TMWS careers–hiring accounting manager

 

TaylorMade Water Systems

Description:

TaylorMade Water Systems, a division of Waterlogic (www.waterlogic.com), a leading global designer, manufacturer and distributor of point of use water dispensers, is seeking a talented Accounting Manager for our western region. Reporting to the Director or Finance and Administration, the selected candidate would be responsible for contributing to the business accounting function and maintaining complete financial reporting responsibilities for the business. This consists of analyzing trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments and obligations incurred to predict future revenues and expenses.

We are looking for a dynamic, self motivated professional who is smart, hard working organized and detail oriented who can also look at the big picture.

Key Responsibilities:

· Responsible for assisting in the completion of month, quarterly and year end close.

· Manages timely and accurate preparation of monthly analysis and analysis of all balance sheet accounts and provides guidance to the operations team.

· Performs cost reduction and expense control activities

· Maintains the general ledger chart of accounts . Prepares journal entries.

· Prepares reports/schedules and analysis as required as well as perform work on strategic projects.

· Coordinates the forecasting activities for the division.

Requirements:

· College degree in a related area. Bachelors in accounting preferred.

· Minimum of 5 years experience in accounting/financial analysis

· Strong general accounting skills and experience in month end close

· Demonstrated experience managing multiple tasks, deadlines and priorities

· Strong computer skills required (Microsoft Office Suite)

· Excellent communication skills

· Travel as required

Soft Skills:

· High energy, driven for results, passionate

· Strong moral character, sets high standards

· Cross functional collaboration

Careers

Taylor Made Water Acquires AquaPerfect Sacramento

 

 

http://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/news/market-news/market-news-detail.html?announcementId=11397117

RNS Number : 1906R

Waterlogic PLC

15 November 2012



15 November 2012

Waterlogic Plc

("Waterlogic" or the "Company")

Acquisition of AquaPerfect LLC

Waterlogic Plc (AIM: WTL.L), a leading designer, manufacturer and global distributor of point-of-use ("POU") drinking water purification and dispensing systems, is pleased to announce that it has agreed to acquire the trading assets of AquaPerfect LLC ("AquaPerfect"), a highly-regarded vendor of Waterlogic water dispensers and Keurig coffee machines based in Northern California, USA. 

AquaPerfect has an existing installed base of over 2,300 water dispensers and coffee machines supplying and servicing offices and businesses in the Sacramento area. Following completion, the AquaPerfect business will become part of Taylor Made Water Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Waterlogic USA, the Company’s US division.

The unaudited financial statements of AquaPerfect for the full year ending 31 December 2011 show revenues of USD 1.26 million and adjusted EBITDA of USD 0.23 million (after adding back non-recurring payments made to officers).

Peter Cohen, Chief Executive, Waterlogic Commercial, commented:

"AquaPerfect is our third US west coast acquisition further enhancing our North American presence.

We see big opportunities through the introduction of Waterlogic’s highly innovative Firewall UV water purification technology and associated products into the AquaPerfect customer base. AquaPerfect represents a great fit, having sold the Company’s products for over 14 years and we look forward to welcoming it into the Waterlogic Group.

We continue to explore future growth and acquisition opportunities and developing further hubs in the US.  We look forward to updating shareholders in due course."

Casey Taylor, CEO Taylor Made & Regional VP Waterlogic USA, commented:

"We are delighted to have made our second bolt-on acquisition since integrating AquaPrix into our US west coast hub.The combination of three operations in Northern California will enable us to provide an enhanced service in this area to corporations across the spectrum of the industrial, commercial, hotel and restaurant, public, healthcare and education sectors. This brings the existing installed base to over 10,500 water dispensers and coffee machines at our US west coast hub."

Enquiries:

Waterlogic Plc

Tel: +44 (0)20 7074 1800

Jeremy Ben-David, Group Chief Executive Officer

Email: waterlogic@kreabgavinanderson.com

Peter Cohen, CEO Waterlogic Commercial

Liberum Capital (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Tel: +44 (0)20 3100 2000

Steve Pearce

Richard Bootle

Kreab Gavin Anderson (PR Adviser)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7074 1800

James Benjamin

Madeleine Palmstierna

Email: waterlogic@kreabgavinanderson.com

Website: www.waterlogic.com

Notes to editors:

Waterlogic Plc

Waterlogic Plc (AIM: WTL.L) is a leading designer, manufacturer and  distributor of mains attached point-of-use ("POU") drinking water purification and dispensing systems designed for environments such as offices, factories, hospitals, hotels, schools, restaurants and other workplaces. Waterlogic is a Jersey registered company. Waterlogic’s products and services are built on the simple vision of a three stage approach to purity:

1.  Filtration to remove unwanted contaminants, chlorine and other water-borne tastes and odours.

2. Waterlogic’s Firewall™ ultra-violet (UV) technology is one of the most effective water purification technologies for POU water dispenser applications currently on the market and its dispensers are certified by the Water Quality Association as being able to guarantee 99.9999% pure water 100% of the time, a fact which has been confirmed by over 5,000 physical tests in independent laboratories. The innovative Firewall™ technology incorporates a highly-specialised, compact UV system in the faucet/tap, which ensures that water passes through the UV system immediately before it is dispensed into a cup. This point of differentiation for Firewall™ is unique in the POU market.

3.  BioCote silver antimicrobial protection. Plastic surfaces surrounding dispensing areas of Waterlogic units are infused with a silver additive called BioCote, a natural anti-microbial that inhibits the growth of microorganisms, giving yet another layer of hygienic defence.

Founded in 1992, Waterlogic was one of the first companies to introduce POU systems to Europe and has been a leader in the POU market in terms of product design and quality, the application of new technologies and in sales and service. Waterlogic has an extensive and expanding independent global distribution network in place, reaching 52 countries around the world.

Waterlogic products are currently being sold in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa. Waterlogic’s leading markets are the USA and Western Europe, in particular Germany, France, Scandinavia and the UK. Of the 1.9 million new POU and bottled water installations in the business-to-business market in the USA and Europe between 2005 and 2011, approximately 73% incorporated POU technology.

The Directors believe that the movement away from bottled water coolers (BWC) to POU water dispensers is set to continue its current trend as a result of cost, convenience, health benefits and environmental considerations.

For the financial year ended 31 December 2011, the Group generated revenues and adjusted EBITDA (adjusted for share based incentives expense, capital reorganisation related costs and acquisition related costs) of USD 84.9 million and USD 13.4 million, respectively, and had approximately 595,000 machines installed as at 30 June 2012.

As part of Waterlogic’s on-going commitment to providing safe water, the Group has pledged to donate USD 225,000 over the next three years to WaterAid. WaterAid is a renowned international non-profit organisation that transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest countries. Since 1981 WaterAid has reached 15.9 million people globally with safe water. Website: www.wateraidamerica.com

AquaPerfect LLC

Founded in 1998 and located in Sacramento, AquaPerfect supplies Waterlogic mains-fed water coolers and water treatment systems and Keurig coffee machines throughout the Sacramento Area and the Valley.

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Taylor Made Water Systems Acquires AquaPrix!

 

20 September 2012

Waterlogic Plc

Acquisition of AquaPrix Inc.

Waterlogic Plc (AIM: WTL.L), a leading designer, manufacturer and global distributor of point-of-use ("POU") drinking water purification and dispensing systems, is pleased to announce that it has agreed to acquire the trading assets of AquaPrix Inc. ("AquaPrix"), a highly-regarded vendor of innowave water dispensers based in Northern California, USA. 

AquaPrix has an existing installed base of over 3,400 water dispensers supplying and servicing blue chip corporations and homes located in the San Francisco bay area, including Silicon Valley. Following completion, the AquaPrix business will become part of Taylor Made Water Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Waterlogic USA, the Company’s US division.

The unaudited financial statements of AquaPrix for the full year ending 31 December 2011 show revenues of USD 1.87 million and adjusted EBITDA of USD 0.41 million (after adding back non-recurring payments made to officers).

Peter Cohen, Chief Executive, Waterlogic Commercial, commented:

"AquaPrix is our second US west coast acquisition further enhancing our North American presence. 

We are especially excited about the opportunity to introduce Waterlogic’s highly innovative Firewall UV water purification technology and associated products into the AquaPrix customer base. AquaPrix is a highly complementary business, having sold the Company’s products for over 14 years and we look forward to welcoming it into the Waterlogic Group.

We continue to explore future acquisition opportunities and will update shareholders in due course."

Casey Taylor, CEO Taylor Made & Regional VP Waterlogic USA, commented:

"We are delighted to have made our first bolt-on acquisition since the recent commencement of our US west coast hub." 

