Twenty-nine Hague dealers met criteria to earn the Circle of Success customer service award. Among criteria for dealers is to achieve minimum sales of 12 units per month and no unresolved consumer complaints to Hague or the Better Business Bureau. ?
Zenon Environmental Inc. said in March that although revenues were up slightly for the fourth quarter of 2000 over the same period in 1999, overall revenues for 2000 decreased 14 percent from the previous year. ?
East Hills, N.Y.-based Pall Corp. reported sales for the third quarter, which ended April 28, 2001, were a record $321.1 million. In local currency, sales were up 6 percent. ?
National Testing Laboratories Ltd., of Cleveland, said in June it will perform TCE and PCE analysis for residents of Stark County, Ohio, where the contaminants were found in wells. ?
EcoWater Systems Europe N.V., a subsidiary of EcoWater Systems, acquired Deutsche Lindsay Pfäffle GmbH in June. Terms of the purchase weren’t disclosed. ?
The Water Environment Federation is accepting abstracts of papers for presentation at WEFTEC 2002 to be held Sept. 28-Oct. 2 in Chicago. The deadline is Dec. 3, 2001. ?
Innovative Medical Services, of El Cajon, Calif., has released its report for the fiscal quarter ending April 30. The company posted revenues of $701,100 for the quarter compared to $357,800 for the same quarter last year, an increase of 96 percent. ?
EnviroClean Technologies LLC agreed in June to allow Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Iron Out Inc. to market, sell and distribute EnviroClean’s product ECT-2000W under Iron Out’s Pro Products name, brand and private labeling for water treatment applications. ?
Wells in northwestern North Carolina have some of the nation’s highest levels of radon, the U.S. Geological Survey reported in June. ?
Torrington, Conn.-based InterGis, a developer of routing and scheduling solutions for client server, desktop and web-based routing systems, has contracted with Phoenix-based Puretec, an RO and water softener service company. ?
Advanced Medical Technologies, of Boca Raton, Fla., announced a manufacturing agreement with Canadian-based JD Design and Manufacturing Ltd. JD will manufacture AMT’s residential and commercial WaterStar models. ?
Carbon Resources LLC, of Oceanside, Calif., received NSF Standard 42 certification on its sabre™ series “C” coconut shell activated carbon products in June. ?
Top Philippine beverage firm La Tondena Distillers Inc. said in March that its parent San Miguel Corp. and Coca-Cola Co. will buy its water and juice businesses for $141 million. ?
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. acquired South Bend, Ind.-based Environmental Health Laboratories in April. EHL is one of the nation’s leading facilities for compliance testing and analysis of drinking water. ?
AbTech Industries, an environmental company that employs technologies for wastewater and storm water, signed a distributorship agreement in June with Seattle-based Clean Water Technologies. ?
SNC-Lavalin signed a $15 million contract in March with the Venezuelan Ministry of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources for the implementation of two wastewater pumping stations, treatment plant and connecting pipelines. ?
Perrier Group of America will build a $100 million spring water-bottling plant in west-central Michigan. Construction is expected to begin in June and the plant will open in May 2002. ?
APS Water Services Inc., of Van Nuys, Calif., launched a water purification e-commerce website in May. ?
EnviroClean Technologies LLC signed in March a marketing representative agreement with Bio-Services International Inc. that allows Bio-Services to market, sell and distribute EnviroClean’s products ECT-2000D (for disinfecting drinking water) and ECT-2000W (for treating wastewater). ?
NSF show put on hold
NSF International has postponed the Second International Conference on Food and Water Safety in Travel and Tourism that was scheduled for Oct. 1-3, 2001, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. A new date and site will be determined later. NSF cited a marked drop in conference participation worldwide due to fluctuations in the global economy.
Watts picks up Premier
Watts Industries Inc. acquired Premier Manufactured Systems Inc., of Phoenix, in June. Premier manufactures water filtration systems for both residential and commercial applications. Its leading line of products consists of RO filtration systems employing membrane technology. Its also manufactures other filtration products including under-the-counter UV filtration technology as well as a variety of sediment and carbon filters. The company was founded in 1989 and has annual sales of $10 million. In other news, Watts acquired Fimet S.r.l., of Milan, Italy, and a Fimet-owned subsidiary, Bulgaria-based MTB AD, also in June. Watts designs, manufactures and sells an extensive line of valves and flow regulators to the water quality and control markets.
