Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

IoT platform

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Water-Right® announces the expansion of the Wripli Wi-Fi platform, to include filtration products within the Evolve® and WaterCare® brands. The platform connects water treatment units to the Internet, giving homeowners access to detailed statistics regarding water usage, regeneration information and more. Additionally, Wripli gives dealers and installers the ability to have immediate, visual access to deep programming parameters on the valve, making it easier to initially set up units in the field, as well as being able to troubleshoot problems remotely. The Wi-Fi platform is currently available on select softener, conditioner and filter models in the Water-Care and Evolve product lines.
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Screw feeder

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

The VMF-90D volumetric screw feeder from Scaletron Industries is an automatic, metering screw-feed system for mixing and dispensing dry materials into a secondary process. Functionality that previously was available only as options is included, resulting in a feeder that is operationally robust, versatile and installs quickly into a wide range of additive metering systems. Made of rugged, corrosion-resistant stainless steel, the feeder is designed for use in water, wastewater and chemical processing applications. It dispenses at feed rates of 0.77 to 7.73 cubic feet per hour, with accuracy to within 1.0 percent of volume. The built-in, 1.5 cubic foot, gravity-fed hopper is fed via a stainless steel, 1.5-inch (38.1-mm) diameter, open helix feed-screw. The hopper features a maintenance access hatch and an integrated load-cell attachment point.
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Tubing removal guide

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Beswick’s How to install and remove polyurethane tubing when using barbed-style fittings product guide is now available. The removal technique is particularly clever and a video tutorial is also available (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK9y3wKkB60). The guide is designed for anyone (for example, an assembler, a technician, an engineer, a hobbyist or a homeowner) who has to install and/or remove soft tubing (usually polyurethane but also for other tubing materials) onto a barbed-style fitting. The written instructions and the video both explain each step of the process.

Electromagnetic flowmeter

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Endress+Hauser introduces updates to its smart plug-and-play Picomag electromagnetic flowmeter. The update enables measurement of flow of electrically conductive fluids and the process temperature and conductivity. It enables easy commissioning with Bluetooth using the SmartBlue App and seamless integration with IO-Link technology. Picomag can be installed into any pipe up to two inches in diameter, even in confined spaces.

Mobile control unit

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Messer’s NEUTRA mobile unit provides accurate, safe, cost-effective and versatile neutralization with carbon dioxide. Ideal for small- to medium-sized water treatment plants, the floating mobile unit allows for rapid response to temporary peak loads. Portable and lightweight, the NEUTRA mobile unit is easy to install, with low maintenance and operating costs. Installation into oddly shaped basins is possible without the use of cranes or halting operations. These units play a key role in the drinking-water, food, beverage and other industries, and are supported with Messer’s extensive engineering know-how for smooth installation and operation.
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Remote communication system

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Pentair’s IntelliDrive technology offers a plain-language LCD display and dedicated customer support. Easily configured for residential, light commercial, irrigation and more, the Link2O wireless remote communication system provides a convenient, single source for water system information, 24/7. It provides users with instant access to drive settings, installation location, dealer name and phone number, system status and fault status. The intelligent system provides immediate notification to both dealer and customer when the drive has stopped working.


Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

WQA convention speaker announced
Be the Spark leader, speaker and author Simon T. Bailey will deliver the keynote address at the 2020 Water Quality Association Convention & Exposition. The author of 10 books on being fearless and creating your future, he will headline the convention’s Opening General Session. A former Sales Director for Disney Institute, Bailey was named one of ‘25 Successful People Who’ll Help Change Your Life’ by Success magazine two years ago. He has worked with more than 1,700 organizations in 46 countries, engaging and inspiring team members through his workshops, books, online courses and speeches.

Cartwright to present at Filtration Congress
Peter S. Cartwright, PE, of Cartwright Consulting Co., LLC, will be the Keynote Membranes Track presenter at the 13th World Filtration Congress (WFC13). Along with all the industry’s leaders in all areas of filtration and separation, he will be giving plenary, keynote or technical presentations. Cartwright, a founding member of the WC&P Technical Review Committee, has been in the water/wastewater treatment industry for 43 years and has had his own consulting engineering company since 1980. He has delivered over 300 lectures and written the same number of articles on water/wastewater treatment technologies. Cartwright was the 2016 Distinguished McEllhiney Lecturer for NGWA and is an active member of most of the water-related organizations.

