WaterBriefs: Koch NF, RO membranes certified to NSF 61

Also in this report: Stormwater360 now CONTECH Stormwater Solutions; CULTEC installs Giant Foods stormwater system; Oakland picks ADS billing network, monitoring system; Clarkson researchers assess St. Regis River watershed; North American Galvanizing wins award; Powell Fab gains Colo. distributor; dlEC announces hires engineer; Headworks Inc. settles USFilter lawsuit; Layne Christensen reorganizes water, infrastructure units; Alfa Laval nabs BASF, Dow order for Belgian petrochem plant...

In other news below:
-- Stormwater360 Becomes CONTECH Stormwater Solutions Inc.
-- CULTEC stormwater systems offer advantages to site contractors
-- ADS selected for billing network and peak outlet capacity monitoring
-- Clarkson U. research group assesses land use influence on St. Regis River watershed
-- North American Galvanizing & Coatings receives wastewater compliance award
-- Sylvan Source M-600 first ultra-clean water system to earn IAPMO certification
-- Idaho Power, state sign aquifer recharge agreement
-- Powell Fabrication expands sales representative, distributor network
-- PLCopen trade organization appoints Bill Lydon managing director for North America
-- dlEC announces key engineering addition
-- Headworks Inc. settles lawsuit against USFilter
-- Layne Christensen reorganizes water and infrastructure business
-- Alfa Laval receives order from BASF, Dow Chemical for Belgian petrochemical plant
-- Delta announces start of revenue from Indramayu facility

Koch Membrane Systems receives NSF 61 certification for NF, RO elements -- WILMINGTON, MA, April 12, 2006 -- Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. (KMS), a world-class developer and manufacturer of innovative membranes and membrane systems, has received certification of compliance with NSF/ANSI Standard 61 for nanofiltration (NF) and reverse osmosis (RO) elements. These elements include the FLUID SYSTEMS® TFC® SR®2, TFC-S, TFC-HR, TFC-XR and TFC-ULP® spirals, in sizes from 8-inch to the industry-leading 18-inch diameter MegaMagnum® RO elements. Certification was provided by NSF International...

Stormwater360 Becomes CONTECH Stormwater Solutions Inc. -- WEST CHESTER, Ohio, April 12, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- CONTECH Construction Products Inc., the parent company of Stormwater360, has recently realigned its product lines to better serve its customers. As part of that strategy, CONTECH Stormwater Solutions has been created to offer the full array of stormwater treatment and detention products previously offered by Stormwater360 and CONTECH Construction Products. CONTECH purchased Oregon-based Stormwater Management Inc. in April 2005 and Maine-based Vortechnics Inc. in early 2004. The two companies became Stormwater360 in July 2005, and carry on their traditions of innovation as CONTECH Stormwater Solutions...

CULTEC stormwater systems offer advantages to site contractors -- BROOKFIELD, CT, April 12, 2006 -- CULTEC Inc. recently installed a stormwater management system at a Giant Foods supermarket construction site in Middletown Township in Bucks County, PA. The system was able to offer advantages to site contractors including efficient installation and the ability to offset land-size constraints. The Haines & Kibblehouse Group, site contractors that specialize in demolition, paving, piping and stormwater systems, was hired to complete demolition and prepare the site which included installing a CULTEC stormwater system underneath the parking lot. The underground basin was an alternative to traditional stormwater techniques such as swales or ponds...

ADS selected for billing network and peak outlet capacity monitoring -- HUNTSVILLE, AL, April 12, 2006 -- ADS Environmental Services, a full-service sewer flow monitoring provider, today announces the award of two, three-year contracts from Oakland County Drain Commissioner John P. McCulloch. The first, the Clinton-Oakland Contract, is for a 26-monitor billing network. The second is the renewal of the Evergreen-Farmington Contract, a 78-monitor network. The performance of this collection system and the long-term network of flow monitors have been successfully managed by ADS Environmental Services since 1991...

Clarkson U. research group assesses land use influence on St. Regis River watershed -- POTSDAM, NY, April 12, 2006 -- Clarkson University professors Michael R. Twiss, Tom A. Langen and Jan Wojcik have announced that a group of researchers from the university led by the team of professors has published a paper titled "Land Use Influence on Water Quality in the St. Regis River, a Waterway Flowing from the Adirondacks to the St. Lawrence River," in the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies. The paper describes the influence of watershed land-use on water quality in the St. Regis River...

