Editor’s Note: The graphic on page 59 of the October issue contained erroneous information. Two errors: Stage 3 should be -1.4°C and the chemical equations should appear as Ca2SO4 • 2H20 and Na2SO4 • 10H20.
For the third year in a row, DuPure International has been selected by the US Commerce Association (USCA) for the 2011 Houston Award in the Household Water Purification Equipment category. The award program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country and identifies those they believe have achieved exceptional marketing in their local community and business category.
Summer tours of water project reported
The city of San Diego has launched a year-long test of a new local source of water for the semi-arid city. The Advanced Water Purification Facility, a small-scale, state-of-the-art water purification facility, will purify one million gpd (3,785,411.78 liters/day) of recycled water to distilled water quality. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to tour the facility through summer 2012. Following an introductory presentation, participants will take a walking tour through the facility to view the water purification technology equipment up close. At the end of the tour, guests will view the purified water produced at the facility. For tour registration, visit www.purewatersd.org/tours.shtml. For more information about the City of San Diego’s Water Purification Demonstration Project, visit www.purewatersd.org, email [email protected], or call (619) 533-7572.
Falcon Stainless salute to the military
Falcon Stainless launched a Veterans Day promotion in support of our troops at home and abroad. For the month of November, all orders placed with the company will generate donations to four-star-rated charities for the purpose of assisting our troops while serving and after returning home. The charities selected are: Homes for Our Troops, USO, Navy Seal Foundation, Army Emergency Relief, Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and Mercy Medical Airlift. Falcon Stainless’ water connectors are also currently serving our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and at home, providing clean drinking and bathing water to our brave soldiers. For more information, please contact Falcon Stainless (800) 814-8444. Our thanks to you and our troops for your loyalty and support!
AWQA meeting announced
Scheduled for November 11, the Arizona Water Quality Association will feature Representative Karen Fann as speaker. The luncheon will take place at noon at Monti’s La Casa Vieja located at 101 South Mill in Tempe, AZ. The cost for the luncheon is $25 (USD). Rep. Fann, Chair of the Legislative Salinity (Softener) Committee, will focus on the area’s cur- rent legislative climate regarding water softeners. The primary question is: “How will softeners be regulated in next year’s legislature?” With the work of the committee to draft a softener regulation bill well underway by then, hear directly from the committee chair and the sponsor of the bill that created the softener review process. Mark the date on your calendars now and contact the AWQA at (480) 947- 9850 to make your reservations.
IDA video on desal myths launched
The International Desalination Association (IDA) has produced a new video that addresses some of the most common questions about desalination. Desalination Myths and Misconceptions explores the facts behind such topics as the cost of desalination, energy consumption, impact on the environment and reliance on conservation to meet increasing water demand. The video is part of IDA’s public outreach and education program, and is available at www.idadesal.org. IDA’s first video, Desalination for a Better World, presents an overview of the role of desalination in meeting water challenges and technologies used to desalinate water around the world.
Alwaysfresh® products certified
Waterline Technology announced that its HF-20000 Commercial POU drinking water filtration system is now certified under WQA’s Gold Seal Program and bears the WQA Gold Seal certification logo to show Canadian and US approvals. In addition, three of the company’s POU drinking water filtration products (Alwaysfresh Models, HFC-1000, SF-1000 and HF-20000) are now certified and listed as required for sale in Canada. Call (800) 522-3949 or email waterline@ waterlinetechnology.com for additional information.
Grundfos center opened in California
Grundfos Pumps unveiled its Water Technology Center in September in Fresno, CA, a new facility for promoting innovative water research and developing sustainable solutions. The center will also partner with groups like the International Center for Water Technology at Fresno State University, Central Valley Business Incubator and others. It will offer research entities access to Grundfos resources,helping to catalyze solutions to water scarcity challenges, and will function as a hub for linking research with business development.
Science grant for Milwaukee Water Council
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant of $498,216 (USD) to the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), the Milwaukee Water Council and a consortium of regional colleges and universities for the H2Op- tions project, which aims to promote water technology education and career opportunities in southeastern Wisconsin. Additional partners in the project include Milwaukee regional technical colleges, UW-Milwaukee and STEM Forward. H2Options seeks to modify and develop new Associate Degree and Technical Certificate water technology programs, and establish high school and university articulation agreements as part of a water technology career pathway. The project has four goals: development of water technology career pathways; development of Associate Degree programs and certificates; student recruitment and marketing and internships, service learning and mentoring.
On September 16, specialty chemicals company LANXESS inaugurated its new production plant for membrane filtration elements in Bitterfeld, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. The state-of-the-art facility is additionally equipped with laboratories, logistics areas and offices in order to deliver ready-to-use elements for reverse osmosis (RO) purposes to customers worldwide. After completion of extensive pilot and development phases, regular production will commence in Bitterfeld in the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first RO membrane elements will be available in the beginning of 2012.
Philippine event a success
Water Philippines 2011 Expo, held concurrently with 19th PhilWater Conference and organized by the host Philippine Water Works Association, took place in Pasay City last month. The event surpassed everyone’s expectations. Delegates and visitors enjoyed the professional atmosphere of making contacts, doing business, exchanging ideas, and sourcing for new technology and suppliers, all under one roof. Inaugurated by the Honorable Emi G Calixto-Rubiano, Congresswoman of Pasay City, over 250 exhibiting companies and international pavilions, including Denmark, Europe, the US, China, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan and Singapore were present, representing 25 countries and regions. The Royal Dan- ish Embassy’s Pavilion remained busy with inquiries and the Danish Technology Symposium drew a full house.
Severn Trent Services provides system for China wastewater treatment plant
Severn Trent Services has received a contract to provide its TETRA® Denite® denitrification system for the Zhang Gui Zhuang Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Tianjin, China. The project will be the largest deep-bed denitrification installation in the country. The contract was awarded by Anhui Genda Environ, under which the Severn Trent treatment solution will help the plant meet stringent Class IA effluent discharge standards.
Seldon products approved for use in China
Seldon Technologies, Inc. has received formal approval from China’s Ministry of Health for its carbon nanotube drinking water technology for use in China. Seldon’s patented Nanomesh™ water purification technology removes viruses, bacteria, cysts, spores and other harmful contaminants from water without the use of chemicals, heat, power or waiting time. Seldon will begin the supply of its water purification filter cartridges and complete end-user products to a variety of China-based partners following this approval. Imported products containing Seldon disinfection technology may also now be registered for sale in China. Seldon has developed local channel and distribution relationships for distribution of its water purification products in China. With Ministry of Health approval now obtained, it will expand its distribution in China focusing on residential, goverment and disaster-relief customers.