Press Releases

    Ultrafiltration Pumps and Their Role in Ultrafiltration

    In many water treatment applications, the removal of particles is the key component in order to provide clean water for subsequent use. An ultrafiltration plant removes effective particles down to a size of 0.01 µm, such as bacteria, suspended solids, etc. The pressure range for ultrafiltration is from 1 ‐ 10 bar. The size of ultrafiltration plants can vary from small‐scale systems, e.g. water supply in remote areas with only a few consumers, up to big industrial parks, which use ultrafiltration to process water, and water supply for thousands of people.

    “The pump system must account for variability in water supply requirements for an UF system”

    In general, the feed water is pumped through the membrane. Optional in the feedline is a dosing pump, to pump flocculent into the feedline in front of the membrane. After the membrane there is a set of backwash pumps to clean the membrane with filtrate or enhanced with cleaning chemicals. These, too, are dosed via dosing pumps. Variable frequency drives (VFDs) are nothing new to membrane filtration units. The most typical use of an external VFD on pressure pumps for reverse osmosis (RO) or ultra‐filtration (UF) systems is to account for variability in flow. However, most end‐users see their application as having a constant flow requirement, such as treating water for a boiler system or a constant flow process; the majority of membrane systems are supplied with fixed speed pumps.


    Major challenges in the ultrafiltration applications can be: changing raw water conditions (e.g. turbidity increase, etc.) and changing demand on the clean water side. These challenges must be handled and solved by a modern set‐up, in a reliable and smooth way. This requires a system in which components can be easily integrated and which quickly gives reliable information on water quality. Changes in flow rates must be handled flexibly. At the same time, the process must be energy efficient, economic and have no detrimental effect on the environment. 

    Flow variability, pressure stability 

    The pump system must account for variability in water supply requirements for an UF system. A good deal of variability could take place despite these being ‘fixed‐flow units’. Seasonality, process fluctuations or even water supply restrictions can cause variations. The right drive on a pump can help to control flow without wasting energy, e.g. with a throttling valve. Additionally, a drive can enable simple constant‐ pressure control for the membrane system regardless of changes in water supply or discharge pressure (variability). 

    Save energy  

    The basic affinity laws for pumps and motors shows that by reducing motor speed you decrease energy consumption to the third power. End‐users often use a throttling valve to decrease flow on a fixed speed pump. This wastes large amounts of energy and money, a problem that is worsened when pumps are over‐ sized during the design phase. Furthermore, throttling will move a pump down the efficiency curve, so not only is the pump’s power draw higher, it is less efficient. A drive can allow you to dial in the exact flow and pressure requirement, and save large amounts of energy at better efficiencies. Example: A 7.5 kW fixed‐speed CR pump that is engineered to deliver 40m3 /h of flow in a system with 4 bar is sometimes controlled by a throttling valve. This increases pressure (to nearly 7 bar) and moves performance down both the flow curve and the efficiency curve. A CR pump in this application will require 5.5 kW. By using a drive to meet the flow requirements, the exact pressure and flow needs are met. The power required drops to 3 kW, allowing for energy savings of €1400 per year.


    A pump and drive solution can dramatically reduce the number of different pump designs used to manage different RO/UF system sizes. This standardization on fewer pump sizes, each with more flow flexibility, will help system manufacturers reduce complexity and costs while easing design needs. It can also help an end‐user with multiple systems or trains offering additional savings in maintenance and spare‐part costs.

    Dual Frequency

    Some system manufacturers will ship membrane systems to other countries with different power requirements. A drive can allow for 50 or 60 Hz power and still run the standard pump motor. This can save in the complexity and cost of different power variants for membrane systems for North American or export use. 

    Membrane wear 
    Moreover, a smart booster pump softens the start‐up and shut‐down of flow. This eliminates powerful water forces that can, under some circumstances, increase wear of membranes in a

    Membrane degradation

     All membranes will foul eventually and require cleaning, yet as membranes clog, the pressure requirements to treat water at the same flow rate increases. Without a drive, a system with a fixed‐speed pump will begin to deliver less than the rated permeate flow. A modern drive and pump can account for pressure changes easily, allowing them to operate for longer between cleanings without a loss in production flow ‐ provided that the filtered water continues to meet quality requirements. 

