CH2M Hill to study Hong Kong's first seawater desalination project

CH2M-IDC Hong Kong Ltd. has been selected by the Hong Kong Water Supplies Department (WSD) to design, oversee operations, and monitor the performance of two seawater desalination pilot plants.

DENVER, June 4, 2003 -- CH2M-IDC Hong Kong Ltd. has been selected by the Hong Kong Water Supplies Department (WSD) to design, oversee operations, and monitor the performance of two seawater desalination pilot plants.

The 30-month pilot program, which will evaluate the use of reverse osmosis technology and associated pre- and post-treatment processes, is part of the government of Hong Kong's Total Water Management program, and is a major step in the development of full-scale desalination facilities to ensure sufficient and sustainable potable water resources for the island.

"WSD recognizes that desalination technologies may provide an additional and currently untapped source of fresh water for Hong Kong," said Alex Au, managing director, CH2M-IDC Hong Kong. "This project demonstrates Hong Kong's commitment to environmentally responsible development to ensure economic opportunity and a high quality of life for its current and future citizens."

CH2M HILL has been at the forefront of water treatment innovation for more than 50 years and is a renowned leader in the design, engineering, construction, and operation of membrane treatment facilities. The company claims numerous "firsts" in membrane technology application and has successfully completed more than 120 membrane projects in the past 10 years.

CH2M-IDC Hong Kong Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of CH2M HILL Ltd., was one of five consultants invited to submit proposals for the project.

CH2M HILL is an employee-owned, global firm providing engineering, construction, operations, and related technical services to public and private clients in numerous industries. The firm's work is concentrated in the areas of water, energy, environment, transportation, communications, construction, and industrial facilities. Headquartered in Denver, CH2M HILL has more than 10,500 employees working in 165 offices worldwide where respect for the environment is reflected in safe, innovative and environmentally sound work practices. For more information on CH2M HILL visit www.ch2mhill.com.

CH2M-IDC Hong Kong Ltd. is a critical part of the CH2M-IDC China program. For more information on CH2M-IDC China, please visit http://www.ch2m-idc.com/eWorking/Default.htm.

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