Business Briefs: wastewater and heavy metals in China, and protection against terrorism

In this week’s international Business Briefs, Canadian water disinfection systems, and US heavy metal remediation are to go to work in China; the launch of forest cover software; and advice to Colombia on reducing terrorist attacks on water systems.

Canadian company, Trojan Technologies, has been selected to provide ultraviolet disinfection to four municipalities in East China. The projects have a combined value of $1.2 million, will treat a total of 242,000 cubic metres or 64 million gallons of water per day, and are scheduled for installation this summer. The company has also announced that it is to expand its operations in Germany, with the acquisition of Ueberall GmbH, a company specialising in providing ultraviolet technology for the treatment of marine drinking water.

Meanwhile, nonprofit company, American Forests, have unveiled CITYgreen 5.0, a programme that allows people living in metro areas to translate tree cover into municipal cost savings. The new version of the software allows users to investigate large areas such as watersheds, political boundaries within cities, or entire city areas.

Back in China, US heavy metal remediation technology company Klean Earth Environmental Co (KEECO) has signed on of the largest contracts ever completed in China to provide technology and services. The company has signed agreements with Sichuan Anxian Yihe Constructional and Chemical Group Co to treat residuals from sodium dichromate production.

Finally, Haestad Methods, based in the US, has announced that it has been selected to advise the Ministry of Economic Development in Colombia on the safety and security of the country’s water infrastructure. The Haestad team will be sent to Cartagena to advise on how to prevent terrorist attacks on water supplies. Colombia has been the victim of five terrorist hits since the beginning of the year, including an incident when a toxic substance was found in the aqueduct of Pitalito, Huila, which disrupted water supplies for 70,000 people.

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