WaterBriefs: New Solucorp technology removes contaminants from wastewater plants

Also in this report: WEF co-convener at 2005 World Water Week; Baker wins Nigerian contract on Agbami Project; Euro Tech signs Chinese wastewater plant deal; Alliance Data's CIS services tapped by Va. sanitation district; ABM Industries sells water business; Cantel Medical buys Crosstex International; SkyWave ships 50,000th terminal; ETV forum draws 200 as program collaborates with DOD; Cadmus Group relocates Arlington office; EPA grant funds ASCE, AWWA, WEF infrastructure security training...

In other news below, see:
-- Water Environment Federation to participate in 2005 World Water Week
-- Baker receives operations assurance services contract on Agbami Project in Nigeria
-- Euro Tech signs contract with Dongsheng Wastewater Treatment Plant in China
-- Alliance Data Systems to provide CIS services to Hampton Roads Sanitation District
-- ABM Industries completes divestiture of water business
-- Cantel Medical acquires Crosstex International
-- SkyWave ships 50,000th terminal as asset management, security services grow
-- ETV International Forum rates a success; program collaborates with DOD
-- Cadmus Group relocates its Arlington office
-- ASCE, AWWA, WEF offer infrastructure security training with EPA grant

New Solucorp technology removes contaminants from wastewater plants
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Aug. 3, 2005 -- Solucorp Industries Ltd.'s wholly-owned subsidiary WITS Inc. has successfully installed its patented electrocoagulation system into the Town of Keysville's Wastewater Treatment Plant. The company's selection for this project was made by general contractor F.L. Showalter Inc. Its electrocoagulation technology was specified for copper removal from by B&B Consultants, a Virginia-based engineering firm that conducted an extensive review of its capabilities...
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Water Environment Federation to participate in 2005 World Water Week
ALEXANDRIA, VA, Aug. 3, 2005 -- The Water Environment Federation (WEF) will be an active participant in the upcoming World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, a global gathering Aug. 21-27 of leading experts from the business, civil society, governmental, inter-governmental, science and water management sectors. WEF will co-convene the Stockholm Water Symposium workshop, "Tailoring Sanitation Solutions to Reach the Millennium Development Goals"...
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Baker receives operations assurance contract on Agbami Project in Nigeria
HOUSTON, Aug. 3, 2005 (PRNewswire-FirstCall) -- Baker Energy, a unit of Michael Baker Corp., announced today the award of a contract from Daewoo Shipping and Maritime Engineering (DSME) for the provision of Operations Assurance Services for the Agbami Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) Project in deepwater offshore Nigeria. Services that Baker Energy will provide under the multi-million USD contract include: process reliability modeling; workload analysis; the development of maintenance management systems; preparation of operations, maintenance and training documentation; and the delivery of training programs.

Baker Energy works with oil and gas companies worldwide to provide total asset management solutions. By integrating its diverse operating and management skills, Baker has evolved into a single source supplier of competency-based personnel recruiting and training, comprehensive operations and maintenance, and supply chain management services.

Michael Baker Corp. (www.mbakercorp.com) provides engineering and operations and maintenance services for its clients' most complex challenges worldwide. The firm's primary practice areas are aviation, environmental, facilities, geospatial information technologies, linear utilities, transportation, water/wastewater, and oil & gas. With more than 4,200 employees in over 40 U.S. and international offices, Baker is focused on providing services that span the complete life cycle of infrastructure and managed asset projects.

Euro Tech signs contract with Dongsheng Wastewater Treatment Plant in China
HONG KONG, Aug. 3, 2005 (Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall) -- Euro Tech Holdings Co. Ltd. today reported it has signed a contract with Dongsheng Wastewater Treatment Plant worth about US$1.7 million to provide project design, equipment purchase, automation control system, installation, start-up, commissioning and training.

This project is to treat wastewater of 40,000 cubic meters per day and will be completed by the end of 2005. The wastewater treatment plant is in the Erdos Dongsheng area in an Inner Mongolia municipality in northwest China. The primarily treated water will mainly be used to cope with the urgent requirement of the nearby Power plants and other municipal developments.

Chairman and CEO TC Leung commented ''Our company is gradually focusing more on environmental solution business for industrial and municipal customers rather than just supplying equipment to them.''

More information on Euro Tech Holdings, based in Hong Kong, can be found at www.euro-tech.com.

Alliance Data Systems offers CIS services to Hampton Roads Sanitation District
DALLAS, TX Aug. 3, 2005 -- The utility services business of Alliance Data Systems Corp., a provider of outsourced customer care and billing for water, gas, electric and wastewater clients, is working with Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) to provide consulting services related to customer information system (CIS) selection, improvement of business processes and project management. HRSD provides wastewater services to more than 1.6 million people in 17 cities and counties throughout southeast Virginia...
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ABM Industries completes divestiture of water business
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 3, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ABM Industries Incorporated today announced the sale of its water treatment business to San Joaquin Chemicals Inc. for $500,000, of which $250,000 is in the form of a note and $250,000 million is in cash. The water treatment business represented the portion of ABM's mechanical operations that remained after the previously announced sale of CommAir Mechanical Services to Carrier Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. ABM realized a pre-tax gain of approximately $21 million that will be included in the third quarter of 2005 from the disposition of all but the water treatment operation.

