WaterBriefs: Siemens commits $10 million to Clinton Global Initiative

Also in this report: American Water adds 55,000 new customers in 2006; ABB releases online primer on multidrives; Spartan Environmental, Biosolutions to provide lab testing on ozone-treated waters; Biohit Inc. introduces new website; Australian Hardboards Ltd. commissions VSEP water recycling system; Foster Wheeler signs steam generator deal with Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries; Ontario Environment Ministry issues certificate to Clearford's Small Bore Sewer System...

In other news below:
-- American Water adds 55,000 new customers in 2006
-- ABB releases online primer on multidrives
-- Spartan Environmental, Biosolutions to provide lab testing on ozone-treated waters
-- Biohit Inc. introduces new website
-- Australian Hardboards Ltd. commissions VSEP water recycling system
-- Foster Wheeler signs steam generator deal with Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries
-- Ontario Environment Ministry issues certificate to Clearford's Small Bore Sewer System

Siemens commits $10 Million in medical, water purification equipment and funds as part of Clinton Global Initiative to improve global healthcare -- Technology leader joins Chinese Ministry of Health to provide rural Chinese communities with diagnostic equipment and clean water technologies -- NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2006 -- Siemens, the global technology and electrical engineering company, today announced at the annual Clinton Global Initiative Summit (CGI) that it would commit $10 million in medical diagnostic equipment, water treatment equipment, and financial support to rural communities in China as part of the company's new affiliation with CGI. The company is working closely with the Chinese Ministry of Health to facilitate the delivery of CT scanners, X-ray equipment and ultrasound machines, as well as vital water purification systems, to medical clinics throughout a rural community in China. The five-year commitment of medical diagnostic technologies and water purification systems will begin in early 2007 with the delivery and installation of equipment into clinics. Siemens will oversee the equipment set-up and train local healthcare providers to maintain and service machines. Siemens also will supply specialized, reverse osmosis water purification equipment used to make high purity water from potable tap water for laboratory and dialysis applications in the clinics...
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-- "Laura Bush announces $16.4M investment in PlayPump Clean Water Systems by government, Case Foundation, other partners"
-- "African clean water initiative by Playpumps International wins $5 million commitment"

American Water adds 55,000 new customers in 2006 -- Infrastructure expansions underway to support growth -- VOORHEES, NJ, Sept. 21, 2006 -- American Water, the largest water services provider in North America, has welcomed more than 55,000 new customers this year as a result of water and wastewater system acquisitions in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Hawaii, and through population growth in virtually every state where the Company operates. Among investment plans are:
* A new $36 million state-of-the-art regional water treatment facility serving Pennsylvania's West Shore communities was brought online earlier this year.
* Plans were announced for a new 15 mgd (million gallons per day) treatment facility to meet future demands in Illinois' growing Champaign County.
* A new treatment plant is being built on the Kentucky River to add capacity to Lexington's regional service area.
* A $55 million plant expansion is a work in progress to increase capacity to 80 mgd at an American Water treatment plant serving Somerset County, New Jersey.
* $44 million is being invested to upgrade American Water's Joplin, Missouri facility to boost capacity from16 to 23 mgd.
* A 12-mile, $9.8 million pipeline project has been completed to transfer water from a planned surface water treatment facility to Arizona's Agua Fria district and to an 8,800-acre master-planned community west of Phoenix.
* The treatment plant in Arizona is being designed to produce 15 mgd initially and can be expanded to an ultimate 80 mgd capacity to keep ahead of anticipated population growth in desert communities of southern Arizona...

ABB releases online primer on multidrives -- Why and when to install multidrives? A new generation of technology delivers precise control of multiple motors via a compact multidrive design -- NEW BERLIN, WI, Sept. 20, 2006 -- Extremely compact multidrive series from ABB -- the ACS800 -- offers an array of benefits to integrators, OEMs, panel builders and end users who are optimizing energy usage through precise control of motors. Since drives are available both in multidrive and single drive configurations, it is useful to define the difference -- and profile the benefits that the next generation of multidrives now provides to users. Adjustable speed drives are used in any application in which there's mechanical equipment powered by motors; the drives provide extremely precise electrical motor control, so that motor speeds can be ramped up and down, and maintained, at speeds required; doing so utilizes only the energy required, rather than having a motor run at constant (fixed) speed and utilizing an excess of energy...

