Helping people in developing countries get safe drinking water is as simple as visiting Water for People’s website, www. waterforpeople.org/donation.htm, and registering with eBay. For each new member, WFP receives $4 to assist with water efforts around the world. 💧
Ionics Inc. reported revenues of $113.7 million for the second quarter of 2001 which were up 10.6 percent compared to the same period last year. 💧
Boca Raton, Fla.-based Advanced Medical Technologies Inc., developer of the WaterStar system, announced a joint venture with Internet Marketing Consortium, a large multimedia marketing company. 💧
Orion Diversified Technologies Inc. agreed to acquire Proton Laboratories Inc. in June. 💧
Top Philippine beverage firm La Tondena Distillers Inc. said in March that its parent San Miguel Corp. and Coca-Cola Co. will buy its water and juice businesses for $141 million. 💧
Osmonics Inc., of Minnetonka, Minn., begins its 15-city tour in the United States of its Autotrol products training seminars for professional water treatment dealers. 💧
Taylor Technologies, of Sparks, Md., has launched a newsletter, The Cornerstone. It will address testing methods, testing techniques, good housekeeping practices, safety issues and other fundamentals of water analysis. 💧
Canada’s Choice Spring Water Inc. said three major J.S. retailers—Albertson’s, Von’s and Super Kmart Centers—will distribute in over 3,000 grocery retail outlets in the U.S. 💧
Australian-based IT Environmental acquired the Hydrotechnics division of BGC Contracting in June. Hydrotechnics Water will be based in Perth. 💧
The National Ground Water Association has added daily industry news updates and a new online store to its website as of March. 💧
StonePoint Group Ltd. has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase Water Source One, LLC, a Texas-based company that markets private label bottled water to Wal-Mart and Albertson’s among other stores. 💧
San Diego-based Action Instruments, a manufacturer and supplier of industrial instrumentation for process control and factory automation, launched its new website in March. 💧
United Brands will distribute the SerVen Rich oxygen-enriched drinking water bottled by AquaClara to the national and international marketplace. 💧
H2M Labs Inc., of Melville, N.Y., in April received nationwide accreditation from the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program H2M Labs has also registered with the USEPA to analyze potable water samples under the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule at public water systems. 💧
The water engineering business unit of HDR Inc. of Omaha, Neb., edited and updated the newly published second edition of Handbook of Public Water Systems in June. 💧
Hague launches resin silo
Columbus, Ohio-based Hague Quality Water International has unveiled its new resin silo. The concrete pad that supports the structure is 42 feet deep and heavily reinforced with rebar. The silo weighs 80,000 pounds and will contain the plastic resin needed to manufacture water treatment tank cabinets. Chief engineer Rodger Rhinehart said, “It actually took two cranes of the size shown here to pick up the silo from its side.”
Ill. governor bans MTBE
Illinois Gov. George Ryan signed a bill in July that will ban MTBE from the state beginning in 2004. Ryan noted that the gasoline additive is suspected of contaminating groundwater in several states. The state’s EPA will provide technical assistance and money to test drinking water for MTBE contamination.
Monitoring breeds growth
The USEPA has issued stricter standards and tougher penalties for companies that threaten water purity and quality. In response, establishments ranging from water treatment facilities, aquaculture farms and paper mills are commonly investing in portable, multi-parameter instrumentation to meet monitoring needs. Select U.S. Aqueous Analytical Instrumentation Markets, a report by Frost & Sullivan, says the continuous products segment generated revenues of $127 million in 2000 and is projected to increase steadily to $171.5 million by 2007. Meanwhile, Frost & Sullivan presented awards to companies that have made a positive contribution to the U.S. aqueous analytical instrumentation industry. Those honored were Hach Co., Horiba Instruments Inc., Oakton Instruments, Rosemount Analytical Inc. and YSI Inc.
Looking for the want ads
The Water Quality Association and the Water Quality Society are sponsoring a new career site for the water treatment industry. H2Ojobs.com will help WQA members fill job openings. Members may post openings free until Sept. 15. The regular cost for postings is $150 for WQA member companies ($300 for non-members). It began registering and posting jobs on Aug. 1. Ads are being placed in various publications as well as press releases and targeted mailings. H2Ojobs.com will be easily accessible three ways: directly through H2Ojobs. com, and via links from wqa.org and waterqualitysociety.org.
