The Dow Chemical Company and its affiliates announced off schedule price increases for acrylic acid and esters, also known as acrylic monomers or acrylates, globally effective April 1, 2008, or as otherwise allowed by individual contract terms. Dow Biocides will increase its US production capacity for glutaraldehyde by approximately 60 percent. The capacity is expected to be online and operational by January 2009.?

Rohm and Haas Company’s Primary Materials business announced price increases for acrylate, methacrylate and specialty acrylate and methacrylate monomers of $110/MT in NAFTA, Latin America, Asia and Europe, effective April 1 for off-list customers or as allowed within contracts.?

To accommodate growth, Atlas Watersystems, Inc. moved to a new facility 15,000 sq.ft. larger than their old site. The new address is 301 Second Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451. The telephone has changed to (781) 373-4700; fax remains the same, (617) 527- 3045.?

The LeverEdge held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its new corporate headquarters, located in Odessa, Fla. in March. The 10-acre complex will house the company’s executive offices, manufacturing facilities and warehouses for their water conditioning, solar domestic hot water and solar pool heating products. Construction began in early April, with completion of some buildings expected as soon as November.?

Carbon Enterprises Inc., manufacturer and supplier of water filtration media, celebrated its 10th anniversary in April. The Circleville, Ohio firm has grown dramatically each year. It owns its own anthracite plant (CEI Anthracite) in Hazleton, Pa. and has completed municipal and industrial water purification jobs all over the world.?


North America

Watts to acquire Blucher

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. signed a definitive agreement to acquire European stainless steel drainage system provider Blucher Metal A/S of Vildbjerg, Denmark, in a share-purchase transaction. Watts will pay approximately $183 million in cash for 100 percent of Blucher’s share capital on a debt/cash free basis, subject to a post-closing working capital adjustment. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the second quarter, subject to customary closing conditions.

NSF announces new California requirements

NSF International announced that the revised California Waterworks Standards, effective March 9, will now formally require certification for all drinking water treatment and distribution products used by public water systems. The Waterworks Standards provide criteria for the design, construction and operation of public water systems. NSF/ANSI Standard 60: Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals — Health Effects includes requirements for chemicals that are used to treat drinking water, while NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Drinking Water System Components — Health Effects includes requirements for all devices, components and materials that come in contact with drinking water. Visit ww2.cdph.ca.gov to download the California Department of Public Health’s current version of the standards.

WQA news

The Water Quality Association (WQA) announced its product certification policies comply with the new rules above. American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredits certification bodies such as WQA, which are used by California to ensure product and chemical compliance used by municipal waterworks. The change will not increase the fees companies pay for certification. WQA’s annual update, released in March, outlines a variety of legislative issues the organization is addressing, including water softener and septic system challenges and regulatory changes. Visit www.wqa.org to download the complete report.

AP stories prompt industry responses

The Associated Press (AP) series of articles about trace levels of pharmaceuticals in drinking water (an issue that is not new) has prompted concerns among consumers and legislators. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced they planned to hold a hearing. The Water Quality Association (WQA) issued a fact sheet to address concerns and provide information about filtration options. American Water Works Association (AWWA) Deputy Executive Director Tom Curtis said water professionals have been researching the occurrence of these contaminants in drinking water supplies for more than 30 years; the contaminants have not demonstrated an impact on human health at the trace levels at which they have been found. In its own statement, the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) reiterated, “bottled water is not simply tap water in a bottle. The safety and quality of bottled water produced in accordance with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards do not pose a health risk due to pharmaceuticals or other substances.”

IBWA releases 2007 stats

IBWA, in conjunction with Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) released 2007 bottled water statistics that indicate US bottled water sales and consumption continue to rise, as consumers increasingly choose bottled water over other beverages.Total bottled water volume was 8.8 billion gallons, a 6.9 percent increase over 2006; the 2007 bottled water per capita consumption of 29.3 gallons increased nearly two gallons, from 27.6 gallons per capita the previous year. Wholesale dollar sales for bottled water exceeded $11.7 billion in 2007, a 7.8 percent increase over such sales in 2006.

ACEO8 news

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) will host its fourth annual Career Fair for students, young professionals and job seekers from 1-4 p.m. June 10 during AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE08) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. More than 200 attendees and 30 exhibitors are expected to participate. The conference is expected to draw more than 12,000 water professionals and 500 exhibitors. It will feature a professional program with approximately 90 sessions and 14 in-depth Sunday workshops.

