WaterBriefs: MBRs growing fast in changing world water market

Also in this report: Teledyne to buy MGD Technologies; George Fischer solves plating problem; Hong Kong picks AquaShield for stormwater solution; AMTA/SCDA workshop in Corpus Christi; Aurora Water selects Arber Associates; WEF-B&V team to assess Gulf Coast wastewater systems; PureTech Systems wins GSA contract; New Orleans levee system report done; Water Advocates praises passage of Water for the Poor Act; AWWA honored for fighting MTBE exemption; Siemens shuffles USFilter posts...

In other news below:
-- Contech acquires Armortec
-- Teledyne Isco to buy MGD Technologies
-- George Fischer solves Crown City Plating flow measurement problem
-- AquaShield picked by Hong Kong
-- AMTA/SCDA technology transfer workshop set for Corpus Christi
-- Aurora Water selects Arber Associates for Colo. wastewater project
-- Rain Bird announces 2006 Intelligent Use of Water Scholarship
-- WEF, utilities, Black & Veatch to assess Gulf Coast wastewater system damage
-- GSA contract awarded to PureTech Systems' surveillance solution
-- ASCE preliminary report on New Orleans levee system done
-- Water Advocates commends House for passing Water for the Poor Act
-- Horticultural specialist joins Chemilizer
-- EVTN gets new contract in oil production market
-- AWWA honored for fighting MTBE exemption
-- Siemens announces management changes, new products at USFilter

Global MBR market expected to approach $363 million by 2010
NORWALK, CT, Nov. 7, 2005 -- BCC Inc. report says global MBR market is estimated at $216.6 million, and rising at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 10.9%. This market is growing faster than the larger market for advanced wastewater treatment equipment, about 5.5% AAGR, and more rapidly than the market for other types of membrane systems, which are increasing at rates from 8% to 10%, depending, on technology...
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Contech acquires Armortec
MIDDLETOWN, OH, Nov. 7, 2005 -- Contech Construction Products Inc. has finalized its acquisition of the Armortec business of Lee Brick and Block LLC, of Bowling Green, Ky. Armortec is a leading provider of concrete erosion control systems. Its solutions are widely used in shoreline protection, bridge scour, dam overtopping and channel lining applications...
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Teledyne enters agreement to acquire MGD Technologies Inc.
LINCOLN, NE, Nov. 7, 2005 -- Teledyne Technologies' subsidiary Teledyne Isco Inc. entered into an agreement to acquire MGD Technologies Inc. based in San Diego. The transaction is expected to close during November 2005 and is subject to customary closing conditions. Founded in 1996, MGD's principal business focuses on the development, manufacture, sales, repair, and sustaining engineering of a unique velocity profiling flow measurement system...
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Crown City Plating solves flow measurement problem with Signet magmeter
TUSTIN, CA, Nov. 7, 2005 -- Crown City Plating Co., of El Monte, Calif., manufactures electroless and electroplate on metal and plastic, injection molding, painting, decorating, and subassembly. Using George Fischer's new Signet 2551 Insertion Magmeter, Crown City Plating was able to solve its continual flow measurement problem in the chrome effluent neutralization waste line...
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AquaShield selected by government of Hong Kong
CHATTANOOGA, TN, Nov. 7, 2005 -- After an intense international search for stormwater treatment system suppliers, the government of Hong Kong announced the selection of Chattanooga-based AquaShield International to participate in a feasibility study conducted jointly by the Departments of Environmental Protection and Drainage Services. AquaShield management recently traveled to Hong Kong to assist in the implementation of the feasibility study, the successful completion of which could lead to installation of AquaShield™ stormwater treatment systems in multiple sites throughout Hong Kong...
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AMTA/SCDA technology transfer workshop set for Feb. 8-9 in Corpus Christi
STUART, FL, Nov. 7, 2005 -- The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) began sending out last week the brochure for the AMTA/SCDA Joint Technology Transfer Workshop "Advances in Technology & Operator Training," which is scheduled for Corpus Christi, Texas, on Feb. 8-9, 2006. Keynote presentations will be on The States Role in Advancing Desalination Technologies and Corpus Christi's Efforts on Gov. Rick Perry's Desalination Program...
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Aurora Water selects Arber Associates for Kings Pointe Wastewater Project
LAKEWOOD, CO, Nov. 7, 2005 -- Richard P. Arber Associates was selected by the city of Aurora Utilities Department, now known as Aurora Water, to provide preliminary and final design of the Kings Pointe Wastewater Services Project. Kings Pointe is a 1,035-acre development located at E-470 and Parker Road in S.E. Aurora. The project consists of four wastewater lift stations, 16,700 feet of forcemains, and 18,000 feet of gravity lines to provide wastewater service to a planned residential community...
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Rain Bird announces opening for 2006 Intelligent Use of Water Scholarship
GLENDORA, CA, Nov. 7, 2005 -- Irrigation specialist to present $2,500 to one student to study the landscape and irrigation sciences. Awarded in partnership with the Landscape Architecture Foundation, an organization dedicated to the professional development of those involved with landscape architecture and its related sciences, Rain Bird's Intelligent Use of Water Scholarship is dedicated to furthering the education and training of those who are committed to water conservation...
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WEF, utilities, Black & Veatch to assess wastewater system damage in Gulf Coast
ALEXANDRIA, VA, Nov. 4, 2005 -- The Water Environment Federation, members working for utilities, and private companies are collaborating with global engineering, consulting and construction company Black & Veatch to develop and present an area-wide assessment of the damage and probable cost to rehabilitate or replace wastewater systems in the Gulf States. As a result of the hurricanes, some treatment plants were completely destroyed while others sustained considerable damage. Collection systems also sustained considerable damage...
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GSA contract awarded to PureTech Systems' surveillance solution
PHOENIX, Nov. 4, 2005 -- PureTech Systems Inc. announced that PureActiv, its state-of-the-art Wide-area Surveillance Solution, was recently awarded a Federal Supply Schedule contract from the General Services Administration (GSA), simplifying procurement for federal agencies and other customers with authorization to purchase from the Federal Supply Schedule Program...
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New Orleans levee system preliminary report released
RESTON, VA, Nov. 4, 2004 -- A preliminary data report on the performance of the New Orleans Levee Systems during Hurricane Katrina was released Wednesday. The report was compiled by technical assessment teams from ASCE and University of California-Berkeley. ASCE assessment team leader Peter G. Nicholson, Ph.D., P.E., also testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs concerning the team's observations. The joint report details observations made by both the ASCE team and the National Science Foundation-sponsored UC-Berkeley team from Oct. 3-14, when they conducted onsite inspections and gathered data on the 17th Street Canal, London Avenue Canal and Industrial Canal levee breaches, among others in New Orleans...
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Water Advocates commends House for passing drinking water, sanitation bill
WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 7, 2005 -- Water Advocates today commends the U.S. House of Representatives for overwhelmingly passing H.R. 1973, the Sen. Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005. This landmark legislation will make safe and affordable drinking water and sanitation a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy. The majority of preventable deaths in the world stem from contaminated drinking water and inadequate sanitation, which together kill between 2 and 5 million people each year -- mostly children under five. Waterborne diseases cause over 80% of illnesses in the developing world...
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In related news: "Water Advocates urges Global Health Summit leaders to address water & sanitation"

