QMP, Inc. announced its partnership with Cappers S.A.S. as exclusive manufacturing partner for North and South America. QMP will manufacture Cappers valves in the US, combining European engineering and design and precision US manufacturing. QMP’s WQA Aquatech booth (#453) will have a selection of the valves on display, or visit www.cappers.fr to see upcoming products. Operations are expected to be in full swing by June.
Watts Water Technologies opened a new dealer distribution center in Moorestown, NJ. With plenty of space and inventory, the company is building a new state-of-the-art showroom for a grand opening this spring. Watts Water Quality is located at 40 Two- some Drive, Moorestown, NJ 08057; phone (800) 659-8400.
Editor’s note: Jason Hall Water Solutions of Santa Fe, NM was not previously identified as the pump testing company and source for two photos used in Membrane Treatment of Complex Well Water: A Case Study (July 2013).
Foust 40th anniversary celebrated
E.L. Foust Co., Inc. announced it is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The company was started in 1974 to manufacture air purifiers and has added many other products for distribution for a safer indoor environment. Products include water filters, LEED-certified paints, stains, sealers, caulks and adhesives. The company also offers botanical cleaning and personal- care products, in addition to many other green products. Visit www.foustco.com for more information.
Consumer water treatment market expanding
Global demand for consumer water treatment systems is projected to increase at more than 12 percent per year to $13.4 billion (USD) in 2017, according to World Consumer Water Treatment Systems, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc. In developed areas, urban residents more commonly purchase POU systems that improve the taste or odor of water or higher-value systems that remove contaminants not regulated by public water authorities. In developing markets, advances for home water treatment systems will be boosted as consumers switch from habits that are deeply and often culturally ingrained. The fastest growth is expected in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries and others (such as Mexico and South Africa) that do not yet have established markets for consumer water treatment systems. China was the largest market for these systems in 2012 with 25 percent of global sales and will account for 41 percent of additional worldwide sales between 2012 and 2017.
PWQA announces donation to CWC
The Pacific Water Quality Association (PWQA) announced it is donating $2,500 (USD) to the advocacy group Community Water Center (CWC), to assist them in addressing the unsafe drinking water crises in California’s disadvantaged communities. CWC works toward ensuring all communities having access to safe, clean and affordable water. It acts as a catalyst for community-driven water solutions through organizing, education and advocacy in California’s San Joaquin Valley. CWC helps build strategic grass- roots programs to address water challenges in disadvantaged communities, including many small, rural, low-income communities with higher than average immigrant populations. Since opening its doors in 2006, CWC has worked with local residents from 82 communities (69 in the southern San Joaquin Valley).
New ownership, location for AEP
Advanced Electronic Products announced that Sean Hoffman is the new owner of the business and it has been relocated to Tucson, AZ. The company specializes in water vending machine electronic controls. Its product line consists of various controllers, MDB (multi-drop buss) interfaces, as well as many other products, such as LED credit displays, cash meters and DEX remote monitoring interfaces. Business capabilities include off-the-shelf, plug-and-play components in addition to customer requested custom applications for water vending, RO system controls and any other necessary control systems. Also available are in-house design and engineering services with fast turnaround times for all customer requests. Contact the company for more information: (520) 975-7888 or email@example.com.
NSF in the news
NSF International announced it has launched the Americas Lodging Investment Summit that helps prevent food and waterborne contamination in the hospitality setting. This is essential as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 10 million overseas travelers contract illness from food and drinking water. The program combines inspection and testing programs that address hotel water systems as well as food service operations to help prevent contamination at their source. Additional information is available at www.nsf.org/services/by- industry/water-wastewater/staysafer. The organization also launched a new Building Water Systems Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) training program for water systems professionals. The training will help safeguard against microbial, chemical and physical hazards associated with premise plumbing, cool- ing towers and other water systems in buildings. Training courses will be held in multiple cities across the US. Facility managers, water treatment, distribution and plumbing engineers and occupational safety professionals can register at www. nsf.org/training-education/all-courses/ category/water-wastewater.
US EPA water program announced
US EPA launched its WaterSense H2Otel Challenge as a way for agency partners and other organizations to encourage hotels to use best management practices that will save water and money, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Hotels across the country will take a pledge to ACT (assess, change and track their water use). To help them make operational changes and meet growing customer demand for green lodging, US EPA initiated a series of educational webinars in February and provided free tools based on its on-line WaterSense at Work: Best Management Practices for Commercial and Institutional Facilities guide. WaterSense will also offer outreach materials for hotels to publicize their efforts and celebrate their successes with guests and employees.
