Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

Level instruments

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Endress+Hauser introduces the Liquiphant FTL51B and FTL41 vibrating-fork (vibronic) level instruments. The FTL51B features industry 4.0 and IIoT capabilities. The FTL51B can be used in storage tanks, containers and pipes for point-level detection of all types of liquids. The instrument’s vibronic sensor is not affected by changing media properties, flow, turbulence, gas bubbles, foam, vibration or build-up and works in process temperatures of -58 to 302°F (-50 to 150°C) and pressures up to 1,450 psi (100 bar). The economical, general-purpose FTL41 is similar to the FTL51B, but works at lower pressures, up to 580 psi (40 bar) and with a narrower temperature range of -40 to 302°F (-40 to 150 °C).
https://eh.digital/liquiphant_us

Leak detection system

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Water Management Systems Inc.’s 2020 CES Product of the Year, WaterSwitch®, works on the Direct Water Allocation principal. This means the valve that allows water to flow opens and closes automatically based on when water is used. The valve opens and closes in less than one second. When the valve is closed, dual-pressure sensors monitor for any leaks. A water meter will quantify usage and also the amount of the leak. Protected by two US patents, (11 International and additional US patents pending), it is US EPA WaterSense-approved The company is currently seeking dealers and distributors.
https://www.waterswitch.com/

Illustrated plumbing guide

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) announces the release of the 2021 edition of the National Standard Plumbing Code – Illustrated (NSPC). The updated 2021 NSPC provides the latest information about common materials, fixtures, devices and equipment systems used or installed in plumbing systems. This new edition is printed in the popular illustrated format, with comments and illustrations clearly shown as supplemental information. The illustrations and supplementary notes make it an indispensable training tool.
http://bit.ly/2vvHDfV

High-pressure housings

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

QMP Inc.’s high-pressure housings are made from the highest quality reinforced polypropylene. Designed to be chemical resistant, Slim Boy and Grande Boy exceed industry standards and are proudly manufactured in the USA. The QMP400-20BK housing holds one standard 20” L x 4.5” W (50 x 11-cm) water filter cartridge. The QMP400-2025 housing holds one standard 20″ L x 2.5-inch W (50 x 6-cm) water filter cartridge. Both are ideal for a wide range of applications, including residential, commercial and industrial uses.
https://www.qmpusa.com/products

Commercial RO system

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Blue Water Group introduces the compact and robust Bluewater Pro, a powerhouse POU water purifier. It helps both professional kitchens and homes create their own near-endless supply of pure water for cooking, washing and drinking. The system delivers 1,825 gpd (6,908 L/day) of on-demand RO-purified water for dishwashers, ice makers, coffee makers, steam ovens, produce misters and more. Compact, energy efficient and maintenance friendly, Bluewater RO purifiers have a 60-percent recovery rate, which saves money and the environment.
https://www.bluewatergroup.com/us/products/water-purifiers/bluewater-pro/

Smart water detection system

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

John Guest is now offering StreamLabs® Smart Home Water Monitor, which provides real-time leak prevention, 24/7. It uses advanced ultrasonic technology and can alert users when problems arise. The unit can be installed in less than five minutes with no tools or plumbers required. Attach the monitor to the main water line with zip ties after downloading the app and connecting to Wi-Fi. Calibrate and plug in the monitor, then adjust and set alerts.
www.streamlabswater.com

Membrane guide

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Elsevier announces the publication of Current Trends and Future Developments on (Bio-) Membranes: Reverse and Forward Osmosis: Principles, Applications, Advances by Angelo Basile, Alfredo Cassano and Navin Rastogi. This book covers the important aspects of reverse osmosis, forward osmosis and their combination in integrated systems, along with their specific and well-established applications. It offers an overview of recent developments in the field of forward and reverse osmosis and their applications in water desalination, wastewater treatment and more. General principles, membrane module developments, fouling, modeling, simulation and optimization of both technologies are also covered.
https://www.elsevier.com/books/isbn/9780128167779?utm_source=publicity&utm_medium=cluster_email&utm_campaign=Chemical%20Engineering_cluster

Dome hole tank

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Clack Corporation introduces a revolutionary design for Dome Hole Tanks, which have a large dome opening with a proprietary coarse-thread design. They open easily to clean, allowing no media to be trapped. The company also designed a unique funnel to be used for refilling media that fits securely in the dome hole with a wide open area for easy filling. It features a groove lock that keeps it in the proper orientation.

