WaterBriefs: Hydranautics to supply membranes for Los Cabos 4.6-mgd SWRO in Baja California

Also in this report: Black & Veatch team awarded Afghani contract; U. of Wash. granted $600K for potable research; Foster Wheeler licenses steam generator technology in China; Vallecitos Water District dedicates solar system; Poseidon Resources wins IWA prize for Carlsbad desal plant; Amiad technology helps S. Carolina WWTP; Rohm & Haas hikes resin prices; Interior Department, S. Nev. Water Authority sign groundwater compact; Oak Creek Water & Sewer Utility joins Haestad Methods users...

In other news below:
-- Black & Veatch joint venture awarded Afghani infrastructure contract
-- EPA awards University of Washington $600,000 for drinking water research
-- Garlock Sealing Technologies to supply Timken
-- Foster Wheeler licenses CFB steam generator technology in China
-- Vallecitos Water District dedicates 340.9 kW solar system
-- WaterChef signs 'Water Station' distribution agreement in India
-- International Code Council Board names Weiland CEO
-- Poseidon Resources wins IWA Grand Prize for Carlsbad desalination plant
-- Amiad filter technology helps South Carolina WWTP meet tertiary regulations
-- Rohm & Haas hikes ion exchange resin prices worldwide
-- National Small Flows Clearinghouse prepares new PSA campaign
-- SmartLine.com emerges as resource for irrigation professionals
-- Interior Department, S. Nev. Water Authority agree on groundwater development
-- Dunaway Associates, L.P. strengthens client services
-- Oak Creek Water & Sewer Utility joins Haestad Methods users' community

Hydranautics to supply Los Cabos 4.6-mgd SWRO in Baja California -- Top of the line SWC5 elements to be employed at Mexican seawater desalination facility -- OCEANSIDE, CA, Sept. 18, 2006 -- Hydranautics, a global leader in membrane technology, was selected to provide elements for the seawater desalination plant that is scheduled for start-up in October of this year in Cabo San Lucas in Baja California, Mexico, by the Spanish OEM INIMA-OHL. The plant has a capacity of 17,300 m3/day, or 4.6 mgd, supplying over 60,000 consumers in this semi-arid region. INIMA will use 1,540 of Hydranautics' SWC5 elements in 11 trains to treat seawater for potable use...
Also see: "Hydranautics' HYDRAcap UF membranes provide clean drinking water in Penang, Malaysia"

Louis Berger Group, Black & Veatch joint venture awarded Afghani infrastructure contract -- USAID-funded Afghanistan Infrastructure & Rehabilitation Program to bring joint venture $1.4 billion over five years -- WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 19, 2006 -- The Louis Berger Group, Inc. and Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. Joint Venture (JV) has been awarded the five-year, $1.4 billion Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Program (AIRP) contract by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The AIRP work, expanding and rehabilitating critical infrastructure, will benefit the government and people of Afghanistan through the rehabilitation and construction of critical energy, transportation and water infrastructure in the country. These improvements will be anchored through long-term technical, operational and regulatory assistance to the ministries and agencies that operate and maintain the infrastructure, including training, mentoring and multi-country exchange programs that transfer global best practices to Afghanistan utilities...
Also see:
"Black & Veatch earns International Water Association's Global Grand Prize for design of Tai Po Water Treatment Works & Aqueducts"
-- "Black & Veatch commences second consultancy project in Liuzhou, China"

Noted neurologist, ethicist joins EPA as Human Subjects Research Review official -- WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 18, 2006 -- To continue to ensure that EPA's research complies with all regulations that govern the protection of human research subjects, the EPA Administrator's Science Advisor announces Warren E. Lux, Jr. M.D., has joined the Agency as the new Human Subjects Research Review Official (HSRRO). Dr. Lux's appointment in the Office of the Science Advisor will provide high-level leadership and overall Agency direction regarding human research ethics and safety of those involved in EPA or EPA-funded research. Effective Sept. 17, Dr. Lux assumed the HSRRO duties from Dr. Peter Preuss who served for 10 years. Formerly medical director of the Defense and Veteran's Brain Injury Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. and Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, he's an affiliated scholar at the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University...
Also see:
-- "EPA issues order to Hanford to reduce arsenic in drinking water"
-- "EPA awards U.W. $600,000 for cutting edge drinking water research"
-- "EPA reviews Bad River Band clean-water authorization application; public meeting set for Sept. 21"
-- "Ashtabula River dredging has begun"
-- "EPA Proposes Innovative Way to Clean Up Iceland Coin Laundry Site"
-- "EPA settles wetlands case against Le Grand farmer"
-- "Three South Dakota cities earn EPA Clean Water Act awards"
-- "EPA acts to ensure safe drinking water for Wyoming residents"

