North America

PWQA scholarships

PWQA announced it will be offering two scholarships. The first, PWQA Member Company Scholarship $1,000, will be awarded to an individual who is employed by a PWQA member company or is related to an individual that is employed by a PWQA member company. Said member company must be a PWQA member in good standing, which is defined as a member company current on membership dues.  The second scholarship titled Major of Study Related to Potable Water Quality $1,000 will be awarded to an individual that is pursuing a major that supports water quality. All applications and required materials must be received at the PWQA office no later than April 1. Visit www.pwqa.org for details and forms.

Degremont Indiana contract announced

The Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and Owner’s Engineers, Sargent & Lundy, have selected SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT affiliate Infilco Degremont, Inc. (IDI) and its sister company Anderson Water Power & Technologies to design and supply a retrofit wastewater treatment system for the chloride purge stream from the wet flue gas desulfurization (FGD) at the R. M. Schahfer Generating Station Units 14 and 15 in Wheatfield, IN. The newly constructed wastewater treatment system will consist of two 100-percent trains that are capable of functioning either in series or in parallel while allowing each major piece of equipment to be interchanged between the two trains.  The R.M. Schahfer Station Retrofit Project is expected to go online in early 2014.

Keiser University schedule announced

The 2012 class schedule for the only two-year Associate of Science college degree program for pool and spa professionals is now available. Keiser University offers students a flexible program for working professionals who are interested in enrolling in the Associate of Science, two-year Aquatic Engineering Degree Program available through its eCampus online degree program center. Students can enter the program at any time during the year. Each class is offered in one-month modules. The degreed program, now in its eighth year, has a strong student following because it allows students to earn their degree while they work, and offers excellent employment opportunities post-graduation.

Extech donation received by high schools

Extech Instruments recently donated over $40,000 (USD) worth of handheld test equipment to vocational, technical and science programs at area high schools. The diverse array of meters and testers was given to four high schools in Eastern Massachusetts for use in electrical, electronics, HVAC, auto body, automotive technology, plant/facilities management, carpentry and robotics programs, as well as science and lab programs. The four receiving schools included Waltham High School in Waltham, Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School in Framingham, Ashland High School in Ashland, and Diman Regional Vocational High School in Fall River.

Top workplace honors for A.J. Antunes

A.J. Antunes & Co.was named as one of the Top Work Places of 2011 by The Chicago Tribune. Each year, the newspaper partners with Workplace Dynamic to identify the best companies in the Chicagoland area. Employees complete a 24-question survey on the company’s direction, execution, career opportunities, conditions, managers, and pay and benefits. The results of these anonymous surveys are compiled and used to calculate the top work places.

IAPMO Standards Council releases 2012 UPC, UMC

The IAPMO Standards Council has issued the 2012 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code® (UPC) and Uniform Mechanical Code® (UMC), each designated as American National Standards for the fourth time. Developed by IAPMO using a three-year consensus process accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the new codebooks will be available for purchase in both hardcopy and digital format through IAPMO in February.  The public at large is encouraged and invited to participate in IAPMO’s open consensus code development process. A code development timeline and other relevant information are available at www.iapmo.org.

tekmar acquired by Watts

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire tekmar Control Systems in a share-purchase transaction. The acquisition was expected to close by the end of January. The consummation of the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions. In 2011, tekmar Control Systems had annual revenues of approximately $11 million (USD). The company is located in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada.

WRF funding announced

At its January 20 meeting, the Water Research Foundation’s Board of Trustees approved $6.4 million in 2012 funding for the foundation’s three, key research programs. This research budget will be leveraged with partnerships and in-kind support, raising the total amount of funds dedicated to drinking water research to approximately $15 million (USD). The approved funds are allocated to three programs: Focus Area, Emerging Opportunities and Tailored Collaboration. The board also approved the initial 10 water-utility challenges that will be addressed under the Focus Area Program. These challenges were identified through a comprehensive review of existing research and input from foundation stakeholders, most notably a subscriber-needs assessment conducted in mid-2011. They include hexavalent chromium, NDMA and nitrosamines, carcinogenic VOCs contaminant group and biofiltration.

New non-profit launched

The Living Technology Institute (LTI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Charlottesville, VA, has been established to advance innovative, ecological technologies based on a new, whole-system approach to water. Living technologies adapt ecosystem processes (eco-mimicry) and augment natural functions through the power of 21st-century ecological science and engineering. The result is cost-effective, practical water infrastructure for sustainable communities, economies and environments. LTI is designed to complement and collaborate with other organizations that share a holistic view of water and work toward integrating natural and human ecosystems.

Clarke Prize nominations sought

NWRI is accepting nominations for the Nineteenth Annual Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. The deadline for nominations is March 1. NWRI established the Clarke Prize in 1993 to award outstanding individuals who are significantly and actively contributing toward any of the following areas: the discovery, development, improvement and/or understanding of issues associated with water quality, quantity, technology or public policy. The prize, which includes a medallion and $50,000 (USD) award, is one of only a dozen that awards scholarly and practical achievements in water research.Additional information about the Clarke Prize, including nomination procedures, may be found at www.nwri-usa.org/nominations.htm.

3M water technology investment announced

3M New Ventures, the corporate venture organization of 3M, announced an investment in HydroNovation Inc. of California, a developer of next-generation water conditioning systems for residential and food-service industry applications. The Series B round financing included a second investment by Clean Pacific Ventures. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Latin America

Advanced water treatment from GE in the Bahamas

GE’s advanced desalination technology is helping a water scarce region in the Bahamas conserve water, expand water production and improve its access to clean drinking water. Residents of Tarpum Bay on the island of Eleuthera have been suffering with brackish and poor quality water for many years. GE provided its seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) membrane technology to a new water treatment plant, which can now produce 200,000 imperial gallons per day of desalinated water. Specifically, the plant uses GE’s SeaTECH 84 SWRO system. With the commissioning of the Tarpum Bay/Rock Sound Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant, there are now three GE water treatment facilities on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera.

NSPF instructor training in DR

The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) will offer an Instructor Training class in the Dominican Republic February 27-29 (registration closed January 26). The class can accommodate both English and Spanish instructor candidates (minimum off four Spanish-speakers required). Successful instructor school candidates earn access to all NSPF materials at discounted prices. Candidates must have either a valid CPO® certification or may contact NSPF for details on how to qualify for the instructor course.

Europe

Salsnes acquired by Trojan Technologies

An agreement has been signed under which Salsnes Filter AS of Namsos, Norway will join the Trojan Technologies group of businesses. The agreement is subject to regulatory approval. Salsnes Filter’s patented filter technology removes particles from municipal and industrial process water. Salsnes Filter is also an alternative to a primary settling stage for a traditional chemical/biological treatment facility or preventing membrane bioreactor (MBR) fouling. The company will operate as one of the Trojan Technologies group of businesses. Founded in 1991, Salsnes Filter is represented in many countries and will continue to operate out of Namsos, with production facilities in Salsnes.

Waterlogic to Norwegian vendor

Waterlogic Plc has agreed to acquire the entire issued share capital of Det Stavangerske Kaffeselskap (DSK), a leading vendor of water dispensers and coffee machines based in Norway, for a total cash consideration of  $1.46 million (USD), subject to inter alia approval of the Norwegian Competition Authority. DSK has an existing contracted customer base of water dispenser and coffee machine users located near Waterlogic’s Stavanger offices. Following completion, DSK will be merged into Waterlogic Norway during 2012, with the aim of driving turnover and profit growth from cross-selling opportunities and achieving synergies and cost savings in the combined entity.

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