Norland Int’l. Inc., of Lincoln, Neb., was named Exporter of the Year by the Midwest International Trade Association at the organization’s conference. The event was held May 16-22 in conjunction with World Trade Week. About 70 percent of Norland’s business is international. ?

GE has formed GE Infrastructure, Water & Process Technologies, of Trevose, Pa., a platform comprised of GE Betz, GE Osmonics and GE Glegg. It will provide customized solutions and products for the treatment of water, wastewater and process systems in industrial, commercial and institutional facilities. ?

The national WQA has a new feature on its website that tracks legislative issues that may affect its members in all 50 states. The tracking table is located in the members-only area at the bottom of the home page—just click on the “Gov’t Relations” button. ?

A special spring issue of Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation focuses on understanding and treatment of pharmaceuticals and endocrine disrupting chemicals, including estrogen, in groundwater. The issue contains breaking research on these and other emerging contaminants. For a free copy, contact Sharren Diller at [email protected] ?

C. TradeUsa Inc., a water systems integrator, selected Sub Surface Waste Management of Delaware Inc. to act as the bioreme-diation systems contractor along with WaterChef Inc. for the development of cost-effective solutions for the treatment of perchlorate in water using the PureSafe Water Station technology. ?

Portola Packaging Inc., of San Jose, Calif., reported results for the second quarter of
fiscal year 2004, ended Feb. 29. Sales were $54.2 million vs. $51.1 million for the same quarter last year, an increase of 6.1 percent. ?

Jacksonville, Fla.-based SunBelt Coffee & Water has launched a national break room supply franchise called Coffee Perks. The model offers clients a local, single source for break room supplies and services for break room supplies and services for offices, hotels and restaurants. ?

The world’s largest multi-step facility for the treatment of industrial water has started operation in Ning Po in eastern China. Design and planning were carried out by international experts from the Ion Exchange Resins business unit of Bayer Chemicals AG in cooperation with a Taiwanese customer, Formosa Chemical Fiber Corp.?

Two more arsenic-free drinking water supply projects were inaugurated at Pirijpur and Lalbagh in Godagari Upazila in Bangladesh. The projects will ensure irrigation on 300 acres of land and supply of arsenic-free drinking water to about 3,000 people. Official sources said a total of 24 projects have been implemented in 12 arsenic-prone districts. ?

Madison, S.D.-based G.A. Murdock’s Mur-lok polypropylene fittings and LLDPE tubing are now NSF 58 component certified, ensuring products meet standards through both structural and material testing. This allows certified components to be incorporated into any NSF 58 certified drinking water system with minimal paperwork and re-testing. ?

Vermont Pure Holdings Ltd., of Randolph, Vt., has sold its retail production assets to Micropack Bottled Water, of Natick, Mass., including bottling facility and spring sites in Randolph Center, Vt. Vermont Pure will retain its trademark and continue to distribute water under that brand throughout its home and office distribution area. ?

domnick hunter group plc acquired PTI Advanced Filtration, of Oxnard, Calif. domnick hunter, of the UK, provides filtration, purification, separation and gas generation products for a wide range of industries and applications. ?

Harleysville, Pa.-based Met-Pro Corp.’s Pristine Hydrochemical Inc. subsidiary agreed on service contracts to provide water treatment programs for three municipal plant facilities located in the midwest and southeast United States. These service contracts are for a minimum of three years and are worth more than $500,000 per year. ?

Adsorbent certified by NSF;  arsenic expelled at school
Hydroglobe Inc., of Hoboken, N.J., announced that its MetSorb G adsorbent has been certified by NSF International to the NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Drinking Water System Components – Health Effects—developed to identify and eliminate leaching or migration of contaminants from water treatment materials and products into finished drinking water. The adsorbent removes arsenic and lead in drinking water to significantly below current and proposed state and federal regulations, in particular addressing a lower federal drinking water standard for arsenic adopted in February 2002. Instead of 50 parts per billion (ppb), on Jan. 23, 2006, U.S. public water systems must comply with the 10 ppb standard for arsenic in drinking water. Some states are considering even lower levels. For example, N.J. Gov. James McGreevey proposed the most stringent standard in the country of 5 ppb in New Jersey for arsenic in drinking water earlier this year. In related news, Hydroglobe completed six months of a yearlong qualification program at the East Amwell Township Elementary School in Ringoes, N.J., to remove arsenic from drinking water there. Using the adsorbent, the company reduced arsenic to below 2 ppb from an average inlet level of 19 ppb. The equipment supplied by the company is treating all of the drinking water in the school. Over 150,000 gallons of well water have been treated using 3.5 cubic feet of the adsorbent over the six-month period. The only maintenance required is a periodic backwash. HydroGlobe is a company of experts who deliver water purification technology to countries, municipalities and individuals.

WQA gets wide play on CNN
TV news network CNN broadcast a report on safe drinking water on May 8 that featured footage of the Water Quality Association (WQA) laboratory and an interview with WQA executive director Peter Censky. Washington, D.C.-based CNN correspondent Christy Feig and a camera crew filmed the interview and lab operations at WQA headquarters and laboratory in Lisle, Ill., the week before the show aired. The report focused on filtration and other waterborne contaminant-reduction technologies, accentuating the recent focus on water raised by the Washington, D.C., problem with lead in drinking water and the ability of POU/POE equipment to give consumers added assurance that their water meets federal standards.

