North America

EPA Releases Interim Health Advisories for PFAS
On June 15, the EPA released four drinking water health advisories for PFAS. The health advisories are non-enforceable and non-regulatory; they are to provide technical information to state agencies and other public health officials. These updated health advisories for PFOA and PFOS are based on human studies conducted in populations that have been exposed to these chemicals. The EPA will be partnering with states, Tribes, territories, and water utilities in order to address PFAS in drinking water; it has also invited states and territories to apply for $1 billion dollars to help address PFAS and any other emerging contaminant in drinking water, specifically in small or disadvantaged communities.

Biden Administration Announces Lead Pipe Plan, PFAS Remediation Grants
President Biden and Vice President Harris have revealed a plan to combat water pollution and launched the Biden-Harris Lead Pipe and Paint  Action plan. This plan outlines how the Administration will be leveraging $55 billion dollars from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to replace all lead pipes in America.  The Biden-Harris Administration also announced new findings and actions that will serve to help in protecting America’s drinking water from contami­nation, including from “forever chemicals” such as PFAS. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is providing $5 billion dollars in a new Emerging Contaminants in Small or Disadvantaged Communities Grant Program that will aid states in reducing PFAS and other contaminants in the drinking water of underserved  communities.

IAPMO Publishes Water Demand Calculator
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has published its IAPMO/UPC/Appendix M-2021 Peak Water Demand Calculator. This document comes directly from Appendix M of the 2021 Uniform Plumbing Code, which was developed via an ANSI-accredited development process. The Water Demand Calculator (WDC) is the first crucial update provided for water pipe sizing in buildings since the development of the Hunter’s Curve more than 80 years ago. It will provide a method for estimating the demand load of building water supply and principal branches for single and multi-family homes with water-conserving plumbing fixtures. The IAPMO WDC also predicts peak water demand in single-family homes and apartment buildings, which results in the reduction of the carbon footprint of the structure.

Lack of Water, Sanitation Services Costs More Than $8.5 Billion Per Year
According to a report from DigDeep, more than 1.57 million Americans are living without a toilet or tap in their homes, costing the United States’ economy $8.58 billion dollars every year. The report, Draining: The Economic Impact of America’s Hidden Water Crisis, features an in-depth analysis of the costs and benefits of providing water and sanitation to every home within the United States. DigDeep is a nonprofit organization that works to improve access to clean running water throughout communities in the United States. To view the report, visit, https://www.digdeep.org/draining.

ASSE/IAPMO/ANSI Series 5000-2022 Now Available
The ASSE/IAPMO/ANSI Series 5000-2022, Cross-Connection Control Professional Qualifications Standard, has been nominated as an American National Standard by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is available for purchase. ASSE/IAPMO/ANSI Series 5000 provides requirements for the testing of back flow prevention assemblies and establishes the minimum qualifications required for certified back-flow preven­tion assembly testers. The Series 5000 will have jurisdiction throughout North America and on an international platform. Visit https://assewebstore.com/ to purchase.

The Water Tower Officially Open for Innovation
The Water Tower (TWT) held their ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 30 and their Industry Grand Opening/first annual Demo Day event on April 22. Over 300 water professionals from Georgia, Califor­nia, Arizona, Texas, and North Carolina were in attendance. TWT also held tours of the new campus over the summer. TWT offers lab leases and membership, has a Demonstration Facility, has launched a workforce development program for the Metro Atlanta area, and will host a summit about water industry careers for high school students.

2022 California Plumbing Code, California Mechanical Code Now Available
The 2022 editions of the California Plumbing Code (CPC) and the California Mechanical Code (CMC) have been released in hard copy and eBook formats; they can be purchased and downloaded through the IAPMO web store. The CPC provides con­sumers with safe and sanitary plumbing systems while also allowing room for in­novation and new technologies. The CMC provides the complete requirements for the installation and maintenance of heating, ventilating, cooling, and refrigeration sys­tems while still allowing room for the devel­opment of new methods and technologies. Visit https://iapmomembership.org/store/ to purchase.

Culligan Québec Announces Acquisition by Entrepreneurs
Culligan Quebec is in new hands after being purchased by two of its leaders. Simon Douville and Jerome Guimont, with the support of National Bank Private Investment, acquired all of the operations of Culligan Quebec and Culligan Granby.

Evoqua Water Technologies Signs Agreement to Acquire Smith Engineering 
Evoqua Water Technologies has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Smith Engineering Systems, Inc. Smith Engineering is a known leader in the design, manufacturing, and service of custom-height purity water treatment equipment; they serve numerous markets including biotech/pharmaceutical, data center, food and beverage, healthcare, medical device, and microelectronics. Smith Engineering will become part of Evoqua’s Integrated Solutions and Services segment.

IAPMO R&T Registration Services Rebrands as SCB
IAPMO R&T Registration Services, the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB)-accredited organization focused on management system certifications and part of The IAPMO Group, has changed its name to SCB, Systems Certification Body. The rebrand signifies the organi­zation as a third-party management system certification body and ties together the Supply Chain Services group that previously functioned as its own entity. Accompanying its new branding, SCB has launched an updated website at https://www.iapmoscb.org/.

Winsupply Acquires Romar Supply & Fabrication
Winsupply Inc. has finalized the purchase of both Romar Supply locations. Romar Supply has been a wholesale distributor of mechanical and industrial PVF and steel fabrications since 1983. Romar Supply has nearly 100 employees and a 116,000-square-foot facility, complete with a state-of-the-art fabrication shop in Irving, Texas, with a second location in San Antonio. The locations will continue doing business as Romar Supply & Fabrication.

EUROPE

AquiSense Launches Subsidiary in Europe
AquiSense Technologies is launching its newest subsidiary in Germany. The new company, AquiSense Technologies Europe GmbH, will be based near Frankfurt, Germany, and will be led by Thomas Arnold. This local subsidiary will provide support to local business development strategies, as well as existing efforts in maintaining customer relationships. This development is taking place at a strategic time; sales are growing and large partners are coming online for AquiSense’s UV-C LED disinfection products.

SOUTH AMERICA

IDE Water Technologies to Design Largest SWRO Desalination Plant in Brazil
IDE Technologies will be designing, engineering, and supplying a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant in northern Brazil. This will bring a new, sustainable water solution to the region. The Fortaleza Desalination Plant will be the largest desalination plant in Brazil. The project will be a permanent, secure, and sustainable fresh water source for this region and its increasing population.

 

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