WaterBriefs: Jacobs receives contract from Pinellas County, Fla.

Also in this report: McIlvaine says crossflow membrane market to hit $10B by 2010; Forum targets process control; Blue-White issued patent; CWP offers watershed training at River Rally; Chicago Mayor to speak at GLOBE 2006; Applied Process Equipment unit names VP; Walter Industries makes organizational changes; Mich. groups praise new water law to protect environment, economy; RASIRC to focus on pure steam; Alfa Laval lands paper mill order in India; CH2M Hill wins Chinese contractor license...

In other news below:
-- Cross-flow membrane market to reach $10 billion by 2010
-- Frost & Sullivan to host industry conference call on membrane systems market
-- Process Control Systems Forum celebrates anniversary
-- Blue-White issued tube failure detection system patent
-- CWP offers Watershed Institute training at River Rally
-- Chicago Mayor Richard Daley to speak at GLOBE 2006
-- Applied Process Equipment unit names VP
-- AWT elects new president
-- Walter Industries announces immediate, future organizational changes
-- Mich. groups praise new water law that protects state's environment, economy
-- Penn. advances funds to flood-control projects to protect communities
-- Water recycling system saves 900 million gallons a year for Calif. community
-- New ObjectVideo products enable partners to create intelligent video devices
-- RASIRC founded to produce pure steam solutions
-- Alfa Laval receives order from major paper mill in India
-- CH2M Hill secures general contractor license in China
-- Mitsui & Co. enters tap water supply business in Thailand
-- English, Welsh water industry compares well with global counterparts

Jacobs receives construction management contract from Pinellas County, Fla. -- TAMPA, FL, Feb. 28, 2006 -- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. announced today that a subsidiary company received a contract from Pinellas County (Florida) Utilities to provide construction management at-risk services for a new water treatment/blending facility. The new $64-million water blending facility will provide uniform water quality to all of Pinellas County Utilities' nearly 665,000 customers (retail and wholesale) and replace obsolete water treatment and pumping infrastructure. The project includes the construction of a 72-million-gallon-per-day municipal water plant that blends treated water from multiple type water sources (groundwater, surface water, and seawater desalination), provides chemical treatment, and pumps the water into the existing distribution system. The project includes high-service pumps and pumping facilities, two 10-million gallon ground storage tanks, chemical storage and treatment facilities, a power generator system, a transfer pump station, and an administration building...
Also see: "Jacobs to provide EPCM services at Europe's newest refinery"

Cross-flow membrane market to reach $10 billion by 2010 -- NORTHFIELD, IL, Feb. 28, 2006 -- The market for cross-flow membrane modules and equipment to purify water and other liquids will grow from $7.6 billion in 2006 to in excess of $10 billion in 2010. This is the most recent forecast in the online McIlvaine Company report, "RO/UF/MF World Markets." RO accounts for 50% of sales, with most of the other half split between ultrafiltration and microfiltration...

Frost & Sullivan to host industry conference call on membrane systems market -- Membrane systems market rides high on wave of innovation, performance -- PALO ALTO, CA, Feb. 28, 2006 -- Frost & Sullivan will host a conference call March 7 at 1 pm EST to provide industry participants a membrane systems market overview. As the membrane filtration market evolves and escalates, participants look for new ways to improve revenues giving it a more dynamic look than ever before. Innovative and performance driven products are the focus of most equipment manufacturers. Still, despite quality and advancements in the industry, end users always weigh capital and operational savings heavily. Highlights of the briefing include membrane separation systems market size, a breakdown of market size by technology and industry trends as well as challenges facing the market. To participate, contact Trisha Bradley at trisha.bradley@frost.com...
Also see:
-- "Quality, cost, legislative concerns push water reuse in Europe's food & beverage industry"
-- "Steam and gas turbines to galvanize Mideast, North African power generation markets"

Process Control Systems Forum celebrates one year anniversary -- FALLS CHURCH, VA, Feb. 28, 2006 -- The Process Control Systems Forum (PCSF), established to improve efficiencies and accelerate the development of best practices crucial to securing control systems worldwide and funded by the Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (DHS/HSARPA), celebrates its one-year mark since its formation in February 2005. It will host its spring meeting June 6-7 in La Jolla, CA...

