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May 2006: Volume 48, Number 5

North America, Canada, Australia, Asia

NORTH AMERICA

Portable water system

JMAR Technologies, Inc., a developer of advanced laser technology, signed an OEM agreement with Portaqua, a Virginia-based company that is introducing a new portable water system for its BioSentry" water quality monitoring system. Under the terms of the agreement, BioSentry will be offered as an optional feature.

New arsenic removal system selected

The SORB 33® arsenic removal technology and Bayoxide® E33 arsenic removal media from Severn Trent Services have been selected for use by the City of Goodyear, Ariz. The new system will be used at wellsite 18B, a 450-gallon-per-minute water treatment facility where total arsenic was measured at 38 ppb. The wellsite is being operated at a reduced production level and its water blended with additional sources to lower arsenic levels below the U.S. EPA standard of 10 ppb in drinking water. Once installed, the new treatment system will enable the city to increase water production with arsenic levels below the standard. The contract for Severn Trent Services and Hennessy Mechanical Sales, LLC to design, build and provide maintenance services is valued at $954,724.

Associations sign support agreement

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) and the Irrigation Association (IA) have signed an agreement that will support efforts to address mutual areas of interest such as scientific, technical and policy issues related to ground water and wells. To learn more about NGWA and IA go to www.ngwa.org and www.irrigation.org.

Aquionics part of whitewater project

UV disinfection equipment from Aquionics has been selected as part of the water treatment system for the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C. The center is the first manmade whitewater river in the world designed with a recirculating water supply. The park, the future training ground of the U.S. Olympic Kayak Team, chose the UV systems to provide high efficiency non-chemical disinfection. System installation is scheduled for this month.

Educational partnership formed

The Medical Fitness Association (MFA) and the National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) have announced an agreement to partner for the purpose of expanding MFAs educational offerings to its membership in order to accomplish parallel missions.

Desalination plant approval challenged

The Orange County Register reports three appeals have been filed challenging the approval of what could be the countrys largest desalination plant at Huntington Beach. The California Coastal Commission has received appeals from commissioners Mike Reilly and Mary Shallenberger, the Surfrider Foundation and another from the Residents for Responsible Desalination group. The appellants argue that Poseidon Resources Corporations $250 million project does not conform to city policy in such areas as water quality and energy use.

Water system acquired

Aqua America, Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Aqua Illinois, Inc., has entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire the water system of the Village of Manteno, Ill., for $4.5 million. Aqua also entered into an agreement to operate the villages water system pending regulatory approval and the transactions closing, which is expected later this year. Under this agreement, Aqua is handling the systems operations, water quality testing and routine maintenance of wells, pumps, treatment facilities and water mains.

Bottling lines supplied

Krones will supply 10 complete high-speed bottling and packaging lines to PureTex Water Works, according to the Soft Drink Letter. The first lines in the Wharton County, Texas facility will be operational by the end of 2006. PureTex will hire 380 new employees.

Pipe plant celebrates safety milestone

CertainTeed Corporations PVC pipe plant in Lodi, Calif., has logged one million hours of operation without a lost-time accident. The Pipe and Plastics Group has been honored with membership in parent company Saint-Gobains Millionaires Club. The club program is part of a worldwide safety initiative developed to recognize achievement of safety objectives.

New governmental website launched

The U.S. EPA joined with World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners to launch WSPortal, a new Internet resource. The Portal resides on WHOs website and represents the first step in widespread dissemination of best practices for delivering safe drinking water through the use of Water Safety Plans. This approach allows countries to catch problems with a water system before they contaminate drinking water and cause illness. It also highlights the best opportunities for potential donors and investors to select projects to fund that would have the largest positive impact on water safety. The new WSPortal is located at www.who.int/wsportal.

Critical response power unit debuts

WorldWater & Power Corp. unveiled the new MobileMaxPure" solar power unit in Orlando, Fla. The critical response unit can be towed into a disaster area by pickup truck or SUV, immediately providing emergency responders and victims with essential power generation, water purification and satellite communications.

Invention to create clean drinking water

Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas invented a simple, scalable machine that can help create clean drinking water more effectively and efficiently than conventional systems. As its name implies, the Supersaturated Dissolved Oxygen or Ozone Injector shoots a stream of water saturated with either gas directly into a body of water so that harmful substances may be removed before consumption.

Awards program begins

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) has opened the nomination process for the 2006 IBWA Aqua, Route Salesperson of the Year and Plant Manager of the Year awards. Entries will be accepted through July 5, 2006. Information and entry forms are available on the IBWA Convention and Trade Show website at www. bottledwater.org/public/conv2006/. The winner of each award will be honored during an awards presentation ceremony at the 2006 IBWA Convention and Trade Show to be held October 3-6, 2006 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

CANADA

License agreement updated

Wataire Industries Inc. updated the current status of a license agreement with International Development Corp. to market and distribute Wataires atmospheric water generators in the United States. Filings with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission were completed and approved in March.

Australia Grey water use approved Townsville City Council has passed regulations allowing the use of grey water at residential properties for the first time. Under the new regulations, home-owners will be able to re-use water from showers and washing machines in their gardens, reported ABC News. Counselor John Robertson says the council will waive the $300 fee for the first six months in order to encourage people to adopt the practice.

Asia Pionetics and Elantec launch new system Pionetics has lauched the LINX" 120 drinking water system in conjunction with Elantec of Beijing, China. Elantec expects to sell 50,000 LINX systems by the end of this year in the China market and anticipates triple that amount of sales in 2007. Elantec currently has a 20 percent market share of water purification products in China.

Contactor system expanded Membranas Liqui-Cel® Membrane Contactor System has been scheduled for expansion to handle increased demands for ultra pure water at a major semiconductor fabrication plant in Singapore. The expanded Liqui-Cel Contactor System will be installed in two new lines at the plant. The first line (make-up loop) will degas 240 m3/hr (1,057 gpm) of water. The second line (polishing loop) will degas 360 m3/hr (1,585 gpm) of water.

Bottled water office moves The office of the Permanent Secretariat of the Asia and Middle East Bottled Water Association has moved. New contact information is as follows: Jl. Garuda No. 1 (RC Veteran), Tanah Kusir, Bintaro, Jakarta Selatan 12330 Indonesia. Telephone 62-21-7365662, 62-21-7354103 and 62-21-73885364; fax 62-21-7365683. Email addresses are itaher@cbn.net.id or abwa@indosat.net.id. Effective immediately, all correspondence should be sent to the new address.

Shell Springboard Award Water Innovate has been awarded £40,000 to help extend the market potential of its N-Tox® nitrous oxide monitoring technology at the Shell Springboard National Final in London, England. Water Innovate was one of three Southern Region finalists out of 265 entries selected. Springboard judges were looking for commercially viable business plans for innovative products and services which would lead to greenhouse gas reductions. The funding ensures the ongoing development of the product.