Jun 19, 2020

Business News: 06/19/2020

The latest in water quality news, featuring the rescheduling of some industry events.

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Annual Legionella Conference Rescheduled to January 2021

Legionella Conference: Prevention of Disease and Injury From Waterborne Pathogens in Health Care, originally scheduled for Aug. 19-21, 2020, will be rescheduled to Jan. 20-22, 2021.

The conference will be held at the same location, Sheraton Grand Hotel on Chicago’s downtown riverwalk, according to the press release.

Pre-conference workshops will be held Jan. 18-19 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Proposals will continue to be accepted for expert speaker and poster presentations for the new conference dates.

Water Expo Rescheduled

The enhanced 9th edition of The Water Expo will take place Oct. 28 & 29, in the same venue. Special courses are scheduled to start October 27. Move-in/set-up and move-out follow the same patterns as before and all show contractors have been confirmed, according to a recent press release by The Water Expo

Sponsor, exhibitor and attendee registrations will automatically roll over.

“The show program is adding a new digital engagement platform to allow professionals and businessmen unable to travel, to register, participate and receive education and support to-do-business-connections at show time,” according to The Water Expo. “Additional benefits from this digital platform will be provided to exhibitors and sponsors at no extra charge, according to the press release.”

This is an option that will run concurrently with the physical show.

Additionally, according to the press release, 60 days prior to the show, The Water Expo will start a pre-show program with on-line sessions presented by sponsors and exhibitors. To see the updated exhibitor list and floorplan click here

Attendee registration is open with all options. For exhibiting and sponsoring opportunities please download the TWE20 Exhibitor/Sponsor Prospectus.

Founding Member Ed Saltzberg, FASPE, Passes Away

Society of Plumbing Engineers and the plumbing engineering industry recently lost a pioneer in the profession, Mr. Edward Saltzberg, PE, CPD, FPE, FNAFE, FASPE, according to a recent press release. 

Ed was a nationally recognized forensic plumbing expert, mechanical engineer, consultant, and expert witness with more than 50 years of experience in plumbing, process piping, storm drainage, irrigation, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, fire protection, and energy conservation.

According to the Society of Plumbing Engineers, Ed served in many capacities for ASPE, including Society President. In 1992, Ed received the George W. Runkle Award of Merit, the highest recognition presented by the Society. 2006 was the year he was presented with the Donald F. Dickerson Founder’s Award and Ed also was a member of the inaugural class of the ASPE Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows in 2008.

The ASPE renamed the Distinguished Service Award as the Edward W. Saltzberg Distinguished Service Award and Ed was the first recipient. 

“I offer my genuine thanks for all of the important work and desire for success from the beginning of ASPE to this date and many years to come due to the efforts of Edward W. Saltzberg, PE, CPD, FPE, FASPE, FNAFE,” said Billy Smith, FASPE, ASPE Executive Director/CEO.

Ed will be missed by all who benefitted from his years of mentorship and love. To leave a message for his family, click here.

AquiSense Shares UV Dose Response Research Completed on COVID-19

AquiSense Technologies, the world leader in ultraviolet (UV) LED disinfection systems, is sharing the latest research conducted on COVID-19. 

University of Miyazaki in Japan conducted the research on SARS-CoV-2 isolated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which saw cases early on in the pandemic, according to the press release. 

Researchers exposed the virus to radiation from Nikkiso UV-C LEDs, at 280 nm peak, to determine a UV dose response curve.  

“This work certainly bolsters the case for the use of UV-C LEDs for societal benefit against SARS-CoV-2,” said AquiSense CTO, Jennifer Pagan, Ph.D. “Considering the large number of research projects underway exploring the efficacy of UV-C on the virus, we can expect the supporting body of evidence to only increase.”

To learn more about UV-C LED technology, you can contact AquiSense at [email protected] 

The study used an infectivity assay on Vero cells to measure inactivation of SARS-CoV-2 under UV-C LED irradiation.

