Dec 07, 2018

Industry News Week 12/2/18

Water groups collaborate

Industry news for the water quality industry

Water Doctor Treatment Receives Honor

Water Doctor Treatment announced that the firm earned the COTY Associate of the Year award from the National Assn. of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). This award was presented at the 2018 NARI of MN COTY Awards Gala in Minneapolis, Minn.

The COTY Awards showcase the best projects of the area’s top talent in the remodeling industry. COTY Associate of the Year awards are presented to the one firm that exemplifies the highest standards in business conduct as judged by their peers and customers.

DuPont Water Solutions Expands

DuPont Water Solutions, a part of the DuPont Safety & Construction business, opened its new reverse osmosis (RO) production line in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today. Located in Jubail Industrial City II, the facility will manufacture membrane technology and enhance production capabilities at the fully integrated Sadara Chemical Company complex, a joint venture developed by Dow and Saudi Aramco. The new production line is expected to be operational in early 2019. To commemorate the new manufacturing line, the site held a ribbon cutting ceremony with senior leaders from DuPont and Sadara, employees and industry professionals.

The Jubail Operations site is the first RO manufacturing facility built outside of the U.S. by the business. The facility replicates and expands on the state-of-the-art production employed at its parent facility in Edina, Minn.

WQAW Honors Members

Alan Mast, owner of Mast Water Technology in Platteville, Wis., was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Water Quality Assn. of Wisconsin (WQAW) at their annual conference at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells on Sept. 28th. In between that time Alan’s career was spent as Engineering Manager for WaterCare Corp, owner/operator and president of the Mast Water Technology dealership group and also several positions at Hellenbrand Inc., in customer support, manufacturing management and engineering support roles, specializing in commercial/industrial water treatment applications. He also has been on the WQAW board of directors for several years with two stints as its president.

Theresa “Terri” Feldman also was honored. She began her career in the water treatment industry at Cargill Salt as the Territory Manager for Southeastern Wisconsin from 1986 to 1996. During that time she lived in Oconomowoc, Wis. Terri then moved to Woodland, Texas, as the VP of Sales for United Salt from 1996 to 2016.  

Water Groups Collaborate

The Water Systems Council (WSC) signed a five-year memorandum of understanding with the National Groundwater Assn. (NGWA) that provides a foundation for collaboration on future joint projects and initiatives. WSC Executive Director Margaret Martens and NGWA CEO Terry S. Morse, CIC, signed the MOU following the first day of the Groundwater Summit in Las Vegas.

WSC and NGWA leadership participated in a strategy session in early November at NGWA headquarters in Westerville, Ohio, to develop joint visionary goals that include:

  • Advocate and defend property owners' rights to access groundwater;

  • Develop a strategy to maintain the labor force; and

  • Assure implementation of wells and aquifers as a safe, reliable, and cost-effective solution to the nation's water infrastructure.

WQRF Names Grant Recipient

The Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) has named Dr. George Zhou of Purdue University the recipient of its 2018 Grant Award.

Zhou, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering at the West Lafayette, Ind., university, is conducting research that will provide performance data on removal efficiencies of representative emerging contaminants and new knowledge on the effects of water quality on the performance of point-of-use systems.

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