    “Newer pump products include integrated drives, where a drive is optimized for, mounted on, and works together with the pump motor”

    Plan for the future   

    Choosing the right drive and pump selection can help the end‐user to plan for future system enhancements. This could include changes to the skids, newer, lower‐pressure membranes or process flow changes. This flexibility will make retrofits cheaper in the future, enabling the end‐ user to take advantage of new performance solutions. 
    Think integrated 

    Newer pump products include integrated drives, where a drive is optimized for, mounted on, and works together with the pump motor. This can lead to pumps with smaller motors, optimized performance and ensure that the pump is protected. End‐users should also look for a pump‐designed drive. Many drives on the market are generic to a variety of motor needs. A drive designed and matched for a specific model of pump can make installation and set‐up easier, and increase efficiency.  

    Chemical dosing in pre‐treatment & backwashing

    Ultrafiltration requires extremely accurate dosages of chemical additives. Modern digital dosing pumps, such as those incorporated in systems provided by Grundfos can deliver the required chemicals with precision.  

    Grundfos Water Treatment GmbH

    Ecoclear® Neutralizes Hydrodemolition Water and Removes Particles

    Aquajet EcoClear

    Aquajet Systems AB, a well-known company in hydrodemolition machine manufacturing, introduces the EcoClear® water filtration system. The innovative machine works with the company’s full line of hydrodemolition robots to treat the wastewater generated by the process by neutralizing water pH and greatly reducing its turbidity so that it can be safely released back into the environment. Until now, methods to treat wastewater on site were inefficient, took up too much space, or were simply unavailable, leading to significantly increased costs and logistical challenges. The EcoClear system enables the hydrodemolition contractor to treat wastewater in real time and maintain an environmentally sound jobsite. “We want our customers to focus on what they do best — precise hydrodemolition of concrete bridges and other structures — not how they will manage the water removal. That’s why we developed EcoClear,” said Roger Simonsson, Aquajet Systems managing director. “It collects, neutralizes and removes solids without requiring the hassle of a separate water reservoir or filters. This enhances customers’ productivity while exceeding environmental regulations.”  The EcoClear — powered by Siltbuster Ltd., a manufacturer in water treatment systems — moves as much as about 88 gpm, or about 5,283 gallons (20 cubic meters) per hour, through a series of treatment chambers that neutralizes alkaline water to a pH of 6 to 9 and reduces turbidity to just 20-25 mg particles/liter. The entire process can be watched, monitored and controlled online with the RECO control system.  The machine works by pumping water expelled from an Aqua Cutter into an inlet chamber, where a flocculating agent is automatically added to help clump the particles in the water. The water then flows into a second chamber that introduces carbon dioxide to neutralize the pH. In the next chamber, the floc, or solid particles, settles into a storage hopper and is removed by the integrated pump. The water continues to another chamber for a second pH adjustment. A final monitoring tank confirms the water pH has returned to a neutral 7 before it’s pumped out. Optical turbidity sensors and pH probes continuously monitor and record the water quality to ensure only clean water is discharged. If the water does not meet set limits, the feed pump automatically shuts down to prevent dirty water from escaping. The water then starts to recirculate until it meets the preset values of pH and turbidity. Aquajet designed the EcoClear for easy maintenance. A folding roof and integrated walkway make it safe and convenient to inspect the machine. The one-of-a-kind design also doesn’t require filters, eliminating the accompanying downtime and cost of replacing them. The electrically powered EcoClear is compatible with the full line of Aqua Cutter hydrodemolition robots and Power Pack units. The design meets ISO container standards for easy transportation. The dynamic combination of the Aqua Cutter Hydrodemolition series and EcoClear work well in applications such as roads and bridges, ship cleaning, waste water plants and petrochemical plants.

    New Inge® Contact for Middle East

    Rädel-Jan, inge GmbH

    As inge’s® Ultrafiltration technologies, products and services grow strongly into the Middle East water market, inge® Middle East team has been further reinforced by employing a full-time Regional Application Engineer to serve the customers even better with quick and timely technical & application support. Jan Rädel has joined the inge® Middle East team as an Application Engineer since July 1, 2017. After spending some weeks at the Headquarters in Germany, he will now support the regional customers and ever increasing installed base in the Middle East with on-site technical support and close follow up. Jan did his Masters in Process Engineering at the Hamburg University of Technology; He worked as an application specialist and eventually as Project Manager for drinking water plants across Tanzania, East Africa, supporting non-profit organizations before joining inge GmbH.

