North America

Chloride issue in Iowa

The WQA, Iowa WQA and local members will be attending public hearings in that state in upcoming months to consider chloride release rules. Based on a lawsuit by environmental organizations, Iowa is moving toward setting very low limits on chloride discharges into the state’s rivers. Both the regional and international water organizations are seeking to get these limits raised, attending public sessions and setting up meetings with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. WQA is asking members to be vigilant in every state for similar issues that may begin to appear, regardless of the Iowa outcome.

WaterSmart supporters announced

An array of high-profile private- and public-sector organizations have lent their support to the second WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition, slated for Oct. 7-9 in Las Vegas, NV. Presented by the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) in conjunction with the US EPA’s WaterSense Program and the American Water Works Association (AWWA), other major supporting organizations are the Alliance for Water Efficiency, Audubon International, GreenPlumbers USA, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, International Center for Water Technology, Irrigation Association and California Urban Water Conservation Council. The partnering organizations have a combined membership of 72,000.

ANSI accreditation program for US EPA

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the US EPA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to mark ANSI’s acceptance as the first accreditation body (AB) to participate in US EPA’s WaterSense Program. The program helps consumers to identify products that conserve water while maintaining high performance levels. ANSI launched a new pilot accreditation program for US EPA-licensed certification bodies. ANSI accreditation assures that certification bodies demonstrate compliance with the product certification system and are capable and competent to carry out their responsibilities. Applications for the pilot program were accepted from June 1-30. Those received beyond that date range would be considered for accreditation following the completion of the pilot program.

Annual Rainbird competition opened

Rain Bird Corporation announced nominations are requested for the 2009 Intelligent Use of Water Awards. The company’s annual leadership award recognizes individuals or organizations whose innovation, leadership, ingenuity and dedication to the management and protection of earth’s most precious natural resource through improved landscape water efficiency has raised the standard for outdoor water conservation. In addition, US municipalities and states with city- or state-wide water conservation programs are invited to nominate themselves for the inaugural State of The Union Award, recognizing outstanding achievements in landscape water management by public water management entities. Nominations for both awards are currently being accepted online at www.rainbird.com/iuow/award.htm until July 31.

PWT acquired by H2O

Professional Water Technologies, Inc. (PWT) was recently acquired by H2O Innovation Inc., headquartered in Quebec City, Canada. PWT synthesizes a unique line of dendrimer-based pretreatment and maintenance chemicals for membrane separations processes. Its patent-pending product line includes highly efficient super-concentrated and phosphate-free technology, which reduces shipping/handling by 90 percent compared to standard crystal modifier products. The company also offers a complete line of membrane cleaners, filtration aids and comprehensive analytical capabilities through its Membrane Forensics group.

Swim diapers not the best solution

A new scientific study demonstrates that swim diapers will somewhat reduce, but not prevent, the spread of recreational water illness (RWI) of the most common causes of documented outbreaks of Cryptosporidium (Crypto). University of North Carolina-Charlotte scientists reported at the Swimming Pool & Spa International Conference in London, England last March that swim diapers help by slowing down the release of disease-causing germs, but benefits are short lived. Swim diapers released at least 50 percent of the microspheres within one minute. Placement of a vinyl diaper cover over a disposable swim diaper slightly improved performance. In all cases, 25 percent or more microspheres were detected in the water within two minutes. To prevent the spread of Crypto, officials advise people with diarrhea to not get in the water. The National Swimming Pool Foundation® offers tips for safer swimming at www.nspf.org.

KMS project nominated for award

Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. (KMS) was named a key participant in the Santa Paula, CA wastewater treatment plant (WTP) upgrade project, which has been shortlisted in the Water Deal of the Year category of the Global Water Awards 2009. When completed, the WTP will be one of the world’s largest membrane bioreactor (MBR) projects. The nomination focuses upon the PURON modules supplied as part of an MBR system for the city’s new state-of-the-art water recycling facility.

