Waterite Technologies Inc. announced the planned opening of its new Ontario Distribution Center in Barrie. The new 9,000 sq. ft. facility will warehouse and assemble the company’s wide range of products. ?

Calgon Carbon Corp. was awarded $10 million by a jury in a suit related to the company’s common stock purchase of Advanced Separation Technologies, Inc. (AST) in 1996. Calgon claimed the defendants negligently represented the financial and operational condition of AST. Calgon seeks an additional $5.5 million in interest. ?

GE Energy Financial Services acquired a 95-percent stake, including debt obligations, in France’s Idex AQUASERVICES. The purchase is GE’s first investment in the European water market. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. ?

The World Congress on Ozone and Ultraviolet Technologies website is now active. Visit www.ioa-iuva-wchollywood.org for complete information. Online registration will be available on the site shortly. ?

Puronics, Incorporated has consolidated its manufacturing operations at a new, state-of-the-art plant in Livermore, Calif. The new facility can produce more than 200,000 water systems per year. In addition, the company has established the Walter Polens Award in honor of its co-founder to recognize its dealers for providing outstanding customer service. The award will be presented annually to dealers who demonstrate the highest regard for the customer experience. ?

Dow Chemical Company announced an average price increase of five percent, effective March 1, 2007 or as contracts permit, for all DOWEX™ ion exchange resin, adsorbent and catalyst products globally. ?


North America

Standards and codes agreement
NSF International and the International Code Council (ICC) announced a first-of-a-kind agreement that will make NSF American National Standards available to building and plumbing code officials through the International Code Council. Both non-profit organizations will work together to provide ICC members all NSF/ANSI standards referenced in the International Plumbing Code (IPC), which currently references several NSF/ANSI drinking water product and food equipment standards. The IPC includes regulations for plumbing facilities without restricting the use of new materials, products or methods of construction.

Pentair earnings announced
Pentair, Inc. announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2006. Fiscal year 2006 earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations were $1.81 compared with $1.80 for fiscal year 2005. Sales for 2006 reached $3.15 billion compared to sales of $2.95 billion for 2005, an increase of seven percent. Free cash flow for the year of $181 million was slightly better than anticipated, with free cash flow conversion as a percentage of net income in line with the company’s goal of 100 percent.

50 percent to consider reuse
According to Water Reuse Markets 2005-2015: A Global Assessment & Forecast, over the next decade, half the world’s major industrial companies and one quarter of its major cities will consider water reuse. The combination of increased water scarcity, tougher environmental regulation and falling costs will create conditions for explosive growth. The 250-page report by Research and Markets, Ltd. may be purchased at www.researchandmarkets.com

Miox expansion capital raised
MIOX Corporation has raised $14.5 million in capital to accelerate growth into emerging markets. It currently sells water purification products for public water treatment systems. The company has also successfully developed products and technology for personalized handheld water purification, industrial water, marine, military and pool and spa applications. The products are environmentally sound alternatives to commonly used dangerous and harsh chemicals.

New patents
Wisconsin-based Hellenbrand Inc. received US Patent No. 7,156,995 in January for its upgraded aeration tank control valve systems. The company markets the product line as the Iron Curtain IC2.0 through its dealer network and licensees. This is the second patent issued for the technology; the first was issued in 1992.

Hedland Flow Meters recently received a US Patent on its MR Flow Transmitter, designed to conserve power by activating only portions of the Anisotropic Magnetoresistive (AMR) array electronics in a systematic way. The transmitter does not power all of the MR sensors at once. The design accomplished the company’s goal to continue the industry standard of two-wire, loop-powered 4-20mA. The transmitter can hold quiescent current consumption to less than 2mA.   

HI wants pump stories
The Hydraulic Institute announced plans to collect stories from pump industry professionals on how pumps are applied, run and/or maintained incorrectly as part of the Pump Systems Matter™ (PSM) educational initiative. These accounts will be chronicled in, “People Do the Darndest Things to Pumps!” and may help in the development of a pump systems optimization guidebook. Visitors can share their tales of pump woes by visiting www.PumpSystemsMatter.org. Guests should be aware that their own names and those of manufacturers and customers will not be identified in any document after the original submission.