    UV Pure Welcomes DWG Process Supply

    UV Pure is strengthening its presence in Western Canada with the addition of DWG Process Supply as a manufacturer’s representative. DWG Process Supply will offer the full range of the company’s disinfection systems for municipal, industrial and commercial applications in Alberta, and for wastewater treatment and reuse in British Columbia. DWG Process Supply works closely with consulting engineers and OEMs in the region to supply integrated treatment systems for small- and medium sized water and wastewater plants. The inclusion of the mentioned systems means that the company is now able to offer more complete, start-to-finish solutions that include simple, chemical-free disinfection capabilities. “Our design approach is to provide complete solutions for packaged systems that are reliable, easy to use and require little maintenance,” says Don Burgess, President of DWG Process Supply. “We saw immediately that the systems, with Crossfire™ technology, complement this philosophy and contribute to significant long-term savings in capital and operating costs.” In addition to system specification and design, DWG Process Supply will also provide training and ongoing operational support for the systems of the company within its territory. This includes the availability of parts and any warranty-related issues. “These systems continue to gain recognition throughout Western Canada for reliability and low maintenance, even under the toughest water conditions,” says Rick Van Sant, President and CEO of UV Pure Technologies. “We’re delighted to welcome DWG Process Supply as a new representative in this region and look forward to working with them to deliver superior treatment solutions.” UV Pure® Technologies develops and manufactures technically advanced UV water purification systems. The Canadian company recently was chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the 2012 GoingGreen Silicon Valley Global 200 winners. UV Pure also won two Frost and Sullivan’s 2011 Best Practices Awards – as the leading water treatment technology, and the leading wastewater treatment technology for industrial and commercial use in North America. 

    Operating Experience Proves Benefits of Efficient Sludge Dewatering Technology

    Huber ROTAMAT® Screw Press RoS 3Q

    Due to the large number of screw presses sold over the past 10 years for sewage sludge dewatering projects we are today in the position to rely on a rich trove of experience and know that screw presses are generally able to dewater sewage sludge to a dry substance content in excess of 20%. Which dewatering degree exactly can be achieved in the individual case depends, however, not only on the applied mechanical equipment and sludge conditioning but very much on the properties of the sludge itself. 

    Just as with mechanical sludge thickening, polymer overdosing need to be avoided when dewatering sludge with screw presses. Frequently, we also experience a negative influence on dewatering results if preceding thickening systems with polymer addition are used, due to the interaction of the two polymer agents. It is generally of vital importance to select the best suitable flocculent and to accurately determine its optimal dose, conditioning and adding method. Especially in this respect, the experience and knowledge of operating staff plays a substantial role. Another factor that has great influence on dewatering degree is the rate of organics and structure-giving materials contained within the sludge. Sludge with a high content of inorganic material is usually easy to dewater. Operating results have shown that screw presses achieve final DR contents of up to 40% when dewatering sludge with a low content of organics and high content of fibers. For comparison, DR contents above 60% are achieved with paper industry sludge.

    “Sludge with a high content of inorganic material is usually easy to dewater”

    Costs of sewage sludge dewatering with screw presses

    Life cycle costs have increasingly become important over the past years. Although investment costs still play a prominent role, it is meanwhile often operating costs, especially with sludge dewatering, that decide which type of dewatering unit is selected. Costs for energy and polymer consumption, staff costs and other disposal costs can therefore be the crucial factors. Table 1 shows the investment and operating costs, divided into the costs for energy, flocculants and staff as specific costs per ton of dry substance to be treated. The specified costs refer to an average sewage treatment plant size of 20,000 PE. The investment costs for sludge dewatering on such a size of plant amount to about USD117.735, including screw press, electrical control system, polymer dosing station, pumps, internal piping and installation. Assuming a specific sludge production of 80 g DR/PE, the resulting amount of sludge generated is about 1,600 kg/DR/d. According to table 1, an average polymer consumption of 8 g WC/kg DR and average energy consumption of 8 W/kg DR can be anticipated. We have further assumed USD5.9/kg WC as costs for the flocculent and calculated with energy costs of USD0.18 /kWh and staff costs of USD47 /h on the basis of 3 hours work being required per week.

