WaterBriefs: Thousands of students in 8 states, Canada test the waters

In other news: UK watchdog considers plans on sewer flooding problems; Pulp & paper industry focuses on customer loyalty; Itron offers water utilities webinar; Top science students reap rewards from Ciba; Penn. DEP awards $500K in source water grants; Solvay pump impeller helps commercial laundry maker; EPA praises Smithfield Foods for environmental leadership; SPL launches new business intelligence solution for utilities; Chlorine Chemistry Council introduces www.chlorinetree.org...

May 4th, 2005

In other news below:
-- UK watchdog considers plans to tackle local sewer flooding problems
-- Pulp & paper industry awash with overseas competition, consolidation at home
-- Itron offers webinar on 'Energy Management for Water Utilities,' May 5
-- Top science students reap rewards from Ciba
-- Penn. DEP announces nearly $500K in Source Water Protection grants
-- Ohio, Penn. plan joint meeting on Ohio River watershed management
-- Solvay impeller helps commercial laundry maker pump up performance
-- EPA praises Smithfield Foods for environmental leadership
-- SPL launches new business intelligence solution for utilities
-- Nev. water authority, home builders unveil first 'water smart home'
-- Everpure targets 'Urbanolas' in consumer water filtration push
-- Chlorine Chemistry Council introduces www.chlorinetree.org

