Hungerford & Terry Inc., of Clayton, N.J., was awarded four contracts for arsenic removal systems during the first quarter of this year. Two were contracted by the Canyon General Improvement District in Sparks, Nev., one was for a military base in Southern California, and the other is for a small community in Maryland. 💧
California’s Department of Health Services, along with the help of 34 counties, the California Rural Water Association and more than 500 water systems, has completed assessments on more than 95 percent of the public drinking water sources in the state. The summaries can be obtained at: http://swap.ice.ucdavis.edu/TSinfo/TSintro.asp 💧
Oakville, Canada-based ZENON finished 2003 on a record note by nearly doubling profit to $12.5 million from $6.4 million in 2002. Meanwhile, revenues increased by 26 percent and came in at $183.6 million. 💧
Global Water Intelligence, a monthly water industry newsletter based in the UK, published a market report entitled “Desalination Markets 2005-2015: A Global Assessment & Forecast” in late April. For more information, visit www.globalwaterintel.com 💧
North Andover, Mass.-based Watts Water Technologies Inc. acquired 90 percent of the stock of Team Precision Pipe Work Ltd., of Ammanford, West Wales, UK. The latter has about $11 million in annual revenue. 💧
Prescott, Ariz.-based e-FoodSafety.com anticipated receipt of 15 new high-pressure ozone sanitization units by April from Tru-Pure Ozone Technologies Inc. The units provide 100 pounds per square inch (psi) to 2,000 psi. 💧
East Hills, N.Y.-based Pall Corp. reported sales and earnings results for the second quarter and six months ended Jan. 31. Sales for the quarter jumped 10 percent to $428.1 million vs. $388.5 million last year. 💧
The USEPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) office, which coordinates activities of the SAB Drinking Water Committee, has moved. New contact information: USEPA Science Advisory Board, Mail Code 1400F, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20460; (202) 343-9999; (202) 233- 0643 (fax) and www.epa.gov/sab/ 💧
On a volume basis, bottled water is now the second largest commercial beverage category (behind carbonated soft drinks) in the United States, reported New York City-based Beverage Marketing Corp. Last year, total U.S. category volume approached 6.4 billion gallons, a 7.5 percent increase over 2002. 💧
Preferred Rubber Compounding Corp., of Barberton, Ohio, announced five new EPDM compounds for potable water applications that were recently tested by Underwriters’ Laboratories to requirements of NSF Standard 61, Drinking Water System Components-Health Effects. 💧
Carol Stream, Ill.-based A.J. Antunes & Co., a manufacturer of water filtration systems, entered an agreement with Aquest Inc. that grants the latter exclusive sales, distribution and service responsibility for U.S. and Canadian residential markets. Antunes manufactures systems that remove particulate, bacteria, cysts and viruses. 💧
The Water Environment Federation (WEF), of Alexandria, Va., formed an Infrastructure Task Force to review U.S. infrastructure management and investment addressing old and failing water and wastewater systems. Chaired by past WEF president Robert McMillon and James Canaday, the first meeting was April 27. 💧
The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) moved its headquarters from California to Florida. The new contact information is: 611 S. Federal Highway, Ste. A, Stuart, FL 34994. The AMTA can be reached at (772) 463-0820, (772) 463-0860 (fax), email: email@example.com, or website: www.membranes-amta.org 💧
Nelsen reaches 50-year mark; offers truck and new website
Nelsen Corp, of Norton, Ohio, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To help commemorate this milestone, the company is giving away a 2005 Ford F-150 truck. The promotion will be held throughout the year. Contact the company at (800) 362-9686 for more information. In other company news, Nelsen has announced the launch of its redesigned website, www.nelsencorp.com. The new site places emphasis on product support for the company’s expanding dealer base. In addition, qualified dealers have access to Nelsen’s full online catalog.
