WaterBriefs: WSF Industries wins Chinese pressure vessel certification

Also in this report: Manaris Corp. sells CLI; LADWP presents aggressive plan for energy efficiency; Flotek Industries acquires artificial lift; BSI2000 Homeland Security contract expanded; Aqua Dyne signs Chilean distributor; Incuity Software names NORPAC Controls Ltd. as British Columbia reseller; AFS adds wastewater/water treatment to May short courses; AWWA encourages mutual aid networks for utilities; General Environmental Management Inc. to acquire K2M...

In other news below:
-- Manaris Corp. completes sale of CLI
-- LADWP presents aggressive plan for energy efficiency for residents, businesses
-- Flotek Industries announces artificial lift acquisition
-- BSI2000 Homeland Security contract expanded
-- Aqua Dyne announces JetWater marketing agreement for Chile
-- Incuity Software names NORPAC Controls Ltd. as British Columbia reseller
-- Pa. pushes for improvements to public notices in water supply emergencies
-- AFS adds wastewater/water treatment and filtration to May short courses
-- AWWA encourages mutual aid networks among utilities
-- American Rivers says Feingold-McCain Bill would protect taxpayers and environment
-- League of California Cities adopts infrastructure investment recommendations
-- Review of Hong Kong, China soft drinks market includes look at leading players
-- General Environmental Management Inc. to acquire K2M

WSF Industries wins Chinese pressure vessel certification
BUFFALO, NY, Feb. 17, 2006 -- WSF Industries Inc. has received certification from the People's Republic of China as an approved manufacturer of pressure vessels for use as components of equipment shipped into China. It's a leading manufacturer of ASME Code-approved autoclaves, retorts and pressure vessels for a broad range of industrial applications including vacuum pressure impregnating, vulcanizing, dewaxing, food processing, leaching, sterilizing, wood treating, simulating and testing. The company is based in Buffalo, NY...

Manaris Corp. completes sale of CLI -- MONTREAL, Canada, Feb. 17, 2006 -- Manaris Corp. announces the closing of a transaction, on Feb. 15, for the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary, 6327915 Canada Inc., the holding company of Chartrand Laframboise Inc. and Bureau de Credit Commercial Inc., to a leading player in the security industry. The share purchase agreement was originally announced on Feb. 9. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Manaris offers a comprehensive suite of enterprise risk management services and solutions. C-Chip (North America) specializes in the high-tech sector of the security industry, with technology that allows business users to efficiently access, control, manage and monitor remote assets at low costs. It's subsidiary, Avensys Inc. enables businesses and corporations to monitor different types of environments, including air, soil, water as well as buildings and infrastructures...
Also see: "Avensys' Intelligent Bubbler System selected by Hydro-Quebec for critical water level measurement applications"

LADWP presents aggressive plan for energy efficiency for residents, businesses -- LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16, 2006 -- The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) in a special workshop for its Board of Commissioners, outlined an expanded strategy for residential and non-residential energy efficiency programs. Based on information gathered by a study conducted by Quantum Consulting Inc., LADWP outlined potential energy savings in key areas and proposed programs to achieve the goals. The presentation demonstrated that targeted efforts in energy efficiency can result in lasting energy reduction. Some of the efforts outlined include supporting energy efficient lighting systems, air conditioning, as well as efficient appliances. Energy Efficiency L.A. targets the Department's commercial and industrial customers with heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC), chiller, motors and commercial lighting incentive programs. Additional commercial plans are being considered and will be part of a formal plan that the board will review in the next month. The board also discussed developing emission and climate goals for the LADWP, as part of it overall energy strategy...

Flotek Industries announces artificial lift acquisition -- HOUSTON, TX, Feb. 16, 2006 -- Flotek Industries Inc. announced the signing of a letter of intent to purchase the assets of Total Well Solutions, LLC (TWS) for approximately $3.2 million in cash. The deal is anticipated to close during the first quarter pending the completion of the final due diligence investigation. TWS markets and services electric submersible pumps and downhole gas/water separators primarily to coal bed methane gas producers...

