Around the Industry – June 2013

June 1, 2013

Chi Ho Sham receives OASIS Award from American Water Works Association; UV Superstore launches new website for improved user experience; Study will look at possibility of turning Gulf of Mexico into drinking water source

Chi Ho Sham receives OASIS Award from American Water Works Association

The Cadmus Group Inc. announced that Senior Vice President Chi Ho Sham, Ph.D., who leads Cadmus’ Environmental Science and Policy Division, received the OASIS Award from the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The annual award — which stands for Outstanding Achievement, Service and Initiative in Sustainability of water resources — recognizes an individual’s “contribution, initiatives and dedication to the work of the AWWA Water Resources Sustainability Division in advancing the concepts of sustainable water resources.” Dr. Sham was also recently voted to be the chair of the Water Resource Sustainability Division for a three year term starting in June 2013.

UV Superstore launches new website for improved user experience

UV Superstore Inc. announces the official all new website, featuring an extensive search and cross reference of replacement ultraviolet lamps, quartz sleeves and other consumables for use in most ultraviolet water and air treatment systems. The new website features UV Superstore’s brand ultraviolet treatment systems with models for residential and commercial-industrial applications. The improved website provides users an easy step by step navigational layout to find replacement UV lamps, quartz sleeves and other spare parts for their ultraviolet treatment system. The website features a find what you need by manufacturer or a search by product category allowing users to quickly search the vast inventory. Product detail pages contain high resolution images complete with product descriptions and specifications.

Study will look at possibility of turning Gulf of Mexico into drinking water source

An unprecedented study by Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) will look at turning the Gulf of Mexico into a long term source of fresh drinking water. The $2 million study will focus on the possibility of building a natural gas-fired power plant next to a seawater desalination facility along the Texas Gulf Coast. The plant would hopefully produce both electricity and fresh water for Texans, which are vital to keep up with Texas’ steady growth.

AWWA celebrates Drinking Water Week by recognizing role of water in our lives

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the water community kicked off Drinking Water Week 2013 across North America by asking the question “what do you know about H2O?” Throughout the week of May 5-11, AWWA and partners across the water community celebrated water by recognizing the essential role drinking water plays in our daily lives, with special attention on the ways in which all water consumers can get to know their H2O. To commemorate the occasion, water utilities, environmental advocates and others celebrated drinking water through school events, public presentations and community festivals. They also provided their communities with important tips for protecting water quality within our own homes and learning more about how drinking water is regulated and delivered.

Registration open for WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual WaterSmart Innovations (WSI) Conference and Exposition scheduled for October 2-4 at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Beginning Sunday, June 2, the full registration fee will be $390. Full registration for the world’s pre-eminent urban water efficiency conference includes admission to the WaterSense Partner of the Year Awards luncheon October 3, hosted by the Alliance for Water Efficiency and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense Program.

City receives Drinking Water Certificate of Achievement Award

The city of Yankton, S.D., its public water system and the system’s operation specialist has received a Drinking Water Certificate Achievement Award from the South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR). The award is for outstanding water system operations and environmental compliance with state drinking water standards for the past year.

Wastewater and drinking water facilities impacted by Sandy receive aid from EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will provide grants of $340 million to the state of New York and $229 million to the state of New Jersey for improvements to wastewater and drinking water treatment facilities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The funding announced will help storm damaged communities in both states as they continue to recover from the damage caused by the storm on Oct. 29, 2012. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, wastewater and drinking water treatment systems in New York and New Jersey were so severely damaged that some could not provide safe drinking water or treat raw sewage. The funding announced will give states the capacity to further reduce risks of flood damage and increase the resiliency of wastewater and drinking water facilities to withstand the effects of severe storms similar to Sandy.

Tests of over 5,000 private wells in Pa. show high levels of arsenic in groundwater

A report released by the US Geological Survey (USGS) showing that one in five private wells in Pennsylvania face elevated arsenic levels offers powerful incentive to test and ensure treatment. According to the USGS, “Eight percent of more than 5,000 wells tested across Pennsylvania contain groundwater with levels of arsenic at or above federal standards set for public drinking water, while an additional 12 percent — though not exceeding standards — show elevated levels.” The results highlight the importance of private well owners “testing and potentially treating their water.” While public water supplies are treated to ensure that water reaching the tap of households meets federal drinking water standards, private wells are unregulated in Pa. and owners are responsible for testing and treating their own water.


• Pentair announced the promotion of Sam Karge to vice president of Filtration and Process for the Residential, Commercial and Industrial (RCI) filtration vertical as well as the promotion of DavidMilner to director, sales and marketing for the RCI vertical of Filtration and Process. Karge, who is the current vice president of the Water Quality Association, joined Pentair in 2008 as part of Pentair’s joint venture with GE. He has over 15 years of experience within the industry and has served in a number of sales and marketing leadership roles. In Milner’s expanded role, he will focus on growing the sales and marketing efforts in North America. Milner joined Pentair in 2011 as the director of sales for North America after 20 plus years’ experience in the power equipment and home improvement industry.

• Hellenbrand Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Tim Hendershott to its sales team. An industry veteran with 30 years of experience in the water treatment industry, including 13 years in retail sales and 17 years as a certified service technician with Schaefer Water Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Hendershott brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of residential and commercial sales along with problem water applications. He will be charged with growing the Hellenbrand dealer base in the Midwest.

• IDE Technologies is pleased to announce the appointment of Bruno Escojido as the new executive vice president of sales and marketing. With over 20 years of experience in global sales and business management, Escojido will lead IDE’s sales and marketing efforts worldwide. He will help to expand IDE’s customer activities in water desalination and industrial water treatment across existing and new global regions.

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