Toilet specs released
In January, the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) released a final specification for the latest generation of water-saving, high-efficiency toilets. Units that use less than 1.3 gallons per flush and meet performance standards for quality will qualify for the agency’s WaterSense label to help consumers make informed buying decisions about water-efficient products. New toilets are the product of extensive fluid dynamics research conducted over the last six years. While the exterior differs little from traditional toilets, interior redesign and new mechanical approaches significantly improve flow and reduce water usage.

IBWA news
After holding Board and Committee meetings in San Antonio, Texas, in January, the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) donated approximately 150 cases of bottled water to several local charities. Working with the Hyatt Regency San Antonio, IBWA donated bottled water to: St. Peter – St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, which serves as a home for abused children and assists families during a crisis; San Antonio Battered Women’s Shelter, which helps women who have been victims of domestic abuse and SAM Ministries, which helps the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless attain self-sufficiency. The association also announced the release of the Emergency Response Directory (ERD), a list of organizations and government agencies responsible for emergency and disaster response activities. IBWA members and other interested parties may successfully navigate the proper channels and help provide bottled water and other resources to those in need. For more information, visit http://www.bottledwater.org/

Ground water professional certification available
The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) announced that certification of scientists and engineers as Certified Ground Water Professionals (CGWPs) is available through the association. Applicants must meet acceptable standards in three categories—education, experience and other factors such as examples of work recommendations of sponsors and general information. For more information, visit www.ngwa.org, or contact NGWA Certification Manager Lee Salvator at [email protected] or call (800) 551-7379, ext. 547.

WWIS and NCVER joint training program
Water Works Industry Solutions (WWIS) donated over $15,000 in the form of a complete DVD series for the water works industry (Training & Education, The Basics) to the Nevada Center for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER). NCVER will use the series to create its own internal water infrastructure training program for blue collar workers to aid future residential development throughout western Nevada.

AWPCA hosts SJWP competition
Arizona Water & Pollution Control Association (AWPCA) will host the 2007 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) National Competition at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., June 21-23. The competition highlights the best water environment high school projects in the US. The winner will receive a $3,000 award, a prize sculpture and expense-paid trips to Stockholm, Sweden to participate in the international competition (August 11-17) and to San Diego, Calif. to attend and display their research at WEFTEC 2007 (October 13-17). The US winner’s school will receive a $1,000 education grant to enhance water science education and research in the classroom. Up to three finalists will receive $1,000 each.

Website updates
Eco-Tec’s expanded website now includes versions in both English and Chinese. The website has been re-launched to provide easy navigation for desired information about the company’s capabilities and market strengths. Both versions of the website will enable visitors to access information about products, services and related technical information. Additional language options are planned in the near future. Visit the website at www.eco-tec.com.

Colorado’s Drinking Water Program homepage has been revised and moved to a new web address. Visit www.cdphe.state.co.us/wq/drinkingwater/ for more information.

Antimicrobial polyester fiber
Foss Manufacturing Company’s Fosshield antimicrobial technology produces a unique bicomponent polyester fiber, reported Processingtalk. The patented fiber technology includes a silver- and copper-based, inorganic antimicrobial additive from AgION Technologies in the outer layer that is extruded as part of the fiber sheath during manufacture. It employs a proprietary method of encasing silver and copper ions in a zeolite cage, allowing for controlled release only when needed, resulting in long-term antimicrobial action on demand.

New pump invention up for licensing
An inventor from Dixon, Mo., has developed a modified attachable sump pump for household or commercial use, InventHelp.com reported. The compact, lightweight design provides a portable, easily maneuverable alternative to conventional water removal equipment. The inventor was inspired after watching a water company representative attempting to read an underground meter. It is currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368.

California approves CPVC use
The California Building Standards Commission (BSC) has put its stamp of approval on the use of CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) pipes for hot and cold potable water distribution in houses, apartments and hotels/motels in the state of California, BusinessWire reported. The action comes after nearly 25 years of litigation and environmental review. The market for CPVC pipe in California is anticipated to swell from the current 13 percent share to an expected 32 percent compared to copper and other alternatives.