North American Galvanizing & Coatings receives wastewater compliance award -- TULSA, OK, April 12, 2006 -- North American Galvanizing & Coatings Inc. announced that the Kansas City facility of North American Galvanizing Co. was selected to receive the Gold Industrial Wastewater Pretreatment Compliance Award from the Missouri Water Environmental Association during the MWEA's 77th annual meeting held March 26-29. Complete compliance is a requirement for all Missouri Water Environmental Association Gold Award Winners. The parameters for compliance include all wastewater discharge and reporting requirements, a wastewater treatment facility or pollution prevention program, and a history of good relations with the nominating city or sewer district...

Sylvan Source M-600 first ultra-clean water system to earn IAPMO certification -- Company submits product to certification process in response to requests from homebuilding industry -- SUNNYVALE, CA, April 12, 2006 -- Sylvan Source, the provider of advanced ultra-clean water systems, today announced that its flagship product, the Sylvan Source M-600, became the first distillation-based, ultra-clean water treatment system to earn certification from the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO). Unlike traditional IAPMO certification, which is awarded to components of plumbing and mechanical systems, IAPMO Research and Testing certified the entire M-600 appliance as compliant with its stringent quality standards for the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) for both the United States and Canada. IAPMO certification enables homebuilders to confidently recommend and include the maintenance-free Sylvan Source M-600 as a standard appliance in new home construction and a value-added feature in prestigious developments...
Also see:
-- "Sylvan Source M-600 earns NSF/ANSI Standard 62 certification"
-- "Sylvan Source adds two distributors in Western U.S., Hawaii"

Idaho Power, state sign aquifer recharge agreement -- BOISE, ID, April 12, 2006 -- IDACORP Inc. reports that a stipulation agreement signed yesterday between Idaho Power and the State of Idaho formalizes the parties' joint support of two aquifer recharge water permits, provided they are administered in a manner consistent with state law. The agreement positions the state to move forward with efforts to provide water for aquifer recharge under the two permits in a manner that upholds the utility's water rights and significantly reduces the impact of recharge on its customers. The signing removes one of the perceived obstacles to recharge under these permits and precluded the need for state lawmakers to craft new legislation. The agreement became possible when the state determined, and Idaho Power acknowledged, that the two recharge permits were issued prior to the historic 1984 Swan Falls Agreement, thereby permitting their utilization without violating that agreement...

Powell Fabrication expands sales representative, distributor network -- ST. LOUIS, MI, April 12, 2006 -- Powell Fabrication & Manufacturing Inc., a manufacturer of emergency valve closure systems in both industrial and municipal markets, has announced an agreement with Municipal Treatment Equipment Inc. (MTE), Golden, CO, where MTE will serve as a sales representative and product distributor for Powell in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming...

PLCopen trade organization appoints Bill Lydon managing director for North America -- AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, April 11, 2006 -- The PLCopen Board of Management is pleased to welcome Bill Lydon of Applied Marketing Concepts as managing director of PLCopen North American. "Based on Bill's industrial controls experience, personnel recommendations, and knowledge of IEC-61131-3, we are confident that Bill will be successful in positioning PLCopen as a strong organization serving the control industry in North America." commented Eelco Van Der Wal, Managing Director PLCopen. Bruce Buscher, PLCopen board member observed, "Everyday it becomes more apparent that efficient industrial automation based on worldwide standards is required for companies to compete globally, Bill is a great addition to PLCopen." PLCopen is a non-profit industry organization dedicated to improving the programming efficiency control and automation engineers by providing information, training, and fostering communications between users, vendors, educators and others. PLCopen members are leading industrial automation companies including Siemens, ABB, Baumuller, Beckhoff, Bosch Rexroth, B&R, Digital, ProFace, ELAU, GE Fanuc, Honeywell, Mitsubishi, Omron, Parker Automation, Phoenix Contact, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, 3-S Software, ICS Triplex ISaGRAF, and Yokogawa...

dlEC announces key engineering addition -- PHOENIX, April 11, 2006 -- DL Engineering & Controls Inc. (DLEC) has added another highly experienced engineering professional to its rapidly growing Arizona office. Clifford O. Thomson, P.E., is a registered professional engineer in Oregon and Texas, with Arizona registration underway. Joining the firm as the director of engineering, Thomson oversees the activities of the firm's 40-member engineering design and programming division in Arizona. His duties also include promoting company culture, sustaining a high level of morale, and strategically positioning DLEC to grow and retain its progressive edge in a highly competitive market. With over 30 years experience in engineering, R&D and quality control, Thomson holds bachelor's degrees in electrical and chemical engineering as well as a master's degree in chemical engineering from Penn State. He has managed projects with values ranging from $100,000 to the designing, specifying, ordering, and installing of process equipment, and facilities for a $200 million manufacturing site...

