North America
Lead and copper rule strengthened
Last December, US EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the first major update to the agency’s Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in nearly 30 years. This historic action strengthens every aspect of the LCR and accelerates actions that reduce lead in drinking water to better protect children from exposure. The Water Quality Association said US EPA’s revised Lead and Copper Rule offers progress in the battle against lead in drinking water supplies across the United States. Among other things, the new rule requires testing in schools and childcare facilities, while also establishing a trigger level to jump-start lead mitigation earlier and in more communities. Significant for the water treatment and filtration industry, the new rule allows community water systems serving fewer than 10,000 people and all non-transient, non-community water systems to elect to maintain POU devices certified to remove lead in place of corrosion-control treatment.

Endress+Hauser to expand operations
Endress+Hauser and its US representative partners will invest $4.5 million (USD) to grow its sales and service support around the US. At a strategic time in the market, this investment will reinforce and increase Endress+Hauser’s sales channel by more than 25 percent. The added personnel increase within the sales channel will add more resources in project management, inside sales, outside sales, application engineering, industry, solutions and services.

Iron pipes cause carcinogenic properties
Rusted iron pipes can react with residual disinfectants in drinking water distribution systems to produce carcinogenic hexavalent chromium in drinking water, reported a study by engineers at UC-Riverside. Chromium is often added to iron to make it more resistant to corrosion. Certain chemical reactions can change chromium atoms into a hexavalent form that creates cancer-causing genetic mutations in cells. Previous experiments had shown that water disinfectants could transform trivalent chromium into toxic hexavalent chromium, but the group was surprised when zerovalent chromium that was detected in the rusted iron pipes transformed more quickly to the toxic form.

Chemical dispensers standard published
IAPMO® and ASSE International have published ANSI/CAN/ASSE/IAPMO 1055-2020 (Performance Requirements for Chemical Dispensers with Integral Backflow Protection) as both an American National Standard and National Standard of Canada, superseding the previous edition, ASSE 1055-2018. The bi-national standard is available in both English and French. It specifies performance requirements for chemical dispensing systems to provide a means of mixing potable water with chemicals to provide the user with a ready-for-use chemical solution. Devices covered by this standard are intended for stationary installations, mobile devices where orientations are fixed and handheld devices.

ResinTech LIMS deployed
ResinTech, Inc. announced that the company has deployed a world-class lab information management system (LIMS). The upgrade, which comes less than a year after the company’s decision to offer an even wider array of water testing options to its customers, reinforces the company’s goal of offering best-in-class lab services for the water treatment industry.

New association created
A new organization, the Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), was formed by a merger between NACE International, the corrosion society and the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC). AMPP’s name, logo and other brand elements were revealed at a global virtual event led by AMPP CEO Bob Chalker and the organization’s executive leadership. With more than 40,000 members in 130 countries, AMPP consists of two governance structures: AMPP and AMPP Global Center. AMPP provides services to members in areas of certification, accreditation, membership, advocacy and public affairs. AMPP Global Center focuses on standards, technical and research activities, conferences, events, education, training, publications and pre-professional programming.

New distribution model gaining traction
Soho Waterworks has been making waves with a mission to redefine the standards of drinking water. The company is marketing naturally sourced waters that are critically acclaimed for purity and taste, and has launched a retail marketing campaign to educate millions of Americans about the health and wellness benefits of these fine waters. Since its launch in December 2020, the company has experienced a surge of interest from regional bottled water companies seeking to benefit from its unique marketing distribution services; the latest being Jackson Springs. Soho Waterworks will be marketing the company’s bottled water to retailers throughout the US.

Cerahelix headquarters moved
Cerahelix, Inc. has relocated its corporate headquarters and consolidated its operations at the Bangor Innovation Center, home to its product manufacturing facility. This move allows for seamless coordination of all key functions within the company, including R&D, applications, engineering and manufacturing. The 6,000-square-foot facility is equipped with a clean room, precision coating and test equipment to ensure the highest quality production of Cerahelix’s ceramic nanofiltration membranes. Coupled with proximity to Bangor International Airport and I-95, this location will facilitate Cerahelix’s plans to serve its customers on a national and global stage.

Water cycle podcast series announced
Through the Water Cycle, on Solving Water: A Xylem Podcast, recently entered its second series, taking on trending issues in the ever-changing water industry, such as the shifting economic arena, impacts of COVID-19 and the opportunity for water utilities in extraordinary times. The podcast show provides information to water industry experts and consumers alike to better understand critical water issues and how Xylem and its partners are solving them.

Water-Right® announced the launch of a home services program to select Lowe’s home improvement locations across the country. Parent company A. O. Smith and Lowe’s have initiated test markets leveraging the water treatment experts within the family of North American Water Treatment, beginning with Water-Right’s trusted customer group.

Caneletas celebrating 55 years
In 1965, José María Morera, Founder of the company, registered the Canaletas brand to name the drinking water fountains he was starting to produce and commercialize. Fifty-five years later, the company that began its operations in Barcelona, Spain, has established itself in countries around the world, presenting its water coolers internationally. The company, which began selling its drinking water fountains and water coolers in Barcelona and the rest of Spain, is now present in countries around the world. Sixty percent of Canaletas sales are in Spain with the other 40 percent corresponding to exports.

Global water award nominations sought
The nominations for the 2021 Global Water Awards are open. Don’t miss the opportunity to submit a company, project, plant, technology or initiative to be recognized at the 2021 Global Water Awards. Nominations should be submitted no later than February 28. There are a range of categories to choose from, including Water Company of the Year; Desalination Company of the Year; Water Technology Company of the Year; Breakthrough Technology Company of the Year; Public Water Agency of the Year; Desalination Plant of the Year; Water Project of the Year; Wastewater Project of the Year; Industrial Project of the Year; Smart Water Project of the Year; Water Leaders Award and Water Technology Idol. Visit to nominate a deserving company or individual.


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