BSI2000 Homeland Security contract expanded -- DENVER, Feb. 16, 2006 -- BSI2000 Inc., a leading developer of high-end security systems for commercial and government use, announced today that a major security enhancement contract that it won in 2005 has been expanded in scope and size by about 35%. In April 2005, BSI2000 announced that it had been awarded a contract to provide security enhancements that are compliant with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) directives for the J. G. Beacham Water Treatment Plant (Beacham) in Athens, GA. The project to implement the BSI2000 system has been under way since that time and involves the installation and testing of a complete monitoring system for water treatment plants, pumping stations, water towers, valve stations, and water intakes for Beacham. Features of the security system available from BSI2000 for similar industrial and government sites include the dynamic ability to adjust security levels instantaneously to track with the DHS national terrorist threat advisory levels; an automatic duress fingerprint alarm notifications system; a state-of-the-art fingerprint biometrics system; and use of high-bandwidth encrypted security data traffic over the Internet or local fiber networks to tie remote sites together on a regional, national, or even global basis...
Also see: "BSI2000 awarded Homeland Security contract"

Aqua Dyne announces JetWater marketing agreement for Chile -- BRISBANE, Australia, Feb. 16, 2006 -- Aqua Dyne from Brisbane, Australia, has recently established a marketing agreement with Santiago based water specialist Inversiones Cadaques Ltda. The purpose of the agreement is to promote and market the world class JetWater System for water purification, desalination and remediation within Chile and also to other specific projects within the region. The system can recover high purity water from a range of wastewater sources including mines, pulp mills, power stations, municipal waste water treatment plants and landfills. The recovered water may be used for boiler feedwater, cooling tower makeup supply, potable supply, general industry or blended for other use to client specification...
Also see: Aqua Dyne acquires exclusive license to market CSIRO co-developed Comenergy HCGT technology in North America

Incuity Software names NORPAC Controls Ltd. as value-added reseller for British Columbia -- MISSION VIEJO, CA, Feb. 16, 2006 -- Incuity Software Inc., a leading developer of real-time business intelligence software designed specifically for manufacturing enterprises, today announced the signing of NORPAC Controls Ltd. as the exclusive value-added reseller (VAR) for sales and support of the company's Incuity™ business intelligence software in British Columbia. NORPAC has been supplying automation products and services for nearly 35 years to critical industries including pulp & paper, mining, chemicals, food & beverages, timber products, electric power, oil & gas, refining and water and wastewater treatment...

Pa. pushes for improvements to public notices in water supply emergencies -- DEP proposes series of reforms, increases oversight -- CAMP HILL, PA, Feb. 16, 2007 -- Gov. Edward G. Rendell is directing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to strengthen the notification procedures that public water suppliers must follow to alert residents when there is an imminent threat to drinking water supplies. Enhancements include the use of reverse 911 calls, door-to-door visits and bullhorn announcements to augment notices provided to local media. Community water systems must work with emergency responders to ensure quick dissemination of any water supply warning, and provide information about potential health effects and treatment options so consumers can make informed choices...
Also see:
-- "Gov. Rendell Invests $166,000 to Help 7 Communities Protect Themselves from Flooding"
-- "DEP Issues Three Remining Permits to Reclaim Abandoned Mine Lands, Restore Streams at No Cost to Taxpayers"

AFS adds wastewater/water treatment and filtration to short course offerings -- RICHFIELD, MN, Feb. 16, 2006 -- Dr. Wu Chen, education committee chairman for the American Filtration & Separations Society, announced the addition of a full-day advanced course "Wastewater/Water Treatment and Filtration" to its successful Filtration Basics Short Course (FBSC) program. The FBSC program will be offered in conjunction with the AFS Spring 2006 Conference on May 9 at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. CEU's will be awarded upon completion of the course...

AWWA encourages mutual aid networks among utilities -- In times of disaster, utilities should help each other, says AWWA, other water agencies -- DENVER, Feb. 15, 2006 -- The American Water Works Association (AWWA), along with other water agencies, today announced a Joint Policy Statement on Mutual Aid & Assistance Networks. This "Utilities Helping Utilities" concept encourages utilities and local/state governments to establish intrastate mutual aid and assistance networks for disasters such as what struck the Gulf Coast in Hurricane Katrina. AWWA executive director Jack Hoffbuhr called that catastrophic event a "wake up call to the whole country"...