Osmonics launches program
Minnetonka, Minn.-based Osmonics has introduced the AvantaPure dealer marketing program for professional dealers of household water conditioners. The program is available to dealers exclusively through members of the of the AvantaPure Group, which consists of the company and select OEMs that build the water treatment product line. In other news, Osmonics said its Milwaukee facility, which manufactures the Autotrol brand residential and commercial water treatment control valve products, completed in late June registration of its quality system to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 series standards for quality through Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Severn Trent shopping spree includes Universal Aqua
The Water Purification Solutions Division of Severn Trent Services, of Fort Washington, Pa., acquired Universal Aqua Technologies Inc., of Torrance, Calif., a world leader in the design and manufacture of packaged water purification systems, in early December. In January, Severn also purchased ChromaLab Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif. Severn now has three facilities in California. Severn Trent Laboratories, a division of STS, operates the largest environmental laboratory testing network in the United States and Europe with 35 facilities. UAT, meanwhile, supplies bottling plants ranging from 60-to-3,000 bottles per hour. UAT has grown into a company with more than 100 employees and over $15 million in annual sales. In other news, STS has entered into a comprehensive licensing agreement with CDG Technology Inc., of Bethlehem, Pa. STS will license the Gas: Solid™ technology that’s used in CDG’s chlorine dioxide process.
Utah employs WEDECO system
WEDECO AG Water Technology said its U.S. subsidiary was awarded a contract in June for North America’s first large-scale UV system for “multi-barrier” disinfection of potable water from the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, Utah. Under the terms of the contract, WEDECO-Ideal Horizons Inc., of Poultney, Vt., will manufacture and deliver four of the company’s K Series UV disinfection units. Weber Basin 3 will represent the first large-scale potable water system in North America to employ WEDECO’s technology, used in Europe for drinking water disinfection. The system is scheduled to become operational in summer 2003, and installation work will begin in winter 2002.
Rohm & Haas raises prices
Rohm and Haas has announced a price increase for water treatment ion exchange resins in North and South America. The increase will vary between 5 percent and 10 percent and took effect July 15. Meanwhile, the company’s Amberlite SF120 Na is tested and certified by NSF International under ANSI/NSF Standard 61-Health Effects.
Morton meets Standard 60
In response to calls for the regulation of water treatment chemicals in the potable water sector, Chicago-based Morton Salt initiated a move in the salt industry by providing NSF-certified products in selected areas of the country. The NSF/ANSI Standard 60 certification confirms that certain company products meet the high quality purity requirements necessary for use in electrochemical cells as directed by equipment manufacturers. Currently, the products are available from plants in Hutchinson, Kan.; Newark, Calif; and Glendale, Ariz. Morton may certify products at additional plants in the future.
Dow closes $1 billion deal
Dow Chemical Co. acquired Rohm and Haas Co.’s agricultural chemicals unit in June for about $1 billion. The acquisition will be integrated into Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow. With this acquisition, Dow AgroSciences’ annual sales are expected to grow to about $3 billion each year. In other news, effective August 1, the Dow Liquid Separations Business is increasing prices globally of its FILMTEC reverse osmosis and nanofiltration membranes an average of 3 percent.
Cargill raises salt prices
Manufacturer Cargill Salt raised prices on its salt products effective June 11. The soaring cost of natural gas has increased the cost producing evaporated, solar and rock salt. The company’s action follows an across-the-board increase announced in October 2000, which was similarly prompted by higher energy costs.
Parker moves to new home
Parker Hannifin Corp.’s Engineered Polymer Systems (EPS) division has built a new facility to keep pace with an increase in demand for its sealing products. The EPS division, which will keep its headquarters in Salt Lake City, has moved its Chicago operations business unit from Pingree Grove, Ill., to a new 54,000 square-foot facility in Elgin, Ill.
USFilter buys Houston firm
USFilter acquired in June the U.S. operations of Houston-based Scaltech, a provider of refinery waste treatment for the mining industry. Under the terms of the agreement, USFilter will manage—through its USFilter Operating Services division—Scaltech’s operations including its 14 U.S. industrial outsourcing contracts. Scaltech provides technology-based, waste management outsourcing services to the refinery market.
Lab teams with researcher
Analytical Services Inc., of Williston, Vt., an environmental microbiology laboratory, and Dr. Colin Fricker, of CRF Consulting, of Reading, England, have formed a strategic alliance to offer expanded laboratory, consulting and research services to the domestic and international water/wastewater community. Fricker will play a key role in ASI’s analytical programs, research, product development and water treatment device, validation studies. Fricker is recognized internationally in the drinking water industry as a leading consultant and researcher in microbiological issues. He has also served as an independent laboratory auditor and has experience with the validation/optimization of POU/POE water treatment devices.
