North America
Lead and copper rule delayed
US EPA has announced a delay in implementation of the revised Lead & Copper Rule for further review, including a new public comment period. The announcement was published May 12 in the Federal Register. The agency said it will take further public comment on the revisions in the next few months. delaying the effective date until at least June 17.

WQA has moved
The Water Quality Association has relocated its international headquarters and laboratory to a larger, state-of-the-art facility in suburban Chicago, IL. The new site allows increased capacity, flexibility and efficiency for Gold Seal product certification, laboratory testing, education and training, and membership services. Effective March 1, correspondence should be sent to Water Quality Association 2375 Cabot Drive, Lisle, IL 60532. The general WQA telephone number is still (630) 505-0160. Individual phone numbers also remain the same.

WQA’s popular Commercial-Industrial RO Sizing workshop, taught by Peter Cartwright, MWS, PE, will be available online again this spring in a series of seven weekly interactive problem-solving sessions. Visit https://www.wqa.org/rosizingworkshop for details.

Endress+Hauser Houston donation reported
In the wake of events from the recent Texas winter storm that left millions of people without power, heat or running water, Endress+Hauser offered a helping hand to Texans in need. The company’s Houston area employees worked together to select four local non-profit organizations, each of which Endress+Hauser will support with a donation of $2,500 (USD). The Endress+Hauser team said it stands with Texas and looks forward to assisting these organizations as they provide food and other essential resources for those still recovering.

OSU, NGWA collaborate
A collaboration between Oklahoma State University and NGWA with aims to create a series of groundwater training courses delivered online, with future development of classroom and field courses. The program will offer career development opportunities for industry professionals, university students and entry-level workers, and can prepare them for rigorous certification exams or could lead to university degrees. These courses will improve the safety and skills of drilling industry members and systematically address the critical shortage of professionals in the industry.

Kemira prices increased
Kemira announced price increases for inorganic coagulants in North America for industry and water, and pulp and paper segment customers. The price increase is necessary due to significant increases in market pricing of aluminum and iron feedstocks, and chlor-alkali raw materials impacting inorganic coagulants, as well as transportation costs. The price increase will vary by product group and may be significantly higher for specific chemistry and plant locations. The new prices will be effective for all deliveries of specific products from April 1 or as contract terms allow.

Nestlé brands sold
Nestlé S.A. announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its regional spring water brands, purified water business and beverage delivery service in the US and Canada to One Rock Capital Partners, in partnership with Metropoulos & Co., for $4.3 billion (USD). International premium brands are not part of the deal. The transaction is expected to close following the completion of customary closing conditions. The sale includes: Poland Spring® Brand 100 percent Natural Spring Water, Deer Park® Brand 100 percent Natural Spring Water, Ozarka® Brand 100 percent Natural Spring Water, Ice Mountain® Brand 100 percent Natural Spring Water, Zephyrhills® Brand 100 percent Natural Spring Water, Arrowhead® Brand Mountain Spring Water, Pure Life® and Splash. It also comprises the US direct-to-consumer and office beverage delivery service ReadyRefresh®.

Portable device initiative announced
The Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and HeroX announced the Imperfection Detection Challenge crowd-sourcing competition. It calls on the global community of solvers to design portable devices for field assessment of composite structures. The goal of this challenge is to develop portable tools that use non-destructive evaluation methods to assess the condition of existing fiber-reinforced polymer composite structures.

Jubilee booth registration opened
Booth selection for the 2021 JUBILEE is now open to all companies, after sponsors and 2019 exhibitors had the first chance to select booths. In addition, the limit of attendees at gatherings and events has been lifted in the state of South Carolina. Myrtle Beach has followed suit and hotels are open to 100-percent occupancy.

Europe
Turning sewage into fuel
Coventry University announced that researchers are collaborating with Severn Trent and the Organics Group to turn sewage waste into a clean fuel for tankers and other vehicles. This project will look to capture waste ammonia from the company’s sewage treatment facility and turn it into a valuable green fuel. Severn Trent currently destroys the waste ammonia present in sewage due to its toxic properties but this program could see it captured and converted into hydrogen. If trials are successful, Severn Trent has the potential to recover up to 10,000 tonnes (11,023 tons) of green ammonia from its wastewater treatment plants, which could be converted into 450 tonnes (496 tons) of hydrogen.

Middle East
Gaza water contract announced
FCG Finnish Consulting Group has been chosen to develop the water supply in Gaza, which will further strengthen FCG’s presence in the Palestinian territories. The project is worth around Є900,000 ($1,071,306) and is funded by Agence Française de Développement (AFD). During the five-year project, a wastewater purification plant will be built to convert the territory’s wastewater into irrigation water for agriculture. This will also improve the availability of drinking water in future, because drinking water will no longer be used in farming.

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