Effective Oct. 1, Waterite Technologies Inc., of Winnipeg, Manitoba, appointed Hawkins & Jahnke Associates Inc., of Plymouth, Minn., as its manufacturer’s sales agent for the regions of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. ?

CUNO Inc., of Meriden, Conn., reported record results for the third quarter ending July 31, including worldwide sales of $68.9 million, up 9 percent from $63.4 million for the same period last year. ?

WEDECO AG Water Technology will supply the Lengries sewage treatment plant in Germany with an ultraviolet system for the disinfection of wastewater. The plant is expected to be operational by spring 2003. ?

Ocala, Fla.-based ABB sold its global water and electricity metering division to Ruhrgas Industries, of Germany, creating a new global leader in utility metering. ?

The USEPA/NSF ETV Drinking Water Systems Center scheduled its annual stakeholder meeting for Nov. 19 in Ann Arbor, Mich. ?

TETRA Technologies Inc., of The Woodlands, Texas, said its wholly owned subsidiary, TETRA Applied Technologies L.P., acquired Kilgore, Texas-based Bee Line Well Service Inc., for cash. Terms weren’t disclosed. ?

The Commonwealth Education Foundation, of London, is distributing The Handbook of Desalination and Water Purification in two volumes by Arshad Hasan Khan and Noam Lior. The books will be published by Elsevier. A special discount will be given to experts in the desalination and purification, food, and agriculture fields. ?

Black & Veatch, of Kansas City, Mo., was awarded a contract for a major study for ultraviolet light disinfection for large drinking water treatment plants by the American Water Works Association Research Foundation. The research will largely focus on plants that require UV reactors with capacities greater than 25 million gallons per day. ?

Effective Oct. 1, Dow Chemical Co., of Midland, Mich., increased off-list prices in North America for select Versene chelants by 10 percent and not to exceed current consumer list pricing. ?

Nominations for the Stockholm Industry Water Award will be accepted until Feb. 28, 2003, from businesses and industries “whose resources and experiences have helped to reduce…the escalating world water crisis.” For more information, contact the Stockholm International Water Institute at email: [email protected] or website: www.siwi.org/siwa ?

Detection Instruments Corp., of Phoenix, received the Innovative Technology Award from the Water Environment Federation. The award was presented at the WEFTEC 2002 show on Oct. 1. The company won for its OdaLog H2S Detection Device, which detects potentially harmful gases. ?

Aqua Vie Beverage Corp., a developer of bottled spring water, said its hydrators are being distributed in Washington and Oregon, where product was expected to be available in select Safeway and other natural product retailers in September. ?

On Nov. 1, delegates of the American Supply Association’s (ASA) Associate Member Division (AMD) were asked to approve a change in the division’s name during its annual meeting in Toronto. The ASA board and AMD executive council recommended the name “Vendor Member Division.” ?


Group backs PEX lawsuit
Consumers First!, a coalition of consumer and business organizations, gave its support for a lawsuit filed against the State of California that accuses Gov. Gray Davis’ administration of forcing families to spend millions on housing by illegally restricting the use of plastic pipe in new home and apartment construction in exchange for nearly $1.7 million in campaign donations by plumbers’ unions in California. The plastic, known as “PEX,” is widely used in the rest of the United States, Canada and Europe for the delivery of drinking water. Unions have opposed the use of PEX because it costs less and thus is less expensive to install than traditional copper pipe. In a typical new home, the cost difference can be as much as $500 per house, with proportional savings for condominiums and apartments. The lawsuit was filed by pipe producers in Los Angeles Superior Court. A hearing date hasn’t been set.

USEPA, NSF conduct testing
NSF International, of Ann Arbor, Mich., plans to verify new arsenic technologies through the Environmental Technology Verification Drinking Water Systems Center (ETV DWS). The verification of drinking water treatment technology is intended to help small communities comply with the new arsenic regulation passed last year (a maximum contaminant level, MCL, of 10 parts per billion). The USEPA/NSF ETV DWS Center is coordinating ETV testing of arsenic treatment technologies in Pennsylvania and Alaska to help small communities meet the new MCL. Plans were to have ETV testing begin this fall. Vendors committed to participating include ADI International Inc.; Kinetico Inc. with Alcan Chemicals; Tetra Process Technologies, a subsidiary of Severn Trent Services, and Water Remediation Technology LLC. The ETV DWS Center and the University of Alaska, a USEPA Technology Technical Assistance Center, have been working together on a small system, arsenic ETV testing. There are 75 sites in Alaska that will need arsenic treatment technology.

Pulse set to test market
Medical products maker Baxter International Inc., of Deerfield, Ill., is set to unveil a line of vitamin-laced bottled waters in its introduction to the consumer food and beverage market. The water, called Pulse, will come in women’s, men’s and heart-health formulations in a variety of flavors. The company, which also makes blood-clotting compounds, renal therapy and vaccines, will roll out the first bottles in grocery and drug stores in Chicago and Phoenix. The $2 billion market for non-carbonated bottled water is the fastest-growing beverage category in the U.S.. It’s dominated by PepsiCo Inc.’s Aquafina, Perrier’s Poland Spring and Coca-Cola Co.’s Dasani. Brands of “fitness” water, which have added nutrients but contain fewer calories than sports drinks, include Reebok Fitness Water and Gatorade’s Propel Fitness Water.

