Water Briefs

Nov. 1, 2008
Schertz, TX-based VRTX Technologies, a chemical-free water treatment company specializing in cooling towers and evaporative condensers, is now providing water treatment to some familiar locations in Hawaii and Guam.

VRTX expands into Pacific Islands

Schertz, TX-based VRTX Technologies, a chemical-free water treatment company specializing in cooling towers and evaporative condensers, is now providing water treatment to some familiar locations in Hawaii and Guam. Hawaii's state capitol building in Honolulu needed a non-chemical device to treat its system due to close proximity of the Vietnam and Korean War Memorial on the capitol grounds' west end. Within months, the system increased its cycles of concentration from 2.1 to four, saving an estimated 2.5 million gallons of water a year. The Pacific Islands Club, the largest resort in Guam, is switching from an air-cooled system to a water-cooled system from VRTX. The new locations add to over 500 worldwide customers saving over a billion gallons of water annually with environmentally-friendly water treatment.

K-TEK absorbs ASI Instruments

ASI Instruments and its line of dry bulk solids level detection and measurement instruments have been integrated into K-TEK Corp., a manufacturer of level measurement instrumentation. It will become the K-TEK Solids Level group and will focus on dry bulk solids level detection and measurement devices. K-TEK's traditional liquid level products will be part of the K-TEK Liquid Level group.

N.H. honors firms for environmental achievement

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services announced winners of the 2008 Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention: Anheuser-Busch Inc. and Southeastern Container. Gov. John Lynch visited both facilities Oct. 30 to recognize their outstanding pollution prevention practices. The brewery installed an anaerobic Bio-Energy Recovery Systems to pre-treat brewery wastewater and produce biogas for use as a renewable fuel. In addition to odor control, this process also reduced costs associated with its onsite wastewater pretreatment processes and off-site treatment by the Town of Merrimack Waste Water Treatment Facility. The net air emissions reduction was 178 metric tons; energy reduction was 1,024,000 kWh; and net fuel savings were 91,000 MMBtu — saving Anheuser-Busch over $2.3 million per year...

Parker buys water RO filtration equipment maker

Parker Hannifin Corp. has acquired Aqua Pro Inc., a manufacturer of reverse osmosis filtration systems for military, commercial and pleasure marine applications. With FY2008 sales of $33.0 million, its results will be reported as a part of Parker's Industrial North America segment. Doing business as Village Marine Tec and Offshore Marine Laboratories, Aqua Pro has manufacturing centers in Gardena and San Fernando, CA. Sales and service locations are located in California, Florida, Hawaii, Virginia, and Washington. The company sells to OEMs including boat and ship builders, independent distributors, U.S. military branches and end-users. Its product line includes RO systems for military on-board submarines, and land applications as well as offshore oil rigs, work boats, fishing vessels, and pleasure boats.

The Rialto Regional Biosolids Processing Facility in Rialto, CA, finished the first phase of testing for start-up by accepting its initial truckload of biosolids for conversion by EnerTech's SlurryCarb™ technology into renewable ‘E-Fuel' — about 170 tons per day. Also in Rialto, Siemens Water Technologies and Chevron Energy Solutions are installing two Dystor gas holder systems to store methane (to be used by Chevron) at the city's wastewater treatment plant as part of a comprehensive upgrade to recover, store and convert biogas to hydrogen and generate power electrochemically without combustion. Its 900-kW fuel cell system will run on 75% biogas by the end of the year, giving the city a significant rebate from California's Self-Generation Incentive Program.
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Water Headlines

Among other recent headlines at www.industrialww.com, see:

  • Dow Chemical donates performance fluids to Midland Curling Center
  • California approves APT's HiPOx for disinfection for unrestricted water reuse
  • AkzoNobel strengthens protective coatings portfolio with Enviroline purchase
  • Aqua-Chem acquires product lines, other assets of Matrix Utilities
  • Insituform wins $10.3M CIPP project in Connecticut
  • IDEX acquires Integrated Environmental Technology Group
  • Veolia's John Meunier hits headworks equipment milestone
  • Global growth opportunities fueled by demand for energy efficiency - Frost reports
  • Alfa Laval Group acquires U.S. energy market specialist Hutchison Hayes Separation
  • GE recognized for helping Saudi Arabia address water, power challenges
  • Met-Pro business unit to supply odor control systems in Midwest
  • Black & Veatch to add ozone technology at Texas water treatment plant complex
  • MWH to upgrade, expand Utah wastewater treatment plant
  • Malcolm Pirnie j.v. starts work on world's largest UV disinfection facility
  • Finland's Lamor buys U.S. ballast water treatment manufacturer Hyde Marine
  • Storage tank specialist CST Industries buys Conservatek Industries Inc.
  • CleanTech Biofuels engages Hazen Research on solid waste to ethanol project
  • Pa. DEP recognizes wellhead protection efforts in Honey Brook, Chester County
  • EPA releases document on TMDLs for mercury-impaired waters
  • Johnson Controls acquires software company Gridlogix
  • JMAR's BioSentry recognized as ‘Biological Detection Product of the Year'
  • RESI installs ‘green' stormwater management system at UMinn stadium
Correction: The cover image for the September/October 2008 issue was incorrectly credited. It was actually from the Enviroline Group, of Pompano Beach, FL, which specializes in monitoring systems, coatings, linings and related services to reduce corrosion risks.

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