KDF Fluid Treatment Inc. announces that it meets the requirements under NSF/ANSI 117: Shower Filtration systems—aesthetic effects. KDF is also an NSF-approved witness test lab for shower filters manufacturers.?

Tana Water’s T-6 model has been named Best POU Cooler or Water Dispenser in the 5th European Point of Use Drinking Water Trade Fair organized by Zenith International. The company also received a special award, Most Imaginative POU Placement, for installation of coolers on the Norwegian Navy’s submarine fleet.?

The city of Wichita Falls, Texas has chosen USFilter Corp. to install five 2m belt presses and two polymer feed systems at the Jasper and Cypress Water Treatment Plants.?

DelStar Technologies Inc.’s Middletown, Del. facility has achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification. The facility manufactures and distributes Naltex® Netting, Delnet® Apertured Films, DelPore™ and other DelStar products.?

The Connecticut Department of Economic Community Development has agreed to terms with BWT AG, Austria’s largest water treatment products manufacturer, to facilitate the acquisition of majority ownership of Tenergy Christ Water LLC, by BWT and a private European investor.?

Pump distributor A.I. McDermott Company of Oshkosh, Wisc., celebrated is 60th annual dealer meeting with 400 of its contractor customers, suppliers and friends.?

Zenon Environmental Inc. has been chosen by Washington state officials to provide the largest membrane bioreactor in the world in King County. The 54 mgd system will serve over 100,000 households at a total order value of $30 million, the company reported.?

The Water Environment Research Foundation Endowment for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research is accepting applications for the 2005 Paul L. Busch Award. The award carries a $100,000 research grant for an individual or team whose work is leading to measurable improvements in the water environment.?

Nelsen Corporation has acquired the tank jacket manufacturing business from Michigan-based Noble Company. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.?

The American Academy of Environmental Engineers has awarded Black & Veatch Corporation with its 2005 Excellence in Engineering grand prize for identifying the sequential application of ozone followed by UV as a cost-effective disinfection strategy to simultaneously inactivate pathogens and minimize byproducts.?

The Water Quality Research Foundation has received a $50,000 donation from the Wayne and Mary Packard Foundation. F. Wayne Packard is a longtime member of the Water Quality Association and a WQA Hall of Fame award winner (1980).?


WQA expands Gold Seal program, calls for papers
The Water Quality Association now certifies to NSF/ANSI standards 14, 42, 44, 50, 53, 55, 58, 60, 61, 62 and 177. Since becoming ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and SCC (Standard Counsel of Canada) accredited, thousands of products from hundreds of manufacturers have earned the Gold Seal. These companies have used WQA’s Laboratory and Certification programs in a cost-effective way to differentiate themselves and their products in a competitive industry.
In other news, the association is seeking abstracts for presentations at the WQA Aquatech 2006 educational conference in Chicago. Speaking slots are typically 30 minutes long. For additional information about topics and abstract requirements, visit www.wqa.org

NSF and IPIA partner
NSF International has become the exclusive audit agency for the International Packaged Ice Association’s member audit program. The program, known as Packaged Ice Quality Control Standards, is designed to improve and maintain the quality of packages sold by IPIA members. “The IPIA membership has a strong commitment to quality,” said Loren Merrick, general manager of the packaged ice and bottled water certification programs at NSF. “As their exclusive audit partner, we will continue to work together to raise the bar on packaged ice industry standards.”

Inflationary costs hit GE
Since the first quarter of 2005, all of the GE Infrastructure Water & Process Technologies’ product lines, which include specialty chemicals, membranes and equipment, have increased between five and 10 percent, in most cases due to global inflationary costs. While many companies are responding to these cost pressures by reducing investment in services and staff, GE has continued to introduce new products, even on the heels of introducing a record-setting 80 new products in 2004. “GE expects that this current price increase will be offset by the additional value and savings its customers achieve through the combined strength of GE’s people, technology and solutions,” the company reported.

Water professional kidnapped in Iraq
Jeffrey J. Ake, 47, the president and founder of a water bottling business in Rolling Prairie, Ind., was kidnapped while working in Iraq. Ake, a member of the Water Quality Association and the International Bottled Water Association, was at a water treatment facility near Baghdad on April 11 where his company, Equipment Express, was constructing an integrated system to provide water bottling services, as well as a bottling machine for edible oil.

