WaterBriefs: USFilter to increase rates for mobile water treatment contracts

Also in this report: BWT to spin off Christ Water Technology; Siemens ranks 10th for 2004 U.S. patents; CPUC may grant Cal Water $7.6M rate increase; Princeton gets AC variable speed drive for chilled water plant; Franklin Electric shifts executive staff; Cadence Networks hires marketing, sales VP; UC Irvine adds Watershed Regulations and Management course for July 15; Nanotechnology conference to cover top six beneficial 'nano' uses; International Paper elects environmental expert to board...

In other news below, see:
-- BWT plans spinoff of Christ Water Technology along with Aqua Systems Technologies
-- Siemens ranks in top 10 for U.S. patents issued in 2004
-- CPUC proposes granting Cal Water $7.6 million rate increase
-- Princeton gets AC variable speed drive for chilled water plant
-- Franklin Electric announces executive staffing changes
-- Cadence Networks announces new VP of marketing, sales
-- UC Irvine Extension adds Watershed Regulations and Management course for July 15
-- Nanotechnology conference to cover top six beneficial 'nano' uses
-- International Paper elects environmental expert to board

USFilter to increase rates for mobile water treatment contracts
WARRENDALE, PA, June 29, 2005 -- Siemens water treatment unit will increase its rates by 3% beginning July 1 for mobile demineralization, clarification, filtration and reverse osmosis systems. This increase reflects the rising costs of labor, chemicals, transportation and environmental requirements. All mobile water treatment contracts that were in place before this date will be honored at the current price structure through the expiration date...
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BWT plans spinoff of Christ Water Technology along with Aqua Systems Technologies
MONDSEE, Austria, June 28, 2005 -- Austrian company and its wholly owned subsidiary have entered into a separation and takeover agreement according to which all the shares held by BWT in Christ Water Technology are to be transferred by way of universal succession to the subsidiary retroactive to Dec. 31, 2004, and simultaneously transferred to the shareholders of BWT at a ratio of 1:1...
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Siemens ranks in top 10 for U.S. patents issued in 2004
NEW YORK, June 28, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) ranked parent of USFilter the 10th largest recipient of patents in the United States in 2004, making it one of the highest ranking diversified companies on the list. German conglomerate was granted 1,477 patents in the U.S. in 2004. Siemens holds more than 9,500 total patents in the U.S. and 45,000 globally.
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CPUC proposes granting Cal Water $7.6 million rate increase
SAN JOSE, CA, June 28, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- California Water Service Group unit announces California Public Utilities Commission's proposed decision on 2004 general rate case applications. The proposed decision is currently scheduled to be considered by the commission on July 21. Company expects to file for rate hikes for another eight of its 24 districts in 2005...
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Princeton gets AC variable speed drive for chilled water plant
PRINCETON, NJ, June 28, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Princeton Power Systems delivers advanced AC-link clean power unit for university facility that provides chilled water to cool 87 campus buildings. This is the first commercial installation of Princeton Power's VSD, which follows several successful military installations of the AC-link technology. Drive improves efficiency, reduces costs and increases reliability...
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Franklin Electric announces executive staffing changes
BLUFFTON, IN, June 28, 2005 (PRNewswire-FirstCall) -- Pump systems maker promotes its chief financial officer to head water systems business and hires a new CFO as well as vice president of sales for water systems in the Americas...
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Cadence Networks announces new VP of marketing, sales
CINCINNATI, OH, June 28, 2005 -- Firm welcomes addition of Steve Moritz, formerly Strategic Energy's vice president of national accounts, to executive team. Industry expert lends knowledge and leadership to expense management solutions provider for utilities, etc...
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UC Irvine Extension adds Watershed Regulations and Management course for July 15
IRVINE, CA, June 28, 2005 -- Professionals offered latest tactics to address water quality issues for growing urban areas at UCI Learning Center event in Orange, Calif. Will focus on how to design programs to control water runoff and pollutants and be in compliance with regulations such as federal TMDL Rule and legislation such as the Clean Water Act, California Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act and California AB411...
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Nanotechnology conference to cover top six beneficial 'nano' uses
MENLO PARK, CA, June 28, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The 13th Foresight Nanotech Institute "Advancing Beneficial Nanotechnology: Focusing on the Cutting Edge" conference, Oct. 22-27 in San Francisco, focuses on vision, applications (including water treatment), policy and research, advancing beneficial nanotechnology and focusing on cutting edge processes,...
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International Paper elects environmental expert to board
STAMFORD, CT, June 28, 2005 (PRNewswire-FirstCall) -- Former Assistant Secretary of State John F. Turner oversaw issues involving "Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs" at the U.S. State Department. Before that, he was CEO of the Conservation Fund, a director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, chairman of the Institute of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming and a state legislator in Wyoming...
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In earlier newsbriefs, see:
-- "WaterBriefs: Ex-Pentair exec, engineering consultant unite to form Water Science & Marketing LLC" -- Also in this report (June 28, 2005): China Evergreen completes $3.6M WWTP in Shandong Province; NY engineering council honors Rixner, Boyce; EU approves Crompton-Great Lakes Chemical merger; American Capital invests $30 mln in NPC buyout; Alfa Laval wins $12.8 mln Pakistan water project; Iraq Update -- Work continues on Karbala water plant; Office of Surface Mining proposes EIS for stream buffer zone rule...

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