- BASF signed an agreement with Emerald Technology Ventures to acquire inge watertechnologies AG in order to further grow BASF’s water treatment business.
- FreeWave Technologies and Rockwell Automation are collaborating on a new initiative to design and implement a comprehensive SCADA system solution to tackle growing issues in municipal water demand management.
- Three MC Press filter presses from Siemens Water Technologies have been purchased for the San Bartolome mine in Potosi, Bolivia. The presses, which will become operational later this year, will allow improved dry stacked tailings management on site.
- Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), the nation’s largest community college district, selected the SORB 33 system, provided by Hennesy Mechanical Sales, for its arsenic removal treatment technology. As part of the project, Severn Trent Services provided a bed volume guarantee of 69,000 bed volumes.
- ProQual Landscaping and Horizon Distributors completed a sophisticated, large-scale irrigation upgrade at a Phoenix-area apartment complex, resulting in water savings of more than 20%. ProQual’s irrigation technicians identified a need to replace mismatched sprinklers with a consistent, efficient system, which led to Horizon’s installation of Toro® Precision™ Series Spray Nozzles.
- American Pacific Corporation has contracted with Envirogen Technologies to provide a large-scale fluidized bed bioreactor (FBR) system for the biodegradation of perchlorate and other constituents from groundwater in the area of a former manufacturing facility in Henderson, Nevada. The new system will consist of three FBRs and an H-120 biofilter for odor control, in addition to Envirogen providing installation oversight and customer support through the training and start-up phases of system implementation.
- Jennings Northwest has been selected as contractor for the city of Tacoma’s $830,000 water distribution pipe replacement project, calling for replacement of 1,300 linear feet of 39″ above-ground riveted pipe with nearly 1,400 linear feet of 36″ diameter buried welded steel pipe.
- RMC Water and Environment, a Walnut Creek–based engineering company, has begun early design work on a pipeline that could one day deliver recycled water to consumers in the Milliken-Sarco-Tulocay (MST) area of Coombsville, California. Once operating, the pipeline could deliver as much as 2,000 acre-feet of water each year.
Innovation/ New Products
- Waterless Co. introduced no-water urinal systems designed specifically for the cruise ship and boating industries.
- Kroff scientists have enhanced the speed and accuracy of water testing by using a total organic compound (TOC) analyser to detect the purity of water within minutes (instead of hours or days with older equipment).
- Underwriters Laboratories now offers testing and certification services to detect Chromium-6, also known as hexavalent chromium, in drinking water supplies. The company uses EPA Method 218.6 revision 3.3, which allows for a minimum reporting limit of 0.02 ppb, and EPA Method 200.8, allowing a low-level testing option for total chromium to 0.1 ppb.
- Ecolab has introduced DryExx GF, a new conveyor lubricant specifically designed for use with glass bottles on steel conveyor belts, saving up to 80% of the water used when compared to traditional wet lubricants, but still achieving the highest possible hygiene levels without compromising efficiency.
- Elster introduced its H5000 Woltmann single-measuring element turbine meter, suitable for billing or water distribution applications. The H5000 provides a metrological performance that ensures accurate measurement of minimum night flows.
- Endress+Hauser developed the world’s first large four-tube Coriolis flowmeter, with a 14-inch diameter and accuracy of up to 0.05%. The Promass 83X/84X is ideal for pipeline custody transfer and other high flow rate applications requiring reliability and low maintenance.
- Georgian Gov. Nathan Deal signed law SB 122, which allows the option for public-private partnerships in the development of water supply and infrastructure. This legislation is expected to help the state get projects moving before the next drought.
- Tulare County (CA) Supervisors approved a $1.6 million project to study independent domestic water systems, with the goal of developing an integrated water quality and wastewater treatment program to address the drinking water and wastewater needs of disadvantaged communities in the Tulare Lake Basin. The study will be done by Provost and Pritchard Consulting Group.
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