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North America

A.P.E. acquired by ENPRESS
Applied Process Equipment (A.P.E.) was recently welcomed to the ENPRESS LLC family of companies. A recognized leader in commercial, industrial and community water filtration solutions in the field of arsenic remediation and other critical contaminants, A.P.E. has a complete line of commercial products and systems for a wide variety of applications. Headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, the company has de­signed and built innovative water and wastewater treatment solutions for the commercial marketplace since 1988.

Deep aquifer found
According to WorldWide Drilling Resource Magazine, a mile-deep freshwater aquifer has been located while drilling for oil in Texas. It could yield appreciable volumes of freshwater in and around Eagle Pass, a semiarid region of the US-Mexico border. The Maverick Basin Aquifer, RRC’s working name, has been located in the Glen Rose Formation, which is more than a mile under the surface in some places. Mave­rick, Dimmit and Zavala Counties have deeper water and Kinney and Uvalde Counties are somewhat shallower. So far, the aquifer is known to be at least 3,000 square miles in area and averages about 1,000 feet thick in most places.

WQA offers lead resources for NJ residents
More than 180,000 New Jersey households are currently facing the news that their homes are being served by lead services lines that will ultimately need to be re­placed. The Water Quality Association offers support and resources that can help con­sumers understand issues associated with lead contamination and methods of home water treatment. WQA offers easy-to-understand information on lead – including a video, Five Things to Know About Lead – on its consumer website, Better Water Today (https://betterwatertoday.org/lead). Consumers also can access FAQs about lead or download a technical fact sheet through the association’s website, https:// www.wqa.org/. WQA also offers the expert­ise and guidance of its technical staff and water treatment providers.

CGA scholarship announced
The California Groundwater Association (CGA) announced it is again offering an annual scholarship. The application period is February 1 to May 15 of each year. The applicant must be a California resident, provide a 500-word essay about their chosen field of study and meet eligibility requirements. These requirements, along with all other applicable information, can be found on the CGA Website (https:// groundh2o.org/scholarships).

Every Child A Swimmer initiative gains momentum
The USA Swimming Foundation announced that it has awarded $898,184 to learn-to-swim programs across the country through its 2022 grant program – the largest ever dollar amount awarded for swim lesson providers. Step Into Swim, an initiative of the Pool & Hot Tub Foundation (PHTF) committed to safer swim education and drowning prevention, contributed $200,000 to the total awarded, helping bring the learn-to-swim grant award to the largest amount in USA Swimming foundation history. Step Into Swim’s donation helps the Foundation continue to save lives and build champions, by offering low to no-cost swim lesson scholarships for qualified children.

POU/POE sales projection reports announced
According to a Freedonia Group study, Global Consumer Water Treatment Pro­ducts, global demand for POU systems is expected to grow 9.3 percent per year through 2025 to $17.2 billion. Gains will be supported by the variety of products in this category and the range of price levels, from inexpensive, disposable, faucet-mounted carbon filters to multi-stage, RO, under-sink systems to counter-top units that have multiple outputs. Global demand for POE water treatment systems is expected to grow 9.5 percent per year through 2025 to $2.8 billion. Conventional filtration will remain the dominant technology for POE systems. Faster growth for membrane sep- aration systems, however, will increase that technology’s share of POE systems. Although membrane separation technologies are more expensive than conventional filtra­tion, they have added performance benefits like more efficient filtration. Contact Corinne Gangloff (440) 842-2400 or cgangloff@freedoniagroup.com for details about these reports.

Middle East

De Nora project approval announced
Continuing to shape the future of water treatment in the Middle East, De Nora announced its latest approval from the Desalination Technology Research Insti­tute (DTRI) for its vacuum-based Capital Controls® Chlorine Dioxide Generators. Testing by DTRI as part of the certification process consistently demonstrated a yield of from 95 to 97 percent, a ratio that repre­sents high efficiency production of chlorine dioxide. This is the second approval of De Nora chlorine dioxide generation tech­nology by DTRI. In September 2019, the patented underwater technology by De Nora ISIA was also approved with a yield of up to 98 percent, following the same process.

Asia

IUVA, CUVA agreement announced
The new Chinese Ultraviolet Association (CUVA) and the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA), have signed a mem­orandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly advance the science, technology and safe use of ultraviolet technologies. The MOU provides a basic roadmap for the two or­ganizations to collaborate on conferences and meetings, standards development, research and education. The areas of col­laboration will include research, knowledge generation, communication, dissemination of data and information, education and training.

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