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Viewpoint: New year, new chances for success

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

by Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

According to many economists, diving oil prices will result in savings of nearly $1,000 per year for many families and translate into more buying power as the over- supply of oil increases. Unemployment is down and wages are beginning to move upward for the first time in several years. All good signs, to be sure, which tends to raise hopes that the economic doldrums are finally in the rear-view mirror. Life is nothing if not cyclic, which manifests itself in a merry-go-round of feast-or-famine responses whenever there are signs of disruption to business operations. Read More

Global News: January 2015

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

QMP, Inc. has been awarded WQA Gold Seal certification for its newest four-stage RO system, the QMPAlkaRO-75, which also re-mineralizes permeate water, adjusts pH to an alkaline state and provides a negative ORP.

North America

Voltea expansion announced
Voltea has continued its global expansion by partnering with Texchine, a South Carolina-based distributor and reseller of equipment for commercial laundry, cooling tower and general water treatment industries. Voltea’s water desalination technology, CapDI®, has now made its way into the Australia and New Zealand markets. This expansion represents four continents of successful integration, including Asia, Europe and North America. Hydrasyst, a water technology company that provides sustainable energy and water treatment solutions, will be a distributor of Voltea’s water softening technology for commercial laundry and cooling towers in commercial buildings and shopping centers where controlling TDS lowers operating costs and environmental impact.

Final tariffs on activated carbon imports from China
Calgon Carbon Corporation announced that the Department of Commerce (DOC) issued new tariffs on steam activated carbon from China ranging from $0.018 to $1.10 per pound. These rates were based upon a review of prices of Chinese activated carbon imported into the US from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013. These announced tariffs may be modified to correct any errors made by DOC. The average duty is $0.018 per pound, which replaces the average tariff rate of $0.07 that had been in effect. Calgon Carbon’s tariff with respect to product it imports into the US from China will be $0.018. Revision of the tariff rates has two effects. First, these new rates become the cash deposit rate applied to future imports. Also, if a company deposited less than its new tariff rate on carbons imported during the period of review, it will be required to pay additional duties; conversely, if it deposited more than the new rate, it will receive a refund.

Bottled water projected to be 2016’s number-one packaged drink
Building on last year’s growth of 4.7 percent, bottled water will again post significant increases in both sales and consumption for 2014, according to preliminary data from the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC). While other beverages struggle to gain or maintain market share, bottled water is expected to have a 7.4 percent increase in 2014—that equates to 10.9 billion gallons, said BMC’s Director of Research, Gary Hemphill. Sales of bottled water in 2014 are expected to grow to $13 billion, an increase of 6.1 percent from 2013.

WERF study contracts awarded to universities
The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) launched its third project under the US EPA-funded National Research Center for Resource Recovery and Nutrient Management by awarding the University of California-Berkeley and Stanford University with a contract to research extractive nutrient recovery technologies. This project, Enhanced Removal of Nutrients from Urban Runoff with Novel Unit-Process Capture, Treatment, and Recharge Systems (WERF project # STAR_N4R14), assumes that compared to traditional approaches, implementation of process models to aid future design efforts for urban stormwater runoff capture and treatment will significantly enhance nutrient removal at the watershed level. These models will also help meet community-defined priorities including flood risk mitigation, capture for groundwater recharge and water quality improvement.

Pilot reuse project launched
Biwater and NeoTech Aqua Solutions have been selected for Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s new water reuse demonstration plant. The plant will leverage state-of-the-art UV technologies for a safe, reliable, drought-proof and environmentally sound solution to the region’s water woes. The facility is designed to explore the expansion of an advanced water purification project to treat 10 million gpd (37.8 million liters/day) of wastewater to potable water quality standards for select communities in San Diego, CA. The plant will utilize free-chlorine disinfection, membrane filtration, RO and NeoTech Aqua’s UV technology in conjunction with advanced oxidation.

US membrane demand projected to increase
Demand for membranes in the US is projected to increase 7.9 percent per year through 2018 to $6.2 billion (USD). Advances will be driven by factors that affect the water and wastewater industries, which will record the largest gains through the forecast period. In the more mature municipal segment, growth will stem primarily from demand for replacement membranes for the large existing base of membranes in use, but will also receive a boost from use in desalination plants. These and other trends are presented in Membrane Separation Technologies, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc. Microfiltration membranes accounted for the largest share of membrane demand with a 40-percent share in 2013. RO will be one of the fastest growing membrane types, advancing at an 8.6-percent annual rate through 2018 to $1.6 billion. Of the various markets in which membranes are used, water and wastewater treatment accounts for the largest share, with 48 percent of sales in 2013. For further report details, contact Corinne Gangloff at (440) 684-9600 or email

AC Hall of Fame nominees sought
The International Activated Carbon Conference and Courses (IACC) is accepting nominations for 2015 Activated Carbon Hall of Fame awards. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in the carbon field: new products, test methods, education, stewardship, etc. Awards will be presented at the two 2015 IACC in Orlando, FL in February and Pittsburgh, PA in September. Awardees will provide a plenary talk at the conference. Information is available at or questions may be directed to Henry Nowicki at (724) 457-6576.

WWEM 2014—better, bigger, busier
Running over two days in early November, WWEM 2014 was an outstanding success, with sustained growth in every event since the first WWEM in 2005. In comparison with WWEM 2012, visitor numbers were up by 15 percent. Even though the size of the exhibition was increased by 12 percent, the organizers were unable to accommodate several potential exhibitors. WWEM 2014 focused on water, wastewater and environmental monitoring and was comprised of a wide range of activities that were designed to update and inform anyone in the water sector with a professional interest in testing and monitoring.

Carr Supply opens to serve contractors
Carr Supply has opened a new branch in Lima, OH, providing high-quality plumbing, heating/ventilation/air conditioning and water service supplies and equipment to contractors in a five-county area of northwest Ohio. The company is part of Dayton-based WinWholesale Inc., one of the nation’s largest distributors of residential and commercial construction and industrial supplies and materials with more than 560 location in 45 states.

UV Pure controlling interest sold
Ottawa, Ontario-based Clearford Water Systems Inc. purchased a 91-percent interest in UV Pure in October. The transaction was expected to close on or before December 10. According to UV Pure President and CEO, Rick VanSant, Clearford and UV Pure have worked together commercially since 2012. Clearford, a long-standing UV Pure customer, uses the company’s patented disinfection systems as the final stage in its wastewater treatment solution. Clearford is also UV Pure’s exclusive distribution partner in the Colombian market.

Record contractor attendance at CIPEX West
Western Canada’s two-day CIPHEX West trade show, which took place in Calgary in November, attracted more than 3,100 visitors including contractors, wholesalers, engineers, designers, builders, developers, government and municipal representatives and more. CIPHEX West is produced for the industry by the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating, with support from the Canadian Water Quality Association, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada, the Canadian Hydronics Council, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, the Thermal Environmental Comfort Association and the Canadian Association of Pump Manufacturers.


Water quality alert system under development in Cork
Two Cork, Ireland-based scientific organizations, Tyndall National Institute and Environmental Laboratories Services Ltd. (ELS Ltd.), have committed to a collaborative EU Horizon 2020 project (SMARTER-Si) to develop a domestic water quality test device. The device will allow users to rapidly screen for the presence of harmful contaminants, such as chemical and biological hazards, including the harmful E-coli bacteria. The affordable, easy-to-use, portable device will be the first of its kind and will be enabled by technologies developed in the Tyndall National Institute’s Life Science and Sensing & Separation Groups. Those developing the device believe it will deliver results within the hour, which is days faster than current methodologies.

