WaterBriefs: Las Vegas Valley Water District to install Leica GPS network

Also in this report: Pittcon unveils 2006 Short Courses; Cytec merges specialty chemical units; WEFTEC.05 - Experts to discuss hurricanes' water quality impact; Walter Industries to close U.S. Pipe Chattanooga plant; Tenn. utility utilizes ViryaNet software; Sentinel Solutions to be on World Business Review; Nationwide Beverage product moves into Gelson's; Water supplies top agenda at first CCWater public meeting; Study details illnesses from sewage sludge; Tetra Pak continues relief efforts...

Oct 26th, 2005

In other news below:
-- Pittcon announces 2006 Short Course Program
-- Cytec merges specialty chemical units, names Fleming to head it
-- WEFTEC.05 - Experts to discuss impacts of recent hurricanes on water quality
-- Walter Industries to close U.S. Pipe's Chattanooga, Tenn., plant
-- Jackson Energy Authority 'goes live' with ViryaNet utilities service hub
-- Potential for real growth exists in Europe's water market - report
-- Sentinel Solutions invited to join Gen. Alexander Haig on World Business Review
-- Nationwide Beverage Bottling Corp. product line moves into Gelson's
-- Water supplies to top agenda at first CCWater public meeting
-- Study details EPA, industry cover-up of illnesses linked to municipal sewage sludge
-- Tetra Pak continues disaster relief efforts

Las Vegas Valley Water District to install Leica GPS network
NORCROSS, GA, Oct. 26, 2005 -- Leica Geosystems today announced that it has won an order from the Las Vegas Valley Water District to upgrade its GPS reference station network with new-generation Leica System 1200 reference stations and Spider network software. It will supply five GRX1200Pro GPS reference station receivers with AT504 choke-ring antennas. They'll replace the existing reference station equipment currently being used. The Spider software will provide control and management functions for the network. The installations will take place over the upcoming months while giving the GPS community time to prepare for this implementation...
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Pittcon announces 2006 Short Course Program
PITTSBURGH, PA, Oct. 24, 2005 -- Pittcon -- the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy -- announced the opening of registration for the only Short Course Program that will be held in conjunction with Pittcon, March 11-17, 2006, Orlando, FL. Taught by recognized leaders in their field, the Pittcon Short Course program is geared toward scientists who want to advance their technical knowledge and gain intensive practical training in specific scientific disciplines. Over 100 half and full day courses will be offered at Pittcon 2006, including over 26 courses related to environmental science and technology...
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Cytec announces new organization, names Fleming to head unit
WEST PATERSON, NJ, Oct. 26, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Cytec Industries Inc. is combining its two specialty chemical divisions, Cytec Surface Specialties and Cytec Performance Specialties into a new unit named Cytec Specialty Chemicals. Shane Fleming, formerly president of Cytec Performance Specialties and a long time Cytec veteran, has been named president of the new unit and will relocate to Belgium. Ben Van Assche, formerly president of Cytec Surface Specialties and a company officer, will be leaving Cytec on Oct. 31...
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Among other recent headlines:
WEFTEC.05 - Experts to discuss impacts of recent hurricanes on water quality -- WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 26, 2005 -- A special session Nov. 1 titled "In the Wake of Hurricanes: What we Know and Where we Go" at WEFTEC.05 -- the annual convention and exhibition of the Water Environment Federation -- will discuss and examine the impacts of recent hurricanes to local water and wastewater facilities; short- and long-term challenges to public health and the environment; how mutual aid agreements between states can aid in recovery efforts and the status of those efforts in affected areas. The event is in Washington, DC, and will include officials from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Army Corps of Engineeers, USEPA and Environmental Affairs, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans...

Walter Industries to close U.S. Pipe's Chattanooga, Tenn., plant -- Most product lines transferring to recently-acquired Mueller plants -- TAMPA, FL, Oct. 26, 2005 -- Walter Industries Inc. announced today that U.S. Pipe will close its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant. U.S. Pipe will transfer its valve and hydrant production to Mueller Water Products' Chattanooga and Albertville, Ala. plants by the end of this year. The eventual closure of the U.S. Pipe Chattanooga plant will occur sometime in 2006. The move follows the Oct. 3 acquisition of Mueller by Walter Industries and supports the Company's goal of quickly capturing substantial benefits through the integration of Mueller and U.S. Pipe into a unified water products business...

