Water-Right® Inc. of Appleton, WI has acquired Manitowoc, WI-based WaterCare® Corporation, which will expand Water-Right’s portfolio of water treatment products and services. Financial terms were not disclosed. Both companies are family-owned; Water- Right President Kurt Gruett and WaterCare President Bill Granger are second- and third-generation leaders, respectively. Gruett will direct all operations for both companies, while Granger will serve as WaterCare’s Sales Manager and will focus on taking the dealer organization to the next level. Plans are under way to offer new dealer-driven programs including sales, technical and management training.

Norit X-Flow and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Environmental Protection and Waste Materials Valuation Industry (ISTAÇ) embarked on a remarkable wastewater treatment project two years ago: the treatment of leachate from the Istanbul landfill in Odayeri and Kömürcüoda. The installation became the largest membrane leachate plant in the world and involves the most advanced water treatment technology available. After approximately two years of operation and treating up to 3,500 m3 of landfill water percolate on a daily basis, the plant has met its specifications and contractual requirements for discharge of the treated effluent. ISTAÇ and Norit X-Flow celebrated the official handover and the successful partnership on August 17.

North America

NSF approval for Pro Products

Four water treatment products from Pro Products LLC recently received NSF approval under NSF/ANSI Standard 60– Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals–Health Effects: Res Care® liquid resin cleaning solution, Neutra-5® alkaline compound for pH modification, Neutra-7® alkaline blend for neutralizing acid water and Neutra-Sul® peroxide blend for filtering iron and treating hydrogen sulfide. The NSF Mark will appear on all newly certified Pro Products labels, sales literature and packaging. Contact Pro Products at (800) 285-9176 for complete details on its water quality treatment products.

NSF standard reference in California code

The California Building Standards Commission now references NSF Inter- national’s plumbing standard in the latest version of the California Plumbing Code for water piping systems. NSF/ANSI Standard 14: Plastics Piping System Components and Related Materials is recognized by code and regulatory officials, manufacturers and plumbers to verify the performance and safety of plastic piping system components and related materials. The commission removed the state’s amendment from the code that excludes the use of cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) for water piping systems. PEX is now permitted for use in all occupancies, including commercial, residential and institutional building construction, rehabilitation and repair under the jurisdiction of the commission and responsible agencies throughout California.

Water For People sponsor announced

Water For People announced a new commitment of $100,000 (USD) from IPS Corporation and recognizes the firm as a new global sponsor. This generous gift will provide essential support for Water For People’s programs across 11 developing countries. IPS Corp. is a leading manufacturer of products for the plumbing, construction, manufacturing and plastic fabrication industries under recognized brand names such as WELD-ON® and WATER-TITE®.

Pump manufacturer honored

Almatec® announced that its E-Series Air-Operated Diaphragm (AOD) Pump has been named a winner of a 2010 Innovation Award from Flow Control magazine. The magazine’s awards program, now in its 13th year, is an annual competition designed to recognize the year’s most compelling advances in fluid-handling technology in the categories of fluid measurement, control and containment.

GE honored for water reuse

Recognized for its outstanding commitment and contributions to the water re-use and desalination industry, GE recently received the WateReuse Association’s 2010 WateReuse Equipment/Manufacturer Award. The award acknowledges the outstanding commitment, performance and application by a specialty-equipment product or manufacturer.

New Waterlogic technology launched

Waterlogic International’s latest generation water purification system, the Fire-wall™, is available on its top-of-the-range Waterlogic 4 model. Independent tests on the new purification process showed the internal firewall UV technology is capable of reducing bacterial and viral contamination by 99.999 percent overall and, in most cases, by 100 percent. By repositioning the UV purification system to the faucet, the technology acts as a fire- wall, ensuring perfectly purified drinking water flows out, and also preventing any back-contamination from natural airborne bacteria. Tests are underway at WQA to gain certification/approval to stringent NSF standards, and also to gain approval to US EPA standards with another external laboratory.

Printpack acquisition announced

Printpack Inc. has purchased the Marshall, NC manufacturing location of Amcor’s Medical Packaging group. The sale was required by the US Department of Justice upon Amcor’s acquisition of Alcan’s Medical Flexibles business. The Marshall facility manufactures films that are converted into header bags and forming films for sterilizable medical devices. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed

Everpure featured at eco conference

For the second year, Everpure, LLC served filtered water from water coolers throughout the Opportunity Green confer- ence, held in September in Los Angeles, CA. Everpure products are recyclable through a partnership with environmental steward Waste Management. The two organizations have teamed up to offer customers additional ease in recycling Everpure commercial-grade filtration canisters.

