World Bank approves INR 6,000 crore Atal Bhujal Yojana

India: The World Bank has approved Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY), a INR 6000 crore Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. The scheme is to be implemented over a period of five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23, with World Bank assistance. The scheme proposal has already been recommended by the Expenditure Finance Committee and the Ministry will be seeking Cabinet approval for the project shortly. Atal Bhujal Yojana has been formulated by the Ministry to address the criticality of ground water resources in a major part of the country. The scheme aims to improve ground water management in priority areas in the country through community participation. The priority areas identified under the scheme fall in the states of Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. These States represent about 25 percent of the total number of over-exploited, critical and semi-critical blocks in terms of ground water in India. They also cover two major types of groundwater systems found in India - alluvial and hard rock aquifers- and have varying degrees of institutional readiness and experience in groundwater management.

Ministry of Water Resources accepts 2 major irrigation and 4 flood management projects from six states


India: The Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has accepted two major irrigation/multipurpose projects and four flood management schemes/master plans with a cumulative cost of INR 84,748 Crores from six States/UT in its meeting held in New Delhi yesterday. The Kaleshwaram Project of Telangana with an estimated cost of INR 80190.46 Crores involves diversion of 195 TMC of Godavari water to irrigate about 18.25 lakh acres of land in 13 districts of Telangana. Further, this project will stabilize about 18.82 lakh acres of land under different projects of the state. In addition to this, the project will provide 40 TMC of drinking water to Hyderabad, Secundarabad and villages enroute and 16 TMC of industrial water. The Upper Pravara (Nilwande-II) Project of Maharashtra with an estimated cost of INR 2232.62 Crores will irrigate an area of 2,12,758 acres and provide drinking water to the tune of 13.15 MCM. The Mahananda Flood Management Scheme (Phase-II) of Bihar, Seer Khad Project of Himachal Pradesh, Yanam Flood Protection Works of Union Territory Puducherry and Ghatal Master Plan (Phase-I) of West Bengal were also accepted in the meeting. These projects will provide flood protection to about 13,58,000 persons and save about 4,51,750 acres of area from flooding.


In 50th year of its incorporation WAPCOS achieves highest ever gross income of INR 1110 Crore

India: WAPCOS has achieved the highest ever gross income of INR 1110 crore during the year 2017-18. Minister of Water Resources & River Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari was presented with an interim dividend of INR 50 crore (inclusive of Dividend Tax) by R.K. Gupta, CMD, WAPCOS, which is the highest ever since inception of WAPCOS. With the issuance of Bonus Shares of INR 35 crore, the Company's paid up Capital has increased by 50 times (from INR 2 crore to INR. 100 crore), during the last 8 years. The company's profitability has grown over 75 percent, from INR 102.52 Crore in 2013-14 to INR 180 Crore in 2017-18. MoS in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Arjun Ram Mehgwal and Dr. Satya Pal Singh were also present on the occasion, along with Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Ministers and other dignitaries from several countries like Afghanistan, Rawanda, Tanzania, Senegal, Angola, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia, Mozambique, Congo, Burundi, Liberia , Zimbabwe, Laos, Malawi and Mongolia.


EFC approves revised cost estimate of DRIP for INR 3466 crore

India: : A meeting of the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) under the Chairpersonship of Secretary, Department of Expenditure, was held this week to consider the proposal of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation for revised cost estimate of World Bank funded Dam Rehabilitation & Improvement Project (DRIP). The EFC approved revised cost estimate of DRIP for INR 3466 Crore and extended time period for conclusion of this project till June, 2020. DRIP is a state sector scheme with central component to improve safety and operational performance of selected dams, along with institutional strengthening with system wide management approach. The total original cost of DRIP was INR 2100 Crore with State component of INR 1968 Crore and Central Component of INR 132 Crore. The EFC approval was given to DRIP in May 2011 and Cabinet approval in November 2011. The Scheme commenced in April 2012 and was originally scheduled for six years with closure in June 2018. The participating States/Agencies in the DRIP are Damodar Valley Corporation, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited and Central Water Commission.

