Carbon Resources was recently honored by the US Commerce Association (USCA) with its 2009 Best of Oceanside Award in the Chemicals & Allied Products category. The organization’s Best of Local Business award program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Winners are determined based on information gathered internally by the USCA, and data provided by third parties. ?

Water, Inc., Master Distributer of Body Glove water filter systems, announced that all the 3M-manufactured systems are California- compliant, and meet and exceed the no-lead requirements of AB 1953. The systems were  introduced in 2008 as a solution to the many non-green, non-recyclable and aging filter systems in the marketplace. When filter replacement is necessary, the master distributor provides a toll-free recycling hotline and website that allows users to return used filters for responsible recycling.?

Nelsen Corp. announced it has entered into a Master Distributor agreement with KX Technologies, a subsidiary of The Marmon Water Group, which will significantly expand and strengthen Nelsen’s filtration line-up. Under the new agreement, Nelsen becomes one of only a few master distributors in the US named by KX.?

Toray Industries, Inc. won orders to supply RO membranes for desalination plants in Bahrain and Spain. Combined water production capacity of the two plants will be 316,600 cm2 per day (84 mgd).?

ClearLight Partners LLC and Pure Health Solutions, Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement for ClearLight to acquire a majority interest in PHSI in a stock-purchase transaction. Specific terms of the transaction were not disclosed. ?


North America

WQA Aquatech on the horizon

WQA Aquatech USA 2010 conference and exhibition will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, March 9-12. Workshops and sessions throughout the program will focus on topics such as commercial sizing calculations, residential system design and problem solving, effective marketing, RO and hidden dangers of residential plumbing. Highlights from the more than 60 educational sessions offered include making tight advertising dollars work, tips on exhibiting and practical techniques for those attending. The show will also offer many hands-on presentations, including pipe joining and valve teardown, as well as data on the latest research on water treatment technologies and contaminant detection. For more information or to register, visit www.wqa-aquatech.com.

Nimbus certification announced

In December 2009, Nimbus Water Systems became the first US water treatment equipment company to be awarded certification as a CarbonNeutral® company. In addition, the Nimbus WaterMaker Five reverse osmosis system achieved Carbon-Neutral® product certification. To earn these certifications, Nimbus completed a program laid out by the CarbonNeutral Protocol, an industry-leading proprietary standard developed by The CarbonNeutral Company, as an effective framework for organizations taking voluntary action on climate change. The process involved an independent third party performing a rigorous assessment of the CO2 emissions associated with Nimbus’ energy consumption, transport of raw materials, business travel, manufacturing waste disposal and employee commuting.

Hellenbrand seminars a huge success

Hellenbrand’s Ed Maas, Product Development Engineer, and Mike Barone, Regional Sales Manager/Dealer Development, conducted hands-on training for dealers and their employees in December that attended and covered both residential and commercial/industrial equipment training. Problem water applications, water chemistry, as well as programming and installation were among the topics covered. Some industry-leading features and advantages for dealers, as well as consumers, were also highlighted. Hellenbrand’s Brine Reclaim, which recycles 20 percent of salt that includes water-saving features was discussed from the consumer perspective as well as the competitive advantage. While business owners always try to weigh the value of  leaving their business for training, it was a unanimous consensus that the training was well worth their time.

Pentair news

Pentair, Inc. has affirmed its earnings guidance for the company’s fourth quarter and full year 2009. The company continues to expect that reported fourth quarter 2009 net earnings per diluted share from continuing operations (EPS) will be in the range of $0.37 (USD) to $0.41, or $0.40 to $0.44 excluding special items. The company said it remains on track to achieve free cash flow greater than $225 million for 2009.

For the full 2010 year, Pentair provided a baseline sales estimate of approximately $2.8 billion, and baseline EPS estimate to equal or exceed $1.70. The company expects to continue to generate cash flows in excess of net income for the year. For the first quarter, the company provided a baseline sales projection of approximately $660 million, and baseline EPS estimate to equal or exceed $0.30.

Pentair Directors also recently approved an increase in the company’s quarterly cash dividend of $0.19 per share, effective with the quarterly dividend payable in the first quarter of 2010. The new annual cash dividend rate ($0.76 cents per share, as compared to the previous rate of $0.72 per share) represents a six-percent increase.