Allison begets water tips
Following Tropical Storm Allison’s early June flooding in Texas, the state health department urged residents to take every precaution when dealing with public drinking water supplies. The storm was blamed for 22 deaths in Texas and Louisiana, and thousands of people were forced to flee flooded homes. Texas’ department of health urged those affected to follow “boil water” alerts issued by local water utilities. People under boil water alerts or those on private wells were told to use only bottled, boiled or treated water until the water has been tested and found safe. For drinking purposes, water should be boiled for at least one minute, the state said. Water may also be disinfected with chlorine, iodine or household bleach. Gloria Bobo, manager of Houston-based Harris County Water Control, said she received two or three calls a week from concerned residents. She added, however, “We have well water, so I don’t think there’s anything that will contaminate it.” Houston’s health department found that more than half of the 760 wells and water systems it tested in the area were contaminated with bacteria, such as E. coli. Allison caused an estimated $4 billion in damage.
Speakers set for AWT show
The Association of Water Technologies has announced their keynote speaker for its convention in Oct. 9-13 in Dallas. The speaker is Michael Gerber, best-selling author, entrepreneur and founder of E-Myth Worldwide in Santa Rosa, Calif. Other convention speakers include Stan Hazan, of NSF International; Ashish Gandhi, of Cortec Corp; and Dr. Christopher Wiatre, of Buckman Laboratories, among others. Topics to be presented include detection and eradication of non-Legionella pathogens in cooling water systems, regulatory compliance—what water treatment professionals need to know, continuation of the USDA nonfoods program, estate and retirement strategies, and more. In other news, AWT voted to create a task force at its board of directors meeting in March to liaison with the American Society of Healthcare Engineers.
Schools debate Pepsi deal
An exclusive food-and-drink vending contract for Pittsburgh Public Schools was discussed at a public hearing in June. The proposed deal with PepsiCo. Inc.—maker of Aquafina bottled water—would bring city schools a lump payment of $1.25 million and $223,000 in yearly commissions. In exchange, vending machines would offer only products from the company’s soft drink, bottled water, juice, sports drink and snack lines.
USEPA downgrades atrazine
The USEPA has released a preliminary revision of its atrazine risk assessment as part of a pesticide re-registration process. The assessment shows that the levels adults are exposed to in drinking water from surface supplies don’t exceed the agency’s health risk levels of concern, as reported in the WQA Newsfax. The study, however, found that roughly 9,000 infants served by 24 systems in Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana and Missouri, are exposed to seasonal and annual levels that exceed the health risk level. A more refined assessment will be completed for these systems. The assessment also downgrades atrazine from a “possible” to a “not likely” human carcinogen while detailing acute developmental and chronic hormonal health risks. According to the USEPA, more data is needed before a risk assessment for atrazine in groundwater can be completed. Meanwhile, the USEPA has launched a new website, called WATERS (Watershed Assessment, Tracking and Environmental Results) at http://www.epa.gov/waters, featuring access to information about water quality listed by geographic area.
House halts further review
By a vote of 216 to 194, the House of Representatives stopped further review of Clinton-era regulations requiring mining companies to pay in full the cost of environmental cleanups on federal land, according to a Washington Post report. The regulations impose tough standards protecting ground and surface water from mining pollution. They also give federal agencies more authority in deciding whether to grant business permits to mines that may pose a serious environmental threat.
Demand for biocides to increase as water industry feels impact
World demand for biocides is forecast to increase 5.6 percent per year to $5.8 million in 2004, according to a report by Cleveland-based Freedonia Group Inc. North America and Western Europe will remain the largest regional markets for biocides, accounting for about 70 percent of total demand. The best opportunities, however, will lie in the developing countries of the Asia/Pacific region and Latin America. China will offer the strongest growth opportunities among significant users of biocides. The water treatment market will register below average, though appreciable, advances. Many water treatment operators have turned to alternatives to traditional chemical-based water disinfection, such as UV irradiation, ozone treatment and ion exchange resins.
