WaterBriefs: PMSL's HALO biological system wins business achievement award

Also in this report: SWPA unveils speakers for March seminar; Zenon UF system aids dual-media water plant; Flowserve valves assist Hanford nuclear waste cleanup; PA positions for new arsenic standard; CH2M Hill to lead Sri Lanka tsunami effort; Black & Veatch to present at DistribuTECH; Coalbed & Coal Mine Methane Conference set for Feb. 27-28; Foreign investment grows Russian market; Koch Membrane helps Chinese steelworks recycle water; Chemilizer injectors to deliver anti-scale solution...

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-- SWPA announces speakers for March training seminar
-- Zenon membrane system aids dual-media water plant
-- Flowserve valves assist Hanford nuclear waste cleanup
-- PA positions for new federal arsenic standards
-- CH2M Hill chosen to lead Sri Lanka tsunami effort
-- Black & Veatch takes new approach to underground utilities
-- Coalbed & Coal Mine Methane Conference set for Feb. 27-28
-- More investment grows Russian water, wastewater market
-- ADS unveils data analysis software for wastewater systems
-- Koch Membrane helps Chinese steelworks recycle water
-- Chemilizer injectors selected to deliver anti-scale solution
-- Inpro/Seal achieves record results
-- EBI Consulting engineer earns P.E. designation

PMSL's HALO biological system wins business achievement award
PALMYRA, PA, Jan. 23, 2006 -- The latest advancement in oxidation ditch technology, Philadelphia Mixing Solutions Ltd.'s HALO System, incorporates four separate technology choices to optimize the biological treatment of municipal wastewater. By offering brush rotor, diffused air, directional aeration, and low-speed surface aeration, PMSL becomes the first company to offer all major forms of aeration with indifference to method. Ditch operators can now make an informed choice that fits the exact application requirements.

Using the HALO Matrix, derived from over 50 years of practical aeration experience, engineers are able to evaluate the benefits of each aeration method. Then the HALO Builder software models a true plant representation prior to construction. Customers can evaluate the resulting effluent produced by each alternative technology in order to make the most informed decision. New plant construction and existing plant upgrades are now able to be evaluated with industry aeration experts using the most complete data available. PMSL continues reducing risks and eliminating the unknowns through actual testing in the most comprehensive, full-scale aeration test lab available in the world.

These advancements in oxidation ditch modeling and process optimization led to PMSL's HALO System earning Environmental Business Journal's Business Achievement Award for Technical Merit in 2005. Judged by industry experts, these awards are highly coveted because they are bestowed by respected environmental experts for outstanding innovation and differentiation from other industry offerings.

PMSL (www.philamixers.com) has been a provider of service and support to the industrial mixing and aeration markets for over 50 years. Based in Palmyra, PA, it's one of the world's most experienced equipment and process optimization experts for chemical processing, wastewater biological treatment, industrial wastewater treatment, tank storage, special application mixing, flue-gas desulfurization (FGD), and other fluid mixing applications.

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Among other recent headlines:

SWPA announces speakers for March training seminar -- HIGHLAND PARK, IL, Jan. 23, 2006 -- The Submersible Wastewater Pump Association (SWPA) announced featured speakers at its upcoming 5th Annual Pumping Systems Training Seminar to be held March 13-14 at the Radisson Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, MD. They include Dr. Robert Sanks, P.E., Ph.D., SWPA senior technical consultant, and Ernest C. Sturtz, P.E., DEE, of CDM Inc...

Zenon membrane system aids dual-media water plant -- OAKVILLE, ON, Canada, Jan. 23, 2006 -- Water quality was a major concern for the Columbine Water Treatment Plant, a large 30-mgd dual-media gravity filtration facility in the city of Thornton, CO. Zenon's ZeeWeed immersed ultrafiltration membranes were selected to be retrofitted into existing filter basins based on the present worth cost evaluation, high value, and outstanding performance that the system demonstrated...

Flowserve valve innovation assists Hanford nuclear waste cleanup -- DALLAS, Jan. 23, 2006 -- The liquid wastes being stored at the DOE's Hanford Nuclear Site are mostly water with radioactive solids deliberately mixed into a slurry for treatment. Flowserve is supplying two styles of valves and valve automation packages to assist ongoing remediation efforts at the facility in Washington state. The overall project is expected to take 10 years and cost $5.7 billion, currently the federal government's largest single domestic capital construction project...

PA positions for new federal arsenic standards effective today -- Information outreach to drinking water suppliers and support efforts continue -- HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 23, 2006 -- New federal drinking water standards designed to lower the levels of arsenic in drinking water take effect today for Pennsylvania's public water systems, Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty said. The federal law lowers the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for arsenic from 0.050 milligrams per liter (mg/L), or 50 parts per billion, to 0.010 mg/L, or 10 parts per billion. DEP incorporates by reference federal MCLs as state MCLs, making them applicable here also. DEP has worked with community water suppliers and non-transient, non- community public water suppliers -- those that serve water to at least 25 of the same people for more than six months in a year, but not year-round -- to help bring their operations into compliance ahead of the effective date...
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CH2M Hill chosen to lead major Sri Lanka tsunami reconstruction effort -- DENVER, Jan. 23, 2006 -- CH2M Hill, a global full-service engineering, construction, and operations firm based in Denver, CO, has been selected by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead a major infrastructure redevelopment effort in parts of Sri Lanka damaged by the December 2004 tsunami. Their efforts will focus on a holistic approach that integrates the combined teams efforts with stake holders and public input to achieve a sustainable solution. This effort follows relief efforts the company under took for the victims of the tsunami, both in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. The contract was signed Sept. 7...

