WaterBriefs: USEPA to develop drinking water treatability database

Also in this report: Lakewood Instruments separates from GE Water; Itron offers national energy policy webinar; Hach hires industrial sales manager; Chemilizer promotes two managers; Beckhoff Automation appoints training director; Ecovation, Biotim sign license deal for anaerobic systems; L.A.'s MWD, Orange County reach water storage agreement; American States Water to recover $2.9M in CPUC ruling; Datamatic expands in Asia Pacific; Total Telcom enters purified water distribution initiative...

In other news below:
-- Under new ownership, Lakewood Instruments separates from GE Water
-- Itron offers webinar on federal impact of new national energy policy
-- Hach hires industrial sales development manager
-- Chemilizer promotes two managers
-- Beckhoff Automation appoints new product training director
-- Ecovation, Biotim sign license agreement for anaerobic systems
-- L.A.'s MWD reaches water storage agreement with Orange County
-- American States Water to recover $2.9M in supply costs with CPUC ruling
-- AMR specialist Datamatic launches Asia Pacific expansion
-- Chile leads the way in Latin American water management
-- With record backlog, MEMS USA says Houston units suffer little from Rita
-- ProSep to provide equipment for Neptune TLP
-- Total Telcom unit involved in purified water distribution initiative

USEPA to develop drinking water treatability database
CINCINNATI, OH, Oct. 10, 2005 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys Office of Research and Development (USEPA) is funding a five year, $2 million research project led by environmental consultants Malcolm Pirnie, Inc. to develop a comprehensive Drinking Water Treatability Database (TDB). The database will house information regarding the effectiveness of nearly 30 treatment technologies for the removal of up to 250 regulated and emerging contaminants...
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Under new ownership, Lakewood Instruments separates from GE Water
MILWAUKEE, WI, Oct. 11, 2005 -- Lakewood Instruments announced its new ownership as an independent, privately owned and operated company on Sept. 30. The company was previously part of GE Water & Process Technologies, acquired when GE bought Osmonics in February 2003. With renewed focus on the water treatment industry, Lakewood Instruments will operate under a new business plan that will include new investments for product development and increased market coverage...
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Itron offers webinar on federal impact of new national energy policy
SPOKANE, WA, Oct. 11, 2005 -- Itron Inc. will host a free web seminar on the requirements of the new Energy Policy Act of 2005 and its impact on federal and congressional buildings, at 10 am Thursday, Oct. 13. Join Wade Wilhelm of Gonzales and Wilhelm Consulting, former Navy utilities and energy manager, to learn what reduction amounts are required by the new energy policy in all federal and congressional buildings...
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Hach hires industrial sales development manager
LOVELAND, CO, Oct. 11, 2005 -- Hach Co. announced that Carol Pullen has joined Hach as an Industrial Sales Development Manager. Carol will cover the Western U.S providing sales support and technical application expertise to the industrial sales force in that area. A Nalco Chemical veteran, Pullen has extensive industrial experience beginning with her work with the mining industry in South Africa specializing in dust control and coal dewatering applications -- and later with coalmines in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky...
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Chemilizer promotes two managers
LARGO, FL, Oct. 11, 2005 -- Chemilizer Products Inc., a manufacturer of quality fluid injectors, has named two new operational managers according to an announcement by the company's president, Frank Daniels. Named was Shelly Remmel to the position of operations manager and Wilma Pennino to the position of inventory control manager...
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Beckhoff Automation appoints new product training director
MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 11, 2005 -- Beckhoff Automation has hired Tim Blaeser as product training director at the company's Burnsville, Minn., headquarters. Blaeser will be responsible for writing course material, directly teaching customer classes and class scheduling. The main topics Blaeser will teach include TwinCAT software programming in the areas of Maintenance, PLC Basic and Advanced NC (numerical control)...
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Ecovation, Biotim sign license agreement for anaerobic systems
VICTOR, NY, Oct. 10, 2005 -- Ecovation Inc. announced Friday that it has entered into an exclusive license agreement with Biotim N.V., Willebroek, Belgium, to sell the company's anaerobic wastewater treatment technologies in the United States, U.S. Territories, Canada, and Mexico. Biotim is a leading supplier of anaerobic treatment systems in Europe. With nearly 200 installations worldwide, the company primarily serves food and beverage industries...
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Among other recent headlines:
Metropolitan program looks to take advantage of every opportunity in Southland to store water this year -- Board authorizes first agreement with Orange County agencies -- LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11, 2005 -- One of the wettest winters on record has created a unique opportunity for Southern California -- where to store all the water? Under a program adopted today by Metropolitan Water District's Board of Directors, local agencies will be offered additional financial incentives to store available water supplies in Southern California reservoirs and groundwater basins...

