North America

H&T awarded multiple contracts

Hungerford & Terry Inc. announced it has received contracts worth a total of five million dollars from eight municipal authorities and water utilities for the design and fabrication of its arsenic removal systems. The new contracts include two installations each for the American Water Company (Isleton and Walnut Grove, Calif.), the City of Rio Ranch, N.M. and the Town of Bernalillo, N.M. and one system each for the Churchill County Planning Department (Fallon, Nev.) and the Lake Elsinore Water District of Calif.

Watts in the news

In an asset purchase transaction, Watts Water Technologies, Inc. acquired Topway Global Inc. (TGI) of Brea, California, a manufacturer of water softeners, point of entry (POE) filter units and point of use (POU) drinking water systems for residential, commercial and industrial applications. TGI generates approximately $18 million in annual revenue and the acquisition will extend Watts’ distribution network to independent water quality dealers, particularly in the Southwestern US. In other financial news, Watts’ Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to 3,000,000 shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock from time to time on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions.

Rohm and Haas alliance announced

Rohm and Haas Company and Basin Water, Inc. formed an exclusive alliance to bring together their technologies to address the need for quality water across a broad range of market segments in the US and Canada. Initially serving the potable water market, the alliance will also focus on developing new technology to address groundwater treatment and emerging water recovery applications. Basin Water will have exclusive access to Rohm and Haas ion exchange resin technology for selected markets. Rohm and Haas will continue to offer its Advanced Amberpack System and Amberlite PW line of resins for drinking water markets outside of the alliance territory and for traditional industrial water treatment markets globally. 

NSF grant announced

The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) awarded a $49,697 grant to Dr. Guy Hornsby, Ph.D., CDE, of the West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV, to study the psychological and physiological effects of land versus water-based exercise with patients who have type-2 diabetes. Physical activity is recognized as a major therapeutic modality although adherence to traditional exercise programs is frequently poor. Almost all studies focus on land-based exercise programs. Since most diabetic patients are obese, water exercise is ideal to reduce joint stress.

Culligan innovation in the spotlight

Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) recently honored Culligan Water of Tucson, Ariz. with its Most Innovative Product Award. The Culligan Smart SensorTM water softener product series features breakthrough technology innovations; its components work on several levels to automate processes while saving salt, water, electricity and associated costs. The system was featured at SAHBA’s Home & Garden Show, the largest such event held in Arizona, which showcases the latest in home improvement and indoor/outdoor living ideas.

CHG product certified

Component Hardware Group (CHG)’s SANIGUARD® antimicrobial treatment has met NSF standards set forth in Protocol P345 for, “antimicrobial efficacy of products containing incorporated inorganic antimicrobial agent(s).” The inorganic antimicrobial treatment utilizes a silver ion-based technology to retard the growth of bacteria, molds and some viruses on treated surfaces such as faucet handles, doorknobs and other touch points for the life of the product. It has been previously certified under NSF Standards 2, 51 and 61 and its epoxy coating is NSF certified for direct food contact up to 300º F (148.88º C).

Ethics award for Danfoss

Ethisphere Magazine honored Danfoss as one of 2007’s most ethical companies. The magazine annually rewards ethical leadership and business practices around the world. The World’s Most Ethical Companies methodology used by Ethisphere analyzes companies that go beyond making statements about doing business ethically, to translate those words into action. Winners demonstrated real and sustained ethical leadership within their industries. Danfoss is one of only five companies to be recognized in the Industrial Manufacturing category.

Road show schedule

ABB Low Voltage’s 2008 Power-Control Road Shows will be held throughout the country to provide customers with an opportunity to attend exhibits and technical workshops related to power and control automation for a broad range of industries and applications. The first show will be held in Minneapolis (Minn.) on March 11-12. The remaining events will be in Cincinnati (Ohio) June 11-12; Los Angeles (Calif.) July 30-31; Salt Lake City (Utah), September 17-18 and Atlanta (Ga.) November 5-6. Visit www.abb.com for more information.

Carlsbad desal output fully subscribed

Poseidon Resources announced that 100 percent of the output from the Carlsbad Desalination Project is subscribed. Each member of the San Diego Desal Partners has signed a 30-year contract to purchase water from the Project. The contracts lock in the price of the desalinated water, protect ratepayers from financial risk and guarantee that the benefits of the project are shared regionally. The plant will double the region’s locally available fresh water supply by providing 50 million gallons per day (56,000 acre feet per year) of fresh drinking water, enough for 300,000 area citizens annually.   

