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Shrink labels for water filters

The Seal-It Division of Printpack announced it is printing and converting Earthfirst® PLA shrink film labels for Body Glove Water Filtration Systems, the first time a water filter has used a shrink sleeve. The tapered, recyclable filter housing cartridges require printed full-sleeve shrink labels to conform to the shape of each of four different sizes. PLA film, an alternative, compostable and recyclable film, offers excellent clarity and print quality, is shelf stable at higher storage temperature and shrinks quickly, requiring less heat. Each label covers the entire filter from top to bottom and has a 360° image area with room for a complex graphic design.

New Michigan distributorship opened

Launched in January and located in southeast Michigan, Premium H2O Systems distributes water treatment parts and supplies throughout the US. The firm is also a sales agent for Charger Water. Product lines include Liquatec, Pro Products, Adedge Technologies, Tomlinson Industries and Industrial Test Systems. The firm’s mission is to offer water treatment dealers local access to parts, supplies and equipment in a timely and cost effective manner. The company can be reached by phone at (248) 431-3476; by fax, (248) 236-8447 or email info@premiumh2osystems.com.

Manufacturer rep announced

Staco Energy Products announced the appointment of Haddon-McClellan Associates, Inc., as manufacturer’s representative for Staco’s single- and three-phase uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), voltage regulators and test equipment in Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

NSPF grants announced

Despite difficult economic times, the National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) Board of Directors awarded six grants totaling $415,282 (USD) to continue efforts to study the health benefits unique to aquatic exercise and immersion in hot/warm water and to reduce injury and disease in and around the water. Research results will be reported by grant recipients at the 2009 World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) October 28-30 in Atlanta, GA. Four health benefit grants worth $350,282 (USD) were awarded to Utah State University, University of South Carolina, West Virginia University and Washington State University – National Aquatic and Sports Medicine Institute. Two injury prevention grants worth $65,000 (USD) were awarded to Purdue University and University of North Carolina – Charlotte. These grants will help to sustain ongoing research supported by NSPF in recent years.

Water provider’s philanthropic project a success

Taylor Made Water Systems, Inc. of Concord, CA recently implemented a unique program to help a few needy and worthy members of its community get free purified drinking water. The Northern California provider offered its employees the opportunity to give away some of their drinking water systems through its Water Needs project. Employees, divided into five groups, were challenged to find an organization that was in need of one of the company’s systems. Potential recipients had to have a financial need, water need, be a local Northern California entity connected in some way to a company employee and a potable water supply at the location. Two recipients of Taylor Made’s philanthropy were Love-A-Child Missions and Shiloh Domestic Abuse Shelter.

NSF standard updated

NSF International announced new requirements in NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Drinking Water System Components — Health Effects for regenerated and reactivated media used to treat public drinking water supplies. Most states currently require media and other products used to treat public drinking water to be certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 61. The new requirements establish criteria for the inspection of regeneration facilities and periodic testing of regenerated media by certification organizations. NSF/ANSI Standard 61 also requires that the facilities have a robust quality system.

NSF issued a clarification to an earlier announcement regarding certification for low lead plumbing products. Kohler, Moen and Price Pfister have become the first faucet companies certified by NSF to have certain plumbing products comply with the new low lead requirements.

McDermott dealers focused on the future

The A.I. McDermott Co., Inc. of Oshkosh, WI celebrated its 64th annual dealer meeting with over 300 dealers, suppliers and employees on March 3. The meeting’s focus was on the repair and replacement market, emerging new technologies and preparing for the opportunities of the eventual economic turnaround. President Tom McDermott, Jr. noted that managing through the downturn will require extraordinary attention to business and will be challenging, but doable.

Trojan name change announced

Trojan changed its residential water treatment business unit name to VIQUA – a Trojan Technologies Company. The new name was formally introduced at WQA Aquatech 2009. The new unit designs, manufactures and sells water treatment equipment for the residential and light commercial applications market. Key product lines Sterilight® and TrojanUVMAX will lead the business toward a strict focus on residential water treatment solutions, advanced R&D and quality customer support.

AWWA news

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) will host its fifth annual Career Fair for students, young professionals and job seekers on June 16 from 1-4 p.m. during the Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE09) at the San Diego Convention Center.  As in the past, more than 250 attendees and 40 exhibitors are expected to participate.

AWWA’s 2008 State of the Industry Report showed that source water supply was the single top issue for water professionals as they looked to the future. As part of its ongoing commitment to encourage efficient use of water resources, the organization will partner with the WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition, Oct. 7-9 in Las Vegas, NV. This year’s two-and-a-half day conference will feature 136 technical sessions and showcase water-saving products and services from around the world.

VRTX agreement with Chem-Aqua

VRTX Technologies announced a representative agreement with water treatment provider Chem-Aqua, Inc., to provide a non-chemical option for the increasing demand seen in the commercial, institutional and light industrial markets for sustainable alternatives in cooling water treatment. Chem-Aqua will offer worldwide sales and service for the VRTX system.

US EPA registration for HaloSource

HaloSource® has been granted US EPA registration for its HaloPure BR® technology, which provides safe, clean POU drinking water. Already in use in devices sold in China, India and Brazil, this registration will broaden the reach of the firm’s technology. The product kills bacteria and viruses that may be present in POU drinking water by using a unique contact biocide technology that attacks and kills viable or harmful microbes in seconds, including Poliovirus, Rotavirus, MS2, Klebsiella terrigena, Escherichia coli (E. coli), Vibrio cholera, Salmonella and Staphylococcus aureus.

Plastican bucks trend, expands production

Plastican, Inc. plans to invest significant capital in 2009 and 2010 to increase production of its patented line of Twist & Lock easy-open rigid plastic containers for swimming pool chemicals, building products and a wide range of other industrial and consumer products. Current and forecasted demand has grown dramatically since the line’s introduction in 2007. The additional investment will provide new molds, machinery and ancillary equipment at multiple plants to allow the company to offer the containers in more sizes and increase manufacturing capacity for existing sizes. Plastican anticipates a full range of sizes will be available by fourth quarter 2009.

Buckyballs for water systems

Duke University engineers found that buckyballs hinder the ability of bacteria and other microorganisms to accumulate on membranes used to filter water in treatment plants, ScienceDaily.com reported. This leads the researchers to believe that coating pipes and membranes with these nanoparticles may prove to be an effective strategy for addressing one of the major problems and costs of treating water. Current experiments in the laboratory were conducted with Escherichia coli K12, a strain of the bacteria that is widely used in laboratory experiments. Researchers Claudia Gunsch, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering and So-Ryong Chae, post-doctoral fellow in Duke’s Environmental and Civil Engineering Department believe that since buckyballs are one of the most widely used nanoparticles, additional research is needed to determine if they have any detrimental effects on the environment or to humans.

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