Patent filings reported by Siemens
In fiscal 2014, Siemens filed 4,300 patent applications—a year-over-year increase of nine percent. In addition, the company intends to boost investments in R&D by around €400 million ($498 million USD). In fiscal 2014, R&D expenditures totaled roughly €4 billion ($4.9 billion USD). Twelve Siemens researchers and developers, who together account for more than 900 inventions and 842 granted individual patents, played a leading role in the company’s success.

Krones in the news
Krones announced its DecoType machine won the Beverage Innovation Award 2014 in the ‘best technology innovation’ category and its superlight PET bottle won the German Design Award 2014 in the packaging category. In other company news, Krones has acquired a 51-percent stake in Till GmbH, Hofheim. The technology company develops systems for direct digital decoration of containers. The remaining 49 percent of the shares are held by the company’s founders, who will continue to play an active role in the company. Till GmbH machines are modular in design and suited for high-speed applications in the beverage industry and other sectors.

LANXESS realignment announced
LANXESS announced the first phase of a three-phase realignment program will result in a reduction of about 1,000 positions worldwide by the end of 2016— roughly half of which will be in Germany. The affected jobs will be mainly in the administrative and service units, marketing and sales, as well as in research and development. In November, LANXESS initiated the second phase of the realignment program, aimed at increasing its operational competitiveness by focusing on the optimization of sales and supply chains and of production processes and facilities. The relevant measures will be implemented in 2015 and 2016. The third phase of the program will focus on horizontal and vertical cooperation in the rubber business. This phase is also to be implemented in 2015 and 2016.

Middle East

Zenith office opened in Dubai
Increased demand for its technical and commercial advice in the UAE and Gulf region has led specialist food and drink industry consultancy Zenith International to open a new regional head office in Dubai. Based in the Freezone area of Jumeirah Lakes Towers, the office will be managed by Zenith’s Regional Director-Middle East and Africa, Gordon Robinson.


People: January 2015

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Westman appointed Interim Executive Director

The Water Quality Association Board of Governors announced in early November that it selected David Westman as the new Interim Executive Director. In this role, he will be responsible for guiding the organization and conducting a comprehensive review of WQA’s financial management, governance structures, staff functions and core processes. Westman will also serve the board as a trusted resource who will guide the association and assemble the leadership team while focusing on finding a long-term executive solution. He holds an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago and is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Association Executive (CAE). While Westman serves as Interim Executive Director, the search has begun for a candidate to fill the permanent Executive Director position. The recruitment and hiring process will likely take some time, perhaps months.

IBWA board members announced

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) announced its 2014-2015 officers and Board of Directors, elected by IBWA members in November. Bryan Shinn (The Water Guy) was elected to serve as Chairman. He is a member of IBWA’s executive committee and Board of Directors and served as Vice Chairman in 2013 and Treasurer in 2012. Organization members also approved Joe Bell (Aqua Filter Fresh) as Vice Chairman and Breck Speed (Mountain Valley) as Immediate Past Chairman. Directors elected or re elected to the board for a three-year term expiring in 2017 include Joe Bell; Greg Nemec (Premium Waters, Inc.) and Brian Grant (Pure Flow). Other members who currently serve on the board include Philippe Caradec (Danone Waters North America); Andrew Eaton, PhD (Eurofins Eaton Analytical, Inc.); Brian Hess (Niagara Bottling LLC); Doug Hidding (Blackhawk Molding); Dave Holdener (Nicolet Forest Bottling); Scott Hoover (Roaring Spring Bottling); Dan Kelly (Polymer Solutions); Heidi Paul (Nestlé Waters North America, Inc.); Shayron Barnes-Selby (DS Services); Robert Smith (Grand Springs Distribution); Lynn Wachtmann (Maumee Valley Bottlers) and Bill Young (Absopure Water Co., Inc.).

Five NSPF promotions announced

The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) announced several recent promotions, including four of existing team members to newly created positions. Alex Antoniou, PhD was promoted to Chief Marketing and Information Officer, in which he will oversee and guide IT processes. Prior to NSPF, he directed all aquatic programming and supervision for Rutgers University. Michelle Kavanaugh was promoted to Mission Development Director for the US and Canada. She has worked with NSPF since 2005, managing mission development, marketing and the World Aquatic Health Conference. Silvia Uribe was promoted to Mission Development Director for all International Markets, in which she will lead all business development and customer service outside the US and Canada. She joined NSPF in February of 2008 as the Special Project Coordinator focusing on Spanish translation, interpretation and education development. Natalie Strong was promoted to Senior Customer Service Specialist and will help develop and support a cohesive customer service team, performing supervision and leadership. She has worked with NSPF since 2012 as a Customer Service and Fulfillment Specialist. Paloma Betancourt was promoted to International Mission Development Specialist, to support NSPF’s training distribution partner, APPAC in Mexico and Central and South America. Betancourt studied architecture and industrial design in both Universidad Politécnica and Universidad del Turabo.

Kunzel named to HM Digital manager position

HM Digital, Inc. announced that Brent Kunzel has joined the company as Business Development Manager, effective immediately. He will manage the marketing activities as well as coordinate the company’s growth strategies. Prior to HM Digital, Kunzel worked as a management consultant, helping a variety of businesses transform their operations. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

AIChE 2015 officers, board announced

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) announced that Cheryl Teich, Reaction Engineering Expertise Area Leader at The Dow Chemical Company, will become President of the organization in 2015. President-Elect Gregory Stephanopoulos, W.H. Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT (Cambridge, MA) joins Teich on AIChE’s Board of Directors. Newly elected directors include: Alan Nelson (The Dow Chemical Company); John O’Connell, Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia (Charlottesville); Anne Skaja Robinson, Chair of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, Tulane University (New Orleans, LA) and Sharon Robinson, senior staff member at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (TN). AIChE Directors serve three-year terms.

WWEMA 2015 officers, directors name

The members of the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) elected new officers and directors during its annual meeting held in November. The Executive Committee comprises: Chairman Frank Rebori (President, Smith & Loveless Inc.); Chairman-Elect Ron Port (VP, Marketing and Business Development, SPX Corporation); Vice Chairman Tammy Bernier (President, Duperon Corporation); Treasurer Mark Turpin (VP and GM, Parkson Corporation) and Immediate Past Chairman Chuck Powers (Director, Global Water Resource Industry & Product Management, Flowserve Corporation). Three members were elected to the Board of Directors: Andrew Fraher (Director of Marketing and Business Development, Xylem Inc.); Louis LeBrun (VP, Pinnacle Ozone Solutions) and Leelon Scott (Director of OEM Business Development, Revere Control Solutions). Current Chairman Chuck Powers also named Tammy Bernier as recipient of the 2014 James C. Morriss Member Achievement Award, for significant contributions to the mission of the association and to the benefit of the water and wastewater industry.

Global News: December 2014

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Charger announced its newest office, Charger Water Treatment Products, LLC, is located at 21420 N. 15th Lane, Suite 108, Phoenix, AZ 85027. The branch can be reached toll-free at (844) 249-3081; fax number is (623) 398-7538.

Hague Quality Water International announced the launch of a new website, www. for dealer recruitment.

