WaterBriefs: Rain Bird partners to support EPA's new water efficiency program

Also in this report: Regina goes live with SPL's enterprise management; ETV tests rank Emerson's monitoring system tops; Chalk artist showcases water infrastructure at AWWA; CONTECH Stormwater names DC, Calif. consultants; ControlGlobal reports from Honeywell user group meeting; GE system helps Unilever improve efficiency; EBI Consulting hires Earth Tech veteran; Hach sponsors pH measurement webcast; Case study on organoclays, oily waste and membranes; EU report rates water quality...

In other news below:
-- Regina, Canada goes live with SPL Enterprise Asset & Work Management
-- Emerson's Water Quality Monitoring System achieves 94% accuracy in EPA testing
-- Renowned sidewalk chalk artist showcases water infrastructure at AWWA
-- CONTECH Stormwater names consultants for DC, Southern Calif. areas
-- ControlGlobal reports from the 2006 Honeywell Users Group meeting
-- GE RO system helps Unilever cut water, natural gas and chemical usage
-- EBI Consulting hires Earth Tech veteran
-- Hach sponsors webcast on optimizing online pH measurement
-- Organoclays prevent oily waste's fouling of membranes in industrial wastewater
-- MWH honored by Society of American Military Engineers
-- Siemens Water Technologies helps communities comply with new regulations
-- EU coasts OK for bathing, while inland water sites worsen

Rain Bird Corp. partners to support WaterSense, EPA's new water efficiency program -- GLENDORA, CA, June 12, 2006 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ground-breaking program WaterSense-- announced today at the AWWA 125th annual convention in San Antonio -- for water efficiency recognizes Rain Bird's contributions in promoting the importance of water efficiency and for its products and services that help the public become more water efficient. Irrigation leader calls for immediate industry-wide support and adoption of the EPA's initiatives through product innovation and public education...
Also see:
-- "New EPA WaterSense program saves dollars and makes sense"
-- "Metropolitan Water providers hail EPA's new WaterSense product label"
-- "New 'WaterSense' label for water efficient products: Consumers, communities and companies to benefit"

City of Regina goes live with SPL Enterprise Asset & Work Management -- Solution provides a common platform for asset, inventory and work management across all city departments -- SAN FRANCISCO, CA, JUNE 12, 2006 -- SPL WorldGroup today announced that the city of Regina is live with the SPL® Enterprise Asset & Work Management (EAM) solution. The implementation provides a comprehensive approach to the management and optimization of the City's many infrastructure assets. As the capital city of Saskatchewan, Canada, Regina is home to over 190,000 people and covers an area over 118 square kilometers. The SPL solution will provide the foundation for the city to track and monitor its infrastructure assets both above and below ground such as parks, playgrounds, city facilities, traffic signs and hydrants, as well as the underground pipe system which is an integral part of the City's water and sewer system...
Also see: "SPL to highlight new customer-driven asset management enhancements at American Water Works Association Conference"

Emerson's Water Quality Monitoring System achieves 94% accuracy in EPA testing -- IRVINE, CA, June 12, 2006 -- Emerson Process Management announced that during the recent verification of the Rosemount Analytical Model WQS water quality monitoring system by the EPA Environmental Testing Verification (ETV) program, the Emerson system achieved the highest overall system accuracy of 94%, while the next nearest competitor scored an average of 85% with others as low as 51%. Significantly, this score was achieved while the Emerson system required and received no scheduled operator maintenance unlike other tested systems that were regularly maintained...

Renowned sidewalk chalk artist showcases water infrastructure at AWWA -- SAN ANTONIO, TX, June 12, 2006 -- World-renowned 3-D sidewalk artist Julian Beever was to unveil a design illustrating the importance of water infrastructure and commemorating the 125th year of the American Water Works Association during the association's 2006 Conference and Expo (ACE06) in San Antonio June 11-15. His work can be found on Market Street between Alamo and Bowie Streets next to the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center...

Connerton becomes CONTECH Stormwater consultant for lower Md., Washington DC area
WEST CHESTER, OH, June 12, 2006 -- CONTECH Stormwater Solutions Inc. announces that Aimee Connerton will now be serving the Lower Maryland and Washington, D.C. area as a Stormwater Consultant. Connerton joined CONTECH Stormwater Solutions as an Inside Sales Coordinator in 2003. In 2005 she was promoted to Stormwater Consultant in Virginia and West Virginia, where she helped customers meet their water quality goals by providing cost-effective stormwater and detention/retention technologies that meet regulatory requirements...
Also see:
-- "CONTECH Stormwater Solutions adds stormwater consultant in Southern Calif."
-- "Birney named area manager at CONTECH Stormwater Solutions Inc."

Live from the 2006 Honeywell Users Group meeting
ITASCA, IL, June 12, 2006 -- ControlGlobal.com's Show Daily Edition from the 2006 Honeywell Users Group Symposium at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix featured the following headlines with commentary from Honeywell CEO Roger Fradin, president Jack Bolick, Shell's Heinz Janiec and Honeywell Process Solutions vice president of technology DonnaLee Scaggs:
-- Honeywell management shares process automation vision
-- Next-gen wireless strategy to be offered to SP100
-- User group leadership reports progress, priorities
-- Technology roadmap reiterates consistent evolution...