American States Water Company announces approval by the CPUC to recover previously incurred supply costs -- Golden State Water Company expected to recover $2.9 million -- SAN DIMAS, CA, Oct. 11, 2005 -- American States Water Co. announced that the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) approved an Advice Letter allowing AWR's Golden State Water Company ("GSWC") subsidiary to impose temporary surcharges in their Region III water service area to recover an under-collection of $2.9 million recorded in the supply cost memorandum account between November 2001 and December 2003. The surcharges will go into effect on October 11, 2005 and are expected to recover the $2.9 million over a twelve month period. This will result in an increase to pre-tax income of $2.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2005...

Automatic meter reading pioneer Datamatic launches Asia Pacific expansion -- Michael Kenyon takes the helm of Australia-based office -- PLANO, TX, Oct. 11, 2005 -- Executives with Datamatic Ltd. have announced an expansion into the growing Asia Pacific market beginning with a new office in Australia headed by Michael Kenyon. Datamatic Asia Pacific Pty Ltd. will significantly enhance the company's offerings to utilities in the region that want to increase monitoring, data collection and control of water, gas and electric power distribution. Datamatic has been a leading supplier of enterprise meter reading solutions since 1980...

Chile leads the way in Latin American water management -- NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2005 -- According to David Wanetick, managing director of The Wall Street Transcript, "Chile has made tremendous strides in privatizing, managing, and building out its water infrastructure. Chile promotes water conservation through the use of government-granted vouchers, which pay for an average of 40% of low-income Chileans' water needs. Also, Chile requires developers to build excess water infrastructure which supports future economic expansion"...

MEMS USA - Houston subsidiaries survive Hurricane Rita with no damage and report record backlog of orders -- LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11, 2005 -- Gulfgate and Bott, MEMS USA's wholly owned manufacturing subsidiaries located in Houston, survived hurricane Rita without any damage to their facilities. Chuck Christensen, President of Bott Equipment, stated, "We are pleased that the damage to the Houston area was minimized when hurricane Rita diminished in strength prior to coming ashore. We shut down for a few days in order for our people to evacuate. They were back at work on the following Monday in order to complete customer orders for filtration systems and pump skids"...

ProSep to provide equipment for Neptune TLP -- HOUSTON, Oct. 11, 2005 -- ProSep Technologies Inc. has been awarded the purchase order to provide equipment on the Neptune TLP (tension leg platform) project in the Gulf of Mexico. The award is for the platform's electrostatic coalescer/oil storage tank (ECOST)...

Total Telcom announces involvement in purified water distribution initiative -- EDMONTON, Canada, Oct. 11, 2005 -- Total Telcom Inc. announces participation of its wholly owned subsidiary, ROM Communications Inc. (ROM) in the deployment of commercial grade water purification equipment developed for third world distribution...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: Black & Veatch shuffles executive leadership posts" -- Also in this report (Oct.10, 2005): Big Bear wastewater agency receives national water reuse award; Severn Trent marks two years of UK's first Reservoir Management System; CoolBrands, Ecovation to break ground on new wastewater facility; Limited chlor-alkali production resumes at PPG La. chemicals complex; Fla. DEP provides regulatory acceptance for Adventus remediation technologies; Isbre Holding Corp. starting construction on new bottling plant; Colorado Springs Utilities selects Cellnet for AMI solution; ProCare moves up North American launch of Legionella treatment product...

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