North America

New resin facility completed 

ACM Technologies, a sister company to ion exchange resin manufacturer ResinTech, Inc. announced the completion of its new 16,000 square foot headquarters and ion exchange resin regeneration facility in Forest Hills, Md. A dedicated processing line for regeneration of arsenic selective media will also be installed. The new complex will enhance ACM’s commitment to meet ever-increasing demand for regeneration of resin used in the electrical discharge machining, metal finishing and general water treatment industries.

Watts quarterly earnings and dividends announced

Watts Water Technologies, Inc.’s results for the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2007 indicated sales of $345.3 million, an increase of $14.8 million or four percent, compared to fourth quarter 2006 results. Net income was $21.5 million, or $0.55 per share. Income from continuing operations increased by $3.6 million, or 20 percent, to $21.7 million, or $0.56 per share. The company increased its quarterly dividend by 10 percent to 11 cents ($0.11) per share on the Company’s Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock payable on March 7, 2008 to stockholders of record at the close of business on February 25, 2008. The Company has paid a quarterly dividend each quarter since 1986.

Advancement in photometric analysis

Industrial Test Systems, Inc. announced that its eXact® EZ Advanced Photometric System was granted US Patent #7333194 in March. The system features new technologies that offer faster, safer, easier and more precise water testing and more than 25 different parameters for analysis. Speed and accuracy are exceptional because the sample cell/cuvette is built into the meter, reducing test time and improving precision because cell handling is eliminated. The technology has new applications in pool/spa, home, aquarium/pond, food processing and dialysis water testing.

US EPA news

US EPA is asking for public comment on a list of 104 possible drinking water contaminants that may need to be regulated in the future to ensure the continued protection of drinking water. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the draft Contaminant Candidate List (CCL) includes currently unregulated contaminants that are known or anticipated to occur in public water systems and which may require regulation. There are 93 chemical contaminants or groups and 11 microbes listed along with a description of the process and basis for selection of these contaminants. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/safewater/ccl/ccl3.html.

NSF News

NSF International announced that Douglas Barwick, Inc. has obtained NSF Certification for its stainless steel pipe and fittings, becoming one of the first companies to offer a complete size range of NSF/ANSI 61 certified products. By obtaining certification to NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Drinking Water System Components — Health Effects, the company has demonstrated compliance with all of the Standard’s requirements. Certification to NSF/ANSI Standard 61 includes periodic testing of the product to make sure it does not leach harmful levels of metals or other contaminants into drinking water, as well as ongoing inspections of the manufacturing facility. NSF also announced that it has received an Export Achievement Certificate from the US Department of Commerce.

Anti-dumping decision announced

Innophos Holdings, Inc. announced that the US International Trade Commission (ITC) voted unanimously that the US sodium hexametaphosphate (SHMP) industry has been injured by Chinese producers pricing below fair value, which constitutes dumping under applicable international law. According to PR Newswire, the ITC ruling now applies the duties established by the US Department of Commerce on January 28 of 188 percent for Chinese SHMP producer Hubei Xingfa and 92 percent for SHMP exporters, Jiangyin Chengxing Sichuan and Mianshu Norwest. The whole country rate was set at 188 percent and applies to all other imports of SHMP from China. SHMP is used as an anti-microbial adjunct in beverages, for tartar control and as a whitening agent in oral care products. Its industrial applications include dispersing paper coatings and controlling lead in water treatment systems, among others.

GE projects announced

GE Water & Process Technologies is supplying its ecomagination-certified ZeeWeed* membrane bioreactor (MBR) ultrafiltration technology as part of a $250 million upgrade and expansion to the Yellow River Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) in Gwinnett County, Ga. Selection of the advanced treatment process contributed to a $50 million savings in projects capital costs, which helped to dramatically reduce the quantity of materials and labor needed to complete the construction, largely due to the system’s compact size. The US $250 million Hamma Seawater Desalination Plant (SWDP) was officially opened. Completed on time and on budget in 24 months, the system uses the company’s advanced ecomagination-certified reverse osmosis (RO) membranes to purify up to 200,000 cubic meters (53 million gallons) of seawater per day, providing as many as two million residents of Algiers with a reliable and drought-proof supply of fresh water.