The company has partnered with the Minnesota Twins baseball team to spotlight global water issues by setting a new standard for water use in sports facilities. Pentair will donate and install a custom-designed rain-water recycle system (RWRS) that will capture, conserve and reuse rain water at Target Field in April. The system is estimated to reduce the facility’s the need for municipal water by over 50 percent, helping the ballpark to qualify for LEED certification, and saving more than two million gallons (757,000 liters) of water annually.

WaterSmart in Las Vegas until 2012

WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition organizers announced the show will remain in Las Vegas, NV at least through 2012. Officials with the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), which presents WSI in cooperation with the US EPA’s WaterSense Program and other public- and private-sector organizations, gave the conference the green light to continue for at least three more years. The third WSI is slated for October 6-8 at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center. Event organizers hope to build upon the success of the first two WSI conferences, created to broaden the knowledge of innovations in water conservation including products, programs and outreach. In October 2009, the second WSI drew nearly 1,200 participants from 43 states and 13 nations. WSI ’09 features more than 130 professional sessions and an expo hall with 100 exhibitors. Visit www.WaterSmartInnovations.com for more information.

Holiday House

Holiday House Distributing and Kool Tek announced the new warehouse located in Los Angeles, CA is now stocking inventory for both companies. The initial stock includes Everpure water filter products (including OW2PLUS, BH, IN10, IN10G, BMF, OCS, 4C, AQUA1, QL1 Head and QL3B) and Glatfelter filter paper rolls (AP206 and AP209). In the near future, this warehouse will stock air pots, air pot racks, cabinets, Kool Tek water coolers and much more, to be shipped in case quantities only.

UL news

Underwriters Laboratories announced a new certification program to help manufacturers of cooking and plumbing-related products demonstrate compliance with new, stricter low-lead requirements that became mandatory in California and Vermont on January 1. The new certification program will test materials to demonstrate compliance to both the California Health and Safety Code and similar legislation in Vermont. It will allow manufacturers that are required to demonstrate compliance with California rules to obtain the proper product safety certification. The agency will continue to support the industry by providing certification to Annex G of ANSI/NSF 61 as announced in April 2009, in addition to the new service offering.

US EPA news

US EPA released its final WaterSense single-family new-homes specification, creating the first national, voluntary and water-efficiency specification for an entire new home. The agency worked with hundreds of stakeholders over the past three years to develop this specification, which was designed to complement existing green building programs. WaterSense-labeled new homes, which will be 20 percent more efficient than typical new homes, must be independently inspected and certified by a US EPA-licensed certification provider to meet the WaterSense criteria for water efficiency and performance. By investing in these homes, home buyers can reduce their water usage by more than 10,000 gallons per year (37,854 L/year)—enough to fill a backyard swimming pool—and save enough energy annually to power a television for four years.

Well study results released

The newly released Iowa Statewide Rural Water Well Survey Phase 2 shows continuing problems with nitrate and bacterial contamination, National Driller reported. The survey, which examined the water quality of private rural drink- ing water wells, and was let by the University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination, also revealed that a high percentage of wells statewide were contaminated with arsenic. Conducted from 2006 to 2008, the survey sampled 473 wells for bacteria, nutrients, metals, common-use herbicides and insecticides, and herbicide degradates. The study was a follow-up effort to the original survey conducted from 1988-1989. A full report of the latest survey is available at www.cheec.uiowa.edu/research/SWRL2.html.

Owaters sold to Sparkletts/ Sierra Springs

Sparkletts/Sierra Springs bottled water delivery has signed an agreement with Owaters, LLC (O’Premium Water Products) to acquire the assets of OWaters home and office bottled water delivery and filtration service business. Sparkletts/ Sierra Springs will assume management of bottled water delivery and filtration operations for both companies. As a result of combining these two companies, and the addition of new water delivery service routes to the company’s roster, Sparkletts/Sierra Springs will be able to enhance its investment in the local economy and continue to provide unsurpassed customer service. The company offers its water delivery service, filtration and coffee services to local homes and businesses throughout the Phoenix, Chandler and Mesa regions of Arizona, while also providing distribution of smaller bottles to local grocery stores and outlets.