AP stories prompt industry responses

The Associated Press (AP) series of articles about trace levels of pharmaceuticals in drinking water (an issue that is not new) has prompted concerns among consumers and legislators. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced they plan to hold a hearing. The Water Quality Association (WQA) issued a fact sheet to address concerns and provide information about filtration options. American Water Works Association (AWWA) Deputy Executive Director Tom Curtis said water professionals have been researching the occurrence of these contaminants in drinking water supplies for more than 30 years; the contaminants have not demonstrated an impact on human health at the trace levels at which they have been found. In its own statement, the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) reiterated, “bottled water is not simply tap water in a bottle. The safety and quality of  bottled water produced in accordance with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards do not pose a health risk due to pharmaceuticals or other substances.”

Acquisition of Marmon completed

Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway completed its planned acquisition of the first 60 percent of Marmon Holdings, Inc. EcoWater Systems is a member of the Marmon Group, an international association of more than 125 manufacturing and service businesses that operate independently. “One of the greatest compliments a company can be given is to be considered for purchase by Warren Buffet’s firm,” said Don Brockley, President of the Marmon Water Residential Group. “It’s a testament to the financial and key management stability of the Marmon Group and EcoWater Systems. We are proud and humbled to be in such exceptional company.”

Pharma responds to AP coverage

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) have signed a formal agreement to help protect the nation’s fish and aquatic resources from the improper disposal of medication. According to PRNewswire, the SMARxT DISPOSAL campaign will inform people on how to safely dispose of medicines in the trash and highlight the environmental threat posed from flushing medications down the toilet.

Membrane study available

The Freedonia Group, Inc. has released a new membrane study, Membrane Separation Technologies, which details how demand for membrane materials is expected to increase 8.2 percent per year to $4.3 billion in 2012. Growth will be driven by ongoing interest in process fluids with higher purity levels in a variety of markets, as well as the introduction of increasingly strict environmental regulations concerning the quality of water and wastewater streams. For more information, contact Corinne Gangloff at (440) 684-9600.

Aquionics at ACE08

Aquionics’ validated medium pressure InLine UV system will be shown at the ACE08 Annual Conference & Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, June 8-12. A selection of the company’s other UV systems will also be on display, including a transparent model showing the internal workings of a UV system, such as the lamp wiper mechanism. Experts will be on hand at all times to provide technical expertise and answer questions.

Marine RO units sought

Horizon Reverse Osmosis (HRO) has launched a three-month, worldwide contest to determine the owner of the company’s oldest operating watermaker, according to Sport Fishing.  The contest is designed to demonstrate the durability of all HRO systems, while also cataloging the company’s progress and innovation for the past 30 years. The grand prize winner will receive a new Seafari SFC with two-year warranty (a $10,000 value).  To qualify, submit a completed contest form, which can be downloaded from the contest website, www.hrosystems.com. A picture and valid serial number of the system must also be included by June 2 to qualify. The contest committee will review entries and notify the winner four to six weeks following the deadline date.

Filter cartridge recycling

EcoWater Canada announced the first recycling program specifically designed for the company’s used reverse osmosis (RO) water filtration cartridges. The program will launch in a test market of eight distinctive regions through EcoWater authorized dealers only. Once the full roll-out begins in the summer, the firm will launch a national consumer awareness program to educate the public about the benefits of RO drinking water and the importance of the recycling program.

Latin America

Mexico water investments announced

Mexico will make a major investment in water projects to try to guarantee at least 95 percent of the population has access to clean drinking water by 2012, the BBC reported. President Felipe Calderon said the government would invest $21 billion (£10.6bn) to expand supply networks and to improve drainage and water treatment. The goal is to work for the sustainable development of Mexico. Other benchmarks include expanding distribution to 10 million more people, increasing sewage drainage service for an additional 6.5 million people, modernizing 1.2 million hectares (three million acres) of irrigation systems and treating at least 60 percent of sewage, up from a current level of 38 percent.

