North America

UV Pure reuse validation in California sought
Seeking to provide support to states highly affected by water scarcity, among them, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Colorado, UV Pure® Technologies Inc. has taken initial steps to obtain validation and approval for unrestricted reuse applications. To qualify for these applications, UV Pure must meet the stringent water disinfection standards set by the California Code of Regulations, Title 22 and is set to do so by the end of this year.

Winsupply OK location announced, top vendors named
Winsupply Inc. will open a new regional distribution center in Oklahoma City in 2022. It will own the 318,000 square-foot center, the company’s sixth major regional distribution center (RDC) including RDCs in Dayton, OH, Denver, CO, Middletown, CT, Richmond, VA, and Jacksonville, FL. The company also announced its Vendor of the Year winners for 2020. Preferred Vendors were chosen by Winsupply local companies, based on several criteria, the most important of which was being a leader in growing the segment’s business over the past year. They included Vendor of the year Plumbing (Rough-In), Viega; Plumbing (Finished), Navien; Waterworks, Advanced Drainage Systems; Irrigation, Rain Bird and Pumps, Zoeller. Bonnie Mason from Viega was named the National Account Manager and Milwaukee was honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Water infrastructure bill passed
The US Senate voted to adopt S. 914, the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021, which will make major investments in water recycling programs and resources, and help communities across the country adopt water reuse as a resource management tool. The legislation contains a number of top WateReuse Association policy priorities, including re-authorization of the Alternative Water Source Grants Pilot Program, which authorizes US EPA to grant up to $25 million (USD) per year to state, interstate and intrastate water resource development agencies to engineer, design, construct and test water reuse projects throughout the country.

ASHRAE, IUVA MOU signed
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing the organizations’ relationship. The MOU was signed in April to further specify the path forward. The agreement defines parameters by which ASHRAE and IUVA will work cooperatively to promote the advancement of emerging research and technologies to support a more sustainable built environment.

Aquatech, Pani partnership announced
Aquatech International has partnered with Pani Energy, an artificial intelligence (AI) analytics solution provider for water applications, to reduce the energy and cost associated with desalination, thereby encouraging further adoption of desalination solutions and addressing water security issues. The partnership aims to augment Aquatech’s proprietary LoWatt® membrane desalination process with Pani’s artificial intelligence platform to reduce the energy required for desalination to levels that have not been achievable using existing approaches.

ENEXIO, Hagbros partnership announced
German company ENEXIO Water Technologies announced a partnership with the US-based contract manufacturer Hagbros Precision to accelerate ENEXIO Water Technologies’ growth in the US market. With years of experience in customer-focused solving of engineering and production challenges, HagbrosPrecision will lead ENEXIO’ manufacturing, distribution and installation of their line of water treatment components in the US.

Europe

Aquatech Amsterdam is on
Aquatech Global Events announced that its flagship show will be back live in Amsterdam, November 2-5, revealing a strategic plan to get back to doing valuable, in-person meetings and business in a way that keeps everyone safe. RAI Amsterdam is carefully planning for different scenarios and will be deploying a robust and comprehensive protocol to enable a safe and comfortable return to in-person meetings. The top priority of Aquatech is to offer the best water opportunities in a safe environment and present the first international trade show on all aspects of water in 18 months.

UK water cooler market growing
The UK water dispense industry proved its resilience in 2020, losing only three percent of its customer base during the pandemic, according to the latest findings from Zenith Global, as presented to the Water Dispenser & Hydration Association. The total number of water dispensers in December 2020 was estimated to be 840,000. Bottled water dispenser units fell by eight percent while POU mains water dispenser units dipped by two percent and increased their share to 39 percent, overtaking bottled for the first time. Integrated tap system installations grew by four percent.

KROHNE: Century mark achieved
In April, KROHNE celebrated its 100th anniversary with a press event, the theme of which outlined what ‘100 years of KROHNE’ stands for. Michael Rademacher-Dubbick, Chairman of the Advisory Board (and speaker of the owner family) and Dr. Attila Michael Bilgic, KROHNE Group CEO, provided an outlook on the company’s contribution to future topics such as IoT and digitalization in the process industry.

Asia

IE expo China recap
IE expo China, powerful driver of environmental protection, was host to exhibitors and visitors that were treated to environmental technologies highly demanded in China. The trade fair covered a total of 180,000 square meters, an increase of 20 percent over 2020 and counted 2,157 exhibitors (up 17 percent) and 81,957 visitors (a 12-percent increase). China announced that it will aim to hit peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. Thus, collaborative governance of pollution and carbon reduction will further gain importance and bring the Chinese environmental technology industry to a new level.

IAPMO amalgamation announced
The IAPMO Group announced the amalgamation of Aquadiagnostics Water Research and Technology Center Limited (AWRTCL) with IAPMO Plumbing Codes and Standards India Private Limited. The IAPMO Group acquired AWRTCL, an independently accredited testing laboratory in Bengaluru, India, in June 2018. Since then, AWRTCL has become a part of The IAPMO Group, specifically associated with IAPMO India. The addition of AWRTCL has allowed IAPMO India to provide services to key clients that manufacture water filtration products and produce packaged drinking water, while also verifying potable water supply within India. As a part of IAPMO India, AWRTCL also expanded its plumbing testing capabilities over the past two years, and many manufacturers’ products are tested and certified by IAPMO India.

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