Test may prevent E. coli
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have developed a new test based on IGEN International Inc.’s technology and used the test to detect potentially pathogenic E. coli O157 bacteria in creek water. In a report of their study, the investigators concluded the test appears suitable for routine screening of water samples, tracking the spread of bacteria in contaminated water supplies, and pinpointing sources of waterborne infections. The findings were reported in the July issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
FDA amends rule for ozone
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is amending the food additive regulations to provide for the use of ozone in gaseous and fluid phases as an antimicrobial agent on food including meat and poultry. This rule became effective on June 26. The action was in response to a petition by the Electric Power Research Institute, Agriculture and Food Technology Alliance, of Palo Alto, Calif.
Sta-Rite buys spa company
Sta-Rite Industries, of Delavan, Wis., has acquired Vico Products Manufacturing Co., and Ultra Jet Plastics, of South El Monte, Calif., as well as Ultra Jet Canada, of Ontario, Canada. Vico/Ultra Jet is a leading manufacturer of spa and jetted tub pumps and fittings and has approximately 140 employees in California and 45 in Canada.
Babbitt to speak at WEFTEC
Bruce Babbitt, former Secretary of the Interior, will be the featured speaker at the general opening session of the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Conference & Exhibition in Atlanta on Oct. 13-17. Babbitt served as Arizona’s governor between 1977-1987. He was appointed to Secretary of the Interior by President Clinton in 1993. During his tenure, plans were made to restore the Florida Everglades and the California Desert Protection Act was enacted. Also, 2001 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate Takashi Asano, a water reuse expert, will speak at the session. Christine Todd Whitman, current USEPA administrator, has been invited to speak.
Today show features NSF
NBC’s Today show on July 6 ran a news item concerning tap water quality and how to determine what’s in the water. Jack Gillis, director of public affairs for the Consumer Federation of America, was interviewed for the story. He references NSF International and NSF-certified products throughout the interview. The website link for the complete story can be found at www.msnbc.com/news/596617.asp.
Olympian to speak at IBWA
Mary Lou Retton, gold medal Olympic gymnast, will launch the IBWA 43rd Annual Convention and Trade Show as the keynote speaker on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001, at the opening session. Retton rose to international fame by winning the all-around gold medal in women’s gymnastics (the only American ever to do so) in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and additional silver and bronze medals. The IBWA show, “Thirsting for Excellence,” will be held in Miami Beach, Fla., Oct. 4-6, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Hilton gets water system
Applied Water Technologies Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Water Technologies Inc., has signed an agreement with York International Corp. to provide the AquaPhysics cooling water treatment technology and services through York for a Hilton Hotel. Global Water is an equipment and services supplier of cooling water and treatment services to power plants and process industries.
Bottled water takes off
Non-carbonated bottled water is the fastest-growing beverage category in the United States. Behind private label waters, Pepsi’s Aquafina is the top selling brand at U.S. retailers. For the year ending May 20, water sales topped $2 billion, up 18.5 percent from that period a year earlier, according to Information Resources Inc. Beverage Marketing noted the average intake of bottled water grew by 1.2 gallons to 18.2 gallons per person last year. Per capita consumption has jumped at least a gallon per year since 1995. In related news, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in July that it will not issue regulations for the bottled water industry regarding removal of Cryptosporidium from its products. The reasoning for the FDA’s decision is largely based on the fact that the water sources used for bottled water, namely groundwater or municipally treated water, aren’t likely to contain the protozoan.
USFilter gets 2 projects
Westlake Chemical Corp. and USFilter Operating Services have signed one of the chemical industry’s largest industrial outsourcing agreements for water and wastewater treatment. The 15-year, multi-million dollar agreement calls for USFilter to operate, maintain and make capital improvements to the water and wastewater treatment units at Westlake’s two ethylene plants and supply demineralized water to its styrene plant in Lake Charles, La. In other news, USFilter is supplying membrane filtration technology for the first large-scale microfiltration plant to be built in North Carolina. The $900,000 Memcor Continuous Microfiltration technology will treat nearly one million gallons per day for the town of Carthage. The plant is expected to begin operation in March 2002.
