WaterBriefs: World's largest desalination plant launched in Israel with Dow membranes

Also in this report: DL Engineering finishing Gilbert, Ariz., wastewater SCADA design project; Germans unite to focus on increased export power of wastewater solutions; Intelligent toxic gas detector receives ATEX approval for European use; Emte to deploy Verano RTAP on HP Itanium servers in Barcelona; Long Beach seawater desalination R&D facility opening; Aquacell Water receives second order for arsenic removal systems; Denver Water taps into Applix TM1 for business performance management...

In other news below:
-- DL Engineering finishing Gilbert, Ariz., wastewater SCADA design project
-- Germans unite to focus on increased export power of wastewater solutions
-- Intelligent toxic gas detector receives ATEX approval for European use
-- Emte to deploy Verano RTAP on HP Itanium servers in Barcelona
-- Long Beach seawater desalination R&D facility opening
-- Aquacell Water receives second order for arsenic removal systems
-- Denver Water taps into Applix TM1 for business performance management
-- Diverse coalition rails against pesticide clause in Pombo endangered species bill
-- Foster Wheeler awarded major refinery project in Bahrain
-- Middlesex Water CEO announces January retirement
-- MARTI distributor signs two-year, $42 million Chinese agreement

World's largest desalination plant launched in Israel with Dow membranes
MIDLAND, MI, Sept. 27, 2005 -- The 165,000 m3 of water per day plant in Ashkelon, Israel, is relying on FilmTec membrane technology from the Dow Chemical Co. for its highly demanding seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) process. Begun in April 2003, the plant is part of a Desalination Master Plan launched by Israel in 2002 to help address the country's chronic water resource problems. Advances in Dow RO membrane technology help reduce energy requirements, making desalination more affordable...
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DL Engineering wastewater SCADA design project in Gilbert, Ariz., nearly done
PHOENIX, Sept. 28, 2005 -- DL Engineering & Controls, Inc. (DLEC) is nearing completion of the Phase 1 design for the Gilbert, Ariz., Wastewater Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system upgrade. Design services include preparation of electrical plans, detailed fabrication drawings, and bill of materials for preparing the Phase 2 Construction Contract. It also includes plans for a secure wireless network which would provide mobile capabilities to system operators...
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Germans unite to focus on increased export power of wastewater solutions
HENNEF, Germany, Sept. 28, 2005 -- Water is a valuable commodity. Germans have for a long time been used to having available drinking water of exceptional quality and in sufficient quantities practically at all times and in all places. In Germany, the disposal of wastewater also functions at the highest level. It's well-known that, in many parts of the world, this is a different matter. It's now to be researched in a cooperative project how the established methods of wastewater treatment can be matched to the conditions in countries without full-coverage wastewater disposal. With this, the widely differing German experience is to be made more usable for international collaboration. The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) is promoting the cooperative project; taking part are 11 universities, partners from industry and the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA)...
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Highly intelligent toxic gas detector receives ATEX approval for European use
LAKE FOREST, CA, Sept. 28, 2005 -- Offering protection against a wide range of hazardous industrial gases, as well as oxygen deficiency, the TS4000 intelligent toxic gas detector from General Monitors has received ATEX approval for use in Europe in potentially explosive environments classified as EEx d mb IIC (-40°C < Ta < +75°C), the company announced Sept. 22. The unit has applications in chemical, food processing, mining, oil & gas, pulp & paper, sewers and wastewater markets...
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Emte of Barcelona, Spain, to deploy Verano RTAP on HP Itanium servers
MANSFIELD, MA, Sept. 28, 2005 -- Verano announced today that its leading real-time application platform (RTAP) is now available on HP Integrity servers featuring the Intel Itanium 2 processor. RTAP is a SCADA software solution that manages the operations of large, mission-critical industrial infrastructure, such as Enbridge Pipelines in Canada, RWE Thames Water in London, England and the Singapore Mass Rapid Transport. Emte Sistemas recently evaluated a number of hardware and software combinations for automating and monitoring Barcelona Metro and determined Verano's RTAP software running on HP Integrity servers met its demands...
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In other news headlines, seee:
Long Beach seawater desalination R&D facility opening -- LONG BEACH, CA, Sept. 28, 2005 -- Hosted by the Long Beach Water Department, local, state and federal officials, water industry leaders and environmental advocates will attend the technology demonstration and research launch event of the Long Beach Seawater Desalination Research and Development Project. The 300,000-gpd R&D facility will begin operations Sept. 30, providing policy-makers and water officials with the latest operating information on new advances in technology that may demonstrate a more cost-effective and environmentally-responsive approach to seawater desalination along the California coast and throughout the United States...

