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North America

Water reuse highlighted in infrastructure bill
The US Senate has passed bipartisan infrastructure legislation, the Infrastructure and Jobs Act, which will invest $1 billion (USD) over five years in water recycling programs for the Western United States. This is an historic investment in water recycling, which until now has received roughly $65 million per year through the Bureau of Reclamation. The WateReuse Association worked closely with congressional champions to secure this funding. The legislation also contains a second association priority, the creation of a federal Interagency Working Group on Water Reuse, which will break down silos, leverage resources throughout the federal family and facilitate stakeholder engagement on water recycling.

Aqua-Rex distributor named
Aqua-Rex announced it is partnering with BBN Sales, Inc. to represent its product in Ohio. BBN Sales represents a full spectrum of high-quality brands in the plumbing space. Adding Aqua-Rex to their line will provide a value-add complement to their existing products in a state where hard water can wreak havoc on even the most robust plumbing and water heating products. BBN Sales current line card is diverse and matches well with Aqua-Rex which has units sized to be suitable for single residence homes, multifamily and all types of commercial, hospitality, health and correctional facilities.

E+H sustainability sponsorship announced
Endress+Hauser announced it is now a sponsor of the Green Hydrogen Coalition (GHC). The manufacturer has donated to the non-profit and is committed to supporting the GHC’s vision to deploy green hydrogen at scale to accelerate multisectoral decarbonization. The GHC is the only 501c3 educational nonprofit dedicated to advancing green hydrogen adoption at scale. Green hydrogen can be produced using renewable energy sources, through means such as electrolysis. Hydrogen fuel has been referred to as the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ for hard-to-decarbonize industrial sectors such as agriculture, steel manufacturing, cement production and even aviation. The only byproduct is water, oxygen and heat.

Master Water acquired by A.O. Smith
A. O. Smith Corporation announced it acquired Master Water Conditioning Corporation, a water treatment company, in an all-cash transaction. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Master Water joins other A. O. Smith acquisitions, Aquasana (2016), Hague Quality Water (2017) and Water-Right Group (2019) in the company’s growing North America water treatment business. The second-generation, family-owned Master Water Conditioning is based in Pottstown, PA, and offers residential, commercial and light industrial products and systems to address a wide range of water issues. The company’s products include POE water softeners, filters and ultrafiltration systems, which are sold under the names Alliance, Clarifier, MasterFusion, Satin Series, PuroPro, UltraPro and Clear Reflections, among others. The company was founded in 1967.

Well legislation applauded
The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) applauded the introduction of the Test Your Well Water Act in the US House of Representatives in July by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-D) and Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-R). The legislation instructs US EPA to create an online tool that provides private well owners with resources to test their drinking water and then better understand the results. This tool would promote transparency and streamline agency resources to help people potentially exposed to toxic PFAS and other contaminants. While the Test Your Well Water Act failed to receive consideration in the Senate when originally introduced in 2019, the current bill’s language has already been incorporated in the INVEST Act and is expected to have a greater chance of passage this congressional session.

Adsorbents market growth reported
According to a new research study, Drinking Water Adsorbents Market to 2027 – Global Analysis and Forecast – by Product and Geography, the drinking water adsorbents market size is projected to reach $698.17 million (USD) by 2027 from $529.21 million in 2020; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.0 percent during 2020–2027. Adsorbents are extensively used to remove impurities from drinking water, thereby enhancing the overall water quality. Stringent regulations pertaining to the quality of water, backed by various initiatives by governments to encourage investments in water treatment industries, are triggering the demand for drinking water adsorbents.

Latin America

WQA provides its Code of Ethics in Spanish

WQA’s Code of Ethics, which sets standards of conduct for water treatment industry members in their dealings with each other, their customers, members of related industries, government officials and regulators and the public at large, has been translated into Spanish for the first time. The document, prepared at WQA members’ requests, is available online for convenient industry and consumer reference. All WQA members pledge to abide by the Code of Ethics. If an investigation finds a member company has violated the Code and created consumer harm or confusion, the company can be subject to cease-and-desist directives or even termination of their WQA membership.

Asia

Veolia expansion announced
Veolia Water Technologies, a leading solutions provider for water and wastewater treatment, has in the last six months signed new strategic agreements with multiple partners to deliver water solutions in countries across Asia Pacific. A total of 24 new partners have entered into agreements with Veolia Water Technologies in Asia Pacific to market, sell and deliver specific Veolia products, enabling the company to strengthen its local customer support and product offering in the region. These new contracts cover numerous territories including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam as well as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

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