WaterBriefs: Mattson/Witt Precision Products celebrates 50th anniversary

Also in this report: MAHLE buys two German filter makers; Black & Veatch starts Indonesia sanitation projects; Transpo to install stormwater system in Norwalk, CT; Georgia church employs CULTEC stormwater system; USGS releases first annual 'Streamflow' study summary; Second phase of Pennichuck's Nashua WTP upgrade done; Grundfos CBS names Chicago distributor; Severn Trent unveils arsenic removal system leasing, service program; New York flood water test performance of Krohne flow meter...

In other news below:
-- MAHLE Industrial Filtration buys Germany's Norddeutsche Filter Vertriebs, AKO Filter
-- Black & Veatch starts preparation for major Indonesian sanitation projects
-- GE Fanuc manager speaking at IFPAC Annual Meeting in Baltimore
-- Transpo to install stormwater filter system in Norwalk's Veterans Park
-- Georgia church expansion benefits from CULTEC stormwater system
-- USGS makes first annual 'Streamflow' study summary available
-- Pennichuck completes second phase of Nashua water treatment plant upgrade
-- Grundfos CBS announces new Chicago distributor
-- Severn Trent unveils capital leasing, service program for arsenic removal systems
-- New York flood waters test performance of Krohne Aquaflux flow meter

Mattson/Witt Precision Products celebrates 50th anniversary -- BARRINGTON, IL, Jan. 15, 2007 -- Mattson/Witt Precision Products Inc. today kicked off the start of its 50th anniversary year by announcing it exceeded sales and earnings goals by over 10% during its first full year of business under new leadership. Matt Oleskow Sr. originally founded the company under the name Matt-Son in 1957, when he developed a plastic valve in his basement shop in Chicago. The company was bought in March 1998 by the Marmon Group and made a part of Alamo Water Refiners when Marmon bought that San Antonio company in August 2000. Current president James Witt bought the company in 2005...
Also see:
-- "Mattson/Witt Precision Products buys Alamo Water Refiners' Barrington, Ill., operations"
-- "Watts Water Technologies acquires Alamo Water Refiners"

MAHLE Industrial Filtration buys Germany's Norddeutsche Filter Vertriebs, AKO Filter -- SALISBURY, United Kingdom, Jan. 15, 2007 -- MAHLE Industrial Filtration has taken on Norddeutsche Filter Vertriebs GmbH (NFV), of Hamburg, and AKO Filter GmbH, of Flintbek. This extends its competence and product portfolio in separation and filtration into ship maintenance and liquid treatment. Integration of NFV allows it to offer more comprehensive solutions, especially in the area of ship maintenance and liquid treatment as well as a complete range in the area of filters, complimented by separation: from de-oiling, fuel and oil care through to service, waste and cooling water treatment. In addition, AKO Filter GmbH complements its range of services with simplex, changeover and reverse-flow filters for maritime technology and for diverse sectors...

Black & Veatch starts preparation for major Indonesian sanitation projects -- JAKARTA, Indonesia, Jan. 15, 2007 -- Black & Veatch, a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company, announced today it has started an assignment on behalf of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to assist the Government of Indonesia with the formulation of an investment loan to improve sanitation services in the country. With the country's urban population expected to explode from 101 million people (48% of the population) in 2005 to 160 million by 2025 (60% of the population), the project's goal is to decrease urban pollution, improve public health and enhance the well-being of the general population. The study will prepare city sanitation strategies (CSS) for five large cities and full feasibility studies for up to three of these cities. The CSS will allow communities to choose a sanitation system from an informed menu of suitable systems, subjected to feasibility. Black & Veatch also will prepare implementation support and institutional development programmes addressing sector reform, governance and public awareness. The company has signed a contract with the ADB for a period of 10 months to carry out the study...

GE Fanuc manager speaking at IFPAC Annual Meeting in Baltimore -- Discussion centers on data infrastructure component of effective PAT solutions -- CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, Jan. 15 -- GE Fanuc Automation, a unit of GE Industrial, announced that Bart Reitter, GE Fanuc Life Sciences Global Marketing Manager, will be speaking at the International Foundation for Process Analytical Chemistry (IFPAC) annual meeting in Baltimore, MD, Jan. 28-31. Reitter's presentation will discuss "Providing the Foundation for Routine Chemometric Processing in the PAT World"...

Transpo to install stormwater filter system in Norwalk, Conn., park -- NORWALK, CT, Jan. 12, 2007 -- The city of Norwalk, CT, has selected Transpo Industries Inc. of New Rochelle, NY, to install its EnviroSafe Modular Storm Water Catch Basin Filtration System for a project to retrofit storm sewer inlets in Veteran's Park under a grant funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The system is designed to economically fit into existing stormwater drains to capture and filter the many pollutants common to stormwater runoff...