North America

Colorado WQA legacy to live on
The Colorado Water Quality Association (CWQA) may have terminated operations, but the organization’s profound effect on the water quality improvement industry will be felt for many years to come. In September, the outgoing CQWA Board of Directors announced it would donate the organization’s remaining funds to the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF). During WQA’s Mid-Year Leadership Conference, CWQA officials made a $150,000 (USD) commitment to WQRF’s Investing in Your Future capital campaign. CWQA, which served industry members in Colorado from 1959-2014, will be honored as a Visionary-level Partner under the Campaign’s Individuals, Dealers and Other Campaign Partners designation.

DWRF memorial lecture fund created
The Drinking Water Research Foundation (DWRF) announced the creation of the Alan A. Leff Memorial Lecture Fund. Named in honor of Alan A. Leff, PhD, the memorial fund will provide financial support for lectures on important issues related to the water industry. The inaugural lecture is scheduled to take place at the Museum of Berkeley Springs, WV, during the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Event’s 25th anniversary celebration in February 2015.

WRF honored by ASCE
The Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recognized the Water Research Foundation (WRF) and Los Angeles County Public Works–Waterworks as recipients of the prestigious 2014 Outstanding Sustainability Project of the Year award. The award recognizes projects that advance the field of civil engineering and provide an exemplary display of ASCE values. The winning project, Minimizing Waste Backwash Water From a Biological Denitrification Treatment System (#4470), was jointly funded by WRF and LACPW. The project focuses on measuring the effectiveness of biological denitrification (BDN) for removing potential co-contaminants from groundwater, specifically hexavalent chromium [Cr (VI)] and exploring the viability of recovering waste backwash water through a BDN treatment system.

World Standards Week honored by NSF
NSF International honored the ANSI World Standards Week (October 20-24) by highlighting the key role standards play in the global economy. Standards, like those developed by NSF International, help protect public health and the environment and provide consistent requirements for acceptance in global markets. The goal of ANSI’s World Standards Week was to raise awareness about the importance of standardization and to promote the role of standards and conformance in meeting the needs of business, industry, government and consumers worldwide. Today, an estimated 80 percent of world merchandise trade is affected by standards or regulations that reference or incorporate standards.

TMWS divests its water cooler and coffee businesses
Truckee Meadows Water Systems (TMWS), Inc. of Reno, NV reached agreement with First Choice Water & Coffee Service in June to sell its drinking water cooler and office coffee service divisions, which will enable TMWS to focus on its rapidly growing residential and industrial divisions. The transaction will affect 3,000 customer accounts. Truckee Meadows retained six employees and First Choice gained the remaining eight.

Aquionics appoints new distributor
UV treatment specialist Aquionics has appointed Rodem as its distributor for the Midwest/Southeast region. Rodem has over 40 years’ experience in providing sanitary processing equipment across the food, beverage, brewing, pharmaceutical and life science markets.

USGS water studies grants announced
The US Geological Survey awarded nearly $1 million (USD) to Purdue University, University of Iowa, University of Maryland and the University of Nebraska through the National Competitive Grants Program. The goals of the program are to promote collaboration between USGS and university scientists in research on significant national and regional water resources issues; promote the dissemination and results of the research funded under this program and assist in the training of scientists in water resources.

USDA household water grants announced
The Water Well Trust has received a $140,000 (USD) grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s Household Water Well Systems program for a project to increase potable water availability to rural households in northwest Arkansas and Oklahoma. The Water Well Trust will contribute a 51-percent match ($71,400) toward this project. These funds were donated by Water Systems Council members. The grant will fund the project in a high-need, low-resource rural target area composed of five counties in northwest Arkansas (Benton, Madison, Marion, Crawford and Franklin counties) and one contiguous county across the Oklahoma border (Sequoyah County).

Fair Canada partnership with IDE announced
IDE Technologies announced its partnership with Fair Canada Engineering to expand IDE’s business in the Canadian water treatment and oil sands markets. With more than 20 years of experience providing high-quality water treatment systems to customers’ specifications, Fair Canada Engineering is well-suited to support IDE’s sales, marketing and customer management activities in Canada.

POE systems help remote BC community
A remote community in British Columbia’s Kootenay region eliminated the need to install a large, costly central water filtration and chlorination system, instead opting to equip each building with its own UV Pure Hallett 15xs POE disinfection system. The systems have been operating since June 2012 and in addition to providing reliable, cost-effective disinfection, have enabled the community to end a boil-water advisory that has been in effect for more than 10 years.

WSI conference in Las Vegas an international draw
More than 900 professionals working in a wide range of water-related disciplines participated in the seventh annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition. WSI emphasized the sharing of ideas and best practices to help local communities achieve greater water efficiency and conservation. Participants included professionals from 36 states and the District of Columbia, as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, France, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand and the UK. The program included comprehensive professional sessions, panel discussions, pre-conference workshops and a sold-out expo hall. It also featured an opening keynote address by Sandra Postel, founder of Global Water Policy Project. In addition, a luncheon featured the presentation of the WaterSense Partner of the Year Awards by US EPA’s WaterSense Program and the Alliance for Water Efficiency.

Ohio conservance district honored by NGWA
The Miami Conservancy District in southwest Ohio has received a 2014 Special Recognition Award from the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). This award is presented to an individual or organization that demonstrates dedication, service and commitment to the groundwater industry and community through involvement and achievement on a local or regional level. The MCD monitors, analyzes and reports on conditions of the region’s water resources in the Great Miami River Watershed.

ASTM International new brand identity revealed
ASTM International introduced its new brand identity at the fall meetings of the ASTM board of directors in Seoul, South Korea. The new branding better reflects the expanding mission and global reach of ASTM and informs stakeholders of who they are and how they help to facilitate global trade, ensure public safety and maximize business growth.

GROHE sweeps NY design awards
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) New York Metro Chapter honored faucet and shower product manufacturer GROHE in its first annual design awards. Announced in early October during the 39th annual meeting, the awards recognize outstanding design, creativity, commitment and service within the industry. GROHE was honored with three awards: the Sustainability Award, Industry Partner Award and the Creative Invention Award for GROHE Blue® Chilled & Sparkling Faucet.

Latin America

Brazil’s water crisis
The worst drought to grip São Paulo, Brazil and neighboring states in 80 years is wreaking havoc on the local population. As of late October, key reservoirs hold less than two weeks’ worth of drinking water. Schools and health centers are closing early, dishes sit unwashed in sinks and restaurants are steering customers away from restrooms. Significant crop production declines are of deep concern and because 50 percent of Brazil’s electrical energy comes from hydropower, possible power cuts loom. Brazil has more freshwater than any country in the world: 12 percent of the entire planet’s total volume. So how is São Paulo, the richest, largest city in South America, running out of water? It’s a combination of distribution and management, variability and deforestation problems.

HaloSource partnership announced
HaloSource, Inc. has partnered with Jarden Consumer Solutions to launch a line of Oster® drinking water pitchers powered by HaloSource’s HaloPure® water purification technology. Oster is one of the leading brands in Latin America, and the initial launch is targeting Chile, Peru and Colombia, marking the first commercial deployment of HaloSource’s water disinfection technology in Latin America. Oster brand’s distribution strengths include hypermarkets, department stores and warehouse club stores.


Bluewater nominated for awards
Sweden’s residential water purification brand Bluewater™ has been shortlisted for four prestigious Transform Awards Asia Pacific prizes for its successful launch of its brand and products across multiple markets. The categories are Best use of copy style/tone of voice, Best implementation of a brand development program across multiple markets, Best corporate rebrand following a merger or acquisition and Best external stakeholder relations during a brand development project. The Transform Awards are considered a very highly regarded accolade that recognize the creativity and strategic thought exercised for rebranding.

