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Global News: February 2015

Global News: February 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared AmeriWater’s (SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT) Heatsan dialysis heat disinfection system, an innovative design that can disinfect two separate distribution loops while providing hot water to dialysis machines.


North America

NIVUS honored with CIWEM Award
wcp_globalnews_feb2015In close cooperation with Severn Trent Water and Morison Utility Service, NIVUS GmbH was named winner in the CIWEM West Midlands and IOW Innovations Showcase. The winning flow measurement system, based on the ultrasonic time-of-flight measurement principal, provides very high accuracy at very low cost, featuring a significant reduction in the carbon footprint.

PWQA news roundup
The Pacific Water Quality Association (PWQA) will award an individual who is employed by a PWQA Member Company or is related to an individual that is employed by a PWQA Member Company a scholarship valued at $1,000 (USD). More information about the scholarship application can be found at www.pwqa.org. The organization will launch its annual Legislative Days (March 23-24) in Sacramento, CA, to give industry players the opportunity to meet their legislators in the company of fellow organization members and lobbyists. PWQA will provide training, including history of past legislation so that attendees are prepared to introduce themselves as experts in the water improvement industry. Please call the PWQA office (760) 644-7348, if you plan on attending.

FWQA convention details announced
The Florida Water Quality As-sociation announced its 2015 Conven-tion and Trade Show is scheduled for June 4-6 at Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando. The trade show will begin June 5. Educational seminars, also on that date, will offera range of top-ics, including chemical dosing, the newest media, water treatment for food service and light commercial applications and more. There will also be problem-solving roundtable discussions. A review of water treatment and service fundamentals on June 6 will wrap up the convention and WQA Certificatio Exams will be held that afternoon. For more information visit www.fwqa.com or contact Suzanne Trueblood, FWQA Executive Secretary, at (863) 644-6622 or email flwqa@aol.com.

WILO recertification announced
WILO USA secured a three-year recertification of its ISO 9001 quality management certificationand continua-tion of its ISO 14001 environmental management system certification. ISO 9001 standards provide guidance and tools for manufacturing companies to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements and quality is consistently improved. Quality management principles include: customer focus, leadership, involvement of people, process approach, system approach to management, continual improvement, factual approach to decision making and mutually beneficial supplier relationships. ISO 14001 helps any company looking to control their environmental impact and improve environmental performance. This standard provides organizations with the element of an effective environmental management system that can be integrated with other management requirements and help organizations achieve environmental and economic goals.

WRF study validates hexavalent chromium treatment technology
The Water Research Foundation (WRF) recently completed bench- and pilot-scale testing to explore treatment process efficaciefor removing hexavalent chromium (Cr (VI)) from the Soquel Creek Water District’s groundwater supplies. The primary goals of this study were to evaluate Cr (VI) removal performance of strong-base anion exchange (SBA-IX) and to compare and validate commercially available SBA-IX resin performance in terms of Cr (VI) exchange capacity, regeneration quality and frequency requirements. These tests also investigated innovative brine management techniques, including brine reuse and treatment methods, which would render the spent brine waste less hazardous and reduce expenses due to costly disposal. The two-phase research, conducted with water from the Soquel Creek Water District San Andreas, well proved that SBA-IX can be effectie for Cr (VI) treatment under the given water quality conditions.

Blue I enters US pool market
The US residential swimming pools market has gained another player with a new partnership agreement between Blue I and Grand Materials of Phoenix, AZ. Grand Materials will begin by marketing Blue I’s Prizma water quality analyzer and controller, which is now wi-fi-enabled and supported by the iPrizma smartphone application for remote control and water quality reports.

Success for 2014 pool show
The 2014 International Pool I Spa I Patio Expo made a splash as it returned to Orlando, FL for the firsttime in seven years last November, bringing the region an impressive display of industry products, education and networking opportunities. The expo drew 11,103 attendees from across the country and around the world, a strong showing from the global pool, spa and outdoor industries. Attendees experienced a 148,600-square-foot exhibit hall packed with brand new industry product launches, innovative show floorfeatures and an unmatched line-up of on-floor events. The PSP Expo’s conference program, prize giveaways, celebrity appearances and many other new show features added to the success of this year’s event.

Europe

drinktec advisory board appointed
With the appointment of the Advisory Board, preparations for drinktec 2017 have now begun. So far, Volker Kronseder, Chairman of Krones AG and President of the Advisory Board was confirmed in office. The Advisory Board represents the interests of the companies exhibiting at drinktec. The dates for the next edition of the ‘world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry’ are September 11-15, 2017 in Munich, Germany.

Middle East

Mega desal plant contract announced
Energy Recovery, Inc. announced the company was awarded the Mirfa mega desalination plant project for its highly reliable PX pressure exchanger technology in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Mirfa has a production capacity of 136,000 cubic meters per day, tying with the Fujairah 1 Expansion as the largest desalination plant reference for energy recovery in the UAE. After the new technology is fully integrated into the plant, the project will have total power generating capacity of 1,600 megawattsand the capacity to deliver nearly 240,000 cubic meters of drinking water per day.

Asia

Water Expo China 2014 achieved record-high attendance
Water Expo China 2014, December 1-3, 2014 has been hailed as a major success. According to the organizers, the 2014 fair atracted 320 exhibitors from 24 countries and regions, as well as 24,408 visitors from 40 countries and regions. Domestic visitors numbered 20,802 and 3,606 were international visitors. The event welcomed 50 domestic and overseas visitor delegations with the support of various overseas and domestic government agencies and trade associations. Both new and returning exhibitors to Water Expo China saw the exhibition as an effective platform for business expansion in China.

Strongest global exhibitor participation at Eco Expo Asia 2014
Eco Expo Asia, held October 29 to November 1 closed its 2014 edition on a high note. The show saw its strongest global presence yet. In attendance were 308 exhibitors representing 22 countries and regions. These industry experts gathered to showcase a wide spectrum of innovative green products and solutions. By covering everything from energy efficiency and green building solutions to waste management and air purification technologies, the fair offered both trade professionals and the general public ways to facilitate sustainable development. The fair’s international environment was further bolstered by 10,817 visitors from 89 countries and regions. Visitors targeting location-specific exhibitors took advantage of various pavilions to streamline sourcing. Clustered by country, returning pavilions included Canada, Japan, Russia and Switzerland as well as Chinese mainland pavilions for Foshan, Guangdong, Guangzhou, Macau and Shenzhen. Sweden made its debut participation, along with the Netherlands and Korea pavilions.

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