Garlock Sealing Technologies to supply Timken with oil seal, bearing isolator products -- PALMYRA, NY, Sept. 18, 2006 -- Garlock Sealing Technologies, an EnPro Industries company, has entered into a supply agreement with The Timken Company that will increase global sales for engineered oil seals and bearing isolators. The expanded line of Timken industrial seals will be available in the United States and Canada beginning in November 2006. Other regions of the world will follow in 2007. Klozure® seals and bearing isolators are used in a full range of equipment in critical service applications in the manufacturing, primary metals, mining, power generation, pulp and paper, chemical processing, oil and gas, and food industries...
Also see: "Garlock Sealing Technologies forms joint venture with Japanese company"

Foster Wheeler enters into license agreement for circulating fluidized-bed steam generator technology in China -- HAMILTON, Bermuda, Sept. 18, 2006 -- Foster Wheeler Ltd. announced today that its subsidiary Foster Wheeler North America Corp., a unit of the Global Power Group, has entered into a 15-year agreement with Wuxi Huaguang Boiler Co. Ltd. to provide a technology license for subcritical pressure circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) steam generators to be sold in China. The agreement also contemplates Foster Wheeler utilizing Wuxi as a major supplier for projects located outside of China. The value of the initial license fee will be included in the company's third-quarter 2006 bookings and future royalty payments will be recorded over the life of the agreement. With installed capacity exceeding 13,500 electric megawatts (MWe) worldwide, Foster Wheeler's state-of-the-art CFB technology and overall steam generator design "know-how" offers China's growing power market a proven and cost-effective solution for the control of pollutant emissions in medium-to-large scale utility-size steam generators...

Vallecitos Water District unveils 340.9 kW solar system at dedication ceremony -- San Marcos, CA, system was designed and installed by SPG Solar Inc. -- SAN MARCOS, CA, Sept. 18, 2006 -- The Vallecitos Water District (VWD) will be holding a dedication ceremony for their recently installed solar photovoltaic (PV) carport system in honor of the late Paul A. Davy, former VWD Director and the visionary for solar, at the District's headquarters. SPG Solar Inc. of San Rafael, CA, designed and installed the system. The dedication ceremony will begin at 4 pm, Thursday, Sept. 21, at VWD's headquarters in San Marcos, CA. SPG Solar, Sharp Solar, along with San Diego Regional Energy Office (SDREO) will help VWD flip the switch on the 340.9 kW AC solar system during the dedication ceremony. SDREO provided a $1.2 million grant to help fund the project. Solar PV systems are emission-free, and this system has the potential to offset about 7,173 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the next 25 years. When VWD's system is officially connected to the utility grid, VWD will earn credits at the utility's retail electric rates, ultimately reducing 90% of their utility electric costs...

WaterChef signs 'Water Station' distribution agreement in India -- GLEN HEAD, NY, Sept. 18, 2006 -- David A. Conway, president & CEO of WaterChef Inc., announced that the company had entered into a sales representation agreement with the Marshall Group, based in New Delhi, for the marketing of its Pure Safe Water Stations throughout India. The Marshall Group (www.marshallproduce.com), a leading conglomerate in India, was founded in 1959 by Sam Marshall, and is a one of the leading agricultural and industrial products brokerage and shipping agents in India. The Marshall family has been active in Indian commerce since the '20s and has launched a new division to market WaterChef's PureSafe line of water purification products...

International Code Council Board names Weiland CEO -- FALLS CHURCH, VA, Sept. 16, 2006 -- The International Code Council, which administers building and plumbing codes, promoted the association's chief operating officer, Rick Weiland, to the position of chief executive officer. He'll succeed James Lee Witt. Weiland, who has been ICC's COO for the past three years, has over 20 years experience working in the public sector and not-for-profit world as a regional director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, state director and senior advisor to former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle, and as a state director for the American Association of Retired Persons...

Poseidon Resources wins IWA Grand Prize for Carlsbad desalination plant -- CARLSBAD, CA, Sept. 16 -- Poseidon Resources Corporation announced that the company's seawater desalination demonstration facility located in Carlsbad, CA, was awarded the prestigious 2006 Global Grand Prize for Applied Research from the International Water Association (IWA), a global network of water professionals in science, research, technology and practice. The award was accepted by Nikolay Voutchkov, Poseidon's technical services director, on Sept. 12, during the Innovation Awards Banquet in Beijing, China as part of the IWA's World Water Congress. Poseidon Resources has been working since 1998 in a public-private partnership with the City of Carlsbad to construct a 50-mgd seawater desalination plant at the site of the Encina Power Station to provide a cost-certain, locally-controlled, drought-proof supply of water. It's developing a similar 50 mgd seawater desalination plant at the Huntington Beach Power Station in Huntington Beach, CA that will also benefit from the research performed at the Carlsbad demonstration facility...
Also see:
-- "Water Services Association of Australia board formally endorses IWA Bonn Charter for Safe Drinking Water"
-- "GLOBAL: Reports warn of world water crisis - New WWF, WBCSD reports forecast a bleak future for global water supplies"

Amiad micro-fiber filter technology helps South Carolina WWTP meet tertiary regulations -- OXNARD, CA, Sept. 15, 2006 -- Last month, Amiad Filtration System's 10-micron AMF2 technology passed inspection and approval by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Compliance (SCDHEC) for a package wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) located at Harbor Island near Beaufort, SC. The system not only met the new regulatory limits, but produced a higher quality effluent consisting of 0.3 ppm of TSS, <2 ppm BOD and 0.8 NTU. The new filtration system not only provides great effluent quality, it incorporates a state-of-the-art PLC controller allowing the WWTP operators a full menu of monitoring and remote interface options...

