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Encore Green Environmental Names First Re-Furbished Water Treatment Unit for Delzon ‘Possum’ Elenburg

GRANBURY, Texas -- Encore Green Environmental names their first water treatment unit based on the NOMAD technology in honor of Henry "Possum" Elenburg for his pioneering work in treatment of industrial water.

"At Encore Green, we stand on the shoulders of many giants who have brought us to our place in history today, as we now put this formerly produced water to beneficial use for agriculture and conservation," says Encore Green Co-Founder Marvin Nash. "Possum Elenburg was a truly an innovative man who would get into the field and make things happen. He is how we are able to serve the agricultural and energy communities today."

In the early 2000's Elenburg conceived that energy industry by-product water could be treated and put to uses instead of simply disposing of it into the ground or though evaporation. He partnered with engineer Jacob Halldorson and together they created what became known as NOMAD. Like many great partnerships they each contributed to bring the innovation to life.

"My family and I are honored to have the first unit named for my father and the intent of the water to be used in the agriculture industry is a dream fulfilled," says son Bryan Elenburg.

Elenburg was a highly successful entrepreneur in the energy industry. Together with Halldorson, they were able to start using their technology in the Barnett Shale oil fields during its boom.

Encore Green Environmental is the only company to not only receive permits for surface application of this cleaned water, but also have successfully executed it in Wyoming in 2020. Encore developed the patent-pending process of Conservation By-Design™, which ensures only safe water goes on the soil by water and soil fail-safe testing and continual soil monitoring.

Little did Elenburg know that his work of years past would help create climate wellness and soil health. The Possum has led the way. He made a living in Energy, but Agriculture was his passion. Today Encore Green Environmental continues that vision.

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Encore Green Environmental Technologies and Licensing Announces Water Desalination Technology Purchase

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Encore Green Environmental Technologies & Licensing (EGETL) announces the purchase of water treatment technology equipment formerly known as NOMAD from XRI/Fountain Quail.

"The NOMAD desalination technology is the most capable, reliable, and energy efficient technology available to treat industrial by-product water. It's held that title for almost 20 years now and remains the only proven and cost-effective thermal evaporator available at commercial scale," said Darren Smith, Encore Green Environmental's Chief Technology Officer. "Combined with our Conservation By-Design(tm) methodology, this is the energy industry's way forward for ESG."

The agreement to purchase has been signed and set to close by June 21st. NOMAD has generated in excess of 30 million barrels of freshwater from Texas oil and gas fields alone and EGETL will be incorporating design improvements and offering the next generation NOMAD to the agricultural community.

"With our sister company, Carbon Asset Network and the nonprofit, Synergy for Ecological Solutions, this new purchase accelerates our ability to serve our agricultural partners," says John Robitaille, CEO of Encore Green Environmental and Director of Carbon Asset Network. "By cleaning by-product industrial water for surface application, we create a new source of water for the arid West. This exponentially improves soil health, which traps more carbon in the soil and roots and less carbon in our air. This is a new day for agriculture and environmentalism, with a turn-key path to meet ESG goals."

"Encore Green has developed a relationship with Brent Halldorson and we are delighted to carry on the NOMAD legacy that he and his family started in Calgary years ago. Brent and his father's vision is now coupled with agriculture where there will always be a need for freshwater," says Marvin Nash, Encore Green Environmental's Co-Founder.

Encore Green Environmental Technologies & Licensing is a sister company of Encore Green Environmental in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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Shelly Backlar Joins Stillwater Sciences – Los Angeles River Stewardship Legacy Continues

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Stillwater Sciences, a leading California-based watershed science and ecosystem restoration consulting firm established in 1996, today announced Watershed Outreach Facilitator Shelly Backlar has joined Stillwater Sciences to help promote education and awareness of the Los Angeles River watershed and its resources to communities throughout the Southland.

Stillwater Sciences' Los Angeles office is currently working on steelhead fish passage, habitat conservation, and urban biodiversity projects that promote access to nature, serving clients such as the City of Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti's office, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, and many partnering agencies and non-profit organizations from the Santa Clara River to the Mexican border.