Aquacell Water receives second order for arsenic removal systems -- RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA, Sept. 28, 2005 -- AquaCell Technologies Inc., a company that markets and manufactures various water filtration and purification products including applications for municipal, industrial and commercial use, announced that its Aquacell Water Inc. subsidiary has received its second order for municipal arsenic removal systems from Cold Water Canyon Water Company in Black Canyon City, Ariz...

Denver Water taps into Applix TM1 for business performance management -- WESTBOROUGH, MA, Sept. 28, 2005 -- After a competitive "shoot-out" with a one-day proof-of-concept demonstration, Applix Inc., a global provider of single platform solutions for Business Performance Management (BPM) and Business Intelligence (BI) software, has been selected by Denver Water for its Applix TM1 platform and the benefits it delivers through faster, more accurate and transparent budgeting, financial reporting and other business performance management activities...

Farming, pesticide safety and religious communities rail against Pombo endangered species bill -- WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 28, 2005 -- More than 70 agriculture, birding, religious, pesticide, farm worker and farm safety organizations railed against Calif. Congressman Richard Pombo's attempts to weaken the Endangered Species Act. The groups signed two joint letters to members of Congress in advance of a vote on the Pombo bill, slated for Sept. 29. A new provision added to the bill exempts all pesticide decisions from ESA compliance and eliminates the requirement that the EPA consult with federal wildlife agencies to approve pesticides...

Foster Wheeler awarded major refinery project in the Kingdom of Bahrain -- HAMILTON, Bermuda, Sept. 28, 2005 -- Foster Wheeler Ltd. announced today that its Milan-based subsidiary Foster Wheeler Italiana S.p.A. has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by The Bahrain Petroleum Company B.S.C. (BAPCO) for a refinery gas desulfurization (RGD) project at its refinery located near Sitra, on the east coast of the Kingdom of Bahrain. BAPCO is wholly owned by the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The value of the lump-sum turnkey contract is approximately $112 million and it will be included in Foster Wheeler's third-quarter 2005 bookings. The RGD project is one of a number of projects which form part of BAPCO's planned $1 billion refinery upgrading program. The purpose of the RGD project is to remove sulfur from the refinery gas streams, treat all sour water to meet government environmental legislation and meet hydrogen sulfide specifications for selected streams where required, to allow export of the LPG-rich streams...

Middlesex Water CEO Dennis G. Sullivan announces retirement in January -- ISELIN, NJ, Sept. 27, 2005 -- Dennis G. Sullivan yesterday announced that he will retire as president and chief executive officer of Middlesex Water Company effective Jan. 1. Sullivan is to remain on the company's board of directors until the end of his term in May 2006 and serve in a consultant capacity. He has served as CEO since January 2003 and president of the company since May 2001...

MARTI distributor signs guaranteed two-year $42 million agreement with Chinese company -- RALEIGH, NC, Sept. 27, 2005 Metals & Arsenic Removal Technology Inc. (MARTI), a portfolio company of HydroFlo Inc., will produce and supply Canadian distribution company, Essentially Yours Industries Inc. (EYI) and China Electronics Import and Export South China Corporation (CEIEC) with $42 million worth of water pitchers and filters...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: Veolia Water now managing wastewater services at Fort Knox Army base" -- Also in this report (Sept. 27, 2005): Itron adds fixed network deployment of smart meters in Ontario; Sandia technology to check for toxins in nation's water supplies; Groundwater sampling goes tubular at Wash.'s Hanford site; AMTA technology workshop set for Nov. 9-10 in Arizona; Emergency response required for undetermined fuel release; Five new clients join CarteGraph; Met-Pro division enters into distribution agreement with ITT Goulds Pumps; Homeland Security picks 3Com, Adventium Labs to secure critical infrastructure; MIR3 enables Calif. utility to alert thousands about drinking water precautions; Corps of Engineers lends more support in aftermath of Hurricane Rita; Soldiers rush supplies, repair canals after Hurricane Rita; Cytec provides impact of Hurricane Rita update; Watts Water Technologies executive resigns; Ex-White House advisor joins ThermoEnergy Board; DeCaf Co. to license low-cost MTBE removal technology; Pa. coalition urges Congress to clean up water supplies polluted by mines; Deep Rock Water seeks to update product; Glacier Water to buy Canada's Gestion Bi-Eau Pure...

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