WorldBriefs: World Bank supports water management efforts in Bangladesh

Oct. 10, 2007
Also in this report: Miyahuna to fluoridate water; HELCOM, OSPAR plan ballast water management strategy; Twenty-five more desal plants for Sindh coalfields; Water Expo China announced; NSF announces three key international appointments; Prize deadline approaches; Siemens to supply process electrification package in China; Energy harvester now ATEX-certified for hazardous environments; Aqua-Gas AVK welcomes new managing director; IWEX 2008 issues call for papers;...

In other news below:
-- Miyahuna to fluoridate water
-- HELCOM, OSPAR plan ballast water management strategy
-- Twenty-five more desal plants for Sindh coalfields
-- Water Expo China announced
-- NSF announces three key international appointments
-- Prize deadline approaches
-- Siemens to supply process electrification package in China
-- Energy harvester now ATEX-certified for hazardous environments
-- Aqua-Gas AVK welcomes new managing director
-- IWEX 2008 issues call for papers
-- Fieldbus Foundation, HART, PROFIBUS launch wireless cooperation team
-- Green central heating from Kalirel
-- Thenergo acquires Belgian organic waste-to-energy group
-- Sustainability could become a contract term
-- Zero net energy future house sets sail for Beijing
-- UKDN creates chief executive, chief operating roles
-- Aarsleff sells pipe coating factory
-- Siltbuster announces new staff member
-- EA reminder as landfill changes deadline approaches
-- Hannover Messe to expand key exhibit categories
-- Christ takes over controlling interest in Zeta Group
-- Preliminary work on desal plant by year end

World Bank supports water management efforts in Bangladesh
WASHINGTON -- The World Bank recently approved a US$102.26 million credit to support the Government of Bangladesh's efforts to improve national water resources management.

The Water Management Improvement Project is designed to enhance water management by expanding the role of local communities, from planning and design to operations and management. It also aims to improve institutional performance of the country's principal water institutions -- Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO).

It is estimated that 2 million households will benefit from the project. It is expected reduce crop losses during the pre-monsoon and monsoon periods and increase agricultural production due to improved drainage and flood control and expansion of irrigation.

Bangladesh is prone to recurring natural disasters like floods, erosion, cyclones and tidal surges that result in human casualties and economic losses. Each year, up to 30 percent of the country is inundated, flooding about 6 million hectares. People living in coastal and riverine areas in general are specially exposed to the dangers of natural disasters.

The project will support rehabilitation and improvement of about 102 existing flood control, drainage, and irrigation schemes and transfer their management to the local communities through Water Management Organizations (WMOs). It will also support measures to improve performance of another 98 existing schemes that do not require major rehabilitation and have functioning WMO's or similar organizations.
Also see:
-- "World Bank provides floods assistance to Bangladesh"

Among other recent headlines:

Miyahuna to fluoridate water
AMMAM, Jordan, Oct. 9, 2007 -- According to a report in The Jordan Times, the Jordan Water Company (Miyahuna) is planning to add fluoride to the capital's water sources in an effort to improve the dental health of residents...
Also see: "Desalination unit planned in Aqaba"

HELCOM, OSPAR plan ballast water management strategy
HELSINKI, Oct. 8 -- The Maritime Group of the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM MARITIME) will discuss further measures to improve safety of navigation and reduce pollution from ships in the Baltic Sea at its regular meeting this week...
Also see: "HELCOM to release latest data on pollution inputs into the Baltic Sea"

Twenty-five more desal plants for Sindh coalfields
KARACHI, Pakistan, Oct. 8, 2007 -- Sindh provincial government will install another 25 units of reverse osmosis (desalination) plants in the coalfields in Sindh. Sources in Sindh Mines and Mineral Development Department said in Karachi on 6 Oct. that technical report on installation of the 25 units were submitted to the government the other day...

Water Expo China announced
10 - 12 November 2008 • National Agricultural Exhibition Centre, Beijing
BEIJING, Oct. 8, 2007 -- Water Expo China, approved by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and sponsored by the Ministry of Water Resources, is China's only international, specialized event for the water industry. After five successful editions, the Water Expo China will be revamped and re-launched in November 2008. Organized by the Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society (CHES) in partnership with Messe Frankfurt, the new Water Expo will move to Beijing, and will be upgraded to provide exhibitors and visitors with a more professional forum for marketing and sourcing technology, products and services, exchanging information and gathering expert knowledge about the water industry in China...

NSF announces three key international appointments
ANN ARBOR, MI, Oct. 4, 2007 -- NSF International today announced three key management appointments that will expand NSF's presence in new international markets...

Prize deadline approaches
Oct. 4, 2007 -- Less than three months now remain for those planning to enter nominations for the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water 2006-2008. Closing date for entries for any of the five prizes on offer is 31 December 2007...

Siemens to supply process electrification package in China
ERLANGEN, Germany, Oct. 2, 2007 -- The Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services Group (I&S) has received an order from Asia Pacific Resources International Holding Ltd (APRIL), Singapore, to supply the complete process electrification package for a pulp line...

Energy harvester now ATEX-certified for hazardous environments
SOUTHAMPTON, UK, Oct. 2, 2007 -- Perpetuum has launched the intrinsically safe ATEX version of the industrial PMG17 vibration energy harvester, for safe working in Zone 0, 1 or 2 environments. The microgenerator that enables wireless, battery-free sensing for condition monitoring and asset management applications has been given an ATEX EC-Type Examination Certificate and a IECEx Draft Certificate of Conformity. These certificates, when combined with pending QA certifications, will allow Perpetuum to supply the PMG17 to its customers with Ex ia IIC T4 markings...

