Water & Wastewater Industry News: February 2016

Here's a quick roundup of this month's industry news. Track the industry's movers and shakers, learn about company acquisitions, get the skinny on new products and more.

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Hach Plans 86,000-Square-Foot Expansion
Hach will break ground this spring on an 86,000-square-foot research and development center on its campus in Loveland, Colorado. The facility will house work spaces for Hach’s development teams with multiple testing and development laboratories.

IWE Istanbul Water Expo Sept. 1-3
The IWE Istanbul Water Expo, Sept. 1-3 at the Istanbul Expo Center, will feature new technologies for the water and wastewater industries. The 2015 show attracted 3,539 visitors from 59 countries. For more information, visit www.istanbulwaterexpo.com.

Aqua-Aerobic Systems and METAWATER plan merger
Aqua-Aerobic Systems Inc., based in Loves Park, Illinois, and METAWATER Co. Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, plan to merge. The merger will place Aqua-Aerobic Systems, including its subsidiary Mecana Umwelttechnik (Reichenburg, Switzerland), under METAWATER USA, the company’s U.S. subsidiary with current operations in Rutherford, New Jersey.

American Water acquires Environmental Disposal, partners with Corona
American Water acquired Environmental Disposal Corp., provider of wastewater service to 5,300 customers in New Jersey. American Water also partnered with Corona Environmental Consulting to develop WaterSuite, a cloud-based geographic information system software platform.

Rates Key for California Water Utilities
According to Fitch Ratings, California’s water and sewer utilities will see weaker financial margins in fiscal 2015 and 2016 as the state’s mandated conservation targets hit water sales. Many utilities will opt for rate increases or alternate rate structures in the next several years to mitigate the financial impact of lower demand. On Feb. 2, the State Water Control Resources extended the statewide conservation mandates through Oct. 31, 2016.

Fresh Water Systems Releases Lead Contamination Video
A newly released video from Fresh Water Systems addresses concerns about lead contamination in municipal water supplies. The video features a Q&A with John Woodard, one of the company’s technical service managers who is certified as a master water specialist. Some of the questions addressed in the video include: Should I be concerned about lead in my tap water? How does lead get into drinking water? Is it a good idea to test for lead levels in water myself? How do I remove lead from water? To view the video visit the Fresh Water Systems website.

Scott Willis Promoted to Aqua-Aerobic Systems CFO
Scott Willis has been promoted to vice president and chief financial office of Aqua-Aerobic Systems. Willis has also been elected to serve on the company’s board of directors. Willis started his career with Aqua-Aerobic Systems in 1995 as an accountant. Since then, he has held various positions including accounting supervisor, accounting manager, controller and, most recently, director of finance.

LUDECA Launches New Microsite
LUDECA has launched a new microsite, www.LudecaVideos.com, featuring videos with terminology, condition monitoring fundamental concepts, advanced measurements as well as product demonstrations for machinery alignment, geometric measurements, vibration analysis and more. The video library is searchable by keyword and videos can easily be shared via social media.

Paul Schuitt Named JWC Environmental Regional Sales Manager-West
Paul Schuitt has joined JWC Environmental as the western regional sales manager for the municipal wastewater market. Schuitt brings more than 31 years of operations and maintenance experience in the water and wastewater industry and 16 years of equipment sales, service and consulting as principal of GPS Environmental, LLC. Schuitt holds Level IV certifications in water treatment and wastewater treatment, a Level I certification in wastewater collection and a Level I certification in water distribution in Alaska and Arizona. 


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