WaterBriefs: FASC to install sewage processing units at Prince George wastewater facility

Also in this report: RWE Thames Water selects SAP to spur wave of business transformation; Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. to expand production capacity in Cayman Islands; Sumikawa named president of newly integrated Hitachi Plant Technologies Ltd.; ACWA Fall Conference to focus on regional water plans for statewide needs...

Oct 31st, 2005

In other news below:
-- RWE Thames Water selects SAP to spur wave of business transformation
-- Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. to expand production capacity in Cayman Islands
-- Sumikawa named president of newly integrated Hitachi Plant Technologies Ltd.
-- ACWA Fall Conference to focus on regional water plans for statewide needs

FASC to install sewage processing equipment at Prince George wastewater facility
VANCOUVER, Canada, Oct. 31, 2005 (PRNewswire-FirstCall) -- Brian Nichols, president of First American Scientific Corp. (FASC), announced the signing of an MOU with the city of Prince George, BC, Canada to assist in solving its environmental cleanup problems with sewage sludge using the KDS Micronex system.

"This will be the first operation of its kind in the world," says David Dungate, FASC's vice president of marketing, "where the strictly regulated Class B municipal sludge can now be cleaned, bagged and profitably sold to the public as a soil amendment." The initial runs will be monitored for three months, and if satisfactory, the city plans to establish a permanent facility utilizing up to 4 micronizers.

According to Dayton & Knight, the city's consulting engineers, "the series of tests undertaken this summer 2005 at FASC's Vancouver demonstration site confirmed the ability of the KDS Micronex to consistently convert Class "B" biosolids to Class "A" biosolids and achieved an effective pathogen destruction rate of 99.9 % in all test samples"

FASC believes the KDS Micronex could become the preferred universal solution for handling Class B sludge by converting municipal waste into a valuable resource. With the successful showcase of our system's ability in Prince George, Canada, we could see our system in use all across the developing world.

There are approximately 15,000 municipal wastewater treatment plants in North America alone that process almost 34 billion gallons of domestic sewage and other wastewater each day. In Asia and Europe the markets are even larger, and FASC is well poised to service those markets through its established network of licensees and affiliates in the U.K., Poland, the USA, Canada, Malaysia, and Japan.

First American Scientific Corporation (FASC) is an innovative equipment manufacturer and provider of turn-key systems that increase profitability and reduce the environmental impact of materials processing. FASC's patented grinder-dryer, the KDS Micronex™ efficiently and economically processes a wide variety of raw materials and wastes into fine, dry powders.
For more information, visit the company's website: www.fasc.net.

In related company news:
"First American Scientific Corp. signs exclusive agreement to license KDS technology in Japan" -- VANCOUVER, Oct. 25, 2005 -- Brian Nichols, president of First American Scientific Corp., is pleased to announce the signing of an exclusive license agreement for manufacturing and marketing the KDS System in Japan with JP Steel Plantech Co. (SPCO) of Yokohama, Japan...

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Among other recent headlines:

RWE Thames Water selects SAP to spur wave of business transformation -- LONDON, Oct. 31, 2005 -- SAP AG announced that RWE Thames Water, the world's third largest water and wastewater service company, has chosen mySAP(TM) Business Suite to enable its company-wide business process transformation. The company is deploying SAP's suite solutions for 8,100 users across its operations in the United Kingdom and the United States, replacing a slate of legacy systems. The company will leverage the SAP NetWeaver(R) platform as the strategic foundation for business innovation by targeting efficiency gains across core processes from asset management to service delivery...

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. to expand production capacity in Cayman Islands -- Renewal of contract for Lower Valley Plant anticipates capacity increase of 264,000 gpd -- GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Oct. 31, 2005 -- Consolidated Water Co. Ltd., which develops and operates seawater conversion plants and water distribution systems in areas where natural supplies of drinking (i.e., potable) water are scarce, today announced that its contract with the Water Authority -- Cayman in respect to the Lower Valley Plant has been renewed for an additional 7 years. The contract was originally scheduled to expire in March 2006. Under the terms of the contract renewal agreement, the Water Authority -- Cayman has asked Consolidated to expand the water production capacity of the Lower Valley Plant by approximately 264,000 US gallons per day (USGPD). The Lower Valley Plant is a reverse osmosis facility that converts seawater to potable (i.e., drinking) water for commercial and residential customers on Grand Cayman Island. It is one of 6 seawater conversion plants operated by the Company on the island...

Sumikawa named president of Hitachi Plant Technologies Ltd., new Hitachi infrastructure business -- Hitachi executive vice president appointed to lead integrated social and industrial infrastructure business of Hitachi Group -- TOKYO, Japan, Oct. 31, 2005 -- Hitachi Ltd., Hitachi Plant Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd., Hitachi Kiden Kogyo Ltd. and Hitachi Industries Co. Ltd. announced the appointment of Hitachi executive vice president and executive officer Masaharu Sumikawa as the president and CEO of the new integrated company to be formed on April 1, 2006. The new company is being established with the purpose of strengthening the Hitachi Group's social and industrial infrastructure systems business. Specifically, plans call for part of the Public & Municipal Systems Division (machinery-related systems business) and the majority of the Industrial Systems Division in Hitachi's Industrial Systems Group to be separated and transferred to Hitachi Plant. At the same time, Hitachi Kiden and Hitachi Industries will be merged into Hitachi Plant, which will continue to operate...

ACWA Fall Conference to focus on regional water plans for statewide needs -- Attendees to discuss California's Katrina, water supply science at Nov. 29-Dec. 2 event -- SACRAMENTO, CA, Oct. 28, 2005 -- The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) is expecting to draw more than 2000 water professionals, experts, and other leaders in the field at its annual Fall Conference and Exhibition, to be held Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego. The theme for the event is Water: Statewide Needs, Regional Plans -- Who Leads? Who Pays? The event also serves to mark ACWA's 95th birthday...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: WaterBriefs: German parent might sell Thames Water, American Water's owner -- Also in this report (Oct. 28, 2005): EPA, DHS announce research on microbial risk assessment; U.Mass-Amherst, Adventus recognize future environmental science leaders; Gorman-Rupp reports increase in third quarter profits; Water coolers market in W. Europe expands by 6.4%; DHL airlifts water into S. Fla. to aid Wilma relief efforts; Environmental Grantmakers Association chooses new executive director...

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