ACM Company Inc., a sister company of ResinTech Inc., is expanding its manufacturing and support facilities in Forest Hill, Md. AriesFilterworks, a division of Resin Tech, has signed an agreement appointing Etal Network Pvt. Ltd., as its authorized agency in India to market the Aries line of products and services. ?

The National Water Research Institute has awarded the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research to water quality expert Menachem Elimelech, Ph.D. of Yale University. ?

The American Supply Association’s Education Foundation has released an updated edition of ProductPro™, its self-study introduction to copper tube, plastic pipe and fittings. The educational materials are available at www.asaef.org ?

IDEXX Laboratories’ Colilert-18/Quanti-Tray test for rapid detection of coliforms and E. coli in water has been accepted for use in professional microbiological labs by Denmark’s Environmental Protection Agency. ?

Paul Zielinski, Director of Environmental Management and Compliance of the Southeast Region of American Water, has received the Directors Award of Recognition from the Partnership for Safe Water and the American Water Works Association. ?

EcoWatch, a television series produced by United Media Communications Group that showcases environmentally friendly technologies and news, featured HydroFlo Inc.’s patented ARTI-64™ system for its early compliance to forthcoming U.S. EPA and U.N. requirements for arsenic removal. ?

The Ohio Department of Transportation has approved a variety of AquaShield Inc. storm water runoff treatment systems, under its Best Management Practices. The first listing of its kind for a water treatment system, the designation makes AquaShield eligible for use in all ODOT projects. ?

The International Bottled Water Association is once again offering a  “Hydration Calculator” on its website, www.bottled water.org. The calculator provides consumers with an easy-to-use program to determine how much water they should be drinking each day. ?

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating has updated its website, www.ciph.com, to better serve its members and provide more information to consumers. ?

After three years of intense testing, the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman Newport News has selected Amiad Filtration Services to supply self-cleaning filters in their new aircraft carrier program. ?

Calgon Carbon has obtained patents from the China and, Hong Kong and Israel for its UV Technologies Division for the application of low-energy UV light to inactivate of pathogenic parasites in drinking water.?


IBWA launches show site
The International Bottled Water Association has launched a website for registration and exhibitor information for its trade show next month. The IBWA 47th Annual Convention and Trade Show, to be held in Orlando from Sept. 27 to 30, is the largest international bottled water show in the world. The theme of this year’s show is Quality Through Innovation. Online registration is now available for both attendees and exhibitors at www. bottledwater.org

Biocides in water treatment
Research and Markets Inc. has released a new study on the use of biocide products in water and waste water treatment globally. The report, available at www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c20003 includes detailed market analyses and discussion of industry trends and develops a forecast for biocides from 2004 through 2009. The global consumption of biocides in water treatment was $91 million at the manufacture level in 2003, a 40 percent growth over the prior decade. This performance reflects end-industry growth and regulatory and technological changes. The report provides detailed regional regulatory information as well as information on technological innovations that will shape the industry in coming years.

United States

Bogus water tests in NYC
Federal authorities have indicted a New York Department of Environmental Protection employee for allegedly filing false test reports on New York City’s drinking water, the N.Y. Post reports. Dieter Greenfeld, 53, allegedly reported tests results from the Catskill Water Treatment Plant without actually performing any tests. While city and state officials say Greenfeld’s actions did not actively threaten the water supply, he made it impossible to detect a potential problem if one had occurred.

EPA selects industry giants for arsenic demo
The U.S. EPA has selected municipal drinking water technology from a host of manufacturers for use in 17 full-scale demonstration sites in the EPA’s National Arsenic Treatment Demonstration Program. The K2™ Drinking Water System from Kinetico Inc., SORB 33® and Bayoxide® E33 media from Severn Trent Services and AdEdge Technologies were all selected for the program demonstration. The program was created in response to the agency’s lower arsenic standard that goes into effect January 1, 2006. In order to help communities that serve less than 10,000 customers effectively, the program will promote the research and development of cost-effective treatment technologies for small system operators.

