UNITED STATES

ResinTech’s Peter S. Meyers Passes Away at 68
Peter S. Meyers, Technical Director at ResinTech, Inc, has passed away at the age of 68. Meyers was a legendary scientist in the world of ion ex­change technology. Born in 1953 and having spent his early life in Southern California, Meyers studied chemistry at the University of California at Santa Cruz and began working for L*A Water Treatment Company shortly afterward. Over the following two decades, Meyers became involved with engineering, process design, field installation, start-up, and trouble­shooting industrial water treatment sys­tems around the world. Meyers joined ResinTech in 1994 and held the position of technical director for the duration of his career. With nearly 50 years of experience in water treatment, Meyers became one of the industry’s most prolific writers and a highly sought-after presenter, educator, and session leader.

IAPMO Solicits Public Comments for 2023 WE•Stand, 2024 USHGC, USPSHTC
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials is calling for public comments on the 2022 Report on Proposals (ROP) for the 2023 and 2024 editions of the Water Efficiency and Sanitation Standard (WE•Stand); the Uniform Solar, Hydronics and Geother­mal Code (USHGC); and the Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code (USPSHTC). Comments submitted should use the exact wording to be recommended to the technical committees for review. Comments must include one recommen­dation of the following: accept as submitted, accept as modified, or reject. Comments will not be accepted after the 5 p.m. PST deadline on January 13, 2023. Public comments will be distributed to the technical committee members on April 3, 2023, and reviewed during their meetings on May 15-18, 2023. The public comment form and instructions can be found here:
WE•Stand: https://codes.iapmo.org/form_ comments_WEStand_2023.aspx
USHGC, USPSHTC: https://codes.iapmo.org/form_comments_ushgc_uspshtc_2024.aspx

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $210 Million for Drought Resilience Projects in the West
The Department of the Interior has announced that $210 million from Pres­ident Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will be used to bring clean, reliable drinking water to communities across the West through water storage and conveyance projects. These projects are expected to develop over 1.7 million acre-feet of additional water storage capacity. The funding will also go towards investing in two feasibility studies that could ad­vance water storage capacity further once completed. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocates $8.3 billion for Bureau of Reclamation water infrastructure projects, with the investment going towards repairing aging water delivery systems, securing dams, completing rural water projects, and protecting aquatic ecosys­tems. The selected Drought Resiliency Projects in the West are Arizona’s Verde River Sediment Mitigation; California’s B.F. Sisk Dam Raise and Reservoir Expansion Project, North-of-Delta Offstream Storage, and the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Phase II; Colorado’s Arkansas Valley Conduit; Montana’s Dry Redwater Regional Water System Feasibility Study; and Washington’s Cle Elum Pool Raise.

Goulds Water Technology Announces 2022 GPDA Scholarship Recipients
Goulds Water Technology, a Xylem brand, has announced the winners of the 2022 Goulds Professional Dealers Association (GPDA) scholarship. Sixteen students across the United States will each receive a $1,500 scholarship. Recipients were chosen based on academic standing, volunteerism, and leadership skills. The list of the 2022 GPDA scholarship recipients is:

  • Jacob Crawford, Phoenix, AZ—Empire Pump
  • Reese Ensing, McBain, MI—Pearson Drilling Co.
  • Jaidyn Kreke, Bartelso, IL—Kohnen Concrete Products
  • Meagan Frazier, Bloomer, WI—Fraser Excavating
  • Jenna Cole, Hannibal, NY—Lakeshore Supply
  • Thomas Chouinard, Saint-Pascal, Quebec—Plomberie Chouinard KRT Inc
  • Caroline Martin, Dudley, GA—Sam Martin Well Drilling Inc.
  • Camryn Schooley, Westminster, MD—Legacy Septic
  • Molly Larson, Allenspark, CO—John’s Well Service
  • Conner Hilton, Spearman, TX—H&H Water Well Service Inc.
  • Abby Hulinsky, Arcadia, NE—Greenland Well Service Inc.
  • Iliana Armenia, Austin, TX—Texan Sprinkler System
  • Jacob Gasparini, Brewster, NY—Lumar Plumbing & Heating Inc.
  • Kenniston Mullins, Monroe, NC—D.L. Mullins Well Drilling
  • Sharlyse Henshaw, Worthington, MA—Henshaw Well Drilling
  • Ella Willis, Snowflake, AZ—Willis Drilling & Pump

EPA Announces New Grants to Reduce Lead Exposure
The U.S. EPA announced projects that have been selected to receive over $30 million in grant funding under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. The grant funding from the WIIN Act, as well as additional funding through the Bipartisan Infras­tructure Law, will go towards making rapid progress on addressing lead and removing lead pipes across the country. The selected projects are National Prior­ity Area 1—Reduction of Lead Exposure in the Nation’s Drinking Water Systems through Infrastructure and Treatment Improvements in the cities of Trenton and Fall River and in the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department; and National Priority Area 2—Reduction of Children’s Exposure to Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities to the Hawaii Department of Health, the school district of Philadelphia, and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership.

