WaterBriefs: GE Water announces strategic alliance for mining market

Oct. 21, 2005
Also in this report: AFS offers CEU's for Filtration Short Course; Baysaver joins StormwaterAuthority.org; CH2M Hill exec is 'Woman of Year'; Pa. puts up $5M for Mercer County wastewater project; EU seeks cost-effective wastewater targets; World Bank hikes environmental content in infrastructure lending; Cooling water case study; Tollefson wins first 'Global Freshwater' award; St. Lucia gets first wastewater mobile treatment plant; NH study - climate change hurts stormwater drainage systems...

In other news below:
-- AFS offering CEU's for Filtration Short Course Program attendees
-- Baysaver Technologies Inc. joins StormwaterAuthority.org
-- CH2M Hill's Joan Miller named 2005 Corporate Woman of the Year
-- Pa. puts up $5 million toward Mercer County wastewater treatment project
-- Europeans seek cost-effective way to reach wastewater targets
-- NGOs plan anti-water privatization strategy
-- Iraqi water projects stalled by increasing security costs
-- World Bank increases environmental content in infrastructure lending
-- Solae, Cytec, Buckeye receives Tenn. environmental recognition
-- Ultra Pure Water Technologies lands $75M deal with Noreast Capital
-- Cooling tower loop cuts waste, disposal costs with environmentally friendly filter
-- Tollefson wins first 'Global Freshwater' award
-- St. Lucia gets first wastewater mobile treatment plant
-- NH researchers - climate change will stress stormwater drainage systems

GE announces strategic alliance with Harrison Western
TREVOSE, PA, & LAKEWOOD, CO, Oct. 21, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- GE Water & Process Technologies, a unit of General Electric, and HW Process Technologies Inc. (HWPT), a unit of the Harrison Western Companies, yesterday announced a new strategic alliance aimed at providing proprietary, environmentally sound, process recovery, water reuse and wastewater solutions to serve the global mining market.
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AFS offering CEUs for Filtration Short Course Program attendees
CHICAGO, Oct. 21, 2005 -- Wu Chen, education committee chair for the American Filtration & Separations Society (AFS), recently announced that AFS will now offer CEU's for Filtration Short Course attendees. Its next event is the 2006 AFS Annual Conference & Exposition, May 9-11, to be held in conjunction with the Powder & Bulk Solids Show in Chicago. Course attendees at the AFS 2005 Fall Conference were the first to receive CEUs...
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Baysaver Technologies Inc. joins StormwaterAuthority.org
WILMOT, NH, Oct. 21, 2005 -- StormwaterAuthority LLC announced Wednesday that Baysaver -- the maker of a system using gravity flow and density differences to remove free oils, suspended sediments, and floatables from stormwater runoff -- is now a Thunder Affiliate of the company. The website serves as a comprehensive resource of information, news, events and research designed to help professionals make informed decisions on stormwater...
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CH2M Hill's Miller named Corporate Woman of the Year
DENVER, Oct. 20, 2005 -- The senior vice president of client development and marketing for CH2M Hill's Industrial Client Group was today named 2005 Corporate Woman of the Year by the Women's Vision Foundation. The award, presented during the 8th annual Women's Success Forum, recognizes a prominent woman executive in the Denver metro area...
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Among other recent headlines:
Pa. puts up $5 million toward Mercer County wastewater treatment project -- HARRISBURG, PA, Oct. 20, 2005 -- Gov. Edward G. Rendell announced the investment of $5 million to support the upgrade of Grove City's wastewater treatment plant. Grove City needs the money to expand its wastewater treatment plant so it can better meet the demand that will be created when a $13 million shopping center, office and restaurant complex opens on 123 acres of land near I-79 and Route 208 in Springfield Township...
Among other Pennsylvania headlines:
-- "Pa. making investments to revitalize former industrial sites; development in Chester County approved for Brownfield Action Team assistance"
-- "Coal Ash -- Low cost solution for mine reclamation and acid drainage"
-- DEP issues permit to drain, re-mine abandoned 'Mile Pit' in Northumberland County

EUROPE: Reaching wastewater targets, 'polluter pays' approach most cost effective -- DELFT, The Netherlands, Oct. 20, 2005 -- Policies using taxes to cut pollution, the 'Polluter pays' approach, offer the most cost effective route to reaching European Union (EU) wastewater targets, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report mentioned in the Source Weekly e-newsletter (Vol. 41-42) published by the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. It analyses the wastewater management policies of Denmark, Estonia, France, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. Several EU Member States have not satisfied the requirements of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD), originally adopted in 1991 to cut waste water pollution by 2000. The EEA found the Dutch model, which is based on high water pollution levies and full costing of sewerage, comes close to satisfying the legislation and is the most cost-effective of the examples in the report...
Also in this issue:
-- WATER FORUM: NGOs plan anti-water privatization strategy
-- IRAQ: Water projects stalled by increasing security costs
-- ENVIRONMENT: World Bank increases environmental content in infrastructure lending