Mining company patents mercury filter
Mesabi Nugget, a mining company based in Duluth, Minn., has developed a new process for removing mercury from drinking water with its refuse taconite tailings. The mining industry has long known the tailings, a by-product of making taconite pellets, can be used to effectively remove mercury from water at levels of about 90 percent. However, Mesabi Nugget is the first to consolidate the tailings into a filter cartridge and patent the product. “Nobody is quite sure how it works, but tailing basins…somehow remove mercury. If this (filter) works, it will certainly be wonderful for facilities in the Great Lakes Basin,” said Ann Foss, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, speaking to the Duluth News Tribune.

Stinky water is safe to drink?
Officials in Concord, N.H. have told residents that it is safe to drink from the tap despite algae growth that has triggered a foul taste and smell in the city’s public water supply. Algae in Penacook Lake spiked in June and while all the drinking water that reaches the city taps was cleaned and treated, the process could not remove the tastes and odors. As a result, city residents have been stocking up on bottled water. Concord plans to stop the spread of algae at the source with chemical treatments, yet encourages citizens to continue to drink the tap water.

NDWAC issues water security report
The National Drinking Water Advisory Council, a federal authority created as part of the Safe Drinking Water Act, has released a water security report to utilities nationwide, in part to standardize security practices and measure their effectiveness. The recommendations establish a consistent expectation for what features constitute an ‘active and effective’ water security program, while providing flexibility based on the size and location a utility serves. “This report is a significant step in our quest to assure a culture of security at water systems throughout North America,” says J. Alan Roberson, AWWA director of security and regulator affairs.

Partnering to eliminate lead in schools
The Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Education and many other governmental and private sector entities have signed a partnership agreement to focus attention on testing drinking water in schools and child care facilities for lead. Combined with a targeted education and outreach program, the partnership hopes to eliminate this health hazard.

AWWA revises standards
A host of American Water Works Association Standards, related to specific chemical oxidants as well as several installation processes, have been revised. Rules governing ammonium sulfate, sodium chlorite, potassium hydroxide, calcium chloride and sodium metabisulfite have all been revised to include physical, chemical, packaging, shipping and testing requirements. For updated copies of the standards, contact the AWWA at www.awwa.org/bookstore

Purolite plant shuts down for maintenance
The Philadelphia manufacturing plant for Purolite USA will be shut down through Aug. 14 for annual maintenance operations. Resin will be shipped during that time, but all manufacturing capabilities will cease during the first two weeks of the month and the company asks customers to keep that in mind when ordering. Orders placed during the shutdown will be shipped if the resin is in stock; others will be delayed until after the Aug. 14 restart date. For more information, visit www.puroliteusa.com

Danfoss sells division
Danfoss Water & Wastewater has sold its Analytical Business Division to Danaher. Affected products include all Evita-branded products, as well as INSITU-PRO™ service packages, USC universal signal controllers plus all related analytical product options and accessories. The division will be rebranded and incorporated into Danaher’s Control Division.

Falcon takes wing
Falcon Stainless Inc. has received NSF Standard 61 certification under the Certified Drinking Water System Components Program. The company has moved to expansive new facilities at 11750 Roscoe Blvd. Unit #1, Sun Valley, CA 91352. Toll free: (800) 814-8444; phone: (818) 767-FLOW; fax: (818) 768-8533.

Water Partnership releases report
The Water Partnership Council has released is first industry report on public-private partnerships to mayors and other municipal officials. Evaluation of Public-Private Partnerships for Water and Wastewater Systems is based on interviews with 31 community leaders. It shows that satisfaction with the partnerships is high and the impact on the community is generally positive. Key findings include that for  91 percent of respondents, projected costs savings were achieved and a majority feeling that compliance is better under such partnerships.

Koch receives NSF certification
Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. has received certification of compliance with NSF/ANSI Standard 61 for nanofiltration and RO elements, including the FLUID SYSTEMS® TFC® SR® 2, TFC-S, TFC-HR, TFC-XR and TFC-ULP® membrane types. The membranes are a variety of softening and selective rejection elements, as well as ultra-low pressure, high rejection membrane RO elements.

