WaterBriefs: Severn Trent ballast water system first to undergo EPA validation testing

Also in this report: New HQ for Dresser ROOTS; Hydraulic Institute publishes landmark viscosity correction standard; Pump, Valve & Motor Symposium draws big players; Mueller Water Products to close Henry Pratt facility; Nestle Waters reaches agreement on Mich. spring water withdrawal; Caldwell Tanks offers free water tank inspections for Katrina affected towns; Penn. American acquires Winona Lakes Utilities; General Monitors unveils new website info; IACC delves into activated carbon secrets...

In other news below:
-- Dresser ROOTS announces move to new location
-- Hydraulic Institute publishes landmark viscosity correction standard
-- Calif. DWR receives stakeholder support for Oroville relicensing
-- 16th Pump, Valve & Motor Symposium draws big players
-- Scottish Water to deliver investment challenge
-- Soft drinks set to resume growth in Brazil
-- Mueller Water Products to close Henry Pratt facility
-- Nestle Waters N.A. reaches agreement on water withdrawal at Mich. spring
-- Caldwell Tanks offers free water tank inspections to communities affected by Katrina
-- Penn. American Water acquires Winona Lakes Utilities
-- General Monitors unveils new website info
-- IACC conference delves into activated carbon secrets

Severn Trent unit's ballast water system first to undergo EPA validation testing -- SUGAR LAND, TX, Jan. 27, 2006 -- The BalPure™ BP-1000 ballast water treatment (BWT) system from Severn Trent De Nora LLC has been selected for use in the first validation tests of the Environmental Technology Verification protocols for BWT systems. The U.S. Coast Guard, through the Naval Research Labs, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have collaboratively developed draft protocols for verifying performance of BWT systems as part of the EPA-NSF Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program. The ETV Program is intended to facilitate the development of effective environmental technologies through credible and transparent independent tests of performance claims...

Dresser ROOTS announces move to new location -- HOUSTON, TX, Jan. 27, 2006 -- Dresser ROOTS of Houston, Texas, announced that it has relocated to new offices. Its headquarters are now near the intersection of Highway 290 West and the Sam Houston Tollway at 16240 Port Northwest Drive. The new workplace includes facilities for sales, marketing, management, purchasing, customer service, finance, engineering, accounting, human resources, and information technology. Dresser ROOTS (www.rootsblower.com) is a major manufacturer of bare-shaft positive displacement bi-and tri-lobed blowers, centrifugal blowers and compressors, and complete factory engineered blower packages to fit a vast variety of applications...
Also see:
-- "Dresser completes sale of Brazilian on/off valve business"
-- "Dresser completes sale of instruments business"

Hydraulic Institute publishes landmark viscosity correction standard -- PARSIPPANY, NY, Jan. 27, 2006 -- New American National Standard for Effects of Liquid Viscosity on Rotodynamic (Centrifugal and Vertical) Pump Performance (ANSI/HI 9.6.7), replaces 40+ year old HI viscosity correction nomographs. The Standard is designed to predict the performance change of rotodynamic pumps operated on viscous liquids exhibiting Newtonian behavior relative to their performance on water, which is the basis for most published curves...

Calif. DWR receives stakeholder support for Oroville relicensing -- OROVILLE, CA, Jan. 27, 2006 -- The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and stakeholders reached an important milestone this week in negotiating a settlement agreement supporting DWR's new federal license application for its Oroville facilities (see: http://orovillerelicensing.water.ca.gov/). Primary negotiators representing a majority of the participating organizations have agreed to recommend that their organizations sign the historic agreement...

Gabelli & Co.'s 16th Annual Pump, Valve & Motor Symposium draws big players -- RYE, NY, Jan. 27, 2006 -- Gabelli & Company Inc. will host its 16th Annual Pump, Valve & Motor Symposium, Feb. 8-9, at The Helmsley Hotel in New York City. This two-day research meeting will feature interactive presentations from several leading pump, valve & motor companies including AMETEK Inc., Badger Meter, Baldor Electric, CIRCOR Intl., Crane Co., EnPro Industries, Flowserve Corp., Franklin Electric, Graco Corp., IDEX Corp., ITT Industries, Nordson Corp., Robbins & Myers, Roper Industries, Walter Industries, Watts and Water Technologies. In particular, Feb. 9 will be devoted entirely to companies that participate in the water infrastructure and equipment markets. This reflects the increased importance of investing in water and wastewater on a global basis, which continues to be driven by aging infrastructure and the need to enhance efficient use. 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...

Scottish Water to deliver investment challenge -- EDINBURGH, Scotland, UK, Jan. 27, 2006 -- The Scottish Water Board accepted the challenge of delivering a record-breaking improvement program over the next four years within limits laid down by the Water Industry Commission. This means any increase in customer charges is likely to be kept below inflation from 2006-2010. The intention is to keep any increases in household charges to 0.5% below inflation while bills for business are pegged at 1.5% below inflation...

