- BWA Water Additives has been sold for around $300 million to private investment management company Berwind Corporation.
- The Czech Republic’s Municipal Water and Sewerage Networks Association (SVKMO) purchased another 33.35 percent of supplier Vodárenská akciová společnost, giving SVKMO full control with an 85% stake in the company.
- Tri-Tech Holding signs an agreement to acquire a majority stake (51%) in Beijing Huaxia Yuan Jie Water Technology Co., Ltd. Under the terms of the agreement, Tri-Tech Beijing will invest approximately $1.7 million into Yuan Jie Water.
- Balfour Beatty acquired Fru-Con Construction LLC, a leading water and wastewater infrastructure contractor based in Virginia, for $20 million.
- Aqua America Inc. completed the $6 million acquisition of 51 water and five wastewater systems in Texas from American Water Works Co. Inc. of Voorhees.
- Degrémont, a member of Suez group, completed its acquisition of AmeriWater, an Ohio-based company specializing in the design, manufacturing and supply of high-purity water treatment systems for the healthcare market.
- Telvent is partnering with Gabinete de Diseño y Organización (GDO) to provide the water industry with cutting-edge smart water management solutions. The advanced product will first be offered in the Spanish market before being distributed internationally.
- Modern Water has won what is believed to be the first ever forward-osmosis (FO) commercial contract for desalination by Oman’s Public Authority for Electricity & Water (PAEW).
- Tampa Bay Water has selected design-builder Kiewit Infrastructure Group to renovate the regional reservoir and increase the facility’s storage by 3 billion gallons.
- Calgon Carbon wins two drinking water disinfection system contracts in Indiana. The Company will supply Sentinel® Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfection Systems at drinking water production plants in the cities of Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.
- Bristol Water has selected Innovyze InfoWorks TS as its modeling solution for transient analysis of its potable water system.
- Hatenboer-Water will supply two GloEn-Patrol ballast water treatment systems to Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding’s JSS, in addition to covering the ship’s drinking water supply, including complete drinking water production, distribution and after-treatment to ensure the quality of the water.
Innovation/ New Products
- Siemens Water Technologies has introduced the AquaCarb CX Series of coconut shell-based activated carbons, providing an alternative to coal-based activated carbon for surface water treatment.
- Switzerland’s Trunz Water Systems has developed a modular solar-power system which can supply energy as a stand-alone system or in combination with a Trunz water treatment or desalination plant.
- The global water and wastewater treatment equipment market is reportedly valued at $400 billion to $500 billion, according to a report on companiesandmarkets.com.
- N.Y. legislature tightens rules on water withdrawals, requiring more than 400 industrial, commercial and agricultural users to obtain a state permit for withdrawals of large volumes of water from lakes, rivers and streams.
- The Smart Meter Manufacturers’ Association of America, a nonprofit organization with a focus on smart meter advocacy and education, has announced its formation. Echelon, Elster, GE, Itron, Landis+Gyr and Sensus are the founding members and representatives from each company reside on the board, with a rotation in the presidency.
- Spanish water investment expected to hit €1.2 billion this year, with desalination and water reuse projects likely to be among the new water infrastructure projects worth €700 million.
Arti Patel is an analyst at Cleantech Group.
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