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February 2006: Volume 48, Number 2

February 2006 Droplets.

NSF International and the U.S. EPA have released seven new verification reports and statements from the ETV Drinking Water Systems Center. ADI International Inc., ORCA Water Technologies, Pall Corporation, Basin Water Inc., Kinetico, EcoWater and Watts Premier all received reports for a variety of POU systems.

Modern Process Equipment Corporation (MPE), has launched a new website to focus exclusively on the Food, chemical and Mineral Grinding Division. The site, www. mpechicago.com, features a new design and is more organized to feature additional content on various grinders manufactured by MPE.

IG-MEX Plant 3, A.O. Smith Corporations production facility in Juarez, Mexico, has completed more than one million hours without a lost-time accident.

GE Water & Process Technologies and HW Process Technologies, Inc. have announced a partnership to provide proprietary, environmentally sound process recovery, water reuse and wastewater solutions to serve the mining industry.

In celebration of its 35th anniversary, U.S. EPA has released a comprehensive review of pollutant reductions during its tenure. Since 1970, total emissions of the six major air pollutants dropped by about 54 percent, the agency reports.

Pentair, Inc. has entered into a joint venture agreement with ITT Industries, Inc. to create FARADYNE Motors LLC, a separate and stand-alone company. FARADYNE began to design, develop and manufacture submersible pump motors for both water technology companies in early 2006.

CoolerZone", a stocking distributor of POU water coolers based in Nevada City, Calif., announces a sales and distribution agreement with Cosmetal® of Recanati, Italy. CoolerZone will be the exclusive importer/exporter of Cosmetal products in California.

BioLab Water Additives, a Chemtura company of Lawrenceville, Ga., has increased prices on their industrial water additives. Actual price adjustments range from $0.02/lb. for Flocon® to $0.06/lb. for LiquiBrom® brand products. All increases were effective Jan. 1 of this year. Chemtura Coporation is a global manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals, crop protection and pool, spa and home care products with proforma 2004 sales of $3.9 billion.

Dow Biocides has announced a 10 percent price increase on both list and off-list prices for its entire biocides product portfolio worldwide.

Clearwater Filter Systems Pty. Ltd., a POU drinking water-dispenser company in Australia been acquired by New Zealands largest bottled water company, Just Water International Limited (JWI). Clearwater shareholders will retain approximately 40 percent of the purchase price in shares in JWI. The remaining financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Clarity, the new trading entity developed by Specialist Technical Solutions, will position itself as a premier technical authoring and promotion company specifically targeting the water and environment industries.

Target Corporation has obtained the exclusive rights to Icelandic Glacial Water, which will debut in Super Target stores nationwide in six-packs, the Soft Drink Letter reports.

WS Packaging Group has purchased the Renaissance Market Narrows Web division, which includes facilities in California, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Mexico, for an undisclosed amount.