Soft drink categories previously hurt by Brazil's volatility, namely bottled water and functional drinks, set to resume growth -- DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 27, 2006 -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of "Bottled Water in Brazil" to its offering of market studies. In 2004, favorable economic conditions, aided by an inflation rate of just under 6% and lower interest rates, will result in recovery in the soft drinks market. Consumers who in 2003 shifted to lower-end "tubaina" or private label products, have migrated back to traditional category leaders, substantially influencing overall soft drink value sales. Similarly, categories previously hurt by the country's volatility, namely bottled water and functional drinks, will resume growth.
This Bottled Water in Brazil report offers a comprehensive guide to the size and shape of the market at a national level, with the latest retail sales data (1999-2004) and forecasts to 2009...
Also see:
-- "In Argentina, new products, strong advertising boost market for flavored bottled water, powder concentrates"
-- "Swedish people seek to reduce soft drink consumption as medical professionals warn to cut intake of high sugar products"
-- "Understand competitive environment, market's major players, leading brands in German bottled water market"
-- "As Dutch consumers opt for healthier drinks, carbonates market is set to suffer with sales increase of only 2%"
-- "Still bottled water remains Canadian favorite"

Walter Industries announces Mueller Water Products' intention to close Henry Pratt facility in Dixon, Ill. TAMPA, FL, Jan. 26, 2006 -- Walter Industries Inc. announced today that Mueller Water Products will close the Henry Pratt valve manufacturing facility in Dixon, Ill. by the end of 2006. The process of transferring the Dixon plant's operations to other Pratt facilities will begin immediately. he Dixon plant manufactures various types of valves for water, wastewater, and power generation facilities. Products currently manufactured and assembled at the Dixon plant will be principally transferred to Pratt's remaining facilities...

Nestle Waters N.A. reaches agreement on water withdrawal amounts at Sanctuary Springs source -- STANWOOD, MI, Jan. 26, 2006 -- Nestle Waters North America today announced that the company and Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC) have reached an agreement on the amount of water the bottler will withdraw from its Sanctuary Springs source. The agreement was reached following a decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals on Nov. 29, 2005, and addresses issues sent back to the lower court for further consideration...

Caldwell Tanks offers free water tank inspections to communities affected by Katrina -- LOUISVILLE, KY, Jan. 26, 2006 -- Caldwell Tanks, of Louisville, KY, has been reaching out to the communities hit by Hurricane Katrina over the last several months. Caldwell has offered an on-site professional evaluation of any water tank in the areas affected by the hurricane. Caldwell sends out a structural engineer to perform a professional evaluation of any possible damage to the structure of the tank from the hurricane. A team of operations experts and estimators then collaborate with the engineers to make professional recommendations. Then, they provide a report with an estimated cost analysis, free of charge...

Pennsylvania American Water acquires Winona Lakes Utilities in continuing growth movement in NE Pa. -- HERSHEY, PA, Jan. 26, 2006 -- Pennsylvania American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water, announced the acquisition of the water assets of Winona Lakes Utilities Inc., and the Section 18 wastewater assets. The $20,000 transaction expands Pennsylvania American Water's customer base by more than 230 customers in Lehman Township, Pike County, and Middle Smithfield Township, Monroe County...

New General Monitors website offers hazardous gas & flame detection info -- LAKE FOREST, CA, Jan. 24, 2006 -- Process, plant and safety engineers responsible for operations with hazardous conditions will find the all new General Monitors company website a valuable solutions resource at: www.generalmonitors.com. Engineers will find expert product and applications information on the site to help safeguard employees, equipment and facilities from the dangers of combustible, flammable and toxic environments...

IACC conference delves into activated carbon secrets -- PITTSBURGH, Jan. 24, 2006 -- As a preview to the next event in March, PACS Labs Inc. offers this review of the biannual International Activated Carbon Conference and Courses program near Pittsburgh International Airport on Oct. 1-10. Held twice a year, the conference is the premier activated carbon and related subject conference of the Americas...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: U.S. activated carbon industry files antidumping case against China" -- Also in this report (Jan. 26, 2006): Indianapolis, Veolia Water receive national recognition for public-private partnership; Alamogordo, NM, Cerritos, CA, win U.S. Conference of Mayors' water conservation awards; Citect opens regional HQ in Singapore, fields takeover offers; USFilter recommends ZABOCS for odor problem in Jacksonville Beach, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments unveils plans for PittCon; Veridium, Mean Green BioFuels turn livestock, poultry waste into biodiesel; Kadant to acquire Chinese producer of stock-preparation systems; CEMEX recognized for environmental excellence at Houston Navigation plant; XP Software's is first stormwater management model tool with ETV certification; RAM-NEK celebrates 50 years of protecting concrete joints...

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