ATLANTA, June 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has adopted Echologics' acoustic pipe condition assessment service to assess the condition of selected water distribution mains. A division of Mueller Co., Echologics is a leading developer and provider of acoustic-based technologies for water loss management, pipe condition assessment and leak detection. The contract with WSSC, which is valued at $850,000, is Echologics' second-largest contract. WSSC is among the largest water and wastewater utilities in the United States, serving 1.8 million residents in a service area that spans nearly 1,000 square miles. Echologics is assessing the condition of 35 miles of cast iron distribution mains—ranging from 6 to 14 inches in diameter—that are currently scheduled to be replaced by WSSC starting July 2014. WSSC will use the data provided by Echologics to cost-effectively identify sections of pipe that are in the poorest condition and prioritize their replacement. WSSC selected Echologics as a result of a pilot survey conducted in March 2012, in which Echologics assessed more than 17,500 feet of distribution mains that were already scheduled for replacement. Echologics found that approximately 70 percent of the pipes did not need to be replaced, as they still had effective levels of remaining wall thickness or were at or near their original condition. WSSC validated Echologics' findings through extensive third-party testing of excavated samples of the surveyed pipe. "Efficiently prioritizing capital expenditures and reducing water loss are important goals for many utilities," said Marc Bracken, vice president and general manager for Echologics. "By partnering with Echologics, WSSC can more efficiently achieve these goals and better understand the remaining service life of its water infrastructure assets—without costly excavations or service disruptions." Echologics pioneered the development of a proprietary, acoustic-based system that non-invasively assesses the condition of water mains by measuring their remaining wall thickness, with an accuracy that exceeds normal standards.
Water service providers across North America and in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia have leveraged Echologics' technology to prioritize pipeline rehabilitation and replacement plans, and reduce water loss on all classes of pipe.Echologics and Mueller Co. are subsidiaries of Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA), a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of products and services that are used in the transmission, distribution and measurement of water. Forward-Looking Information This press release contains certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements that address activities, events or developments that we intend, expect, plan, project, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements we make concerning the accuracy of Echologics' pipe condition assessment system. Forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and assessments made by us in light of our experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments. Actual results and the timing of events may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including regional, national or global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory conditions and the other factors that are described in the section entitled "RISK FACTORS" in Item 1A of our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K. About Echologics Echologics is a manufacturing, service and marketing company dedicated to helping water utilities reduce water loss with subsequent benefits in monetary, environmental and health costs to the communities. Echologics is a leader in the development of water infrastructure diagnostic technologies for water loss management, leak detection and pipe condition assessment. Echologics, LLC is an affiliate of Echologics Engineering which was founded in 2003 and is based in Toronto. For more information about Echologics, visit www.echologics.com. About Mueller Water Products Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA) is a leading manufacturer and marketer of products and services used in the transmission, distribution and measurement of water. Our broad product and service portfolio includes engineered valves, fire hydrants, metering products and systems, leak detection and pipe condition assessment. We help municipalities increase operational efficiencies, improve customer service and prioritize capital spending, demonstrating why Mueller Water Products is Where Intelligence Meets Infrastructure™. The piping component systems produced by Anvil help build connections that last in commercial, industrial, mechanical, fire protection and oil & gas applications. Visit us at www.muellerwaterproducts.com.
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