ADB additional support to improve water management in Tajikistan

Tajikistan: TTAHAL Group was awarded a new project in Ukraine – reconstruction of wastewater and sludge treatment facilities in the city of Kharkov, totaling USD 60 M. This Yellow-FIDIC (Design-Build) project includes reconstruction, renovation, refurbishment, construction and modernization of two existing wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) that were designed and built in the 1960s and 1970s. The new facilities will have a capacity of 500,000 m³/day and 200,000 m³/day, and will be equipped with modern treatment processes and advanced control systems. The project, funded by the World Bank, will be delivered to "Kharkivvodokanal", the municipal water company of Kharkov, the second largest city in Ukraine and a major industrial centre. The year 2017 was a very successful one for TAHAL's operations in Russia, setting a record of annual sales from existing projects that amounts to nearly USD 60 M. TAHAL Russia opened 2018 by winning this project in Kharkov, as well as the Ivanovo project in Russia (USD 37 M) and the Poti project in Georgia (USD 35 M), which constitutes a major expansion of our operations in the CIS countries.


Itron to Improve Water Infrastructure in Barbados

Barbados: Itron, Inc. is working with the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) to help the utility minimize water loss throughout the island. Itron, through its regional distributor Innotech Utilities, will replace the utility's existing mechanical water meters with Itron's solid-state Intelis water meters to better monitor water usage. Providing access to potable water is challenging for BWA because of drought and non-revenue water. To address water loss, the utility chose to collaborate with Itron to improve the monitoring of its water supply network and decrease non-revenue water. By replacing its old meters with Itron's state-of-the-art ultrasonic water meters, BWA will be enabled to improve operations, detect leaks, monitor system performance and improve water efficiency. With no moving parts, Itron's water meters are designed to be long-lasting and protect against unplanned maintenance costs while providing accurate water analytics. The meters are equipped with advanced monitoring intelligence, which will alert the utility to potential problems such as tampering and abnormal or drops in water pressure.


Tahal Group wins contract worth USD 60 M in Ukraine

Ukrain TAHAL Group was awarded a new project in Ukraine – reconstruction of wastewater and sludge treatment facilities in the city of Kharkov, totaling USD 60 M. This Yellow-FIDIC (Design-Build) project includes reconstruction, renovation, refurbishment, construction and modernization of two existing wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) that were designed and built in the 1960s and 1970s. The new facilities will have a capacity of 500,000 m³/day and 200,000 m³/day, and will be equipped with modern treatment processes and advanced control systems. The project, funded by the World Bank, will be delivered to "Kharkivvodokanal", the municipal water company of Kharkov, the second largest city in Ukraine and a major industrial centre. The year 2017 was a very successful one for TAHAL's operations in Russia, setting a record of annual sales from existing projects that amounts to nearly USD 60 M. TAHAL Russia opened 2018 by winning this project in Kharkov, as well as the Ivanovo project in Russia (USD 37 M) and the Poti project in Georgia (USD 35 M), which constitutes a major expansion of our operations in the CIS countries.


H2O Innovation Secures Four New Industrial Projects Totalling CAD 3.1 M

Canada: H2O Innovation Inc. was awarded four new industrial projects in North America. These new contracts, worth CAD 3.1 M, will bring the Corporation's project sales backlog to CAD 55.1 M. The first project was awarded by a major manufacturer in North Carolina, and consists of an industrial wastewater treatment system, combining membrane bioreactor (MBR) and reverse osmosis (RO) technologies. The system will include two MBR trains that will treat 75,000 GPD (283.9 m3/day) of wastewater, followed by an RO system that will treat 50,000 GPD (189.3 m3/day) of the MBR effluent. The second contract won by the Corporation is for an industrial customer, with whom H2O Innovation has worked with in the past, in the Midwest with a production expansion of their RO system to 576,000 GPD (2,180.4 m3/day). The last two projects consist of systems using nanofiltration (NF) and RO technologies. One project will include two NF trains and will produce up to 194,400 GPD (735.9 m3/day) of drinking water for a resort located in Central Alaska. The other project will produce 7,200 GPD (27.3 m3/day) of water used in the processing chain of a food company located in the province of Quebec. This is the 12th project that the Corporation has won in 3 years with this company.

