North America
ASSE guidance on nitrate released
ASSE International has published a new Listing Evaluation Criteria (LEC) document: ASSE LEC 2008-2021, Point of Entry Anion Exchange—Nitrate Reduction. POE anion exchange water treatment products covered in this LEC are intended to be used in residential and commercial applications to reduce nitrate in drinking water. Systems covered in this LEC are self-regeneration anion exchange systems; non-regenerating residential water treatment systems designed to reduce nitrates are tested to NSF/ANSI 53, Drinking Water Treatment Units—Health Effects. The LEC provides test protocols to verify the ability of anion exchange water treatment systems to reduce nitrate from drinking water below the MCL, and tests salt used per regeneration cycle, nitrate dumping, flow capacity, back-siphonage during system regeneration, pressure loss and structural integrity. For more information, visit the ASSE International Webstore, www.assewebstore.com. For questions regarding the LEC, contact Terry Burger, Director of Product Standards, at terry.burger@asse-plumbing.org.

New HF scientific facility opened
HF scientific, a Watts brand, has opened its new state-of-the-art headquarters in Fort Myers, FL. Located at 16260 Airport Drive, Suite 140, the company’s new design, manufacturing and distribution facility is nearly 35,000 square feet, three times the size of the company’s previous location. The new location houses 57 employees responsible for company operations including design, engineering, manufacturing and shipping of products used for monitoring water quality for drinking water, wastewater and ballast water applications.

Fellowship nominations requested
AMTA and the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) announced a call for nominees for the NWRI-AMTA Fellowships for Membrane Technology. The fellowships are awarded to graduate students at US universities and colleges who are conducting research that advances membrane technologies in the water, wastewater or water reuse industries. Application materials must be submitted by April 30. For additional information, visit www.nwri-usa.org/fellowships.

Report: water calculator saves on costs
Builders who use IAPMO’s Water Demand Calculator (WDC) for residential projects can achieve significant savings due to its improved methods for determining proper pipe sizing, a third-party engineering firm’s study has found. The organization commissioned Stantec Architecture Inc. to calculate the material and labor cost-savings potential of applying its WDC, as compared to the sizing methods contained in baseline plumbing codes, specifically IAPMO’s Uniform Plumbing Code® (UPC), the International Code Council’s International Plumbing Code® (IPC) and International Residential Code® (IRC). A summary of the report is available at https://www.iapmo.org/media/25276/water_demand_calculator_report_summary.pdf.

Kemira price increase announced
Kemira announced price increases for all polymer products in the Americas region for water treatment and the oil and gas industry. The price increases will become effective immediately or as contract terms allow. Recent economic rebound and positive developments in many downstream markets have led to unforeseen cost increases for key raw materials and energy. Hence, Kemira will increase prices for all polymer products for these applications in the Americas by three to 18 percent.

CGA virtual education announced
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Groundwater Association (CGA) had to cancel plans to meet in person this year. The organization is committed to bringing industry members education and access to those M&S that support the industry. As part of this program, participants will receive a certificate of completion; pay $39 for each session and obtain valuable education on relevant topics. Each course has been approved by the state and as an added bonus, participants will have access to the Virtual Exhibit Hall from the 2020 NGWA Groundwater Week event. Please visit the associations website at www.groundh2o.org for more information on how to access the 2021 Education Event.

Soho to promote Alaska bottled water
Soho Waterworks announced it has launched a campaign to promote Alaskan Glacier Products (AGP)’s Clear Alaskan Glacial bottled water. It is the only US bottled water that is sourced from an above-ground glacier. The water has garnered international acclaim for its taste, won numerous water quality awards, received a medal at the 2017 Gourmet Waters International Competition in Lyon, France, and won the 2018 Silver Award for best taste from the Fine Water Society.

Arrow Industries announced it has moved its headquarters to 1210 N. Red Gum Street, Anaheim, CA, 92886. Phone numbers, as well as email and website addresses, remain the same.

Europe
Pure Water Group acquired
W&F Technologies announced its acquisition of Pure Water Group, which will create a powerful synergy between REDstack, W&F Technologies and Pure Water Group. Pure Water Group entities include Pure Water Systems and Pure Water Technologies, with a headquarters in the Netherlands, as well as branches in Spain and the United Kingdom. Through this acquisition the group is now positioned to offer and support ready-to-run equipment and a large-scale plant based on reverse electrodialysis (RED) and electrodeionization (ED) technologies and expands its base in the water purification and sustainable energy markets.

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