Enquiries:

Waterlogic Plc

Tel: +44 (0)20 7074 1800

Jeremy Ben-David, Group Chief Executive Officer

Email: waterlogic@kreabgavinanderson.com

Peter Cohen, CEO Waterlogic Commercial

Steve Harrison, Group Chief Financial Officer

 
   

Liberum Capital (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Tel: +44 (0)20 3100 2000

Steve Pearce

Richard Bootle

 
   

Kreab Gavin Anderson (PR Adviser)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7074 1800

James Benjamin

Madeleine Palmstierna

Email: waterlogic@kreabgavinanderson.com

Website: www.waterlogic.com

Notes to editors:

Waterlogic Plc

Waterlogic Plc (AIM: WTL.L) is a leading designer, manufacturer and  distributor of mains attached point-of-use ("POU") drinking water purification and dispensing systems designed for environments such as offices, factories, hospitals, hotels, schools, restaurants and other workplaces. Waterlogic is a Jersey registered company. Waterlogic’s products and services are built on the simple vision of a three stage approach to purity:

1.   Filtration to remove unwanted contaminants, chlorine and other water-borne tastes and odours

2.   Waterlogic’s Firewall™ ultra-violet ("UV") technology is one of the most effective water purification technologies for POU water dispenser applications currently on the market and its dispensers are certified by the Water Quality Association as being able to guarantee 99.9999% pure water 100% of the time, a fact which has been confirmed by over 5,000 physical tests in independent laboratories. The innovative Firewall™ technology incorporates a highly-specialised, compact UV system in the faucet/tap, which ensures that water passes through the UV system immediately before it is dispensed into a cup. This point of differentiation for Firewall™ is unique in the POU market.

3.   BioCote silver anti-microbial protection. Plastic surfaces surrounding dispensing areas of Waterlogic units are infused with a silver additive called BioCote, a natural anti-microbial that inhibits the growth of micro-organisms, giving yet another layer of hygienic defence.

Founded in 1992, Waterlogic was one of the first companies to introduce POU systems to Europe and has been a leader in the POU market in terms of product design and quality, the application of new technologies and in sales and service. Waterlogic has an extensive and expanding independent global distribution network in place, reaching 52 countries around the world.

Waterlogic products are currently being sold in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa. Waterlogic’s leading markets are the USA and Western Europe, in particular Germany, France, Scandinavia and the UK. Of the 1.9 million new POU and bottled water installations in the business-to-business market in the USA and Europe between 2005 and 2011, approximately 73% incorporated POU technology, of which approximately 27% were Waterlogic products.

The Directors believe that the movement away from bottled water coolers (BWC) to POU water dispensers is set to continue its current trend as a result of cost, convenience, health benefits and environmental considerations.

For the financial year ended 31 December 2011, the Group generated revenues and adjusted EBITDA (adjusted for share based incentives expense, capital reorganisation related costs and acquisition related costs) of USD 84.9 million and USD 13.4 million, respectively, and had approximately 595,000 machines installed as at 30 June 2012.

As part of Waterlogic’s on-going commitment to providing safe water, the Group has pledged to donate USD 225,000 over the next three years to WaterAid. WaterAid is a renowned international non-profit organisation that transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest countries. Since 1981 WaterAid has reached 15.9 million people globally with safe water. Website: www.wateraidamerica.org/

AquaPrix Inc.

Founded in 1997, AquaPrix is a supplier of bottle-less water coolers and water treatment systems in the San Francisco Bay Area, AquaPrix  supplies innowave* mains-fed water coolers and water treatment systems in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Located in Hayward, AquaPrix supplies and services major corporations and homes throughout San Francisco, Oakland, Contra Costa and the Silicon Valley.

* innowave

innowave, a Waterlogic USA subsidiary, is a water technology company that provides POU solutions to businesses in North America. innowave will be rebranding to Waterlogic in H2 2012.

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Waterlogic Acquisition Adds Excitement to Taylor Made!

PRESS RELEASE

Waterlogic Plc

Acquisition of Taylor Made Water Systems Inc.

Waterlogic Plc (AIM: WTL.L), a leading designer, manufacturer and global distributor of point-of-use ("POU") drinking water purification and dispensing systems, is pleased to announce that it has agreed to acquire the entire share capital of Taylor Made Water Systems Inc. ("Taylor Made"), a well-regarded vendor of water dispensers and coffee machines based in Northern California, USA from the Taylor family.

Taylor Made has an existing installed base of over 4,800 water dispenser and coffee machines located in the San Francisco bay area. Following completion, Taylor Made will become a subsidiary of Waterlogic USA, the Company’s US division.