    Sewage sludge dewatering results achieved by screw presses
    Table 1: Specific costs for sewage sludge dewatering with screw presses

    Table 2: Exemplary sewage sludge operating results of screw press installations

    Table 2 shows exemplary operating results of several screw press installations. These figures are values for orientation only because, in practice, site conditions can be very different in each individual case. On-site testing with a mobile screw press demo unit is therefore highly recommendable as this is a perfect opportunity for interested customers to convince themselves without obligation and on their own site of the efficiency of a screw press. In 2007, HUBER SE carried out tests on 14 sites in Germany with demo units designed for a pollution load corresponding to 1,500 – 15,000 PE. In all cases the sludge to be dewatered came from storage tanks with dry substance contents of 1.0 to 10%. The loss on ignition ranged from 23% to 70% with a sludge age of 40 days to 4 months. The test results presented in the following are average values from all 14 tests achieved at nominal throughput and under stable operating conditions. Huber ROTAMAT® RoS 3Q screw press units dewatered on average to a DR content of 26.7%, with extreme values of 21% and 42%. The average separation degree achieved was 96.4%, the best result was 99%, the lowest degree 94%. Specific polymer consumption was 7.7 g effective substance per kg dry mass with a peak of only 3.5 g/kg. Twice, however, doses of 11 g/kg had to be added.


    Biological wastewater treatment generates sewage sludge that inevitably requires further treatment tailored to meet the specific requirements of the customer’s sludge disposal concept. A substantial pre-treatment step is to reduce the water content of the sludge. Concerning overall life cycle costs, screw presses have proven their suitability as a highly efficient sewage sludge dewatering solution on the market over the past years, especially for small to medium size STPs. Screw presses provide technical and commercial benefits for plant operators as investment costs are low and the machines are very easy to operate.

    World’s First Solar Desalination Technology without Battery

    OSMOSUN 80

    OSMOSUN® is the world’s first seawater solar desalination plant without battery. The patented innovation Mascara Renewable Water consists of the coupling of reverse osmosis desalination technology with photovoltaic solar energy, without battery. The first association of two mature technologies -PV and SWRO- in an industrial product allows utilities and communities to produce fresh water at an unprecedentedly low cost with no greenhouse gas emissions. The daily capacity of the standalone OSMOSUN® seawater desalination unit ranges from 0,6 to 600 m3 using solar energy only. By combining several units or connecting the units to the grid for a water production outside of sunshine hours, the daily capacity can reach up to 10.000m3 per day. Mascara Renewable Water’s OSMOSUN® technology has been selected among 120 applicants to join Masdar Renewable Energy Desalination Program along with SUEZ, VEOLIA, ABENGOA and TREVI SYSTEMS. It is the only desalination unit powered directly by solar energy among the participants at the Abu Dhabi renewable energy organization. The OSMOSUN® demonstration unit’s acceptance test report published by Masdar in June 2017 concluded that the OSMOSUN® features exceeded initial expectations: Daily production of 40m3 per day powered only by solar energy, without battery, beyond the 30m3 initially forecasted. Among the different demonstration units from the Masdar program, OSMOSUN scored the lowest specific consumption rates, with 3.2 kWh/m3 in spite of the seawater salinity of 42.5g/L. That level is 10-15% lower than the advanced technologies tested in the program. -With seawater salinity at 35g/L, OSMOSUN® specific consumption is off 2.5kWh/m3.