Latin America

PLACA award nominations sought

Nominations are being sought for the Latin American and Caribbean Water Prizes (PLACA), a regional initiative that promotes the International Decade for Action Water for Life 2005-2015 proclaimed by the United Nations. Three categories (community, business and youth; academic and journalism) recognize and share innovative solutions in the field of integrated water resources management. The water prizes honor outstanding local, national and regional efforts and best practices of communities, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, businesses, schools, youth movements, journalists and individuals that serve as replicable examples to halving the worldwide proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. All nominations for the fifth edition of the awards program must be received by August 31.

Europe

Irish manufacturer’s products offered in US

Bord na Móna Environmental Products U.S. Inc., announced plans to introduce a complete range of rainwater harvesting products as well a new compact membrane for residential wastewater reuse / recycling applications. The company will offer packaged solutions directly to green build developers, self-builders and homeowners retrofitting rainwater recycling into their homes. It will also offer skid-mounted units and recycling components to builders and owners of commercial properties, such as schools, universities, office buildings and industrial water reuse applications.

Lifestraw efficacy evaluated

A new study reported recently in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene found LifeStraw® Family to be a highly effective POU water purifier for people lacking access to clean and safe drinking water in developing countries. The report also noted that household-based water treatment interventions offer an excellent means to help reduce the estimated four billion cases of waterborne diseases reported each year. The system was found to be one of only a few household-based interventions to meet the microbiologic performance levels for reductions in bacteria, viruses and protozoa established by the US EPA. Fully integrated and gravity-fed, it was designed to operate without electricity, batteries, or replacement parts. Each unit will purify about nine liters of water per hour and filter at least 4,755 gallons (18,000 liters) during the product’s lifecycle. 

Asia

Miox certified in Japan

MIOX Corporation’s small, medium and large mixed-oxidant generators have received certification from the Japan Water Works Association (JWWA) through a partnership with Sojitz Corporation in Japan. The systems, which are the first on-site generators certified by JWWA, were evaluated using material leaching and chemicals additive tests. Examination of the results determined each of the systems met the association’s technical standard, manufacturing and quality standard, as well as the certification guidelines outlined in JWWA’s On-Site Chemicals Generator Certification Manual.

LANXESS to open new site

LANXESS India Private Limited is on track to start up its new Jhagadia site in Gujarat state in 2010. With an investment of around $70.7 million (USD) (€50 million), the site will feature a new ion exchange resins plant and a rubber chemicals plant, which is being relocated from Thane, Maharashtra state. The plants will employ approximately 230 workers.

WQA India meeting

The Water Quality Association will host its third WQA India Task Force meeting in Bangalore, India on July 27. First time visitors can attend the meeting for free; all other attendees must be members of the Water Quality Association. The WQA India Task Force was established to provide WQA members located in India a means of initiating drinking water treatment activities specifically focused on Indian concerns. For additional information, please contact Dr. Chandrasekhar at [email protected] or Becky Jones at [email protected].

HaloSource India plant opened

HaloSource has opened a new office and manufacturing facility in Bangalore, India, to continue the commercialization and development of its HaloPure drinking water purification business. The newly constructed, 14,000-square foot (1,300 m2) facility employs 16 people and will work in conjunction with the US head office. This facility closely follows the opening of the company’s Shanghai, China facility, which opened its doors last September.

Huge Manila contract for Pall

Pall Corporation has won a $14.7 million (USD) municipal water contract for the design and installation of a Pall Aria™ integrated microfiltration/reverse osmosis (MF/RO) membrane water treatment system in Manila. The 26 mgd (100 million L/d) project will be the Philippines’ first large-scale membrane filtration plant and will establish Pall as a leader in membrane technology installation in Southeast Asia. The company will provide project design, installation and management services. The low maintenance, energy-efficient system will begin producing water that meets regulatory requirements in 2010.

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