The unaudited financial statements of Taylor Made for the full year ending 31 December 2011 show consolidated revenues of USD 4.38 million and EBITDA of USD 0.58 million.

Jeremy Ben-David, Waterlogic, Group CEO, commented:

"Taylor Made is our first US west coast acquisition and is an important step to enhance our North American presence, providing a solid platform for continued accretive growth in the region.

We are especially excited about the opportunity to introduce Waterlogic’s highly innovative Firewall UV water purification technology and associated products into the Taylor Made customer base. Taylor Made is a highly complementary business, with a strong management team and we look forward to welcoming them into the Waterlogic Group.

We continue to explore future acquisition opportunities and will update shareholders in due course."

Casey Taylor, CEO Taylor Made & Regional VP Waterlogic USA, commented:

"On behalf of the Taylor Made team, we are thrilled to be joining the Waterlogic Group, which allows us to market the unique Firewall UV technology to our existing and potential customers, and provides us the opportunity to launch carbonated water coolers in California.

I am delighted to be remaining as CEO of Taylor Made and look forward to my additional responsibilities as Regional VP with Waterlogic USA."

Enquiries:

Website: www.waterlogic.com

Notes to editors:

Waterlogic Plc

Waterlogic Plc (AIM: WTL.L) is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of mains attached point-of-use ("POU") drinking water purification and dispensing systems designed for environments such as offices, factories, hospitals, hotels, schools, restaurants and other workplaces. Waterlogic is a Jersey registered company. Waterlogic’s products and services are built on the simple vision of a three stage approach to purity:

1.   Filtration to remove unwanted contaminants, chlorine and other water-borne tastes and odours.
 

2. Waterlogic’s Firewall(TM) ultra-violet ("UV") technology is one of the most effective water purification technologies for POU water dispenser applications currently on the market and its dispensers are certified by the Water Quality Association as being able to guarantee 99.9999% pure water 100% of the time, a fact which has been confirmed by over 5,000 physical tests in independent laboratories. The innovative Firewall(TM) technology incorporates a highly-specialised, compact UV system in the faucet/tap, which ensures that water passes through the UV system immediately before it is dispensed into a cup. This point of differentiation for Firewall(TM) is unique in the POU market.

3. BioCote silver antimicrobial protection. Plastic surfaces surrounding dispensing areas of Waterlogic units are infused with a silver additive called BioCote, a natural anti-microbial that inhibits the growth of microorganisms, giving yet another layer of hygienic defence.

Founded in 1992, Waterlogic was one of the first companies to introduce POU systems to Europe and has been a leader in the POU market in terms of product design and quality, the application of new technologies and in sales and service. Waterlogic has an extensive and expanding independent global distribution network in place, reaching 50 countries around the world.

Waterlogic products are currently being sold in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa. Waterlogic’s leading markets are the USA and Western Europe, in particular Germany, France, Scandinavia and the UK. Of the 1.9 million new POU and bottled water installations in the business-to-business market in the USA and Europe between 2005 and 2011, approximately 73% incorporated POU technology, of which approximately 27% were Waterlogic products.

The Directors believe that the movement away from bottled water coolers (BWC) to POU water dispensers is set to continue its current trend as a result of cost, convenience, health benefits and environmental considerations.

For the financial year ended 31 December 2011, the Group generated revenues and adjusted EBITDA (adjusted for share based incentives expense, capital reorganisation related costs and acquisition related costs) of USD 84.9 million and USD 13.4 million, respectively, and had approximately 565,000 machines installed as at 31 December 2011.

As part of Waterlogic’s on-going commitment to providing safe water, the Group has pledged to donate USD 225,000 over the next three years to WaterAid. WaterAid is a renowned international non-profit organisation that transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest countries. Since 1981 WaterAid has reached 15.9 million people globally with safe water. Website: www.wateraidamerica.org/

Taylor Made

Founded in 1998, Taylor Made Water Systems (www.taylormadewater.com) was built on a commitment to provide better water, without hassles, to Northern California. Since 1972, the Taylor Made name has been associated with great service and great people. Barry Taylor brought these principles from his original company, Taylor Made Office Systems, when he founded Taylor Made Water Systems with his sons Casey Taylor and Clint Taylor.

