WaterBriefs: Philly water, sewer authority installs Severn Trent arsenic technology

Also in this report: Nalco, Enviroquip team to improve MBR wastewater treatment; Veolia Water wins NY's first wastewater DBO agreement; Flowserve launches new training labs at Learning Resource Center; B&V Water's Dr. James Barnard earns AAEE honor; WR3 recognized for sludge, odor solutions; PBS&J expert edits first comprehensive handbook on coral reef restoration; Infrastructure Canada unveils series of water, wastewater projects; Gabelli's 1st Water Infrastructure Conference set for June 9...

In other news below:
-- Nalco, Enviroquip team to improve MBR municipal wastewater treatment
-- Veolia Water awarded New York's first design-build-operate agreement for wastewater services
-- Flowserve launches new training labs at Learning Resource Center
-- McIlvaine: Expect $168 billion FGD market in next 15 years
-- Sensaphone 1400 web training now available
-- B&V Water's Dr. James Barnard earns AAEE honor
-- WR3 recognized for technology innovation in sludge and odor treatment
-- PBS&J expert edits first comprehensive handbook on coral reef restoration
-- Infrastructure Canada announces series of water, wastewater projects
-- Gabelli & Company Inc.'s 1st Water Infrastructure Conference set for June 9

Suburban Philly water, sewer authority installs Severn Trent arsenic removal technology -- FORT WASHINGTON, PA, May 30, 2006 -- The Hilltown Water and Sewer Authority, which serves Hilltown Township, a suburb of Philadelphia in Bucks County, Pa., has installed a 300 gallon per minute SORB 33® arsenic removal system utilizing Bayoxide® E33 media from Severn Trent Services. The system also features the first use of Severn Trent's Omni-SORBT iron and manganese pre-treatment system. Arsenic levels in groundwater at the Hilltown water system measure 15 parts per billion (ppb), compared to the new EPA standard of 10 ppb. In addition, the system's groundwater contains elevated levels of iron and manganese, which create mineral deposits in household bathtubs and toilets. Severn Trent Services designed a three-stage adsorber vessel treatment technology in which the Omni-SORB pre-treatment system removes the iron and manganese prior to water entering an adsorber containing the Bayoxide E33 media for arsenic removal. The coagulation and filtration process works to effectively reduce arsenic levels when the water's iron-to-arsenic weight ratio exceeds 25...

Nalco technologies and Enviroquip Inc. membrane systems offer better municipal wastewater treatment -- NAPERVILLE, IL, & AUSTIN, TX, May 30, 2006 -- Nalco Company on May 10 announced an exclusive agreement with Enviroquip Inc. to market Nalco's PermaCare® Membrane Performance Enhancers for municipal membrane bioreactor (MBR) wastewater treatment plants in the United States. The combined Nalco/Enviroquip offering will significantly reduce capital and operating expenses for new or existing MBR systems. MBR technology combines membrane separation processes with biological treatment of wastewater. Its advantages over conventional activated sludge treatment include high quality wastewater effluent that can be recycled, reduced sludge to be disposed of, and a smaller footprint that allows for much smaller plants to treat the same amount of wastewater. Nalco's PermaCare membrane performance enhancers are easy-to-use, patented technology that enhance MBR performance by further improving wastewater discharge quality, cutting sludge production, as well as minimizing foaming caused by microbial activity. They also slash capital and operating costs by eliminating the need for excess membrane capacity...
Also see: "GL&V grabs membrane technology with Enviroquip Inc. acquisition"

Veolia Water North America awarded New York State's first design-build-operate agreement for wastewater services -- Partnership enables Rockland County to expand wastewater services and preserve Ramapo River -- BROCKTON, MA, May 30, 2006 -- Veolia Water North America - Northeast LLC, will lead New York State's first design-build-operate project for a greenfield wastewater treatment plant, thanks to a $45 million agreement handed down from the Rockland County, N.Y., Sewer District No. 1. The plant is located in Hillburn, N.Y., and will service residents of western Ramapo, including the villages of Sloatsburg and Hillburn. After a competitive procurement process, Veolia Water was chosen to design, build and then operate the new 1.5-million-gallon-per-day wastewater facility for the community located less than 20 miles from New York City. The new facility will incorporate advanced technologies - continuous inflow sequencing batch reactors (ICEAS®) and ultraviolet disinfection - that will produce an effluent that exceeds all environmental wastewater quality standards mandated by the U.S. EPA and New York state legislation...