IAPMO engineers hired
IAPMO Uniform Evaluation Services (UES) announced the hiring of Sid Danandeh, PE, CBO, CA, SECB and Adam Barefoot, PE to serve clients with their evaluation reports. Danandeh brings 40 years industry experience as civil engineer, building official and plan-check engineer serving major metropolitan governmental agencies in southern California. Barefoot brings nearly 20 years’ experience, beginning as a technical engineer specialist for the Army National Guard Corps of Engineers and later stints as a structural design engineer, senior project engineer and senior evaluation engineer in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

New AMTA Director named
The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) has welcomed Deena Reppen as its incoming Executive Director. She has extensive experience with executive and organizational management, including nearly 20 years in the non-profit/public sector. Reppen is currently the COO for the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Tallahassee, having previously served as their Chief of Staff and VP. She has previous experience as the Legislative Director for the Florida Association of Counties and served as Chief of Staff and Deputy Executive Director for the South Florida Water Management District. She earned her BS Degree (with honors) in zoology from King’s College London and an MS Degree in public administration from the University of North Florida.

IUVA leaders announced
The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) has welcomed Ron Hofmann (Professor at the University of Toronto) as President, serving a two-year term. He assumes the position from Oliver Lawal (President of AquiSense), who is now the association’s Immediate Past President. Jennifer Osgood (Associate, CDM Smith) has been named incoming President. IUVA also elevated two current board members to new positions in leadership, with the addition of Richard Joshi (Director of Technology and Innovation–UV, atg Evoqua) as Secretary and Ted Mao, (VP, Research at Trojan Technologies) as co-VP of the Americas.

Otoo, Meeranaik honored by IWA
The International Water Association announced the winners of its 2019 Development Awards, honoring Dr. Miriam Otoo and Sikandarsab Meeranaik for their contributions to progress on water needs in low- and middle-income countries. Dr. Otoo is Research Group Leader-Resource Recovery and Reuse at the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka. Her research work in the area of resource recovery and reuse (RRR), with a focus on business models that work for low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), was considered by the award jury as being crucial to the progress of the sector. Meeranaik, CEO of the Sankalpa Rural Development Society, started a non-governmental organization (NGO) that installs rainwater-harvesting recharge systems in bore wells in rural India. To date, he has implemented the system across India in over 1,500 bore wells.

PHTA leader announced
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) announced the appointment of Mark C. Milroy, CAE as PHTA’s first VP of Education. He brings more than 30 years of extensive association, education and certification experience to his new role and will be responsible for PHTA education initiatives and the continued unification of Legacy Association of Pool and Spa Professional and Legacy National Swimming Pool Foundation education, as well as the oversight for proposed course updates to continue industry-leading programs. Milroy has led his own consulting practice and also served as the Managing Director, Global Education at the American Industrial Hygiene Association and as VP, Learning at the American Society of Association Executives. He previously held senior-level positions at APICS; the Association for Operations Management; the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and John Carroll University in University Heights, OH.

Global Spotlight

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

North America
WQA Code of Ethics updated
The Water Quality Association’s revised Code of Ethics, which guides members in the use of marketing terms aligned with those published in the WQA Knowledge Base Glossary, went into effect January 1. One specific concern addressed by the revisions is companies using the term ‘water softener’ inconsistently with the way industry professionals understand and use it. To give the industry time to adapt to the change, WQA posted the revised code on its website (https://www.wqa.org/about-us/governance/code-of-ethics-whistleblower-policy) last spring and has been answering questions, proactively contacting companies misusing terms and providing expertise on the issue to its members as needed throughout 2019. The revisions will be explained and discussed again in detail in a session planned for the first day of the 2020 WQA Convention & Exposition.

WFC13 conference information
The 13th World Filtration Congress (WFC13) has released its complete and detailed program that includes educational and technical offerings unparalleled among international filtration conferences. Hosted by the American Filtration and Separations Society (AFS), WFC13 includes seven plenary sessions, 30 keynote lectures, 285 oral presentations and panel discussions, 11 short courses and dozens of student and industry posters. Content is organized into four tracks (Solid/Liquid, Air/Gas, Membranes, Filter Media), three symposia (Energy, Environment, Health) and a full day of short courses. Experts from 23 countries will share their valuable perspectives, discoveries and insights in sessions that range from introductory to highly advanced. For full details, visit https://www.wfc13.com/v2/.