Watergen awarded as technology pioneer by World Economic Forum

Israel: Watergen, an Israel-based company that converts the air we breathe into the most premium quality drinking water, was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum's "technology pioneers". Watergen's devices represent a new source of clean potable water using the patented GENius technology. It is simple to use, requiring only an energy source which bypasses myriad water challenges such as droughts, deficient water supply systems and aging, defective and/or lead-filled pipes. In addition, Watergen's transformative advances have dramatic implications for world-wide water security, promoting peace, stability, and environmental sustainability. The World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers community is early-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society. This year's cohort is the most diverse ever, both geographically and in terms of gender. 25 percent are female-led, and a majority (52 percent) comes from regions outside the United States and Silicon Valley, with each continent represented, barring Antarctica.


Buckman Associate built a water wheel in Ugandan village

Uganda: Aaron Goodman, of Paducah, Kentucky, and the non-profit organization Beyond Uganda, used their skills to design and build a peristaltic pump water wheel in a village in Uganda. The wheel provides a continuous water supply for crops and fish farming ponds in an area that often struggles to maintain a stable food supply. The non-electric pump floods fish ponds to grow tilapia, a much-needed protein source, and bring water to the irrigation tanks for the crops. If water is flowing, it spins the water wheel which then turns the spiral tubing attached to the wheel creating a peristaltic-type pump which allows the water wheel to pump at higher elevations. "The kids and adults were amazed by how the water wheel worked and were ecstatic about using it for crop irrigation. One Ugandan said it would completely change how they irrigate crops" said Goodman.


Clearford announces acquisition of an Ontario private water utility, and additional debt financing

Canada: Clearford Water Systems Inc. has announced the acquisition of a privately owned local water utility in Ontario's Niagara Region that provides safe drinking water for approximately 300 residents on the shores of Lake Erie. The utility was purchased in an all cash deal from a private owner. The utility's assets include regulatory permits and permanent infrastructure for water intake from Lake Erie, a drinking water treatment plant, and a water distribution pipe network to deliver potable water to residences. The Company is also looking at options to expand the customer base which may include new developments and existing residences or commercial operations serviced by private wells. The acquisition will be the foundation of Clearford Water Utility (Ontario) Inc., a new subsidiary set up to acquire water and wastewater assets in Ontario. This is the latest stage in the execution of the Company's business model of becoming a full-service water utility and technology provider after the initial acquisition of Koester Canada and its Team Aquatic operations division in November 2017.


Dow Water to provide fluoride-free drinking water to Kasarani residents in Kenya

Kenya: The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the Little Sisters of St. Francis (LSOSF), have commissioned the installation of an energy-efficient, high-recovery FILMTECTM Reverse Osmosis filtration system for the removal of fluoride in drinking water sources at St. Francis Community Hospital and learning institutions. As a result, over 6,000 students, patients, and community members now have access to clean drinking water. Today, over half of the groundwater sources in Kenya, especially in the Rift Valley region, contain fluoride concentrations above the recommended levels. It is estimated that 20 million Kenyans suffer from teeth and bone fluorosis as a result. In Kenya, sustainable access to safe drinking water is around 60 percent in cities and towns - dropping to as low as 20 percent in the informal settlements where half of the urban population lives. In urban areas, a large population depends on boreholes water that often contains high fluoride levels.


