WaterBriefs: California proposes perchlorate drinking water standard

Also in this report: SulphCo - progress on new UAE oil processing facility; Black & Veatch to engineer Las Vegas Wash wastewater removal; BreitBurn Energy chooses VSEP for steam quality water; Smart Metering to highlight Ontario AMR rollout; NanoLogix seeks patents on hydrogen bioreactor; Five pick Advanced Utility Systems; Vigilistics software for dairy plant operations unveiled; URS to provide Calif. water management, flood control services; IBWA defends FDA regulation of bottled water...

In other news below:
-- SulphCo reports progress on new UAE ultrasound oil processing facility
-- Black & Veatch to design system to remove wastewater from Las Vegas Wash
-- BreitBurn Energy chooses VSEP membrane system for steam quality water
-- Smart Metering to highlight Ontario AMR rollout plan
-- NanoLogix files for three patents to enhance hydrogen bioreactor efficiencies
-- Five more customers select Advanced Utility Systems
-- Vigilistics announces software for sustainable dairy plant operations
-- URS to provide water management, flood control services in Calif.
-- IBWA defends FDA regulation of bottled water

California Health Department announces proposed drinking water standard for perchlorate -- SACRAMENTO, August 28, 2006 -- The California Department of Health Services (CDHS) has proposed a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for perchlorate in drinking water of 6 parts per billion, State Public Health Officer Dr. Mark Horton announced today. If the proposed standard is adopted, public water systems cannot provide drinking water that exceeds a MCL without notifying their customers and must take steps to bring their water supply into compliance with drinking water regulations. CDHS' announcement opens a public comment period that ends on Nov. 3. A public hearing will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 30 in CDHS' auditorium, 1500 Capitol Ave., Sacramento...
Also see: "California proposes rocket fuel safety limit four times tougher than federal cleanup standard"

Progress reported at new ultrasound oil processing facility in UAE -- SPARKS, NV, Aug. 29, 2006 -- The board of Fujairah Oil Technology Inc., a joint venture between SulphCo Inc. and Fujairah government owned Trans Gulf Petroleum, met in London on Aug. 10 to review progress of the Sonocracking project currently under construction in the UAE. Specifically, the board of directors focused on the necessary construction of a crude oil pipeline between the FOT facility and the designated crude oil storage tanks. To date, eight of 14 water separators have been built and shipped to Fujairah...
Also see:
-- "MWH CEO Edward Urquhart joins SulphCo Board of Directors"
-- "SulphCo enters into LOI with major Korean oil refiner"

Black & Veatch begins design work with major wastewater systems conveyance and operations project -- LAS VEGAS, NV, Aug. 29, 2006 -- Under an engineering services contract awarded by the Clean Water Coalition (CWC), Black & Veatch is serving as the lead design engineer for the Systems Conveyance and Operations Program (SCOP) pipeline and tunnel project that will convey effluent from CWC member agencies' wastewater treatment plants to a new discharge location in Lake Mead. Removing the effluent from the Las Vegas Wash and redirecting the discharge location from Las Vegas Bay to a location near Boulder Island will protect the quality of the water in Lake Mead. The need for a new discharge location is driven by increasingly stringent water quality regulations, increasing effluent flows, protection of a drinking water source, protection of the Las Vegas Wash and Bay -- especially at low lake levels caused by the drought -- and continued reliance on Colorado River system return-flow credits earned by returning water to the river...

BreitBurn Energy chooses VSEP membrane system for steam quality water from produced brine -- EMERYVILLE, CA, Aug. 29, 2006 -- New Logic Research Inc., the maker of VSEP, a vibratory membrane filtration system, announced today the sale of a VSEP system to create steam quality water from oilfield produced brine at a BreitBurn Energy facility in Santa Barbara, CA. BreitBurn is a subsidiary of Provident Energy Ltd., a Canadian energy trust. The VSEP system, which employs both nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes, is fed process water used in the oil production process. The VSEP product water (permeate) is cleaner than drinking water, and will be reused as the plant's boiler feed water...

Smart Metering show seeks exhibitors -- TORONTO, Canada, Aug. 29, 2006 -- On Nov. 13-14, the Smart Metering conference will be host to the latest updates and information regarding the implementation and roll out of Ontario's smart metering program. It will be held at the Holiday Inn on King in Toronto. Educational sessions will focus on various aspects of smart metering for the LDC's, gas, and water providers...

NanoLogix files for three more patents that enhance efficiencies of hydrogen bioreactor -- SHARON, PA, Aug. 29, 2006 -- NanoLogix Inc., a nano-biotechnology company engaged in the research, development and commercialization of technologies for alternative sources of fuel, today announced that it has filed three additional patent applications that enhance the efficiencies of its proprietary hydrogen bioreactor. Since June 2006, the Company has announced 13 patent applications have been filed related to its hydrogen bioreactor. The company is currently focused on the production of hydrogen from agricultural feedstock, industrial wastewater and municipal waste streams to create new sources of energy...

Five more customers select Advanced Utility Systems -- TORONTO, Canada, Aug. 29, 2006 -- Harris Computer Systems announced customers in California, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Illinois and Texas have recently selected Advanced Utility Systems Corp. and CIS Infinity as their CIS and utility billing solution. With their selection, these organizations join a long list of customers that have recognized Advanced as a premier solution provider for their CIS and utility billing needs...
Also see:
-- "City of Danville selects Harris' Advanced Utility Systems Corp. subsidiary to lead next phase of ERP project"
-- "Harris Computer Systems announces the purchase of Advanced Utility Systems Corp."

Vigilistics announces software for sustainable dairy plant operations -- MISSION VIEJO, CA, Aug. 29, 2006 -- Vigilistics, a company serving the dairy and food processing industries with real-time operations intelligence software, announced two software modules that assist dairy plant management to achieve sustainable, environmentally friendly operation while improving dairy profitability. Vigilistics' CIP module monitors each clean-in-place operation, and provides reports, performance assessment, notifications, and suggestions for remedial actions. The focus is on detecting abnormal or inefficient events during CIP which cause product loss or unnecessary use of water or chemicals that ultimately impact the environment...

URS to provide water management, flood control services in Calif.'s Bay Delta, Central Valley -- Five-year contract has maximum value of $50 million -- SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 28, 2006--URS Corporation (NYSE: URS) today announced that it has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) to provide engineering services to Reclamation's Mid-Pacific Regional office, which serves northern and central California, central Nevada and a portion of southern Oregon. Under the terms of the contract, as Reclamation issues specific task orders, URS will provide a range of engineering support services, including water availability and economic studies, natural resources planning, and endangered species and cultural resources assessments, for water resource projects in the California Bay-Delta and flood control projects in California's Central Valley...

Bottled water is safe under FDA's comprehensive regulatory system - IBWA -- Enforcement actions demonstrate FDA effectiveness -- ALEXANDRIA, VA, Aug. 28, 2006 -- Bottled water is comprehensively regulated as a packaged food product by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state regulatory agencies, stated the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) in reply to recent attacks in the media. The current system of bottled water regulation provides consumers with outstanding bottled water safety, quality and public health protection. The recent recall of a few bottled water brands in New York State due to elevated bromate levels demonstrates the protective nature of FDA bottled water regulation. In this case, product that was not in compliance with FDA's 10 part-per-billion standard for bromate was removed from the marketplace and, through a variety of communication channels, consumers were notified of specific actions that they could take to return recalled products...
Also see:
-- "New York recall demonstrates failure of FDA to regulate bottled water safety"
-- "AmeriCares, Nestle Waters North America create one million water bottle reserve to aid Gulf Coast communities"

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