Shim O-rings are also available that provide 60° and 120° offsets for Clack control valves, if needed. Now available in 10”x 54” (25 x 137 cm) size. Sizes available in second quarter 2020: 12”x 52” (30 x 132 cm) and 13”x 54” (33 x 137 cm). Visit Clack’s WQA Booth #401.

www.clack.com

People

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Hubbard named Director at Canature
Jeff Hubbard has been appointed Director of Sales–US Independent Dealers at Canature WaterGroup (CWG). He has held successive sales roles at CWG, most recently serving as the Director of Commercial Business Development–US. In his new role, Hubbard will support the growth of Hydrotech water conditioning products in the US, as well as develop new opportunities to expand partnerships with independent water dealers. With 28 years of industry experience, he has an in-depth knowledge of water treatment, with a strong background in training, sales, service, application and troubleshooting. Hubbard can be reached by email at jeff.hubbard@canaturewg.com or by cell at (612) 232-7756.

Sham named AWWA President-elect
The American Water Works Association’s Board of Directors elected Dr. Chi Ho Sham as the association’s next President-elect. VP and Chief Scientist for the Eastern Research Group, Inc., he has been an AWWA member since 1989. Sham is chair of AWWA’s Technical & Educational Council and the Stormwater Utility Management Committee, and an active member of the New England Section. He will begin his term as President-elect in June at the conclusion of AWWA’s Annual Conference & Exposition in Orlando, FL. Sham’s one-year presidential term will begin in June 2021.

Milne, Proteau promoted by ACS Publications
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named James Milne, PhD, President of the ACS Publications Division. He has served as acting President since September 2019. Based in Oxford, UK, Milne joined ACS in 2016. In his role as President, he will oversee the publication of the society’s more than 60 peer-reviewed journals, a suite of eBooks, as well as the weekly news periodical, Chemical & Engineering News. Philip J. Proteau, PhD, of Oregon State University was named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Natural Products. Under Proteau’s leadership, the journal will increasingly focus on significant studies on natural products biosynthesis.

Cerahelix appoints new COO
Cerahelix, Inc. welcomed William ‘Bill’ Paulus as Chief Operating Officer. He brings more than 29 years’ experience in manufacturing and global operations. Paulus will be responsible for leading all operational, developmental and manufacturing functions, while bringing the company’s flagship product through scaled manufacturing.

Thorsten, Puente keynoters for symposium
Chief Impact Officer for water.org, Dr. Richard E. Thorsten and Robert Puente, President/CEO of the San Antonio Water System, will be the keynote speakers for the seventh biennial Emerging Water Technology Symposium (EWTS), May 12-13 in San Antonio, TX. Thorsten will discuss critical roles of financing access to piped water and off-grid sanitation solutions in developing countries. He will also outline examples of partnerships that water.org has undertaken in these markets, especially connecting water utilities and product manufacturers with sources of household and enterprise financing. Before coming to SAWS as President/CEO, Puente served in the Texas House of Representatives. First elected in 1991, he was appointed to the House Natural Resources Committee, which develops water policy for the state.

WinSupply promotions announced
Winsupply Inc. announced the promotions of Eddie Gibbs to Senior VP of Vendor Relations and Amy Souders to VP of Vendor Relations. Gibbs began his career in 1971 with Hughes Supply and later joined Noland Company in 2003 (Winsupply acquired Noland in 2005). He will celebrate his 39th year in the industry next year. Souders began her career at Noland Company in 2001 in that company’s management trainee program. She became a showroom consultant before moving to Noland headquarters as a corporate showroom trainer and eventually became Corporate Showroom Manager in 2006. Souders relocated in 2008 and became Finished Plumbing Product Marketing Manager in 2012.

Genesis instructors named
Pool & Hot Tub Alliance company GENESIS® announced the addition of faculty members to its instructor roster for the start of the fall 2020 educational season. Joining GENESIS will be Greg Andrews; Terry Brannon, PE; Larry Drasin; Michael Given, SWD-registered and Kate Wiseman, MLA. These instructors, along with current faculty, are poised to lead the industry and provide the accredited education necessary to the 1,800-plus students in the GENESIS program.

WWEMA award winners named
In November, 2019, the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) named George Vorsheim, COMMS Contractor, Environment One Corporation, recipient of the 2019 James C. Morriss Member Achievement Award. Lauryn Polito, a WWEMA member employee’s child who is attending Mississippi State University, was awarded WWEMA’s annual $1,000 (USD) scholarship. She is pursuing a degree in environmental science in agricultural systems with a minor in international agriculture and a track to a Masters in Business Degree. Polito has been active in the environmental arena for many years and is a recipient of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

Global Spotlight

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

North America
Lead content maximum lowered
The joint committee governing the American National Standards for drinking water treatment units recently lowered the maximum allowable concentration of lead in treated drinking water to five ppb or less—a 50-percent drop from the previous 10 ppb—and a threshold that matches Health Canada’s new maximum allowable concentration level. The new lead pass/fail criteria has been published for NSF/ANSI 53: Drinking Water Treatment Units – Health Effects and NSF/ANSI 58: Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Treatment Systems. Updates to both standards were published in December and are effective immediately for any new filter or filtration device claiming to reduce lead.