Evoqua's Biomag® system selected by Severn Trent for plant expansion and phosphorus removal

UK: Evoqua Water Technologies has been selected by Severn Trent Water and its design and construction partner, Costain, to supply Evoqua's BioMag® ballasted clarification system to both increase output and reduce phosphorus at the Rugby Sewage Treatment Works. Rugby will be Europe's first wastewater treatment plant with a permanent installation of Evoqua's ballasted BioMag system settling technology, which has been proven in facilities throughout the United States for more than seven years. Ed Ruswa, Senior Process Design Engineer for Severn Trent Water says, ''Rugby is a thriving market town and in order to improve the waterbodies in its catchment, a significant enhancement to the treated water quality and capacity for growth is going to be delivered by upgrading the existing sewage treatment works using the BioMag system. Conventional treatment methods would have required a large expansion at a higher cost, however by transferring this innovative technology from North America and following UK water industry funded pilot trials, the BioMag system will help Severn Trent deliver its customer funded objectives and continue to offer the cheapest customer bills in the UK."


LANXESS signs marketing and distribution cooperation agreement with French company Polymem

Germany: The Liquid Purification Technologies (LPT) business unit of the specialty chemicals group LANXESS, one of the leading suppliers of products and solutions for water treatment, has entered into a cooperation agreement with French company Polymem SA, Toulouse. One of the world's leading manufacturers of high-quality ultrafiltration membranes and systems for drinking-water and wastewater applications will be the distribution partner of LANXESS in France for the Lewabrane reverse osmosis membrane elements.. Starting on July 1, 2018, LANXESS will commence worldwide distribution of the Gigamem ultrafiltration modules range from Polymem featuring Neophil hollow fiber membranes. This adds ultrafiltration (UF) to the existing LANXESS range of water-treatment technologies. "We are gaining a product portfolio that ideally complements our ion exchange resins and reverse osmosis membrane elements for water treatment. After all, around one third of all newly built reverse osmosis plants have upstream ultrafiltration - and trend is rising.


WPL HiPAF tank repurposed for wastewater upgrade

UK:The national trend for pubs to orientate their businesses around food or even convert to restaurants can mean an upgrade in onsite wastewater treatment is required. This was the case at a popular Toby Carvery in Stonebridge, Coventry, which has seen the number of diners eating in the restaurant rise substantially over the years. Over 1,000 covers are served most days and additional wastewater treatment was required to ensure compliance at a site originally designed for 300. The location of the restaurant next to a busy motorway junction near Birmingham Airport makes it impossible to connect the site to mains sewerage so the existing WPL HiPAF® unit needed to be replaced by a much larger system. Watling Hope is the main contractor for new wastewater treatment plants for all sites belonging to Mitchells & Butlers which owns Toby Carvery. Working in close partnership with WPL it was decided to keep costs down by repurposing the existing WPL HiPAF packaged treatment unit to create an underground primary settlement tank. Two additional units were then connected in series to provide a new WPL HiPAF - high performance aerated filter - biozone and conical final settlement tank.

Farhad Forbes Elected Global Chairman of Family Business Network International

Switzerland:Farhad Forbes, Co-Chairman, Forbes Marshall, has been elected global Chairman of Family Business Network International, today. He is the first non-European to hold this prestigious position. FBN International is the world's leading family business organization. It was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. FBN International brings together over 3,600 family businesses, 12,000 individual members including 5,000 Next-Generation members. It has 33 chapters in 65 countries including a Confederation of Indian Industry-FBN International chapter in India. FBN International works for promoting the success and sustainability of families in business worldwide. FBN is a safe, shared-learning space for enterprising families to flourish across generations, through the exchange of excellent, innovative and impactful practices. It provides opportunities to build better families and businesses through an international exchange of ideas, culture and practices. FBN, together with Member Associations, connects, supports and serves families in business.

