UNITED STATES

U.S. EPA Debuts ‘Forever Chemicals’ Database
To support its PFAS Strategic Roadmap, a strategy to protect public health and the environment from the impacts of PFAS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is compiling and integrating a collection of data that can be used to evaluate what is known about PFAS manufacture, release, and occurrence in communities. The EPA is integrating data that is available nationally with additional information from states, tribal communities, and localities that are testing for PFAS. The data that will be included in the PFAS Analytic Tools will have a wide range of readily accessible, location-specific data based on national scope.

2027 UPC, UMC Development Timeline Now Available
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has made available online the timetable for the development of the 2027 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and the Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC). Introduced in 1928, the UPC governs the installation and inspection of plumbing systems as a means of promoting the public’s health, safety, and welfare. Published in 1967, the UMC provides the same governance for mechanical systems. Republished every three years, the UPC and UMC are designed to provide consumers with plumbing, heating, and mechanical systems that meet all applicable standards while also allowing latitude for innovation and new tech­nologies.

Harsh Patel Receives AMTA and Bureau of Reclamation Fellowship for Membrane Technology
University of Michigan Department of Chemical Engineering PhD student Harsh Patel has received an American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Fellowship for Membrane Technology. Every four years, AMTA and Reclamation fellowships are given to graduate students who are investigating innovations for water treatment in membrane-related research. Each recipient receives an $11,750 award to support the advancement of membrane technology research in water, wastewater, or water-reuse industries. Patel’s work in researching novel, next-generation ion-exchange membranes capable of selectively removing targeted ions from aqueous solutions to meet rising water and energy demands earned him the AMTA and Reclamation fellowship.

Get the Lead Out Partnership Announced
In January 2023, the Biden-Harris Admin­istration announced an innovative part­nership to leverage existing efforts and funding to accelerate the replacement of lead pipes by the end of the decade. The Biden-Harris Get the Lead Out

Partnership is a combination of federal government, states, tribal governments, local communities, nongovernmental organizations, water utilities, labor unions, and private companies committed to identifying new opportunities, resources, and actions they can take together to replace lead pipes. The US Water Alliance, Environmental Policy Innovation Center, and Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies are among the numerous entities included in this partnership.

Xylem to Acquire Evoqua in a $7.5 Billion All-Stock Transaction
Xylem and Evoqua have announced an agreement under which Xylem will acquire Evoqua in an all-stock transaction that reflects a value of about $7.5 billion. The combined company will be in a unique position to develop and deliver an even more comprehensive offering of innova­tive solutions. The combination of Xylem and Evoqua will unlock new growth opportunities and is expected to deliver run-rate cost synergies of $140 million within three years.

AWWA and IAPMO Release Manual on Closing and Reopening Building Systems
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) and IAPMO have published the AWWA/IAPMO Manual 2022: Manual of Recommended Practices for the Safe Closure and Reopening of Building Water Systems. The IAPMO and AWWA entered into a cooperative development agreement on July 29, 2022, to develop a manual of recommended practices to support providing safe and effective water efficiency and water-quality provisions for the built environment. The collabo­ration led to the development of risk management practices for potable and non-potable water supply systems during normal operations; during interruptions of normal operations; and when closing and reopening building water systems, non-potable water systems, and mechan­ical systems.

Guillermo Guzman Joins Alexander Hutton as Strategic Advisor
Guillermo Guzman has joined Alexander Hutton, an investment banking firm in Seattle, as a strategic advisor focused on the water-treatment industry. Guzman is the founder and president of H2O International, Inc., a manufacturer of point-of-entry and point-of-use water filtration products for domestic use. He is also the founder and CEO of Wishing Well International Foundation, a non­profit organization that provides clean, safe drinking water to developing areas.


Chemical Industry Veteran Paul Nedwick Joins ResinTech
ResinTech has announced that Paul Nedwick is joining the company as its director of research and quality. Nedwick brings more than 30 years of chemical experience in a variety of roles at Rohm and Haas, Seal Strip, and Dow Chemical. He was named a Hero of Chemistry by the American Chemical Society in 2006.

