North America

(MR) Pentair acquisition announced

Pentair, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Clean Process Technologies (CPT) division from privately held Norit Holding, B.V. for €503 million (approximately $705 million USD), plus net debt at closing. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2011, subject to satisfaction of customary conditions and applicable regulatory approval. Pentair expects the acquisition to be $0.15 to $0.20 accretive to 2012 diluted earnings per share (EPS), the first full fiscal year following the acquisition.

JG statement on legislation released

“As California goes”, is the saying, “so goes the rest of the country.” The Golden State being a bellwether has proven true once more with its 2006 lead-free law, AB 1953. S.3874, a bipartisan-supported bill that established a new federal standard (modeled after the California law) went into effect January 1, 2010. British-owned John Guest plumbing products, however, are made entirely of plastic so lead-free issue was an advantage from the start. Manufacturers who offer brass content materials are now required to perform a thorough and expensive conversion process. Most of these manufacturers (and importers) already had to convert their products because of lead-free laws in California, Vermont and Maryland. Many have had to maintain dual inventories due to restrictions those states and lead-free products they now offer are higher in price.

World Plumbing Day designated

The US Senate, at the urging of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), passed a bipartisan resolution formally designating March 11, 2011, as World Plumbing Day. Senate Resolution 100, introduced by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and co-sponsored by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), highlights the role plumbing plays in safeguarding public health in the US and worldwide, addresses the lack of safe drinking water and sanitation across the globe, declares access to such a vital human right and praises trained plumbing professionals for maintaining, repairing and rebuilding the aging US water infrastructure.

Danfoss approved as CEU provider

Danfoss VLT Drives has been re-approved by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) as an Authorized Provider of continuing education units (CEUs). The recognition period extends for five years and includes all programs offered or created during that time. In order to achieve that status, Danfoss completed a rigorous application process, including a review by an IACET site visitor, and successfully demonstrated adherence to the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard addressing the design, development, administration and evaluation of its programs

Enviro-Solutions acquired by Aqua-Chem

Aqua-Chem, Inc. announced that it has acquired Enviro-Solutions, LLC, an industrial water treatment equipment and chemical firm. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition follows Aqua-Chem’s purchase in June 2010 of Houston-based Specific Equipment Company. Enviro-Solutions will operate as Aqua-Chem Industrial Division under the Aqua-Chem parent umbrella.

NSF news

NSF International has certified its first automatic recreational water pump shut-off product (also known as a safety vacuum release system) for meeting the requirements of national pool and spa standards: ASME A112.19.17-2010 and NSF/ANSI 50-2010. The ECOTECH EZ™ variable speed pool pump motor and control, manufactured by Nidec Motor Corporation, is designed to detect potential entrapment and shut down the pump to help mitigate body parts from becoming trapped in the drain due to suction.

NSF also announced the opening of a new chlorine resistance-testing laboratory at its Ann Arbor, MI headquarters. Engineers work directly with companies to meet their needs for chlorine resistance testing, R&D projects and pre-production testing. The accredited lab also has been automated in order to help plastic pipe manufacturers meet regulatory testing requirements with expedited turn-around times. Plumbing Codes and Product Standards require chlorine testing for products such as PPR (Polypropylene Random Copolymer), PEX and PE-RT (polyethylene of raised temperature resistance) pipes. The NSF laboratory evaluates all types of plastic piping from polyethylene (PE) to cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) to polypropylene (PP) The new lab is accredited by IAS (International Accreditation Service) to perform testing. Plumbing inspectors look for third-party certification to confirm that pipes have been tested and certified by an accredited laboratory.

International Year of Chemistry 2011

What may be the world’s largest chemistry experiment in history launched last week as part of the International Year of Chemistry 2011. The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced it will help support teachers and students who wish to participate in the experiment, Water: A Chemical Solution, by sending volunteers to classrooms that need assistance. In 2011, students worldwide will test their local drinking water sources, as well as local lakes, rivers, streams and other bodies of water, and post their analysis to a global, Internet data map. The experiment remains open until Dec. 31. Teachers, scout leaders, and families can register to participate, view the experiments, and enter their results at: The activities are suitable for students of all ages and require materials commonly found in most science classrooms. Students will conduct four tests to analyze their water resources for characteristics critical to providing clean drinking water and will learn essential water chemistry practices. They will test the acidity and salinity of their water, and perform simple water treatment and desalinization procedures. Other U.S. organizations helping to coordinate the global experiment include the American Chemical Council (ACC) and the National Academy of Sciences.

Pool show venue changed for 2012

The Mid America Pool and Spa Show has selected the Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL, for its January 16-20, 2012 event. By relocating the show, it will be more accessible as it draws attendees from 24 states and exhibitors from a national level. The layout of the facility will allow for additional education and training to be provided to attendees during the show. The accompanying hotel will be the Renaissance Schaumberg Hotel. For more information, contact Jocelyn Young at 630.308.1363 or [email protected]. Or visit 

ITT products featured at well expo

ITT Residential and Commercial Water highlighted Goulds Pumps constant water pressure solutions for residential shower systems at the New England Water Well Association Expo (NEWWA) in March. Featured products enable steady, high-speed water pressure to provide comfort and convenience for homeowners, while helping save energy and water. Show attendees were treated to several product demonstrations at the vendor’s booth.

Latin America

Clean water efforts in Central America

The Safe Water Team (SWT) has partnered with the Honduras government, Health and Humanitarian Outreach Projects (HHOP), Triple Quest, the Honduran Coffee Growers Association and Vida Abundante Ministry to implement a large-scale Hydraid® BioSand Water Filter project in Honduras. The organizations have launched a large-scale implementation plan with the long-term goal of installing 40,000 units during the next five years.  The program began with a 60-day implementation plan, spanning March and April 2011. HHOP will maintain an inventory of filters, sand, and related installation materials and supervise a team of trained installers, who will install all the filters as directed by the Honduras government.  The installed cost of each filter will be approximately $115.00.The NGOs will assure that the filters are used properly on a long-term basis and Triple Quest and HHOP will provide training and technical support to the NGOs as required. The Honduras government is providing direct funding for the project, and SWT is partnered with the Honduras government to develop a funding plan to complement its efforts.  Additional funding will be provided by Rotary clubs, churches, funding from large international funding sources and contributions from SWT Corporate Social Responsibility partners.


Over 10 million Waterlogic units in service

Waterlogic announced that daily users of its popular range of workplace water dispensers have passed the ten million mark, with over seven hundred thousand plumbed-in water-coolers in active use in over 40 countries around the world. Industry analysts, Zenith International reported that US plumbed-in mains water coolers increased their share of the overall cooler market to 14 percent in 2009 and this trend is set to continue. In the UK, the most developed market for plumbed in coolers, the share more than doubled from 18 percent five years ago to 42 percent in 2009.


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