Global SpotlightTuesday, October 15th, 2019
Hydronix move announced
Hydronix Water Technologies announced it has moved to 8630 Rochester Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730. Telephone and fax numbers remain the same at (909) 527-6996 and (909) 527-6997, respectively.
ResinTech REACH Registration
ResinTech announced that it completed its Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) registration with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). REACH entered into force on June 1, 2007 and established procedures for collecting and assessing information on the properties and hazards of substances.
HealthWay, Culligan partnership announced
HealthWay and Culligan have partnered to offer consumers the complete environmental package of clean air and water. With the addition of 600+ Culligan dealers, there will now be nearly 1,000 dealerships that bring the message of clean air to the health-conscious consumer around the world. HealthWay’s advanced air purification systems feature a patented DFS technology which removes and destroys 99.99 percent of all particles down to 0.007 micron in size, including particles, VOCs and microorganisms.
WEF kids book now multilingual
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) continues to make WATER’S WORTH IT® accessible to international audiences with the coming release of its award-winning Why Water’s Worth It children’s book (https://watersworthit.org/resources/) in Spanish and French. All three editions, along with exclusive new merchandise (such as a kids’ t-shirt, coloring tote bag and a sticker-sheet featuring the book illustrations) were available for the first time at WEFTEC 2019.
LWCF to fund projects
US Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced $170,623,713 in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to all 50 states, five US territories and the District of Columbia for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. LWCF funds are non-taxpayer dollars derived from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues and are awarded through federal matching grants administered by the National Park Service. Bernhardt also announced an $83.7 million construction contract for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project to bring clean and reliable water to tribal and rural communities in northwestern New Mexico. As part of the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Reclamation’s water supply project is the cornerstone of the Navajo Nation San Juan River in New Mexico Water Rights Settlement Agreement.
Space water treatment announced
AquiSense Technologies has participated in 10 distinct aerospace projects. In 2015, the company was selected to participate in BIOWYSE, a Horizon 2020 project dedicated to designing and testing a water monitoring and treatment system for next-generation manned space stations. Since then, several other aerospace projects have sought the company’s water treatment technology. They include product design and hardware supply to both private space companies and various NASA groups, including those at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Johnson Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center. These projects range from keeping growth systems clean in space-bound greenhouses, to decreasing the maintenance burden from nuisance biofilm formation in enclosed systems, to disinfecting the water that astronauts drink on the International Space Station.
New Winsupply location opened
Winsupply Inc. has opened Winsupply of West Orange (County), in Ocoee, FL, serving residential plumbing contractors and MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) for theme parks, resorts and hotels in central Florida. President of Winsupply of West Orange Scott Karlson began his career as a plumber 34 years ago, shifting into wholesale plumbing supplies for the past 23 years. In 2018, he joined Winsupply of Orlando (Florida) to help grow its residential plumbing business and has now accepted the opportunity to become owner of a new Winsupply location. Although Winsupply of West Orange is a new location, Karlson and his team of seven employees have a combined 150 years of plumbing and distribution experience.
PWF, Xylem partnership expanded
During World Water Week 2019, Xylem Inc. and Planet Water Foundation (PWF) announced plans to extend and deepen their partnership. As part of the expanded partnership, which initially launched eight years ago to address water access issues in the world’s most impoverished communities, Planet Water Foundation will integrate Xylem pump products into all the non-profit’s water filtration and sanitation solutions. Since 2011, the two companies have provided education and access to safe, potable water in over 400 communities across 12 countries, supporting the daily drinking water requirements of nearly 500,000 people.
Water filtering cloth invented
Syracuse University senior Nikita Chatterjee and her roommate, Brianna Howard, had an idea to help provide access to safe drinking water in India. Many families in India use traditional sari cloth to filter water. Lab tests have shown four layers of cloth can help filter cholera bacteria but still leave many contaminants behind. (Water.org estimates that 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are linked to unsafe water sources.) The students designed and built a prototype for an invention that combined a traditional sari with built-in, advanced water filters. Recognizing that first-world solutions do not always work for developing countries, their PAANI device is simple, familiar and practical for families who already use sari cloth for filtering. When the filters in the PAANI device are used up, henna dye produces an X symbol (universally meaning stop) on the cloth.
Fracking not affecting groundwater more
Conventional oil and gas production methods can affect groundwater much more than fracking, according to hydrogeologists Jennifer McIntosh from the University of Arizona and Grant Ferguson from the University of Saskatchewan. While groundwater use varies by region, about 30 percent of Canadians and more than 45 percent of Americans depend on the resource for their municipal, domestic and agricultural needs. Some of the water injected as part of oil and gas production activities is freshwater from the surface or from shallow aquifers. McIntosh said that could affect groundwater and surface water supplies in water-stressed regions, such as New Mexico or Texas.
2030 UN goal not being met
Just four countries have met the UN Sustainable Development Goals for everyone to have access to sanitation and safe drinking water by 2030. More than two billion people still need safe sanitation within the next 11 years. Life expectancy is 4.72 years shorter in countries where less than 70 percent of the population have access to drinking water and countries with limited access to basic drinking water experience significantly more deaths from preventable health risks and higher child mortality rates. Seven countries still provide less than half of their population with access to basic drinking water, while another 40 countries have no basic sanitation services for at least 50 percent of citizens, new research shows.