Chromatography award announced

PerkinElmer announced the Ettre Award, newly created to honor young scientists in the field of gas chromatography. Named after Leslie S. Ettre, a distinguished professor in the field of chromatography and a key scientist at PerkinElmer Corp. for 32 years, it is open to all gas chromatographers aged 35 or younger who present papers at the International Symposia on Capillary Chromatography. The inaugural award will be presented at the closing ceremony of the 32nd Symposium on May 30th in Riva del Garda, Italy. Judged by a committee of peers, the award will go to the entrant who presents the most original and interesting research in capillary gas chromatography, with a focus on environmental and food safety.

Peru desalination plans

Peru plans to start desalinating water from the Pacific Ocean to make up for declining supplies from fast-melting glaciers affected by climate change, President Alan Garcia said. According to a report in The Epoch Times, the Andean nation relies mostly on rivers for fresh water, some of which descend the dry western slopes of the Andes and are partly fed by large tropical glaciers that are melting at an unprecedented rate. President Garcia said Peru must develop an alternate, more secure source by pumping water from the ocean. Companies and cities in South America are increasingly looking to the ocean for a solution to their declining potable water supplies. Mines in Chile and Peru have already begun to rely upon desal plants.

Europe

IWA-Aquatech conference program

The International Water Association (IWA), Amsterdam RAI and Waternetwork have announced three key subjects (industrial water treatment, membrane plants and the UN Millennium sanitation goals) will be part of the conference program that will run simultaneously with the Aquatech Amsterdam exhibition later this year. Professionals from across the world of water will have access to four days of networking and business opportunities, from September 30 to October 3. IWA and Aquatech are working closely to fine-tune their activities with each other’s goals to provide an all-round experience that enhances the knowledge of all attendees.

Flood prevention device headed to US

Directors of Flowban, Ltd. took delivery in March of the first Flowban production units from Sovrin Plastics in Slough, England. The plumbing fitting stops bath tub floods by automatically turning off flow to the faucets when a tub is overfilled. Destined for the US, the units have been re-engineered to meet specific US market and plumbing standards and requirements. The device made its US debut at WQA Aquatech in Las Vegas, Nev. in March.

Aquatec and Becktech expand relationship

US-based diaphragm pumps manufacturer Aquatec Water Systems, Inc. has appointed Becktech Limited as its Master Distributor for the UK, Benelux and Scandinavia, building on a successful relationship that began in 2003. The company’s President noted that demand for its pumps in this region has grown significantly over recent years. The new arrangement will offer customers a more responsive distribution and backup service. Aquatec manufacturers pumps used in applications such as water treatment/reverse osmosis (RO) systems, medical lab water, carbonation and more.

Africa

UV purifiers in Kenya

TrojanUV East Africa, a division of TrojanUV, introduced affordable ultraviolet (UV) water purifiers in Kenya, according to The East African. There has been a growing demand for water filters as prices of bottled mineral water increased significantly due to an excise duty placed on the commodity last year. The company will be the sole regional distributor of affordable water treatment solutions and point of use (POU) water purifiers; Nairobi will be its headquarters.

Middle East

Pharmaceuticals in Israel’s water

Dr. Benny Chefetz of Hebrew University’s Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot and Tel Aviv University’s Dr Dror Avisar conducted tests over the past year that reveal pharmaceuticals – including anti-depressants – could seep into groundwater that is used for drinking water. According to Haaretz, the researchers took samples from a number of sources of treated water in various regions and were able to identify several kinds of medication, including prescription drugs, in the treated wastewater for used for irrigation.

Asia

A.J. Antunes systems in China

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Water Cube Building will feature A.J. Antunes & Co.’s water filtration systems for consumable drinking water throughout the building. With the help of the company’s distributor, John Lau, seven water filtration systems using multi-bore ultrafiltration membranes will be installed to produce bottled quality drinking water for the Beijing Olympics in August. Filtration systems are also installed in the Beijing Capital Museum, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and numerous other businesses and homes throughout China and the world.

Hawk joint venture in Asia

Hawk Measurement Systems, Australia, has announced a joint venture with Chongquin Sichuan Instrument Co. (CSI) of China. In January, CSI opened its facility in China and began assembling and testing instruments that are produced by Hawk in Australia; the finished products are then shipped to customers in China. CSI has an extensive distribution system, employing over 1,000 salespeople. The joint venture firm was named Chongquin Hawk Chuan Yi Instrument Co.

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