IAPMO news
Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States: A National Action Plan, a new report produced by DigDeep and the US Water Alliance (with advisory assistance from IAPMO), reveals that more than two million Americans today live with no running water, indoor plumbing or sanitation service, and recommends a series of remedies. The report makes several recommendations to help close the water gap in the US. They include re-introducing US Census questions about whether homes have working taps and toilets, as well as changes to how the federal government funds and regulates water systems to support rural and unincorporated areas. There are also several recommendations for the philanthropic and global WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) sectors to drive community empowerment, deploy innovative technologies and apply successful WASH models from abroad here in the US. Read the full report at closethewatergap.org.
IAPMO has published ANSI/CAN/IAPMO/ISO 30500:2019, Non-Sewered Sanitation Systems—Prefabricated Integrated Treatment Units—General Safety and Performance Requirements for Design and Testing as an identical National Adoption Standard for both the US and Canada. The standard is available for purchase at the IAPMO bookstore in both English and French, at the website. The standard specifies general safety and performance requirements for design and testing, as well as sustainability considerations, for non-sewered sanitation systems (NSSS). An NSSS, for the purposes of this document, is a prefabricated, integrated treatment unit, comprising front-end (toilet facility) and back-end (treatment facility) components.

Water Tower project announced
The Water Tower, Gwinnett County, GA’s new water innovation center, has joined forces with Silicon Valley start-up Aqaix to provide utilities with new technology for digitizing water operations and financing water infrastructure projects. The Water Tower has licensed two innovative products from Aqaix: a private-labeled version of its online finance marketplace, which allows utilities to showcase their water projects to potential funders and track environmental ROI, and a private-labeled version of its water-data integration hub.

ResinTech new headquarters
In summer 2020, ResinTech will be moving to a new headquarters and production plant in Camden, NJ. The company is now accepting pre-orders. Contact your representative or email info@resintech.com

Latin America
Toray products selected
Toray RO and UF membrane technologies have been selected for a new seawater desalination facility in Brazil, which is set to become the largest in the country. Expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2020, the plant will have an initial capacity to treat 12,000 m3/day, expandable to 24,000 and 36,000 m3/day and with an estimated value of US$10 million dollars. The principal objective of the plant is to decentralize the steel manufacturer’s reliance on the state’s water supply and contribute to water security to surrounding communities that rely on the same freshwater source.

Chennai RO plant erected
IDE Technologies announced it has completed the erection phase of the Tertiary Treatment Reverse Osmosis plant for Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) at the facility’s location in Koyambedu, City of Chennai, State of Tamil Nadu. The Chennai area has very challenging water circumstances due to severe and prolonged drought conditions. CMWSSB needed a suitable partner to design, build and operate (DBO) a 45-million liter/day tertiary treatment reverse osmosis (TTRO) plant in Koyambedu, including supplying and laying of a transmission pipe for conveying product water to various industries situated in Irungattukottai, Sriperumbudur and Oragadam.The DBO project also includes a 15-year operation and maintenance period.

SWRO elements

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

DuPont Water Solutions introduces a fouling-resistant SWRO element, FILMTEC SW30XFR-400/34, which hosts state-of-the-art features that mitigate the biofouling issue, including fouling-resistance, durable membrane chemistry and low-pressure drop design. Compared to standard SW30HRLE-400, the new element offers up to a 40-percent lower pressure drop with improved performance that normalizes permeate flow and salt rejection.

Floating baffles

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

Environetics Inc.’s Director I floating baffles significantly improve wastewater treatment lagoon efficiency. Enhanced hydraulic flow patterns increase effective treatment area from less than 20 to over 95 percent of the lagoon. Extending treatment time significantly reduces BOD and TSS, improves aeration and allows contaminants and solids to settle. The floating baffle is designed to improve flow diversion, increase retention time and provide improved bottom anchoring and prevent short-circuiting in treatment lagoons in wastewater applications.

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