Watts Water Technologies, Inc. announced cost-cutting initiatives in October that will be in effect for the first nine months of 2009. CEO Patrick O’Keefe said, “Given the current state of the economy and the expected continued slowdown in our residential and commercial businesses, we are implementing a number of programs to improve our cost leverage. During the fourth quarter, we intend to undertake a reduction in workforce in North America affecting all levels of the organization. Also, effective immediately, all North American salaries will be frozen for at least the first nine months of 2009.” The company’s stock repurchase program was also temporarily halted. 💧
R.O. UltraTec USA, Inc. officially announced the newest addition to its family of companies, R.O. UltraTec Europe, Ltd. at the 2008 Aquatech exhibition in Amsterdam. The company is strategically located for ease of stocking and shipping customer orders within Europe and surrounding countries. 💧
Pentair, Inc. recently declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 17 cents per share payable November 7 to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 24. This will be the Company’s 131st consecutive cash dividend.💧
WQA followed up its 2004 survey of consumers with the 2008 National Consumer Water Quality Research Summary. Some key findings indicate consumers are paying more attention to the materials they are receiving from the municipality and that they believe the responsibility for safe drinking water is a public/private partnership. There is an increasing perception that tap water is about the same as bottled water (44 percent) but more consumers report having a filtration device in their home. For more information about the full study, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 505-0160.
US EPA news
US EPA conducted extensive review of scientific data related to the health effects of perchlorate exposure from drinking water and other sources. It found that in more than 99 percent of public drinking water systems, perchlorate was not at levels of public health concern. Based on Safe Water Drinking Act criteria, the agency determined there is not a “meaningful opportunity for health risk reduction” through a national drinking water regulation. US EPA is seeking comment on its preliminary determination and will make a final determination after considering information provided during a 30-day public comment period.
The agency announced its first four WaterSense Partners of the Year, honored for their efforts to promote water efficiency and save water: Promotional Partner, The Saving Water Partnership; Manufacturer Partner, Kohler Co.; Retailer and Distributor Partner, Ferguson and Irrigation Partner, Timothy Malooly of Shorewood, MN.
AWWA report published
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) recently published its fifth review of the industry. The 2008 State of the Industry Report represents an annual checkup for the water industry, with more than 1,800 leaders assessing the overall health of the industry and identifying key challenges. For the first time, source water supply and protection was the most frequently mentioned area of concern for both the short and long term. The full report was published in the October issue of Journal AWWA.
ITT philanthropy joined by Mercy Corps
ITT Corporation announced a strategic partnership with Mercy Corps as part of its corporate philanthropy program, ITT Watermark. The partnership includes a three-year, $1 million (USD) commitment to help provide safe water during emergencies created by natural catastrophes such as floods, droughts and earthquakes. ITT’s announcement was made from the Water Environment Federation’s annual conference in Chicago.
Pall dividend announced
The Board of Directors of Pall Corporation declared a dividend of $0.13 (USD) per share payable on November 12 to shareholders of record as of October 30. Pall increased its dividend in March from $0.12 to the current $0.13 per share. The Board also authorized $350 million for share repurchases with no expiration date. This is in addition to the approximately $149 million remaining from prior authorizations following on the purchase by the Company of approximately 1.6 million shares so far this fiscal year.
Seal-It, Inc.was selected as a 2008 Golden Cylinder Award winner in the packaging category for its AgroLabs shrink labels. The award is given by the Gravure Association of America for the best examples of rotogravure printing for the year. The label, made from Earthfirst® PLA shrink film, is the first commercially available full-body shrink label made from PLA in the nutraceutical beverage category, with labels printed rotogravure in eight and nine colors. PLA film is compostable and has an extraordinary shrink factor, so it will shrink to the contours of the uniquely shaped glass bottle, providing a high gloss, premium look that meets the customer’s needs for an environmentally friendly package.
Garlock awarded grant
New York State Gas and Electric Corporation has awarded Garlock Sealing Technologies a $362,000 (USD) grant to fund a portion of the company’s Palmyra modernization project, which includes a recently completed, 51,000-sq. ft. plant for production of its GYLON® PTFE gasket materials. A state-of-the art example of energy efficiency and resource conservation, the new building marks the second major milestone in the five-year, $35 million project.
Support center opened
ABB opened its North American Drives Service hub in Berlin, WI to support ABB drive customers throughout the US and Canada. The location is one of the company’s nine global hubs and will provide support for low voltage and medium voltage products.
The Hydraulic Institute (HI) announced four firms have been added as standards partners. Healy Engineering, Inc. of Milton, MA; MechTronix Engineering of Elk Grove, CA; MWH Americas, Inc. of Broomfield, CO and Pump Integration Inc. of Easton, PA joined original partner Mechanical Solutions Inc. of Whippany, NJ. The Standards Partner program provides an opportunity for engineering consultants and pump users to partner with HI members in the development of pump standards and education efforts.