Today, Taylor Made Water Systems operates throughout Northern California, providing Better Water to businesses, homes, and industry. Taylor Made also offer a full line of gourmet coffee solutions for business, from whole bean grinding cappuccino machines to Keurig’s single-cup solutions with Kcups from Green Mountain, Tully’s, Diedrichs, Gloria Jeans, Celestial Seasonings, Coffee People, and more. Taylor Made roast their own beans (for whole bean machines), because freshness is key to a quality cup of coffee. For residential coffee, Taylor Made have a full line of offerings through – www.justonecup.com which offers the Keurig line of products and Kcups.

The pride and joy of the Taylor Family is it’s Taylor Family Foundation, which is "committed to preserving the wellness and enhancing the quality of life for children in Northern California with life-threatening illnesses, disabilities, and youth at-risk." Over the last 17 years, the Foundation developed, built, and today maintains Camp Arroyo, a specially built camp for children with life threatening illnesses. To date, over 10,000 children have had the time of their lives at Camp Arroyo. Equally significant, everything has been, and continues to be, at no cost to the camper’s family which is often burdened with extraordinary medical bills. For many children, a week at Camp Arroyo is the highlight of their year – a place where they are free to be themselves among peers with the same afflictions or issues, free from ridicule, staring, or self-consciousness, often for the first times in their life. To find out how you can help the Taylor Family Foundation, please see the website at www.ttff.org.

Green Water, In The News

Taylor Family Foundation–Just Like Me!

Below is a wonderful piece by KGO (ABC 7) about the Taylor Family Foundation and the joy they bring to so many children.  We are very proud to be associated with such an awesome program.  Warning:  tissue may be required…

 

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Drinking Water for Weight Loss

 

I’m not sure this is exactly a revelation to anyone, but a study shows that swapping out sugary drinks for water can lead to significant weight loss.  It’s still a good reminder that water is a pretty good option when you’re thirsty and everyone who is working on their New Year’s weight loss resolution can get some “easy” results by just switching to water instead of soda.  Those in the study lost, on average, two percent of their body weight, so that is something. 

 

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/02/14/want-to-lose-weight-trade-sugary-drinks-for-water/ 

Swapping your soda for water — or at least diet soda — really can help you shed a few pounds, a new clinical trial finds.

A common piece of advice in the battle of the bulge is to replace sugar-sweetened drinks with water or other calorie-free thirst quenchers.

But while that advice is logical, there hasn’t been research to show whether changing your drinking habits alone actually works.

So for the new study, researchers randomly assigned 318 overweight adults to one of three groups: one that replaced sugary drinks with water; one that substituted with diet beverages; and one that was given weight-loss advice and could make diet changes of their choice.

After six months, all three groups lost four or five pounds, on average.

But the two groups that cut sugary drinks were more likely to shed at least five percent of their starting weight: 20 percent did, versus 11 percent of the comparison group.

A five-percent weight loss is considered "clinically meaningful" — or enough to see health benefits like a drop in blood pressure, said lead researcher Deborah F. Tate, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

People who need to lose weight often find a diet overhaul too daunting. But swapping a couple sweet drinks for sugar-free alternatives may seem relatively easy, according to Tate.

"This is a simple thing you can do consistently each day," she said in an interview.

On average, people in this study lost around two percent of their body weight. That’s not huge, but it’s a move in the right direction, the researchers say.

"It might be a good first step," Tate said. After getting used to calorie-free drinks, she said, you can add changes to your eating habits.

The findings, reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, are based on adults who were significantly obese, on average, and were downing at least 280 liquid calories each day (excluding milk).

The two beverage groups were told to replace two of those daily drinks with water or diet beverages. The third group was given general weight-loss information, but could make their own diet decisions. All three groups had monthly meetings and access to a group website.

After six months, all three groups had a similar average weight loss.

The water group, however, shaved several points off their blood sugar and blood pressure levels — more than the diet beverage group.

It’s not clear why that is, Tate said. But the water group had better hydration levels, which might help explain the improved blood pressure.

"For other health reasons, water might be better" than diet drinks, Tate said. She added, though, that diet versions of people’s favorite drinks might be easier to stick with for the long haul.

Some past studies have found that people who regularly drink diet soda actually have a higher diabetes risk than folks who steer clear of artificially-sweetened drinks.

But the reasons for that connection are unknown, and it might not be anything about diet drinks per se.

Tate said that longer-term follow-up of the people in this study will offer a way to look at that question. By and large, participants had not been drinking diet beverages before the study; so the researchers can look at whether switching to diet has any negative effects on blood sugar or other health markers.