GE RO system helps Unilever cut water, natural gas and chemical usage -- TREVOSE, PA, June 12, 2006 -- Energy at Unilever's Rexdale, Ontario, plant, which produces 185 million lbs a year of margarine and other vegetable-oil products accounts for 15% of all production costs. With high energy prices, the plant had to improve energy efficiency to remain competitive. Working with GE Water & Process Technologies to analyze the cost of purchasing and treating water to produce 218 million lbs of steam the plant uses a year, it employed a RO system in place of softeners and chloride anion dealkalizers...

EBI Consulting hires Earth Tech veteran -- Fisher brings over 25 years of environmental, health and safety experience to position where he'll help drive business development -- BURLINGTON, MA, & CHICAGO, June 12, 2006 -- EBI Consulting, a national engineering and environmental, health and safety consulting firm based in Burlington, MA, today announced that Douglas Fisher, formerly business development director of Earth Tech, has joined the firm as vice president of environmental, health and safety business development. Mr. Fisher brings to this new role more than 25 years of experience in the environmental, health and safety field, including expertise in the business development, project management, program management, and operations administration areas...

Hach sponsors webcast on optimizing online pH measurement -- LOVELAND, CO, June 12, 2006 -- "Optimizing Online pH Measurement System Performance" is the title of a webcast hosted by PennWell Water Group -- which includes WaterWorld, Industrial WaterWorld and Water & Wastewater International magazines -- and planned for Wednesday, June 21 at 1 p.m. EDT and to be lead by speaker Fred Kohlmann, corporate account sales manager of the Hach Company...

Organoclays prevent oily waste's fouling of membranes in industrial wastewater -- FERNDALE, MI, June 12, 2006 -- Manufacturers are beginning to realize the potential economic benefits of resource recovery -- water being not the least of these, as well as the somewhat intangible rewards accrued by an image of responsible stewardship. As such recovery of oily wastes from industrial wastewater poses both an environmental goal and a problem for systems utilizing membrane separation technology. A technical discussion by consultant Peter Cartwright and Biomin Inc. president George Alther on the topic follows, exploiting organoclays for pretreatment...

MWH honored by Society of American Military Engineers -- BROOMFIELD, CO, June 12, 2006 -- MWH has received the J.W. Morris Sustaining Member Award from the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), which recognizes a sustaining member firm of SAME that has at least two or more Post or chapter sustaining memberships in each of the previous five years, and which has rendered the most eminent and notable contribution to SAME. The award was presented at the 2006 Joint Engineer Education and Training Conference and Expo in New Orleans...


Siemens Water Technologies helps communities navigate through cost-effective equipment choices to comply with new regulations -- WARRENDALE, PA, June 12, 2006 -- Complying with the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations for surface and ground waters requires a complete understanding of the regulations and a comprehensive range of innovative, cost-effective solutions. Finding the best-suited solutions for regulatory compliance can be challenging for communities. As part of the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE), Siemens Water Technologies' water experts will be on hand to help communities navigate through the many technology choices. New, innovative technologies from Siemens will be on display at conference June 11-14, 2006 in San Antonio, Texas...
Also see:
-- "Siemens introduces Wallace & Tiernan Controller/Analyzer in North America at AWWA"
-- "New Memcor CP System from Siemens Combines Advanced Membrane Technology with Simplified Design and Expansion Capabilities"
"Siemens Water Technologies to Introduce Multi-Barrier Clarifier for Large Flow Rate Applications"
-- "Siemens' Chlorine Dioxide Generators Helps Communities Meet Disinfection Byproducts Rule"

EU coasts OK for bathing, while inland water sites worsen -- BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 12, 2006 -- The vast majority of coastal bathing areas in European Union nations are safe for swimmers, but the water quality at inland sites continued to decline in 2005, the European Commission reported Friday. It said while 96% of coastal sites met minimum water quality standards, the number of inland sites not meeting those standards fell by 3.8 percentage points, to 86%, since 2004. The drop since 2003 totals 7 percentage points, the EU head office said, attributing the 2005 drop partly to "insufficient sampling of water quality," which counts as noncompliance with a 1976 EU law. For details, see: http://www.ec.europa.eu/water/water-bathing/index_en.html ...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: Master Meter delivers 1,000,000th DIALOG 3G Wireless RF AMR unit" -- Also in this report (June 9, 2006): Skanska USA Civil reorganizes, lands big Ga. contract; PBS&J's Flood Map Desktop available for testing; EPA Administrator addresses water infrastructure, efficiency at AWWA; Foster Wheeler to supply circulating fluidized-bed boilers for Texas power station; Sensus Metering Systems acquires assets of AMDS; Siemens wins Beijing Bei Xiaohe water reuse plant, Technip-France FPSO projects; HydroGlobe, Calgon Carbon partner for municipal arsenic treatment; EIMCO Water Technologies extends life of 12 clarifiers in Baltimore...

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