Osmotik® Osmosis Technology, Inc. of Buena Park, Calif. announced the acquisition of the assets and technology of the Liquid Process Division of Purolator Advanced Filtration Group, Inc.’s ultrafiltration (UF) business.💧
Royal Spring Water Inc. has reached an agreement with the Harley Davidson Café in Las Vegas, Nev. as their exclusive supplier of private label artesian bottled water. Harley Davidson Café, located in the heart of the Las Vegas strip, supplied its artwork for the design of the label and the first shipment was scheduled for delivery in mid-September.💧
Severn Trent Services announced the sale of its Pipeline Products and Services group to ADS LLC, a subsidiary of Nova Analytics Corporation. The sale includes the full range of its water and sewer pipeline services.💧
According to PRNewswire, Goldman Sachs has taken a minority equity position in Purafilter 2000® and will act as a strategic financial partner in helping the company build its high-growth business.💧
Pentair reported second quarter 2006 earnings-per-share increases of 12 percent over the same period last year, according to Business Wire. Growth in residential, commercial and municipal pump and Asian markets contributed to the positive results.💧
CH2M HILL has created a new website dedicated to recruitment for the firm’s top environmental clients. A growing number of challenging environmental projects will create many opportunities. Open positions can be found online at www.ch2m.com/careers or the new recruiting website www.h3.com.💧
Calgon Carbon Corporation has been awarded a contract by K-Water Group to supply approximately 1.7 million pounds of granular activated carbon (GAC) to the Banwol Water Plant in AhnSan, South Korea for drinking water purification. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.💧
Bottled water recalls
IBWA says the recent recall of a few bottled water brands in New York due to elevated bromate levels demonstrates the protective nature of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bottled water regulation. Product that was not in compliance with the agency’s 10 parts per billion standard for bromate was removed from the marketplace and consumers were instructed how to return recalled products. Bottled water is comprehensively regulated as a packaged food product by FDA and state regulatory agencies. Under federal law, FDA standards for bottled water must be as protective of public health as the tap water regulations set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). According to the IBWA, the current system of bottled water regulation provides consumers with outstanding bottled water safety, quality and public health protection.
LeverEdge announces incentives
ISPC and The LeverEdge announced the destination for their 2007 Annual Incentive Vacation: beautiful Costa Rica. While all the details of next July’s event have not yet been finalized, there will be both coastal and inland activities for eligible dealers. ISPC also announced that that they are debuting a second incentive vacation program entitled President’s Choice. ISPC’s top six merchants will earn an opportunity to enjoy a six-day/seven night Mediterranean cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Splendor of the Seas. Ports of call includeVenice, Italy; Mykonos, Athens, Katakolon and Corfu, Greece and Split, Croatia. For additional information call 800-345-4772, extension 247 or 237. The Fourth Annual LeverEdge/ISPC Invitational Golf Tournament will be held November 10, 2006 at the Champions Gate Golf Resort in Orlando, Florida (just west of Disney World). The event will be a scramble-style golf tournament with a shotgun start (all teams tee off simultaneously on different assigned holes), followed by a BBQ-style buffet. The reservation deadline is November 1. For more information, including registration forms, call Janet Solla at (813) 875-5300, extension 226.
Perchlorate standard set
The Boston Globe reported that Massachusetts has become the first state to set a perchlorate standard. The potentially dangerous chemical is found in drinking water in at least 25 states across the country. The state’s new regulation sets the standard at two parts per billion, significantly lower than the US EPA’s recommended reference dose of about 24 parts per billion, according to Ed Coletta, spokesman for that state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). US EPA estimates 100 percent of perchlorate exposure comes from water, whereas DEP puts the estimate at about 20 percent. The chemical is also found in vegetables, milk and even wine. Massachusetts’ regulation will require most public water systems to be tested regularly. Perchlorate interferes with pre- and postnatal thyroid functions and can impair development and metabolism.
New guidance for tap water samples expected
AWWA reported that US EPA is expected to issue guidance this quarter advising utilities not to ask homeowners who collect tap water samples for Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) compliance purposes to remove faucet aerators prior to doing so. The supplemental guidance, in memo form to state primacy officials and US EPA regions, is being developed in response to recent LCR implementation activities in North Carolina, according to Veronica Blette of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water. The move stems from apparent confusion regarding the agency’s general advice to homeown-ers to clean aerators routinely to help mitigate lead risks and its LCR monitoring guidance, which is silent on that matter. The general advice is also included in mandatory public education language that utilities (which exceed the lead action level) must deliver to customers.
FilmTec plant expansion on track
The expansion of FilmTec Corporation’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Edina, Minn., remains on schedule, with some aspects of the expansion being accelerated to meet demand. Completion of construction, begun in 2004, is scheduled to be completed later this year. The new facility, featuring leading-edge process and manufacturing technology, will provide more than double the current square footage of the firm’s existing plant. It will house additional membrane lines, new fabrication cells and introduce further automation to production capabilities.