Tomlinson faucets certified

Tomlinson Industries’ No-Drip® brass faucets, including its signature S Series, are now NSF/ANSI Standard 169 AB1953-compliant. NSF has evaluated these faucets and determined they possess a weighted average lead content of less than 0.25 percent, and are in compliance with California’s Health and Safety Code Section 116875 (commonly known as AB1953) and Vermont Act 193. The Pro-Flo™ product line of high-quality, lead-free brass and stainless steel water dispensing components for the OEM market also recently received NSF/ANSI Standard 61–Annex G certification.

Hach support for Water for People announced

Water for People received a $15,000 (USD) donation of water testing supplies in November from Hach Company to assist the non-govermental organization with their Bolivia Water Quality project. This was a pilot project to determine how to best support countries needing basic water quality monitoring. In December, based on the success in Bolivia, Hach donated an additional $26,000 in water testing supplies for similar projects in Rwanda and Malawi that will occur in 2010. As part of the NGO’s World Water Corps® program, a team of ten water quality expert volunteers joined local Bolivia partners to collect and analyze water quality samples in November. Prior to the trip, the company provided products and training. Onsite in Bolivia, the team trained local partners, tested the physical chemistry of the water, and also monitored for E. coli and fecal coliforms, both indicators of pathogenic contamination. The products will remain in Bolivia to monitor water quality on a sustained basis.

HaloSource funding announced

Origo’s portfolio company Halo- Source Inc. has successfully raised $10 million (USD) from new investors to fund the further commercialization of its patented water purification technology. The fundraising was supported by a leading international institutional investor, and a Singapore-based investment management firm. Headquartered in Seattle, WA, the company has manufacturing facilities in Raymond, WA, Bangalore and Shanghai. It has invented, developed and commercialized a range of technologies used in water purification, water clarification and antimicrobial textile coatings.

Asia

Water treatment business purchase announced

A.O. Smith Corporation announced A.O. Smith (Shanghai) Water Treatment Products Co., Ltd. concluded its purchase of the water treatment business of Tianlong Holding Co. Ltd. of Hong Kong. A.O. Smith holds 80 percent of the newly formed company, which is considered a wholly owned foreign enterprise under Chinese law. A.O. Smith (Shanghai) Water Treatment Products Co., Ltd. will supply reverse osmosis water purification products to the China residential and commercial markets as well as export markets throughout the world. This year, the company will introduce a line of water purification products in China to be sold under the A.O. Smith brand name through the company’s current water-heater distribution channels.

Water China success reported

A total of 10,239 visitors from 30 countries and regions attended Water Expo China 2009 to view the latest water industry technology at the Beijing Exhibition Centre from last November. This was a 26-percent increase in visitor numbers compared to the 2008 show. In addition, the number of visitor countries and regions rose by nearly 12 percent. The show also attracted a record number of exhibitors: 252 from 18 countries and regions, covering six halls in a total exhibition area of 16,000 m2. Water Expo China showcased seven key industry sectors: water business, irrigation and drainage, water and soil conservation, information and instrumentation, water-related equipment and rain-water harvesting. The event also hosted pavilions from China, Korea, Japan and Singapore. Making a first-time appearance at the show with a pavilion was the China Environment Chamber of Commerce (CECC). This non-profit organization helps water companies from China and overseas to achieve greater success. The organization has more than 80 well-known domestic and international members. Running concurrently with Water Expo China, the 4th China (International) Water Summit was attended by more than 800 delegates from around 10 countries and regions. This year’s Water Expo China will be held 17-19 November.

Latin America

Trident Technologies acquired

ChemTreat Inc. has acquired Trident Technologies, Inc. and Trident Technologies S.A. de C.V., leading providers of water treatment products and services in southern California and northwestern Mexico. Trident Technologies, head- quartered in San Diego, CA, provides water treatment solutions for a diverse range of commercial, institutional and industrial markets. Unique product and service offerings concentrate on water and resource management with particular focus on green technologies. ChemTreat is one of the largest providers of industrial water treatment in the United States, with revenues in excess of $250 million (USD). As part of the Water Quality Group of Danaher Corporation, ChemTreat/ Trident joins Hach, Trojan and other companies in the growing sector of the water market.

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