Flowserve launches new training labs at Learning Resource Center -- State-of-the-art pump, valve and seal training facilities provide hands-on instruction for operators, craftsmen and other plant professionals -- DALLAS, May 30, 2006 -- Flowserve Corp., a global provider of fluid motion and control products and services, announces the launch of new Learning Resource Center (LRC) instructional labs, which offer hands-on technical facilities for pump, valve and seal system optimization and maintenance training. The LRC is an innovation in the industry, offering hands-on training in a simulated plant environment that features complete pumping systems and equipment from both Flowserve and other manufacturers. The LRC, part of Flowserve Educational Services, sets a new standard in technical education, with up to 50% of training time spent working in the operational labs with the pump, valve and seal systems plant professionals use every day. Courses are specifically designed to increase participants' skill levels in equipment selection, installation, repair, failure analysis, and troubleshooting. Participants return to work with practical knowledge to improve plant performance, increase machine availability, lower the cost of maintenance, and improve plant safety...

McIlvaine: Expect $168 billion FGD market in next 15 years -- NORTHFIELD, IL, May 30, 2006 -- The market for systems to remove SO2 from power plants is booming. But the big news is that the good times will continue. In the latest forecast in the online, FGD World Markets, the McIlvaine Company predicts that power plants will spend $168 billion for flue gas desulfurization (FGD) systems in the period 2005-2020. The validity of this estimate is critical to the manufacturers of steel alloys, ball mills, pumps, and other components which are in short supply. These manufacturers are not able to keep up with the present demand. So building new facilities is a short-term answer. But will the market hold up long enough to warrant the investment? The answer is: yes. The 100,000 MW of retrofit FGD systems required under the U.S. Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) has been the driving force behind the present boom. But this number pales by comparison to the one million MW of FGD systems which will be required for new and retrofit applications worldwide in the next 15 years...
Also see: "FGD revenues will grow due to new NSR ruling"

Sensaphone 1400 web training now available -- ASTON, PA, May 30, 2006 -- Sensaphone announced the debut of its free online training program for its new line of remote monitoring and alarm notification systems. The Sensaphone® 1400, with its enhanced features, including the ability to sense and alarm on ultra low temperatures down to -85 degrees Celsius, was initially launched in January. The training program will demonstrate the capabilities of the system and offer techniques for maximizing those benefits in science labs, industrial plants, and manufacturing facilities. The sessions are conducted online and require only Internet access and a telephone. Participants can direct questions to a "live" trainer during each 30-45 minute session...

B&V Water's Dr. James Barnard earns AAEE honor -- Black & Veatch global technology and practice leader for advanced biological treatment earns high honor from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers -- KANSAS CITY, MO, May 30, 2006 -- James L. Barnard, Ph.D., Pr.Eng., B&V Water's global technology and practice leader for advanced biological treatment, has been elected as this year's Honorary Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. B&V Water is the water business of Black & Veatch. Dr. Barnard was honored in recognition of his position of eminence in the environmental engineering field and sustained contributions to the advancement of environmental engineering. With over 44 year's experience, he's internationally recognized for developing the Bardenpho (BARnard DENitrification and PHOsphorus removal) and Phoredox (including AO and A2O) processes, the first and most successful biological nutrient removal (BNR) process configurations on which all others are based. Having designed over 100 nutrient removal plants and extensions, from South Africa to Canada, his previous honors include a Gold Medal from the South African Academy of Arts and Sciences, Water Environment Federation Thomas R. Camp Award and International Water Association Koch/Imhoff Award...

WR3 recognized for technology innovation in sludge and odor treatment -- BOIS-DES-FILION, Quebec, Canada, May 30, 2006 -- Earlier this month, Frost & Sullivan presented WR3 Technologies Inc., a licensee of Whaddon Water Management (WM) Inc., with the 2005 Award for Technology Innovation of the Year in the U.S. sludge and odor treatment equipment market. WR3 Technologies Inc has exhibited excellence as a leading market participant in the area of secondary sludge management. It has uncovered solutions for problems faced by the pulp and paper markets by providing a range of highly innovative water reuse technologies within industrial processes to the market...
Also see:
-- "Frost & Sullivan Honors Companies for Excellence in Industrial Technologies"
-- "WR3 Technologies to Receive Technology Innovation Award from Frost & Sullivan for Oxycair, its Secondary Sludge Management Solution"

First comprehensive handbook on coral reef restoration to be published -- Retired U.S. Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) hails content as "the art and science" of restoring hidden treasure -- ORLANDO, FL, May 30, 2006 -- The restoration of our coral reefs has long been a concern of environmental scientists and managers. The first published book devoted to the science of coral reef restoration is now making its debut. PBS&J Ecological Sciences Program Manager Bill Precht served as editor of the book the Coral Reef Restoration Handbook: The Rehabilitation of an Ecosystem Under Siege. The book includes work by 40 leading authorities on coral reefs, including five from PBS&J, and presents a historical perspective on lessons learned, and on what's worked and what hasn't. The book was to be published by the scholarly CRC Press and available in bookstores in May...

