Water provider secures top honor at American Water Works Assn.’s Annual Conference and Exposition
The American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) announced that the Fremont Department of Utilities of Fremont, Neb., has won the annual “Best of the Best” Water Taste Test. The event, composed of regional winners from water-tasting competitions across North America, was held at AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE12) in Dallas on June 12.
The city of Fremon, receives its water from nine groundwater wells in the High Plains Alluvial Aquifer, with an average well depth of 90 ft. The utility pumps 5 million gal per day through 160 miles of water main to serve 28,000 people.
The goal is smarter, more sustainable water use by industry
Ecolab Inc. has expanded its commitment to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to support the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) in establishing a global water standard. The AWS International Water Stewardship Standard aims to support water users globally in taking appropriate actions to evaluate and improve their impacts on watersheds.
Ecolab's two-year pledge includes annual financial support and in-kind technical support and guidance by company experts to field test the draft AWS standard.
Indiana-based Onesource Water was recently recognized for its growth strategy through acquisition
Onesource Water, a provider of bottle-less water cooler systems, recently announced that it has received the Assn. for Corporate Growth (ACG) Small Cap Value Award.
The award was presented to Onesource Water President Eric Giesecke by ACG Indiana at the 2012 ACG Indiana Awards dinner, held in Indianapolis on May 3. The awards dinner brings together the middle-market deal-making community and business leaders from Indiana-based companies to honor the key growth stories in the state from the past year.
750,000 families will receive water filters and high-efficiency cook stoves
Approximately 750,000 rural households in Rwanda’s Western province will receive water filters and high-efficiency cook stoves for home use. DelAgua Health is running the project in partnership with the Rwandan Ministry of Health and the Rwandan Environmental Management Authority. DelAgua is being assisted by Manna Energy Ltd., which pioneered carbon-financed water treatment.
Verify Markets recently released the "Analysis on Select Global Residential Water Treatment Market" 2012 report
The global residential water treatment (RWT) market is very dynamic, generating revenues of over $9 billion in 2011, according to a report released by Verify Markets. The RWT market varies by country and region. North America and Western Europe are mature markets, while Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe are fast-growing markets.
In 2011, some of the largest markets were Japan, U.S., China, Russia, India, Germany, France and South Korea. Most of these markets are dominated with local market participants and are very fragmented, the report noted.
NGWA said private well owners should test water regularly for bacteria, nitrate and more
Private water well owners should test their water regularly for bacteria, nitrate and anything of local concern, the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) said today, citing the possibility of arsenic and uranium in some central and northeastern Massachusetts bedrock wells as a local concern.
If well owners find arsenic or uranium at levels that exceed health benchmarks, the substances can be treated effectively, according to an NGWA press release.
Water professionals continue to emphasize the importance of drinking water during Drinking Water Week
During Drinking Water Week May 6 to 12, the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) joined water professionals across North America in highlighting the importance of a safe, reliable water supply to our overall quality of life—from public health protection and fire suppression to the role it plays in supporting the economy.
“Tap water is such an integral part of our daily lives that we sometimes don’t notice its immeasurable value,” said AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance.
Dr. Ashok Gadgil received $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation for solutions to global water crisis, among other accomplishments
The Lemelson-MIT Program recently announced Dr. Ashok Gadgil as the recipient of the 2012 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation in recognition of his steady pursuit to blend research, invention and humanitarianism for broad social impact.
Gadgil is a chair professor of safe water and sanitation at the University of California, Berkeley, and director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Div. at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, whose diverse inventions and sustainable innovations are helping those in the developing world to live healthier, safer lives.
Azure Water Services will now offer Blue Earth Labs' products for advanced cleaning and water infrastructure maintenance
Blue Earth Labs, a chemical research and development company, recently announced a strategic business partnership with Azure Water Services, a diversified manufacturer and supplier of environmentally-responsible products and services used in industrial, commercial and municipal water applications.
Researchers found that solar disinfection coupled with lime juice removed harmful bacteria “significantly” faster than solar disinfection alone
A team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that adding lime juice to water that is treated with a solar disinfection method removed detectable levels of harmful bacteria such as E. coli significantly faster than solar disinfection alone.
The results are featured in the April 2012 issue of American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.