Krones’ Italy subsidiary reorganized
Krones AG has rejuvenated its Italian subsidiary Kosme, which produces machines and lines for the lower output range. The new organization relates solely to Kosme’s facility in Roverbella, Italy. In order to secure the plant’s future on a sustainably viable financial basis, the product portfolio of Kosme Italy has had to be altered and the capacities correspondingly right-sized. Kosme will now be concentrating on its core competences in the fields of filling and labeling technologies. The operations for producing packing and palletizing kits have been discontinued.


Calgon awarded second South Korea contract
Calgon Carbon Corporation has been awarded a contract by Samsung C&T Corporation to supply 7.2 million pounds of Filtrasorb® granular activated carbon to the Dduk-Do Municipal Drinking Water Plant in Seoul City, South Korea. The value of the contract was not disclosed. The plant provides 198 million gallons (749 million liters) of potable water daily to approximately one million residents in seven districts, including SeongDongGu, Seoul metropolitan area. Delivery of the carbon was expected to begin in December and completed in the second quarter of 2015.

IDE expansion announced
IDE Technologies announced its expansion in the Australian water treatment and coal seam gas (CSG) industries with new offices in Sydney and Brisbane. One of IDE’s recent installations in Australia is the Cape Preston project, which is capable of producing 140,000 m3/day of potable water for CITIC Pacific Mining’s Sino Iron ore mine. An IDE PROGREEN™ modular, chemical-free desalination system has also been commissioned on Hayman Island, located off the coast of Queensland, providing potable water for the island’s visitors and residents.

China Brew & China Beverage success story continues
China Brew & China Beverage (CBB) has just completed another chapter in its successful history. Over the four-day show period, 52,063 participants came to Beijing, up slightly from the last event two years ago. A total of 708 exhibitors from 25 countries took part in CBB 2014. Feedback from visitors was positive across the board, with particular praise given to the professional organization of the event and the quality of the visitors. In 2016, CBB will be held in Shanghai.


People: December 2014

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Imbeault named Waterite area manager

Waterite Technologies, Inc. has named Mario Imbeault to the position of Eastern Area Manager, effective immediately. He will be responsible for sales in the Quebec and Maritime regions for all company product lines. Imbeault brings to Waterite many years of technical and sales management experience in the filtration and water products distribution business. Since 1995, he has worked with Industrial Filter Manufacturing and Pro Filtration in a sales administration capacity in both Ontario and Quebec. Imbeault will be based in the Montreal branch office.

Messana, Kearbey named to Wilo team

Wilo USA named Samuel D. Messana as National Sales Manager–Building Service and Regional Sales Manager for the Northeast. He will be responsible for directing, managing, implementing and driving Wilo sales strategies. With more than 20 years of experience as a hands-on sales and product marketing executive, he has a strong background in the global pump, hydronic and the OEM marketplace. Previously, Messana was OEM Sales Manager for Watts Regulator, developing strategic plans and new products for OEM customers and meeting sales revenue targets. He also served as National Account Sales Manager, Western Regional Sales Manager and Product Manager for Armstrong Pumps, Inc. Wilo has also welcomed Eric Kearbey as Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Water Management. A former Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Ekato Corporation, he has 17 years of experience in the chemical, pump and industrial markets. Kearby holds a BS Degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri.

WEF 2014-2015 Board of Trustees announced

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced the members of its 2014-2015 Board of Trustees. In addition to incoming President Ed McCormick, the 2014-2015 Board of Trustees includes Immediate Past President Ralston; PresidentElect Paul Bowen; Vice President Rick Warner; Treasurer Ralph Exton; Secretary and WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill and Trustees Charles Bott, Jenny Hartfelder, Jackie Jarrell, Tom Kunetz, Garry Macdonald and Erin Mosley.

Nine to receive NSPF scholarships

Six students who are pursuing higher education around the US in a variety of subject areas have been named to receive National Swimming Pool Foundation scholarships. Alexandra June Adams, Central College, received the P. Cory Willis Scholarship for $1,000; Roxanne Klemm, St. Catherine University, was awarded the D.J. Wright Scholarship for $1,000; Kassidy Marie Kohout, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, received a Board of Directors Scholarship for $2,000; Summer Olson, University of South Dakota, was also awarded a Board of Directors Scholarship for $2,000; Karian Tjader, College of Lake County, was recipient of the Phillip Sperber Scholarship for $1,000 and Brittany Catherine Viboch, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, was awarded the William Rowley Scholarship for $1,000. The NSPF® Fellowship Program awarded $6,000 to three doctoral students who are performing risk reduction or health-benefit research related to aquatic activities and/or venues such as swimming pools, spas/hot tubs, therapy pools and waterparks. Adam Bradley Katchmarchi is a doctoral student in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Talin Louder is a Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Utah State University, in Logan, UT. Katarzyna Ratajczak is a research investigator and Junior Lecturer at the Poznan University of Technology in Poznan, Poland.

New CA-NV AWWA Board of Directors Chair named

The California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association (CANV AWWA) named Sue Mosburg Chair of its Board of Directors during their annual fall conference. Mosburg, who previously served as Chair-elect, began her career in the water/wastewater industry at the City of San Diego’s Water Department, where she worked on the docks, scrubbed boats and assisted fishermen. With over 30 years in the industry, she has risen through the ranks to become a program manager at Sweetwater Authority where she is responsible for risk management, employee development, water-use efficiency and school education programs. Mosburg has also served on many CA-NV committees including the CA-NV Section Governing Board, Water Use Efficiency Committee, Workforce Development Council, Emergency and Security Preparedness Committee, Business Division and several others.

Global News: November 2014

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Handok Clean Tech announced it has moved to 13, Techno8-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, Korea, ZIP code: 305-509. This new address should be used immediately.

North America

WaterGroup companies acquired
Novo Water Group Inc. announced the acquisition of WaterGroup Companies from Culligan International Company Inc. The acquisition includes the US operating company WaterGroup Inc., as well as Canadian entities WaterGroup Companies Inc. and Petwa Ltd. The transaction meets several key strategic objectives for both Culligan and Novo Water Group. For Culligan, divesting of WaterGroup removes the channel conflict with their core Culligan Franchise Dealer business, allowing for better focus. For Novo, the acquisition of WaterGroup will allow the company to combine the expertise of both organizations, while becoming a single source for the industry’s leading technologies.

IDE Technologies technology selections announced
Poseidon Water announced that its contractor and plant operator, IDE Technologies, has selected Protec Arisawa and Dow Water & Process Solutions to provide the pressure vessels and RO membranes for the Carlsbad Desalination Project. Currently, there are about 400 IDE designed systems operating in 40 countries, with a total capacity of about 528 million gpd (1.9 billion liters per day), including four of the world’s largest plants in Israel.

US EPA increases access to chemical information
US EPA has posted additional data and added new functions to ChemView, the agency’s publicly accessible online tool to find information for chemicals regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The updated database now includes 244 consent orders, an additional 1,205 Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) for new and existing chemicals, 16 additional chemicals with test rule data and updates to the Safer Chemicals Ingredient List. To view and search ChemView, visit

Calgon awarded reactivation contract
Calgon Carbon Corporation and Palmdale Water District have signed a 10- year contract under which Calgon Carbon will provide reactivation services to treat the district’s drinking water. The value of the contract will depend upon the amount of spent carbon that is reactivated annually, which is expected to be one million pounds. The district will be converting to Calgon Carbon’s high-performance Filtrasorb400 GAC, which when spent, will be taken to the company’s facility in Gila Bend, AZ for custom reactivation.