Calif. study looks at terrorism
Engineering security specialists for the San Juan Water District (SJWD) finished investigating security and emergency response procedures with local and federal law enforcement authorities as part of an in-depth study of SJWD’s security systems to protect the operation from terrorists. The security specialists updated SJWD board members and area water district officials on the vulnerability assessment currently under way at a presentation on the anniversary of Sept. 11. The SJWD treats and delivers water to 265,000 customers in eastern Sacramento and south Placer counties, including selling water wholesale to Citrus Heights and Fair Oaks water districts, Orange Vale Water Company and the San Juan Water District retail area. SJWD also provides water to a portion of the city of Folsom and periodically treats and delivers to the Sacramento Suburban Water District. SJWD was among the first three water agencies in the nation to apply for and receive a USEPA grant to perform a security assessment specifically focused on potential acts of terrorism. The district will examine its communications systems including telephones, intercoms, radios, public address, and its computer connectivity. The study also includes reviewing existing security features such as fences, lighting, access, and closed-circuit TV to see what enhancements may be needed. Security specialists also are analyzing potential scenarios terrorists may use such as cyber attacks. The report will be completed in January.

City plans huge UF system
Ionics Inc., of Watertown, Mass., has begun work on a $17 million contract from the city of Minneapolis to supply a 70 million-gallon per day ultrafiltration (UF) system. The membrane-based system will enable the city to comply with new surface water treatment regulations promulgated by the USEPA. The Minneapolis Water Works serves over half a million people on a daily basis and draws all of its water from surface water sources. The UF facility, which is expected to be operational in 2004, will upgrade the existing conventional water treatment plant built nearly 90 years ago. The Columbia Heights water treatment facility will be the largest UF treatment plant in the United States and among the largest membrane filtration plants in the world. Ionics is a global separations technology company involved in the manufacture and sale of membranes. In other news, Ionics reported revenues for the first quarter of 2002 were $80.3 million compared to $123 million for the same period last year.


Changes planned at 2003 WQA show; group also purchases tracking service

The WQANewsFax reported the results of various surveys circulated at this year’s annual convention in New Orleans. It was best summed up by executive director Peter Censky’s assertion to members: “We got the message loud and clear. From our numerous surveys, the section meetings in New Orleans and our quick survey of exhibitors, it was obvious that you wanted change.” Some changes are in store for next year’s convention in Las Vegas. First, the WQA expects the locale will offer lower hotel rates and more affordable travel. The trade show will also go from a three-day to a two-day format with the same operation hours, but with no competing educational seminars. Another major change is that educational sessions will feature motivational and how-to business success seminars as well as traditional technical seminars. In a survey sent to convention attendees, the three main reasons for coming to the event were to “discover new products and innovations” (81 percent), “meet with vendors/suppliers in one convenient location” (77 percent) and “networking with industry professionals” (72 percent).

Additionally, WQA staff contacted U.S. Dept. of Commerce posts around the world to get foreign delegates to attend the Las Vegas show. Information packets containing an introductory “call-to-action” letter to the Embassy/Consulate, a press release and fact sheet on the show, a multi-language brochure, a meeting brochure from past shows, and label sets of past show attendees are being sent as a preliminary contact. Hundreds of literature packets will be delivered in dozens of countries by the attaches to potential customers of WQA services. WQA was selected as a partner in the U.S. Commercial Service’s International Buyer Program, which brings thousands of international buyers each year to meet with U.S. companies at major trade shows in the United States.

The WQA will have a strong presence at trade shows in December and early 2003. In the Sept. 9 edition of WQA NewsFax, the association said it will have a pavilion at the Kitchen Bath & Industry Show. The show is expected to attract 50,000 professionals. In addition, WQA’s pavilion at the International Builders’ Show will attract 73,000 construction company owners, managers and key staff from 95 countries. Also, the WQA secured a 20×50-foot pavilion at this year’s NGWA Ground Water Expo—a first for the association. Last year’s expo featured more than 5,000 attendees and more than 200 exhibitors. The pavilion will be divided into 10, 10×10-foot spaces. The cost for each space is $1,650. For more information on show dates, locations and contact numbers, see Upcoming Events.
In other news, the USEPA re-issued a document entitled Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Special Issues Fact Sheet 3—Water Softeners, according to a memo distributed by the WQA. The document supports WQA’s position that the discharge of softener wastes isn’t harmful to septic systems. Scientific studies from the University of Wisconsin, NSF International, Ohio State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and the American Society of Agricultural Engineers are referenced in the fact sheet. The Wisconsin and NSF research studies were funded by the Water Quality Research Council, a branch of the WQA. Plus, the three main summary points in the USEPA report were taken directly from the Wisconsin and NSF findings.

