. The line sold through Home Depot includes units designed for residential and commercial use, and can generate from 2,300-to-3,500 pounds per square inch, depending on the model. Meanwhile, Pentair Water Treatment announced the ISO 9001 registration of its CodeLine fiberglass membrane housings division. ISO 9001 adds the element of design to the stringent quality standards. CodeLine transferred its manufacturing and engineering operations from Escondido, Calif., to Chardon, Ohio, in February 2000. The new facilities are significantly improved and expanded to serve a growing global market demand for membrane housings. In other news, Pentair Pump Group received in March a multi-million dollar contract for the installation of wastewater pumping equipment slated for a major municipal treatment plant in New York City. Delivery of the pumps is expected over the next two years.

Kinetico surges overseas
Kinetico Inc., of Newbury, Ohio, has increased its export sales substantially during the past five years, due in large part to the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 1999, approximately 25 percent of the company revenue was export-based, up significantly from just 6 percent in 1994. Recent successes include the sale of multi-million dollar wastewater recycling systems to ST Microelectronics in Morocco; Intel, Texas Instruments and Philips in the Philippines; and Motorola in Hong Kong. The company’s goal is to increase its exports to over 50 percent of total revenue by 2002.

‘Safe’ nitrate levels bad?
Drinking water contaminated with nitrates from fertilizers or human and animal waste may cause bladder cancer in women—even at levels far below government ceilings, reports a new study. While the USEPA says nitrate levels are safe below 10 parts per million (ppm), the study shows that levels as low as 2.46 ppm may nearly triple the risk for bladder cancer. Nitrates are also a by-product of municipal waste treatment. The findings were published in the May issue of Epidemiology.

AWWA seeks study of the POU/POE sector
The AWWA Research Foundation issued in April a request for proposal to study “unconventional” water delivery systems. The $400,000 project will look at the role POU/POE, neighborhood treatment systems, and bottled water will play in the future of U.S. water delivery and distribution. This is a separate project from the $200,000 AWWARF recently awarded an Arizona firm to research the efficacy of POU/POE in removing arsenic from drinking water.

Utility enters water market
Sharp Water Inc., a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corp., acquired in April certain assets of Aquarius Systems Inc., an EcoWater water conditioning and treatment dealership serving parts of southeastern Florida. The purchase marked the utility’s entrance into the water conditioning and treatment market in Florida. Aquarius has two locations in Florida—Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie—that provide a broad range of water conditioning and treatment solutions to residential and commercial customers in these markets and surrounding areas. Chesapeake now has four geographic territories to its water business. Sharp’s acquisition also builds upon EcoWater and Chesapeake’s joint initiative to grow the dealer business in non-traditional methods.

Rohm CEO warns of industry slowdown
U.S. chemical companies, stung by a slowing economy and rising costs for energy, may not see business conditions improve much before the third quarter of 2001, said Bradley Bell, CEO of Rohm and Haas, in March. The industry has been hit hard by costly crude oil and natural gas—key raw materials used in chemicals. Sales by the industry have also showed signs of slowing. Bell said Rohm and Haas doesn’t expect to see any significant improvement until the middle of the year or later.

USFilter adds MTBE claim
USFilter, a Vivendi water company, added MTBE reduction to the list of claims offered on its widely used CC-10 cartridge in March. For 18 years, this cartridge has served as an economical filtration solution for reducing chlorine, bad taste and odor. The cartridge will filter 750 gallons at 0.6 gpm when used primarily for MTBE filtration (per NSF Standard 53 MTBE protocol). The life of the cartridge is greater for chlorine, taste and odor removal if not needed for MTBE and VOC reduction. Also, the USFilter Consumer & Commercial Group announced in April expansion of its Everpure manufacturing operation from its current Westmont, Ill., site to the company’s facility in Northbrook, Ill.