Utility buys Minn. EcoWater
Chesapeake Utilities Corp. has purchased select assets of EcoWater Systems of Rochester (Minn.). With this transaction, Chesapeake makes its debut in the Minnesota water conditioning and treatment arena. Former owner Donald Lee will continue as a consultant during a transition period and then support the utility in various other operational roles.
In related news, Chesapeake has purchased Intermountain Water Inc. and Blue Springs Water, and thus entered the water conditioning and treatment and bottled water markets in Boise, Idaho. The two dealerships will be combined under Sharp Water of Idaho Inc. A similar entity has been created for dealerships the utility has acquired in Florida.
NSF awards $500,000 grant
Lawrenceville, N.J.-based Envirogen Inc. was given a $500,000 grant by NSF International in mid-January to continue its work on remediation of MTBE, the fuel oxygenate. The grant supports further work by Envirogen on in situ remediation of MTBE contamination through biaugmentation and builds upon previous work by the company under NSF funding. In related news, Envirogen was awarded a contract to supply the U.S. Army with a Fluidized Bed Reactor (FBR) system. It will be used to treat groundwater containing the chemical perchlorate at the Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant in Karnack, Texas. The system will be installed this year.
Uranium found in S.C. wells
Recent state tests of water samples taken from Greenville (S.C.) County neighborhoods show that its water, along with some of the residents, are contaminated with uranium. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) tested 105 people who live in the Simpsonville and Fountain Inn areas. Of those tested, the agency said 94 had elevated levels of uranium. In February, DHEC tested about 50 wells after getting complaints about uranium contamination. After tests showed that several of those wells were unsafe to drink , many people resorted to drinking bottled water.
Itron doubles profits
Second quarter profits more than doubled from a year earlier for Spokane, Wash.-based Itron Inc., a maker of analysis and collection equipment for the gas and water industries. The company reported net income of $2.6 million compared to $1.2 million a year earlier. Revenues climbed 17 percent to $52.9 million.
Paper: Tap is barely OK
Nearly half of Marion County residents who use water provided by the Indianapolis Water Co. regularly use bottled water or filtered water instead of tap water, according to a survey in The Indianapolis Star. Thirty-eight percent of those surveyed for the paper and a local TV station rated the quality of their tap water as good or excellent. Thirty-nine percent said it was fair; 22 percent rated it poor. In other news, the city of Indianapolis has acquired Indianapolis Water Co. after it had been pursued by American Water Works.
AWWA grants new standard
The American Water Works Association board of directors has approved a new standard for the use of polyamide (nylon 11) coatings for the water industry. The new standard—AWWA Standard for Two Layer Nylon-11 Based Polyamide Coating System for Interiors and exteriors of Steel Water Pipes, Connections, Fittings and Special Sections (ANSI/AWWA C224-01)—is the first U.S. standard that governs use of polyamide coatings.
John Guest gears for show
John Guest USA Inc., of Pine Brook, N.J., a manufacturer of food grade push-in fittings, valves and tubing, will be displaying its products at Hall A1, Stand 123, at the Drinktec-Interbrau 2001: World Fair for Beverage Technology, in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 20-27. The company has also promised to introduce some new products.
New standard for Canada?
CSA’s B125 Standards Committee has formed a task group to work toward development of a new standard for water treatment equipment in Canada. While still early in the discussion stage, the scope could possibly extend to cover inline, end-of-faucet and pour-through designs, according to Steve Ver Strat, leader for technical/regulatory affairs in the Access Business Group LLC (Amway) and chairman of the WQA World Assembly Division’s Standards & Regulations Committee. The intended focus would be on structural integrity and material acceptability and would draw heavily on existing standards.