Billions needed for water utility investments
In order to continue providing safe drinking water, the nation’s water utilities will need to invest more than $277 billion over the next 20 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports. According to the U.S. EPA’s third Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment, the challenges confronting water utilities are mounting at a greater pace due to aging infrastructure that, in many of the most populous regions of the country, is 50 to 100 years old. In addition to paying for infrastructure development and protection with revenue from rates, the U.S. EPA also suggests financing in the form of loans or bonds and preservation of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program, as well as other state and federal programs.

Banning soda in schools makes room for bottled water
Hat Trick Beverages Inc., a manufacturer of vitamin-enhanced and other flavored waters, is lobbying school board members and legislators in 17 states where carbonated soft drink bans in public schools are under consideration, the Soft Drink Letter reports. Hat Trick has sent bottles of its no-sugar, vitamin-added water, Vitality Water to public officials in an effort to promote the bans and replace soft drinks in public schools with flavored and vitamin-enhanced bottled waters.

Europe

Fuel spill threatens Moscow water
A derailed train spilled millions of gallons of fuel into waterways northwest of Moscow in June and the resulting damage now threatens drinking water for the city. Authorities failed to contain more than 770 tons of thick fuel as it flowed from more than 10 tanker cars after they jumped the tracks about 100 miles northwest of Moscow. Officials in the region say the fuel will undoubtedly enter the public drinking water system and they are devising a plan to alleviate the problem.

Asia

Pakistan committed to Millenium Goal
President Pervez Musharraf has said that Pakistan is committed to fulfilling the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.  In the field of water management for provision of safe drinking water, Pakistan has embarked on an ambitious project to try to provide safe drinking water in rural areas before 2015, highlighting support given by the U.N. Development Project and the other U.N. agencies in Pakistan.

Water takeover plan is off
The proposal by the Malaysian Federal Government to take over the management of water from the state governments has been called off. Instead, the state governments will share the responsibility. The National Water Council had proposed the idea in 2003 and a visit by ministry officials to Britain found that the privatization scheme there had worked well. However, after consultation with NGOs and state governments, the ministry decided to change the strategy and only set up a regulatory body—the National Water Services Commission—for the water industry and to reform it.

World Bank loan for massive Indian water project  
The World Bank has loaned more than $325 million for a major water project in Maharashtra, India, aimed at management of water resources and irrigation service delivery. The loan from the International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)—the World Bank’s lending arm—has been given for the implementation of the Maharashtra Water Sector Improvement Project (MWSIP). The project objective is to strengthen the capacity for water planning, development and sustainable management of the water resources and to improve irrigation service delivery and agricultural productivity for the more than 100 million people living in the region.

Restoring Indian waterways
Sixteen districts in nine states of India have been created as the first step in an ambitious government program to restore the nation’s water bodies. The Indian Ministry of Water Resources and the Central Water Commission are overseeing the project, a multi-year effort to repair, renovate and restore water bodies linked to agriculture and drinking water supply. According to the guidelines put forth by the Commission, individual states and districts select appropriate projects for augmenting storage capacity of damaged tanks and water bodies. These states will then restore those bodies that have an original irrigation capability of 40 to 2,000 hectares for future use in the area.

Africa

Revolutionary desal plant
GE Infrastructure, Water & Process Technologies has announced plans to build Africa’s largest desalination plant in Algiers, Algeria, the Hamma Water Desalination SpA. Formed and funded by GE and the Algerian Energy Company, the Hamma project will provide 25 percent of Algeria’s capital city with drinking water. Because of the scarcity of water in Algiers, most residents only receive water one out of every three days. The 52-mgd plant, which is being heralded by GE as a key component of its Ecomagination effort, a worldwide commitment to providing ‘greener’ technologies to nations in need, is scheduled for completion in 2007.

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