Dr. Jim Birkett recognized for his contributions in the fields of desalination and water reuse
The Intl. Desalination Assn. (IDA) presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Jim Birkett in recognition of his extensive contributions in the fields of desalination and water reuse. The award was conferred at the IDA World Congress 2013 in Tianjin, China.
Plenary address focuses on the importance of sustainable water management in Saudi Arabia and China
The International Desalination Assn. (IDA) World Congress 2013 officially convened at the Meijiang Convention and Exhibition Center in Tianjin, China, with an opening ceremony that featured dignitaries from around the world as well as the People’s Republic of China, and the traditional ribbon cutting and VIP exhibition walk-through.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Alshaikh has been named president for the 2013-2015 term
Dr. Abdullah Al-Alshaikh, deputy governor for planning and development for Saline Water Conversion Corp. (SWCC) of Saudi Arabia, has been named president of the International Desalination Assn. (IDA) for the 2013-2015 term.
In addition, Emilio Gabbrielli, vice president business development for Toray Membrane, has been named first vice president, and Miguel Angel Sanz, director of development and innovation for Degrémont, has been named second vice president.
Businesses and municipalities to benefit from innovative financing solutions
Dow Water & Process Solutions (DW&PS), together with De Lage Landen Financial Services (DLL), announced the industry’s first reverse osmosis (RO) element leasing program for Filmtec elements. Through this collaborative offering, businesses and municipalities in North America can benefit from innovative financing to ease element acquisition and affordability and to better manage cash flow.
Membrane processes can be classified in many ways, based on nature, structure or driving force. Hydrostatic pressure differences are used in microfiltration (MF), nanofiltration (NF), reverse osmosis (RO) and gas separation as the driving force for mass transport through the membrane.
Growing range of applications spans the water treatment spectrum
Committee members suggest that the contribution of water softeners can be addressed first
Focusing on voluntary limits, the head of the Arizona Salinity Committee suggested last month that legislative solutions may not be attempted in the upcoming 2013 session.
Rep. Karen Fann, who spearheaded the creation of the committee, said she will only run a bill if there is a good product that has been vetted by all stakeholders and has enough support to have a 90% chance of passing. Otherwise, a bill should not be introduced until 2014, she said.
These developments came at a meeting of the Technical Advisory Subcommittee of the committee.
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As U.S. water infrastructure continues to age, it is beginning to impact water quality. Jeff Zagoudis, contributing editor for Water Quality Products, spoke with Allan Connolly, vice president of operations and engineering at Culligan, about the problem and what is being done to solve it.
Jeff Zagoudis: How would you describe the current state of water infrastructure in the U.S.?
Water Quality Products invited Joseph F. Harrison, P.E., CWS-VI, technical director of the Water Quality Association (WQA), to give an overview of current industry issues and what to expect at the upcoming Mid-Year Leadership Conference, to be held Sept. 5-7 in Nashville, Tenn.