    Nivuflow 550 NIVUS: An Easy-To-Operate Flow Metering Transmitter

    The new Nivuflow 550 NIVUS 
    The new transmitter, in combination with a radar sensor, enables contactless flow measurement in open channels and part filled pipes. To accurately detect and compute flow rates, NIVUS have developed new dynamic hydraulic models, created for the widest range of canal shapes based on alternating filling levels. Upon request, the system is also available for use in Ex zone 1. The compact transmitter design permits easy and space-saving installation in control cabinets using DIN rails. A weatherproof cover for outdoor use is available even in IP 68. The graphic display and the intuitive operating concept of the NivuFlow 550 allow quick and easy commissioning of the flow measurement system. Thanks to extended diagnostic options running processes can be analysed professionally directly on site. Furthermore, the unit provides remote maintenance options via Internet. Flow metering using the radar sensor is suitable mainly for applications featuring aggressive or abrasive media. Moreover, the radar measurement system is ideal for applications with sedimentation since the radar sensor is fastened outside of or above the medium. Furthermore, NivuFlow 550 stands out for the use even in applications with shooting discharge and low flow levels. NIVUS group is a well-know developer, manufacturer and supplier of measurement instruments for water industry. For 50 years, the company has been pointing the way ahead in measurement technology, continuously developing new products and practice-oriented solutions. Based in Eppingen, Germany, the group operates seven international subsidiaries and co-operate with more than 40 distributors worldwide.

    Fluid Dynamics™ Systems on Display at WEFTEC

    FluidDynamics dynaBLEND

    Fluid Dynamics™, a well-known manufacturer of liquid and dry polymer blending systems and a division of Neptune™ Chemical Pump Co., is pleased to announce that it will be featuring its industry-leading liquid and dry polymer systems at the upcoming Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC). Fluid Dynamics will be featuring its state-of-the-art dynaBLEND™ liquid polymer dilution/feed system at this year’s show. The patented dynaBLEND technology eases the task of blending liquid polymers for wastewater processes because it has been designed to effectively activate all types of liquid polymers. The dynaBLEND’s non-mechanical mixing chamber also delivers an unequalled degree of reliability when compared to other technologies. The system also features an injection check valve designed with easy disassembly and inspection in mind, which eliminates many of the maintenance concerns that affect other systems. In addition, Fluid Dynamics will also have a live demo unit of its dynaJET™ dry polymer preparation system on display. The dynaJET is an ideal solution for wastewater applications because it utilizes a negative-pressure pneumatic conveyance system to transport and disperse the dry polymer prior to wetting. Dispersing dry polymer prior to coming into contact with the dilution water assures effective polymer particle wetting. Effectively wetting each polymer particle prevents polymer agglomerations from occurring. The result is reduced mix and hydration times, higher polymer performance and lower chemical costs. The dynaJET is typically applied on applications requiring more than 9#/hour of polymer and when the polymer transfer distance is more than 20 feet from the volumetric feeder to the mix tank. Fluid Dynamics is a division of Neptune Chemical Pump, an operating company within PSG®, a Dover company.

    FEWA Is Investing in Smart Water Metering Solutions

    The Federal Electricity and Water Authority, who provides more than 300,000 customers in the Northern part of the United Arab Emirates with electricity and water, is investing in smart water metering solutions. The authority has initiated a new partnership with an order of 30,000 intelligent water meters from Danish Kamstrup, a world-leading provider of intelligent metering solutions. The investment in these meters and smart metering will enable FEWA with operational efficiency and optimization of their business. In the beginning of August, representatives from the authority have been on inspection at the Danish headquarters in Stilling to approve the new meters. The installation of the meters is expected to begin in September. “Our intelligent water meters provide FEWA with technology that makes a difference in its ability to optimize the distribution network, and reduce water waste. The meters provide a large quantity of data, which makes it possible to detect leakages faster, collect information about the network and detect tampering. In addition, the high accuracy of the meter ensures precise billing of the consumption, and the technology makes the consumers capable of following their consumption even closer “, says Danish Fareed, General Manager, UAE. Kamstrup is an international manufacturer of system solutions for smart energy and water metering. Through leadership, expertise and passion for partnership, the company always think forward in pursuit of a brighter energy future; one that advances the performance of every customer, whilst creating lasting value for the served communities. Kamstrup is world well-known manufacturer of system solutions for smart energy and water metering. Through its expertise and passion for partnership, the company always thinks forward in pursuit of a brighter energy future; one that advances the performance of every customer, whilst creating lasting value for the communities they serve.

