Oct 25, 2019

Business News: DuPont Modular Ultrafiltration Design Receives Best Disruptive Technology Award

Dupont Water Solutions was awarded the 2019 International Desalination Assn. Award; MARS Co. water meter testing solution recognized as fully compliant with ANSI/AWWA industry standards. 

Dupont Water Solutions was awarded the 2019 International Desalination Assn. Award.

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DuPont Modular Ultrafiltration Design Awarded Best Disruptive Technology 

DuPont Water Solutions, a business unit of the DuPont Safety & Construction division, was awarded the 2019 International Desalination Assn. (IDA) Award for Best Disruptive Technology in recognition of its efforts to meet water demand in Egypt. DuPont’s modular design of a new ultrafiltration (UF) plant constructed in Suez, Egypt in partnership with Integrated Environmental Technology and Oil Services Co. S.A.E (IETOS) was showcased.

“In the Middle East and North Africa, 6% of the world’s population depends on less than 2% of the world’s renewable water supply,” said HP Nanda, global vice president and general manager at DuPont Water Solutions. “Our collaboration with IETOS created a disruptive solution that efficiently meets unique system and water quality needs in the region.”

Built from pre-engineered and pre-assembled IntegraPac UF units, the new decentralized UF plant has a modular system design requiring fewer parts and materials than traditional designs, resulting in a simplified installation process. The innovative design allows the facility to become fully operational in just 3 months, compared to the 12 months typically needed for completion.

120WaterAudit Expands Leadership Team 

120WaterAudit, a cloud-based water software platform, welcomed Abby Warner as vice president of customer success and Ali Roach as vice president of marketing. 

“Ali and Abby are joining our team at a pivotal time where we see the industry in need of a solution like 120WaterAudit due to increased regulation and infrastructure demands,” said CEO and Co-Founder of 120WaterAudit Megan Glover. “Deepening our bench of expertise to prepare for high-growth is one of our key initiatives. Both Ali and Abby bring decades of experience to their roles and will provide incredible perspective to the company as it grows.” 

120WaterAudit’s growing leadership team will support the company’s continued momentum following its recent $7 million Series A funding to enhance its Digital Water Cloud platform. Within the past two years, 120WaterAudit won the Rise of the Rest pitch competition, followed by the company’s acceptance and win of Imagine H20’s 2019 accelerator cohort. 120WaterAudit currently manages more than 150,000 locations in 12 states, impacting more than 4.5 million lives. 

American Water Launches New Customer Service Portal 

American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, launched its a new customer service portal (My Account) for all of its regulated water and wastewater customers across its service territories.  

Customers are able to more easily access their accounts through this newly developed, mobile-friendly account management site. American Water’s My Account portal allows customers to make payments, view water usage history and receive alert notifications from any location, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“At American Water, we keep life flowing—not just by providing safe, clean water, but also by being focused on giving our customers convenient access to information and the responsive, personal service that they expect and deserve—every day, at any time,” said Deb Degillio, chief customer officer. “We launched this new platform in direct response to feedback from our customers, who tell us they want to more efficiently manage their accounts online.”

Brown and Caldwell Enters Network Partner Agreement With Aladon

Brown and Caldwell, an environmental engineering and construction firm, has strengthened its reliability-centered design and maintenance expertise by entering a Network Partner agreement with Aladon.

Aladon is a global network of asset reliability professionals certified in the delivery of risk and reliability-based methodologies. Its practices help clients increase asset value, reduce operating and maintenance costs, and improve safety, reliability and productivity.

In becoming a partner, Brown and Caldwell’s Liz Minyard, integrated project delivery owner advisor, and Simon Watson, senior utility performance consultant, successfully achieved Aladon Practitioner certification for Reliability-Centered Design (RCD) and Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM3) services. 

Minyard, Watson
Simon Watson and Liz Minyard.

MARS Co. Water Meter Testing Reaches Ful Compliance With ANSI/AWWA Industry Standards

MARS Co., a global leader in precision water meter testing and technology solutions, announced its Test Bench System & M3 Enterprise Software Solution. MARS has been recognized by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) and the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) as the water industry's only water meter testing solution that is fully compliant with ANSI and AWWA industry standards. 

MARS offers new as well existing Test Bench customers new or field upgradeable equipment and software that fully comply with ANSI/AWWA industry standards, including the C715-18 standard for "Cold-Water Meters-Electromagnetic and Ultrasonic Type, for Revenue Application."

"MARS takes great pride in our technology and industry leadership position as further evidenced by being the only provider of fully-compliant precision test benches and M3 Enterprise Software Solutions that meet these water-meter industry standards," said Mike Mastic, vice president of Test Bench Systems at MARS. 

QBE North America & Ashoka Announce Urban Resilience Challenge Winner

QBE North America, an integrated specialist insurer, in collaboration with Ashoka, has announced Drugviu as the winner of the QBE and Ashoka Urban Resilience Challenge. The challenge is a countrywide initiative that highlights innovation to power resilience within city ecosystems.

Drugviu developed a population health platform to empower communities of color to use data to improve health outcomes. Drugviu collects authenticated, user-generated health profiles from people of color that include their medication experiences and outcomes. Combining online reviews with pharmacist expertise and FDA data, Drugviu provides patients with better information and physicians and pharma companies with more data to ensure that communities of color can have the best possible quality of life.

Recognizing a need to build more resilient and risk-averse cities, the Urban Resilience Challenge was developed to encourage social entrepreneurs across the U.S. whose ventures effectively manage and respond to a rapidly changing environment of physical, economic and social risk. The competition supports transformative, product-centered, technical innovations from for-profit organizations impacting the broader urban ecosystem.

Urban Resilience Challenge Winners
Urban Resilience Challenge Winners

CST Deploys $8 Million in New Capital

CST Ind. Inc. announced substantial company growth led by deploying $8 million in new capital investments from owner Solace Capital Partners in a press release. Since the acquisition by Solace, in Jan. 2018, CST has invested in the company’s manufacturing operations and office facilities, from new equipment, software and hardware tools to facility upgrades.    

“CST will continue expanding its products and services business by increasing its investments in new infrastructure to meet customer demand for products and services, lead times and customer care. It does not plan to slow down its current momentum,” said Tim Carpenter, CEO of CST Ind. in the press release.

“The company is currently launching internal programs and business systems aimed to deliver the best-in-class customer service to take CST to the next level of performance,” said Matt Gregg, vice president of CST Ind.. “The company is gearing towards more personalized servicing by supporting the customers better through improved tools and infrastructure. Our existing business and plans for growth are robust. As for the future, CST is currently planning for many new products and acquisitions that we feel will be real game changers throughout the industries we serve.”

Networking News

  • Franklin Electric Co. Inc. welcomes Travis Bradley as the new director of sales for the groundwater segment of its North America Water Systems Business Unit.