Commerce award for AWWA
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) will receive a $299,955 (USD) award from the US Department of Commerce’s Market Development Cooperator Program to help facilitate US water sector exports. The Department of Commerce provides the awards to support projects aimed at increasing US exports, creating jobs and strengthening America’s global competitiveness. The award is expected to generate an estimated $14 million in US exports over three years.

Stormwater facility completed
Rainwater Resources announced the transfer of a 1,500-gallon (5,678-liter) capacity cistern/rainwater collection system to the city of Farragut, TN. The former city maintenance site has been landscaped and converted into a park-like outdoor classroom to demonstrate various methods of protecting local watersheds. Among those methods is capturing rainwater from the classroom shelter rooftop and conveying it to storage for use irrigating the parks extensive landscaping. The Rainwater Resources system will supply 15,000 gallons (56,781 liters) per year.

EcoTex approved by DOE
ClearWater Tech, representing EcoTex Ozone Laundry Systems, has been evaluated and approved for energy and water efficiency by the US Department of Energy (DOE). DOE commissioned a report to evaluate energy-efficient technologies within the commercial on-premise laundry (OPL) market. After consideration of several alternative technologies, they chose to do their research on ozone for the report. The study proved the validity of EcoTex technology as a quick return-on-investment, energy and water savings and customer satisfaction.

California water recycling facility honored
The Santa Clara Valley Water District has received the Project of the Year Award–Large from the WateReuse Association at its annual national symposium in Dallas, TX. The award recognizes the completion of the water district’s new water recycling facility, the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center, which produces up to eight million gallons (30.2 million liters) per day of highly purified water. It is the largest facility of its kind in northern California.

California universities to manage water archives
Cal State San Bernardino and the University of California, Riverside will co-house and share a valuable collection of water-related documents and materials. The chief librarians from both universities signed a memorandum of understanding that the two institutions will jointly house and manage the Water Resources Collections and Archives (WRCA). The agreement lays out the policies and procedures on the collection and is an addendum to an MOU the universities signed in 2010, which enabled the collaboration.

NK Technologies certification announced
NK Technologies has successfully completed an ISO-9001/ISO-14001 recertification audit of its quality assurance and environmental management systems. The systems have been consolidated in order to provide for efficiencies in managing both systems collectively versus separately. The four-day audit was performed by SGS, an ANAB-accredited, independent third-party registrar.

WWEMA relocated
The Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) announced it relocated its headquarters to Leesburg, VA in September. The new office space offers opportunity for expansion as well as improved telecommunications capabilities that will allow the association to introduce new web-based education initiatives and other new services to WWEMA members. The new address is 540 Fort Evans Road, Suite 304, Leesburg, VA 20176-3379. Telephone is (703) 444-1777.

Operations Challenge winners announced
Terminal Velocity, of the Virginia Water Environment Association, took the top honors for an unprecedented fifth consecutive time at the Operations Challenge competition at WEFTEC® 2014. Team members Steve Motley, Steve Poe, Jason Truitt and Captain Donnie Cagle were coached by Elijah Smith and Bobby Williams, and competed against 42 hardworking teams from the US, Canada and Argentina.

BASF distribution agreement signed
BASF Canada Inc. and Canada Colors and Chemicals Ltd. (CCC) have entered into an exclusive agreement for the distribution of BASF’s comprehensive Water Solutions portfolio throughout Canada. The agreement was effective October 1 for western Canada and the Maritime provinces. On January 1, 2015, CCC will become BASF’s exclusive national distributor for all of Canada.


Aquatech Amsterdam records broken
The forthcoming anniversary edition of Aquatech Amsterdam 2015 is already breaking records. Sixty-five percent of the exhibition floor has been filled, reflecting exhibitors’ confidence in the exhibition and the accompanying concept. The celebratory 25th edition of Aquatech Amsterdam starts November 3, 2015 and will last until November 6. In four days time, Amsterdam RAI will be devoted entirely to process, drinking and wastewater.

HaloSource partnerships announced
HaloSource has signed a strategic supply agreement with Fluidra, S.A. to accelerate the delivery of HaloSource’s enhanced recreational water solutions into the European and Australian pool and spa markets, for an initial term of up to three years. This agreement provides Fluidra with the exclusive rights to distribute certain recreational water products into specified key European countries, excluding the UK, providing Fluidra meets certain minimum purchase levels over three years. HaloSource also entered into a new partnership with Eureka Forbes. This relationship aims to support CSR projects in India and also contributes to HaloPure water purification product sales. The intent of the partnership is to help expand access to clean, safe, drinking water to Indians by donating a percentage of HaloPure patented water purification bead technology as a percentage of their overall sales volume.

Conwed production expansion announced
Conwed, which manufactures a full line of feed spacers specifically designed for RO applications, announced expansion of its operations. As part of a global product development effort to create the next-generation of feed spacers and in response to increasing demand for drinkable water worldwide, the company will expand production capacity in its European plant based in Genk, Belgium.

Russian project completed
Jurby WaterTech International announced it will be involved in the reconstruction and modernization of water treatment plants at the Ekibastuz Power Plant GRES-1 in Ekibastuz, the Republic of Kazakhstan. In accordance with the plans, power units 8, 1 and 2 will be reconstructed and modernized by 2017. The project was executed in conjunction with Karaganda Bi Energy Plus LLP.


WEF, Korean Water Organization MOU signed
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) signed a memorandum of understanding with two of Korea’s top water associations, the Korean Water & Wastewater Works Association (KWWA) and the Korean Environment Corporation (KECO). Intended to strengthen ties between the respective organizations. WEF, KWWA and KECO will seek opportunities for knowledge exchange and mutually beneficial support of each other’s publications, activities, initiatives and special projects to assist with a shared goal of protecting the environment and encouraging sustainable development.

Events set record in India
With an increase of 37 percent, drink technology India and International PackTech India claimed success by setting an outstanding visitor record. From September 25 to 27, about 10,250 trade visitors attended the event to obtain information about solutions for the international packaging, package printing, processing, beverage and food industries. A total of 230 exhibitors presented their products on the three trade fair days; 119 of them exhibited at drink technology India, which experienced an increase of approximately 20 percent in exhibitors and occupied net area. Food processing was represented at drink technology India for the first time and in future will be expanded at both shows.


People: November 2014

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Garcia, Parsons appointed to Watts management positions

Watts Water has appointed Guillermo Garcia, CWS-3, Outside Sales Manager for the Western Region of Watts’ Water Quality Division. A 13-year veteran of the water industry, he previously served as an Inside Sales Representative and provided customer service tech support for the Western Region, where he successfully secured and helped grow key Watts accounts. Peter Parsons joined the company as National Product Training Manager– Americas, responsible for the development of a comprehensive product training strategy for the Americas. This includes creating both online and in-person training programs, developing training facilities, identifying required resources and developing a consistent curriculum for individuals conducting training in the field. Parsons has more than 30 years of training experience and program leadership within global companies. He received certifications in electronics, cryptography and instructional design from the US Navy.