Solae, Cytec, Buckeye receives environmental recognition from Tenn. chamber -- NASHVILLE, TN, Oct. 20, 2005 -- The Solae Company's Memphis manufacturing facility in Memphis was to receive the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry award for outstanding environmental accomplishments at the group's annual environmental awards conference in Nashville. The Solae Company, a joint venture between DuPont and Bunge Ltd., received an Air Quality Award for using the natural byproducts of a nearby landfill, i.e., methane converted to natural gas, to power its Memphis plant. Cytec Industries, Buckeye Technologies and King's Creek Golf Club of Spring Hill were to receive certificates for water quality as well...

Ultra Pure Water Technologies lands $75 million commitment from Noreast Capital -- LAFAYETTE, LA, Oct. 20, 2005 -- Ultra Pure Water Technologies Inc. has executed a Program Agreement with Noreast Capital Corp. of Annapolis, Md., pursuant to which Noreast has agreed to finance the installation of the "Ice Island" self-contained ice production machines that will be manufactured, marketed, sold and managed by the company and its affiliates through a Fee-Per-Use vendor management program developed specifically for the company. The system is a proprietary ice production unit manufactured by ICEX Holdings Ltd. Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ultra Pure...

Cooling tower loop cuts waste, disposal costs with environmentally friendly filter -- PORTAGE, MI, Oct. 18, 2005 -- A manufacturer of plastic personal grooming products was recycling mold-cooling water through a cooling tower. Unfortunately, the cooling water was picking up airborne particulate in the process, which caused frequent blowdowns, required maintenance, and created downtime on the molding machines. To remove this particulate, the company installed a Ronningen-Petter AFR backwashing filter. With this type of filter system, media is cleaned and regenerated while the unit remains on-line. This means a simple single-piping arrangement, minimal valving, and fewer connections -- for a lower total system cost and reduced waste...

Tollefson wins first 'Global Freshwater' award -- TRAVERSE CITY, MI, Oct. 15, 2005 -- Dr. Jan Tollefson was presented with the 2005 Lee Global Freshwater Visionary Award for saving countless lives in the Dominican Republic at the Great Lakes Bioneers Conference Friday in Traverse City, Mich. The Lee Endowment for Global Freshwater, a unit of the Inland Seas Education Association, recognized Tollefson for her work initiating the BioSand Water Filter technology in the Dominican Republic and transferring it to Haiti and Cuba. The BioSand Water Filter is a simple, low-cost concrete box filled with layers of sand and gravel, effectively filtering bacteria out of household water...

Club sets environmental pace with installation of St. Lucia's first wastewater mobile treatment plant -- GROS ISLET, St. Lucia, Oct. 13, 2005 -- The management and staff of Club St. Lucia by Splash announce that the resort has installed a ECOPLAN Wastewater Mobile Treatment Plant. The ECOPLAN Wastewater Mobile Treatment Plant complies with international environmental standards and is able to purify up to 80,000 gallons of water per day without chemicals, using an aerobic process enabling it to obtain a residual liquid that has no septic odor and is biologically stable...

Climate change will stress stormwater drainage systems -- KEENE, NH, Oct. 13, 2005 -- New Hampshire researchers find that present stormwater drainage systems will be insufficient to handle increased flow from climate change intensified storms. Modeling predicted rainfall permits new system design to prepare for climate change. The recently completed study is groundbreaking because it is the first to estimate specific costs required to prepare for the more intense storms predicted under climate change...


In earlier newsbriefs, see: WaterBriefs: ASCE to focus on lessons learned from natural disasters -- Also in this report (Oct. 20, 2005): Report foresees $50 billion valve market in 2010; ICC, IAPMO move to develop joint plumbing, mechanical codes; Drinking water provided by Koch Membrane, U.S. Navy in Miss.; Itron launches new corporate website; Dam safety coalition calls for passing dam rehabilitation, repair legislation; USAID partners again with P&G for Pakistan earthquake survivors; Royal engineers bring fresh hope, clean water to Ghanians; New environmental technology projects welcomed by UK Environment Minister; Pure Cycle notes two Colo. land board RFPs to develop Lowry Range resources; PICO closes on transaction to supply water for new Nev. community; Regalito secures water rights for Chilean copper project; Dymec's new fiber optic terminal server protects utility SCADA networks; Microchip Technology unveils online design center for utility meter...


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