 

AWWA Board of Directors Selects Cheryl Porter as Next President-Elect
The AWWA board of directors has selected Cheryl Porter as its next president-elect. Along with Porter, the board selected four vice presidents and two directors-at-large. Porter will begin her term as president-elect in June 2024 at the conclusion of AWWA’s Annual Conference & Exposition. Porter is the chief operating officer of water and field services at Great Lakes Water Authority in Detroit.

 

Ron Fleming Appointed to National Association of Water Companies Board of Directors
Ron Fleming, president and CEO of Global Water Resources, Inc., has been elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC). Global Water Resources has been a member of the NAWC since July 2020. NAWC’s membership includes regulated drinking-water and wastewater utilities.

 

Engineer Shayna Kriss Joins The LeverEdge
Shayna Kriss has joined The LeverEdge team as a product development and certification engineer. Kriss has been a part of the drinking-water treatment industry since 2016, starting at Paragon Water Systems, Inc. With her knowledge of manufacturing, regulation, and process improvement, she will support engineer­ing and regulatory activities for new and existing products at The LeverEdge, a solar and water-treatment technology manufacturer

 

ACM Technologies Acquires Separation Technologists
Ion-exchange manufacturer ResinTech announced its resin-regeneration sub­sidiary, ACM Technologies, has acquired Separation Technologists, a provider of industrial wastewater treatment systems. ACM is one of the largest providers in the country of environmentally compliant off-site resin regeneration.

Osceola Capital Announces the Formation of Flotilla Partners
Osceola Capital has formed Flotilla Partners to create the leading provider of water-treatment and testing services for residential and commercial customers in Florida and the Southeast. Flotilla was launched in partnership with Walter Conner, who will serve as its operating partner and CEO. Flotilla Partners has completed its first three strategic partner­ships with Aquaflow, Filter Pure Systems, and Land O’ Lakes Water Treatment.

Endress+Hauser Receives ISU Philanthropy Award
Endress+Hauser was among those pre­sented with Indiana State University’s 2022 March On! Award. Endress+Hauser collaborates with the school’s Bailey College of Engineering and Technology to provide internships leading to full-time positions. Endress+Hauser also works with the Scott College of Business to facilitate the career success of ISU students. The March On! Award is ISU’s highest honor for philanthropic work.

CENTRAL AMERICA

WWIF Partners with EOS to Provide Drinking Water to 10 Honduran Communities
Wishing Well International Foundation (WWIF), a nonprofit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to developing areas, participated in and funded the installation of chlorinators in 10 rural communities in Lempira, Honduras. EOS International is a nonprofit organization that empowers rural families in Central America with access to safe drinking water and opportunities to generate income through simple technology solutions and education. EOS worked with the Honduran Ministry of Health to identify communities that need access to safe drinking water within the Puca Mountain Wildlife Refuge, a new region of service for EOS. The total funding for this project, reaching approximately 4,500 people, includes the installation, training, and monitoring needed for the chlorinat­ing systems to remain operational with minimal maintenance other than the replacement of the chlorine tablets.

MIDDLE EAST

IDE Technologies Opens Dubai Regional Headquarters to Grow UAE Presence
IDE Technologies is opening a new regional office, IDE Meyah Water Solutions, in Dubai in an effort to grow the company’s presence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and to deliver water-treatment solutions to local industries and municipalities. The opening of IDE Meyah Water Solutions supports IDE’s mission to provide seawater desalination plants, end-to-end water treatment solutions, and water reclamation and purification to regions in need.

De Nora Joins Phase 4 of Tubli Sewage Treatment Plant Expansion
De Nora, a global provider in sustainable water-treatment solutions, will be joining phase 4 of the Tubli Sewage Treatment Plant expansion. The project, launched in response to the rapid population growth in the Middle East, will include three dedicated lines of Capital Controls ozone generators to accommodate increased flow of wastewater. Phase 4 of the Tubli Sewage Treatment Plant will be one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

 

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