Spartan Environmental, Biosolutions collaborate to provide lab testing services on ozone-treated waters -- MENTOR, OH, Sept. 21, 2006 -- Spartan Environmental Technologies, a distributor and manufacturer of chemical oxidation and disinfection equipment, is collaborating with Biosolutions to provide laboratory services to document ozone efficacy for specific applications. Ozone demand for a source water and dosage estimates for applications such as color removal or COD reduction can be determined in the laboratory. Biosolutions is a certified water testing laboratory serving both the private and public drinking water and wastewater markets of Northeast Ohio. Spartan's product line includes a full range of ozone generators, odor control systems and a proprietary electrolytic system for the removal of organics from water. These systems treat air and water from municipal, commercial and industrial facilities...

Biohit Inc. introduces new website -- NEPTUNE, NJ, Sept. 21, 2006 -- Biohit Inc. has announced the launch of its new Micro Website tailored for all of the North American markets. Included in this website are technical service, promotions, contact information for repair and calibration services and a full product listing of Biohit's liquid handling products and monoclonal antibodies. This new site gives the user immediate access to the Biohit field sales force with an interactive email map and up to the minute introductions to products, promotions and after care support for which Biohit is known. A technical guide to all functions of Biohit's electronic pipettors and a cross reverence guide to selecting pipettors and disposable pipet tips can also be found on the site. In addition, the corporate information, standards and accreditations as well as OEM partnerships can be immediately accessed...
Also see: "Biohit Liquid Handling granted ISO 13485 certification"

Australian Hardboards Ltd. holds ceremonial commissioning for VSEP water recycling system -- EMERYVILLE, CA, & IPSWICH, Australia, Sept. 21, 2006 -- New Logic Research Inc., the maker of VSEP, the vibrating membrane filtration system, announced today its participation in the official commissioning ceremony for the Australian Hardboards Water Recycling Plant in Queensland, Australia. On hand for the ceremony were members of the Australian Hardboards and New Logic executive team, as well as numerous business leaders and local officials, including Cr. Paul Pisasale, the mayor of Ipswich. The wastewater treatment and recovery system, which combines seven i84 VSEP nanofiltration membrane modules, recovers wastewater for reuse within the plant. The system, which is capable of processing approximately 200,000 gallons per day, runs continuously automated by a programmable logic controller (PLC)...

Foster Wheeler enters into another license agreement for CFB steam generator technology -- Agreement opens up additional markets for Foster Wheeler in Korea, India and elsewhere in Asia -- HAMILTON, Bermuda, Sept. 21, 2006 -- Foster Wheeler Ltd. announced today that its subsidiary Foster Wheeler North America Corp., a unit of the Global Power Group, has entered into a 15-year agreement with Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd., of South Korea, to provide a technology license for subcritical pressure circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) steam generator projects in Korea, the Indian subcontinent and certain other regions. The agreement also contemplates Foster Wheeler collaborating with Doosan on certain engineering, procurement, and construction opportunities. The value of the initial fees will be included in the company's third-quarter 2006 bookings, and future royalty payments will be recorded over the life of the agreement. As a pioneer in the commercial use of fluidized-bed technology, Foster Wheeler has maintained its leadership with its innovative designs for CFB steam generators. Foster Wheeler's leading CFB technology offers Doosan a flexible option for the clean combustion of a wide variety of fuels in the growing power markets in which they will participate...
Also see: "Foster Wheeler enters into license agreement with China's Wuxi Huaguang Boiler Co. for CFB steam generator technology"

Ontario Ministry of Environment issues certificate of technology assessment for Clearford's Small Bore Sewer System -- OTTAWA, ONT, Canada, Sept. 21, 2006 -- Clearford Industries Inc. announced today that the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has issued a "Certificate Technology Assessment" for the Clearford Small Bore Sewer™ (SBS™), after a three month evaluation and assessment under the "New Environmental Technology Evaluation" (NETE) program. This Certificate confirms that: "The Clearford Small Bore Sewer™ (SBS™) system has significant design and materials improvements to the traditional gravity sewers and has the following recommended key design criteria: average daily flowrate of 200 to 225 L/(c/d); minimum design cleansing velocity of 0.15 m/s; minimum nominal pipe diameter of 75 mm; design zero infiltration flow; design peaking factor of 2"...

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