Calif. sets higher perchlorate level; Ariz. forms task force
California issued a tentative threshold for perchlorate in drinking water that’s six times as high as what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has said is safe for public consumption. California’s “public health goal,” issued by the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, is meant to guide regulators in formulating an enforceable drinking water standard. California scientists determined perchlorate is safe in drinking water in concentrations of as much as 6 parts per billion (ppb). In contrast, the USEPA—in its 2002 draft risk assessment of perchlorate in drinking water—estimated perchlorate poses health dangers, particularly to fetuses and infants, in concentrations above 1 ppb. After opposition from the Pentagon and many of its suppliers, who discharged perchlorate via solid-rocket fuel into drinking supplies nationwide throughout the Cold War, the Bush administration submitted the USEPA’s draft risk assessment to further review by the National Academy of Sciences. Until now, California’s health department required water suppliers to remove perchlorate to concentrations below 4 ppb, but it raised the action level in March to 6 ppb. Elsewhere, Arizona announced a task force comprised of four state agencies to determine the amount of perchlorate in Arizona’s water supplies. This task force could establish the state’s first standard for perchlorate, which inhibits thyroid gland functions. In March, owners of a plant reported perchlorate in groundwater wells at a north Phoenix facility. Tests found levels ranging from 43 to 130 parts per billion (ppb) in wells southeast of the plant, which manufactures ejector seats and uses rocket propellant—both of which involve perchlorates. Those levels are from four to nearly 10 times higher than Arizona’s current 14 ppb “health-based guidance level.” There is no state standard.
Tetra Tech lands contracts
Tetra Tech Inc., of Pasadena, Calif., was awarded over $17 million in new contracts from the USEPA Office of Water. These three contracts support development of water quality standards and pollution prevention strategies in the United States. All three contracts begin immediately. Tetra Tech will support the USEPA Office of Water to assess and manage risks associated with toxic bio-accumulation of contaminants in surface waters; develop, revise, and implement ecological criteria for the protection of water quality on a national, state and site-specific basis; and provide technical services for the USEPA’s nationwide animal feeding operations and permitting initiatives under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program.
Filters given to D.C. residents
The Washington, D.C. Water and Sewer Authority received an additional 12,000 water filters in mid-March for customers whose tap water is contaminated with lead, but the agency will keep them until determining the most efficient distribution method. The 4,300 faucet-mounted and 7,700 pitcher-style PUR water filters were donated by the Procter & Gamble Co. Earlier in March, the Brita Products Co. donated 10,000 pitcher-style filters. Mayor Anthony Williams instructed sewer authority officials to make immediate arrangements to supply filters for the 23,000 homes in which high levels of lead had been detected. He didn’t ask the USEPA to declare it an official emergency situation. The faucet-mounted filters last two to three months, a P&G spokesman said. The pitcher-style filters should last one to two months. The sewer authority will provide replacement filters when the originals expire. For water containing levels of lead lower than 150 parts per billion (ppb), the Brita pitcher filter is designed to remove 98 percent of lead. Sewer authority records show that 848 of the 6,118 homes tested last year had lead levels from 100 to 300 ppb and that 157 had levels in excess of 300 ppb. This year, a second round of tests of 621 homes has shown 12 with lead levels between 150 and 300 ppb. Although the goal is to have zero lead in drinking water, the USEPA’s action level for lead is 15 ppb. The agency set up a webpage for additional information: www.epa.gov/dclead/
Standards site debuts online
Water professionals are able to access up-to-the-minute developments in water quality testing standards and consult with other experts through a new website, www.standardmethods.com. Three prominent water and public health organizations—the American Public Health Association, the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation—launched an online, subscription-based service of the popular Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater in April. Print versions of Standard Methods have served as an industry guide for water quality testing for 99 years, providing more than 350 separate methods of water quality measurements used by industry scientists, analysts and engineers.
