Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

Stop valves, half cartridges and connectors

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

John Guest’s Speedfit® angle stop valve provides an extra line off of an existing stop, giving the user independent water flow control and the ability to upgrade or repair accessories without shutting off the main water supply. The valve is offered in white polypropylene with food-grade EPDM O-rings. The plastic half cartridge provides a quick, efficient and easy way of securing a Speedfit push-in connection into a wide variety of original equipment.
As the cartridge requires low insertion loads, it is suitable for many different housing materials. Twist-and-lock male and elbow connectors provide reliable and convenient connections for plastic and copper pipe. Simply push the fitting fully onto the pipe and twist the plastic nut clockwise to lock in place.


https://www.johnguest.com/

People

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Patterson added to Canature team
Canature WaterGroup announced the addition of Russell Patterson as Executive VP of Business Development. He will lead the Rainfresh® retail sales initiatives in the US and Mexico and be responsible for overall sales strategy in Mexico. An accomplished leader with extensive business strategy and operational management experience, Patterson has spent 34 years building his career in the water conditioning and retail industries. During his 20-year career with Marmon Water LLC, he held successive management positions, including serving as President of EcoWater Systems (2016-18) and of KX Technologies LLC (2007-15). Prior to joining Marmon Water, Patterson learned the consumer goods industry through his 14 years at Electrolux.

ASTM Board members announced
ASTM International announced its slate of six new Board of Director nominees for 2020, five of whom are women. In addition, the organization’s President, Katharine Morgan, unveiled a new Women in Standards video, highlighting the growing role of women in developing technical standards. The nominees are experts representing perspectives of industry, government, consumers and more. They include Francine Bovard, Senior Technical Specialist, Arconic; Bonnie McWade-Furtado, Associate Research and Development Scientist, Cabot Corp.; Carol Pollack-Nelson, PhD, Owner of Independent Safety Consulting LLC; Casandra W. Robinson, Physical Scientist, US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Dalia Yarom, Director of the Standardization Division, Standards Institution of Israel (SII). Michael J. Brisson, Technical Advisor, Savannah River National Laboratory, was also nominated.

2019 WEF Fellows selected
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced 15 distinguished members as the 2019 WEF Fellows recipients. This prestigious designation recognizes members’ achievements, stature and contributions in the water profession. The members are: Bradley Fix, Indiana Water Environment Association; Adel Hagekhalil, California Water Environment Association; Jerome Iltis, Water Environment Association of Texas; Dr. Jose Jimenez, Florida Water Environment Association; Dr. Chih-Ming (Jimmy) Kao, Taiwan Environmental Engineering Association; Dr. Eakalak Khan, Nevada Water Environment Association; Dr. Richard Kuchenrither, Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association; Garry Macdonald, Water New Zealand; Dr. Johannes (JB) Neethling, California Water Environment Association; Daniel F. Riney, Iowa Water Environment Association and Kansas Water Environment Association; Dr. Leonard Ripley, Water Environment Association of Texas; Kenneth Schnaars, Clean Water Professionals of Kentucky & Tennessee; Dr. Robert Sharp, New York Water Environment Association; Patrick Stevens, Indiana Water Environment Association and Dr. Berrin Tansel, Florida Water Environment Association. Additionally, Joe Stowe, Jr. has been selected as an honorary WEF Fellow for his eminence and contributions to the water profession as a leader in utility management and leadership. A WEF Life Member, Stowe has spent more than 50 years working in the water sector and led Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) Utilities (now Charlotte Water) for 12 years.

Global Spotlight

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

North America
Hydronix move announced
Hydronix Water Technologies announced it has moved to 8630 Rochester Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730. Telephone and fax numbers remain the same at (909) 527-6996 and (909) 527-6997, respectively.

ResinTech REACH Registration
ResinTech announced that it completed its Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) registration with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). REACH entered into force on June 1, 2007 and established procedures for collecting and assessing information on the properties and hazards of substances.

HealthWay, Culligan partnership announced
HealthWay and Culligan have partnered to offer consumers the complete environmental package of clean air and water. With the addition of 600+ Culligan dealers, there will now be nearly 1,000 dealerships that bring the message of clean air to the health-conscious consumer around the world. HealthWay’s advanced air purification systems feature a patented DFS technology which removes and destroys 99.99 percent of all particles down to 0.007 micron in size, including particles, VOCs and microorganisms.

WEF kids book now multilingual
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) continues to make WATER’S WORTH IT® accessible to international audiences with the coming release of its award-winning Why Water’s Worth It children’s book (https://watersworthit.org/resources/) in Spanish and French. All three editions, along with exclusive new merchandise (such as a kids’ t-shirt, coloring tote bag and a sticker-sheet featuring the book illustrations) were available for the first time at WEFTEC 2019.