Georgia church expansion benefits from CULTEC stormwater system -- BROOKFIELD, CT, Jan. 12, 2007 -- Over the last 38 years, Kingswood United Methodist Church has established a rich history of growth and expansion. In order to accommodate a congregation more than 15 times its original, the Church recently made plans to add to its existing facility including the construction a new parking lot. Faced with land constraints and stormwater regulations, a CULTEC multi-tiered stormwater system was implemented to effectively manage run-off created by the new impervious surfaces.
Also see: "CULTEC Inc. offers 'big' advantages at Conn. shopping center"

USGS makes first annual 'Streamflow' study summary available -- DENVER, Jan. 12, 2007 -- This past year has produced some record-breaking high streamflow conditions in the Northeast, as well as some near-record lows in other areas of the country, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). In a new USGS publication, "Streamflow of 2006 -- Water Year Summary," changes in streamflow over the course of 2006 are examined relative to conditions over the past 75 years. Some areas of the country experienced higher streamflow than usual. For example, parts of New England recorded their highest annual flows since 1930. At the same time, below normal conditions were prevalent in Texas and other states in the central and southern Great Plains, parts of the Southeast, and Alaska. USGS plans to provide similar summaries every year...
Also see: "USGS examines environmental impacts of aircraft deicers"

Pennichuck Water Works completes second phase of Nashua water treatment plant upgrade -- Pennichuck unit starts operations of Finished Water Pumping Station and Storage Tank -- MERRIMACK, NH, Jan. 12, 2007 -- Pennichuck Water Works Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pennichuck Corp. announced that, effective Jan. 5, it completed the second of the three major phases of its planned $40 million upgrade to its water treatment plant in Nashua, NH. The major components of the recently completed second phase include a new finished water pumping station, a new 6.5 million gallon finished water storage tank, a new backwash holding tank and new finished water chemical feed facilities. Together with completed phase I, these improvements have greatly enhanced the plant's ability to meet the increasingly stringent water quality standards of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The third phase of the upgrade, which will be completed over the next two years, involves the construction of a new water inlet system as well as upgrades to the plant's clarification, filtration and chemical feed facilities...

Grundfos CBS announces new Chicago distributor -- Jan. 12, 2007 -- Grundfos CBS Inc. announced today that Metropolitan Industries, Inc. is the new Representative and Distributor for the PACO Pumps brand in the Chicago metropolitan area for the newly formed Grundfos Commercial Building Services (Grundfos CBS) business unit. Grundfos CBS Inc. is comprised of two veteran U.S. pump companies -- PACO Pumps of Houston, and Grundfos, of Olathe, KS. As the newly joined companies find synergies in their distribution network and product line, distributors such as Metropolitan Industries Inc. will pave the way for future success, according to Jack O'Connor, vice president of sales and marketing for Grundfos CBS. With headquarters in Romeoville, IL, Metropolitan Industries operates as a value-added distributor for leading brand manufacturers of engineered mechanical equipment and systems...
Also see: "Grundfos strengthens its position with UK acquisition"

Severn Trent Services unveils capital leasing, service program for arsenic removal systems -- Flexible program helps U.S. water treatment facilities manage cash flow by providing favorable purchase or lease terms on arsenic removal system -- FORT WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 12, 2007 -- Severn Trent Services has introduced the A-Flex™ capital leasing and service agreement program, a flexible program specifically tailored to meet the arsenic removal needs of U.S. water treatment facilities. The A-Flex program offers purchase or lease terms for Severn Trent's SORB 33® systems and accompanying Bayoxide® media fill, change-out, replacement and disposal services to meet client-specific needs. The program offers utilities a solution to manage cash flow and still comply with the more stringent drinking water arsenic regulation of 10 ppb. Competitive finance rates are available for purchase or lease options. With one monthly payment, Severn Trent Services guarantees the performance of the SORB 33 system and Bayoxide media for the life of the agreement. Under the program, an arsenic treatment system operation agreement also is available. Severn Trent Services' service representatives will visit each wellhead site, check the operation of the equipment, collect samples required for compliance testing and perform routine or emergency maintenance...
Also see: "Severn Trent wins patent for removing silica from water treatment adsorption media"

New York flood waters test performance of Krohne flow meter -- PEABODY, MA, Jan. 10, 2007 -- While Krohne's AQUAFLUX electromagnetic flowmeter was designed to provide extreme accuracy and durability for various applications, not even the manufacturers at Krohne realized the full extent of the product's damage-resistant capabilities until recently, when the AQUAFLUX was put to the test due to flooding in June 2006 in Village of Windsor, NY. The unit, installed three years earlier in a water pump house that was submerged below floodwaters, performed throughout the event...

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