ABM Industries Inc. (www.abm.com) is among the largest facility services contractors listed on the New York Stock Exchange. With fiscal 2004 revenues in excess of $2.4 billion and more than 73,000 employees, ABM provides janitorial, parking, security, engineering and lighting services for thousands of commercial, industrial, institutional and retail facilities in hundreds of cities across the United States and British Columbia, Canada. The ABM family of services includes ABM Janitorial; Ampco System Parking; ABM Security Services, which includes American Commercial Security Services (ACSS) and Security Services of America (SSA); ABM Facility Services; ABM Engineering; and Amtech Lighting Services.

Cantel Medical acquires Crosstex International
LITTLE FALLS, NJ, Aug. 3, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- As of Aug. 1, Cantel Medical Corp., as part of its strategic plan to expand its infection prevention and control business, has acquired Crosstex International Inc., a leading manufacturer and reseller of single-use infection control products used broadly in the healthcare arena, principally in the dental market. For its fiscal year ended April 30, Crosstex reported revenues of $47.4 million and pre-tax income of $6.3 million. The purchase price, which is subject to adjustment for net asset value as of July 31, was $74.2 million, including cash and stock. A further $12.0 million potential earnout may be payable to the sellers of Crosstex over three years based on operating results. Its three principal executives, Richard Allen Orofino, Gary Steinberg and Mitchell Steinberg, have entered into a three-year employment agreement.

Crosstex (www.crosstex.com), a privately-owned company founded in 1953, has its headquarters and major manufacturing operations in Hauppauge, N.Y., with other manufacturing and distribution facilities in Pennsylvania, California and Georgia. Sold throughout the world, Crosstex branded and private label products include patient towels and bibs, sterilization pouches and accessories, face masks, eyewear, disinfectants and deodorizers, germicidal wipes, hand care products, gloves, sponges, cotton products, needles and syringes, scalpels and blades, containers, saliva evacuators and ejectors.

Cantel Medical Corp. (www.cantelmedical.com), a healthcare company, is a leading provider of infection prevention and control products, which include specialized medical device reprocessing systems for renal dialysis and endoscopy, water treatment systems, sterilants, diagnostic imaging and therapeutic medical equipment primarily focused on endoscopy, hollow fiber membrane filtration and separation technologies for medical and non-medical applications, and specialized packaging for infectious and biological specimens. Cantel also sells scientific instrumentation products and provides technical maintenance services for its products.

SkyWave ships 50,000th terminal as asset management, security services grow
OTTAWA, Canada, Aug. 3, 2005 -- SkyWave Mobile Communications, a global distributor of Inmarsat D+ burst messaging services, reported yesterday that the global demand for asset management and security services is accelerating the growth for Inmarsat D+ burst message services as SkyWave surpasses the 50,000 terminal shipment milestone...
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ETV International Forum rates a success; program collaborates with DOD
WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 3, 2005 -- The EPA's ETV International Forum drew nearly 200 participants representing 15 countries in attendance. Meanwhile, the ETV Drinking Water Systems Center begins work with DOD and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to test a water treatment system designed to help provide water to areas with brackish or saltwater as their primary water source. The ETV program, run on the EPA's behalf by NSF International, focuses on verifying effective environmental technology for commercial and general use ...
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Cadmus Group relocates its Arlington office
ARLINGTON, VA, Aug. 3, 2005 -- The Cadmus Group Inc. moved its Arlington, Va., office on Friday, July 8, it was reported yesterday by vice president G. Tracy Mehan III, former assistant administrator for water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who joined the company in April 2004. It's now located at 1600 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 500. The telephone, fax and email addresses remain the same...
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Joint infrastructure security training program assists water/wastewater utilities
RESTON, VA, Aug. 3, 2005 -- Through ASCE, AWWA and WEF, drinking water and wastewater utilities now have a comprehensive training program to incorporate enhanced security measures into facility design, operation and management. This modular-format program is based on three recently-released interim voluntary security guidance documents. Both the training program and guidance documents were funded by a grant from the USEPA...
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In earlier newsbriefs, see:
-- "WaterBriefs: Marsh-McBirney flowmeter wins WEF 2005 Innovative Technology Award" -- Also in this report (Aug. 2, 2005): Orchard View Farms chooses Novazone for cherry processing; Thermal Energy, Johnson Controls tapped for East Coast pulp & paper contract; 3M completes acquisition of CUNO; Newly formed PureTech Systems expands staff; CarteGraph helps Texas city with asset management; N.C. group demands investigation into DuPont water contamination; BSI2000 expands homeland security monitoring order; Kinder Morgan, Terasen combine to create W. Canada water leader; Calif. Superfund site pioneering ERH technology use; Membrane industry show in Shanghai to celebrate third year...


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