North America

Pentair news

Pentair, Inc.’s Board of Directors announced an increase in the company’s quarterly cash dividend of one cent per share, effective with the quarterly dividend payable in the first quarter of 2011. The new annual cash dividend is $0.80 cents per share as compared to the previous $0.76 (USD) per share, representing a five-percent increase. For the full year 2011, the company anticipates sales growing in the mid-single digit range to approximately $3.2 billion. Pentair also agreed to acquire Hidro Filtros do Brasil, a leading manufacturer of water filters and filtering elements for residential and industrial applications operating in Brazil and neighboring countries. Hidro Filtros will operate under the brand name Pentair Hidro Filtros and will be positioned within Pentair Residential Filtration. WELLMATE announced it has invested in product upgrades, including industry-first ‘Quick Connect’ captive air tanks with an adaptor that accommodates various connections that make installation flexible, which decreases time for installation, service and replacement. Additional upgrades include new composite tank design construction that is half the weight of steel systems and chlorine resistant butyl air cells that extend the life of tanks where chlorinated water is present. The tanks contain no steel, require little or no maintenance and are 100 percent lead-free. The company has also upgraded the brand’s look and feel with a new website and educational video that can be used as a sales tool for wholesalers.

Severn Trent news

Severn Trent Services has renewed an agreement with the LANXESS group to distribute LANXESS’ Bayoxide® E IN-20 and Bayoxide E33HC media, which provide a highly effective removal technology for arsenic, heavy metals and inorganics in wastewater treatment. The five-year agreement will continue to give the company exclusive rights to offer the technology for drinking water applications to global municipal wastewater and industrial sectors. Severn Trent’s Capital Controls® product line of gas feed systems and accessories marked its 50th anniversary in 2010. The Capital Controls product line pioneered the first all-vacuum feed technology as a safer method to feed gaseous chlorine, has become the established standard for chlorine gas feed systems and is among the most widely used chlorination systems globally. At a recent meeting, Severn Trent Services – Apliclor’s board agreed to a range of strategic initiatives to expand the scope and geographic range of its business. The company, which will celebrate its centenary in 2011, will open a new office in Madrid to further develop relationships in the municipal water sector and will also invest in additions to its sales force.

Advanced Micro grant announced

The National Institutes of Health Superfund Research Program (NIH) recently awarded $845,000 (USD) to Advanced MicroLabs, LLC to develop hardware for an online perchlorate sensor. Perchlorate’s appearance in ground water sources is primarily a result of improper storage of rocket fuels and explosives. Many remediation efforts are underway throughout the US to restore groundwater for use as drinking water but these efforts lack a means of monitoring perchlorate in real time resulting in over-engineered facilities to safe guard against plant failure. An online sensor would make these efforts safer and more cost-effective.

Teledyne water group announced

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated announced the formation of the Teledyne Water Quality Group, which represents six of the firm’s market-leading companies who are focused on providing measurement and analytical solutions for water and water-related markets. The official launch of this group took place last October at the WEFTEC show in New Orleans, LA. The group’s mission is to better serve the water market by providing new capabilities and opportunities within the water and water-related markets. Group members include Teledyne Analytical Instruments, Teledyne Tekmar Company and Teledyne Leeman Labs.

Griswold certification announced

Griswold Pump Company announced that the standard and low-flow models of its 811 Series ANSI centrifugal pumps are now ATEX-compliant. (ATEX is the common name for European Union Directive 94/9/EC safety standard for all equipment intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.) With this certification, Griswold’s 811 ANSI pumps are now available for use in places where explosive atmospheres may arise through the mixture of air and flammable materials such as gases, vapors, mists and dusts.

