North America

Water softener market growth sturdy
According to a new research study, Water Softeners Market to 2028 – Global Analysis and Forecast – by Type and Application, the water softener market size is expected to grow from US$ $10.2 million (USD) in 2021 to $13.5 million by 2028; it is likely to register a compound annual growth rate of 4.1 percent during 2021–2028. The global water softeners market is highly competitive owing to the presence of several regional and global market players. Market players are investing heavily in their R&D activities to cater to changing customer preferences and introduce innovative products.

WEF honored for film
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has received awards from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for its Introducing Future Leaders to Opportunities in Water (InFLOW) program and its role in the Brave Blue World documentary film. Both were selected for ASAE Power of A Awards, which are presented annually. The InFLOW program was selected for a gold award and Brave Blue World was chosen for a silver award.

WQA headquarters grand opening held
The Water Quality Association hosted a grand opening September 13 for its new international headquarters and laboratory in suburban Chicago, IL. The larger, state-of-the-art facility allows increased capacity, flexibility and efficiency for Gold Seal product testing, industry training and membership services. Most WQA employees began working remotely in March 2020, but the laboratory remained open throughout the pandemic and during the year long build out and relocation process. Over the last several months, other WQA employees have been returning to the workplace, at least a few days a week, although the new facility’s technology allows seamless teamwork between remote and in-person employees. The relocation was assisted by a ‘Building Our Vision’ capital campaign, which contributed more than $400,000 in funding and equipment. Donors are honored in a mural on the building’s second floor.

PFAS-free equipment for firefighters
Michigan Representative Dan Kildee (D), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, has secured $80 million in President Biden’s budget reconciliation bill for fire departments across the country to replace firefighting foam and gear that contain toxic per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS). As a member of the Committee on Science, pace and Technology, Kildee has been leading the effort to secure additional federal funding to address PFAS as Congress advances a budget through the reconciliation process. The committee’s budget reconciliation bill passed committee on September 9.

Europe

IWA Congress news
The 2022 World Water Congress & Exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark has been designed to bring together over 10,000 water professionals from academia, utilities, industry, government, regulators and NGOs, as well as engage water-consuming industries and other parallel sectors. The International Water Association invites industry members to be an active player in shaping the future of water at the 2022 event by submitting outline papers, workshop or training proposals by December 31. The underlying theme will be ‘water for smart liveable cities,’ a concept in which Denmark is leading. The Congress will “explore smart, holistic and liveable city solutions that utilize synergies between various intelligent systems, empower cities to adapt to a changing climate and meet the Paris agenda, while improving the quality of life and well-being of our societies.”

Africa

Community water center launched
Quest Water Global, Inc., a water technology company and developer of the fully automated, solar-powered AQUAtap™ water purification, desalination and distribution technology, announced that its AQUAtap Oasis Partnership SARL strategic joint venture in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) launched its first community water center on March 22, the UN’s World Water Day. The launch of the center represents the initiation of Phase 1 of the partnership’s clean water initiative in the DRC, which includes plans to deploy 500 solar-powered community water centers over time. The first center is located in an underserved community within the capital city of Kinshasa. Phase 1 of the initiative is expected to provide an affordable and reliable supply of clean water to 1.2 million residents of the DRC in underserved, rural and peri-urban communities. The long-term objective of the partnership is to ultimately provide clean water to 10 million+ people in disadvantaged neighborhoods and communities throughout the country.

Asia

US Consul General welcomed at EKKI
The US Consul General was received by the CEO and co-CEO of EKKI and given a tour of its state-of-the-art manufacturing center, based at the heart of Coimbatore. The Consul General saw the water and wastewater pumps being machined, assembled and tested and was shown the crucial role played by pumps and water technologies in agriculture, buildings, public utilities and industries. During the tour, the Consul General met EKKI’s senior executive team and employees. This is the first new facility that the company has built from the ground since it acquired Deccan Pumps Pvt Ltd in 2013. It is ideally located between the group’s three other manufacturing sites. EKKI’s sustainable business model recently became a case study at the world leading INSEAD Business School.

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