NPR series rips water industry
National Public Radio (NPR) ran a two-part series—each about 10 minutes long—critical of public drinking water systems as well as the USEPA and “water industry” in particular. The first part focuses on the lead issue in Washington D.C., but the second expands on the aging infrastructure of water supply systems in America. Featured in the series are Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Jim Elder and water researcher Eric Olson. The series can be heard at www.npr.org/features/feature.php?wfId=1842200
NSF steps toward organics
NSF International, of Ann Arbor, Mich., has acquired Quality Assurance International Inc. (QAI), a global leader in organic certification. In coming months, QAI and NSF will work together to provide independent, third- party certification programs and quality services to help protect the safety of food and consumer products. QAI, of San Diego, focuses its efforts on providing quality organic certification services at every step in the production chain and educating the organic community and consumers. According to recent market surveys, two out of three certified organic products on U.S. store shelves use QAI certification services. QAI will work closely with NSF to reach out to the food industry, producers, trading companies, manufacturers, private labelers, restaurants and retail distributors to offer combined quality services for a wide array of clients.
HydroFlo unveils new site
HydroFlo Inc., of Raleigh, N.C., launched a new corporate website, www.hydroflo.us, designed to feature its investment portfolio and provide shareholders and the public markets with the most up-to-date information on its activities as a business development company. The website provides information on HydroFlo Inc.’s first operating subsidiary, HydroFlo Water Treatment Inc., as well as information on HWTI’s water treatment technologies. Visitors are also encouraged to subscribe to the company’s investor mailing list, providing the opportunity for shareholders and other market participants to receive press releases, links to new SEC filings, newsletters, and any other written material disseminated by the company. In other news, HydroFlo Inc. has expanded its scope of treatment at the Carolina Water Service site in Harrisburg, N.C. Testing since the expansion last September indicates sulfide levels at discharge are less than 0.25 ppm and dissolved oxygen levels are between 1 and 2.5 ppm.
Norland opens new business digs; Neb. governor is part of festivities
Norland Int’l Inc., of Lincoln, Neb., celebrated the grand opening of its new building. Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns participated in the program. The move to the new 35,000-square-foot building highlights the company’s 10th anniversary, which the company will celebrate during the 2003-2004 fiscal year. Norland officially opened its doors July 1, 1993, in Lincoln. The new building houses Norland’s executive and administrative offices including the marketing and sales, customer service and engineering departments. The facility’s plant area includes product assembly, parts warehousing and shipping departments. The company employs 25 on site. Current sales are split nearly 70 percent and 30 percent between export and domestic sales, respectively, according to Mike McFarland, co-founder and president of the company. The company has equipment in daily operation on six continents.
Purolite’s Sabzali gets year probation in Cuba case
The 3-½ year case of Canadian businessman James Sabzali, charged with violating the U.S. embargo against Cuba, came to a close in late February as he received a year’s probation in exchange for pleading guilty to a single charge of “smuggling” several thousand dollars worth of water treatment supplies destined for the island. He was also fined $10,000. Sabzali had been charged with 75 counts of violating the 1917 U.S. Trading with the Enemy Act and a single count of conspiracy for sales of nearly $3 million worth of supplies to Cuba. He faced a possible life sentence and a fine of over $19 million. Sabzali’s conviction on the single charge of smuggling references his importation of goods in violation of U.S. law; in this case, re-export to Cuba by a U.S. business, Bro-Tech, which is affiliated with Purolite. Prosecutors allowed Sabzali, a Philadelphia-area resident since 1996, to plead guilty to this new offense to avoid the automatic deportation required by all original charges. Claude Gauthier, who replaced Sabzali as Bro-Tech’s Canadian sales manager eight years ago, kept a watchful eye on his friend’s legal fight. Gauthier was previously under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department, which considered him an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the case. The investigation into Sabzali’s business practices began in February 1997.
P&G markets water purifier
Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) plans to spend $3.5 million to market and distribute a new water purification product in Haiti, Pakistan and other countries. The Cincinnati-based company is collaborating with several other entities to form the Safe Drinking Water Alliance, which was launched in late April. The alliance will receive $1.4 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Its initial goal is to provide safe drinking water in Haiti, Pakistan and a third, yet-to-be-identified developing country. P&G’s contribution is a newly developed PUR purifier. The product would be sold in shops at 10 cents a packet to treat 10 liters, or 2.5 gallons, of water. P&G has a distribution network in Pakistan, but not in Haiti. The third country to be named later will be able to get the purifier for free. P&G was expected to launch in Pakistan in May and in Haiti this summer. Other members of the alliance include Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs, CARE and Population Services International.