Calgon announces gains
Calgon Carbon Corporation announced results for the second quarter ended June 30. Net sales from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2006 were $80.5 million versus second quarter 2005 sales of $77.7 million, a 3.7 percent increase. Results for the quarter included a pre-tax gain of $4.9 million related to an insurance settlement for property damage at the company’s Pearl River Plant that was caused by Hurricane Katrina. Income from operations was $3.0 million, versus $0.9 million for the comparable period in 2005. The company reported net income of $4.0 million for the second quarter, as compared to $2.0 million for the same period in 2005. Results for the quarter included an after-tax gain of $0.3 million from the sale of the company’s solvent recovery business.
Integration of USFilter into the Water Technologies division of the Siemens Group Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) has been completed. USFilter is now officially known in the marketplace as Siemens Water Technologies and is headquartered in Warrendale, Pa. The change reflects the completion of a transition period that began when Siemens purchased USFilter just over two years ago. The company is moving aggressively into Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America.
NSPF grants announced
The National Swimming Pool Foundation ® (NSPF®) Board of Directors voted to allocate $650,000 in research grants for the year 2006-2007. The amount represents a 30 percent increase over 2005 and an 87 percent increase since 2004. The board has steadily approved substantial increases in the foundation’s research budget, based on the broad and growing acceptance of NSPF educational products. The Grant Review Committee has approved three grant applications and endorsed one proposal, which has been approved by the full board. Grants are focused in two general topic areas: the first relates to prevention including drowning, illness and injury; the second relates to demonstrating aquatic health benefits to give medical and industry professionals, the media and the general public compelling evidence to encourage more people to participate in aquatic activities. NSPF accepts grant, scholarship and fellowship applications annually (for submission by June 1). Complete guidelines for applying may be found at www.nspf.org.
Dow signs agreement
The Dow Chemical Company announced that it signed a licensing option and evaluation agreement with South Carolina-based ZDD, Incorporated, giving Dow exclusive rights to elect an exclusive license to Zero Discharge Desalination (ZDD) process technology for desalination of seawater and brackish water. The patent-pending process technology utilizes a unique combination of reverse osmosis (RO) or nanofiltration membranes and electrodialysis cells that enables water treatment facilities to recover potentially saleable salts and greater amounts of pure filtered water. It also minimizes or eliminates the production of concentrated brine, the disposal of which represents a substantial cost traditionally associated with such water treatments.
Membrane sales growth expected
A new technical research market report from BCC Research, Membrane Technology for Food and Beverage Processing (MST030B), projects membrane sales for food and beverage processors will reach $185 million in 2006. At an average annual growth rate of about 4.6 percent through 2011, the market should reach $230 million. Membrane pioneers in the dairy processing sector have the largest installed capacity and continue to buy the greatest share of membrane products. Equipment for this sector has become integral to the manufacturing of milk, cheese and whey proteins. Despite the market’s age, there are still emerging, potentially large growth applications in protein isolation and other separations.
Oasis hosts sales reps
Tri Palm International rolled out the red carpet for 45 sales representatives from its 35 US and seven Canadian agencies. The event included a three-day sales meeting and tours of the firm’s McAllen, Texas distribution center and Monterrey, Mexico manufacturing facility. The management team outlined new sales and marketing tools, including the company’s new catalogs, service center network, website and trade advertising program.
Progressive UV selected
Thorton, Colo. has accommodated continued growth by following its motto, City of Planned Progress. The city’s latest improvement is the installation of ultraviolet (UV) water treatment systems. With assistance from company representatives, Aquionics CrossFlow UV systems was chosen to provide a secondary barrier in the city’s water treatment process installed by Canyon Systems, Inc. (Lakewood, Colo.). The new technology will enable Thorton to meet increased capacity and tightening water quality regulations. The UV systems eliminate pathogens and reduce disinfection byproducts (DBPs). Compact design and high efficiency of the systems were major selling points for the city.
AIDIS at WEFTEC 06
AIDIS will hold a special session during WEFTEC 06 on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 in Dallas, Texas. President Alex Chechilnitzky (Chile) and President Elect Adalberto Noyola (Mexico) will moderate New Approaches to Water and Wastewater Management in Latin America—Service Standards and Transparency. The panel will cover transparency in administration and business, the role of ISO 24500 standards and the participation of public and private entities to reduce the existing deficit in sanitation in the region. Speakers include Carlos Alberto Rosito, Consulting Board of Saint Gobain Canalizacoes (Brazil); Richard Kohler, Latin-American Association of Plastic Pipe Manufacturers; and Jorge Angel, ACODAL President (Colombia).
