Grant applications sought for groundwater projects, education and training in developing nations
Applications for groundwater supply projects in developing nations and/or education and training programs will be accepted April 1 to June 30, 2013, by the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF).
The NGWREF board of directors has approved $30,000 for the grants. Recipients of grants will be announced on or before October 1, 2013. The dollar-for-dollar matching grants are for qualified projects in low-income or developing nations as defined by the World Bank or some other equivalent international body, such as the United Nations.
The water treatment world is getting ready to gather in Indianapolis for WQA Aquatech USA 2013. Focused on the point-of-use/point-of-entry industry for the residential, commercial and industrial markets, the tradeshow is scheduled for April 2 to 5 at the Indianapolis Convention Center.
The exhibition portion of the event will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 3, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 4. It will feature hundreds of exhibitors offering new technologies and solutions, as well as education sessions right on the tradeshow floor.
IBWA expresses support for the smart and responsible management of the world’s water resources
The members of the International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) are supporting World Water Day 2013 and recognize the importance of a safe and sustainable water supply. The theme for this year’s World Water Day, celebrated annually on March 22, is “The International Year of Water Cooperation.” This United Nations-sponsored event is held every year to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and to advocate the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
The Sustainability Steering Committee will establish participation from retailers, regulatory agencies
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) Sustainability Program will be ready to begin certifying products soon. While some retailers and regulatory agencies have collaborated with WQA by providing outside stakeholder review, WQA would like to recruit more participation from these sectors.
Blimp ride to be auctioned at the Lighthouse Point Chili Cook Off
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. endorsed the efforts of Wishing Well International Foundation (WWIF) by donating a blimp ride for two people, which will be auctioned off at the upcoming Lighthouse Point Chili Cook Off and Tennis Round Robin on April 27, 2013. The certificate issued by Goodyear will be good for a year and the winner of the ride will schedule the one-hour flight directly with the company.
EcoWater Systems awards grand prize to Ocala, Fla., couple
EcoWater Systems LLC awarded John and Barbara Mattingly of Ocala, Fla., $20,000 through its Soft Life Sweepstakes. The Mattinglys registered for the drawing at the time of their in-home water presentation performed by the Ocala EcoWater dealership.
With awareness of water quality issues on the rise, water-related charities are making big noise these days. Big events, like the recent Summit on the Summit, a trek to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa to raise awareness of the clean water crisis worldwide, provide fascinating fodder for the news media. Big celebrities, like Matt Damon, a co-founder of charity Water.org, bring big popularity to the issue — especially with media stunts like his recent (albeit joking) declaration that he was on a “toilet strike” until everyone in the world had access to clean drinking water.
Missouri University of Science and Technology team will measure effectiveness of water filters
At the Missouri University of Science and Technology, the idea of a student missing the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration is rare. Missing that and spring break is unheard of. But that is exactly what Dr. Daniel Oerther and three of his students are going to do. The group will spend the latter half of March conducting research and fieldwork in Para, Brazil.
AWWA executive director voices support for President Obama's nomination of Gina McCarthy
President Obama nominated Gina McCarthy to be the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If confirmed, McCarthy would succeed current Administrator Lisa Jackson, who in December announced her intention to step down. McCarthy is currently assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.
American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) Executive Director David LaFrance issued the following statement:
Acquisition allows DS Waters to expand its regional scope and beverage offerings
DS Waters of America Inc. acquired AquaSpring Water Co. of Houston. One of the country's largest providers of bottled water, brewed coffee and water filtration services, DS Waters is expanding its regional scope as well as its beverage offerings to better serve customers across the U.S.