States focus on new conservation laws

The new year brought a broader focus on water issues, with states and other municipalities passing legislation on water conservation and efficiency requirements. The Denver Post reported that Coloradans building new homes will have to be offered water-saving options like low-flow toilets and water conserving landscaping. House Bill 1358 would require builders of single-family, detached homes to offer customers the option of water-conserving toilets, faucets and showerheads. If builders offer upgrades for appliances and landscaping, they also will have to offer water-thrifty dishwashers and Xeriscaping. In Pomona, CA, all commercial conveyor car wash systems must have installed operational recirculating water systems, or must have secured a waiver of this requirement from the city. Arizona’s H.R. 6, Energy Independence and Security Act, H.R. 6, sets a maximum of 9.5 gallons (35.96 liters) per cycle for residential clothes washers manufactured after Jan. 1. And in Woodstock, GA, restrictions on landscaping and irrigation mandate watering only between 4:00 pm and 10:00 am (with certain exceptions).

Water initiative launched

The increasing importance of issues surrounding water supplies and their sustainability has led the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) to launch a new water initiative. Its initial focus will be on determining the optimal roles and approaches for chemical engineers addressing water access, purification and sanitation, and the ‘water-energy nexus,’ the relationship between the energy footprint of water and the water footprint of energy.  David Klanecky of Dow Water & Process Solutions and Wendy Young of GE Water & Process Technologies are co-chairing the initiative’s advisory board. The initative was officially launched at AIChE’s Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT last November, where discussion focused on a framework of workshops, webinars and leadership panels for 2011. The advisory board also considered potential partnerships with companies, other engineering societies and academic institutions.

Dosmatic acquired by Hydro Systems

Hydro Systems Company, an independent manufacturer of chemical proportioning and dispensing systems, has acquired Dosmatic, Inc., a manufacturer of environmentally friendly, non-electric chemical metering equipment, based in Carrollton, TX. The acquisition provides Hydro Systems with further entry into the agriculture, horticulture, landscaping, fuel additives, water treatment and food process sanitation market segments. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed

Latin America

Colombia opens door to water finance

According to a Global Water Intelligence report, Beatriz Uribe, Colombia’s Ministry for the Environment, Housing and Development, has invited local and international investors to play a greater role in financing the country’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Early last December, she called out to private investors to supplement government funding in the sector and suggested that one way of attracting private capital would be through the issuance of bonds, the proceeds of which would be used to finance water and sanitation projects.

Europe

Krones now FDA certified

Krones AG announced it has received a letter of non-objection from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a rotary dry-aseptic PET-bottle filling system featuring H2O2 as the sterilizing agent. Testing included verifying microbiological safety when filling low-acid aseptic products in the range from pH 4.6 to pH 7. Krones is the only company certified to provide a completely dry PET-bottle filling system for low-acid products in a rotary system using a continuous, easily mastered process

Asia

Capacity audience for 5th China summit

Water experts from 256 exhibiting companies took part in Water Expo China 2010, which was held last November at the China National Convention Center. Organized by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. and the Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society (CHES), Water Expo China is the only water industry exhibition in China that is sponsored by China’s Ministry of Water Resources and approved by the Ministry of Commerce. Visitors numbered 11,323 from 33 different countries and regions, an increase of 10.6 percent over the previous show. Chinese visitors numbered 11,054 (a 10.4-percent increase) while the show attracted 269 international visitors, a rise of 17 percent. The Membrane Industry Association of China (MIAC), Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and the Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society (CHES) will co-organize the 2011 Water Expo China + Water Membrane China, scheduled for October 13-15 at the China National Convention Center.  

Phillipines to develop low-cost filtration

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announced it is developing a low-cost water filtration technology to give households in slum areas access to clean, potable water. Science Secretary Mario Montejo said the Industrial Technology Development Institute of the DOST is testing the nanotechnology-based water filtration system; the filter would cost only around P100 to P200 ($2.29 to $4.58 USD). Some 17 million Filipinos still do not have access to safe water, and that the present supply of potable water is insufficient to meet the needs of the growing population. Recently, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) reported that around 1.5 million households outside Metro Manila have no access to potable water.

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