Charger Water Treatment Products opened two new facilities in Florida. Its Jacksonville facility, managed by 25-year water treatment industry veteran Todd Mosteller, is located at 7829 Bayberry Road, Jacksonville, FL. 32256. Contact numbers: toll-free (877) 858-2717; fax (904) 900-1267. The facility grand opening and open house was held October 23 and 24. The company’s Port Richey, branch, managed by Eric Beck, has moved to a larger facility in Odessa. The new address is Charger Water Treatment Products, 2327 Destiny Way, Odessa, FL 33556-3411. Contact information: toll-free (800) 936-7940; fax (727) 376-5599.

North America

Public awareness campaign launched

The Value of Water Coalition, a group comprising leading organizations responsible for ensuring the safety, reliability and sustainability of our nation’s water, announced the launch of a new campaign to inform Americans about the value of water and the challenges facing our water infrastructure. The campaign is anchored by the website This effort marks the first time such a broad coalition of water businesses and nonprofit associations has come together with a single voice. The organization unites public and private interests to address the current state of water infrastructure and the need for significant investment to keep system performance at the levels of quality and safety Americans have come to expect.

Emerson selected for DC projects

Emerson Process Management has been selected to automate equipment and processes for innovative environmental projects at DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington, DC. Blue Plains is the largest plant of its kind in the world, with a capacity of 370 MGD. DC Water is undertaking two major capital improvement projects, enhanced nutrient removal, and thermal hydrolysis and anaerobic digestion, that will help it comply with evolving environmental regulations and protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed while serving an expanding population. Emerson’s Ovation™ control system will help DC Water optimize the operations of these new facilities.

Athletic event sponsored by FILBUR

FILBUR Manufacturing, parent of the PureRite brand, recently sponsored a triathlon event for the third consecutive year, with both financial and volunteer support. The Challenged Athletes Foundation ® (CAF), a world leader in helping individuals with physical challenges (including injured military) get involved in sports, held its 20th Annual Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC) in October. Last year’s event attracted over 5,000 participants and spectators and brought in over $1.4 million (USD) to help physically challenged individuals get off the sidelines and into the game. The event, which began 20 years ago as a small fundraiser, features a ‘challenge’ distance triathlon, a one-mile swim, 44-mile bike and 10-mile run, in which more than 200 challenged athletes compete side-by-side with 500 able-bodied athletes.

CH2M HILL honored for NY plant

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Catskill-Delaware Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfection Facility—the largest ultraviolet water treatment facility in the world—was recently recognized by the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) with the UV Engineering Project of the Year Award. This award is given every two years in recognition of an exemplary field application of ultraviolet technology and for innovation, excellence and impact on society. CH2M HILL, in partnership with Arcadis, was construction manager and shared in this prestigious award, which was presented at the IUVA World Congress in Las Vegas, NV in September.

HydroNovation funding announced

Kemflo International announced its first investment in HydroNovation Inc. as part of the company’s Series C financing. During this round, the 3M Company also increased its preferred shareholdings. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Series C funding investment by Kemflo International will allow final design and manufacturing scale-up of HydroNovation’s advanced water treatment systems. Kemflo is a global leader in the manufacturing of water treatment products with a reputation for quality, delivery and cost.

WRF water test used in

Colorado communities The Colilert® test, developed by the Water Research Foundation (WRF) in 1991 in response to the water community’s need for a fast, dependable and easy method to assess the presence of E. coli in treated drinking water, is being used in Colorado after water treatment plants and water distribution systems were damaged by flooding. Many state health departments, private well operators and others in the water community are utilizing this widely used, US EPA-approved test, which can detect the presence of E. coli in less than 24 hours, unlike various test alternatives.

