WaterBriefs: World Water Monitoring Day garners global response

Also in this report: Hands-on sessions added to pump series; Scarborough becomes principal of CDC Inc.; Bentley software aids CH2M Hill on Tracy wastewater plant; Pure Bioscience wins $3.6M award from Falken Industries; Hitachi to integrate to strengthen infrastructure business; Euro Tech Holdings gains equity in PACT water, wastewater services; Orange County infrastructure improving, but unacceptable - UC Irvine report; Consolidated Water aligns with Newwater-Zenon for water projects...

In other news below:
-- Hands-on sessions added to pump training series
-- Scarborough becomes principal of CDC Inc.
-- Bentley software aids CH2M Hill on Tracy, Calif., wastewater plant
-- MasTec prepares for Hurricane Wilma, customer storm restoration activities
-- DeepWave results in three-fold increase in injection efficiency
-- Pure Bioscience's wins $3.6M arbitration award from Falken Industries
-- Hitachi to integrate to strengthen municipal, industrial infrastructure systems business
-- Euro Tech Holdings gains equity interest in water, wastewater services of PACT
-- UK's ICF Consulting hires water markets expert Dr. Scott Reid
-- Orange County infrastructure improving, but not acceptable, says UC Irvine report
-- Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. aligns with Newwater-Zenon to pursue water projects
-- AMCON board chairman gains dominant stake in Trinity Springs
-- Forecasts for 2009 of bottled water in Thailand show a changing market

World Water Monitoring Day garners global response
WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 24, 2005 -- Event created by America's Clean Water Foundation and supported by EPA. International Water Association and Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators expected to draw support from as many as 80 nations to celebrate Oct. 18 international waterways monitoring program. Reports -- including from Taiwan, Nigeria and Macedonia -- already in from 30 countries, 48 states and 1,200 sites. Sampling ongoing until Dec. 18...
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Hands-on sessions added to pump training series
ATLANTA, GA, Oct. 24, 2005 -- Due to popular demand, Pumping Machinery LLC is adding two Special Pump Training Sessions titled "Bearings, Lubrications and Mechanical Seals." Special hands-on sessions are scheduled for Jan. 19-20 and May 18-19 with an advanced class March 9-10...
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Scarborough becomes principal of CDC Inc.
DALLAS, TX, Oct. 24, 2005 -- Charles Clift, president of Curtain Wall Design & Consulting (CDC) Inc., announced the appointment of Marty Scarborough as the newest principal at the company. Scarborough has been a part of the company since 1982, joining when he was just 17 years old. He started as a draftsman, and after obtaining his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, worked in the Structural Engineering Department for several years...
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Bentley software aids CH2M Hill on Tracy, Calif., wastewater plant
TRACY, CA, Oct. 24, 2005 -- The Tracy Wastewater Treatment Plant Phase 1B expansion project involved a complex engineering design to upgrade and expand existing facilities constructed in the 1950s. With a limited site area, several existing facilities were re-used and old drawings migrated to 3D models so both old and new facilities could be represented in one model. The primary goal of the project was to meet stringent environmental regulatory conditions imposed by the EPA...
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Among other recent headlines:
MasTec prepares for Hurricane Wilma and subsequent customer storm restoration activities -- CORAL GABLES, FL, Oct. 24, 2005 -- MasTec Inc. -- a voice, video, data, and public utility infrastructure service provider -- closed its Coral Gables corporate offices today, due to hurricane Wilma which is passing through South Florida...

DeepWave results in three-fold increase in injection efficiency -- EDMONTON, Oct. 24, 2005 -- Wavefront Energy and Environmental Services Inc., a provider of technologies for increased oil production and groundwater remediation, is pleased to announce that the DeepWaveSM well stimulation reported in its last news release was successful. The coil tubing deployed stimulation was conducted on a gas well for a producer located northwest of Oklahoma City. The gas well had become problematic with flow back of sand clogging submersible tools and surface equipment. Prior to the stimulation the well was producing 225 barrels of water/day and 0 MCF of gas/day...

Pure Bioscience's total binding arbitration award exceeds $3.6 million -- Final award includes legal fees and arbitration costs against Falken Industries -- SAN DIEGO, Oct. 24, 2005 -- Pure Bioscience announced a final award of $3,681,430 resulting from its binding arbitration proceeding against Falken Industries Ltd. The award from the American Arbitration Association is a binding ruling from the arbitrator and includes $241,180 in legal fees and arbitration costs. In November 2004, PURE won a $14.2 million award resulting from similar action against NVID International. The awards were for damages and relief due to false, misleading and disparaging statements related to the company's silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC) technology...