Essery new Branch Manager for Charger

Phil Essery has been appointed Branch Manager at Charger’s newest office in Phoenix, AZ, which opened in April. The 30-year water industry veteran has held a variety of management positions and brings a wealth of experience in service, installation and sales to Charger. Essery may be reached at the branch by phone, (844) 249-3081 (toll-free) or (623) 388-4837.

GE’s Exton named to WEF board

GE announced the appointment of Ralph Exton to serve as 2014-2015 Treasurer on the Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF). He was first elected to WEF’s Board of Trustees in 2012. Exton has extensive experience in various leadership, business and international roles and has more than 27 years of advanced water treatment, water purification and reuse experience. In his current role as the Chief Marketing Officer of Water and Process Technologies for GE Power & Water, Exton provides strategic leadership and program direction for the business’ marketing activities and sustainability efforts. He is an ambassador for ecomagination and the leader of the Water for Humanity program for GE. Exton is also the Business Program Manager for the GE Experienced Commercial Leadership Program designed to attract, retain and grow a diverse and global population of future sales and marketing leaders for GE businesses.

Zenith International Directors named

Zenith International has announced the appointment of two new directors. Paul Thomson, formerly head of Water & Environment, became Water & Environment Director on October 1. A widely respected hydrogeologist, Thomson is a specialist in water source development, protection and management. Gordon Robinson, formerly Operations Consulting Manager, was appointed Regional Director–Middle East and Africa on July 1. He moved to Dubai in May 2013 to manage a food factory building project and to lead other client projects involving market feasibility, production efficiency and construction planning.

Allen named Water Center Executive Director

The Desert Research Institute has named Nathan Allen as Executive Director of the Nevada Water Center of Excellence (COE). Prior to joining DRI, Allen served as CEO and Principal of TerraSwell, which he founded in response to environmental science and sustainability challenges encountered in the field. His experience in applied science includes previous positions as a Research Scientist and also as a Coordinator of Sustainability for the University of Arizona Biosphere 2. Allen serves on the US Green Buildings Council Arizona Chapter Board, and sits on the boards of both the Farm Education Resource Network and the Agrarian Freedom Project. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science from Simpson College and a Master’s Degree in education from the University of Arizona.

Shimkus appointed WSSCC Director

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) announced David Shimkus has joined the Global Sanitation Fund as its new Program Director, bringing to the fund over 15 years of experience in international health and development. He will oversee ongoing efforts to support community-led sanitation programs in developing countries. Shimkus joins WSSCC from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), where he served as Senior Manager of Global Health Partnerships, providing financial and programmatic oversight for collaborations between UNOPS and major global health organizations.

Braun appointed Minnesota Rubber CEO

Quadion LLC , which does business as Minnesota Rubber & Plastics, appointed Marlin Braun as its CEO in January, succeeding Jim Lande, who retired from Quadion after serving as CEO since 1985. Prior to joining the firm, Braun worked at Greene, Tweed Co., VEECO Instruments Inc. and Perkin Elmer Inc.

People: October 2014

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Whynot promoted to President at Mazzei

Mazzei Injector Company, LLC has promoted Geoffrey Whynot to the position of President. An integral part of the company since 2010, he was originally hired as CFO in 2010 and assumed the additional duties of COO in 2012. Angelo Mazzei, Chairman/ CEO and founder of the company, noted that in addition to his financial expertise, Whynot has thrown himself into learning the operation and technical applications of the company. In addition, he showed exceptional leadership and the ability and desire to develop the company team.

Lemieux Recipient of 2014 Joseph K. Seidner Award

France Lemieux of Health Canada was presented with the 13th Joseph K. Seidner Award at the annual Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing Meeting in Fredericton, NB in recognition of her outstanding contributions to Canadian plumbing codes and standards. Lemieux is the head of the Materials and Treatment Section, Water and Air Quality Bureau at Health Canada. She has been an integral part of the standards development community, participating on several committees, task groups and industry advisory bodies over the years. Lemieux has been the key voice of Health Canada within the standards community in both the US and Canada. Her most notable recent accomplishments were her role in the Council of Public Health Consultants at NSF and working with industry to smoothly integrate the Canadian Consumer Product Safety Act into Canada’s regime of regulations, codes and standards. The award was established by the CIPH Board of Directors in November 2000 to honor first recipient, industry leader and CIPH friend Seidner and his legacy to the standards community.

Adams named HaloSource General Counsel

HaloSource announced the appointment of Robyn Adams as General Counsel and IP Attorney. She will manage all legal and intellectual property matters for the company and its brands and is a member of its Leadership Team. Adams has over 15 years of experience in patent portfolio and intellectual property management with an expertise in aligning IP strategy with product commercialization and business focus. Prior to joining HaloSource, she worked as in-house counsel for ZymoGenetics and Epigenomics and also ran a solo law practice. Adams earned her JD from Seattle University School of Law, a Bachelor of Science Degree in microbiology from the University of Washington and is a registered patent attorney and member of the Washington State Bar Association.

McGarry appointed at Labstrong

LabStrong announced that Brian McGarry has accepted the position of Sales Account Manager and will be responsible for developing and executing the company’s strategic growth plan. He will be building and developing relationships with both new and existing customers. McGarry received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Wisconsin. He brings many years of sales and sales leadership experience from AT&T.

Battour named KMS sales rep for North Africa

Koch Membrane Systems (KMS) has appointed M. Hatem Bouattour as an independent sales representative. In this capacity, he will assist KMS with marketing and sales of its water and wastewater products for the region (including Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria) and provide a French-speaking liaison between KMS, end users and engineers. Hatem Bouattour has many years of experience in the North Africa region working with commercial and industrial organizations. He is an environmental and water specialist, with knowledge and experience in water management and governance.

In Memory of Robert E. ‘Bob’ Marsh

Earlier this year, the industry lost a true pioneer with the passing of Robert E. ‘Bob’ Marsh at the age of 93. His involvement in the industry as a prolific inventor and entrepreneur began in the 60s and over the years added much to what we take for granted today. Marsh’s indepth knowledge of plastics and plastic processing led to the first blow-molded brine tanks and cabinets, as well as pressure vessels with built-in distributors and separate chambers. As an early entrant to the residential RO business, he produced numerous unique systems and components still in use. Marsh was one of the first to custom design and sell softening equipment to the UK and Europe, which opened the opportunity for many other US companies to follow and led him to establish a manufacturing facility in England. He also established factories in California and Wisconsin with the best known being Plasworld in Racine, WI. Marsh is survived by his wife, best friend and business partner Marcie, as well as his brother and WWII combat veteran, Don.

Global News: October 2014

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

North America

Team Horner, SGM pool renovation completed
At the request of Team Horner’s Bill Kent, Philip Greggs of Southern Grouts and Mortars organized the gift of a brand-new Diamond Brite pool finish for special-needs children and adults at the Marian Center located in Miami Gardens, FL. The pool finish had been in a state of serious disrepair for several years. Greggs organized several volunteer contractors to work with him to accomplish this major renovation. The Marian Center has been a daytime home for about 125 children and adults for the past 50 years, many of whom are afflicted with Down Syndrome. The newly renovated pool is now being used daily for exercise, swimming and fun activities by adults with intellectual disabilities. The center is operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph B. Cottolengo, an Italy-based order with a mission of helping people in need.