Free water supply for health clubs
Alpine Water Systems is offering ad-sponsored purified water coolers, at no charge, to health clubs and their members, PRNewswire reported. Hundreds of gyms across the country have joined the company in installing filtered drink water coolers throughout their facilities. Sponsoring companies have found it to be a superior way to reach potential customers and gain maximum exposure for their products and services. “We value the promotion of healthy living and that’s exactly why we’re doing this,” said Todd Anderson, President of Alpine Water Systems.

Degremont brands unified
Degremont, S.A. announced the unification of its eight North American and European brands under the newly formed Degremont Technologies (SUEZ) umbrella. The companies are Ozonia North America and Infilco Degremont in the US, Anderson Water Systems and Degremont Ltd. in Canada and Aquasource, Innoplana, Ozonia, Schreiber Technology and Triogen in Europe and Asia. Each operating unit will continue to serve its own customers while working together to offer a broader assortment of technologies and services.

Canada embraces bio-bottles
Montreal based +1 Water bottled water company announced it is the first company in Canada to use a petrochemical-free, biodegradable, fully compostable plastic water bottle, USPRWire reported. The company established an ingredient branding agreement with NatureWorks LLC, in addition to co-branding agreements with Operation Hunger (South Africa), WaterCan and Ryan’s Well Foundation; 20 percent of profits will go to support water development projects undertaken by these organizations.

UN endorses Earth Water
The Brooks Bulletin reported that Earth Water, an Edmonton-based water bottling company, has agreed to donate 100 percent of its net profits to the United Nations (UN). The company’s continuing contribution helps fund access to clean water in developing countries. In return, the UN gives the firm exclusive use of its logos for marketing and promotional use. In Europe, Earth Water plans on using Tetra Paks. The company’s owner is investigating options for biodegradable bottles and containers.

Europe

Bottlers choose UV treatment
Aquionics’ British sister company is helping a number of bottled water producers in England keep their products free from microbial contamination with medium pressure ultraviolet (UV) water disinfection systems. Silver Spring Mineral Water Company in Kent has seven of the units installed. Angel Springs Limited of Chiltern Hills recently replaced its ozone water disinfection unit with medium pressure UV following concerns about bromate (a suspected carcinogen) formation as a result of ozone treatment.

Simple arsenic detector invented
Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review reported that a student team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh built a bacteria-based device that sniffs out arsenic. E. coli bacteria was genetically modified to detect trace amounts of the toxic chemical in drinking water. It is hoped that the bacteria-based technology will eventually lead to safe, precise and easy-to-use field arsenic test kits. Chris French, Professor of Microbial Biotechnology, said that such tests would not require a trained technician.

Africa

Ghana launches new bottled water
According to The Statesman, Aquasplash, bottled by Pepsi-Cola producers Beverage Investments Ghana Limited, has joined Ghana’s competitive bottled water industry. The newest product goes through a six-step purification and filtration process, as opposed to the industry norm of two to three steps. This extensive process involves chlorination, sand, carbon and micron filtration, reverse osmosis (RO) and ozonation. The firm’s Managing Director claimed the purified, bottled water is one of the safest on the market today.

Asia

Joint ventures for Hyflux and Marmon
Hyflux Ltd. announced two joint venture agreements and several licenses with Marmon Water, LLC. R&D JV will be set up in Singapore to invest up to S$50 million ($32.6 million US) over the next five years to develop innovative and affordable products and technologies for both residential and commercial applications. The company will employ up to 50 researchers. Manufacturing JV will be established in Singapore to wholly own a subsidiary in Jiangsu province, China that will manufacture residential water treatment and filtration products for worldwide markets. Hyflux and Marmon Water also have entered into license agreements for a period of 20 years on products complementary to each company’s current offerings.

GE joins Dynoil initiative
GE will supply its ecomagination-certified solar energy modules and water filtration technology to a new initiative launched by Dynoil, LLC. The project will increase the availability of clean drinking water in rural areas of India and developing countries of Southeast Asia and Africa. Solar energy technology used to power water filtration systems enables Dynoil to install equipment in remote areas that lack direct access to transmission grids. Such self-sustaining, clean water systems are seen as crucial in the global fight to reduce the spread of diseases and improve mortality rates. Installation is scheduled over the next 24 months.

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