ITT Industries announced that it has purchased 88% of WEDECO AG Water Technology of Duesseldorf, Germany, and Heng Tong Water Treatment Engineering Co. Ltd. of Shanghai, China. The businesses will be attached to ITT Fluid Technologies' Sanitaire business unit.

According to Sanitaire President Tom Pokorsky, the recent acquisitions will enable ITT Sanitaire to meet growing global demand for clean water and satisfy new regulations governing municipal and industrial water treatment through instrumentation, filtration, biological treatment, disinfection and oxidation.

ITT Sanitaire believes this is a market set to grow continuously and rapidly over the next few decades as population growth, especially in areas of scarce natural water resources, exhausts fresh water reserves, thus creating an ever more pressing need for wastewater recycling.

WEDECO is one of the world's largest manufacturers of UV disinfection and ozone oxidation systems, which are viewed as increasingly attractive alternatives to chlorine treatment. Anticipated EPA regulations in the United States and existing rules in the European Union are expected to be catalysts for growing use of UV technologies to disinfect drinking water.

Heng Tong Water Treatment Engineering is a packager of reverse-osmosis, membrane and other water treatment systems for industrial purposes. It enhances ITT Sanitaire's technological footprint, especially in China, where a number of new government directives call for increasing urban water and wastewater treatment in the next few years.