Blue-White issued tube failure detection system patent -- HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, Feb. 28, 2006 -- Blue-White announced the company received notification it has been issued a patent for its exclusive Tube Failure Detection (TFD) System. The U.S. Patent and Trademark office issued the patent, No.7, 001,153, on Feb. 21. The TFD System is breakthrough technology for peristaltic-style metering pumps. This new system is now featured on all of Blue-White's FLEXFLO A-100N Series metering injectors...

Alfa Laval to attend ACHEMA 2006 -- LUND, Sweden, Feb. 27, 2006 -- Swedish multi-national engineering group Alfa Laval -- a global solutions provider in centrifugal separation, heat transfer and fluid handling -- today announces its participation in the ACHEMA exhibition to be held in May 15-19 in Frankfurt, Germany. The show will premiere a number of new products and solutions for the chemical industry, biotech & pharmaceuticals and environmental protection...
Also see: "Alfa Laval receives an order from a major paper mill in India"

CWP offers Watershed Institute training at River Rally -- ELLICOT CITY, MD, Feb. 28, 2006 -- The Center for Watershed Protection will be a presenter at National River Rally 2006. The event will be held May 5-9 in Bretton Woods, NH. The rally is hosted by Portland, OR-based River Network to help grassroots groups harness the power of citizen involvement to protect rivers and build healthier communities and watersheds...

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley to Speak at GLOBE 2006 -- VANCOUVER, Canada, Feb. 28, 2006 -- GLOBE 2006 is pleased to announce the involvement of Chicago's mayor Richard M. Daley in the environmental environmental conference's Urban Plenary: Bridging to the World Urban Forum. During his presentation, which is scheduled for March 31, the mayor will be sharing his visions for sustainable urban economies. The event will be held from March 29-31 at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. This is the 9th biennial gathering of the world's leading experts on the business of the environment, and one of the largest and most important international gatherings of environmental business leaders and corporate environmental managers...

Applied Process Equipment unit names VP -- SCOTTSDALE, AZ, Feb. 27, 2006 -- Robert K. Wise has been appointed vice president of sales & marketing for the Water & Wastewater Services & Products Group for TEFSA-USA, a unit of Applied Process Equipment. He was previously national sales director for Pacific Press in California and has several years experience in the commercial/industrial water and wastewater industry. He's widely considered an expert in filter press equipment and technologies...

AWT elects new president -- ROCKVILLE, MD, Feb. 28, 2006 -- The Association of Water Technologies has installed its new president. John Joseph "Jay" Farmerie, of Cyrus Rice Water Consultants in Pittsburgh, began his one-year term as president. Farmerie has risen up the ranks of AWT, serving on various committees and in leadership roles such as secretary, treasurer and as the president-elect. He has also written several papers for the AWT and serves as one of it's trainers at the Technical Training Seminars...

Walter Industries announces immediate, future organizational changes -- Company analyzing spinoff of homebuilding, financing business -- TAMPA, FL, Feb. 28, 2006 -- Walter Industries Inc. today announced executive changes to prepare for a strategic realignment of its businesses. As previously announced, the Company has submitted an S-1 filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering (IPO) of the Company's Water Products Business (Mueller, Anvil and U.S. Pipe). The Company intends to spin off the Water Products Business approximately six months after the IPO by distributing its stock to the Company's shareholders. In its evaluation of strategic alternatives, the board and management team have also begun and will continue an analysis of the potential spin-off of the Homebuilding and Financing business to Walter Industries shareholders...

Mich. business, municipal, industry groups praise new water law that protects state's environment, economy -- LANSING, MI, Feb. 28, 2006 -- Representatives from nearly every sector of Michigan's economy today joined in applauding the enactment of Michigan's new water use law, which the group worked to support and help shape. The law balances long term water resource protection measures with the need for water by a wide range of industries, including agriculture, manufacturing, recreation facilities and food and beverage producers. The industry group, which coordinated efforts to provide information about the importance of water use to the state's economy, included the Michigan Chamber of Commerce; Michigan Manufacturers Association; Michigan Municipal League; Michigan Retailers Association; Michigan Milk Producers Association; Michigan Potato Growers Association; Michigan Soft Drink Association; Michigan Aggregates Association; Michigan Concrete Paving Association; Michigan Groundwater Association; Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association; Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and others...
Also see: "Governor signs bills giving state oversight of water withdrawals" (Detroit News)

