WaterBriefs: Zenon obtains significant sales in December

Also in this report: USFilter Zimpro upgrades Ill. village's sand filter; Westin Engineering lands $7.8M Chicago controls contract; Blackburn & Assoc. wins slow sand filter patent; Advantica awarded Tempe, Ariz., water contract; New investor 'Water Index' unveiled; Senate introduces new chemical plant security bill; Met-Pro receives $850,000 China contract; Hatch Mott MacDonald acquires AWS Engineers; NuFlo Measurement Systems buys Caldon; ADB-funded water project benefits 400K in Afghanistan...

In other news below:
-- Hydro-Clear filter rehabilitation keeps Libertyville, Ill., plant running like new
-- Westin Engineering awarded $7.8 million controls contract by Chicago
-- Blackburn & Assoc. receives first patent for slow sand filter
-- Advantica awarded Tempe, Ariz., water contract
-- Boenning & Scattergood, ISE develop new 'Water Index' investor option
-- Homeland security stocks to benefit from new Senate chemical plant security bill
-- Met-Pro Corp.'s International Division receives equipment order in excess of $850,000
-- Hatch Mott MacDonald acquires AWS Engineers & Planners Corp.
-- NuFlo Measurement Systems acquires ultrasonic meter manufacturer Caldon Inc.
-- New process unveiled to detect pathogens in food, water for use in the shipping industry
-- N-Viro announces settlement with former law firm
-- ADB loan for water project benefits 400,000 in western Afghanistan

Zenon obtains significant sales in December
OAKVILLE, ONT, Canada, Jan. 5, 2006 -- Zenon Environmental Inc. announced that the company booked $38 million for large orders it received in the month of December.

In December, Zenon received purchase orders to supply the company's new ZeeWeed 1000 version 3 membranes for three drinking water treatment plants. Among them is the Twin Oaks County project that the company announced earlier in October when Zenon was selected as the membrane supplier for the world's largest ultrafiltration plant. With construction underway, the plant is expected to be complete in the first half of 2008.

As the regional population continues to grow in San Diego County, drinking water treatment plants using membrane technology will continue to be built. The Sweetwater Authority in San Diego County will be another location in California where Zenon will supply its latest generation product. Construction on this 30 million gallon a day (113,000 cubic meters) plant can provide safe, superior quality water to approximately 150,000 people when completed by the end of 2007. In addition to these, a community in Georgia has also ordered a new ZeeWeed 1000 version 3 membrane system that once completed, will have the capacity to supply potable water to approximately 60,000 people.

With the inclusion of these plants Zenon's installed water treatment capacity will exceed 2 billion gallons per day all over the world.

Sales of the company's ZeeWeed 500 series membranes also continue to do well. The 500 series membranes are Zenon's strongest reinforced hollow fibre membranes with a proven track record of outstanding performance in difficult-to-treat waters. Among the orders received in December for the 500 series is a membrane bioreactor that will treat 9 million gallons of wastewater per day (34,000 cubic metres) for the North Kent Sewer Authority in Michigan; a water recycling plant for Oak Valley, California; and an industrial wastewater treatment plant in Indiana.

"As an industry leader, we continue to win new orders for our innovative technology," said Andrew Benedek, Zenon Chairman and CEO. "In addition to our new order intake, growing backlog and strong financial base, we continue to strive for excellence in providing superior service to our clients. With this strong order intake in December, our backlog is expected to continue to grow at the 30% range seen in previous years," added Benedek.

Based in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, Zenon Environmental Inc. (www.zenon.com) is a world leader in providing advanced membrane products and services for water purification, wastewater treatment and water reuse to municipalities and industries worldwide. Canada's Top 100 Employers ranked Zenon in their top 100 list for the last six years. An S&P/TSX Composite company, Zenon Environmental Inc. trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

-- Also see: "Zenon anticipates loss in fourth quarter"

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Among other recent headlines:

Hydro-Clear filter rehabilitation keeps Libertyville, Ill., plant running like new -- ROTHSCHILD, WI, Jan. 5, 2006 -- The village of Libertyville, Ill., installed a Hydro-Clear® sand filter system from USFilter Zimpro Products in 1977. Since that time, the Village has benefited from the system, making only minor repairs throughout the years. While the system was still operational and successfully meeting discharge limits, the 27-year-old system was beyond its life cycle. An upgrade was necessary. Routine customer service visits and a close relationship with USFilter Zimpro Products' led the village to upgrade its existing the existing sand filter system to a new one...