Jackson Energy Authority 'goes live' with ViryaNet utilities service hub -- SOUTHBOROUGH, MA, Oct. 26, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ViryaNet, a provider of integrated mobile and web-based software applications for workforce management and field service delivery, announced that Jackson Energy Authority, an energy and services provider, with headquarters in Jackson, Tenn., has begun deploying ViryaNet Service Hub for Utilities. The authority provides electric, natural gas, propane, water, wastewater, cable TV, telephone, and Internet services to over 38,000 residences and businesses in Jackson and parts of Madison County and surrounding counties in Tennessee. It rolled out the new system to its field engineers who deliver a range of services that include meter "turn-on" and "turn-off" services, credit and collections, asset management, and more...

Potential for real growth exists in Europe's water market - report -- DUBLIN, Ireland, Oct. 26, 2005 -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of Water Market Europe: Opportunities in EU Accession, the Framework Directive & the CIS to its offering Europe's water sector has stronger fundamentals than any other regional water market. The combination of high tariffs, increased regulatory standards and generous EU funding gives it a solid foundation for growth over the next decade. The report investigates the size, structure and potential of the water and wastewater sector in 45 countries across Europe and the former Soviet Union through 2015...

Sentinel Solutions invited to join Gen. Alexander Haig on World Business Review -- TORONTO, Canada, Oct. 26, 2005 -- Sentinel Solutions Inc., developer of the Water Sentinel System (WSS), a water monitoring system for consideration by Homeland Security, will be featured on World Business Review on CNBC. Sentinel executives, along with a Homeland Security representative have been invited to join General Alexander Haig on the program. The topics of discussion are water terrorism and the Water Sentinel System solution...

Nationwide Beverage Bottling Corp. product line moves into Gelson's -- CORONA, CA, Oct. 26, 2005 -- Nationwide Beverage Bottling Corp. announced today that its KoKomo™ Mountain Spring Water beverages will be carried by Gelson's in Southern California. The company operates a bottling facility in Corona, Calif., with a capacity of about 1,000 bottles (up to 1/2 liter size) per minute of any still water-based, cold filled product...

Water supplies to top agenda at first CCWater public meeting -- LONDON, Oct. 26, 2005 -- The future of water resources in England and Wales looms large when the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) meets for the first time in public Nov. 1, according to a news release posted to the Government News Network by the consumer advocate. CCWater has already entered the arena on future water supplies, having addressed a House of Lords Select Committee Inquiry on water management last week. Now consumers have a chance to hear and consider the same debate...

New study documents EPA, industry cover-up of deaths, illnesses linked to use of municipal sewage sludge -- WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 25, 2005 -- Every month, every industry in the country is permitted to discharge up to 33 pounds of hazardous waste into municipal sewers. Resulting sewage sludge is being used as a fertilizer, though, without informing the recipients about the complete contents of this contaminated waste material. In 2002, a National Academy of Sciences panel warned that sludge is such a complex and unpredictable mix of biological and chemical wastes, that its risks, when used for farming, cannot be reliably assessed. The panel concluded that standard strategies to manage these risks "do not protect public health." These issues are explored in an article in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health by Caroline Snyder, Ph.D., a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, N.Y...

Tetra Pak continues disaster relief efforts -- $250,000 donated to provide milk and other aseptic products to hurricane areas -- VERNON HILLS, IL, Oct. 25, 2005 -- Tetra Pak, a leader in food and beverage processing and packaging systems, is undertaking a corporate effort to provide relief assistance to those affected by the recent hurricanes. It's donating over $250,000 in aseptically packaged food and dairy products that remain safe and nutritious without refrigeration. The $100,000 worth of aseptically packaged milk is being contributed to America's Second Harvest food bank network to send to areas of need, while the remainder of the money has been distributed to Tetra Pak customers to produce and package appropriate food and beverage items -- including water...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: WaterBriefs: USACE, MWH help put New Orleans area utilities back to work -- Also in this report (Oct. 25, 2005): EPA certifies Zenon residential UF system as 'Purifier'; Boulder picks CIS Infinity to replace aging system; NACWA finalizes wastewater decontamination planning guide; Record attendance for Itron Users' Conference; Aquarium of Pacific plans watershed exhibit; FPL responding to Hurricane Wilma outages; Quintek wins business process outsourcing for LADWP; WEFTEC to draw nearly 20,000 water professionals; Amiad launches next generation thread filter technology; UK consumer group concerned at Southern Water complaints; Research and Markets publishes guide to UK bottled water industry; AWWA to celebrate power of members on anniversary; Pa. launches nation's strongest nutrient management rules; Pa. DEP presses to meet stricter federal construction NPDES rules; Sutter Gold project receives California water discharge permit...

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