May 22, 2020

Business News Roundup: 05/22/2020

The latest in water quality business news

business news roundup & WaterEquity Sign Safe Water And Sanitation For All Leaders Call to Action on COVID-19

Matt Damon and Gary White, alongside WaterEquity Managing Director, Paul O'Connell and President, Jennifer Schorsch pledge their support for the Leaders' Call to Action on COVID-19.

According to the news release, they released the following statements: 

"During this extraordinary public crisis, we know that the people we serve have the least access to services and face the greatest risk of infection. We strongly support Sanitation and Water For All and the Leaders' Call to Action on COVID-19 to benefit everyone, everywhere,” said Matt Damon, co-founder & WaterEquity.

" is proud to stand beside our sector leaders and stakeholders to highlight the urgent need to prioritize water and sanitation now. Financing sustainable solutions that strengthen services and systems for all will allow us to emerge stronger and more resilient to future shock. Invest in water today,” said Jennifer Schorsch, president of

"The COVID-19 global pandemic highlights the critical need for increased investment to accelerate access to safe water and sanitation for all. If we are to reduce the impact of this and future pandemics, we must ensure these two vital needs are met,” said Dr. Paul O'Connell, managing director WaterEquity.

"Water touches everything, and this pandemic is no exception. The frontline defense is hand washing, made possible by safe water. Let's make water, sanitation, and hygiene available to everyone to prevent the spread of diseases today and to support the health and resilience of our global community tomorrow,” said Gary White, CEO and co-founder & WaterEquity

Wolseley Canada to Carry GE Appliances

Starting in May, Wolseley Canada will carry GE Appliances, a Haier company, ductless and heat pump products in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

"Canadian HVAC/R professionals are looking for high-quality, energy efficient HVAC solutions at a great value," said Chris Hann, HVAC/R business development manager, Ontario & Atlantic in the press release. "We are thrilled to be introducing this new range of products for our customers."

NGWA Urges Private Well Owners to Prepare for Extreme Weather

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) is urging all private well owners to prepare their water wells for potentially extreme weather conditions in the coming months.  

NGWA’s provides information to water well owners on best practices to protect their systems before and after flooding and hurricanes, according to the press release. The site offers step-by-step instructions on maintenance procedures and a database of certified NGWA contractors for testing and repairs as well.

The NGWA also provides hurricane resources, flooding resources and more details on how to Test, Tend & Treat your water well system. is supported by a grant from the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and the U. S. EPA, according to the press release.

Private wells that are susceptible to flooding or potential contamination, according to the release, include:

  • Wells that are older, completed in areas now designated as floodplains
  • Wells in which the casing is not finished above the high-water level
  • Wells not adequately capped or sealed, or older wells with shallow grout or insufficient surface seal
  • Wells in areas structurally unstable, or where previous erosion or subsidence has compromised the structure and landform
  • Wells with an abnormal affinity for bad luck. 

Xylem and UNICEF Partner for COVID-19 Relief 

Xylem Watermark announced support for UNICEF’s COVID-19 relief efforts. The partnership will provide access to safe water and sanitation for vulnerable children and families, according to the press release. 

Xylem’s COVID-19 contribution will be directed to the most at-risk communities. This will provide critical supplies and support UNICEF’s community health programs and youth engagement initiatives.  

“The role of water in family and community health is fundamental, and has only become more important during this pandemic,” said Patrick Decker, Xylem president and CEO. “Communities with access to water, sanitation and hygiene have a strong first line of defense in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. And as communities come together to help each other, we feel privileged to work with partners like UNICEF to bring them some extra help – especially the most vulnerable children and families – so they can keep themselves and those around them safe and healthy.”

“UNICEF is incredibly grateful for the commitment of partners like Xylem so we can continue providing lifesaving supplies and support for every child, such as access to safe water and sanitation facilities,” said Michael J. Nyenhuis, president & CEO, UNICEF USA. “Continuing to help the most vulnerable communities is vitally important during these unprecedented times.”

PMI Requests Effective Date for Proposed California Lead Testing Legislation

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) has requested an effective date of Jan. 1, 2024, for AB 2060 (Holden), the new lead testing legislation under consideration in the California State Assembly. 

According to the educational document PMI produced for state legislators, this aggressive product development and production schedule will enable plumbing manufacturers to supply the marketplace with sufficient product quantities and choices, according to the press release.

“Plumbing fixture manufacturers led the charge designing new faucets and drinking water sources designated as lead-free by the EPA under the federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act,” said PMI CEO/Executive Director Kerry Stackpole. “Manufacturers actively support efforts to sharpen national standards to improve the safety of drinking water.”

PMI supports NSF 61 update that would fulfill the requirements of AB 2060, added the company.