LWCF to fund projects
US Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced $170,623,713 in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to all 50 states, five US territories and the District of Columbia for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. LWCF funds are non-taxpayer dollars derived from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues and are awarded through federal matching grants administered by the National Park Service. Bernhardt also announced an $83.7 million construction contract for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project to bring clean and reliable water to tribal and rural communities in northwestern New Mexico. As part of the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Reclamation’s water supply project is the cornerstone of the Navajo Nation San Juan River in New Mexico Water Rights Settlement Agreement.

Space water treatment announced
AquiSense Technologies has participated in 10 distinct aerospace projects. In 2015, the company was selected to participate in BIOWYSE, a Horizon 2020 project dedicated to designing and testing a water monitoring and treatment system for next-generation manned space stations. Since then, several other aerospace projects have sought the company’s water treatment technology. They include product design and hardware supply to both private space companies and various NASA groups, including those at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Johnson Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center. These projects range from keeping growth systems clean in space-bound greenhouses, to decreasing the maintenance burden from nuisance biofilm formation in enclosed systems, to disinfecting the water that astronauts drink on the International Space Station.

New Winsupply location opened
Winsupply Inc. has opened Winsupply of West Orange (County), in Ocoee, FL, serving residential plumbing contractors and MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) for theme parks, resorts and hotels in central Florida. President of Winsupply of West Orange Scott Karlson began his career as a plumber 34 years ago, shifting into wholesale plumbing supplies for the past 23 years. In 2018, he joined Winsupply of Orlando (Florida) to help grow its residential plumbing business and has now accepted the opportunity to become owner of a new Winsupply location. Although Winsupply of West Orange is a new location, Karlson and his team of seven employees have a combined 150 years of plumbing and distribution experience.

PWF, Xylem partnership expanded
During World Water Week 2019, Xylem Inc. and Planet Water Foundation (PWF) announced plans to extend and deepen their partnership. As part of the expanded partnership, which initially launched eight years ago to address water access issues in the world’s most impoverished communities, Planet Water Foundation will integrate Xylem pump products into all the non-profit’s water filtration and sanitation solutions. Since 2011, the two companies have provided education and access to safe, potable water in over 400 communities across 12 countries, supporting the daily drinking water requirements of nearly 500,000 people.

Water filtering cloth invented
Syracuse University senior Nikita Chatterjee and her roommate, Brianna Howard, had an idea to help provide access to safe drinking water in India. Many families in India use traditional sari cloth to filter water. Lab tests have shown four layers of cloth can help filter cholera bacteria but still leave many contaminants behind. (Water.org estimates that 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are linked to unsafe water sources.) The students designed and built a prototype for an invention that combined a traditional sari with built-in, advanced water filters. Recognizing that first-world solutions do not always work for developing countries, their PAANI device is simple, familiar and practical for families who already use sari cloth for filtering. When the filters in the PAANI device are used up, henna dye produces an X symbol (universally meaning stop) on the cloth.

Fracking not affecting groundwater more
Conventional oil and gas production methods can affect groundwater much more than fracking, according to hydrogeologists Jennifer McIntosh from the University of Arizona and Grant Ferguson from the University of Saskatchewan. While groundwater use varies by region, about 30 percent of Canadians and more than 45 percent of Americans depend on the resource for their municipal, domestic and agricultural needs. Some of the water injected as part of oil and gas production activities is freshwater from the surface or from shallow aquifers. McIntosh said that could affect groundwater and surface water supplies in water-stressed regions, such as New Mexico or Texas.

Europe
2030 UN goal not being met
Just four countries have met the UN Sustainable Development Goals for everyone to have access to sanitation and safe drinking water by 2030. More than two billion people still need safe sanitation within the next 11 years. Life expectancy is 4.72 years shorter in countries where less than 70 percent of the population have access to drinking water and countries with limited access to basic drinking water experience significantly more deaths from preventable health risks and higher child mortality rates. Seven countries still provide less than half of their population with access to basic drinking water, while another 40 countries have no basic sanitation services for at least 50 percent of citizens, new research shows.