Meanwhile, the WQA purchased a state regulation tracking service similar to its ongoing legislative tracking service. By typing a word or subject area at the given website, WQA will access regulation introduced in all 50 states relating to that area. During its demonstration period, the new tracking service picked up the aforementioned regulation in Kentucky, which helped the association, and halted the proposed legislation. Local members can track their own regulations by logging onto their state website and accessing the state register. This is a publication distributed bi-annually, quarterly, or within some other designated period that announces all new regulations proposed by state agencies. It also announces when public hearings and/or public comment periods on state regulations are to be held. In addition, the state register will record public comments and agency justifications for its regulations. The most important areas are Departments of Health, Departments of Environmental Quality, Departments of Water and/or Water Quality, Plumbing Boards, and Licensing Boards.

International

ZENON builds Hungary plant
Canada-based ZENON Environmental has begun designing what will be Europe’s largest membrane-based boiler feed water treatment plant in Hungary, with a contract valued at almost $8 million. In addition, the company was awarded a contract to supply its membrane technology to treat wastewater for Traverse City, Mich., and five neighboring townships. The contract is valued at approximately $10 million.
 
System gets launch at show
LightStream Technologies, of Reston, Va., released its water and wastewater disinfection machine, the LSI, at this year’s Aquatech show. It’s a multi-generational advance over conventional disinfection methods and cleans water without the use of dangerous chemicals, mercury-based lamps, or ozone by combining the advances of pulsed ultraviolet light with digital operating systems and touch screen operation into a “plug and play” machine. It’s scheduled to be shipped to several European countries in January including Ireland, the United Kingdom, Spain, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Poland, France and Italy.
 
Bamboo plant opens in China
Kimberly Walsh, vice president of Oceanside, Calif.-based Carbon Resources LLC, announced in mid-May the opening of a new bamboo activated carbon plant in China. The company has signed an exclusive agreement to market the bamboo activated carbon in the United States/Canada and Mexico. “This is the first plant to manufacture activated carbon out of bamboo feedstock, and we are very excited at the potential of this unique product in various liquid and vapor phase applications due to its distinctive pore size, pore volume and adsorptive capacity. This product will be produced in powder, granular and pellet form,” said Walsh.

Rhino charges ahead
Rhino Ecosystems Inc, of Canada, entered into an exclusive dealership agreement for the entire state of Nevada with Rhino Ecosystems of Nevada. The expected minimum purchase over the term of the agreement is $2 million. In addition, the company added an exclusive dealer in the San Francisco area—Clean Waste Water Associates LLC. Meanwhile, Hy-Line Sales Ltd. agreed to become an exclusive dealer for the Rhino Wet Waste Interceptor product line in British Columbia. To maintain the exclusive dealership for B.C., Hy-Line needs to purchase a minimum of $1.3 million of product from Rhino Ecosystems Inc. as per the agreement.

Yorkshire goes to class
Yorkshire Water, of England, has launched a public awareness campaign through area schools called Cool Schools. The program aims to have water coolers installed in every primary school in the region over the next three years. The company struck a deal with a water cooler specialist, Freshwater Coolers plc, whereby any business that leases three water coolers gets one at a vastly discounted rate, which the business is then asked to donate to a local primary school of their choice.

Brazil greets e-commerce
BASF and Philadelphia-based Rohm and Haas Company were among the first ones in the South American chemical industry to use Elemica in pursuing electronic commerce in Brazil this summer. It’s the first country on the continent to use Elemica’s global electronic network founded by eight chemical companies in 2000 including BASF and Rohm and Haas. Elemica’s network connection provides ERP to ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) connections between partners.

Calgon enters Japanese pact
Pittsburgh-based Calgon Carbon Corp. formed a joint venture with Mitsubishi Chemical Corp., of Tokyo, to produce and sell activated carbon and related services throughout Japan. The new alliance company, Calgon Mitsu-bishi Chemical Corp., began operation in October. Mitsubishi Chemical will own 51 percent of the joint venture while Calgon Carbon will own 49 percent. Mitsubishi is the largest producer of granular activated carbon (GAC) in Japan. Calgon Carbon is the world’s largest producer of GAC and operates a reactivation facility in Fukui Prefecture, Japan.  

Honduras to get station
WaterChef’s PureSafe Water Station has been selected for a pilot program to provide healthy drinking water in third world countries. White Cross Partners, of Raynham, Mass., has issued orders on four systems for the program, which will be launched in Central America. In association with the Catholic Archdiocese of Honduras and the Catholic Relief Services, the first system will be deployed in Tegucigala, Honduras. The station is a self-contained, six-stage water purification system, which produces up to 10,000 gallons per day of USEPA standard drinking water from any water source.

Millions dying over arsenic
Millions of Bangladeshis are being poisoned by arsenic from their wells when nearby water is safe to drink, a study by U.S. and Bangladeshi researchers said in September. A study of almost 4,000 wells in the Araihazar district, east of the capital Dhaka, found that less than half met Bangladesh standards for drinking water. Still, 88 percent of people lived within 100 meters of a safe well, and 95 percent within 200 meters, according to the study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Nearly 57 million people in Bangladesh—about half the country’s population—are at risk of getting cancer from drinking arsenic-tainted water, according to a United Nations report last year.

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