The study was funded by Nestle Waters USA.

In The News, Water and Health

Cryptosporidium in City Water Supply

My favorite line in this article on Crypto in the Portland drinking water reservoir:  “It would just be irrational for anyone to think in an area as large as the Bull Run there aren’t critters that poop in the woods and after a heavy rain you wouldn’t find some residue of that…”

So, true, but not enough to convince the authorities that the water needs further treatment.  And that is one of the reasons I have a purification system in my home…

 

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http://www.katu.com/news/local/Parasite-detected-again-Is-Portlands-water-waiver-in-jeopardy-137148013.html

PORTLAND, Ore. – Just days before the state is supposed to decide whether to give Portland a waiver on building a $90 million water treatment plant, a second test finds a parasite in the city’s drinking water reservoir.

A test last Thursday found cryptosporidium at the Bull Run reservoir. The parasite, which is common, can make people sick. The same parasite was found in a test in late December.

City Commissioner Randy Leonard, who oversees the city’s water bureau doesn’t think this will cost water payers. The Oregon Health Authority will only say that it’s considering the test results and the parasite doesn’t present an immediate threat to human health.

This latest discovery of cryptosporidium came from a sample taken Jan. 5 at a creek about two miles upstream from the water intake area.

Leonard said the water bureau will send a crew to search the creek for beavers, elks or whatever animal is responsible for the cryptosporidium spores.

The bureau has increased its testing of the drinking water system, knowing the Oregon Health Authority will decide by month’s end whether Portland can skip building that $90 million water treatment facility.

"It would just be irrational for anyone to think in an area as large as the Bull Run there aren’t critters that poop in the woods and after a heavy rain you wouldn’t find some residue of that," Leonard said. "What would be worrisome (is) if you had huge amounts of cryptosporidium in our water supply, and we don’t."

He argues the discovery of cryptosporidium doesn’t harm the city’s argument that it shouldn’t have to build the expensive water treatment facility; instead, he says it’s a sign that the city is thoroughly testing the water supply.
If the state does grant Portland a variance on building a treatment facility, the city would be required to test more frequently and notify the OHA immediately if cryptosporidium is discovered.

An OHA representative said Wednesday that it will consider the test results with previous public comments in making its decision.

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Banana Peels Purify Water

According to a study in the American Chemical Society’s journal, minced banana peels can very effectively remove heavy metals, like lead and copper, from water. If this proves out, banana peels could provide a cheap, sustainable solution for purification of water containing toxic metals.

 

http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=PP_ARTICLEMAIN&node_id=2103&content_id=CNBP_027976&use_sec=true&sec_url_var=region1&__uuid=54c67352-ef4b-46c9-b806-28393807d36a

Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions

Developing New Materials: Using banana peels to purify water

August 8, 2011

Banana peels show promise as superior
water purifi-cation materials.

 

Summary

Banana peels have some surprisingly inventive uses
including polishing silverware, leather shoes, and
the leaves of houseplants. Scientists have now
added purification of water contaminated with
toxic metals to the list. A study in the American
Chemical Society’s journal, Industrial & Engineering
Chemistry Research
, reports that minced banana
peel performs better than an array of other water
purification materials and could provide a
sustainable alternative.

Banana peels have some surprisingly inventive uses, including polishing silverware, leather shoes, and the leaves of houseplants. Scientists have now added purification of drinking water contaminated with toxic metals to the list. A study in the American Chemical Society’s journal, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, reports that minced banana peel performs better than an array of other water purification materials and can do so in a sustainable way.

Gustavo Castro and colleagues note that mining processes, runoff from farms, and industrial wastes can all put heavy metals such as lead and copper into waterways. Heavy metals can have adverse health and environmental effects. Current methods of removing heavy metals from water are expensive and some substances used in the process are toxic themselves. Previous work has shown that some plant wastes, such as coconut fibers and peanut shells, can remove these potential toxins from water.

Castro and colleagues wanted to find out whether minced banana peels could also act as water purifiers. Here is Gustavo Castro of São Paulo State University in Brazil:

“I chose to work with banana peels because I have heard for a long time that we usually throw out the best part of the fruit and that most of the nutrients and proteins are in parts not used by us, such as the peels. From there, I decided to make an initial experiment to determine the chemical composition of the peel.”

