WaterBriefs: Reno awards Insituform city's largest sewer rehabilitation contract ever

Oct. 13, 2005
Also in this report: Thermax' Sabzali assembles team to boost U.S. market share; Centennial edition of Standard Methods published; NSF secures Air Force handheld water purifier contract; Aqua America makes nine acquisitions in quarter; GE Water teams for Philly school literacy campaign; Pronto Networks launches UniFi Digital Communities Grid; Roscoe Moss Co. joins StormwaterAuthority.org; Rotork switchboxes specified for new Singapore wastewater plant...

In other news below:
-- Thermax' Sabzali assembles team to boost U.S. market share
-- Centennial edition of Standard Methods for water, wastewater published
-- NSF secures new contract with the U.S. Air Force for handheld water purifiers
-- Latest Aqua America purchase in North Carolina makes nine for quarter
-- GE Water teams up to improve literacy in Philly elementary schools
-- Megola makes petrochemical industry sale in Alberta, Canada
-- Pronto Networks launches UniFi Digital Communities Grid
-- Roscoe Moss Co. joins StormwaterAuthority.org
-- Rotork switchboxes specified for new Singapore wastewater plant

Reno awards Insituform city's largest sewer rehabilitation contract ever
RENO, NE, Oct. 12, 2005 -- The $8.5 million contract will rehabilitate more than seven miles of medium- and large-diameter sewers. This project follows on the heels of a nearly $3.5 million project in which Insituform rehabilitated over three and one-third miles of the city's deteriorated sewer lines, using a "cured-in-place" method that restores the structural integrity of deteriorated sewers without digging up the damaged pipe...
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Thermax' Sabzali assembles team to boost U.S. market share
NOVI, MI, Oct. 12, 2005 -- Seeking increased market share of ion exchange resins and its other related water purification products and equipment, Thermax USA, has expanded its executive staff with key appointments in sales, marketing and manufacturing. Shashidhar Shastri, president of Thermax subsidiaries in the Western Hemisphere, added to his team led by industry veteran Jim Sabzali, the company's new general manager for North America...
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Centennial edition of Standard Methods for water, wastewater published
DENVER, Oct. 12, 2005 -- Three prominent water and public health organizations, the American Public Health Association (APHA), American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Water Environment Federation (WEF), announce the 21st edition of the Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater guide will be available this week. Standard Methods has served as the definitive water quality testing guide since 1905...
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Among other recent headlines:
NSF secures new contract with the U.S. Department of the Air Force -- New handheld water purifiers are being tested for field use by military personnel -- ANN ARBOR, MI, Oct. 12, 2005 -- NSF International has been awarded a research and development contract by the U.S. Department of the Air Force. Under the terms of the contract, NSF will test and evaluate microbiological treatment claims for several handheld water purifiers being considered for field use by military personnel. The Air Force Field Water Medic Program conducted a market survey in 2004 that identified commercially available handheld water purification devices with possible applications for military use. NSF Protocol P231 (NSF P231): Microbiological Water Purifiers also was identified as the preferred protocol to evaluate the performance of these devices, and NSF was selected as the organization of choice to conduct the third party, independent testing...

Aqua America announces new North Carolina purchase -- Closes nine acquisitions in third quarter -- BRYN MAWR, PA, Oct. 12, 2005 -- Aqua America Inc. purchased a total of nine water and wastewater utility systems in the third quarter, including a new acquisition in North Carolina. The company's North Carolina subsidiary, Heater Utilities, Inc., recently acquired the wastewater system at the Preserve at Jordan Lake in Chatham County. Coupled with the company's 15 purchases in the first half of 2005, Aqua America has expanded its national footprint with 24 acquisitions so far this year...

GE teams with Greater Philadelphia Cares to improve literacy in local elementary schools -- GE Foundation invests $100,000 in Reading STARS Program for 2005-06 academic year -- PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 12, 2005 -- GE Water & Process Technologies, a unit of General Electric Co., has joined Greater Philadelphia Cares to help improve literacy in local elementary schools through a $100,000 grant from the GE Foundation to Greater Philadelphia Cares' Reading STARS program. The group launched the volunteer-powered program in 2002 to address the pressing need for high-quality, supplemental reading instruction for beginning and remedial readers in the Philadelphia region's public schools...

Megola announces continued sales into the petrochemical industry -- ScaleGuard technology to be implemented at largest ethylene/polyethylene complex in the world -- CORUNNA, ON, Canada, Oct. 12, 2005 -- Megola Inc., an environmental solution provider in physical water treatment, air purification, microbiological control, and wastewater treatment, is pleased to announce that its ScaleGuard technology is continuing to garner interest in large industrial operations in Canada, recently being purchased for treatment at a petrochemical plant in Joffre, Alberta. At the Joffre plant, the ScaleGuard systems are to be installed as part of a permanent piping project for their Quality Control Laboratory...

Pronto Networks launches UniFi Digital Communities Grid -- Initiative announced at W2i Digital Cities Convention enables inter-city roaming for communities nationwide -- SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 11, 2005 -- Pronto Networks, a provider of carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing large-scale Wi-Fi hot spot and metro scale networks, announced a $15 million investment in products and services for the launch of UniFi™ Digital Communities Grid, a nationwide municipal broadband network that connects people from city to city and serves as a platform for both emergency and community based services. The grid serves as a platform for introducing services -- such as homeland security and Amber alerts, automated meter reading (AMR), traffic and pedestrian control, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) applications for water and wastewater treatment, and video surveillance -- that will help streamline city operations and will expand and improve services for municipal governments, businesses and citizens...

Roscoe Moss Co. joins StormwaterAuthority.org -- Roscoe Moss Co., a leading manufacturer of water well casings and screens, recently joined StormwaterAuthority as a 'Thunder Affiliate' -- WILMOT, NH, Oct. 10, 2005 -- StormwaterAuthority LLC, a multi-partnered website designed to assist both the private and public sectors in making informed decisions about stormwater treatment and management, announced Roscoe Moss Company as a Thunder Affiliate of the company. Based in Los Angeles, Roscoe Moss has maintained a history of developing groundwater and providing high quality water production, treatment and transmission products with a strong commitment to clean water throughout the United States...

Rotork switchboxes specified for Singapore's giant new wastewater plant -- NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, UK, Oct. 10, 2005 -- Rotork Valvekits' ATEX Profibus-enabled switchboxes have been specified for the control of hundreds of pneumatic actuators on the new, state-of-the-art waste water treatment plant at Changi in Singapore. The switchboxes are fitted to Rotork Fluid System pneumatic actuators which -- combined with a quantity of Rotork IQ electric actuators currently exceeding 2,000 -- represent one of the largest Profibus controlled valve actuation networks in the world...


In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: USEPA to develop drinking water treatability database" -- Also in this report (Oct.11, 2005): Lakewood Instruments separates from GE Water; Itron offers webinar on new national energy policy; Hach hires industrial sales development manager; Chemilizer promotes two managers; Beckhoff Automation appoints product 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 with CPUC ruling; AMR specialist Datamatic launches Asia Pacific expansion; 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...


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