During her tenure at the Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR), Shelly Backlar led multiple strategic initiatives that supported the stewardship of the river, including the Los Angeles River Clean Ups, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration funding match, the Los Angeles River recreational use designation. Shelly oversaw the design and build of a 38-foot mobile visitor and education center, the L.A. River Rover.

The resulting Source to Sea Watershed education program led to a multi-year partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the River Rover's designation as one of the first eight Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships in the United States. Shelly will continue to support community engagement as part of watershed restoration programs throughout Los Angeles and its surrounding communities.

"I love being out on the River, listening to the water, seeing a great blue heron, or an osprey swoop down and catch a carp in its talons. Although you may be at a location with power lines on one side and a freeway on another, there is so much life to experience and share. Championing habitat for fish through downtown Los Angeles as a member of the Stillwater Sciences' family is a dream come true.

"Restoring habitat for fish improves water quality and the quality of life for both people and wildlife. FoLAR's Founder, Lewis MacAdams, used to say, 'When the steelhead return to the LA River we know our work is done.' And when those mighty steelhead trout make their way from the ocean, up the LA River on their way to the headwaters of the Arroyo Seco, Lewis' vision will become reality."

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Stillwater Sciences is employee-owned. We are certified WBE and SBE in California (CPUC and DGS).

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Based in Los Angeles, California, Stillwater Sciences serves public agencies and non-profit partners throughout southern California consulting on threatened and endangered species conservation and recovery, integrated water management, urban biodiversity, and watershed health, offering watershed-based solutions through scientific studies, planning, engineering, construction, and monitoring services.

Wendy Katagi
Senior Manager, Watershed and Ecosystem Restoration Services
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Tekwell Services Certified by the State of Georgia as Training Resource

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Tekwell Services Certified by the State of Georgia as Electric Motor Basics Training Resource. We are proud to announce that our Plant Manager and Senior Trainer, Phil Aloisio, has been certified by the Georgia State Board of Examiners for Certification of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Laboratory Analysts to provide Electrical Motor Basics training for 6 WWW points of continuing education credit for those who enroll and complete the training.

The Electric Motor Basics training (Course Number CE-6-W-WW-08/19-TEKWELL-013121-0004) is a one-day, hands-on class that is organized into four sections covering seven and a half hours:

* Electric Motor Basics

* Electric Motor Testing

* Predictive and Preventative Maintenance

* VFD - How it Functions and Cost Savings

In the electric motor basics segment of the training, we provide motors for the participants to disassemble, review, and discuss. Participants learn how the motor works and how that relates to the nameplate information. Participants also perform resistance testing, testing of auxiliary components, and megger testing of the windings. The class also reviews bearings with different failures as well as lubrication.

For the predictive and preventative maintenance segment of the training, the participants will receive training on a PDMA tester, vibration analysis, and field balancing equipment. Participants will also use an infrared camera to understand how all the testing equipment works.

For the drive section, the participants will review the drive's features and how they work. Finally, the training will allow the class to calculate the cost savings of using a soft starter vs. a VFD.

Phil Aloisio is a 40-year veteran in the industrial repair industry. He is experienced in diagnosing, testing, and repairing electric motors, pumps, servo motors, gearboxes, rotating equipment, bearing problems, and lubrication. He has completed many hours of technical training in electric motor testing, troubleshooting, motor winding, and motor efficiency. He also has training in explosion-proof motors, bearing failures, and much more. There is no one better suited to lead this training.

Phil is the Plant Manager for Tekwell Systems' Cartersville, Georgia location.

About Tekwell Services, LLC

Tekwell Services, LLC is a SKF certified motor rebuilder that offers full service and repair for industrial motors, drives and pumps. From fractional horsepower to medium voltage, Tekwell has the skills and equipment needed to repair, test, and install machinery while ensuring peak efficiency and reliability.

With state-of-the-art shops located in Cartersville, GA, Knoxville, TN, and Chattanooga, TN, Tekwell Services specializes in industrial motor repair, electric motor refurbishment, motor and gearbox alignment, and many more of your electric motor repair needs. Tekwell is also a large distributor of motors, drives and controls.

