WorldBriefs: Oct 7, 2009

MIDLANDS, England, UK, Oct. 7, 2009 -- Researchers at De Montfort University-Leicester have found a way to boost MBR energy efficiency to enhance industrial wastewater reuse, and Cambridge University scientists warn that adaptation to climate change and water resource variability in Africa needs a human focus to underscore the challenges ahead...

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LEICESTER, England, Oct. 7, 2009 -- Increased recycling of water contaminated during manufacturing processes would help to significantly reduce industry's carbon footprint, according to researchers from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU). They've found a way to boost energy efficiency of a method of recycling industrial wastewater which, if adopted by companies, would help them reduce the amount of water they buy. The study marks the first time efficiency of membrane bioreactor (MBR) plants has been assessed using computer-modelling techniques. Academics leading the project believe initial results show plants can be made 10-15% cheaper to operate...
CAMBRIDGE, England, Oct. 5, 2009 -- While the G20 talked in Pittsburgh and the 'Road to Copenhagen' is being prepared with debate on the future reduction of greenhouse gases, scientists from Africa, the University of Cambridge and University of California-San Diego met with politicians in Cambridge last week at "The Global Water Initiative" (Sept. 21-23, 2009) conference to develop an urgent action plan for adaptation to the already severe impacts of regional climate change on African water supplies...
HUDDERSFIELD, England, Oct. 5, 2009 -- Companies that supply products and services to the water and waste water industries in Yorkshire and Humber are to get a business boost with the re-launch of the Water Industry Forum (WIF) at an event Oct. 14 in Bradford. The forum is a business network supported by Yorkshire Forward with the aim of developing business opportunities, providing support with advice on new legislation, helping businesses capitalise on emerging technologies and assisting members in export, innovation and product development….
HELSINKI, Finland, Oct. 2, 2009 -- In its regular meeting Oct. 5-9 in Schwerin, Germany, HELCOM's Monitoring and Assessment Group (HELCOM MONAS) was hear new information on sources and quantities of inputs of harmful substances into the Baltic Sea, as well effects on the state of the marine environment. As a top issue on the agenda, the region's countries will consider a proposal for a comprehensive assessment system to evaluate the progress of individual countries toward the provisional nutrient reduction targets of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan. This was adopted in 2007 to restore the sea to good ecological status by 2021...
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BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct. 1, 2009 -- Simon Cocks has joined Severn Trent Water's management team as Waste Water Services Director, based at the company's current Coventry Road, Birmingham, offices. Originally an electrical engineer, Simon's most recent role was that of chief procurement officer for National Grid. He joined the organisation in 2001, and held a variety of roles including that of operational planning manager, commercial director and heading up a new business start-ups...
HONOLULU, HI, Oct. 1, 2009 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued final decisions to deny the Guam Waterworks Authority's permit variances exempting the Agana and Northern District wastewater treatment plants from secondary treatment requirements...
ROCKVILLE, MD, Sept. 30, 2009 -- Tensing announced today that Sydney Water Corporation is more than 50% complete, ahead of expectation, with the roll out of Tensing Mobile GIS...
PARIS, France, Sept. 30, 2009 -- Alstom Power System has awarded a contract to Entropie, a unit of Veolia Water Solutions & Technology, for the supply of two desalination units with a net capacity of 3,560 m³/day of distilled water each. The multiple effect distillation (MED) units are composed of six evaporation cells with one thermocompressor. The Saudi Arabian facility where they are to be installed will be commissioned in 2011…
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NORTHFIELD, IL, Sept. 29, 2009 -- A new report from The McIlvaine Company concludes that by 2012, Chinese purchasers will be buying valves valued at $2.4 billion. The Chinese market will be 10% larger than the U.S. market and nearly four times larger than Japan...
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GRENOBLE, France, Sept. 29, 2009 -- Sogreah, an independent consulting and engineering firm working in the fields of water, energy, the environment and urban development, is continuing to grow by taking over the activities of Ecofys France...
SINGAPORE, Sept. 28, 2009 -- United Envirotech has secured a contract of RMB245 million to build and operate a 200,000 m³ per day drinking supply and wastewater treatment plant under a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) arrangement in Liaoyang City, Liaoning Province, PRC...
SAN ANTONIO, TX, Sept. 28, 2009 -- The North American Development Bank and the Tijuana water utility have signed a loan agreement for up to US$22.07 million for the expansion of the water and wastewater systems in the cities of Tijuana and Playas de Rosarito, Baja California...
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ORLANDO, FL, Sept. 28, 2009 -- Signaling an important change in technology trends, Emerson expects to make process control technology easier to use with the launching of its Human Centered Design Institute. This announcement culminates over five years of customer work-practice analysis, new product development re-engineering and organizational training...
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NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 25, 2009 -- At the Clinton Global Initiative's Fifth Annual meeting today, Wesley Clark announced the commitment of Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR), India, to the expansion of its successful participatory integrated watershed development approach to Kenya and Tanzania...
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OVERLAND PARK, KS, Sept. 24, 2009 -- James H. Clark, P.E., a vice president of Black & Veatch, has been selected by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) as the 2009 recipient of the organization's Engelbrecht International Achievement Award...
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HOUSTON, TX, Sept. 23, 2009 -- Headworks Bio Inc. is pleased to announce the signing of a contract with STX Europe in Turku, Finland, for the finalization and commissioning of the Oasis of the Seas Cruise Ship wastewater treatment system...
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VIENNA, Austria, Sept. 23, 2009 -- BorSafe HE3490-LS from Borealis was selected for the infrastructure redesign at Palermo International Airport on the island of Sicily...
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CHATSWORTH, CA, USA, 21 September 2009 - On heels of sales for a large wastewater treatment plant in Brazil and offshore platforms in Mexico, leading global clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems wins an order for two C800 MicroTurbine systems for a new 10-story building in Bogota, Colombia...
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LONDON, UK, Sept. 17, 2009 -- Balfour Beatty, the international engineering, construction, investment and services group, announces today its intention to acquire Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc., one of the world's leading professional services companies, for US$626 million...
LENNESTADT, Germany, Sept. 17, 2009 -- As part of a large-scale municipal pipe rehabilitation programme in the city of Campnias -- known as the Brazilian Silicon Valley -- a 30 year old defective asbestos cement drinking water pipeline was replaced by local water authority SANASA with a new PE pipe ND 63 over 400 m length using the static pipe bursting technique via Tracto Technik's Grundoburst 400 G3 unit...
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SAN LEANDRO, CA, Sept. 15, 2009 -- Energy Recovery Inc. announced that its PX Pressure Exchanger (PX) devices have been selected by IDE Technologies as it expands its seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant in Hadera, Israel...
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