India hosts water forum
India will host the “Science and Technology 2001” international exhibition and conference in New Delhi on Oct. 29-31, 2001. It will feature Water India 2001, Environment India 2001, Industrial Automation India 2001 and Instrumentation 2001 under one roof. The exhibition will create a forum for some of the internationally acclaimed companies to exhibit their latest environment friendly technologies. The event will facilitate the establishment of clean indigenous manufacturing capacity in the country. It will provide a unique platform for the market to explore, understand and review the needs of the diversified industrial base, mature financial sector and the ongoing technological revolution.
Pharmaceuticals industry demands more water purity
The latest analysis by Frost & Sullivan of the European water and wastewater treatment equipment sectors identifies the pharmaceuticals industry as a vital industrial customer and one of its key income generators with revenues worth $186.5 million in 2000. Increasing demand for water purity assurance and more stringent regulatory forces will readily sustain growth in water and wastewater treatment equipment supply to the lucrative pharmaceuticals industry, driving projected sales to a level of $248.2 million by 2007.
Zenon eyes French market
Zenon Environmental Inc., of Ontario, Canada, has concluded a licensing agreement with ONDEO Degrémont. The agreement will allow ONDEO to assemble water and wastewater treatment systems using Zenon’s ZeeWeed immersed membrane technology. The relationship is crucial for Zenon as it looks to penetrate the French market and take advantage of global opportunities where the capabilities of ONDEO are needed to complement Zenon’s technologies.
Disease strikes in Spain
The number of confirmed cases of Legionnaire’s disease more than doubled in southeastern Spain in July, but officials said they had found the source of the outbreak in the city of Murcia, linking it to a downtown department store. Francisco Marques, the regional health minister, said there were now 178 cases of the disease out of 470 with pneumonia-like symptoms. About 80 percent of those infected were men. In the past five years, the disease has killed 26 people in Spain and infected 500, El Pais newspaper reported.
Water Group signs with GE
GE/Glegg, of Ontario, Canada, and a leader in the manufacturing and supplying of water treatment equipment and supplies, reached an agreement in July with The Water Group LLC, of Amesbury, Mass., to represent GE/Glegg’s line of pharmaceutical water products in the New England area. The Water Group team includes industry professionals Jim Hunt, Michael Pacek and Yuriy Tatashin. The Water Group also represents DI Water Inc., also of Amesbury, a high purity water and portable deionization exchange tank vendor and R&M Manufacturing, of Lindon, Utah.
Beijing to upgrade water
After Beijing was selected as host for the 2008 Olympic Games, the Chinese government approved a $12 billion plan to improve air and water quality by closing polluting factories or moving them to the edges of the city, where they will burn natural gas instead of coal, according to a New York Times report.
Water found safe in Israel
Israel’s Health Ministry said in July that water in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area was safe to drink after a section contaminated by fertilizer was flushed out of the system. Nearly 2 million residents had been instructed not to drink their water. Mineral water was sold out at stores within hours when local residents rushed to stock up. Officials said it was the worst water crisis in years. Israel has been suffering from a severe drought since 1999. About 40 percent of the country’s drinking water is brought across the country in an open aqueduct from the Sea of Galilee, which has reached dangerously low levels.
UN urges action on water in Africa
Millions of poor African families desperately need clean water, hiking for miles to fetch it or buying high-priced bottled water, even as wealthy Africans wash their cars and water their lawns, an expert panel of the United Nations said in June. Many slum dwellers simply steal water from pipelines. The panel said Africa needs privatized water companies that would make people pay for what they use, even if it means putting water meters in every household. Most African cities provide running water to only a portion of their residents.
American Water buys Azurix
American Water Works acquired Azurix North America Corp. in August, making it a premier provider of water resource management services in North America.
EU looks to end duties
The European Union in July offered to abolish duties on more than $5 billion on farm, industrial and fish imports from South America trading bloc Mercosur over 10 years as part of efforts to clinch a free trade deal, according to Reuters. In effect, the EU wants access to Mercosur’s industrial sectors and lucrative government procurement contracts such as water utilities and power deals, an offer that may test South Americans willingness to bring down their own barriers. The EU and Mercosur, which comprises Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay and is the world’s third-largest trade bloc, began negotiations in November 1999 with the aim of concluding an agreement by 2005.