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Portland, Oregon-based Western Machine Works Expands its Hydro Power Capabilities with the Hiring of Industry Pro, Rob Adams

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Western Machine Works, an engineering-focused equipment service and maintenance provider based in Portland, Oregon is pleased to announce the hiring of Rob Adams as a dedicated Hydro specialist, sales engineer to provide in-depth knowledge and expertise to its hydro clients.

Rob brings more than 13 years of experience in the Hydroelectric power industry. Previously with PGE (Portland General Electric), Rob was appointed primary maintenance engineer and was tasked to oversee the project management of hydro turbine and generator overhauls. Prior to PGE, Rob worked with Southern California Edison as a field engineer, and with Delaval Turbine/Engine division in California and overseas.

"Rob Adams is the ideal Hydro Sales Engineer to fuel our growth in the industry. He has the technical expertise, business growth mindset, and solid reputation in the hydro industry. I have worked with Rob on previous projects, and I know first-hand that what sets him apart is his work ethic. We are excited to work with Rob in building and growing relationships with the hydro power providers, O&Ms and OEM clients," said Frank Van Liew, President of Western Machine Works, LLC.

"I am pleased to work for Western Machine and look forward in helping fellow utility peers on repairing their vintage hydro components to ensure long-term reliability," Rob Adams added.

Hydropower accounts for over 90% of all electricity that comes from renewable resources, producing more than 90,000 megawatts of electricity annually. In the Northwest, up to 80% of electricity is produced by hydropower each year.

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Western Machine Works was founded in 1985 in Portland, Oregon, specializing in equipment repair, upgrades, and manufacture of heavy machinery, including critical hydro components such as turbine runners, wicket gates, turbine shafts, gate shift rings, and other precision equipment.

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North Carolina Business Experiences Growth Despite Challenging Times for Many Early-stage N.C. Companies

DURHAM, N.C. -- Since the pandemic struck last year, many businesses have struggled to stay afloat and others unfortunately, have had to close their doors. But Trash Can Cleaning USA, a HUB-certified North Carolina company, has not been one of them. It's managed to flourish in times of economic uncertainty, and that's mostly due to its service offering - a unique way to keep customers' trash and recycle cans clean.

"In fact, we have several investors encouraging us to get into an expanded market - moving from a regional North Carolina business to servicing the mid-Atlantic area with some larger partners," Darrell Harris, president and founder of Trash Can Cleaning USA, says.

For homeowners, keeping trash and recycle cans clean is a task that typically falls to the bottom of the "to-do" list, yet, it's one that's important to ensuring bacteria and even viruses like COVID-19 stay under control.

Trash Can Cleaning USA's sanitizing process kills upward to 99 percent of all common bacteria and viruses, eliminating the risk of E. coli, staphylococcus Listeria, Salmonella, flies, maggots, mosquitoes, bees and other insects and rodents living inside trash cans.

The company's state-of-the-art cleaning vehicle follows behind the homeowners' trash and recycle pick-up service truck on the specified service dates, and cleans the cans after they're emptied. When it's done, Trash Can Cleaning USA sends the customer a text message confirming the job has been completed.

"Our innovation of killing 99.9 percent of all bacteria within a trash and recycled bin in less than a minute is unparalleled and unmatched by any service-based company in North Carolina. Our advancement in this industry allows us to be environmentally conscious in neighborhoods and communities we impact on an everyday basis," Harris says.

Trash Can Cleaning USA also cleans and disinfects dumpsters and eco-minded individuals can rest easy because the company uses 100 percent green materials. After the cans or dumpsters are pressure washed in 200-degree hot water, they're disinfected with a biodegradable cleaner and then finished off with an air freshener of choice.

The company also works with city and town municipalities, homeowner associations, businesses, schools, apartment communities and more. It services the following North Carolina areas: Raleigh-Durham, Chapel Hill, Morrisville, Cary, Apex, Wake Forest and Greensboro, but plans to add more areas are in the works.