Groundwater Foundation helping with private wells
The Groundwater Foundation announced it has kicked off its year-long effort to drill water wells for low-income families across the US who lack access to clean water. On February 4, drilling began on a new water-well system for the Saleh family in Crete, IL. Last year, the Groundwater Foundation donated $100,000 (USD) to the Water Well Trust to fund a program that pays for the initial cost of drilling a well. Participating families are given a 20-year, one-percent interest loan.

US EPA funds SRFs
US EPA announced the availability of $2.7 billion (USD) for State Revolving Funds (SRFs), which assists states, tribes and territories with infrastructure projects that help protect surface water and provide safe drinking water to communities across the country. The 2020 annual allocation for the four US EPA Region 7 states is: Iowa – $38.95 million; Kansas – $27.13 million; Missouri – $63.46 million and Nebraska – $19.12 million.

Xylem, Waterboys helping with wells
A rural Virginia family, displaced from their home after their water well failed, received the gift of clean water through the first project of Hometown H2O, a domestic water program aimed at bringing education and access to clean and sustainable water to people and communities in need across the US. Hometown H2O is an extension of The Chris Long Foundation’s Waterboys initiative and the result of a partnership announced in December 2019 with Xylem Inc.

Solar water technology honored
GivePower received the first-place Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award for its Solar Water Farm technology. The containerized, solar-powered water desalination and purification technology can be rapidly deployed in coastal regions around the world suffering from a shortage of clean water.

IUVA technology award winner named
The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) inaugural 2020 Emerging Technology Award has been bestowed on the Oasis International QUASAR system, a UV-C LED system for point-of-dispense disinfection. This type of treatment ensures the beverage water is getting the right amount of disinfection with no opportunity to become infected at another point and prevents outlet-sourced contamination or bacteria growing up the pipeline from the point of use.

WFC to address coronavirus
The recent outbreak of novel coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV, has caused a worldwide concern about a potential pandemic. On January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new coronavirus outbreak as a global health emergency. Wallace Leung, Chair of World Filtration Congress 13 and past Chair Professor of Innovative Products & Technologies in Mechanical Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, will deliver a timely presentation at the upcoming World Filtration Congress on filtration innovations and technologies designed to fight the spread of viruses.

Water technology takes top CES honors
The WaterSwitch® smart-home, whole-house, water management system was named CES 2020 Product of the Year at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV. The system will identify and quantify any leak in the plumbing system. The technology is protected by two US patents, as well as 11 international and additional US patents pending, and is US EPA WaterSense-approved.

Pool drain cover standard updated
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) announced the publication of its updated ANSI/APSP/ICC-16 2017 American National Standard for Suction Outlet Fitting Assemblies (SOFA) for Use in Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs, approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This approval was originally published in the Federal Register on May 24, 2019 (Vol. 84, No. 101) and will go into effect on November 24, the 18-month deadline specified by the PHTA-16 Standard Writing Committee (SWC), which includes CPSC staff representation.

WinSupply news
Winsupply Inc. announced it has has closed on the purchase of Morgan Brothers Supply, Inc., a plumbing wholesale distributor primarily serving central and northern Florida. Details of the asset purchase were not disclosed. Morgan Brothers Supply was founded in 1980 and has grown rapidly to seven locations and nearly 120 employees to serve plumbing contractors and general contractors, developers, homeowners and correctional institutions. The company has six plumbing showrooms. Arnold Hardy, previously Sales Manager at Morgan Brothers, becomes President of the company, which will continue to do business as Morgan Brothers Supply. Winsupply Inc. recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest regional distribution center, a 272,000-sq. ft. center in Jacksonville, FL, the company’s fifth major regional distribution center (RDC).

Master’s Coffee acquisition
Master’s Coffee and Water Service has acquired the assets of Glacier Pure Drinking Water. Master’s will offer coffee products and services to Glacier’s water customers, as well as more product choices, such as filtered water coolers.

Europe
NSF UK certification program announced
NSF International has introduced NSF REG4, an independent certification program that enables manufacturers of plumbing products and materials to demonstrate compliance with the UK’s Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations of 1999 and with equivalent water regulations in Scotland and Northern Ireland. NSF REG4 certifies mechanical products and non-metallic materials that are in contact with drinking water and is the new reference program for the UK market.

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