North America

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Invests Over $240 Million to Repair Aging Water Infrastructure
The Department of the Interior announced an investment of $240.4 million for infras­tructure repairs in fiscal year 2022 from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This program, which was facilitated through the Bureau of Reclamation, includes significant repairs on canal linings, dam spillways, and water pipeline replacements. Secretary Deb Haaland states “these investments in our aging water infrastructure will safeguard community water supplies and revitalize water delivery systems.”

A.O. Smith Acquires Atlantic Filter Corporation
Water technology company A. O. Smith Corporation has acquired Atlantic Filter Corporation, a Florida-based water treatment company. Atlantic Filter joins other A. O. Smith acquisitions: Aquasana (2016), Hague Quality Water (2017), Water-Right Group (2019), and Master Water Corporation (2021) in the company’s growing North America Water Treat­ment business.

“The acquisition of Atlantic Filter further expands our capabilities in Florida and beyond. A. O. Smith is committed to growing our water treatment business as part of our strategy to deliver innovative, differentiated solutions that heat and treat water,” said Kevin J. Wheeler, president and chief executive officer of A.O. Smith.

STREAM Act Authorizes Funding for Water Reuse Projects  
The introduction of the Support to Rehydrate the Environment, Agriculture and Municipalities (STREAM) Act (S. 4231) on May 17 authorizes $300 million for water reuse projects through the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI-WIIN Water Reuse Grant Program. The bill also raises the per-project funding cap for Title XVI-WIIN projects from $20 million to $50 million and authorizes an additional $150 million for desalination projects.

Patricia Sinicropi, Executive Director of WateReuse, said, “The STREAM Act elevates water reuse as an integral tool for addressing the water resource man­agement challenges of today.” The STREAM Act will help communities generate sustainable water supplies for drinking, irrigation, environmental, restoration, and other important uses.

Winsupply Opens Sixth Regional Distribution Center in Oklahoma City
Winsupply continues to grow with the June 8 grand opening of its sixth regional distribution center (RDC) in Oklahoma City, OK. Winsupply Vice President of Supply Chain Eric Roush said, “Our sixth RDC will allow us to serve local companies in the south-central part of the U.S. with one-day service.” This new RDC will provide service to about 130 local companies in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Water Resources Development Act Moves from Committee to Full Vote
The Water Resources Development Act of 2022 has been passed from the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to the U.S. House of Repre­sentatives for a full vote. This bill was passed out of committee with a bipartisan vote on May 18 and grants authority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out water resource development projects and studies.

UV Light and Sulfite Effective in Destroying PFAS
A new study led by environmental engi­neering researchers at the University of California Riverside found that adding iodide to a water treatment reactor that uses ultraviolet light and sulfite destroys up to 90 percent of carbon-fluorine atoms in PFAS chemicals. The addition of iodide accelerates the speed of the reaction up to four times, saving energy and chemicals. Jinyong Liu, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of California Riverside, notes iodide not only “speeds up the reaction but it also allows the treatment of a ten times higher concentra­tions of PFAS, even some very recalcitrant structures.”

U.S. EPA Creates Federal Water Reuse Interagency Working Group
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the formation of a new Federal Water Reuse Interagency Working Group in May 2022 under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Sec. 50218). The Working Group will be charged with the development and coordination of actions, tools, and resources to advance water reuse across the country. The Working Group is also charged with continued leadership of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP)—a collaboration started in 2020 in which federal, state, tribal, local, and water sector partners work together to build communities’ capacity to pursue water reuse practices. The Working Group will remain active until at least 2028 and can be extended.

High School Students Design Low-Cost Filter to Remove Lead from Water
Washington-area science teacher Rebecca Bushway gave her students the ambitious task of designing and building a low-cost lead filter that can attach to faucets and remove toxic metals. Using 3D printing and high-school level chemistry, the group now has a working prototype—a three-inch tall filter housing made of biodegrad­able plastic. Bushway has presented this prototype at four conferences and plans to move forward with publishing a paper in a peer-reviewed journal.

MIDDLE EAST

De Nora and Saline Water Conversion Corporation Sign Memorandum of Understanding
De Nora Water Technologies and Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) expanded their partnership with the signing of a memorandum of under­standing (MoU). The MoU focuses on brine mining, water electrolysis research, and innovations to the vacuum-based Capital Controls® Chlorine Dioxide Generators. SWCC is a Saudi Arabian government corporation responsible for the desalination of seawater and supplying various regions in the country with desalinated water.

IDE Technologies Named 2022 Desalination Company of the Year
IDE Technologies have been named the 2022 Desalination Company of the Year in the latest Global Water Awards by Global Water Intelligence. IDE pushed the boundaries of technology and capacity in 2021; their new Pulse Flow RO Technology squeezes a further 80% of product water from brine reject. IDE is dedicated to technological developments and continues to offer hope for an industry that is under constant environmental scrutiny.

ASIA

Grundfos Partners Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Grundfos has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ngee Ann Polytech­nic (NP) to co-develop energy and water efficient smart solutions that will contrib­ute to a more resilient and sustainable environment across Southeast Asia. The three-year partnership will focus on sustainability education and talent devel­opment. Together, Grundfos and NP will roll out a comprehensive range of solution packages, projects, events, courses, and trainings to proactively promote smart sustainability to the industry.

Fluorine Can Desalinate Water 2,400 Times Faster Than Carbon Nanotubes
Engineers at the University of Tokyo have developed a new approach to desalinating water that uses fluorine, rather than carbon. It was discovered that fluorine is a hydrophobic element that has the potential to break down water molecules and keeps liquid flowing smoothly and at an optimum speed. This new technique of employing fluorine nanostructures is 2,400 times faster than the carbon nanotube technique, making it a well-regulated and economical approach. This fluorine-based technology has been developed on a small scale, meaning an entire community cannot rely on this as it does not have a large enough capacity.

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