About Trash Can Cleaning USA

Founded in 2017, Trash Cleaning USA currently employs 12 people. Its mission is to achieve a one all-encompassing goal: to provide a streamlined and stress-free trash, dumpster and recycled bin cleaning service. Monthly and quarterly contracts are available and so is a one-time service. Trash Can Cleaning USA, is a minority owned business and is a certified HUB vendor with the N.C. Department of Administration.

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ITS Looks to A Green Future by Cutting Down on Plastic Packaging

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- For over 30 years, Industrial Test Systems, Inc. (ITS) has been a leading innovator of instruments and chemistries designed to test water quality. The company continues to push industry boundaries by shifting its packaging process and reducing its carbon footprint.

Known among many things for their easy-to-use test strips, ITS has long since packaged their products using blister-style packaging. This packaging style is not only bulky, but it creates unnecessary plastic waste. Despite this, several companies continue to implement blister packaging. ITS however, in an effort to decrease their carbon footprint, has moved away from industry standards and has made strides to produce products focused on sustainability.

ITS recently unveiled a new line of eco-friendly packets. These "pocket packets" use no plastic and opt instead for paper that is light and recyclable. Their packet like design is especially noteworthy as it holds up to 30 water quality tests in a packet that easily fits into the palm of your hand and is no thicker than a few sheets of paper.

This year also brought changes to many of the company's other long-running products. Several products were slimmed down and moved away from plastic blistering in efforts to reduce plastic waste. Amongst these were the Safe Well Check™ and the Safe Tap Check™ Kit for water quality testing designed to measure the major parameters in city and well water.

As the company moves forward, there is excitement to see where their next push towards sustainability takes them.

For more information on any of the products offered by ITS, please contact a knowledgeable ITS Product Manager by calling (803) 329-9712 or toll-free at 1-800-861-9712.

Additional information and product details may also be accessed on the web at, or by sending an inquiry via email to

About Industrial Test Systems, Inc.

For 30 years, Industrial Test Systems, Inc. has been a leading manufacturer of instruments and chemistries designed to test water quality within the municipal water treatment, food & beverage, trucking & automotive, pond & aquarium, pool & spa, educational and medical diagnostics industries. ITS is the developer of over 100 tests and proprietary chemistries (many of which have been ETV/EPA performance-verified), including the first and only EPA approved test strip.

ITS, 1875 Langston Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730, (800) 861-9712, (803) 329-9712.





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Entrepreneur Moves Once Seasonal Lake Orion Sanitation Company to Year-Long Business Model

LAKE ORION, Mich. -- When Darin Gross purchased Turner Sanitation in early 2020, he never imagined that re-shaping the business would take him through a pandemic and increased need for his services. But as the company has steered toward additional services and greater community needs, the once seasonal business has been transformed into a full-year operation.

"There were a lot of misnomers associated with our company for a long time. For instance, most people believed that we couldn't pump septic systems in the wintertime," said Gross. "Plus, in the new COVID world we live in right now, homes not only have more people living there, but the winter months are going to heighten their lack of ability to get out of the house. This is why it's important for people to know we can pump in the winter."

Turner Sanitation, a family-run company serving North Oakland County homes and businesses for decades, had originally built its revenue model around seasonal work from April to November, but has now become more agile in its ability to re-shape its service offerings, leading to no "down seasons" for the company, including the need for toilet rentals and cleaning services. One of the advantages of Turner's year-round business model is that its employees are also on a year-round schedule meaning no seasonal layoffs.

"Before I bought the company, most everyone was laid off during the offseason. This year, my goal is to keep our folks employed throughout the year," said Gross.

One Turner service that has become more robust, aligned with a large increase in home sales in 2020, is the company's ability to provide septic inspections (video scopes) quickly and effectively for real estate transactions. Macomb County, for instance, now requires a septic inspection before a home is sold, and in many communities where population growth and new large home construction has put a stress on the community infrastructure, septic inspections have become a must.

"It's a new service for us and it's probably one of the least expensive and most important decisions you can make before closing on a home," said Gross.