At press time, Ake had been missing in the war-torn country for four weeks. There has been no further word from the U.S. government regarding the status of his disappearance and no known communiqués from those who perpetrated the kidnapping, also unknown at this time.

United States

Atlantic UV’s ‘Extreme Makeover’
Atlantic Ultraviolet Corporation provided the ABC reality television show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, with a BioLogic™ water purifier and AeroLogic™ air purifier for use in the March 13 episode. The show, which weekly provides a new or dramatically remodeled home for a family in need, featured an im-munocompromised girl, eight-year-old Kassandra Okvath, whose family needed the equipment in order to treat the water and air supply in their new home. The purifiers both utilize ultraviolet technology, a scientifically proven treatment for disinfection of air and water for the removal of bacteria and viruses. Atlantic Ultraviolet Corporation supplies hospitals, schools, office buildings and homes across the country.     

McCloud/Nestlé water plan nixed
A plan to purchase 500,000 gallons of spring water annually from McCloud, CA, by Nestlé Waters North America has been blocked by a Siskiyou County judge. Many McCloud residents were heralding the $120 million water bottling plant planned by Nestlé as a way to revitalize the former lumber town. However, the judge said a local water district that approved the plant had overstepped its authority because McCloud is an unincorporated town.

So. Calif. salinity concerns continue
The Pacific Water Quality Association is continuing its work with the Southern California Salinity Coalition in the Inland Empire Utility Agency (IEUA) service area. The group presented the Pinch the Salt program to dealers operating in the IEUA’s service district. Pinch the Salt is a proposed program including measures such as informing residents about non-softener ways to reduce contributions to residential salinity discharges, encouraging residents to upgrade from old-time clock softeners, to either more efficient, new demand regenerated softeners or PE Service and/or to have softeners “tuned up” to make sure they are at appropriate settings for their current needs. The association noted that the final stages of PWQA/WQA participation are still being worked on, which will include a list of participating PWQA members to supply to IEUA and details of the in-home meetings, such as a sample script for dealers.

CEI expands across the country
Carbon Enterprise Inc., of Circle-ville, Ohio, has expanded its freight services throughout the United States. CEI Logistics was opened in 2002 as a freight brokerage to handle the freighting of all products, specializing in water treatment equipment. With a database of over 5,000 carriers, CEI Logistics has already lowered the freight cost for many of its customers and handles overseas, van truckload, flatbed truckload, less-than-truckload, air freighting and ground transport services.

Consulting firm expands services
Product to Market LLC, a technology, sales and marketing consulting firm based in Cokato, Minn., has added several new service lines designed for the water conditioning and bottled water industries. Since June 2001, Product to Market has serviced several water businesses including franchise and independent operations, as well as Fortune 500 and non-water related organizations. The service lines for water businesses include technology assessments, plans and updates; development of value-added products and services; creation and management of marketing content and training programs.

Bottled water fire hazard?
The volunteer fire chief of the Palomar Mountain Fire District has asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs to suspend plans for a bottled water plant proposed by the La Jolla Indians near California Mountain, Calif. Chief George Lucia said he is concerned there might not be water available for firefighting if the plant is approved, according to Whitaker Newsletters Inc. “We feel that would just drain water right out of our aquifer,” Bruce Graves, chairman of the Palomar Mountain Planning Organization told Whitaker.

Starbucks expands water offering
Starbucks Corp. has purchased Ethos Water, a small, privately held water bottler that donates part of its profits to humanitarian water projects. The details of the purchase were not disclosed. The company plans to meet Ethos’ goal of donating $250,000 by the end 2005 and will donate an additional $1 million by the end of fiscal year 2006, Reuters reported. The purchase comes on the heels of Starbucks being dumped by Pax World Funds (a mutual fund firm that invests in socially conscious businesses) after the coffee giant announced plans to begin developing an alcoholic beverage.

$100 million for Penn. Water projects
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority’s board of directors (PENNVEST) has approved about $100 million in low-interest loans and grants for 33 drinking water, waste water and storm water projects in 23 counties in the state. The grants were targeted for 10 prohibitively expensive projects to bring them within the financial reach of their customers. The funding brings PENNVEST’s total funding for community water, sewer and storm water projects to more than $3.7 billion since the program’s inception.