Sightus distribution agreement
Sightus Inc. has entered into a distribution agreement with Fortune High Tech Marketing Canada Inc. (FHTM) as the exclusive provider of Watertowne products and services to independent representatives in Canada. The 36-month agreement began in July and is renewable annually thereafter. Sightus will provide Watertowne premium bottled waters (purified by RO) and POU filtration systems for installation in homes and offices. The firm will obtain customers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario in addition to regions currently served by FHTM.
KMS products in China
Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. (KMS) has been selected to provide ultrafiltration pretreatment membranes for one of Asia’s largest seawater desalination plants. The system will supply 28,000 m3/day (7.4 mgd) for the RO system that will produce boiler make-up at the Liaoning Zhuanghe Power Plant in Liaoning Province, China. Supplied by Beijing Lucency Enviro-Tech Co., Ltd., the system will feature 200 cartridges from KMS. The first two trains, with 40 cartridges each, were commissioned in August 2006; the remaining three trains are to be commissioned in late 2007.
Industry expansion in Singapore
Singapore aims to attract more international companies in the environmental and water industries to set up manufacturing facilities and conduct R&D activities, Channel NewsAsia reported. The Public Utilities Board has earmarked a seed money fund of S$5 million (about three million US) while the Environment and Water Industry Development Council has planned to provide water companies with a fund of S$330 million (about 210 million US) over the next five years. The report estimated that the global environment and water market is worth about Singapore one trillion (about 635 billion US) annually.
GE takes role in tsunami recovery
As a part of its Ecomagination commitment and in line with its long-term recovery efforts for tsunami victims, General Electric announced the development of a solar-powered fresh water purification system to assist the relocation efforts of remote villages in southern India, the first to be commissioned there. It is the result of joint efforts by the Technology
teams at GE Energy and GE Water & Process Technologies and the dedication of GE Volunteers, the firm’s community service organization. The solar-powered, fresh-water purification systems offer a sustainable solution to meet the needs of tsunami-affected villagers and fishing communities, providing a better way to access and treat potable water. Developed jointly by GE Energy and GE Water & Process Technologies, each combines solar technology with salt and particulate-reducing water purification systems. The Chennai Chapter of GE Volunteers partnered with non-governmental organizations and selfhelp groups to provide the units where needed.
New bottled water plant
The Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) of Bangladesh inaugurated a new bottled water plant and launched its own line of bottled water under the brand name Shanti, reported The New Nation. The agency paid a total cost of Tk 16.94 crore from its own fund and expects a huge response to its product in the coming months, particularly during Ramadan. The plant, designed to process water procured directly from Severn Trent Services, has the capacity to produce 10,000 liters (2,641.72 gallons) of purified water every hour via RO. Production of 500 milliliters to 20 liters (0.13 to 5.28 gallons) of purified water in a range of PET bottles and jars is anticipated.
Fish warning systems
The Daily Yomiuri reports that Japanese scientists have developed a way of using fish as a warning system in the water supply, much like canaries in a coal mine. Medaka rice fish tend to swim in a regular pattern for as long as three minutes. The fishy security plan takes advantage of that habit because fish exposed to toxic substances alter their behavior. (See WC&P May 2006.) The Shizuoka prefecture plans to install fish tanks next year. Two tanks will be installed at water filtration plants with a fish in each monitored by a computer programmed to look for behavior changes. These can include swimming close to the surface to get more oxygen, swimming in a smaller area or swimming faster and more erratically, sinking towards the bottom of the tank as death approaches or—the ultimate behavior change—dying. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry ordered the prefecture to develop the plan after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the US.
Bottled water bad for teeth?
According to The Australian, a study conducted by the Australian Research Center for Oral Health (Adelaide), found a startling rise in tooth decay. Bruce Noble, President of the Australian Dental Association South Australia branch said that permanent tooth decay in 14- and 15-yearolds increased by 71 percent in the six years prior to 2002. The report found that the lack of enamel-strengthening fluoride in bottled water is a major factor. Noble said the increase in tooth decay coincides with the rise in popularity of bottled water and sports drinks in the mid-1990s and an increase in disposable incomes in Australian households.
Liquatec wins intellectual property battle
In a long battle over intellectual property rights in Brazil, Liquatec Products has won an important battle to stop the use of the name Liquatec in a foreign country. “In a business world where lines that divide countries have practically vanished due to ease of communications and the Internet, it is becoming more and more difficult for companies to protect their intellectual property rights that directly impact the appropriation of their name, trademarks and salesmarks,” notes Rodney Carmer, Vice President of Sales. “It is not only a question of intellectual property rights, it’s a question of protecting our distributors,” Carmer continued. “We were persistent in our efforts and we held our ground, even when we were asked by the infringing party to pay them a monetary compensation to release the Liquatec name.” The firm now has exclusive rights to the Liquatec name in Brazil, has registered the name in the Brazilian registry and has gained rights of the Liquatec Brazil domain name.