Pump Systems Matter™ (PSM) announced partnerships with four new sponsor organizations: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Pacific Gas & Electric, Schneider Electric/Square D Company and Sulzer Process Pumps. The new additions join more than 30 sponsors already enlisted by the program. PSM focuses its efforts on developing market awareness, education and training that will help drive energy efficiency and other key improvements in pumping systems.
WaterSmart round up
Nearly 1,200 participants from 42 states, the District of Columbia and 17 foreign nations attended the inaugural WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, NV. The conference offered 150 professional sessions in a variety of tracks as well as an expo hall featuring nearly 140 exhibitors. Adding their support to the conference were the Alliance for Water Efficiency, California Urban Water Conservation Council, the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association, Irrigation Association, American Society of Irrigation Consultants, Audubon International, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials and International Center for Water Technology. Next year’s conference will be held October 7-9, 2009 in Las Vegas. The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 30, 2009.
Beswick honored for valve innovation
Beswick Engineering’s PCFCD pressure compensated flow control valve was selected Best Product Winner in the motion control category of Design News magazine’s 2008 Golden Mousetrap Awards. The accolade was announced in the magazine’s September 22 issue. Designed to maintain a constant flow rate, the valve features pressure regulation that is accomplished with a low-friction diaphragm mechanism. Beswick has applied for patent protection on the unique valve.
Siemens’ certified in California
Siemens Water Technologies’ Forty-X disc filter is now compliant with the State of California Water Recycling Criteria (Title 22). As a result, the disc filter is an accepted filtration technology for projects that require Title 22 certification. More and more territories and countries are beginning to adopt Title 22 as an industry standard.
Aqua Systems acquires Alva-based company
Fort Myers, FL-based Aqua Systems acquired Alva-based Rehm’s Water Services, a service and installation company, The News-Press reported. Rehm’s has been in business more than 10 years and has more than 1,500 customers in Lee County. Aqua Systems services both residential and commercial customers in Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Hendry counties. The company also offers service on well pumps, aerator pumps, general service, salt delivery and preventative maintenance.
Matrix acquired by Aqua-Chem
Aqua-Chem, Inc., has acquired the product lines and certain other assets of Matrix Utilities, Inc., a provider of RO desalination systems for marine and land-based applications. Altus Capital Partners, Aqua-Chem’s largest investor, advised on the transaction. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Seal-friendly testing unit
Palintest’s ChloroSense digital chlorine analyzer has been deployed at the National Seal Sanctuary in Cornwall, UK to monitor the aquatic environment. The device will benefit the inhabitants, South American sea lions Rocky and Boady, by allowing staff to easily monitor the pool’s chlorine drip system, used to keep the water clear of bacteria and algae. After a two-week trial, Sanctuary staff praised the new technology’s ease of use, clarity, accuracy and PC compatibility.
Bottled water council formed
The Natural Hydration Council, formed by the three leading UK bottled water companies (Danone Water Ltd., Highland Spring Ltd. and Nestle Waters UK Ltd.) was launched in September. Its mission will be to provide authoritative information and advice for researchers, government, the industry, media and public about the economic and social value and impact of bottled water. The Council will have an office based in London.
Millipore Irish operation opened
Millipore Corporation opened a new membrane casting manufacturing operation in Carrigtwohill, County Cork. Ireland. The 30,000-square foot facility almost doubles the company’s membrane production capabilities in Ireland. It is expected to produce a majority of the company’s membrane products.
Hybrid adsorber for arsenic removal
Specialty chemical manufacturer LANXESS has developed an innovative hybrid absorber, FO376, consisting of a polymeric anion exchange resin and an iron oxide with a goethite structure that can selectively adsorb arsenic. Though designed primarily for adsorbing arsenic, the product can also be used for adsorbing other trace impurities.
Pesticide and ozone a problematic couple
New research in Environmental Science & Technology showed that a pesticide widely used in Germany degrades into a precursor of a carcinogenic nitrosamine during ozonation treatment. A breakdown product known as N,N-dimethylsufamide (DMS) becomes N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) during the ozonation process. Only DMS was transformed at a high enough rate to be a sole source of the toxic byproduct and only one product one the market, the fungicide tolylfluanide, seemed to produce the levels that led to high NDMA concentrations found posstreatment. Hundreds of tons of the fungicide were used in Germany in 2006.
Pressure exchanger results in Malta
Using state-of-the-art pumps and pressure exchange technology, an isobaric energy recovery system started in July in the Pembroke desal plant on Malta has resulted in energy reduction of about 35 percent. The plant produces more than 40,000 cubic meters of desalinated per day and is an important drinking water supplier for inhabitants and tourists.
Australia honored at Aquatech
Rainpure’s patented Cirrus 20 water purification system garnered high honors at Aquatech 2008, winning the much-coveted Aquatech Innovation Award. Australia’s breakthrough invention uses cold vaporization technology to replicate nature’s purification process but does so in a closed and sterile environment, guaranteeing 100 percent pure water. Judged by industry leaders from around the world, the product reflects the company’s market sophistication.