RFID Package Tagging Basics, the educational presentation by NJM/CLI vice president Bill Delmolino, is now available online at www.njmcli.com/rfid

ResinTech Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of ion exchange resins and activated carbon, has opened a new lab services division, offering a variety of products and analyses. For more information, visit www.resintech.com

John Crane Inc., has produced the 50,000th Type EZ-1 cartridge-mounted metal bellows seal. The seal has been in continuous production since its inception in 1987.

The Morris Forman Wastewater Treatment Plant in Louisville, Ken., completed by Black & Veatch/Alberici Constructors was awarded the Design-Build Institute of America’s 2004 National DB Award.

Koch Membrane Systems Inc., has launched a new corporate website, www. kochmembrane.com, featuring hundreds of KMS products and support services.

A.O. Smith’s Dennis Bush received the Herman Goldberg Award from the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society for lifetime achievement in advancing the HVAC/R industry.

The U.S. EPA is offering a new “Q&A” section on their website featuring basic facts about the safety of tap, bottled and well water. The site, http://safewater.custhelp.com, features more than 300 questions regarding safe drinking water.

WaterHealth International inventor Dr. Ashok Gadgil has received the Affymatrix Health Award and a $50,000 prize for his work developing the UVWaterworks technology to reduce the global health impact of unsafe drinking water.

USFilter Corporation has received a patent for its Midas® Odor Control Media activated carbon. The media has three to six times the H2S adsorption than other carbon currently on the market.

Superior Manufacturing Division of Fort Wayne, Ind., celebrated its 40th anniversary of producing the Superior Water Conditioner® line of residential, commercial and industrial products.

Sun Valley, Calif.-based FilterCor, Inc., has acquired United Filters Inc., from Perry Equipment. The acquisition includes a UFI sales and warehouse facility in Amarillo, Texas, and a textile/filter manufacturing plant in Queretaro, Mexico.


The Washington D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will replace 2,800 lead service pipes throughout 2005 to reduce the risk of contamination to drinking water in the nation’s capital.

KMS International, LLC, a subsidiary of Koch Membrane Systems Inc., has acquired PURON, AG, a Germany-based manufacturer of submerged hollow-fiber membrane modules for wastewater treatment.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has adopted new rules for mercury and arsenic management in drinking water, making them the most stringent in the nation.

NSF International has released eight new verification reports and statements for the ETV Drinking Water Systems Center. For a complete listing, visit www.nsf.org. The foundation has also issued its first shower filtration certifications under NSA/ANSI 177.

Tampa Bay Water has approved a $29.1 million contract with American Water-Predisa LLC, to complete alterations intended to make the city’s problem-plagued desalination plant operate up to standard.


WERF stormwater database

The Water Environment Research Federation is collaborating with several other organizations to fund and manage the International Stormwater Best Management Practices Database, a new tool that will allow for continued improvement in the design and implementation of bmps. The collaboration includes resources from the American Society of Civil Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Highway Administration and the American Public Works Association.

IBWA responds to newspaper account

The International Bottled Water Association issued a press release condemning the recent Wall Street Journal article, “Bottled Water Isn’t Always Pure” which it claims inaccurately summarized an oral presentation made recently at a conference in Washington D.C. According to the IBWA, the newspaper disregarded the fact that no living harmful bacteria was found in the bottled water samples and that the presence of small “bits and pieces” of Legionella is consistent with drinking water treated with ozone or ultraviolet light. All of the findings were consistent with WHO, FDA and EPA rules and regulations, the association said.

WQA and IBWA sign agreement

The International Bottled Water and Water Quality Associations have entered into an agreement to share educational resources and opportunities and work together on issues of mutual concern. The agreement will provide expanded resources and educational opportunities for both associations to help achieve success on issues of importance in the drinking water industry and includes opening seminars held individually by both associations to be accessible to members of either.

Canada

Brewery device tested

A technology used by breweries to check for diluted beer in kegs could also be used to monitor water quality in treatment plants, the Canadian Water Quality Association reports. The technique, known as Spectral Signature, determines the pollution level in a liquid by analyzing the colors in the light reflected from it. It is a quick, cost-effective solution for monitoring that could potentially eliminate the need for chemicals required to clean up water.

Fresh water in oil wells

Civic leaders from Alberta are calling upon local oil drillers to halt the practice of pumping fresh water into oil wells, a technique to bring oil to the surface and reduce extraction costs. About 1,200 delegates of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association voted almost unanimously in favor of halting the practice that costs “billions of liters of fresh water,” annually, the association reported.

Water contaminators sentencing in Walkerton incident

Two brothers who pleaded guilty to criminal charges in November 2004 for their roles in a contaminated water incidient in Ontario have been sentenced. A former Walkerton Utilities manager, Stan Koebel was sentenced to one year in prison, while his water foreman brother, Frank Koebel, was sentenced to a nine-month house arrest. In May 2000, rain contaminated the region’s drinking water with E. Coli, killing seven and harming another 2,500. The Koebels were responsible for failing to issue an advisory about boiling water, despite prior knowledge that could have avoided the deaths.