Aquionics systems successful in Washington city

Aquionics has helped the city of Carnation, WA create an innovative, environmentally conscientious way of dealing with wastewater, using the company’s InLine 7500+ UV systems. The city of about 1,900 residents had never used a central sewage system, relying instead upon septic tanks and drainage fields to handle wastewater disposal. In May, after two successful years of opera- tion, the automatic cleaning system has worked flawlessly, and the UV lamps only required a single change.

Chemilizer acquired

Chemilizer Products announced it was acquired by Hydro Systems Company in June. Hydro Systems is a leading manufacturer of chemical dosing, dispensing, foaming, spraying and injecting equipment. The Chemilizer brand will now have a team of sales, service and engineering professionals dedicated to offering service in Cincinnati, OH. Contact Hydro Systems at (800) 543-7184.

GWI report on desalination released

Global Water Intelligence down- graded its forecast for the desalination market for this year and next, reflecting continuing weak demand in the industry. A new analysis suggests that new capacity contracted this year will be in the range of 4.7 million m3/d, well below the market peak of 7.5 million m3/d achieved in 2007. The market is not expected to exceed what was achieved in 2007 until 2012. By 2016, the market is expected to reach 13.2 million m3/d of new capacity added.


KMS selected for French project

The Koch Membrane Systems trading division of Koch Chemical Technology Group Ltd. has been selected by OTV France SNC (Veolia Group) to provide PURON® membrane bioreactor modules for the wastewater treatment plant at Carré de Reunion in France’s Versailles region. The project will upgrade and expand the capacity of the existing conventional wastewater treatment plant. The plant was designed for an annual, average flow of 43,500 m3/d, with peaks up to 6,000 m3/ hr. The upgrade with MBR technology will allow it to achieve effluent quality requirements to meet future legal require- ments of the European Community. The membrane modules delivery is scheduled for end of 2012 and early 2013, with start- up in 2013.

New PET bottle technology launched

VOLVIC Natural Mineral Water’s new GREENER BOTTLE, made partially from sugarcane waste, will have a 38-per- cent lower packaging carbon footprint and a 16-percent lower total lifecycle footprint than the previous 50cl Volvic bottle. The new technology was designed to create 100-percent recyclable PET plastic using this renewable plant material, and Volvic is the first company to introduce it in the UK. Reduced carbon footprint will be achieved through incorporating 25-percent recycled plastic and BioPET plant-based plastic, created by combining PET with fermented and dehydrated sugarcane waste. Additionally, the company will reduce the weight of the bottle from 17 to 15g (0.59 to 0.52 oz.).

Latin America

MIOX distributor announced

MIOX Corporation announced an exclusive distribution partnership with Mexico-based Quimiproductos for MIOX products in the food and beverage market in Latin America. Quimiproductos manufactures and distributes chemical products to a broad range of sectors in the food and beverage industry. Quimiproductos was selected because of its demonstrated market leadership position in this marketplace and complementary business model.

Middle East

ITT-Mercy Corps partner in Pakistan

ITT Corporation, through its partnership with Mercy Corps, is donating five portable water treatment systems to the Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces of Pakistan in response to recent flooding. The water treatment units, which have the potential to provide clean water to as many as 200,000 people, are being deployed through Mercy Corps’ large- scale humanitarian aid response.


Canada/China venture announced

Greenway Home Products, under its operating division of Greenway Water Technologies, announced a new Canada/China joint venture with Ningbo Aquaworld Group Co. Ltd. of Ningbo, Beilun, China. Focused on expanding its residential water treatment business to international markets, Greenway (Ningbo) Water Technologies Co. Ltd. will also support Greenway’s growing North America business with added engineering, product development and manufacturing capacity.

Microfilter certified by NSF

In Korea, Microfilter Co., Ltd. received certification to NSF/ANSI Standard 58 by NSF International in September. This certification will enable Microfilter to offer its customers fully certified water treatment solutions. NSF/ANSI Standard 58 deals with maintaining drinking water quality that is safe for human consumption, by inspecting drinking water components for contaminants.




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