Seashell waste for water treatment examined

Thousands of tons of waste seashells created by the edible seafood sector have been put to use by the University of Bath in a new wastewater cleaning project. Dr Darrell Patterson, from the University’s Department of Chemical Engineering, used waste mussel shells to create a cheaper and more environmentally friendly way of ‘polishing’ wastewater, which could be used to remove unwanted substances like hormones, pharmaceuticals or fertilizers. The research was carried out using mussel shells, but other types of seashells could feasibly be used to produce photocatalysts, making this technique globally applicable. The project will now go on to look at the wider applicability of this technology and the scaling up of shell-based photocatalysts to industrial level.

3M certification announced

3M Purification is the first to achieve WQA Sustainability Certifications under the new WQA Product Sustainability standards. The products include water filtration products for the home and water appliances. 3M Purification joined a task force of other leading industry manufacturers and suppliers to assist the Water Quality Association (WQA) in developing a new suite of sustainability standards for drinking water treatment products. Following a successful thirdparty inspection, six 3M, Aqua-Pure® and Water Factory Systems™ water filtration products are now the first in the industry to be certified under these important new standards. The six certified products will carry a WQA Certification Symbol on their packaging, designed to help professionals and consumers identify water filtration products that are more environmentally friendly.

Water treatment chemical market growth reported

Water Treatment Chemicals, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc. indicates demand for water treatment chemicals in the US is forecast to rise 3.2 percent per year to $6.7 billion (USD) in 2017. Gains will reflect a rebound in manufacturing output and the increased use of scale control and other water treatment chemical products that help protect companies’ investments in water treatment equipment. Additionally, chemical demand will be supported by efforts to recycle water. Scale control agents are expected to show the fastest growth through 2017, followed by foam control agents. The larger, more mature categories of water treatment chemicals are expected to show more modest growth, with gains driven by trends in equipment use, water use and recycling and changes in product mix.

CSA certifcation for LabStrong

LabStrong Corporation, exclusive distributor of Fi-Streem water purification stills in North America, announced that all of the LabStrong Fi-Streem stills have been certified by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). The certification indicates the stills have been independently tested and certified to meet North American industry-recognized standards for safety and performance. The certification makes the LabStrong Fi-Streem stills unique in the marketplace because they offer both the CE and CSA safety marks. Obtaining the CSA certification was a necessary step to better serve LabStrong’s Canadian customer base. The models that are CE and CSA certified include the A74415LS, A74415-60LS, A74410LS, A74428LS, A74420LS, A56210-857LS, A56218-857LS, A56220-857LS, A56230-857LS, A56228-
857LS and A56238-857LS.

Trojan Technologies honored

The Optical Society (OSA) has honored Trojan Technologies with its first annual Enabled By Optics Award. Trojan pioneered the use of UV to treat water in smaller municipal systems in the early 1980s, and gradually expanded its technical capabilities to treat over 8,000 municipal installations on six continents. In recent years, the company’s compound growth rate has accelerated from 15 percent to close to 30 percent as it has begun to treat not only potentially dangerous waterborne organisms, but also potentially carcinogenic organic compounds such as pharmaceuticals and fertilizer remnants.

UV Pure representative announced

To help UV Pure meet increasing demand for its products, the company has welcomed Western Industrial Plastics (WIP) as its representative, servicing customers in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho. WIP has established a strong presence in this region, representing and servicing a number of equipment lines for water treatment and industrial plastics from its Vancouver, WA office. UV Pure is aggressively adding representation in the US and is now focusing on new coverage in the Great Lakes states, California and the Carolinas.


MPE testing facility announced

Modern Process Equipment Corporation (MPE) now offers onsite conveyor testing of products on the Chain-Vey at their new test facility in Indonesia. This fully-equipped facility can test products on the demonstration Chain-Vey unit to determine the feasibility and ideal configuration for your product conveying needs. The Indonesian facility is located at PT. Rieckermann Indonesia,Jl. Prof. Supomo SH No. 29A Tebet. Jakarta 12870 Indonesia. Materials for testing can be shipped to this same address, to the attention of Chain-Vey Testing.


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