FEmerson Introduces Powerful Diagnostics for Flow Meter Intelligence and Measurement Confidence

USA:Emerson has launched the latest version of its Smart Meter Verification software for Coriolis and magnetic flow meters, providing flow meter verification on demand and empowering process engineers, technicians and operators to look beyond the meter and make real-time decisions based on the most advanced meter and process diagnostics in the industry. New tools in the Smart Meter Verification software allow users to fine tune and adjust their engineering processes to ensure absolute measurement confidence and top performance in the chemicals, food and beverage, life sciences, oil and gas, and other process industries. In addition to onboard diagnostics, Smart Meter Verification also accelerates implementation of companies' Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) strategies with its powerful remote diagnostics, digital intelligence and multiple data points providing users with a complete process overview and greater operational certainty. The new system also provides operators with crucial information on other flow issues across the plant. For enquiries, contact: +1 314 553 2000.


Xylem launches iDuron UV Disinfection System

India:iDuron is a modular open channel UV disinfection system setting the standard for efficiency and serviceability. It is ideal for disinfection of mid-sized to large sized wastewater treatment plants.Central to the design is how easily and efficiently the iDuron UV system is maintained and serviced. Easy and fast lamp replacement can be conducted while the modules remain in the channel. Cleaning is simple and safe thanks to the iDuron's automatic, chemical-free electrical wiper system. The wiper rings consist of a unique material combination, proven effective even in waters with high fouling potential. Only some maintenance tasks, such as wiper ring or sensor replacement, require lifting the frame with the UV module out of the channel with the help of a crane. The iDuron's electrical components are located out of the water and are easily accessible. Ballast cards are separated from UV lamp modules for easy maintenance and operational stability. Cabinets are rated for either indoor or outdoor service, providing added flexibility in constructing or retrofitting the plant. mahesh.kothiyal@xyleminc.com.


Sulzer launches new CPE end-suction single-stage centrifugal pump

Finland:Sulzer has once again broken the conventions in the name of efficiency. The new CPE ANSI process pumps are specifically designed to exceed the strictest energy regulations for all industries as well as the requirements of ASME B73.1. With revolutionary hydraulics and high efficiency, they offer low life cycle costs. The new CPE pumps meet the process requirements in a variety of industrial applications, and are suitable for use with clean or slightly contaminated liquids, viscous liquids of up to 3'000 cSt, and fibrous slurries with a consistency up to 6 percent. When engineering the new range of CPE pumps, we at Sulzer considered numerous factors that can potentially influence the total cost of ownership of a process pump. The result is an innovative design that makes it possible for the user to achieve remarkable annual savings. The new pump design brings higher efficiency that translates into lower energy consumption. Coupled with this, the high standardization, easy installation and robust construction also equate to lower maintenance and operating costs. For enquiries contact: +358 10 234 3259.


Flowrox introduces GeoBag™: All-in-one Geotextile Filtration and Dewatering Unit

Finland:Flowrox Geobag™ consists of Flowrox's high performance Packaged Pumping System™ and Flowrox's LPP-T (transfer pump) to ensure chemical dosing ability and high-performance pumping. The product is a water-tight floor construction with a drain valve that enables closed and clean filtration and dewatering process. Flowrox GeoBag™ Unit includes: The roll-off unit includes multiple items to enhance the effectiveness and success of the product, such as a container and geotextile bag, high performance slurry pump, chemical dosing pumps, and flocculation reactor module. Flowrox GeoBag™ is compatible with Flowrox Smart Solutions™. Additionally, the units can be insulated and heated for areas with colder climates. Ideal applications: Flowrox GeoBag™ is a great option for dewatering as it can remarkably reduce the costs related to waste handling. Flowrox GeoBag™ is suitable for sewage sludge dewatering, tailings dewatering, concentration of oily sludge, filtration and dewatering of precipitated solids and impurities, filtration and dewatering of clay, sand, and other fine particles. For enquiries contact: +358 50 411 2079.



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