Headworks Inc. settles lawsuit against USFilter Corp. -- HOUSTON, April 10, 2006 -- Headworks Inc. announced that it had negotiated a settlement and dismissed its lawsuit filed in U.S. Federal District Court against USFilter Corporation, a company of the Siemens Group Industrial Solutions and Services, for alleged infringement of Headworks' patents and other proprietary rights. USFilter agreed, among other conditions, "not to market or offer for sale" the Headworks® Bar Screen, also known as the Mahr™ Bar Screen, or the screen known as the E&M Inclined Bar Screen, being offered for sale by Gernot Mahr and Engineering & Manufacturing, Ltd. for water or waste water treatment plants. The lawsuit alleged that USFilter's affiliation with Mahr and E&M violated non-competition provisions between Headworks and Mahr and caused confusion in the market place...

Layne Christensen reorganizes water and infrastructure business -- MISSION WOODS, KS, April 10, 2006 -- Layne Christensen Co. and Steel Partners II L.P. announced March 31 they had reached an agreement that will result in withdrawal by Steel Partners of its director nominations for Layne's upcoming 2006 annual meeting. Under the agreement, Steel Partners has agreed to withdraw its two nominees for directors at the upcoming annual meeting, and Layne has agreed to reduce the size of the board from nine to eight members and won't expand the size of the board until after the 2007 annual meeting without unanimous board consent. The company also announced it will be reorganizing its water and infrastructure businesses -- consisting of Layne's Water Resources Division, Layne's Geoconstruction Division and Reynolds, Inc. -- into a single combined business segment that will be known as the Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Group. Jeff Reynolds, who was the chief executive officer of Reynolds prior to its acquisition by Layne in September 2005, has been appointed to the Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Group and will report directly to Andrew B. Schmitt, Layne's CEO. Additionally, Layne has retained the investment banking firm of Morgan Joseph & Co. Inc. to assist the board in evaluating and refining Layne Christensen as a whole...

Alfa Laval receives order from BASF, Dow Chemical for Belgian petrochemical plant -- LUND, Sweden, April 10, 2006 -- Alfa Laval AG announced March 22 it had received a SEK 45 million [US$5.85 million] order for plate heat exchangers to a joint venture between BASF and The Dow Chemical Company. The equipment is to be used in a new petrochemical plant in Antwerp, Belgium. Delivery will take place during 2007. The plant will produce propylene oxide which is used in manufacturing of polyurethanes, propylene glycol, chemical intermediates and textile surfactants. The plant in Antwerp will be the first in the world based on the HPPO technology. The companies are looking into setting up additional plants in Asia and USA using this new technology. The plate heat exchangers form a part of the plant's central cooling system where seawater provides cooling capacity to the plant by cooling fresh water in a closed loop. The freshwater is used as cooling media for the plant's process equipment...
Also see:
-- "FilmTec Corp. releases new version of ROSA to meet growing market needs"
-- "SEPA-Dow Cleaner Production national pilot project achieves strong start, outstanding results"
-- "Dow develops educational curriculum with Jean-Michel Cousteau to help protect oceans"

Delta announces start of revenue from Indramayu facility -- SELLERSVILLE, PA, April 10, 2006 -- Delta Mutual, Inc., specializing in energy recovery and construction services through environmentally-friendly technologies and products, Feb. 23 announced the start of revenue from operations at the Company's first permanent oil sludge processing facility in Indonesia through its Delta-Envirotech subsidiary's local joint venture, PT. Tryhuda-Envirotech. The initial unit is processing oil sludge under a contract with Pertamina, the state-owned oil company in Indonesia. The oil recovered from the processed sludge is being returned to the refinery. For the last half of December 2005, an average of 14 tons of sludge a day were processed. Operations continued to scale up in January. The contracted sludge processing for this order is expected to generate approximately $300,000 of revenue to the joint venture...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: MWH wins Texas water competition" -- Also in this report (April 11, 2006): New CHATA Biosystems technology takes second at Pittcon; Emerson gains ATEX approval for digital valve controller; Western water grant legislation introduced in Congress; Itron to acquire distribution partner in Brazil; Amiantit awarded $25.4 million in Middle Eastern piping orders; Envirosight promotes Kelley to national sales manager; EPA/USDA water trading conference to be held in Pittsburgh; Golden State Water Co. establishes military family relief fund; ACWA statewide conference in Monterey to draw over 2,000; VISION Global Solutions to provide water billing system for Zimbabwe water authority; Rohm and Haas Europe partners with SpecialChem for coatings biocide business...

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