Aqua-Gas AVK welcomes new managing director
Oct. 1, 2007 -- Valves and fittings supplier Aqua-Gas AVK recently announced that Paul Jennings has taken over the role of managing director following the retirement of Geoff Baggaley. After 17 years with British Steel, ultimately as general manager of the Plates business, Jennings was sales director with bearings distributor BSL. More recently, he has been sales director with Buck and Hickman, a distributor of engineering tools and consumables...

IWEX 2008 issues call for papers
Oct. 1, 2007 -- IWEX 2008, part of Sustainabilitylive! will take place on 20-22 May 2008 at the NEC, Birmingham, and is the UK's largest event for water and wastewater professionals. Besides high level keynotes by industry leaders and public officials, IWEX 2008 will feature master classes and seminars. Organizers are seeking expert technical/scientific presentations to form part of the features programme at IWEX 2008 and are calling leading experts and innovators to present their most interesting case studies, research projects, and best practices. Deadline for abstracts is Oct. 12, 2007. For more information, see: http://www.sustainabilitylive.com/slive08/iwex/

Fieldbus Foundation, HART, PROFIBUS launch wireless cooperation team
AUSTIN, TX, Sept. 27, 2007 -- The Fieldbus Foundation announced it has joined the HART Communication Foundation and Profibus Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO) in launching a cooperative initiative for wireless technology in the manufacturing and process industries. The new project is an extension of the organizations' successful collaboration on Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) and another step to deliver consistent functionality to automation end users...

Green central heating from Kalirel
BURY ST. EDMUNDS, Sept. 27, 2007 -- Kalirel's central heating system complies with recent government building regulations on the environment. Building Regulations Part L states that it is no longer acceptable to control the whole house from a single temperature controller, or to heat the whole house all day while many rooms are not in use...

Thenergo acquires Belgian organic waste-to-energy group
ANTWERP, Belgium, Sept. 26, 2007 -- Thenergo nv, a Belgium-based renewable energy company announced it has concluded a share purchase agreement with Leysen Invest nv, a Belgian organic waste-to-energy group...

Sustainability could become a contract term
LONDON, Sept. 24, 2007 -- The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT), the UK's largest contract authoring body, will take a bold step on Wednesday, November 7, by hosting a policy meeting to discuss how contracts and guidance might help improve sustainability in the construction industry...

Zero net energy future house sets sail for Beijing
MOLINE, IL, Sept. 21, 2007 -- Alternative Energy Living Foundation and Florida International University announced Monday that the first shipment of American-made components for the Future House USA (FHUSA), has set sail for Beijing China. Leaving from Portland, the FHUSA is bound for the Port of Xingang with the final destination being the Future House Community, located in the Olympic Area in Beijing China...

UKDN creates chief executive, chief operating roles
SOLIHULL, Sept. 20, 2007 -- To support its ambitious plans for growth and diversification into new markets, UK Drainage Network (UKDN) has appointed Greg Beech as Chief Executive Officer and Stuart Pace as Chief Operating Officer. With over 30 years' drainage industry experience between them, Beech and Pace were formerly the Managing Director and Commercial Director of UKDN respectively...

Aarsleff sells pipe coating factory
ÅBYHØJ, Denmark, Sept. 18, 2007 -- Per Aarsleff A/S has entered into an agreement with Wasco Coatings Ltd. in Malaysia to sell its concrete coating factory in Esbjerg and the associated patents...

Siltbuster announces new staff member
MONMOUTH, Wales, UK, Sept. 13, 2007 -- Siltbuster Limited has announced the arrival of a new member of staff who has joined the Siltbuster team to take the lead on municipal and industrial wastewater development. Based in Monmouth, Wales, David Walker, 44, is the new sales manager for municipal and industrial sectors, and serves as a further boost to the long-term development of the Siltbuster brand. Introduced to the water industry back in 1994, Walker has over thirteen years experience working within the wastewater division.

Environment Agency reminder as landfill changes deadline approaches
Sept. 12, 2007 -- The Environment Agency recently reminded businesses and industry of the changes in landfilling waste that come into play from 30 October 2007. Liz Parkes, Head of Waste at the Environment Agency, said: "The changes to the rules mean waste must be treated before it is landfilled, and all liquid wastes will be banned from landfills...

Hannover Messe to expand key exhibit categories
Sept. 11, 2007 -- Preparations for Hannover Messe 2008 are already in full swing. Following this year's show, the expectations for the 2008 event are correspondingly high. "Next year we plan to give the global public our answers to the most pressing questions of the future in the shape of solutions for climate protection and energy efficiency, with a special emphasis on the big part that automation technology can play," said Dietmar Harting, chairman of the Exhibitors' Advisory Committee for the event...

Christ takes over controlling interest in Zeta Group
TOBELBAD, Austria, Sept. 7, 2007 -- Christ Water Technology Group recently announced that it has taken over 76% of the stock of the Zeta Group, located in Tobelbad, near Graz (Austria). Zeta is primarily active in the Central European market, with locations in Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. The company is a leading supplier of production systems and process equipment for the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry...

Preliminary work on desal plant to be completed by year end
CHENNAI, India, Sept. 4, 2007 -- As reported by The Hindu, a prominent newspaper in India, the preliminary work on the second desalination plant for Chennai will be completed by December-end, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said...

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