The researchers found that minced banana peel could quickly remove lead and copper from river water as well as or better than many other materials. They say that banana peels can be used up to 11 times without losing their metal-binding properties. The scientists add that banana peels are very attractive because of their low cost and because they don’t have to be chemically modified in order to work. Here again is Dr. Castro:

“I was surprised to learn that something so simple could work so well I believe that banana peels can be of great importance in water purification. Sustainability is very important.”

 

Webcast:  http://web.1.c2.audiovideoweb.com/1c2web3536/GC2011_BananaPurifiersFINAL.mp3

In The News, Water and Health, Water problems, Water Purification

Mayor Hides Contaminated Water Source for Over Twenty Years!

From 1985 to 2007, the village of Crestwood Illinois used a well known to be contaminated with vinyl chloride for up to 20% of its water supply while telling residents that the supply came from Lake Michigan.  Vinyl Chloride is a carcinogen with links to liver damage and nervous system disorders. 

http://www.suntimes.com/news/7009581-417/crestwood-officials-indicted-in-tainted-drinking-water-scandal.html

Crestwood officials indicted in tainted drinking water scandal

By Lauren FitzPatrick Sun-Times Media lfitzpatrick@suntimes.com August 11, 2011 1:26PM

Story Image

The Crestwood water tower is shown in this 2009 file photo.

For nearly two decades, the former mayor of Crestwood, who ruled the village of 11,000 with an iron fist, hid from regulators and residents the fact that they were drinking contaminated water, federal authorities said Thursday, announcing indictments against two former water department officials.

But Chester Stranczek, whose attorney confirms he’s the “Public Official A” mentioned in the 23-count indictment, has not been charged — and likely will not ­— face criminal charges, his attorney said, because Parkinson’s disease dementia has left him unfit to stand trial.

Facing felony charges are Frank Scaccia, 59, Crestwood’s former certified water operator, and Theresa Neubauer, 53, former water department clerk and supervisor and currently Crestwood’s police chief. Both are accused of lying to environmental regulators for more than 20 years about using a tainted well to supplement the village’s drinking water supply from Lake Michigan, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald announced in a press release.

The village told residents and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency it was only using Lake Michigan water after 1985, when it discovered a village well had been tainted by vinyl chloride, a known carcinogen. But regulators later discovered the village continued to use the well for as much as 20 percent of its water from 1985 to 2007.

The indictment alleges Scaccia and Neubauer acted with unnamed “Public Official A,” an elected Crestwood government official who had authority over the village’s water system, including the use of the well water. Between roughly 1999 and 2007, “Public Official A” signed regulatory documents on behalf of the village.

“Public Official A” is the elder Stranczek, too sick to stand trial, said Chris Gair, who’s been representing Stranczek in some 200 lawsuits filed over the tainted well scandal.

“I feel confident (prosecutors) are not going to come after him because they are aware that his disease has rendered him unfit to stand trial,” Gair said. “He’s no more able to participate in (the lawsuits) than he would in a criminal case. He does not have the mental capacity anymore to do so.”

Stranczek’s son, current Crestwood Mayor Robert Stranczek, could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon. Employees at the village hall and police department said he and Neubauer were on “planned vacations.”

Neubauer’s attorney, Thomas Breen, said she learned of the charges while camping with her children.

“All of the counts have to do with her when she had a clerical position when she assisted in filing out forms with information given to her by the water department and management,” he said. “The evidence is going to show she had a clerical job filing out forms.”

Neubauer has been placed on administrative leave “pending further review,” according a village statement.

Scaccia’s attorney did not return messages seeking comment. He was fired in March 2010, the village statement said.

“The government’s investigation ­— resulting in only these false statements charges — confirms that there is not now and never has been any concern with the safety or quality of the drinking water in Crestwood and the health of our citizens has never been compromised or threatened,” the statement read. “Our citizens’ well-being has always been and will always continue to be our top priority.”

An arm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency determined there is no safe level of exposure to vinyl chloride, which also can cause damage to the liver and nervous system.

Dozens of lawsuits have been filed against the village over the use of the well water, including one by the Illinois attorney general’s office. Crestwood has footed the multi-million-dollar bill for various defense attorneys.

In December, the village settled one of those suits, which covered water bills paid by current and former residents and village business owners. The settlement established a $500,000 fund to give residents partial refunds on their water bills from January 1985 to September 2007 — the years the village was found to have tapped the contaminated well. The village also agreed to a two-year freeze on the cost of vehicle stickers, business licenses and garbage collection fees, among other conditions.

Other lawsuits alleging wrongful death and personal injury still are pending.

