Industry News: July 2021

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.

Grundfos and Baseform formalize strategic partnership
Grundfos and Baseform have formalized a strategic partnership to bring digital services to water utilities worldwide. Grundfos Utility Analytics, an AI, machine-learning utility management technology provided by Baseform, allows utilities to better plan their network renewal investments, actively manage water losses or infiltration and inflow, and optimize their energy usage while enhancing operational efficiency and effectiveness. The analytics offer will be served in a software as a service (SaaS) base to utilities, allowing an unlimited number of users and connecting to an unlimited number of data sources in the utility.

ISIA S.p.A. sold to De Nora
Grundfos and De Nora announced that an agreement was signed for De Nora Water Technologies to acquire 100% of the shares of ISIA S.p.A., including the intellectual property on chlorine dioxide generator technology. As part of the agreement, De Nora will also take on ISIA’s experienced team of specialists. The submerged reactor design and process control expertise from ISIA will complement the De Nora’s Capital Controls chlorine dioxide generation product line.

Xylem announces water recycling milestone
Xylem is helping its customers reuse more than 1 trillion gallons of water, according to its 2020 Sustainability Report, Solving Water for a Resilient World. The company’s technology also prevented 369 billion gallons of polluted water from potentially flooding communities and entering local waterways. Water reuse and pollution prevention are two of Xylem’s signature sustainability goals, targeted for achievement by 2025.

EnBiorganic expands into Southwest and Canada
EnBiorganic Technologies welcomed RMCI, Inc. of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to its licensed network of EBS-Di installers and service providers. Providing general contracting services throughout the Southwest for both public and private sector clients since 1990, RMCI constructs water and wastewater treatment plants, large-scale industrial projects, storm and sanitary sewer systems and large-diameter utilities. EnBiorganic also announced Con-Tech General Contractors of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to its network of EBS-Di installers and service providers. In business since 1994, the firm has done design-build, general contracting and construction management for water and wastewater treatment plants, public infrastructure projects and commercial buildings.

CUWA names Broley as new executive director
California Urban Water Agencies named Brown and Caldwell’s Wendy Broley as its new executive director effective July 1, replacing Cindy Paulson after 10 years in the role. CUWA is a nonprofit corporation of 11 major urban water agencies responsible for serving drinking water to over two-thirds of California’s population.

Watercare appoints new executive VP
Ixom appointed Marc Roehl as executive vice president, Watercare, based in the United States. Roehl has over 25 years’ experience in the water and wastewater treatment sector, with a focus on industrial and municipal markets. He is currently an active board member of the global Water Council and is a member of the Water Environment Federation.

Kurita Water Industries acquires Keytech Water Management
Kurita Water Industries completed its acquisition of Keytech Water Management through its North American subsidiaries in a stock purchase deal. Keytech, which is headquartered in Kitchener, Ontario, will operate as a 100% consolidated subsidiary of Kurita Canada. Douglas Halbert, former president and general manager of Keytech, will continue to lead the organization as general manager, under the leadership of LaMarr Barnes, CEO of Kurita America.

Mueller Water Products acquires i2O Water
Mueller Water Products has acquired i2O Water for approximately $20 million in cash. Founded in 2005, i2O Water is headquartered in Southampton, United Kingdom, with operations in Malaysia and Colombia. The company provides a range of intelligent water network solutions including advanced pressure management, network analytics, event management, data logging and the iNet software suite.

Franklin Electric appoints new VP and CFO
Franklin Electric announced that Jeffery L. Taylor has been appointed vice president and CFO. John J. Haines has retired as vice president and CFO of the company but will support Taylor through an interim period to ensure a seamless transition. Most recently, Taylor was the CFO of Blue Bird Corporation, a leading manufacturer of school buses, since 2020.

Rivera Utilities project wins distinction award
Rivera Utilities has announced it has won the Wastewater Project of the Year Distinction Award as part of the 2021 Global Water Intelligence Global Water Awards. The award in this category recognizes great innovation in projects which optimize physical or environmental footprint. Riviera Utilities was shortlisted for this award for its $20 million advanced secondary treatment upgrade utilizing the AquaNereda aerobic granular sludge technology at its Wolf Creek plant in Foley, Alabama, which services 6,000 customers.


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