WQRF Next Wave Campaign Reaches Nearly $3.8 Million
The Water Quality Research Foundation’s Next Wave Campaign has brought in nearly $3.8 million in investments from 53 manufacturers, dealers, and individuals. Funds that are raised through the Next  Wave Campaign support research and a proactive outreach strategy to raise consumer awareness and acceptance of at-home water quality improvement technology. Resources can be utilized by the industry to educate consumers about the contaminants in their water and provide them with effective solutions to mitigate them.

World Bank Reaffirms Water Reform Approach
The World Bank released the report Water Supply and Sanitation Policies, Institutions, and Regulations: Adapting to a Changing World as a response to the growing concern over chronic challenges that are undermining water supply and sanitation services. The report investigates policies, institutions, and regulations (PIR) and how they are implemented by gov­ernments. The World Bank launched its PIR initiative in 2016, with the first phase being followed by a second from 2019-2022. The aim of the second phase was to put the concept into practice, refine the concept, and inform the development of a tool for operationalizing PIR in govern­ment and development partner programs. The World Bank’s report advocates greater action by policymakers, devel­opment partners, international financial institutions, and civil societies.

EPA Releases First Agency-Wide Strategy to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities in U.S. Communities
The EPA released its Strategy to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities in U.S. Communities in conjunction with National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. A first-ever, agency-wide Lead Strategy outlines how the EPA will utilize its authority, expertise, and resources to reduce lead exposure in communities that are over­burdened by pollution while also advanc­ing the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to environmental justice and equity. The EPA’s Lead Strategy aims to reduce community exposure to lead sources, identify communities with high lead exposures and improve their health outcomes, improve engagement with communities and stakeholders, and support critical research to inform efforts to reduce lead exposures and related health risks.

AMWA Announces New Board Members and Officers

The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) announced a new slate of Board members and officers during its Executive Management Conference. The new directors elected to the Board were:

  • Edward Campbell, Resource Protection Director, Portland Water Bureau
  • Andrea Cheng, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Water Management
  • Yann Le Gouellec, Director, Newport News Waterworks
  • Lindsey Rechtin, President/CEO, Northern Kentucky Water District
  • Todd Swingle, Executive Director, Toho Water

The Board’s executive committee also experienced changes and new elections. John Entsminger, General Manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District, was elevated to the role of President; Yvonne Forrest, Director of Houston Water, assumed the position of Vice President; Jeff Szabo, Chief Executive Officer of Suffolk County Water Authority, became Treasurer; and Jim Lochhead, CEO/Manager of Denver Water, assumed the role of Secretary.

EPA Issues Final List of Contaminants for Regulatory Consideration in Drinking Water
The EPA published the Final Fifth Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List (CCL 5); the CCL 5 will serve as the basis for the EPA’s regulatory considerations over the next five-year cycle under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The CCL 5 includes an expansion on PFAS, which serves as an important first step in identifying additional PFAS that may require regu­lation under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The final CCL 5 includes 66 individually listed chemicals, two additional chemical groups (cyanotoxins and disinfection byproducts), 12 microbes, and a group of PFAS. To aid in developing the final CCL 5, the EPA requested public nominations, which provided an opportunity for indi­viduals to make recommendations to the agency about specific contaminants of concern. The goal of the final CCL 5 is to better inform prioritization of contaminants for potential regulatory action and/or research efforts.

Anderson Process Has Acquired Neil Dornbush & Associates
Anderson Process has acquired Neil Dornbush & Associates, a pump distributor and fabrication provider based out of New Prague, MN. Anderson Process’s acquisition of Neil Dornbush & Associates was completed in order to capitalize on complementary product and service offerings between the companies.

MIDDLE EAST

Abu Dhabi Wins Bid to Host the IDA World Congress 2024
The International Desalination Association (IDA) will meet in Abu Dhabi in 2024 to shape the future of the water and desa­lination sectors worldwide. The IDA World Congress 2024 is an interactive global platform that allows stakeholders in the water desalination, water reuse, and renewable energy sectors to review and explore trends and the latest inno­vative technology that plays a role in the sector’s future. The congress is considered the largest in the world and brings together water and desalination sector leaders, senior officials, and international experts.

 ASIA/EUROPE

MOL and EnviroNor Sign MoU for Floating Desalination Vessel
In an aim to provide new, fast-track solu­tions to the world’s water scarcity chal­lenge, Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL) and Norwegian company EnviroNor AS recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to discuss collaboration on a floating desalination vessel (FDV) and how it can eventually be commercialized. An FDV is a floating infrastructure vessel that is equipped with seawater desalination equipment that uses reverse osmosis membranes to produce fresh, drinkable water and supply it to shore. FDVs have the added benefit of not requiring land acquisition, as they are built by converting a used ship, offering the ability to start water supply in a short time.

 

 

 

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