Black & Veatch incorporates new approach to underground utility management -- KANSAS CITY, MO, Jan. 23, 2006 -- Black & Veatch, a global engineering, consulting and construction company, announced today that Charles Hill, regional general manager of the company's Telecommunications Division, has been selected to present details of a broadband infrastructure master plan for the Kansas City Live Entertainment District during DistribuTECH, a leading industry trade event held in Tampa, FL. Hill said the company's master plan, created for Kansas City, will benefit local businesses and residents by promoting competition among providers, while reducing future underground construction needs that can impact service reliability. The new infrastructure concept also will benefit broadband service providers by minimizing their capital costs in the area, resulting in more competitive offerings for end-use customers...

Technical, regulatory issues to be addressed at Coalbed & Coal Mine Methane Conference -- NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2006 -- The Strategic Research Institute is proud to announce the 7th Annual Coalbed & Coal Mine Methane Conference, to be held Feb. 27-28 at The Brown Palace in Denver. The 7th Annual Coalbed & Coal Mine Methane Conference provides a leading discussion on the technical, national & international business, financial and regulatory issues affecting coalbed methane (CBM) and coal mine methane (CMM) development, including water management issues. CBM and CMM have become a valuable part of our nation's energy portfolio, demonstrated by the fact that the United States is the second largest emitter of CMM and second largest producer of coal after China...

More investment, financing to aid Russian municipal water, wastewater market growth -- LONDON, Jan. 23, 2006 -- The need to accomplish urgent refurbishment as well as upgrades is boosting demand for innovative solutions and enhanced treatment processes in the Russian municipal water and wastewater treatment market, according to a new report from market analyst Frost & Sullivan -- "Strategic Snapshot of the Russian Municipal Water and Wastewater Markets." Moreover, increased investment and financing programs amounting to about US$1 billion by various international financing institutions -- such as the World Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) -- together with the growing decentralization and privatization of water facilities are bolstering positive trends in the market...

Inpro/Seal achieves record results -- ROCK ISLAND, IL, Jan. 23, 2006 -- Inpro/Seal attributes record sales to an installed product/installation base fast approaching two million; direct customer feedback; a vigorous R&D program; an engineering data bank of over 58,000 designs that assures same day delivery at no extra charge; and an "educate and inform" marketing approach that has lead to a dramatic increase in acceptance for for the Inpro/Seal brand...

ADS unveils data analysis software for wastewater collection systems -- HUNTSVILLE, AL, Jan. 23, 2006 -- ADS Environmental Services, a leader in full-service sewer flow monitoring, announced Jan. 17 the release of its newest software, Profile 3.0. This desktop software tool is an intelligent data manager that's easy to use and contains unsurpassed analytical tools. Designed for configuring, collecting, diagnosing, analyzing, and reporting flow and rainfall data from FlowShark and other ADS monitors, it will also import data in CSV or Excel formats from most other meters...

Tangshan steelworks overcomes water shortages by recycling mine wastewater -- WILMINGTON, MA, Jan. 21, 2006 -- China's Tangshan Iron & Steel Group Co. Ltd (TISCO) had to find a greater supply of clean water for boiler makeup and steel plate cooling without violating new national water consumption ratio laws. Membrane technology from Koch Membrane Systems -- including its Magnum high rejection spiral wound elements and TARGA hollow fiber pressure cartridges -- allowed it to treat wastewater from an old coal mine and support increased capacity without consuming scarce fresh water resources in the region...

Chemilizer injectors selected to deliver anti-scale formulation -- LARGO, FL, Jan. 20, 2006 -- Chemilizer was chosen to supply a firm that claims its product can undo, even reverse damage caused by scale in water pipelines and other fluid delivery systems. RE-Ox LLC of Las Vegas, NV, successfully tested its new breakthrough product, RE-Ox™ -- a non-hazardous, neutral anti-scaling solution -- using Chemilizer's CP33 volumetric injector to inject the formulation into a municipal water system in Kansas City that was encrusted with calcium deposits...

EBI Consulting engineer earns P.E. designation -- BURLINGTON, MA, Jan. 20, 2006 -- EBI Consulting, a national engineering and environmental health and safety consulting firm based in Burlington, MA, announced that Michael Sexton, a senior project engineer at the firm, has obtained the Professional Engineer (P.E.) certification for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Sexton has over 10 years of experience in environmental engineering that includes environmental and property due diligence within the commercial real estate industry as well as engineering compliance solutions for a variety of clients in the wood products, pipe manufacturing, metal foundry, printing, healthcare, and biotech industries...
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-- "Lime chip tanks in medical facilities"

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: Global plastics maker picks TiPS LogMate for alarm management" -- Also in this report (Jan. 20, 2006): International Specialty Products acquires French biocide maker; International Water Conference issues call for 2006 papers; Bottled water, soft drink analyses among recent Research & Market reports; Pa. DEP simplifies water use registration process; IDEXX Laboratories announces $18M-plus facilities expansion plan; Air Products, nPhase to offer supply chain management solutions to chemical, fuel industries; Calgon Carbon opens new carbon facility in China; UltraStrip Systems receives NASDAQ stock symbol; Calif. DWR increases 2006 State Water Project allocation to 70%; S. Calif. residents encouraged to get inside scoop on precious resource - water; Alcoa nabs supply agreements with Coca-Cola Korea Bottling; OSHA revokes slip resistance provisions from Steel Erection Standard; Itron conducts study to understand energy price increase impacts on utility demand forecasts; Author calls for implementing National Environmental Master Plan; Shaw venture awarded $192 million remediation contract from DOE...

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