With state infrastructure becoming a main economic driver in Michigan, Gross has also gotten Turner ready with a major purchase of combination toilets and sinks for use in road construction activities and special events. Additionally, with winter's snow and ice on the horizon, Turner has become extremely adept at septic pumping services for all weather conditions.

"People don't think we can pump in the wintertime, but that's actually the most efficient time for homeowners and businesses," said Gross. "There's usually a real rush to get septic systems pumped in the summer and possibly pay higher prices so they can expedite the job. We don't have these issues in the winter, and we can find septic lids without a problem, no matter the weather."

You can contact Turner Sanitation at 248-693-0998 or learning more about the company at

Darin Gross
Turner Sanitation, Inc.

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MINLOX Announces Launch of ‘The Ultimate Chemical for Water’

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- MINLOX, LLC, a chemical manufacturer based in Newport Beach, California, with multiple blending facilities globally, today announced the launch of its proprietary formula used to treat recreation waters as well as watersheds.

This product proves to be a big game-changer for water service companies as it reduces their chemical footprint significantly. Similar to ozone but much more effective, this proven chemical is a multi-functional liquid that is simply applied in concentrate or dilution form to affected areas.

Historically, pool service and lake & pond service companies have relied on multiple, toxic chemicals to treat issues such as bacteria, algae and turbidity. In doing so, they have resorted to using as many as 5-10 chemicals to complete a job. This antiquated method is costly and provides risk with DBPs (disinfection by-products). The alternative method of using ozone to treat water is always a costly one and typically a last resort for many customers as well.

"To say that this technology is a disruptive, game-changer would be quite an understatement," said company president, Wes Glenn. "Case in point: we helped a commercial pool service company save over $10K per month on their chemical bill. They were using 5K+ gallons of chlorine monthly for one of their customers and switched to MINLOX chemical which got the job done with only 500 gallons needed per month. They were pleasantly surprised, to say the least."

This NSF/ANSI 60 approved chemical has an MSRP of $99 per gallon to the general public but is sold at distributor pricing to water service companies only. MINLOX does not sell direct to customers or retail outlets. Water service companies interested in distributing this product should contact the office for more information.

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Based in Newport Beach, California, MINLOX is a U.S. chemical manufacturer that has a proprietary catalyst which mixes with 12.5% sodium hypochlorite to create an earth-friendly, 100% biodegradable chemical for treating contaminated waters in many markets. This technology was developed in 2011 and has been used in several market around the world. This formula mimics nature by using ROS (reactive oxygen species) to disinfect, oxidize, sanitize, deodorize, remove biofilm and metals, etc.

The multi-functional benefit of MINLOX is that it replaces the need to use multiple, toxic chemicals. It works as a standalone product or can supplement chemicals such as ozone and chlorine more effectively.

MINLOX is open to distributorship in the California, Arizona and Nevada markets for 2021. They will pursue the North American markets in 2022 and the International markets in 2023.

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National Rural Water Association presents Idaho Rural Water Association with the 2020 State Association of the Year Award

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho Rural Water Association (IRWA) earns the 2020 State Association of the Year Award in the Awards of Excellence competition awarded by National Rural Water Association (NRWA). This is the second time IRWA has earned this award since its incorporation in Idaho in 1987.

The competition consists of seven categories including Outstanding Achievement in Training; On-Site Technical Assistance; Communications Publications and Public Relations; Legislative Initiatives; Member Services and the most prestigious award of State Association of the Year.

Every year a five-member committee is tasked at selecting the state rural water association winners in each of these categories.

"We are honored to receive this prestigious award from National Rural Water Association," says Shelley Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of IRWA. "We are grateful to our members and others that support our Association so we can deliver high quality service to Idaho's rural water utilities and provide statewide training to Idaho's hard working drinking water and wastewater professionals."

About Idaho Rural Water Association

Idaho Rural Water Association (IRWA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation providing training and technical assistance to drinking water and wastewater utility systems in Idaho with populations under 10,000. IRWA is currently comprised of over 365 direct member systems in Idaho. These members elect a seven-member Board of Directors that volunteer their time to govern the Association.

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