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North America

Nelsen anniversary, contest announced

In honor of Nelsen Corporation’s 60th anniversary, the company an- nounced its 60th Anniversary Sweepstakes and will award the grand prize winner for 2014 a new Ford F150 pickup. Every dealer in good standing with Nelsen Corporation will receive one chance for each $500 (USD) in invoiced merchandise (excluding freight and taxes). There’s no limit on how many times an individual dealer may enter—spend $1,000 and get two chances to win; spend $100,000 and receive 200 chances and so on. Dealers can also earn bonus entries through online sales, commercial orders or sales increases. No purchase is necessary to enter this sweepstakes. Complete rules are available at

ASPE, WQA partnered on standards

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and the Water Quality Association (WQA) have signed an agreement to promote and advance three WQA standards for recognition as consensus American National Standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI): WQA/ASPE 1201: Electrochemical Drinking Water Treatment Systems; WQA/ASPE S802: Product Sustainability for Activated Carbon and WQA/ASPE S803: Product Sustainability for Activated Carbon Water Filtration Systems. By combining their individual strengths, WQA and ASPE wish to advance the professions of water treatment and plumbing engineering, while assisting in improving the safety and well-being of the public on a global scale.

RainSoft University graduation held

RainSoft University, a dealer training and support network program designed to prepare dealers so their businesses can be successful, recently graduated 17 people, representing 13 dealerships from 11 states and the Dominican Republic. RainSoft personnel and instructors from Dave Yoho and Associates led information-packed classroom seminars. On the final day, a graduation lunch ceremony was held where each dealer received their diploma from Andrew Palframan, Senior Vice President and General Manager of RainSoft.

Hellenbrand dealers honored at annual seminar

Hellenbrand, Inc. recently held its annual National Sales & Training Seminar in Wisconsin Dells, WI and dealerships from across the US were represented. Roger Seip of Freedom Personal Development provided an outstanding sales training presentation while 82 different dealerships were recognized during the awards banquet for outstanding softener sales, Iron Curtain sales and sales growth over the previous year. McGowan Water Conditioning (Mike McGowan) was the recipient of the prestigious Founders Award (named after Jim and Florence Hellenbrand) that recognizes the dealership that most emulates the core values upon which Hellenbrand was founded.

DWRF report on water quality announced

The results of a review paper, Microbial Health Risks of Regulated Drinking Waters in the United States, released by the Drinking Water Research Foundation (DWRF) show that, on a gallon-for-gallon basis, bottled water is tested more often than tap water. The paper is focused on a comparison of risk of public drinking water and bottled water, using data and statistics from a variety of sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US EPA and presentations from a 2009 drinking water symposium at Yale University. More specifically, this paper examines and compares the microbial health risks of tap water and bottled water, exploring differences in quality monitoring, regu- latory standards violations, advisories and distribution system conditions. It also includes comparison data on the number of waterborne illness outbreaks caused by both tap and bottled water. The paper concludes that, “it is clear that as a consequence of the differences in regula- tions, distribution systems, operating (manufacturing) practices, and microbial standards of quality, public drinking wa- ter supplies present a substantially higher human risk than do bottled waters for illness due to waterborne organisms.” The review paper is available for download at CSA_FINAL_09302013protected.pdf.

Calgon news

Calgon Carbon Corporation and the city of Glendale, AZ have signed a 10-year contract to provide reactivation services for activated carbon used to treat the city’s drinking water. The reactivation facility, which began operation in April 2013, is owned and operated by Calgon Carbon and has an annual reactivation capacity of approximately 25 million pounds. The company also announced the closing of a new $300-million (USD) syndicated credit facility. The facility refinanced existing debt and provides an additional $175 million of borrowing capacity. The new credit facility will be available for strategic growth initiatives, acquisitions, share repurchases, working capital and general corporate purposes. In addition, Calgon announced that the Department of Commerce (DOC) has determined the amount of anti-dumping tariffs to be assessed on imports of steam activated carbon from China that entered the US between April 2, 2011 to March 31, 2012. The average tariff rate is $0.07 per pound, which replaces the average rate of $0.47 per pound that had been in effect. These announced tariffs may be modified to correct any errors made by the Commerce Department. Revision of the tariff rates has two effects. First, these new tariffs become the cash deposit rate applied to future imports. Second, if a company deposited less than its final tariff rate on carbons imported during the period of review, it will be required to pay additional duties; conversely, if it deposited more than the final tariff, it will receive a refund. 

Latin America

NSF acquisition, certification announced

NSF International has acquired Bioensaios Analysis and Environmental Consulting Laboratory Ltd., based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. It will become known as NSF Bioensaios. Founded in 1990, Bioensaios is a leading analytical laboratory that provides GLP (Good Laboratory Practices) studies and highly specialized testing services, including ecotoxicity, for a range of domestic and international companies as well as government agencies serving the water, food and agribusiness industries. NSF also announced it has certified Simon Co.’s HIM Safe polyethylene pipe and fittings to the Australian WaterMark Certification Scheme for plumbing, water treatment and distribution products to the AS/NZS 4130 (polyethylene pipes for pressure applications) and AS/NZS 4129 (fittings for polyethylene pipes for pressure applications) standards. The company’s products are the first polyethylene pipe and fitting products to earn WaterMark certification from NSF International, and the company can now use the WaterMark logo on approved products and distribute to the Australian, Malaysian and New Zealand markets.


UNESCO research center to open in Sweden

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has decided to establish a research center in Sweden with a focus on international water issues. The center will be run by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) in collaboration with Uppsala University and the University of Gothenburg. With its focus on transboundary water cooperation, the center will be one of a kind. The majority of the world’s countries share water resources in some form, such as rivers and lakes. Consequently, cooperation with other states on this vital resource is essential. The Swedish UNESCO Centre will focus on equitable water cooperation and aims to develop research and knowledge on transboundary water resource management. The center, which will be located at SIWI, will also concentrate on how to establish and develop effective water partnerships despite contexts of political conflict.


China bottled water market report issued

China’s bottled water consumption grew by 14 percent in 2012 to 54 billion liters, according to a new report from lead- ing food and drink consultancy Zenith International. The market’s value has risen by 143 percent since 2008 and reached over $16 billion (USD) in 2012. The leading brands are Master Kong from Ting Hsin, Nongfu Spring, Wahaha, C’estbon from Hua Run and Ice Dew from Coca-Cola. There are, however, significant differences between each region and the market is highly fragmented. Among other findings in the 2013 Zenith Report on China Bottled Water: consumption per person reached 40 liters in 2012, well ahead of the Asia Pacific average at 27 liters; higher rates in Indone- sia and Korea indicate continued growth opportunity for China; there are many leading regional players with potential for further expansion and bulk water remains dominant but mid-size packaging, such as 1.5 and 4-5 liters, has advanced strongly. Zenith forecasts that the Chinese bottled water market will have increased by a further 73 percent in 2017.


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