Water Journal : Water Journal September 2013
water september 2013 RWL WATER POISED TO GROW One of South America’s leading water treatment companies has agreed in principle to join the RWL Water Group, a global water solutions provider. Headquartered in Mar del Plata in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Unitek brings great experience in water treatment in South America, which creates one of many opportunities for cross-business synergies in the region between the other RWL Water portfolio companies, Aeromix, Eurotec WTT and Nirosoft. “We are very excited that Unitek, which fits so perfectly with the RWL Water culture and technology, has agreed in principle to join forces with us. When completed, the addition of Unitek will provide us with the credibility, expertise and speed to respond to almost any water treatment need for our customers in Latin America,” says Henry Charrabé, President and CEO of RWL Water. Latin America is one of RWL Water’s focus markets. Over the past two years, the company has opened three sales offices throughout the region and an operations office in Colombia. Upon closing the Unitek transaction, the Group will have more than 90 years of combined experience in water and wastewater treatment and more than 250 dedicated employees to bring water, wastewater and waste-to-energy solutions to the world. ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS OF PLANNED ORANGE PIPELINE UNDERESTIMATED A new UNSW-led study modelling the impacts of an approved $47 million pipeline pumping water from the Macquarie River to the city of Orange has revealed the potential for far greater risks to river health than those estimated by the environmental assessment. The pipeline, which will cost a further $728,000 per year to operate, was approved by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure in May and the Planning Assessment Commission in June. However, UNSW scientists say there were critical flaws in the original environmental assessment. “The original environmental assessment was based on dry climate conditions and the wrong pumping thresholds, and there is increased opportunity to divert even more water in the future,” says Professor Richard Kingsford, Director of the Australian Wetlands, Rivers and Landscapes Centre at UNSW. Kingsford and his honours student Justin McCann independently modelled the impact of the pipeline on downstream flows to the river and Macquarie Marshes – which are listed by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. They identified “critical issues of inadequate environmental assessment”. Key findings include: • The initial assessment said pumping could occur when flow levels were above 38 mega litres per day (ML/day). This is considerably lower than the 118 ML/day threshold identified by UNSW researchers. • The UNSW model closely reflected an independent assessment commissioned by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure, which recommended 108 ML/day. • Current approval of the pipeline with a new pumping threshold of 108 ML/day has not had its environmental impact assessed. Introducing the new line of Lowara e-HM industrial-strength pumps. More choice, more customization, more efficiency. Increase what’s possible. Select your horizontal multistage solution at lowara.com.au/e-hm today. • Specifically designed for industrial applications • Multiple configurations to meet your needs • Compact yet powerful • A giant step up in efficiency — up to 15% higher than other brands • Extended product life LET’S EXPAND THE POSSIBILITIES. xyleminc.com | Lowara © 2013 Xylem Inc. Lowara is a trademark of Xylem Inc. or one of its subsidiaries. From left: rWL Water president and CeO Henry Charrabé, Unitek CeO Alejandro rudometkin, Unitek Vp & Co-Owner Alejandro sturniolo, and rWL Water CFO Karl-Heinz Zorn.
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