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North America

EZ-FLO acquistion
announced
Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC) announced that it has completed its acquisition of EZ-FLO International, a leading manufacturer of plumbing supplies and specialty plumbing products. RWC has made strategic advancements to optimize its product portfolio, deepen its distribution network and continue to strengthen its customer service capabilities. That legacy continues with this acquisition, augmenting its capabilities across product, distribution and manufacturing to better serve customers.

Aqua-Rex representation expanded
Aqua-Rex announced it has partnered with Arrow Sales, Inc. to represent its product in Indiana. Arrow Sales is a focused and driven firm that represents products in the plumbing space for all categories. Indiana is known to have challenging hard water throughout the state and now Arrow Sales will bring a new solution to their clients. Its current line is diverse and matches well with Aqua-Rex, which has units sized to be suitable for single and multi-family homes as well as all types of commercial, hospitality, health care and correctional facilities.

Simmons acquired by Boshart Group
Boshart Group CEO Jeremy Kuepfer announced the acquisition of Simmons Manufacturing, a leading Georgia-based manufacturer of high-quality water well supplies. This acquisition sets the stage for the next season of growth for The Boshart Group and a seamless and successful transition for Simmons and the Engeman family. Simmons will continue to operate as an independent company within The Boshart Group, upholding the same level of commitment to their employees, customers and vendors.

H2O Supply acquired by Winsupply
Winsupply Inc., one of the largest distributors in the nation, has completed the purchase of both H2O Supply locations in Dallas and Fort Worth, TX. The locations will continue to do business as H2O Supply. WinSupply executives said the acquisition is designed to expand its footprint deeper
into the south, while continuing to offer amazing services.

Pool & Spa Expo success reported
The 2021 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo™, co-located with Deck Expo, brought industry professionals (including nearly 350 exhibitors) together in Dallas last November. The main conference education kicked off with keynotes by two icons in the aquatics industry: Dr. Wallace ‘J’ Nichols and Rowdy Gaines. There were also several networking events, including the Welcome Party at Gilley’s Dallas and BBQ Bash in the outdoor Grill + Chill area. By all accounts, the event was a huge success.

Latin America

Water rationing to continue in 2022
According to the Antigua Observer, residents are being urged to continue to conserve water amid warnings that rationing of the critical resource will continue into the new year. While Antigua and Barbuda experienced heavy rains in November 2020, which resulted in the replenishing of surface and groundwater, this year has not brought similar supplies, said Ian Lewis, Head of the Water Business Unit at APUA. He explained that 95 percent of water currently being distributed is via RO plants and as such, the company is only producing around six million gallons (22.7 million liters) per day, which has led to continued rationing.

Grand Bahamas clean water restored
The Grand Bahama Utility Company (GBUC) yesterday announced that its $5 million state-of-the art RO plant is now fully operational to provide potable water to the island of Grand Bahama, according to Eyewitness News Bahamas. The threemillion-gallon (11.3-million-liter) facility has been extensively tested and monitored consistently over 30 days and the utility company has received approval to officially declare island-wide potability. Since Hurricane Dorian’s passage, the utility company managed to provide potable water to 70 percent of the island by July 2020.

Europe

Aquacare technology announced
Aquacare and Royal HaskoningDHV have jointly introduced the latest gamechanging innovation in the field of phosphate removal and phosphate recovery – BiOPhree® – to the market. This exclusive partnership will initially focus on the household wastewater market in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and improves water ecology and the recovery of raw materials from wastewater.

Asia

EKKI pumps to the rescue
During a recent significant flooding event in the State of Tamil Nadu (India), pumps and water technology firm EKKI’s dewatering solutions supported the affected locations to manage and pump out rainwater rapidly from flooded areas. The company’s dewatering solution was selected due to its high efficiency and capacity, as well as its low operating and maintenance costs. EKKI also announced it has teamed up with KPR Institutions to launch the EKKI-KPR International Water Technology Centre (EIWTC), the first of its kind in the Indian pump and water industry.

Grundfos news
Grundfos has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Singapore Polytechnic (SP) to co-develop energy and water efficient smart solutions that support industries in Singapore in their efforts to be sustainable, through collaboration, talent development and sustainability education. Grundfos also announced that it has been selected by Royal HaskoningDHV as ‘Preferred Supplier’ to its award-winning Nereda wastewater treatment technology.

DeNora Singapore venture announced
De Nora announced winning one of the largest water disinfection projects in Asia at the Johor River Water Works, the largest water works located in Malaysia. This project will see a ClorTec® 2250 on-site hypochlorite generator replacing the existing liquid chlorine and ammonia systems. In total, De Nora will provide 11 units across all three plants onsite. Each unit will have an electrolyzer capacity of 1020kg/day, exceeding the tender requirements of 900kg/day.

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