Viewpoint: International concerns become local issues

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

At press time, we are at the height of hurricane season and many storms are making their presence felt—in a big way. For the Houston, TX metro area, up to seven inches of rain are anticipated to accompany Hurricane Imelda. And more is coming. While most hurricanes spin up in the area of Western Africa, tropical depressions continue to form in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, promising even more flooding events. The Pacific coast is not without its own weather problems, even though most hurricanes in this region head out to open water rather than hug the western coastline.
What does this mean for you, as dealers and manufacturers? As with previous devastating hurricanes, flood water intrusion is a very real and common problem. Even after flood waters have receded, good water quality may be hard to find in affected areas. James Peterson of Crystal IS addresses these concerns in this issue. Being prepared means being ready to deal with major water quality problems and shortages. Dealers can be the first line of defense in these situations and manufacturers can assure the best possible solutions are deployed to disaster zones.
While natural disasters are problematic in the US on a more seasonal basis, weather-related crises are happening around the world, around the clock. If it’s not bad water quality, then water scarcity may well be at the root of entire nations’ stability. We are fortunate to have so many options in the US to deal with disastrous consequences but others across the globe are not so fortunate. Dale ‘DataDale’ Filhaber addresses this in her recap of a recent visit to Africa. Eye-opening is the simplicity of solutions and the need for help. A great many manufacturers and dealers are already at the forefront of philanthropic endeavors and there are always more, imperative reasons to be part of a global solution.
Speaking of solutions, many people (especially those of the younger generations) believe that all problems are solvable with technology. And that may be true, in part, as the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes more established across the globe. Manufacturers in all industries are embracing the ability to wire our world. WQA’s Kathleen Fultz examines how governments are attempting to produce a framework of regulations to ensure the safety of data that is traversing the Internet across and to these IoT devices. While the high-speed of life is already at a break-neck pace, privacy issues keep cropping up because no regulatory framework actually exists in any country.
As we review the ways technology has done marvelous things for our standard of living, there are shortfalls yet to be overcome. For the water treatment industry, that relates to water testing requirements and systems now in place. Real-time results would better equip agencies to more adequately deal with contamination events, to reassure people their water is safe. Now, there’s reason to be positive this will be a reality. Dr. Kelly A. Reynolds reports on a new Smartphone technology that when deployed, will give results in minutes or hours instead of days. Not only will the phone be able to define outbreaks, it will be able to track them as well. For consumers, this will mean fewer disruptions to their water sources as well as quicker resolutions for boil-water alerts.
That’s a lot to take in as the world speeds by but we’ll be there to keep you up-to-date and as well-informed as possible. You are the ones consumers will rely on to keep them safe. We feel honor-bound to make sure you have the latest and greatest information to allow your businesses to meet changing conditions and rectify problems as they arise, if not before.

Service and replacement part kits

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Bluewater Group USA service tool and spare-parts kits are now available. Contained in sturdy and light-weight carry cases, these service kits have everything needed to service a Bluewater purifier in one trip. Each kit contains the following: Pro & Spirit filter wrench; Cleone filter wrench; Tee Handle pump puller; Alvin six-inch (15.24-cm) nose pliers; O-ring lube, silicone; Husky four-piece precision pick set; Vaughn 12-ounce (0.3-kg) soft-face mallet; John Guest collet release tool and more. Spare part kits may include: gears and belts; gaskets; conductivity sensors; O-rings; check valves; pressure switches and much more. Download the appropriate order form, complete and submit. Contact the company for ordering information for spare parts.
https://bluewatergroup.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=74beb512c3ceff199f9955709&id=ee8f0df58a&e=5cc3b17942, InfoUSA@bluewatergroup.com

PFAS modeling program

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Battelle introduces its digital tool to determine where PFAS substances are going once they have been introduced into groundwater. The PFAS Predict program has options to scale dispersion processes based on modeling PFAS groundwater plumes. It takes into account the age of contaminants, degradation components and overall characteristics of PFAS chemicals in groundwater media. This proprietary program is compatible with industry standard MODFLOW groundwater flow models and conceptual site models. https://www.battelle.org/inb/pfas

Canned water

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

RightWater offers a plastic-free solution by packaging water from natural springs in 100-percent recyclable aluminum and BPA-free, 12-ounce (0.3-liter) cans. As a value-added product for water treatment-minded customers, this could give dealers the opportunity to provide a responsible hydration feature with a bonus charity component. Sales help fund clean-water projects. Produced in the US, every can is hand-inspected to ensure quality.
https://www.drinkrightwater.com

Matte black finish RO faucets

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Tomlinson Industries’ Designer and Contemporary RO faucets are now available in a matte black finish, which brings dramatic elegance to the warm tone of black for an eye-catching result. Faucet features include: lead-free brass body; smooth operating lever-style handle; patented removable modular air gap; protective spout tip to prevent after-drip and a high-reach, 12-inch (30.48-cm), 360° swivel neck. Available in an array of finishes and all mounting hardware is included. Certified to NSF/ANSI 61-9 and 372, the faucets are compliant with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). www.tomlinsonind.com, pfranchino@tomlinsonind.com

People

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Jayjack, Van Sickle advance at Water-Right
Water-Right® has promoted Melanie Jayjack as the organization’s Marketing Manager. Previously Brand Manager in charge of the Evolve® and WaterCare® brands, she will continue to use her skills to progress the marketing division across all brands and distribution channels. Christine Van Sickle joined Water-Right to assume the position of Brand Manager. She will provide support to the Evolve and WaterCare brands, including website management and social media campaigns. Van Sickle will work with the team to develop brand plans and strategies and provide support to professional dealers through product advertising.