World’s largest UV system

ITT Industries Inc., a WEDECO unit, has been selected to provide the UV disinfection system for the Seymour-Capilano Water Filtration Plant in British Columbia. Up to 70 percent of the drinking water for the greater Vancouver area comes from the Seymour and Capilano watersheds. High levels of turbidity currently do not meet federal guidelines and there is inadequate primary disinfection of the water source. The new plant will have a total flow capacity of 571 million gallons per day. The plant is slated for completion in 2007.

United States

Roll acquires FIJI Water

Privately held Roll International Corporation has acquired FIJI Water LLC, the second largest selling imported water brand in the United States. Sourced and bottled in the Fiji Islands, FIJI Water will continue to operate as an independent company under the current management team. No financial details were disclosed.

Graver acquires HydroGlobe

Graver Technologies, a manufacturer of filtration and separation products, has acquired HydroGlobe—a technology company with patented products for the removal of heavy metals, including lead and arsenic from water. The acquisition includes an exclusive license with Stevens Institute of Technology, located in Hoboken, New Jersey, for any water and wastewater technologies developed at the facility. Chris Wilker, formerly the president of Alamo Water Refiners, will assume the role of president of Graver Technologies’ HydroGlobe Division. Details regarding the cost of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Antibiotics seeping into water

A study by researchers at Colorado State University shows that antibiotic drugs used to enhance growth, prevent disease and increase efficiency in food animals are making their way into water that is used for public consumption. Monensin, used exclusively for cattle growth enhancement, was used as a benchmark in the study and was often found in surface water located near animal feeding operations. The university report suggests the need for new animal waste handling criteria to minimize the release of the compounds into the surrounding environment.

Clean Water Act indictment

Milton Beard, owner of Black Jack Ridge Dairy near Santa Fe, Tenn., has been indicted on three counts (two felony and one misdemeanor) of violating the Clean Water Act for allegedly using manmade pipe and a spray irrigation system to discharge waste from his facility onto the grounds of his property. According to the EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the waste allegedly flowed into Lick Creek and emptied into the Duck River, which is used for drinking water and recreational uses.

Great Lakes Declaration signed

Dozens of government officials and tribal representatives have signed the Great Lakes Declaration and framework document for the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration. The GLRC is a comprehensive effort to protect, improve and restore the region by developing restoration projects as well as protecting area water resources vital for local municipalities and environmental preservation.

WQA & California certification changes

The Water Quality Association has approached California officials working on regulatory reforms to rewrite the drinking water treatment device certification law so that California will automatically recognize devices certified by accredited programs like WQA, NSF and UL. The association successfully advocated for the state’s device certification program to accept testing by ANSI-accredited labs without re-reviewing product date submission. The state department of health services issued a guidance document to this effect, but has yet to rewrite the program regulations.

EPA clarifies lead sampling

The EPA has issued guidance for states to help clarify how the collection and management of lead and copper samples is conducted to carry out regulations that control lead in drinking water. Earlier this year, the agency discovered lead levels in some cities across the country that prompted a review of how the lead and copper rule was being implemented. Key elements of the new clarification include what samples are used to calculate the 90th percentile concentration, how-to’s of managing sampling programs, what states should do with samples taken out of compliance timeframes and how utilities can avoid sampling problems.

ResinTech purchases OTC Labs

ACM Company, Inc., a sister company of ResinTech, Inc., has purchased OTC Laboratories of Plantation, Florida. ACM plans to upgrade the existing OTC regeneration facility and to expand the company’s line of products and services. “We are excited about the synergies created by this acquisition and our ability to service customers throughout the Eastern region while minimizing the impacts of increasing transportation costs” said Larry Gottlieb Vice President of ACM. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

PWQA Legislative Days

The Pacific Water Quality Association concludes its Legislative Days in Sacramento, Calif., this month with a comprehensive wrap-up of industry-related advocacy towards the California Legislature. The event includes round-table discussions with industry experts, how-to seminars for legislative action and one-on-one meetings with legislators to discuss the agenda of the association in the coming legislative session.

KX expands with Tech Center

The KX Industries, L.P., has expanded its facilities in Watertown and West Haven Connecticut with a new 135,000-square-foot injection molding and light assembly division plant and a 65,000-square-foot technology center. The expansion is the result of a significant increase in customer demand, the company said. The center will allow for a new range of products and capabilities, adding to KX Industries’ highly successful line of MATRIKX® extruded activated carbon block filters and PLEKX® flat sheet solids-loaded filtration medium.

Tucson to try reuse

Officials in Tucson, Ariz., are looking for ways to use treated sewage for drinking water to help sustain the supply in responce to rapid population growth. The city’s water director David Modeer said the sewage now trickles into groundwater outside the water supply, but putting it below Tucson Water wells may prevent problems at a later date. The city has set a 2006 deadline for proposals on a sustainable reuse plan.

NAS perchlorate recommendation

The National Academy of Sciences has concluded that the rocket-fuel chemical perchlorate, which has been discovered in California’s drinking water supplies, is safe to consume at levels 20 times greater than proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. According to the WQA, the sustained publicity regarding concerns over perchlorate contamination are potentially fuelling a boon for POU/POE systems designed to remove the harmful substance from drinking water.