Chicago to levy bottle tax

Chicago (Ill.) Mayor Richard Daley won City Council approval of a spending and tax plan that includes a new five-cent tax on bottled water and increased water and sewer fees, The Chicago Tribune reported. The administration projects the tax will raise $10.5 million while addressing environmental concerns and encouraging people to drink tap water. The Illinois Beverage Association and other interest groups promptly issued a joint statement calling the new levy “an onerous and discriminatory tax that will be paid for by consumers.” The groups questioned the legality of the tax and said the city has inflated its revenue projections because consumption will likely plummet. City officials have said they expect a court challenge over the tax but believe it will be upheld.

L.A. prohibits dining with tap water

While eateries across the nation have stopped serving bottled water due to environmental concerns, Los Angeles, Calif. has taken a different stance. The drought-ridden city recently issued the Prohibited Water Use Ordinance, which specifically restricts serving tap water. According to an MSNBC report, residents may not, “serve water to customers in eating establishments, unless requested”. The new water conservation rule may expand bottled water businesses, in contrast to the movement sweeping across the nation (and the globe) to do just the opposite.

HI standards review

The Hydraulic Institute (HI), under the approval of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is seeking qualified individuals in North America to participate in the review process for the draft of updated standard ANSI/HI 2.1-2.2, Rotodynamic (Vertical) Pumps for Nomenclature and Definitions. This standard applies to vertical diffuser, submersible motor, deep well pumps and vertical diffuser, submersible motor, short set pumps, which are typically driven by vertical electric motors or horizontal engines with right angle gears. Individuals and organizations in North America directly and materially affected by this standard are asked to contact HI. To participate, contact Karen Anderson, Administrator, Technical Affairs, at [email protected] or call (973) 267-9700 x23.

Cholera communication path found

A team of Princeton scientists has discovered a key mechanism in how bacteria communicate with each other, a pivotal breakthrough that could lead to treatments for cholera and other bacterial diseases, though the research specifically concerns cholera. A chemical mechanism known as CAI-1 was isolated in the lab. It has been shown that it can be used to disrupt communication among the bacteria, potentially halting the disease’s progress. While cholera is best cured through the availability of clean water, the discovery could lead to an entirely new class of antibiotics.

Annual bicycle race benefits Water For People

Water For People was welcomed as a charitable beneficiary of University Medical Center El Tour de Tucson (Arizona) for its 25th anniversary. The 109-mile race, billed as the largest perimeter cycling event in America, was held in November (2007) and drew more than 9,000 participants from around the world. City of Tucson Water Department volunteers provided water for the sag stops along the route and Water For People volunteers staffed a hospitality tent at the finish line.

Atlantium honored with award

Red Herring Magazine announced that Atlantium Technologies Ltd. has been short listed for the innaugural Red Herring 100 Global 2007 Awards. Winners and finalists from North America, Europe and Asia of the last three years were eligible for this award. The magazine’s editorial team used a very competitive process to whittle down a pool of 1,800 eligible, promising companies to 200 finalists. Evaluations were made on both quantitative and qualitative criteria such as financial performance, innovation, management, global strategy, and ecosystem integration.

Salvation Army filter program

The Salvation Army says it will help low-income families access filters if they have too much lead in their tap water, according to The London Free Press. The agency has agreed to administer the Ontario, Canada government’s $100 CN ($101 US) vouchers to help eligible families buy filter systems. Announced last June as part of a government plan to deal with the threat of lead exposure, the program was designed to help residents cope with recently discovered, dangerously high lead levels in drinking water. Eligible families will receive a list of approved filters and vouchers to buy them. To find out more, call the Salvation Army at (519) 661-0343.

Latin America

Tabasco relief aided by MIOX

MIOX Corporation, a, NM-based water disinfection equipment manufacturer, donated water purification equipment and trained personnel to non-profit Fomento Económico Mexicano S.A. (FEMSA Foundation) to assist in disaster recovery in Tabasco, Mexico. The donated equipment will provide approximately 27,000 gallons (100,000 liters) of treated water per day to a total of 6,700 disaster victims and can be run off of standard AC power, batteries, or photovoltaic power. The systems were used successfully in response to Hurricane Katrina and tsunami relief efforts in Thailand and Sri Lanka.

Europe

Testing device research funded

An international consortium led by the University of Bristol (UK) and supported by a $13 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is developing a low-cost, easy-to-use diagnostic tool that gives a clear and reliable indication of water quality. The small, hand-held device is designed to display test results as colored bands and may show that water is safe for adults to drink but not for children, the elderly or the sick. The research consortium includes the World Health Organization (WHO) and other experts worldwide.