Westin Engineering awarded $7.8 million controls contract by Chicago --
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA, Jan. 5, 2006 -- Calif. firm wins pumping station SCADA project from Chicago's Department of Water Management, which delivers nearly a billion gallons of drinking water a day to 8 million residents of city and 124 suburbs. The new SCADA system will consolidate distribution operations at the Jardine Water Purification Plant -- one of the world's largest water treatment plants...

Blackburn & Assoc. receives first patent for slow sand filter -- BELLINGHAM, WA, Jan. 5, 2006 -- Humphrey Blackburn, founder of Blackburn and Assoc., a Washington-based water filtration equipment company, has received his first patent for the company's package plant slow sand filter used by homes and rural villages. The patent was awarded for the company's smallest filter, the SSF/x. The SSF/x slow sand filter is for use in treating drinking water for homes or rural villages, with features providing simpler on-site assembly, preset maximum flow, easy monitoring of pressure head loss, protection of piping, and a harrowing system for cleaning...

Advantica awarded Tempe, Ariz., water contract -- CARLISLE, PA, Jan. 5, 2006 -- Advantica has been contracted by the city of Tempe, Ariz., for the design and implementation of an integrated geospatial information system (GIS) to enhance the planning, maintenance and operation of the Water Utility Department's water, sewer, storm water and flood irrigation assets. The multi-phase project is designed to replace the Tempe Water Department's reliance on the City's MicroStation®-based automated mapping technology with a new, state-of-the-art ESRI® spatial asset management platform that will integrate with network modeling, work management, document management, customer billing and other departmental and enterprise systems...

Boenning & Scattergood, ISE develop new water sector index option -- Innovative new product furthers its leadership in rapidly emerging water industry -- WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, Jan. 5, 2006 -- Boenning & Scattergood (B&S), one of the oldest, independently operated securities firms with headquarters in the Mid-Atlantic region, in conjunction with the International Securities Exchange, today announced a new index option for the Water Industry, the ISE-B&S Water Index. Working with the ISE, Boenning & Scattergood developed the ISE-B&S Water Index as a new tool in response to the rapid increase in investor demand for vehicles to invest in the water industry. The index is comprised of 20 domestic and international stocks representing all facets of the water industry, including water infrastructure, filtration, distribution, purification and treatment industries. Boenning & Scattergood also developed the new index option as an overall industry performance benchmark. The index is the basis for cash-settled index options, which will list and begin trading today, Jan. 5, on ISE under the symbol HHO. Boenning & Scattergood will provide weekly ongoing support and analysis of the Index (and its components) in Boenning & Scattergood's Water Weekly. The Water Weekly will serve investors by keeping them abreast of industry developments and their potential effects on this new and innovative product in a timely manner...
Also see: "ISE to launch new 'Water Index'"