International

Danone buys & grows abroad
Groupe Danone announced in May the acquisition of 50 percent of Pureza Aga, which holds the No. 2 position on the Mexican Home and Office Delivery market (HOD) with 1.2 billion liters sold last year. México is the largest HOD market and the second packaged water market in the world with more than 13 billion liters sold in 2000. Pureza Aga bottles and distributes purified water to residential and commercial outlets in México City and in the largest cities of México such as Guadalajara, Monterrey, Toluca, Puebla, Irapuato and Leon. Danone has been active in México for over 30 years.

In other news, Danone signed a partnership agreement in late April with shareholders of Zywiec Zdroj for a 50 percent stake in the company’s capital. Zywiec Zdroj, market leader in bottled water in Poland, holds a market share of around 15 percent. The expanding Polish water market is the biggest in Central Europe representing 1.2 billion liters.

Also, Danone and the Utomo Family have agreed for Danone to increase its 40 percent shareholding in the Aqua Group of Companies in Indonesia to 74 percent. Aqua is, by volume, the largest packaged water brand in Asia and No. 2 in the world. In other Danone news, like-for-like sales increased 6.6 percent in the first quarter of 2001 over the same period last year.

USFilter eyes refinery work
Oil Refineries Ltd. awarded Waukesha, Wis.-based USFilter a contract to provide a new biological treatment system at its Haifa, Israel refinery. The $2 million project, the second for USFilter’s Envirex Products with Oil Refineries, will utilize Submerged Biological Contactors technology.

Pump firm cuts operations
Industrial pumps and mixers maker Robbins & Myers Inc. said in April that it has consolidated operations in England, México and Asia and plans to reduce its product offerings to improve long-term competitiveness. Robbins & Myers makes and markets fluid management products and systems serving process industries. The company’s products and services are used in several process applications, including oil and gas exploration and production, pharmaceuticals, water treatment, and food and beverage.

Booming growth in Brazil
CG/LA Infrastructure released in March the latest report in its series on Latin America water and wastewater markets, entitled “Brazil 2001: The Water and Wastewater Market in Latin America’s Largest Country.” It highlights the fact that with Brazil’s 162 million people—75 percent of whom live in urban areas—water supply industry revenues will surpass $5.5 billion in 2001, with services and equipment comprising an additional $2.2 billion. These figures represent an increase of 20 percent over record 2000 levels.

Judge rules in E. coli case
A settlement that would pay at least $1,330 to residents of a town hit by North America’s worst E. coli contamination won approval in March from an Ontario judge. The infection has been blamed for seven deaths and sickening 2,300 people in the town of 5,000 people, 90 miles west of Toronto. Superior Court Chief Justice Patrick LeSage’s endorsement of the plan helps avoid a lengthy court battle over responsibility for the contamination of Walkerton’s water supply in May 2000.

Franchise teams with UAT
Grupo Tampico, a major Coca Cola franchise headquartered in Tampico, México, awarded STS/Universal Aqua, of Torrance, Calif., a turn-key systems contract to expand and upgrade four, 5-gallon water bottling plants located throughout México. According to industry experts, the 5-gallon bottling business is expected to show a growth of approximately 30-to-40 percent per year.

NSF approved for mark
NSF International was approved in April to conduct tests and plant audits to criteria set for the Japanese Water Mark. Recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Mark is a certification tool for water supply equipment used to determine the conformity of products to specific Japanese standards. NSF is the only U.S. organization authorized to provide these services in support of obtaining the Mark for manufacturers of drinking water treatment units and plumbing products.

Global lives up to name
In late March, Dallas-based Global Water Group Inc. was awarded  a contract to provide a 20,000 cubic meters per day (m3/day) water purification plant for the city of Can Tho in Can Tho Province, Vietnam. The basic contract was for an estimated $8.75 million. At the same time, the company also signed a contract to supply 35 of its mobile desalination water purifiers to SWT Tech Inc. for $2 million. These systems will be used on the Nigerian government’s oil producing barges for its national oil company.

Osmonics opens Brazil post
Minnetonka, Minn.-based Osmonics Inc., a manufacturer of water purification and fluid handling systems, announced in March the opening of its newest sales office in Latin America. The office is in Curitiba, Brazil, and situated equal distances from the two largest markets in the Mercosur, the free trade zone of the southern cone of South America. 

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