Water treatment market being transformed
Increased importance of health and wellness highlight water safety issues and support strong growth in the global residential and light-commercial water treatment equipment (WTE) market. Strict enforcement of water quality standards and regulations supporting upcoming innovative water treatment procedures also drive the market. Currently, North America holds the largest market share. While Europe presents the most environmentally-conscious and minimally cost-conscious market for WTE solutions, Asia-Pacific offers higher scope due to escalating demand from the region’s burgeoning population and public health concerns. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global Residential and Light Commercial Water Treatment Equipment Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $11.03 billion (USD) in 2013 and estimates this to reach $18.8 billion in 2020. The residential sector is expected to account for 67.4 percent of the total market, fueled by stringent regulations for household water treatment in some environment-conscious countries, such as the US, Singapore, the UK, Germany, India and China. Nevertheless, light-commercial WTE is catching up and is forecast to witness a compound annual growth rate of 8.9 percent.

Aquatic health code released by CDC
On August 29, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) released the first edition of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC).This landmark effort will have positive impact on our industry for many years to come. MAHC is the nation’s first voluntary guideline based on scientific research and best practices to improve health and safety at aquatic facilities. It can be used by state and local governments to create a pool code that will help reduce risk for outbreaks, drownings and injuries. The MAHC was created in a collaborative effort by volunteers from public health, academia and industry and is an exciting step forward for the aquatics industry. Fact sheets about the code may be downloaded from the CDC website, pools/mahc/fact-sheets.html?utm_sourc e=MAHC+Release+First+Edition&utm_campaign=Eblasts&utm_medium=email.

NM reclamation project recognized
The Augustin Plains Ranch (APR) proposed water project in western New Mexico has made the CG-LA Infrastructure’s Strategic Top 100 list for North American Infrastructure in 2014. APR recently applied for a permit to pump, reclaim and then transport 54,000-acrefeet of water per year from its location near Datil to those Rio Grande River communities that are most in need. According to the report, the “Strategic Top 100 North America lays out a roadmap of strategic infrastructure projects with specific, immediate business opportunities that point toward an entirely new level of vitality for North American competitiveness.” Projects were selected through a six-month process and a preliminary list of more than 400 projects, each of which offered business opportunities in the next three to 18 months. The 100 top projects selected represent more than $369 billion in Canada, the US and Mexico.

IAPMO, QWEL partner for certification opportunities
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) are uniting to make it easier for water agencies to become local certifying organizations for plumbing and landscaping water-use efficiency training. IAPMO’s Green Plumber program has trained more than 9,000 plumbers in more than 300 classes in the US and Canada, and has been a WaterSense promotional partner since 2008. Meanwhile, QWEL has trained more than 700 landscaping professional in just a few short years and now has 11 sub-certifying organizations in five states. Visit Booth 214 in the WSI 2014 Expo Hall to learn more about these programs, or check out for more information.

Innovative process licenses acquired by CNP
CNP-Technology Water and Biosolids Corporation (CNP), a newly formed wastewater treatment technologies provider, has acquired the exclusive worldwide patent licensing for AirPrex® from P.C.S. GmbH (Hamburg, Germany). Terms of the deal were not disclosed. CNP North America will operate out of its headquarters in Kenosha, WI, with additional facilities in Hamburg and Chengdu, China. The company’s flagship technology, AirPrex, is a sludge optimization process that recovers the high-phosphate mineral struvite after anaerobic digestion but before the dewatering process, thereby saving significant operating and maintenance costs, while adding a revenue source for municipal utilities and treatment plants.

NSF in the news
NSF International has acquired the laboratory portion of Jana Laboratories Inc., an engineering consulting and laboratory testing firm serving the global water and plastic pipe industries. The 14-person laboratory staff and 20,000-square-foot laboratory in Aurora, Ontario will be renamed NSF Janalab and become part of NSF’s global network of ISO/IEC 17025-accredited laboratories throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. NSF Janalab includes the 4,000-square-foot Advanced Pipe Test Facility II, which has the largest oxidative-resistance, stress-testing capacity in the world, as well as significant hydrostatic performance stress-testing capacity. Jana will retain the consulting and training portion of its business under the name Jana.

NSF International has developed the first American National Standard that validates the effectiveness of water treatment devices that are designed to reduce trace levels of emerging contaminants in drinking water. NSF/ANSI 401: Drinking Water Treatment Units–Emerging Compounds/Incidental Contaminants addresses the ability of a water treatment device to remove up to 15 contaminants from drinking water. Types of contaminants include some pharmaceuticals, OTC medications, herbicides, pesticides and chemicals used in manufacturing, such as bisphenol A (BPA). NSF has certified 56 products to the new standard at varying levels, providing home water treatment options to consumers concerned about these contaminants. The first manufacturers to achieve this certification for one or more of their water treatment devices include 3M Purification Inc., Access Business Group LLC, Amway China Co., Aquasana Inc., Electrolux Home Products, Everpure LLC, General Electric Company, Kaz USA Inc., Kemflo/ Filbur and Whirlpool Corporation.

Latin America

Bluewater partnership in Mexico announced
Swedish water purification technology company Bluewater announced a new partnership with Pure Water Technology, a leading supplier to the Mexican catering industry. Pure Water Technology is the first official distributor of Bluewater’s innovative, second generation RO water purifiers. In addition, Bluewater announced it has taken over full worldwide distribution of spare parts from September 1 onwards for its residential and light-commercial water purifiers. In late 2012, Blueblue AB acquired and integrated two water purification product lines: consumer brand Cleone and the Direct Flow water purifiers from Dometic AB. Bluewater’s second-generation SuperiorOsmosis™ water purifiers have now been successfully launched in Europe, North America and China.


Water cooler market growing in Europe
West Europe’s water cooler market continued to grow by one percent in 2013, according to a new report from the sector’s leading specialist consultancy, Zenith International, with mains water coolers coming closer to overtaking bottled coolers. The number of POU mains water units grew by four percent last year, while there was a one-percent decline for bottled water cooler numbers. Bottled water coolers claimed a 57-percent share of the 2.8 million total, down from 58 percent in 2012. POU gained further popularity and appears to be heading towards a share ultimately beyond 50 percent. The UK retains the lead for water cooler installations, with 24 percent of the total, higher than in 2012. Italy and France also saw slight gains, at 17-percent and 15-percent shares respectively. Many other countries managed increases in the bottled cooler segment, but Portugal experienced a drop of seven percent.


New UV application center
UV treatment specialist Hanovia and the Industrial Division of US sister company Aquionics have launched a new UV Application Center in Shanghai, China. Serving as an R&D center of excellence for research into the science of UV for new and emerging applications worldwide, the center will directly support existing and future requirements in Aquionics’ traditional markets for food and beverage, pharmaceutical and high purity water. Working in collaboration with leading universities from around the world, such as Imperial College in the UK and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, as well as some leading global brands in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage industries, the center is already enhancing understanding of UV efficiency in the control and destruction of inorganic compounds.


Global News: September 2014

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

North America

Increase in bottled water sales attributed to First Lady
The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) announced that First Lady Michelle Obama’s Drink Up campaign has increased bottled water sales. IBWA is a sponsor of the campaign. A new study from Nielsen Catalina Solutions (NCS) showed the online ad campaign resulted in a three-percent increase in incremental sales among those who saw the advertising. This generated almost $1 million (USD) in incremental retail bottled water sales. A statement from NCS said the sales per impression increase was the highest among fence-sitters, generally younger, impressionable consumers who seek convenience in their eating habits. According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC), approximately 31 percent of what Americans drink is water and of that figure, more than 50 percent is bottled water.