    Tormac Puts the Sun on Tap to Drive Progress

    It is becoming increasingly evident that relying on conventional power systems, specifically thermal power which is the backbone of the agricultural sector is carbon intensive and unsustainable. That is why it makes perfect sense to look for alternative power sources that are reliable, cost effective and eco-friendly.  In this context, especially for water pumps, one of the key components of agricultural power consumption, solar energy makes perfect sense, given the abundant solar resource. Tormac has always believed in taking the lead in providing solutions that are viable, cost effective and can be easily adapted to any given situation. Tormac, a well-known company in pumps with a major presence across the globe, has developed, after extensive R&D, a range of pumps that can run by solar power. One of the overriding factors that has made the company make inroads into solar power pumps is the fact, apart from the energy issues, that in many locations in the world that are remote, traditional power sources are hard to come by or virtually nonexistent. The company meets a real need here by bringing in the advantages of solar driven submersible pumps. The climate in many countries in the developing world is suitable for solar pumping. Tormac’s capitalizes on this and taps solar energy as a valid option for small-scale water pumping in rural areas where the demand is regular, such as for drinking water as much as irrigation. Applications of solar systems are growing at steady rate and the company is always ready to meet the challenge. Tormac understands the global drive to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the company is keen to tap the vast potential especially in the pumping sector. Tormac Solar Submersible Pumps are ideal for irrigation as well as domestic usage. As a company committed to innovation, quality and service, Tormac, has always looked at customer demands and requirements to ensure that their needs are met with innovative solutions.

    Go Solar. Tormac Shows The Way.
    Going solar today is not just an option it is imperative. We have no choice but to embrace alternative means of power generation to power our machines. For long, Tormac has been exploring ways and means to design pumps that can tap the power of the sun. Launched some years back, Tormac solar pumps have today become the benchmark for quality in the segment. Tormac Solar Submersible Pumps are ideal for irrigation as well as domestic usage. As a company committed to innovation, quality and service, Tormac, has always looked at customer demands and requirements to ensure that their needs are met with innovative solutions. Tormac has a strong global presence and have found wide acceptance in diverse markets by virtue of superlative product performances. Also, the fact that Tormac designs pumps that are country specific adds to the acceptance factor.

    The Evolving Importance Of High Quality Production

    The high quality production is becoming more and more important for energy efficiency and end user customers. Energy efficiency is becoming more and more important all around the world due to limited natural sources.  When it comes to water supply, life cycle cost is also very critical. Ustunel makes sure to provide a longer life to its own products. Thus, quality is the main element of its products and production processes. The company uses high quality European origin raw materials in each production step as well as high quality machining, high quality welding, high quality casting parts, and high thickness for casting parts and stainless steel semiproducts. For energy efficieny, in a motopump system, the design is the  main critical issue. Ustunel aims to improve its pumps effciency for pump stator and rotor designs with following CFD analysis. In Motor design, the casting cover design is more durable with longer covers. For thrust bearing, one of the most important part in Motor, which is why the company uses a special design for a high thrust load with bronze material.

    New ‘Ecoline Residential’ Release Going Swimmingly

    The recent release of Australian Innovative Systems (AIS) new EcoLine ™ Residential chlorine generator for fresh water swimming pools has been enthusiastically embraced by the market, with industry feedback indicating the system is a ‘game changer’ for home pool owners. “Our distributors and industry friends have told us that we have redefined the future of swimming pool chlorination,” AIS CEO Elena Gosse said.  “Our innovative technology has taken traditional salt water chlorination to a whole new level with EcoLine’s low salt operation combining the convenience, reliability and protection of a salt water system with the feeling of swimming in fresh water. “The result is a swimming environment that is gentler on people and on property, when compared to standard chlorine or salt water pools.” The secret to EcoLine’s success is revolutionary technology that safely and conveniently disinfects water at TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) levels as low as 1,200ppm, when compared to approximately 5,000+ppm in a traditional salt water pool. “Home pool and spa owners can now enjoy all the benefits of swimming in fresh, clear water without worrying about water hygiene or the storing or handling of dangerous chemicals, Elena said. “Another feature is the reduced risk of salt induced staining or corrosion of poolside flooring, fixtures and fittings, especially those made from rust-prone substances or salt-sensitive materials such as sandstone patios.” EcoLine Residential was developed over five years by AIS. The company has a commercial water disinfection system of the same name (EcoLine) that is already operating in luxury resorts, water parks and FINA standard competition pools worldwide. Australian Innovative Systems (AIS) is a multi-award winning, Australian owned expert in the design, production and supply of residential, commercial and industrial water disinfection technology and chlorine generators. With over 20+ years’ experience and a reputation for continuous innovation, AIS’ remains one of Australia’s most trusted water disinfection companies. The company is also recognised worldwide with its technology exported to over 55 countries.