Current and former Crestwood residents Thursday said they were outraged and vindicated. Many spoke of their terrible health problems: kidney problems, tumors, immune system disorders and many types of cancer.

Howard Smith worked for ComEd in Crestwood for years until his 2001 retirement.

“I didn’t live there,” the Manteno resident said, “but I drank from the water fountain and drank the coffee. I’m not sure if my stage 1 kidney disease is from the water or not. Sounds like they’re investigating and if those people are found guilty, they should be punished.”

Crestwood resident John Mazor, 56, blames the water for the eight surgeries he underwent to remove kidney stones from 1999 until 2006. He believes Neubauer and Scaccia may be covering for Stranczek and other superiors, and said the indictments might be the tip of the iceberg.

“Whatever person turned the switch should take the fall,” Mazor said. “Whoever told him to turn the switch should take the fall.

Chester Stranczek “ran this town with a steel fist. Everything Crestwood was, was because of him,” he said.

Contributing: Casey Toner, Hannah Kohut

 

Timeline:

April 2009: Agents from the federal Environmental Protection Agency raid the Crestwood village hall in light of revelations Crestwood supplemented its drinking water supply from Lake Michigan with water from a contaminated well between 1985 and 2007, and then lied about it to regulators.

September 2009: The IEPA digs around the tainted well to try to determine if a nearby dry cleaners was responsible for leaking the cancer-causing chemicals that were leeching into the groundwater.

October 2009: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sues Crestwood, alleging that Mayor Robert Stranczek, his father — former Mayor Chester Stranczek — and water official Frank Scaccia told residents and the state EPA the village used 100 percent Lake Michigan water, without mentioning that 3 to 20 percent of the water came from the contaminated well. That same month Crestwood ends its longtime practice of rebating property taxes to residents, citing mounting legal costs from the water scandal. Also, the village’s insurance companies deny its request to pay to defend the village in dozens of lawsuits.

March 2010: Scaccia is fired.

July 2010: Crestwood settles with residents who believed they were paying for pure lake water between 1985 and 2007, establishing a $500,000 fund that gives residents and businesses partial refunds on past water bills.

April 2011: Just before municipal elections, the village sends a newsletter to residents downplaying the water scandal as a “manufactured issue.” Two incumbent trustees are replaced by newcomers who campaigned against village secrecy over the water scandal.

August 2011: A federal grand jury indicts Scaccia and Theresa Neubauer, another former water official now working as village police chief.

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Petition Congress to Dump Bottled Water

Corporate Accountability International has started a petition to urge our Congress to stop spending hundreds of thousands of dollars per quarter on bottled water. 

Click here to see/sign the petition:

http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-the-house-of-representatives-to-ditch-bottled-water-and-save-taxpayer-dollars

 

Tell the House of Representatives to Ditch Bottled Water and Save Taxpayer Dollars

 

Targeting: The U.S. House of Representatives and Speaker of the House John Boehner

Started by: Corporate Accountability International

The new Speaker of the House John Boehner recently made waves with his intention to cut $35 million of bloated spending from the U.S. House of Representatives’ budget.

News reports noted a prime example of that waste: In the first quarter of 2010 alone, the House spent $190,000 taxpayer dollars on bottled water.

That’s a lot of money—equivalent to paying perhaps 4 teachers’ salaries—so that our elected officials can sip water that’s bad for the planet to boot.
Luckily, Speaker Boehner has plenty of support if he wants to cut back on bottled water spending. On January 5th,

George S. Hawkins, general manager of the area water utility DC Water, wrote Boehner a letter offering to supply each member of Congress with his or her own reusable water bottle (for free!).

Hawkins even offered Congress free water quality testing to assuage concerns from lawmakers who aren’t keen on the idea, and some DC residents have opted for water filters in cases where they feel their water needs it—our elected representatives could do the same.

Bottled water is not safer or healthier than tap water, and often comes from the tap anyway. It can be up to 1,900 times more expensive, and the energy needed to produce the plastic is enough to fuel nearly 3 million cars for a year. Nearly one million tons of plastic water bottles are discarded as litter each year, ending up in landfills, lakes and streams.
Already, many state and city governments are phasing out their bottled water purchases in this era of environmental and fiscal responsibility. The Congress of the United States should do the same.

Tell Speaker Boehner and your own Congressional representatives to make good on the promise to cut wasteful spending, and eliminate bottled water purchases from the House budget. Sign the petition to the new speaker below.

Bottled Water, In The News