Penn. advances funds to flood-control projects to protect communities -- HARRISBURG, PA, Feb. 28, 2006 -- Gov. Edward G. Rendell today announced that Pennsylvania will invest $1.1 million to offset federal funding cuts for critical repairs to five flood-control projects in Jefferson, Lackawanna, Montour, Somerset and Westmoreland counties damaged by Hurricane Ivan in September 2004. This comes as the federal government cuts funding for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' program that helps communities with repairs to flood protection projects that are damaged by severe weather events...
Also see: "Gov. Rendell spurring riverfront development in Philadelphia with brownfield designations"

Water recycling system saves 900 million gallons annually for community -- California developer conserves water, saves money, preserves environment -- EL DORADO HILLS, CA, Feb. 28, 2006 -- In a day and age when housing developments crop up in California as quickly as the famous State Poppy on roadsides, the state's water supply is becoming scarce. Some companies might overlook this water crisis in the wake of a housing boom, but Parker Development Co. of El Dorado Hills outside Sacramento, has recognized the water deficit in California for quite some time. As a result, Parker installed a water recycling system that saves at least 900 million gallons of drinking water each year, the equivalent of about 3,555 Olympic-sized swimming pools...

New ObjectVideo products enable partners to create intelligent devices throughout video ecosystem -- RESTON, VA, Feb. 28, 2006 -- ObjectVideo, a developer of intelligent video solutions, today announces availability of ObjectVideo VEW® 3.0, ObjectVideo OnBoard™ 3.0 and ObjectVideo Forensics™ 3.0. The three products are now delivered with a common platform, enabling original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and integrators to quickly and easily incorporate ObjectVideo's market-leading intelligent video capabilities into their security solutions for critical systems and infrastructure...

RASIRC founded to produce pure steam products, deliver critical liquids -- Initial focus on steam and pure condensate -- SAN DIEGO, Feb. 28, 2006 -- RASIRC, innovator of steam purification technology, has established operations and completed development of its first products. RASIRC products generate high flow, ultra pure water vapor that is contaminant free. Ultra pure steam is a fundamental requirement in many industries. The company was founded by Jeffrey Spiegelman, former president and founder of Aeronex Inc., a company that designed and manufactured gas purification systems...

CH2M Hill secures general contractor license in China -- DENVER, Feb. 28, 2006 -- CH2M Hill today announced that it has been issued a general contractor's license by the Shanghai Ministry of Construction in China. This enables the firm to provide consulting, engineering, project management, construction management and fully integrated engineering, procurement and construction services. The license also positions CH2M HILL for future general building and public works facilities in China. These include consumer products, automotive, food & beverages, manufacturing, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronics, communications, energy and other specific Chinese market needs...

Mitsui & Co. Ltd. enters tap water supply business in Thailand -- LONDON, Feb. 28, 2006 -- Mitsui & Co. Ltd. has agreed with Ch. Karnchang Public Company Ltd. (CHK) to purchase 35% of the total issued shares of Thai Tap Water Supply Company Ltd.(TTW) of Thailand, and has signed a share purchase
agreement and shareholders' agreement with CHK on Feb. 28. The purchase price is 3.6 billion Thai Baht [US$90 million]...

Water industry in England, Wales compares well with international counterparts -- BIRMINGHAM, UK, Feb. 28, 2006 -- Water industry performance in England and Wales compares favorably with water companies in other developed countries, according to an Office of Water Services (Ofwat) study published today by the Government News Network. The report compares the performance of the 22 companies in England and Wales with a range of water enterprises in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Australia and the United States in the year 2003-04...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: HDR expands, relocates water research facility" -- Also in this report (Feb. 27, 2006): ESPC installs world's largest porcelain enameling furnace in tank industry; NUCA Iowa honors CONTECH salesperson; American Galvanizers Association releases a corrosion guide for university professors; DC hosts ACWA conference; Applied Process Technology system meets water utilities' need for destroying taste, odor; American Leak Detection completes PlainSight merger; Frost releases market report on distributed control system vendors; Dynacor hires Vector Engineering to review study for Pasto Bueno mine; Kepler appointed Dow senior VP; Merger proposed between Gaz de France, SUEZ; Lower Colorado River Authority picks Invensys for Fayette Power Project automation; New report reviews, offers forecast on global biocides industry; Projects of $2.2M to give Pennsylvanians cleaner drinking water; Pure Cycle Corp. announces 2006 water rates; Heavy rainfall produces wastewater collection line overflows at Trinity River Authority; Aspen Aerogels at Galveston SSTB Subsea Tieback Exhibition...

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