    Celebrating 10 Years in the Pool Service Industry

    Pleatco, LLC, a well-known company in pool and spa filtration products, and longtime co-sponsor GENESIS/National Swimming Pool Foundation®, announced today the launching of the 2017 search for the best pool and spa service technicians across the country, and the competition is extending as far as Canada and Europe. This year’s search marks the 10th anniversary of the contest. Since 2007, the company and its co-sponsors have been shedding a light on this segment of industry professionals who are more accustomed to working in the shadows. The contest is an innovative way to honor the hard-working men and women of the pool and spa service industry. “Over the past nine years of the contest, we’ve learned that being a professional pool or spa service technician is more than a job…it’s a passion. Many homeowners treat their service guy or gal like family; it’s a special relationship," says CEO Howard Smith. "A pool or spa is an integral part of a home—a way to relax—and it’s a place for a family to share time together. Homeowners trust their service professional to keep their “backyard oasis” safe.  The relationship with the homeowner is much deeper than that of the mailman or local handyman, in most cases. Essentially, the Perfect Pool Guy and Perfect Pool Gal are the unsung heroes of the neighborhood." This year’s Perfect Pool Guy and Perfect Pool Gal will each receive a trip for two to the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo held in Orlando, November 2017.  Both winners may attend the GENESIS Basic Pool Construction course free of charge (USD5,000 value) being held at the show. Winners (and finalists) will receive NSPF’s AST Certification course (USD1,100 value) free of charge, also offered at the show. To celebrate with Pleatco the 10th anniversary of the contest, NSPF will offer their AST Certification course free of charge to ALL Perfect Pool Guy/Gal alumni. 

    Ministry of Energy Unveils Water Security Strategy 2036‎

    The Ministry of Energy has unveiled the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036, which aims to ‎ensure sustainable access to water during both normal and emergency conditions in line with ‎local regulations, standards of the World Health Organization, and the UAE’s vision to ‎achieve prosperity and sustainability. The overall objectives of the strategy are to reduce total demand for water resources by ‎‎21%, increase the water productivity index to USD110 per cubic meter, reduce the water ‎scarcity index by 3 degrees, increase the reuse of treated water to 95%, and increase national ‎water storage capacity up to two days. ‎

    Eng. Suhail Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, affirmed, "The UAE ‎Water Security Strategy 2036 came as a result of consolidated efforts between federal ‎and local water authorities to explore and define a vision for the water sector in the UAE ‎and to ensure adaptability to future demands on water resources."‎ He added, ‎"The strategy aims to ensure sustainable water supplies in ‎various circumstances to meet the needs of the community and the economic prosperity ‎of the UAE."‎ Al Mazrouei pointed out that the comprehensive, long-term strategy covers all components of the ‎water supply chain throughout a time frame of twenty years. It focuses on three main ‎programs: the Water Demand Management Program, the Water Supply Management ‎Program and the Emergency Production and Distribution Program. The strategy also tackles policy development, legislation, water conservation awareness ‎campaigns, use of advanced technologies, innovation, and building national capabilities ‎in the field of water security. 

    ‎"The Water Security Strategy 2036 seeks to ‎reduce average consumption per capita by half as well as focus on sustainable practices, for instance one of its key aims is increasing the reuse of treated water ‎to 95%," Al Mazrouei explained. ‎The strategy seeks to develop a storage capacity for the water supply system that lasts ‎for two days under normal conditions, which would be equivalent to a capacity of 16 ‎days in emergency situations, and enough to supply water for more than 45 days in ‎extreme emergencies. ‎ Water networks will be able to provide 91 liters of ‎water per person per day in cases of emergency, or 30 liters per person per day in cases ‎of extreme emergencies. ‎

    Eng. Suhail Mohammed Al Mazrouei
    Minister of Energy, UAE