Willis named to ResinTech sales team
ResinTech announced that Grady Willis joined its Midwest Technical Sales team. He brings over two decades of industry experience, including 17 years in the power and water industry sector. Before joining ResinTech, Willis held positions at GE Water and Process Technologies, GE Betz, Nalco Chemical Company, GE Digital Energy & PMC Biogenix. He graduated from Kings Point, the US Merchant Marine Academy and was an LCDP in the Naval Reserve.

AWQA Director to retire
In early August, the administrative duties of the Arizona Water Quality Association were transferred to Tri-advocates, when David Perry concluded his tenure of more than 41 years. Perry joined AWQA in May 1978, before its current name was considered, under the presidency of Ray Moses. During his tenure, the organization has been involved in a number of key areas and is currently continuing to work on salinity discharge and other environmental issues. Perry will still be available and can be reached via email or phone (480) 947-8969.

Morecraft named NSF Global Director
NSF International announced the promotion of Jen Morecraft to Global Director. She most recently held the position of Director of NSF’s Supplier Assurance programs. Previously, Morecraft worked on the frontlines of public health as an environmental health sanitarian in Illinois and as an AmeriCorps member with the Illinois Public Health Association. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in community health from Western Illinois University.

Westerhoff named Clarke Prize Laureate
The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) announced Dr. Paul Westerhoff, Regents Professor and Fulton Chair of Environmental Engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, as the 2019 Clarke Prize Laureate. His research touches on a wide range of water issues, from watersheds to nanomaterials and from rivers, groundwater and wastewater to water condensation. Westerhoff’s work has focused on natural organic material and nitrogen in water, DBP formation and control, water reuse, control of endocrine disruptors and pharmaceuticals, and characterization
and control of nanoparticles. He has advanced adoption of the One Water concept, the idea that all water, regardless of the source, is part of the water cycle and is an important resource.

Rizcallah honored with Seidner award
Philip Rizcallah, Director, Research and Development, Construction at the National Research Council of Canada is the 19th recipient of the Joseph K. Seidner Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Canadian plumbing codes and standards. He joined NRC in 1999 as a Technical Advisor for the National Fire Code. He progressed to Manager of Codes Canada and was appointed Program Director for the Building Regulations for Market Access Program in 2014. Currently, Rizcallah serves as Program Director at the Construction Research Centre of the National Research Centre.

Industry veteran Angel mourned
Long-time water treatment industry veteran John Robert Angel passed away peacefully July 1. He was born in 1924, to Robert and Marie Angel, in East Cleveland, OH. Angel attended Shaw High School and Ohio University. He served honorably from 1943-1946 as a P38 armorer in the US Army Air Corp, stationed in the US and South Pacific. In 1948, Angel received a Bachelor of Science Degree in commerce from Ohio University and began his career in Regional Sales for Westinghouse. In 1955, he and his wife Sally moved to southern California, where he worked in the water treatment industry for more than 40 years. Angel was preceded in death by his wife Sally and son Steve. He is survived by son Nicholas (Vikki) and daughter Laura (Randall); five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A memorial service was held September 7 at Community Presbyterian Church of Cambria.

Global Spotlight

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

North America
New system for California prison
Pure Water Works Inc. announced the installation of a high-purity water system at the Valley State Penitentiary in Chowchilla, CA. The system went into a vision lab, the infrastructure built using prison labor. This state-of-the-art optical lab will be run by the prison population and provide eyewear to prisoners. It will also give marketable skills to inmates for use after their release.

WQA supports US EPA recommendations
The Water Quality Association announced that it supports the US EPA recommendation that residents of Newark, NJ use bottled water until further testing can verify that the amount of lead in the water delivered to homes and businesses does not exceed the design and scope of water filtration products to effectively reduce lead to safe levels. Based on the limited information available currently, the lead levels in water coming to the filters may exceed the 150 ppb for which they are tested under the American National Standards. If so, these high lead levels could exceed filter design and the scope of the product certification and thus, the ability to reach the US EPA safe drinking-water standard of 15 ppb.