Seven Nunavut communities will benefit from improved water and wastewater infrastructure -- IQALUIT, Northwest Territory, Canada, May 30, 2006 -- The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Levinia Brown, Nunavut's Minister of Community and Government Services today announced the signing of a contribution agreement that will provide improved water and wastewater infrastructure to seven communities in Nunavut. Under the agreement, each government is providing up to $20 million for projects in Cape Dorset, Resolute Bay, Gjoa Haven, Kugaaruk, Kugluktuk, Qikiqtarjuaq and Rankin Inlet. The projects involve construction of sewage lagoons in Cape Dorset, Kugluktuk and Kugaaruk, and water and sewage systems in Resolute Bay and in Qikiqtarjuaq. Projects also include a new water system in Gjoa Haven and an upgraded utilidor pipe system in Rankin Inlet. Materials for some of the projects have already been ordered and will be delivered to communities this spring. Construction on several projects is scheduled to begin this summer...
Also see:
-- "Infrastructure program invests $4.5 million in Liverpool, Nova Scotia's Queens water project"
-- "Orangedale, Nova Scotia, community to receive new water system"
-- "Town of Westville, Nova Scotia, receives infrastructure funding"
-- "Infrastructure program invests $3 million toward North Preston, Nova Scotia, water and swer project"
-- "Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia, receives $2.9 million to improve water and sewer systems"
-- "CBRM receives over $11 million toward wastewater projects in Sydney, Nova Scotia"
-- "Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, receives funding for water supply upgrade"
-- "New infrastructure program invests $4.7 million in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, water and sewer project"
-- "Infrastructure Program injects over $1.3 million in city of Miramichi, New Brunswick"
-- "Nearly $2.25 million injected in two New Brunswick communities, Lameque and Shippagan"
-- "Riverview, New Brunswick, receives funding for water system upgrade"

Gabelli & Company Inc.'s 1st Water Infrastructure Conference set for June 9 -- RYE, NY, May 30, 2006 -- Gabelli & Company Inc. will host a Water Infrastructure Conference on June 9 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. This interactive research meeting will include presentations from several leading companies that participate in the water infrastructure, equipment, and utility markets. An aging infrastructure and the need for increased efficiency are driving the investment case for water and wastewater companies on a global basis. Institutional securities analysts and portfolio managers are invited to attend as senior management address the outlook for their respective companies and the state of the industry. Presenting companies include: Aqua America, PW Eagle, Layne Christenson, SJW Corp., Lindsay Manufacturing, Tetra Tech, Mueller Water, Valmont Industries, Nalco Holding, Walter Industries, Northwest Pipe and Watts Water Tech...


In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: Veolia wins 10-year wastewater services contract from Burley, Idaho" -- Also in this report (May 25, 2006): Kolon Industries to provide membranes for ITT Advance Water Treatment; Hatch Mott MacDonald renews contract with Caldwell, NJ, for seven more years; Northwest Pipe pulls in three orders for over $37 million; Dresser announces REDQ Regulator name change, sells Brazilian valve maker; Pacific Ozone Technology delivers its 5,000th generator installation; Ultrapure water system market to reach $4.8 billion in 2010; Dow's ADSORBIA picked for AquaCell systems to remove arsenic in Ariz. town; USGS report looks at arsenic in New England groundwater; $1.9 billion Severn Trent joint venture in Europe marks milestone; AGA, IZA unveil online Galvanized Rebar Resource Center and brochure; Kadant receives $10 million order from leading paper producer in China; Veridium to acquire GreenShift environmental engineering company; Pennvest to invest $52 million to protect public health, clean streams; WEAO launches Stormwater & Watershed Issues Sub-Committee; URS to provide engineering, construction services to Air Force; Insituform executives go underground in Mobile, Ala.; BUGS sponsors environmental collaboration website; Wataire ships commercial water generator to Mexico; GE upgrades mapping system software for Leuven, Belgium; Advanced Circuits receives Metro Wastewater Restoration District award...


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