Water treatment sales soar in European market
A recent report from water research analysts Frost & Sullivan valued the European market at $318.7 million—an estimated 4.4 million water treatment units sold in 2000. The rise has come about despite steady increases in the quality of tap water, driven by national and European legislation, as well as rising rates of domestic connection to main water supplies. These factors have led to increased public confidence in tap water across Europe.
Galit Hart, environmental research analyst, explained: “As consumers become more health conscious, they have been paying more attention to publicity regarding health scares. Increasing consumer knowledge regarding local or national water quality issues is raising awareness of water treatment products, especially those aimed at drinking water applications. In this climate of increased consumer awareness, it is becoming easier to sell systems, because potential consumers can more clearly understand the need for this type of equipment; however, raising awareness is an ongoing process and there is still a way to go before residential water treatment equipment in general becomes a genuinely commonplace mass-market product.”
The market has been restrained due to competition with the bottled water market in some countries; however, the study found there should still be room for the residential water treatment equipment market to expand in countries, which traditionally prefer bottled water. The European residential softening equipment market generated the largest revenues in the total residential water treatment equipment market with an estimated 41.2 percent share in 2000. This segment is expected to decline in importance over the forecast period and is expected to generate 34.9 percent of revenues in 2007. Another market expected to increase in importance in the future is the pour-through market (fourth largest in 2000) that generates 11.8 percent of the total revenues.
Bahamas gets Crane system
Crane Environmental has delivered a desalination system to Polymers International, of Freeport, Bahamas. This water purification system will desalinate seawater used in the manufacturing process of a polymer material that’s necessary for the production of styrofoam products worldwide. The system produces 360,000 gallons per day of purified water utilizing a centrifugal pump instead of a positive displacement pump and has a 400 horsepower motor.
Waterite buys company
Waterite Technologies, of Winnipeg, Canada, has reached an agreement to purchase all outstanding shares of Filter Soft Canada for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition was scheduled to be completed on July 3. It was expected that this consolidation process would be completed by Aug. 1. Waterite is a manufacturer and distributor of water quality equipment, providing products and services for the residential, commercial and municipal water treatment and conditioning markets.
Jordan gets water systems
WaterChef shipped the first of 12 water purification systems in June to Aqaba, Jordan. An additional container will follow every two weeks. The containers will fulfill the company’s multi-million dollar order to the I. Salman Import & Export Trading Co. in Jordan. Each container is said to produce up to 10,000 gallons per day of clean drinking water from any water source.
Samsung orders from Zenon
Zenon Environmental Inc. was awarded a $7 million industrial contract to supply Samsung Electronics of Korea in June with its ZeeWeed water treatment technology. The water treatment system will process 13 million gallons of water per day for Samsung’s in-house manufacturing. The project is expected to be completed by year’s end.
Danone shapes up on Net
The Danone Group, No. 2 bottled water company in the world, and StarMedia Network announced in May a partnership to co-brand StarMedia.com’s “En Forma” (In Shape) channel, which will feature information to promote health and well-being. The two companies will also create a new teen online destination with community features and content. The new products were set to launch first in México in June 2001, with subsequent rollouts in Argentina and Brazil during this summer.
Met-Pro expands operations
Harleysville, Pa.-based Met-Pro Corp. has announced that the company’s Mefiag B.V. subsidiary has purchased 3.13 acres of land in a new industrial park in Heerenveen, the Netherlands, at a cost of $314,240. The parcel of land, which is approximately three miles from Mefiag’s existing facility in the city, has been purchased for the anticipated construction of a new facility required by the growth of the Mefiag operation. Met-Pro manufactures fluid handling equipment for corrosive, abrasive and high temperature liquids as well as filter products for drinking water, industrial and custom applications.
Bottler teams with 2 others
Mexican bottler and soft drink distributor Embotelladoras Argos joined forces with two other bottlers in June to compete with Coca-Cola Femsa, the top Coca-Cola bottler in México. The new unit would have combined annual production of about 440 million unit cases, including bottled water.
Quebec enforces regulation
In the wake of recent waterborne disease outbreaks in Canada—E. coli in Ontario and Cryptosporidium in Saskatche-wan, Quebec, has instituted more stringent disinfection standards across the province. The regulation, announced on June 4, requires all municipalities—who draw their drinking water from a surface water source in the province—to filter and disinfect drinking water supplies before distribution. Approximately 4,500 water systems in the province are subject to this regulation, which supports the reduction of harmful disinfection byproducts and puts in place further protection against microorganisms, such as Cryptospridium and Giardia, which are difficult to treat using traditional chemical disinfection methods.