WaterBriefs: Severn Trent Services helps Mississippi steel mill treat wastewater

Also in this report: EPA launches program to hire world-class scientists, engineers; Pepperl+Fuchs voted No. 1 for technical innovation by UK's HazardEx readers; CarteGraph adds seven clients; JMAR enters distribution agreement with GMP Systems; WaterChef signs global market development deal; Verint unveils Nextiva critical infrastructure video security solution; Global biocides consumption in recreational water up 40% since 1995; Food industry merger & acquisition activity continues to slump...

In other news below:
-- EPA launches program to hire world-class scientists, engineers
-- Pepperl+Fuchs voted No. 1 for technical innovation by readers of UK's HazardEx
-- CarteGraph adds seven new clients
-- JMAR enters into distribution agreement with GMP Systems
-- WaterChef signs memorandum of understanding for international market development
-- Verint announces Nextiva critical infrastructure video security solution
-- Global consumption of biocides in recreational water up 40% since 1995
-- Food industry merger & acquisition activity continues to decline

Severn Trent Services provides pressure filters for wastewater reuse at state-of-art steel mill in Columbus, Miss. -- Eleven TETRA® DeepBed pressure filters will produce quality wastewater treatment plant effluents for SeverCorr mill, which will produce 1.5 million tons of flat-rolled steel annually -- FORT WASHINGTON, PA, April 5, 2006 - SeverCorr, a new, state-of-the-art steel mill under construction in Columbus, Miss., has purchased 11 TETRA® DeepBed pressure filters from Severn Trent Services to treat wastewater at the flat-rolled steel manufacturing plant. The plant is scheduled to open in 2007 and will supply hot-rolled, cold-rolled and coated products to the southern United States steel market, particularly for use in the automotive industry.

The TETRA filters will be used in the hot strip mill, casting, degas and laminar flow operations at the manufacturing plant. Featuring filter rates of up to 15gmp/ft2, the DeepBed filters retain solids, oils and grease that are byproducts of the flat-rolled steel manufacturing process. By safely and cost-effectively producing quality wastewater treatment plant effluents, the filters will enable the plant to fulfill its ongoing need for industrial process water. TETRA's DeepBed filters efficiently remove contaminants from industrial wastewaters, enabling filter run times two to five times longer than other filters before backwashing is necessary. Total water used for backwash is as little as two percent of the plant's throughput.

Severn Trent Services (www.severntrentservices.com), based in Fort Washington, Pa., is a leading supplier of water and wastewater treatment solutions. The company's broad range of products and services is concentrated around disinfection, instrumentation, and filtration technologies, pipeline analysis, rehabilitation and repair services, contract operating services and state-of-the-art residential metering products and services. Our international management services business provides support in all aspects of water and wastewater utility operational development and business transformation. Severn Trent Services is a member of the Severn Trent Plc group of companies. An international environmental services leader, Severn Trent is a FTSE 100 company.

Among other recent headlines:

EPA establishes special hiring program to attract world-class scientists, engineers -- WASHINGTON, DC, April 5, 2006 -- Under a new research hiring program, EPA's Office of Research and Development plans to employ up to five new world-class scientists and engineers per fiscal year from 2006 to 2011. The researchers will work toward meeting the Agency's critical research needs in specialized areas such as bioinformatics, nanotechnology, and microbiology...
Also see: "EPA plans event to look at environmental health impact of nano-particles"

Pepperl+Fuchs voted No. 1 for technical innovation by readers of UK's HazardEx -- The journal receives award for FieldConnex Fieldbus power hub -- TWINSBURG, OH, April 5, 2006 -- Pepperl+Fuchs recently received the "Technical Innovation of the Year" award at the prestigious 2006 HazardEx awards ceremony for its innovative FieldConnex™ Fieldbus Power Hub. Power Hub is a modular power supply system for FOUNDATION Fieldbus and PROFIBUS that provides redundant, highly reliable fieldbus power for Fieldbus devices. The award recognizes and celebrates professional excellence across the UK's highly innovative hazardous area sector of industry...

CarteGraph adds seven new clients -- DUBUQUE, IA, April 5, 2006 -- CarteGraph Systems announces the addition of seven new client organizations from Auburn, WA; Upper Leacock, PA; Rosemount, MN; Oak Forest, IL; San Angelo, TX; Westford, MA, and Yorkton, SK, Canada. With its asset management software, these cities are finding a better way to serve their constituents, while maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of their organizations...