Water, sanitation projects expanded

Water For People announced it had a record year in 2007, significantly increasing its impact in the developing world. The international development organization supported 188 communities, directly benefiting more than 108,000 people with access to safe water and improved sanitation. Thousands more received hygiene education that will ensure improved health for years to come. Year-end reports from each of the organization’s seven active country programs showed dramatic growth in the number of people and communities served over the course of the year. Water For People is on target to meet the ambitious goals set forth in its five-year strategic plan (2007-2011) to reach 1,000 new people per day by 2011.

Siemens news

Siemens Water Technologies announced that Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) has selected the firm to provide multi-million dollar wastewater and ultrapure water treatment systems for a new, US$80 million (€55 million) nanotechnology research center in Atlanta, Georgia. The wastewater treatment system will treat acid/or alkaline waste streams; the ultrapure treatment system is designed to meet very tight water quality specifications required by the Center’s research programs. Construction on the new facility is slated to be complete in October. Siemens has acquired Singapore-based, private limited Chemitreat Group to expand the water treatment business in Southeast Asia. Chemitreat will become part of Water Technologies, a business unit of Siemens’ Industry Solutions division. Chemitreat provides water treatment technologies and services in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and China.

MIOX systems on Navy ships

The US Navy’s newly christened San Antonio-class warship, USS New York, was made using steel recovered from the World Trade Center and features two MIOX systems to treat everything from drinking water to ballast water. The company’s advanced water purification systems have been standard equipment on this class of ships since 2005.They are also standard equipment on the aircraft carriers USS Enterprise CVN-65 and the USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71.

Tenergy name changed

Effective immediately, Tenergy Christ Water, LLC has been renamed Christ Water Technology Americas, LLC. The Swiss firm employs approximately 60 people in the US, including those at its New Britain, Conn. headquarters. The company manufactures water treatment systems, solutions and services for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, power, chemical, food and beverage industry and plans more expansion into North American markets during 2008.

Lyons, Kan. on Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel’s “Some Assembly Required” series aired in February included a visit to a salt mine and evap. plant. Lyons Salt hosted the show in its Lyons, Kan. rock salt mine and, next door, Compass Minerals’ evap. plant was the scene for further videotaping. The show just launched, but each segment aired several times. Check local listings in the future for possible reruns.

RG Global

RG Global’s Catalyx Fluid Solutions (CFS) expects to complete construction by the end of February on its first plant employing the Catalyx Fluid Solutions ion exchange technology to treat water discharged during the harvesting of coal bed methane (CBM). Final commissioning of the plant was scheduled for completion by the end of March. The plant, located in Wyoming, will remove excess sodium and other environmentally harmful minerals from the CBM-produced water as part of a previously announced five-year, $20-22 million gross revenue Build-Own-and-Operate (BOO)contract with one of the largest CBM production companies in the US.

Annual water tasting competition results

The 18th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition, the centerpiece of the Morgan County, W. Va. Winter Festival of Waters, featured 10 judges from publications including Atlanta Magazine, Delta and US Air inflight magazines, Southern Fried Magazine and Smart Set. Led by Watermaster Arthur von Wiesenberger, author and BottledWaterWeb.com founder, they tasted more than 120 waters from 19 states and nine foreign countries. First time entrant Tumai Water of Martinsburg, W.Va. was named Best Bottled Water. Best Sparkling honors went to Salvus Mineralwasser Medium of Emsdetten, Germany. Great Blue of Federalsburg, Md. received nods for the purified drinking water category while Mist Premium Spring Water of Atlanta Ga. grabbed Best Packaging honors. The race for Best Municipal Water of 2008 produced ties for the gold and silver medals, a first in the history of the event. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Clearbrook of British Columbia, Canada took the gold while Desert Hot Springs, CA and Village of Montrose, British Columbia shared the honors for second place. The next event is scheduled for February 21, 2009.

Latin America

Ozonation products introduced

Aqua Sun Ozone, International Inc. announced expansion into the Mexican water treatment market with the opening of Aqua Sun Ozone de Mexico in Guadalajara. The company offers contaminant-free drinking water to homeowners, restaurants and travelers through its Kleen-Stream, Vege-Kleen and Travel-Kleen products.

Asia

Conference notes from India

The 5th EverythingAboutWater International Exhibition & Conference in Mumbai, India was deemed a great success with 205 exhibitors from 25 countries, more than 12,000 business visitors and 440 conference delegates from all over the world. The next event will be held January 2009 in New Delhi, India.

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