Homeland Security Stocks: Integrated security providers ECSI, GVIS positioned to benefit from new Senate Chemical Plant Security Bill -- NEW YORK, Jan. 5, 2006 -- Homeland Security Stocks.com (HSS) reported the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee introduced The Chemical Facility Anti-terrorism Act of 2005 which mandated security upgrades at over 15,000 U.S. facilities that produce, use or store hazardous chemicals. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), a longtime proponent of expanded nuclear and chemical security and co-sponsor with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), said that despite the eye opening effects of the 9/11 attacks, "somehow we have not yet protected one of our greatest vulnerabilities". Supporting the legislation, the New York Times wrote: "If terrorists attacked a chemical plant, the death toll could be enormous. A single breached chlorine tank could, according to the Department of Homeland Security, lead to 17,500 deaths, 10,000 severe injuries and 100,000 hospitalizations. Many chemical plants have shockingly little security to defend against such attacks." The bill calls for a risk based, performance based, tiered approach to security, with a full range of security upgrades based upon the estimated risk of attack and vulnerability across the full range of U.S. facilities that store and use chemicals...
Also see:
-- U.S. Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee website
-- "Homeland Security Watch: Senator to file chemical-plant safety bill"
-- "Corzine Lauds New Chemical Plant Security Bill"
-- "Plant Security Bill Heads to Senate Committee"
-- "Senate Bill Proposes National Chemical Plant Security Regulations"

Met-Pro Corp.'s International Division receives equipment order in excess of $850,000 -- HARLEYSVILLE, PA, Jan. 5, 2006 -- Raymond J. De Hont, chairman and CEO of Met-Pro Corp., announced the company's International Division, in cooperation with its Systems Division, has received an order to supply a regenerative thermal oxidizer system for use in a petrochemical facility in the People's Republic of China. The total value of this order is in excess of $850,000. The equipment is expected to ship in the third quarter of the company's next fiscal year...

Hatch Mott MacDonald acquires AWS Engineers & Planners Corp. -- TORONTO, Canada, Jan. 5, 2006 -- Hatch Mott MacDonald has acquired water and wastewater engineering firm AWS Engineers & Planners Corp, an Ontario, Canada-based firm with offices in Burlington and the Niagara Peninsula from American Water Canada Corp. Through this acquisition, HMM, based in Millburn, N.J., with a staff of 1,000 in North America including 150 in Mississauga, Ontario, will add 40 more people with expertise in water and wastewater engineering...

NuFlo Measurement Systems acquires ultrasonic meter manufacturer Caldon Inc. -- HOUSTON, TX, Jan. 5, 2006 -- NuFlo Measurement Systems announced the acquisition of Caldon Inc. of Pittsburgh, PA, a premier supplier of ultrasonic flow measurement products and systems. Caldon's products and systems are currently used in petroleum pipelines, refineries, hydroelectric dams, water distribution facilities, and nuclear power plants around the world. NuFlo Measurement Systems is the measurement group of Cooper Cameron Valves and Measurement, a division of Cooper Cameron Corp...

New process unveiled to detect E. coli, Salmonella and other pathogens in food, water for use in the shipping industry -- WEST PERTH, Australia, Jan. 5, 2006 -- Nano Bioluminescence Detection spray from AgMicron, with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia, will prove to add a great amount of controls within the shipping industry and possibly even prevent forms of bioterrorism. Not only does the solution detect contamination in food to help ensure that the goods are ready for consumer consumption it also makes it possible to detect possible bioterrorist attacks. These extra features of the spay were realized when researchers in Taiwan understood the growing need to not only monitor for commercial reasons but to monitor food and water for possible bioterrorism attacks...

N-Viro announces settlement with former law firm -- TOLEDO, Ohio, Jan. 5, 2006 -- N-Viro International Corp. announced it has settled an account payable to a former law firm at no cost to the company, either in cash or the issuance of stock. The settlement, which includes mutual releases and indemnities, became effective Dec. 27, and will result in an improvement of $108,000 in fourth quarter 2005 results for the company...

ADB loan for water project benefits 400,000 in western Afghanistan -- MANILA, The Philippines, Jan 5, 2006 -- About 400,000 mostly poor people will benefit from a water resources management project for Afghanistan's western basins backed by an Asian Development Bank assistance package totaling US$75 million. The project will help boost agricultural productivity and rural livelihoods in the Hari Rud River Basin, which includes Herat, and the Murghab River Basin located in Badghis, Ghowr and Herat provinces. It will strengthen integrated water resource management, improve irrigation, and promote more efficient agricultural practices to increase productivity in an area that contains some of Afghanistan's most extensive and intensively farmed irrigation areas...

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