JMAR enters into distribution agreement with GMP Systems -- SAN DIEGO, April 5, 2006 -- JMAR Technologies Inc., a leading developer of advanced laser technology, has signed a distribution agreement with GMP Systems for BioSentry equipment sales and services. GMP Systems has 25 years of experience servicing the pharmaceutical industry in the areas of water treatment, fluid handling and sanitary processing. Under the distribution agreement, GMP Systems becomes JMAR's exclusive BioSentry distributor in the Northeastern United States and related pharmaceutical accounts worldwide. Headquartered in Fairfield, N.J., home of the world's largest concentration of pharmaceutical company headquarters, GMP Systems is in discussion with several of the country's leading pharmaceutical companies to introduce JMAR's BioSentry system...

WaterChef signs memorandum of understanding for international market development -- GLEN HEAD, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 5, 2006--David A. Conway, President and Chief Executive Officer, WaterChef Inc. announced that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between WaterChef and UK based Sefre Architects + Research Group. According to the MOU, the Sefre Group, which is currently in the planning and pre-tender phase, will have exclusive rights to represent WaterChef's PureSafe Water Station technology in Iraq for use in the redevelopment of Iraq's water infrastructure. With offices in the UK, Russia and Iran, the Sefre Group, a consortium of Sefre Architects + Research Ltd., Sefre International Ltd., and Sefrex Ltd., is headed by Prince Firooz Alexander Sefre, a descendant of the Zand dynasty which ruled Iran for 250 years...

Verint announces Nextiva critical infrastructure video security solution -- MELVILLE, NY, April 5, 2006 -- Verint Systems Inc., a leading provider of analytic software-based solutions for security and business intelligence, today announced Nextiva™ Critical Infrastructure (CI). Nextiva CI enables a proactive approach to preventing terrorism and crime, facilitates cross-agency collaboration and ensures a safe environment for people and commerce. It combines the power of Verint's award-winning Nextiva video management platform with specific security and emergency management capabilities for protecting critical infrastructure including government installations, municipal buildings, airports, seaports, energy, water treatment and chemical manufacturing facilities, and interstate transportation networks. Its intelligent architecture is designed to provide high availability and resiliency to meet the stringent up-time requirements of these critical infrastructure environments...
Also see:
-- "Verint expands Nextiva solution with new intelligent IP cameras bringing integrated video analytics to the Network Edge"
-- "Verint networked video solution to enhance security in Beijing in advance of 2008 Olympics"

Global consumption of biocides in recreational water was $571M at active manufacture level in 2005 a growth of 40% since 1995 -- DUBLIN, Ireland, April 5, 2006 -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of "Biocides in Recreational Water Global Report - 2006" to its offering. This report provides in depth information on the market for biocide products within recreational water. It includes detailed market analyses and discussions of industry trends. It assesses the impact of current and emerging regulations on the biocides used. The report develops forecasts for biocides from 2006 through 2011. It discusses the efforts of biocide manufacturers and formulators in launching new biocide formulations to meet changing market requirements, for example build up of resistance, lower costs, regulations...
Also see: "Over two-thirds of industry revenue in paint, coating manufacturing industry comes from plants with 20-250 employees and average annual sales of $25M"

Food industry merger & acquisition activity continues to decline -- ELMWOOD PARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 5, 2006--In 2005, 323 mergers & acquisitions were completed in the food industry - and an additional 75 were announced, but not completed by the end of the year, according to Food Business Mergers & Acquisitions 2005, the annual listing of the mergers & acquisitions shaping the food industry from The Food Institute. Activity was down 8.0% from 2004 and down a significant 49% from the 637 transactions recorded in 2000...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: YSI sells temperature business to focuses on environmental monitoring" -- Also in this report (April 4, 2006): Aqua America closes on four new water system purchases; EVTN nabs purchase order from major oil company; 'Learn, Lead, Unleash' theme sets promise of 2006 Emerson users conference; Foster Wheeler wins environmental retrofit at Spanish power plant; Pall appoints Ywaniw as new industrial Sr. VP; Globe Foundation announces winners of 6th annual environmental awards; Critical nature of U.S. water crisis and ultimate necessity for addressing in near future; Technology cooperative agreement strengthens market potential for ThermoEnergy; International utilities specialists join forces with Cadence Networks; Brean Murray, Carret & Co. launches water industry coverage with seasoned analyst...

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