Zenon partially drops suit against USFilter

Zenon Environmental Inc., has dropped several of its claims in the patent infringement lawsuit against USFilter Corporation pending in federal district court decision in San Diego, according to a USFilter spokesperson. While all claims for monetary damages and all the claims against USFilter Memcor’s CMF-5 Microfiltration technology have been dropped, Zenon is continuing to allege infringement by two pilot plants operated briefly in 2001 and 2002 by USFilter. The company has also announced counterclaims filed against Zenon for inequitable conduct that are pending litigation at this time.

Membrane tech poised for growth

U.S. Ultrafiltration, Nanofiltration and Reverse Osmosis Membrane Elements Market, a new study published by Frost & Sullivan is projecting a $520 million market per year for membrane technology by 2010, a 52 percent increase in market share for that corner of the industry. The sector topped $341.3 million in 2004 on its strong municipal market base, and has made significant inroads into commercial and industrial industries, such as biotechnology, food and beverage processing and pharmaceutical manufacturing. For additional information regarding the new study, visit www.water.frost.com

Aquionics InLine systems

The Flat Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Gainesville, Ga., has chosen three new Aquionics InLine systems to meet the facility’s increased wastewater treatment demands. The new units will assist in the processing of 12 million gallons per day of wastewater for discharge into Lake Lanier. The closed chamber, medium pressure systems provide high efficiency disinfection with the added benefits of online transmittance monitoring and advanced controls.

WEF, EPA organize to reduce pollution

The Water Environment Federation has joined the Environmental Protection Agency and eight other organizations in signing a memorandum of understanding to strive to improve wastewater treatment for 25 million new homes nationwide. The groups have agreed to expand their information exchange programs, coordinate public awareness campaigns, as well as training and technical assistance in order to assist water quality professionals with selecting the most appropriate wastewater management options.

AWWA spearheads desal research

The American Water Works Association and the California Energy Commission are partnering with Black & Veatch environmental consultants to develop a treatment process that reduces the cost and energy consumption for inland desalination with zero liquid discharge. The team will use computer modeling and bench-scale and pilot testing to develop cost-effective solutions for concentrate management.

Asia

China faces water shortage

China faces a water shortage of 40 billion cubic meters (1.4 trillion cubic feet) every year caused by severe water pollution that is a threat to millions of people, the Asia Pacific News reports. Now, 400 of 669 Chinese cities are facing water shortages with a quarter of those facing serious threats, according to the Chinese minister of Water Resources. Ongoing drought conditions are blamed for the shortages that are crippling agriculture as well as rapidly depleting drinking water sources.

Digging threatens Beijing water supply

Illegal sand digging has transformed the once flat ground of Beijing’s largest reservoir into ravines, threatening the water quality and reliability of
a fifth of the city’s water supply. The digging has been spurred by high-quality sand in the ravines and the growing need for construction materials, such as concrete created with sand. Despite Beijing’s Eighth Waterworks having taken a variety of measures to protect the land, including dikes and fencing, the digging has gone on unabated.

P&G to license to Woongjin

The Proctor & Gamble Company has signed a technology licensing deal with Woongjin Coway of South Korea. P&G will license to Woongjin a water purification technology based on a proprietary electrolysis cell, the details of which were not disclosed. “By licensing this halogen dioxide water purification technology, we can provide services to our customers that no one else in the world can provide,” said Woongjin director Je Kang Yoo. “We are getting to market quickly and efficiently with world-class technology backing our products.”

Mexico

Multiple beverage survey

Beverage Marketing has released results from a new survey regarding the growing marketplace throughout Mexico for bottled water and other beverages. A Survey of the Mexican Beverage Marketplace, features extensive summaries of the industry landscape and contains current statistical data for nine individual beverage categories in Mexico. To obtain a copy of the report, contact Beverage Marketing at www. beveragemarketing.com

Australia

A Thirst For Change

Water Proofing Adelaide has released its draft strategy, A Thirst For Change, after a year of research and consultation. The strategy proposes three projects by 2025, including a dramatic increase in the reuse of treated wastewater to 30 gigaliters (gL) each year, an increase in the use of storm water to 20 gL per year and to use 35 gL less water each year, even if the first two programs are not enacted.

Water reuse in Perth

The west Australian government is exploring the feasibility of using treated wastewater to increase Perth’s drinking water supply. The plan under consideration would divert up to 50 gigaliters of treated wastewater that is normally pumped into the ocean, back into the Gnangara and Jandakot mounds. The west Australian Health Department and the Environmental Protection Authority are currently reviewing the idea to determine the safety of the reuse plan.

Water expert urges national plan

Paul Perkins, a Canberra-based water policy expert, is calling upon the national government to take the lead in the promotion of water recycling and conservation. During a presentation at the Australian Water Industry Roadmapping Project, Perkins said he is developing a recycling package for government policy advisors that he hopes will expand Australia’s adoption of water-saving technologies and preserve rapidly depleting water resources.

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