ASSE standards available
ASSE International has published two new Listing Evaluation Criteria (LEC) documents: ASSE LEC 2004-2019, Drinking Water Treatment Systems Using Air as a Source and ASSE LEC 2006-2019, Point of Entry Reverse Osmosis Systems. ASSE LEC 2004 Systems, also known as atmospheric water generators, are used to produce drinking water by using humidity as a source. Atmospheric water generation becomes a real source of water supply in places where tap water is not available or where the quality of tap water does not meet consumer requirements. ASSE LEC 2006 POE RO Systems are used to treat and improve water quality as well. The document covers systems that produce a product flowrate of at least two gpm (7.6 L/min) out of the system.

Four decades of ATS
Alpine Technical Solutions announced it is celebrating 40 years in business.The original CEO, Robert Allred, began operations out of his pea-green station wagon in 1979. He catapulted the business into a leading water treatment and safety shower company that his son, Richard Allred, took over and expanded in Brazil, with plans to move into Uruguay, Saudi Arabia, China and India, as well as in other areas of the US.

Water tasting event requirements announced
The 30th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, produced by Travel Berkeley Springs, is the largest and longest running of its kind in the world, acclaimed by media as the world’s most prestigious water tasting. The event will take place in Berkeley Springs, WV February 20-23, 2020. New this year there will be no entry fees for winners of regional AWWA competitions, as a congratulatory gift from the event’s producer. The entry deadline is February 1, 2020.

Study on submersible pumps released
The submersible-pump type remains lucrative as investments in wastewater treatment and water supply projects see a hike, according to a Persistence Market Research study. The production rate of pumps is increasing across the globe, which is backed by demand from countries in Asia Pacific, Latin America and MEA. The global demand for pumps is directly correlated to infrastructure development activities worldwide. The global market for pumps witnessed significant growth in 2018 and is anticipated to reach a market value of $40 billion (USD) in 2019.

Latin America
ENEPAC collaboration announced
TRENDS Industrial (developer of the ENAPAC solar-powered desalination project) and the Sustainable Minerals Institute International Centre of Excellence-Chile (SMI-ICE-Chile, an entity of The University of Queensland, Australia) have signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of a project on an optimization supply model for the use of desalinated water in the Atacama Region. The country—and the Atacama Region in particular—is suffering from a severe drought. Continued and future industrial development, especially by the mining industry, will depend on having effective strategies in place to ensure sustainable water supply and demand management.

Europe
Aquatech news
Three months before the show, Aquatech Global Events announced that Aquatech Amsterdam is now 99-percent sold out. This is especially noteworthy as the show moves to larger halls this year. Over 1,000 exhibitors and 25,000 water professionals are anticipated to visit Amsterdam for a week of networking and knowledge sharing with industry peers. It is a festive edition as the show, born in 1964, celebrates its 55th anniversary. The first Aquatech Innovation Forum set for November 4 is nearing completion. Thirty speakers, including 15 water utilities, have confirmed to speak. With more than four months to go until its inaugural event, Aquatech is pleased to announce that 80 percent of the conference program for the Innovation Forum is now complete.

Canary Island project announced
IDE Technologies announced that is continuing a 50-year tradition of providing desalination plants to the Canary Islands by supplying a chemical-free SWRO solution to Aguas De Arguineguín, a water utility company. The plant has a capacity of 1,000 m3/day and utilizes IDE PROGREEN, which delivers affordable, clean water without the use of chemicals and with reduced energy consumption. The plant will be able to better meet increasing water demands due to tourism, without using harmful chemicals. Arguineguín is a picturesque tourist location on Gran Canaria’s south coast, the largest island in the archipelago. The existing desalination plant was built 36 years ago. IDE was awarded the project in late 2017, which included production and distribution.

Asia
Grundfos expansion announced
In August, P.T. Grundfos Pompa inaugurated its new office building in Surabaya, Indonesia. The new branch office is proof of Grundfos’ steady growth in Indonesia and will help cater to customers across key segments including industry, water utility, and commercial and domestic building services. Kim Jensen, Regional Managing Director-Grundfos Asia Pacific Region, Giancarlo Roggiolani, General Manager-Grundfos Indonesia & Philippines along with the key management team members from Indonesia, customers and partners were present at the inaugural event.

India sustainable water model to be developed
SPML Infra Limited, India’s leading water management company will play a key role in the development of sustainable water infrastructure to realize the vision of Nal Se Jal. This ambitious scheme announced by the Finance Minister aims to provide piped water connection to every household in India by 2024. Given the massive number of connecting about 140 million remaining rural and urban households in five years’ time will be a challenging task.

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