SFES certified in France

Southeastern Filtration & Equipment Systems (SFES) has received Attestation de Conformité Sanitaire (ACS) registration through NSF’s cooperative agreement with CARSO-Laboratoire Santé et Environnement Hygiène de Lyon (LSEHL). ACS is France’s water contact safety standard and registration is required for all products and equipment that come in contact with drinking water. This includes plumbing fittings and products such as pipes, valves, faucets, pumps and storage/pressure tanks. SFES manufactures component cartridges and commercial modular filtration systems; these products have met all ACS requirements. The company’s ACS registration is valid for five years. Ongoing testing will ensure continued compliance.

PTFE production ramped up

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has increased production at its Willich, Germany manufacturing site to keep up with market growth and demand for PTFE diaphragms. The company manufactures Rulon® (a PTFE specialty compound) in addition to formed and machined parts.

Middle East

Desal detrimental to crops

Haaertz reported Israeli researchers are calling for a reassessment of the use of desalinated water for irrigation, warning in a Science Magazine article that desalinated water adversely affects some crops, such as tomatoes, basil and certain varieties of flowers. The water’s low mineral content, once believed to be an advantage, is bad for the crops; calcium shortage, for example, causes physiological defects, while magnesium shortage damages plant development.

Asia

Healthway partnership in Singapore

IEQ Global Pte Ltd. has chosen HealthWay as their product solutions partner of choice and launched HealthWay Medical Grade Air Cleaning Solutions in Southeast Asia. The product and partnership was officially introduced in Singapore last November. Offered in Singapore for both commercial and residential use, HealthWay® EMF Air Purification Systems are exclusively distributed by IEQ Global.

GE plant expansion in China

GE Water & Process Technologies announced a US $8.9 million investment to expand its advanced water and process manufacturing facility located in Wuxi, China. Originally constructed in 2004 with a US $10 million investment, the facility manufactures advanced water filtration membranes, associated equipment and produces thousands of tons of specialty chemicals used in water and process treatment applications. The facility will be expand by 30,000 square meters and will include a new manufacturing area to produce additional advanced water solutions, such as reverse osmosis (RO) membranes and machines and hollow fiber ultrafiltration (UF) membranes used in potable water, wastewater and water reclamation solutions.

Danfoss distribution expanded

Danfoss Group has appointed Cougar Express Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Menlo Worldwide, to establish, deploy and serve as its Asia-Pacific Central Distribution Center (CDC) warehouse operator in Singapore. The center will serve as an Asia-Pacific warehousing and distribution hub for its worldwide suppliers and customers throughout the region. Under the new contract, Cougar will relocate Danfoss’ existing warehouse operations to a larger facility within Singapore and it will occupy about 30 percent of the new site’s 93,000 square feet.

Falcon Stainless approved in Australia

Falcon Stainless has recently obtained WaterMark approval for its corrugated stainless steel water flex for the Australian and New Zealand plumbing and water treatment markets. The company will offer its Mega-flow SUPER Water-flex line through Clean Water Products of Belrose, NSW. The products are approved to ATS 5200.489 in accordance with AS/NZS 3500.


Florence Henderson, the national spokesperson for Elk Grove Village-based RainSoft (best known as mom and wife Carol of the 70s sitcom The Brady Bunch), appeared at the 2007 Labor Day Parade in Naperville, Ill. to help Chicago-area dealers close out the third quarter with strong sales.

The Chinese Water and Membrane Show has merged into Aquatech China, creating the largest, most comprehensive water event in China, according to Amsterdam RAI. The new event will take place from May 21-23, 2008 in the Shanghaimart Exhibition Center in Shanghai, China.

Pacific Ozone has introduced a new identity for the company’s industrial ozone business. The new logo refers to the four basic elements of complete ozone systems: oxygen/feed gas preparation; ozone generation; mass transfer and control; and monitoring.

NSPF® announced the fifth annual World Aquatic Health™ Conference, scheduled for October 15-17, 2008, will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. Visit www.nspf.org to sign up for information updates.

Severn Trent Water International, Ltd. has been renamed Severn Trent Services International after a recent reorganization. The firm will now offer worldwide contract operating services in addition to its existing utility management services and contract management portfolios.

The International Ultraviolet Association has produced a CD-ROM of the proceedings of the World Congress on Ozone and Ultraviolet Technologies held in Los Angeles, Calif. last year. Over 260 presentation papers are included. To order, visit www.iuva.org.

Dow Biocides announced a list and off-list price increase of its solid DBNPA and its entire glutaraldehyde product portfolios, effective January 1. The increase will be US $0.10 per pound in North America and 10 percent for the rest of the world.

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