Trojan faces UV recall
Canada-based Trojan Technologies Inc. is recalling about 3,900 Trojan UVMax water disinfection systems sold in the United States. About 12,500 were sold worldwide. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said some lamp pins used in these systems are improperly soldered and can cause the units to overheat, posing a fire hazard. Trojan Technologies has received 40 reports worldwide of the systems overheating, resulting in some damaged units. No injuries or other property damage was reported. Models included in the recall are D, D Plus, E, E Plus, F, F Plus, Pro 7 and 15. Model numbers are written on the Underwriters Laboratories label on the power supply. The systems were sold by water treatment dealers, plumbing stores and through direct sales from plumbers from August 2000 through April 2004 for between $500 and $1,500. Contact Trojan Technologies to arrange a free lamp repair or replacement at (800) 241-7923.
Arsenic seeps into India
Arsenic contamination in drinking water has taken a serious turn in the Chandpur and Comilla districts of India, reported The Daily Star. In some villages of these two districts, water in almost 98 percent of tubewells was contaminated. Residents of Baburhat and Shilandia of Chandpur, Barkail of Comilla, and Putia and Adampur of Daudkandi are suffering from serious arsenic contamination. A plant at Barkail of Chandina has been set up to remove arsenic from contaminated water. Officials are also tackling the problem through Community Managed Piped Water Supply System by preserving rain water in a tank. Officially, 13,000 people are suffering from arsenic contamination.
CIPH surpasses goal
Late last year, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) kicked off its current fundraising campaign on behalf of Habitat for Humanity Canada (HFHC) with a goal to raise a minimum of $550,000. In March, the association said its members had raised $782,872 in the 2004/2005 campaign. The CIPH is one of HFHC’s top corporate donors. Since 1994, CIPH members contributed in excess of $1.7 million to HFHC and helped more than 500 Canadian families move into their own homes across the country. The current campaign brings that total to over $2.5 million. The announcement was made in conjunction with Focus—CIPHEX Ontario 2004, a trade show and conference for the plumbing, hydronic heating, HVAC and water quality industries.
Two profs win water prize
An American and a Danish ecologist shared this year’s $150,000 Stockholm Water Prize for their outstanding contributions to global lake and wetland sustainability. William Mitsch, a professor of natural resources and environmental science and director of the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at Ohio State University, and Sven Erik Joergensen, a professor of environmental chemistry at the Danish University of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Copenhagen, will receive the award from King Carl XVI Gustaf on Aug. 19 in Stockholm. In its citation, the Stockholm Water Foundation said the two scientists were awarded the prize “for their pioneering development and global dissemination of ecological models of lakes and wetlands, widely applied as effective tools in sustainable water resource management.” The award, which includes a crystal and silver sculpture, was founded in 1990. It’s given annually to an organization, individual or company that has made a substantial contribution to the preservation, enhancement or availability of the world’s water resources. Last year’s winner was German scientist Peter Wilderer for his research on sustainable water use and sanitation.
MIOX deals with Japanese
MIOX Corp., of Albuquerque, N.M., and Japan-based New Scientific Prevention (NSP) have signed a 10-year exclusive distribution and manufacturing license agreement for MIOX on-site disinfection systems in Japan. NSP has sold MIOX products in Japan for several years and is working with the Japanese government to obtain endorsement of the technology. To date, there are over 80 MIOX equipment installations in Japan, disinfecting and protecting potable water systems and swimming pools. The MIOX product line includes both mixed-oxidant and hypochlorite generators for water treatment. The distribution and license agreement is part of a program to strengthen the presence of the MIOX product line in the Japanese market and to expand international sales for the corporation. The agreement was commemorated in a March ceremony in Japan. MIOX projects the first Japanese manufactured units will be available next year.