NSPF grant funding
The board of directors of the National Swimming Pool Foundation has voted to allocate $500,000 in grants, fellowships and scholarships. “We are thrilled to direct even more into aquatic research this year,” said NSPF President Bill Kent. The first award of the year was given to Dr. Brian Condon of Kennesaw State University. The $30,129 grant will support research on enzyme use in recreational aquatic chemicals.

National water policy dialogue
In letters to President George W. Bush, key congressional leaders and state governors, The American Water Resources Association, on behalf of the recently conducted Second National Water Policy Dialogue, have called upon federal, state and local governments to address the growing challenges in the management and protection of the nation’s water resources. Held in Tucson, Ariz., earlier this year, the dialogue also resulted in calls for a National Water Commission to chart the path of the future. The key challenges facing the U.S. water supply today are annual losses of over $5 billion from droughts, conflicts among states regarding water rights and deteriorating drinking water conditions.

Ky. monitoring drinking water
After a broken pipeline spilled 63,000 gallons of crude oil into the Kentucky River, state utilities and government officials are making a more aggressive effort to protect drinking water supplies in the future. The spill covered 10 miles and came dangerously close to the Ohio River, a key drinking water supply for dozens of northern Kentucky communities. The state is still investigating the cause of the break.

Daytona Beach water tastes best
Daytona Beach, Fla., has won the first place award as the country’s Best Tasting Municipal Tap Water at the 15th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Forum. Since 2001, the city’s Brennan Water Treatment Plant has disinfected city water using Severn Trent Services’ ClorTec™ on-site sodium hypochlorite generation system. Each water in the competition was rated on several attributes including appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel and aftertaste.

Lead-contaminated water “not dire”
The Seattle Times is reporting that students who drank lead-contaminated water in the city’s public schools would not have suffered detectable or lasting health problems, according to a panel review of a district water study regarding the problem. Even under a worst-case scenario, the most lead-concentrated water sample collected would not have raised the lead level in a child’s blood enough to be considered lead poisoning, the newspaper said.

American Water Star acquires Nevada operations
American Water Star Inc. has acquired the Nevada operations of Colorado River Distributors, the Soft Drink Letter reports. The acquisition expands the American Water Star product lines offered to include Arrowhead Water, Coca-Cola products and Tropicana products, and will likely result in about $4.3 million in additional annual sales from the Las Vegas area alone.

Marlboro company to distribute Trump Ice
Mountain Spring Waters of America LLC, a six-month-old bottled water company from Marlboro, N.J., has beat out larger and older corporations to receive the distribution deal for Trump Ice spring water. Mountain Spring’s owners have been in the industry since the 1980s, but launched the company just last fall. Trump Ice debuted on real estate mogul Donald Trump’s reality show, The Apprentice, in 2004.

Europe

E.U. urged to stop water privatization
A variety of activist organizations and NGOs are calling upon the European Union to curb the growing proclivity for privatized water systems in Europe. In a letter sent to Louis Michel, E.U. Commissioner for Development Humanitarian Aid, the group said they are concerned about the way “European aid money and political influence is being used to promote policies that are not working and hinge on providing extra money to European companies, rather than meeting real development needs in water and sanitation,” the Inter Press Service of Johannesburg reported; adding that about five percent of the world’s water is run by the private sector and 95 percent of that is by European companies.

First public-private water partnership
Since March, Coast to Coast Water Ltd., a joint venture of Severn Trent Services and Costain, has been providing water and waste water services to about 1,500 of the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense sites throughout England. The work, known as Project Aquatrine, was awarded to the firm last year with the signing of a $1.9 billion, 25-year contract. Project Aquatrine is the first major public-private partnership in the U.K. water sector in which water and wastewater services will be provided for a widely dispersed area outside of the regulated water industry.

‘04 bottled water sales increase
Sales of bottled water in the United Kingdom rose 0.5 percent to 2,080 million liters in 2004, an increase of £1,200 million in retail value, Zenith International reports. This growth was achieved despite mild summer weather. Single-serve still water bottles fueled the sales increase with a four percent gain, while water coolers and natural mineral water both also showed modest increases. By total volume of water sold, mineral water still reigns supreme, capturing 67 percent of the total water purchased in 2004.

Africa

Congo camps with unclean water
The lack of clean water and its correlative diseases are killing about 20 children every day in refuge camps in eastern Congo, the United Nations is reporting. About 75,000 people are living in the camps, having fled militia violence in the region. Eighty percent of the camps populations are children.

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