Calgon Carbon second quarter results reported
Calgon Carbon Corporation reported positive activated carbon results for the second quarter ended June 30. Sales for the activated carbon and service segment increased 4.8 percent versus the second quarter of 2013. The increase was primarily due to higher demand for activated carbon products and services in the environmental water and industrial process markets. Sales to the food and drinking water markets also showed improvement over the second quarter of 2013. These increases were partially offset by lower demand for activated carbon in the respirator and environmental air markets.

Team Horner honored by FPA
The Florida Psychological Association (FPA) has honored Team Horner with a Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award for 2014. The program is designed to recognize organizations that make a commitment to programs and policies that foster employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance and productivity. Comprised of both state and national-level components, it highlights a variety of workplaces. Applicants are evaluated on their efforts in five areas: employee involvement; work-life balance; employee growth and development; health and safety, and employee recognition.

IUVA keynote speakers announced
The 2014 International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) Americas Regional Conference, which will be held October 26-28 in White Plains, NY, will host leading experts in the field of UV technology. Included among the conference leadership will be Marvin R. DeVries, CEO, Trojan Technologies, Inc. and Paul V. Rush, Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Supply. The Catskill-Delaware ultraviolet disinfection facility that Rush oversees delivers over two billion gallons (7.5 billion liters) of high-quality drinking water daily, and as such, is by far the world’s largest UV disinfection facility in the world.

Dow technology honored
Dow Water & Process Solutions has been honored with a prestigious R&D Magazine 2014 R&D 100 Award. The R&D 100 Awards identify and celebrate the top technology products of the year. TEQUATIC™ PLUS Fine Particle Filter was named one of the 100 most influential innovations in 2013. The unique filtration device helps process a wide range of difficult high-solids water, offering a cost-effective solution for wastewater treatment in multiple industry segments.

Maine town offering plumbing scholarship
Remote Jackman, Maine (population 700) has only one plumber, who is set to retire soon. The next available service is over 50 miles away. The situation has prompted the small village to take action by creating the 2015 Inza and Harry Hughey Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will provide as much as $2,000 (USD) to those interested in being trained as a plumber. According to high school Principal Denise Plante, it can sometimes take weeks to find someone to respond and can be worse in spring when plumbers are busy opening up lake camps and cottages. “We know it takes several years to become a certified plumber, so we consider this an investment not only in the individual, but in the Jackman region itself,” said Sheryl Hughey Harth, whose family is funding the scholarship. It’s named for Harth’s paternal grandparents, who operated a camp in the valley.

WQRF: 65 years and counting
The Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) was formed 65 years ago to serve on behalf of the Water Quality Association (WQA) as a universally recognized, independent research organization. Since its inception, the foundation has partnered with the water treatment industry to invest more than $1 million to successfully conduct 20 research studies and initiatives, three of which are currently in progress. The long-term goal of WQRF is to achieve sustained growth in order to fund scientific research on subjects relating to the water quality improvement industry. The foundation is uniquely positioned to serve as an avenue by which research is conducted and disseminated to the water treatment industry and the public at large. To learn more about the WQRF vision, current research projects, historic accomplishments and other activities, visit

ISM contest inspired collaboration
What began as a customer contest has evolved into a collaborative project for Colorado-based Industrial Specialties Mfg. (ISM). Customers were invited to submit a photo and description of how they used the company’s products. One of the many entries was from Healing Waters International, and ISM took great interest in this contest submission. The company’s contest review panel was impressed by the story and voted Healing Waters International as the contest winner. As such, Healing Waters received an iPad mini, Amazon gift card and a donation of an array of ISM components to service Healing Waters International for the remainder of the year.

ScaleWatcher deployed to poultry farms
Scalewatcher North America Inc. systems have been installed at major poultry farms in Ontario, Canada to reduce limescale damage to critical water supplies and ensure efficiency in the poultry raising business. Water, which makes up about 70 percent of a bird’s body, is one of the most important nutrients in poultry production; eggs are around 65 percent water. The birds constantly lose water during egg production and water intake is almost twice the weight of feed. During heat stress, the amount of water consumed by the animals can be quadrupled.


HaloSource trading update released
HaloSource, Inc. announced its trading update on London’s AIM Exchange for the six-month period ended June 30. Total revenues for the period increased 24 percent due to revenue growth across each segment of the business. The company has significantly reduced its cash burn by 35 percent compared to the first half of 2013, and ended the period with $8.3 million in cash. Management remains confident that revenue and net earnings for the full year will be in line with market expectations. HaloSource’s drinking water business, a key component for future growth, more than doubled revenue (124 percent) to $2.0 million, driven by growth with key strategic partners in China and India.

Latin America

Students take part in Mexico water project
H2OpenDoors, a project of Redwood City, CA-based Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Foundation, will be taking an expedition of high school students and teachers to central Mexico during Labor Day Week, PRNewswire reported. According to Jon Kaufman, Director of the project, four students and a teacher from Redwood High and six students and a teacher from Woodside High will take part in the installation of a SunSpring water purification system at a community center. The solar- and wind-powered plants, which require no electricity or fuel and remove all bacteria, viruses and other contaminants using membrane technology, are manufactured by Innovative Water Technologies. H2OpenDoors installed systems in northern Thailand and Tacloban, Philippines in 2013 and will be bringing a unit to a large clinic in central Guatemala in December. Following the installation, the students will be given a tour of the city government, including the metropolitan water company facilities, which serve over 110,000 residents.


LANXESS technology installed in Ghana
LANXESS RO filter elements have been installed in a water treatment plant to help supply clean drinking water in northern Ghana. The Mazareka Co. Ltd. plant, which is based in Tamale/Kanshegu, has been equipped with Lewabrane RO B400 HR membrane elements that have a capacity of 40 cubic meters per hour and will supply water for approximately 600,000 persons. That includes the 400,000 residents of Tamale, the capital of Northern Region, and neighboring communities within a radius of 124 miles (200 kilometers). LANXESS also taught Mazareka employees how to use the Lewaplus design software, “so that any necessary adjustments can be made to the equipment if there is a change in parameters.”


More success for Aquatech China
Aquatech China was a resounding success and a major milestone for the water technology industry. The seventh edition of the show featured some 1,400 exhibitors from 34 countries. Despite heavy rainfall during the days of the show, which caused significant traffic problems, the exhibition once again welcomed more visitors than the previous year. The very first Industrial Leaders Forum China added an extra dimension to the show. An international audience of over 40,000 decision-makers visited the show over three days. Ten percent of the visitors came from outside of China, representing 90 different countries. The event was colocated with FlowEx China for the second time this year. Aquatech China 2015 will be held June 10-12 in Shanghai, in a brandnew venue, making room for the expected additional growth.

Growth in China water treatment demand projected
Consumer Water Treatment Systems in China, a new study from the Beijing office of The Freedonia Group, Inc. noted that demand for these systems is projected to advance 17 percent per year in 2017. Greater awareness of health and aesthetic benefits provided by water treatment systems will result in double-digit annual growth for these products for the foreseeable future. Further gains, however, will be limited by the habit of many consumers of boiling water prior to consumption in the belief that it is safe enough to drink. POU system sales are expected to grow at an annual pace of 16.6 percent through 2017, accounting for nearly 90 percent of the overall market. Faster growth will be registered by counter-top and undersink systems, a large share of which use membranes and other non-conventional filtration technology, offering water treatment superior to flow-through and faucet-mounted systems. An increasing number of households, however, are expected to install POE systems.


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