Thousands of students in eight states, Canada turn out to test waters
LORDSTOWN, OH, May 3, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- Thousands of students across eight states and Canada are turning out to test the quality of their local watersheds this month as part of the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) program, Earth Force President Vince Meldrum announced today. The events, sponsored by the General Motors Corporation, are an example of outstanding public/private partnerships to engage America's youth in hands-on learning experiences, and provide opportunities for young people to understand, improve and sustain the watershed in their community. Across the country students will be testing the water in Michigan, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio, New York and Virginia...
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UK watchdog considers plans to tackle local sewer flooding problems
LONDON, May 3, 2005 (GNN) -- WaterVoice Central will discuss Severn Trent's plans to tackle sewer flooding problems when it meets at the Birmingham Conservatoire on May 12, according to a news release from the watchdog organization issued by the Government News Network. During the recent U.K. Office of Water Services (Ofwat) review of price limits and investment programs for the water industry for the next five years, WaterVoice Central argued that removing the risk of customers' homes flooding with sewage should be a higher priority. Severn Trent will brief the local watchdog on its plans to deliver the resulting program at the meeting in Birmingham...
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Pulp & paper industry awash with overseas competition, consolidation at home
PALO ALTO, CA, May 3, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Rising competition and capacity growth from developing countries -- due to lower fiber and labor costs -- in addition to high industry consolidation, poses a major challenge to the expansion of the North American pulp & paper industry. The water and wastewater treatment market is also under pressure as the number of customers from the pulp & paper industry declines. Excellence in the water & wastewater supplier services is vital to surmount competition in this maturing industry. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, "North American Water & Wastewater Treatment in Pulp & Paper Markets -- An End-User Study," reveals that revenue in this market estimates to reach between $125.0 million and $130.0 million in 2005...
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Itron offers webinar on 'Energy Management for Water Utilities,' May 5
SPOKANE, WA, May 3, 2005 -- Itron Inc. will host a free, one-hour webinar on how to manage energy use for water utilities at 10 am PST, Thursday, May 5. Information will be provided on Itron's Enterprise Energy Management (EEM) solution and how the software can significantly reduce operating costs for water utilities. To register, go to http://www.itron.com/ems/eemwater, or calling 877-479-9400...
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Top science students reap rewards from Ciba
TARRYTOWN, NY, May 3, 2005 -- The Ciba Specialty Chemicals Foundation is awarding more than $10,000 to graduating high school seniors for their accomplishments in the science classroom. The Ciba High School Science Awards honor graduating high school seniors who show great interest and promise in science, and encourage them to pursue careers in science and science technology. Over 100 seniors from high schools around each of the company's US sites were selected by their faculty for their outstanding performance and enthusiasm for science and technology...
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Penn. DEP announces $489,005 in Source Water Protection grants
EAST STROUDSBURG, PA, May 3, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty awarded $489,000 in grants to help communities statewide develop source water protection programs and encouraged residents to make their voices heard on a $625 million ballot initiative designed to provide additional funding to clean up rivers and streams across the Commonwealth. Among those is a $200,000 grant to the Stroudsburg Municipal Authority...
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Ohio, Penn. plan joint meeting on Ohio River watershed management
HARRISBURG, PA, May 2, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary for Water Management Cathleen Curran Myers and Ohio Regional Water Resources Committee Chairman Ron Rohall invited residents living in the Ohio River Basin to attend a public meeting and hearing on water resources management and planning under Act 220 of 2002. A general information session including registration, displays and regional water resource maps will be available prior to the 5:30 p.m.meeting May 9 at the Seven Fields Community Center in Butler County...
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Solvay impeller helps commercial laundry maker pump up performance
ALPHARETTA, GA, May 2, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- Polyphthalamide water impeller from Solvay Advanced Polymers and made from high-strength aromatic nylon helps washing machines from Alliance Laundry Systems LLC -- one of the world's largest laundry equipment manufacturers -- work harder, longer...
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EPA praises Smithfield Foods for environmental leadership
WASHINGTON, DC, May 2, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- Agency officials are lauding the environmental stewardship efforts of Smithfield Foods Inc. as the first in its industry to achieve ISO 14001 environmental certification for all its U.S. hog production and all U.S. livestock processing facilities...
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SPL launches new business intelligence solution for utilities
SAN FRANCISCO, May 2, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- SPL WorldGroup, a provider of mission-critical software solutions for the global utility market, today announced introduction of its robust "out of the box" Business Intelligence software application built specifically for needs of the utility market. This first release, pre-built to integrate with SPL's Customer Care & Billing product (SPL CC&B), is an important step in fulfilling SPL's vision of a total Business Intelligence solution integrated across the SPL suite of products. Designed to sit on top of those applications, SPL Business Intelligence extracts information directly from a live application in an end-to-end offering that maximizes the quality of long-term strategic decision-making capabilities for utilities by creating a far more cohesive picture of the entire utility...
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Nevada water authority, home builders unveil first 'water smart home'
LAS VEGAS, May 2, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association unveiled the first "Water Smart Home." KB Home Nevada built the home as the first builder in the Water Smart Home program. This program certifies new homes and neighborhoods as water-smart, ensuring that homeowners are purchasing a home that can save as much as 75,000 gallons of water per year...
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Everpure targets 'Urbanolas' in consumer water filtration push
HANOVER PARK, IL, May 2, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- These millions of affluent urban consumers with a focus on food and health are the new target market for Everpure, which is aiming its market-leading commercial water filtration products at this significant consumer market. The company will launch this focused consumer effort at K/BIS, the 2005 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas -- the premier exposition for kitchen and bath builders and remodelers. The show runs May 10-12...
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Chlorine Chemistry Council introduces www.chlorinetree.org
ARLINGTON, VA, May 2, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- From clean drinking water to the most advanced high-tech applications of the new millennium, the products of chlorine chemistry touch our lives every day. To showcase the many ways that chlorine helps ensure the health, safety and comfort of people around the world, the Chlorine Chemistry Council has created the Chlorine TreeTM, a virtual tour of the thousands of products created through chlorine chemistry...
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In other news briefs, see: "WaterBriefs: Pump firm Andress-Walsh opens new branch in Baton Rouge" -- ALSO: Enviro Voraxial to demonstrate separator at Offshore Technology Conference; University Park, Texas, customizes CartêGraph software; and International American Technologies completes buy of controlling interest in Hammonds...

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