American Rivers: Feingold-McCain Bill would protect communities, taxpayers and environment -- WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 15, 2006 -- American Rivers today hailed legislation by Sens. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) that would protect communities, taxpayers, and the environment from ill-conceived water projects. The Water Resources Planning and Modernization Act of 2006 would overhaul the flawed process that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) uses to plan and build the nation's water projects. "The legacy of bad Corps water projects has ranged from farce to tragedy, with the citizens of New Orleans paying the most recent price," said Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers. As the post-Katrina flooding of New Orleans tragically demonstrated, the Corps' project planning is fundamentally flawed and contributed to destruction of wetlands...

League of California Cities adopts infrastructure investment principles and recommendations -- SACRAMENTO, CA, Feb. 15, 2006 -- With a legislative conference committee poised to take up the governor's and legislative leaders' infrastructure proposals, the board of directors of the League of California Cities today announced that it had adopted principles to guide the League's advocacy work on state infrastructure proposals, as well as specific recommendations regarding infrastructure for transportation and goods movement, housing, water and wastewater, flood control, libraries, schools and public safety. The League's recommendations respond to the specific infrastructure proposals put forward in Gov. Schwarzenegger's Strategic Growth Plan, as well as those contained in Senate Pro Tem Don Perata's SB 1024 and Assembly Speaker Nunez's AB 1783. More importantly, however, the board's adopted principles will provide a framework that will guide the League's responses to specific proposals...

Review of Hong Kong, China soft drinks market includes look at leading players -- DUBLIN, Ireland, Feb. 15, 2006 -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of "Soft Drinks in Hong Kong and China" to its offering of analytical reports. Soft drinks was affected during the SARS outbreak in 2003, however it managed to spring back in 2004, and managed to surpass the pre-SARS period. Consumers returned to their normal lives and purchasing behaviour and consumer confidence returned to match that of the pre-SARS period. In addition, the number of tourists increased in 2004, bringing on-trade sales that outperformed the pre-SARS period. RTD tea continued to be one of the most important sectors within the soft drinks market in Hong Kong. RTD tea can commonly be found in most retail outlets and even on-trade outlets, with a huge penetration into most households. These products are well received by consumers of all ages in Hong Kong. The refreshing taste and health benefits of RTD tea also managed to sustain interest within the sector, thus driving growth for this fairly mature sector...

General Environmental Management Inc. to acquire K2M -- Acquisition to propel company into petrochemical industry with new suite of service offerings; extends its geographic reach to Gulf Coast and beyond -- POMONA, CA, Feb. 14, 2006 -- General Environmental Management Inc. (GEM), a environmental and waste remediation company, announced today the company signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire K2M, a California-based provider of mobile wastewater treatment and vapor recovery services. Under the terms, GEM expects to pay cash for all K2M shares and expects the transaction to close in the first quarter of 2006. The acquisition is subject to the execution and closing of a definitive agreement...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: SDI's Microtox bioassay approved by Homeland Security Department" -- Also in this report (Feb. 15, 2006): AquaCell sets spinoff date for water unit; Aggreko opens new HQ; Equipment & Systems Engineering makes new sales to NGO; S. Fla. water district awards Everglades restoration contract to Avineon; Watershed Expo 2006 set for March 24-25; SecureWave extends security capabilities to Microsoft's NAP; Alfa Laval delivers 13 processing lines to vegetable, tropical oils plant; McCrometer opens Middle East office in Dubai; Stanford gets $30 million gift for environment institute; Water agencies support Mich. man in U.S. Supreme Court case; Clean Water Act cases crucial test of EPA wetlands, waterways oversight; Ecoloclean's Aquatronics installs 'zero discharge' laundry system; Foster Wheeler awarded major contracts in Saudi Arabia, China; Thermodynetics nabs $1.6 million order for titanium coaxial heat exchangers; CH2M Hill hires president, COO; Worldwide Food Expo extends GES contract to 2009; Ex-USFilter exec joins HDR; CarteGraph wins five new clients for asset management software; Final environmental impact report for BBARWA recycled water plan released...

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