Horticultural specialist joins Chemilizer
LARGO, FL, Nov. 4, 2005 -- Todd Macon has been appointed to the newly created position of horticulture retail specialist, an area of rapid growth for Chemilizer Products Inc., according to an announcement by Lawrence (Lou) Pulor, sales manager of the company. Pulor said Chemilizer is experiencing record breaking sales in the horticultural and irrigation markets...
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EVTN expands entry in oil production equipment market with contract
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Nov. 4, 2005 -- Enviro Voraxial Technology Inc. announced Wednesday that the company has signed a contract to deploy a Voraxial® 2000 Separator to a New Mexico oil production facility for a produced water (oil/water) separation application. This contract follows the recent announcement of another system being deployed to an offshore oil platform owned by CNOOC, China's third largest oil company...
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AWWA honored for fighting for water utilities, consumers and local communities
WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 4, 2004 -- Association won top honors for best non-profit advocacy campaign at an awards ceremony sponsored by PR News, a leading trade publication of the public relations industry. It was recognized for its efforts on behalf of water utilities to keep the MTBE "Safe Harbor" provision out of the Energy Bill. If it became law, the provision would have saddled drinking water utilities, local communities, and ultimately consumers with an estimated $25-$29 billion in cleanup costs...
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Siemens announces management changes at USFilter
While at WEFTEC.05 last week, Siemens announced two management changes at its USFilter business. Chuck Gordon has been named executive vice president of USFilter's Systems business and Kevin Trant has been named executive vice president of the company's Services & Products (S&P) business. It also announced a slew of new or enhanced products...
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In earlier newsbriefs, see: WaterBriefs: American Water partnership pays dividends for Buffalo Water System -- Also in this report (Nov. 2, 2005): Chemical Injection Technologies Inc. appoints national sales manager; Golden Maid Packers deploys Novazone's storage solution to extend fruit shelf life; URS wins $87 million contract to provide support services for EPA's Superfund Program; Strategic Diagnostics files patent in support of new food pathogen assay; Contech relocates headquarters; Pittcon announces Invited Symposia for 2006; Flow International completes Avure Technologies sale...


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