Analysis of these data gives a D90 value, which is the UV Dose required to achieve a 90% reduction, in the 4.2 – 5.3 mJ cm-2 range. According to the data, this indicates that SARS-CoV-2 may be more susceptible to UV exposure than other common viruses such as norovirus, reported the press release. 

“However, a low starting concentration of the virus limited the maximum inactivation that could be measured to 3.3-log (99.95%) and may have resulted in an effect known as ‘tailing’” according to the study. “Both features limit conclusions which can be drawn from the data.”

“The more we learn about the way this virus behaves the better we can design systems to combat it effectively,” said Rich Simons, Ph.D, Head of Application Science at AquiSense. “This study is certainly not the end of discussion on UV as a tool for SARS-CoV-2 inactivation but adds a useful datapoint to our ongoing analysis and gives us confidence that we’re on the right track.”  

Xylem Ranks in Top 20 Among 100 Best Corporate Citizens

Xylem has been named one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens in 3BL Media’s annual ranking of public companies. 

Xylem ranked 16th in an assessment of 1000 companies globally, rising two places since its 2019 evaluation, according to the press release. The company also took second place among all Capital Goods companies in the list. 

The 100 Best Corporate Citizens rankings can be found here.

“We are committed to creating both economic and social value for all our stakeholders, as we solve water and resource management challenges around the world,” said Patrick Decker, Xylem’s president and CEO. “That is why sustainability is at the center of what we do. We leverage leading-edge technologies, innovation, data and, most importantly, our colleagues and their talent to provide solutions that make water more accessible, more resilient and more affordable for communities all around the world. We win when our customers, partners and communities win.”

National Carbon Technologies Acquires Cool Planet’s Biocarbon Business

National Carbon Technologies announced its acquisition of Cool Planet’s biocarbon business.

This includes more than 50 issued and pending patents for biocarbon production and product technologies for use in markets including: water purification, renewable energy, metals and agriculture.

“The acquisition of Cool Planet’s significant biocarbon technology portfolio, in combination with NCT’s existing patents and expanding commercial production capabilities, positions us as the clear global leader in low cost, sustainable engineered biocarbon,” said James Mennell, NCT CEO.

Hach Company

Hach Company announced that co-founder Kitty Hach-Darrow died at her home in Loveland, Colorado. She was 97. 

“Kitty is a legend in our Hach business family,” said Hach President Hermes Gonzalez. “She had a remarkable story that was instrumental in building a successful business founded on innovation and ingenuity. Kitty’s mark is very much still felt in the way Hach does business on a global scale today.

Learn more about Kitty Hach here:

Rob Douglas Joins U.S. Water Systems as COO

Robert Douglas, former Strategic Account Manager for Badger Daylighting Corp., has joined U.S. Water Systems as Chief Operating Officer.

Watts Announces Next Installment in Watts Works Engineer Webinar Series

Watts has announced the next installment in the Watts Works Engineer Webinar Series for their engineer, architect, designer, specifier, and facility manager customers. 

The webinar, “Working Smarter: Better Project Specs with SpecHUB,” will be broadcast live on June 25, 2020, @ 11 a.m. ET.

According to the press release, attendees will learn:

How engineers, architects, and design build contractors are writing better specifications with SpecHUB, and much more.

Customers can earn Watts lifestyle merchandise by attending the webinar, registering for SpecHUB, and creating a project or spec by Jul. 2 @ 11:00 a.m. ET. They can choose an item among a variety of options like a wireless keyboard, wireless ear pods and more.

47th Annual Texas Water Quality Association Convention & Exhibition Moved to Mid-October

On June 4 2020 the TWQA Board of Directors voted to move the 2020 TWQA convention from July to mid-October in order to ensure the safety of all exhibitors and attendees due to the coronavirus pandemic. A definitive date will be set in the next week or so and will be announced at that time.

All details of the show will remain as originally published: same hotel, same off property events, etc. Only the date will change, according to the press release.