Pool & Spa show report released
Hanley Wood Exhibitions reported significant attendee growth at its 2013 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, a signal to the industry that positive growth is in store for 2014. Total attendance was 11,120, a 16-percent attendee increase over 2012. Attendees represented all segments of the industry, including pool/spa builders, retailers, service companies, designers and landscape architects from around the globe. Attendees found a wide collection of products, services and technologies available on the show floor, and exhibitors were pleased with excellent traffic during the show.The educational conference featured over 40 new classes, which were developed with the support of a special advisory panel.
NSPF courses recognized for CEUs
Nine organizations and government agencies have recognized that National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) courses meet the needs of their members: Florida Department of Health; Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board; Florida Council of Community Association Managers; Ohio State Board of Sanitarian Registration; Aquatic Exercise Association; Community Association Managers International Certification Board; National Environmental Health Association; Minnesota Department of Health and California Department of Public Health. CEU credits are earned by completing NSPF classroom and on-line education and providing required documentation, depending on the course and the professional organization’s requirements. People who are not members of these partner organizations should check with NSPF to see how they can earn CEUs, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Organizations who would like to partner with NSPF may contact Susan.Wichmann@NSPF.org or call (719) 540-9119.
Safeway Water, Entek marketing agreement announced
Safeway Water, LLC President Neal DeLettre announced the Ocala, FL-based company and Entek Environmental Technologies will market their products through the Safe Water Alliance cooperative. Both firms are dedicated to helping independent water dealers become more profitable by better competing in today’s highly competitive marketplace. They offer a broad range of products, including water softeners, whole-house filters, iron filters, sulfur filters, no-salt systems, drinking water systems, UV sterilizers and components. Both product lines and their associated marketing programs can only be sourced directly from the Safe Water Alliance.
LabStrong distributorship announced
LabStrong announced it is now an authorized distributor for Thermco Products Inc., a supplier and manufacturer of temperature measurement and calibration instruments. In addition, LabStrong will also offer calibration and repair services through Thermco, whose thermometer calibration and recertification service standards are directly traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Thermco is an ISO-accredited provider of calibration and repair services.
Call for papers announced
The 2014 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, organized by The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, considers drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis. Scholarships are available. The deadline for abstract and side show event submissions is April 30. For more info visit http://2014whconference.web.unc.edu/
PSG reorganization announced
Pump Solutions Group (PSG®) announced a number of changes within its corporate organizational structure that are designed to meet future demands of scale, accountability and growth, both organic and acquired. Effective immediately, the company will now be geographically structured within three main regions of the world, including the Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia. The company’s ‘Go to Market’ strategy will continue to be based on satisfying the needs of its customers within its core vertical market segments. In addition, certain internal functions will continue to support all regional areas from a global perspective.
Clarke Prize nominations sought
NWRI is accepting nominations for the 21st Annual Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. The prize, which includes a $50,000 (USD) award and medallion, awards scholarly and practical achievements in water research. Nominations are reviewed based on: active engagement in current research endeavors; professional career accomplishments and demonstrated excellence through research contributions. Nominations are due by April 1. More information about the nomination process, including the downloadable nomination guidelines and coversheet, may be found at www. nwri-usa.org/nominations.htm.
Clariant to divest water treatment business
Specialty chemical company Clariant has signed an agreement to divest its Africa water treatment business to AECI, an explosives and specialty chemicals group, domiciled in South Africa. The sale amounts to 34 million CHF ($37.9 million USD) in cash at closing, which is expected by the end of the second quarter 2014. The transaction is subject to certain conditions, as well as regulatory approvals. AECI’s businesses are characterized by application know-how and service delivery in many African countries. It already has a footprint in the industrial water and municipal and waste- water markets in South Africa, supplying a total water solution to its customers.
Water Expo China success reported
Water Expo China + Water Membrane China broke its previous year’s record for exhibitor and visitor attendance when it was held last December in Beijing, China. The three-day, 22,000-m2 show was organized by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., the Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society and the Membrane Industry Association of China. It was approved by China’s Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Science and Technology, and sponsored by the Ministry of Water Resources. Many exhibitors returned to the show as a result of the success they experienced at the previous year’s show, while many new exhibitors were also successful in their efforts to do business in China’s fast-growing water industry.