Hitachi Plant, Hitachi Kiden, Hitachi Industries and related Hitachi Divisions to integrate to strengthen municipal, industrial infrastructure systems business -- TOKYO, Oct. 24, 2005 -- Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Plant Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd., Hitachi Kiden Kogyo Ltd. and Hitachi Industries Co. Ltd. today signed an agreement to integrate Hitachi Plant, Hitachi Kiden, Hitachi Industries and part of Hitachi's Industrial Systems Group on April 1, 2006. This integration is intended to strengthen the Hitachi Group's social and industrial infrastructure systems business, which includes industrial machinery, high voltage air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, water treatment systems, industrial plants, cranes and environmental facilities and systems...

Euro Tech Holdings Co. Ltd. reports transfer agreement signed for equity interest in PACT HONG KONG, Oct. 24, 2005 -- Euro Tech Holdings Co. Ltd.has recently signed the Equity Interest Transfer Agreement and Share Sales and Purchase Agreement to acquire 21% equity interest in Yixing Pact Environmental Technology Company Ltd. and Pact Asia Pacific Ltd. (collectively PACT) for the sum of US$1,000,000. The company is now holding 51% equity interest in PACT, a provider of environmental solutions for industrial and municipal clients, focusing on water and wastewater treatment. Its capabilities cover design, manufacture, sourcing, installation, operation and servicing of water/wastewater treatment, water desalination plants and equipment in China...

UK's ICF Consulting hires water markets expert Dr. Scott Reid -- LONDON, Oct. 24, 2005 -- Senior economist and colleagues join firm to enhance global water utilities and markets services -- ICF Consulting announced that Dr. Scott Reid and several colleagues have joined the firm to manage its global services to water utilities and provide water policy support to governments. Dr. Reid has more than ten years of experience related to regulatory economics issues in the water sector. He has consulted extensively with water executives, policymakers, and regulators. Earlier in his career, he was employed by the UK water regulator, Ofwat, and the University of Edinburgh...

Orange County infrastructure improving, though not acceptable, new report from UC Irvine Civil and Environmental Engineering Affiliates finds -- Annual investment of $4.8 billion necessary to improve county infrastructure over 10 years -- IRVINE, CA, Oct. 21, 2005 -- UC Irvine's Civil and Environmental Engineering Affiliates, in partnership with the Orange County branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers, released its 2005 Orange County Infrastructure Report Card, assigning a cumulative grade of "C+" for the county's infrastructure. The grade reflects a slight increase since the county was assessed in 2002. Urban runoff/flood control merited a C-, while water earned a B and wastewater services a C+. Complete details, including background, case studies, and methodology can be found at: www.eng.uci.edu/ocreportcard...

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. to align with Newwater Inc. to pursue water projects -- Initial efforts to target potable and wastewater projects -- GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Oct. 21, 2005 -- Consolidated Water Co. Ltd., which develops and operates seawater conversion plants and water distribution systems in areas where natural supplies of drinking (i.e., potable) water are scarce, today announced that it has entered into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Newwater Inc., which is partly owned by Canada's Zenon Environmental. Under the terms of the MOU, the companies will work together to develop business opportunities involving potable water and wastewater projects in new and existing markets...

AMCON announces letter of intent for sale of non-distribution businesses and interim funding for Trinity Springs -- OMAHA, NE, Oct. 21, 2005 -- AMCON Distributing Company, an Omaha, Neb., based consumer products company, has entered an agreement with William F. Wright, its board chairman, CEO and largest stockholder, for the proposed acquisition of 80% of the outstanding common stock of The Healthy Edge, Inc., which is currently a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of AMCON. The LOI contemplates that the concern would own, at the time of closing of the proposed acquisition, 100% of the equity of Health Food Associates, Inc. (dba Akin's Natural Food Market), Chamberlin's Natural Foods, Inc. (dba Chamberlin's Market and Cafe), and Hawaiian Natural Water Company Inc., as well as 85% of the equity of Trinity Springs Inc., each of which are currently direct or indirect subsidiaries of AMCON...

Forecasts for 2009 of bottled water in Thailand show a changing market DUBLIN, Ireland, Oct. 21, 2005 -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of Bottled Water in Thailand to its offering. The report offers a comprehensive guide to the size and shape of the market at a national level, with retail sales data for 1999-2004...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: WaterBriefs: GE Water announces strategic alliance for mining market -- Also in this report (Oct. 21, 2005): AFS offering CEU's for Filtration Short Course; Baysaver joins StormwaterAuthority.org; CH2M Hill exec named Corporate Woman of Year; Pa. puts up $5M toward Mercer County wastewater project; Europeans seek cost-effective way to reach wastewater targets; NGOs plan anti-water privatization strategy; Iraqi water projects stalled by increasing security costs; World Bank increases environmental content in infrastructure lending; Solae, Cytec, Buckeye receives Tenn. environmental recognition; Ultra Pure Water Technologies lands $75M deal with Noreast Capital; Cooling tower loop saves with environmentally friendly filter; Tollefson wins first 'Global Freshwater' award; St. Lucia gets first wastewater mobile treatment plant; NH study - climate change will stress stormwater drainage systems...

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