Rohm & Haas announces worldwide price increase of ion exchange resins -- PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 15, 2006 -- Rohm and Haas Company has announced a worldwide price increase of 4-6% across their range of ion exchange resins, adsorbents and catalysts. The increase will be effective Oct. 1 or as contracts permit. The increase is needed to cover the continued increases in energy and raw material costs...
Also see: "Rohm & Haas opens $60 million research and development center in Shanghai"

National Small Flows Clearinghouse names Hoffman Agency for public awareness campaign -- JACKSONVILLE, FL, Sept. 15, 2006 -- Jeff Hoffman, president of The Hoffman Agency, a full-service marketing and communications firm based in Jacksonville, FL, has announced West Virginia University Research Corporation Department of National Small Flows Clearinghouse (NSFC) has retained the agency to produce a series of public service announcements (PSAs) about residential water quality and septic tank maintenance. The PSAs will be distributed to television stations in smaller markets nationwide. Hoffman also provides creative consulting for the University's National Environmental Services Center (NESC), which helps America's small communities, community leaders and individuals solve their wastewater problems to protect public health and the environment. It will provide NSFC with creative concepts and production of :30 second TV spots using tongue and cheek humor while explaining the pitfalls of poor septic tank maintenance...

SmartLine.com emerges as new 'smart irrigation' resource for irrigation professionals -- DALLAS, Sept. 15, 2006 -- Weathermatic has launched www.SmartLine.com, a new resource site that updates landscape contractors on the benefits of smart irrigation and helps them sell this water-saving technology to homeowners and property managers. To encourage smart irrigation, SmartLine.com also lists water agencies across the U.S. where SmartLine controller and other products qualify for cash-back rebates. Live action news reports about SmartLine are featured, including a Discovery Channel Better Homes and Garden "America's Home" segment and an NBC News report on smart irrigation...
Also see: "Weathermatic's Smartline selected to participate in major water conservation program"

Interior Secretary Kempthorne praises senate confirmation of USGS director -- WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 15, 2006 -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today praised the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Mark D. Myers as director of the U.S. Geological Survey. President Bush nominated Myers, an internationally recognized geologist and former State Geologist and head of Alaska's Geological Survey, in May. As director of the Alaska Division of Oil and Gas, Myers oversaw a professional staff of nearly 100 employees, including geoscientists, engineers, land managers, accountants, commercial analysts, and auditors. As state geologist and director of the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Survey, he managed a research organization that generated analyses and interpretations of data on geologic resources and natural conditions as well as maps and inventories of mineral and energy resources on state land...
Also see:
-- "U.S. Interior Department reaches agreement with Southern Nevada Water Authority on proposed groundwater development"
-- "Crossing the line: Water quality shared by Missouri and Kansas"

Dunaway Associates, L.P. strengthens client services -- FORT WORTH, TX, Sept. 15, 2006 -- Dunaway Associates, a Fort Worth-based consulting firm offering civil engineering, landscape architecture, environmental, surveying and water resources services, has recently strengthened its services to clients with the addition of a diverse group of professionals to its core practice areas. Located in the Fort Worth office, Peter McKone, C.W.B., has joined the firm as the Director of Environmental Services; Michael J. Dellies, P.E., as the Director of Hydrology and Hydraulics; and Heather Moss as the firm's new Marketing Manager. In addition, John Cornelsen has been promoted to the position of Director of Business Development. Dunaway Associates has been in continuous professional practice for 50 years, and is committed to meeting the growing needs of its clients...

Oak Creek Water & Sewer Utility joins Haestad Methods users' community -- EXTON, PA, Sept. 15, 2006 -- Bentley welcomes the multiple award-winning and international water taste champion, Oak Creek Water & Sewer Utility (OCWS) to the Haestad Methods Solutions users' community, according to the latest issue of the BE Newsletter. OCWS recently selected WaterGEMS to model the distribution system that provides potable water to more than 50,000 people around the cities of Franklin and Oak Creek, WI. The utility recognized the value of Bentley's exclusive environment that lets users simultaneously model across all major CAD and GIS platforms. OCWS has received six Director's Awards for water quality from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and it is the world's reigning water taste champion having won the gold medal at the largest water tasting competition in the world...
Also see:
-- "MJP uses WaterCAD for Mumbai flood recovery efforts"
-- "Assigning geospatial demands with WaterCAD"

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