Watts ROs recognized by NSF
Watts Water Technologies, of North Andover, Mass., announced in June its completion of both NSF and California Department of Health Services (Cal DHS) certification for the reduction of perchlorate from drinking water on its line of residential reverse osmosis (RO) water filtration systems sold under the name Watts Pure Water. The line of RO units are said to be “the first and currently only” NSF- and Cal DHS-certified products for which the claim can be made of achieving 96.5 percent perchlorate reduction. Perchlorate is both a naturally occurring and manmade chemical, known to interfere with iodide uptake into the thyroid gland, which may also result in thyroid gland tumors. In the United States, perchlorate is used mainly as a rocket and missile propellant and in fireworks. The contaminant has been detected in groundwater or soil in hundreds of locations in at least 43 states. Currently, the most recognized contamination of perchlorate is the Colorado River, which provides water to Nevada, Arizona and Southern California. NSF/ANSI Standard 58 covers RO systems designed to reduce specific health-related contaminants that may be present in drinking water. The perchlorate reduction claim was added to the standard in response to growing health concerns and increased occurance of perchlorate in drinking water.

GE picks up BHA Group
GE Energy, of Atlanta, has signed an agreement to acquire BHA Group Holdings Inc., a leading provider of air quality control products and services, for $38 per share or about $260 million. Upon consummation of the transaction, BHA will become a wholly owned subsidiary of GE. Based in Kansas City, Mo., BHA is a company with operations in 11 countries that supplies parts, services and engineered upgrades to reduce particulate matter emissions for a broad range of power generation and industrial applications, as well as ePTFE membrane products for use in a variety of industrial and consumer products. Following the close of acquisition, BHA will be integrated with GE Energy’s portfolio of environmental services. The acquisition will add complementary particulate matter control capabilities to GE Energy’s existing combustion control and emissions monitoring solutions. It also adds ePTFE membrane technology to the GE portfolio.  

Pall filter gets good press
Janet Stout, Ph.D., director of special pathogens laboratory at the Veterans Administration (VA) Pittsburgh Healthcare System and a past contributor to WC&P, discussed on June 8 the risks of nosocomial (hospital-acquired) waterborne infections and presented results of a study on the efficacy of point-of-use filtration to eliminate Legionella bacteria and other pathogens from water. The study, conducted at the VA hospital in Pittsburgh, found that the 0.2-micron Pall-Aquasafe water filter completely eliminated Legionella pneumophilia and Mycobacterium spp and achieved a greater than 99 percent reduction in heterotrophic bacteria in the water samples. The findings were presented at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology annual conference.  

Electropure gets 2nd patent  
Laguna Hills, Calif.-based Electro-pure Inc. was granted a second U.S. patent for its ion exchange membranes. These membranes are part of its electrodeionization (EDI) water purification technology. EDI is used in industrial water treatment systems to make ultrapure water for electronic, pharmaceutical and power generation applications. The company currently exports about two-thirds of its EDI products, and sells to 37 countries around the world.

Nitrates don’t cause cancer
Despite indications from animal studies, long-term exposure to nitrates in drinking water doesn’t raise the likelihood of developing pancreatic cancer, according to an April issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology. The risk, however, may be increased with consumption of dietary nitrite from animal products. This prompted researchers to look at whether increased intake of nitrate and nitrite from water and diet was associated with pancreatic cancer risk. The group linked detailed water source histories with nitrate measurements from Iowa community water supplies. It then compared 189 people from the area with pancreatic cancer to 1,244 “control” subjects without cancer. The risk of pancreatic cancer didn’t rise with increasing nitrate consumption from drinking water. In fact, increased intake was associated with a decreased risk in women, but not in men. Conversely, higher levels of dietary nitrite from animal sources were linked with an elevated risk of pancreatic cancer; however, the findings do “suggest a role for nitrate derived from animal sources as a pancreatic risk factor.”

CUNO acquires Pentapure arm
CUNO Inc., of Meriden, Conn.,  purchased WTC Industries Inc., of Eagan, Minn., in late May. WTC, through its PentaPure Inc. operating subsidiary, manufactures water filtration systems and replacement filter cartridges for point-of-use (POU) applications including residential refrigerators and under-the-counter drinking water systems. WTC currently employs approximately 220 people. Last year, WTC’s sales totaled $28.3 million. The planned combination will increase CUNO’s presence in the POU water filtration products business.
Fresno gets $32M plant
Fresno, Calif. residents may soon notice a marked improvement in their tap water, area newspapers reported. A new $32 million surface water treatment plant that will send Kings River and Millerton Lake water into thousands of northeast Fresno homes will open in the next few months. The plant will add to a system of 250 groundwater wells that currently meets the city’s needs, and should supply water that tastes different and has more pressure. Officials said the plant will provide up to 30 million gallons of water a day, just a fraction of what Fresno uses daily, which is between 140 million and 230 million gallons.

Dow obtains arsenic media, raises Dowex resin prices
Dow Chemical Co., of Midland, Mich., has licensed a patent-pending technology from HydroGlobe, of Hoboken, N.J., that removes arsenic III and V from drinking water.  Developed by Stevens Institute of Technology, Dow will use the innovative technology to create new adsorptive media for cost-effective removal of arsenic and heavy metals from drinking water. In other news, Dow increased the price of its ion exchange resins by an average of 5 percent across the entire range of products, effective April 15. Customers will be contacted by their local Dow sales representatives with specific product and price details. In addition, Dow announced at the WQA convention in Baltimore in March that its DOWEX XUS-43597 solvent-free resin was now available for general sale. Dowex market manager Alan Green-berg noted it has the highest operational efficiency available in the home drinking water industry, adding NSF Standard 44 certification is pending.



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