Hydro International realigns US business structure after acquisition growth

Hydro International, a leading provider of environmentally sustainable products and innovative solutions that control and treat stormwater, wastewater and combined sewer overflows, today announced a new market-focused US business structure poised to take advantage of increasing opportunities in the municipal wastewater, stormwater and "wet weather" markets...

• Company's three US operations to provide solutions in wastewater, wet weather and stormwater management markets

PORTLAND, ME, Sept. 30, 2008 -- Hydro International, a leading provider of environmentally sustainable products and innovative solutions that control and treat stormwater, wastewater and combined sewer overflows, today announced a new market-focused US business structure poised to take advantage of increasing opportunities in the municipal wastewater, stormwater and "wet weather" markets.

The company's wastewater operation, based in Hillsboro, Ore., brings Hydro and Eutek Systems, which Hydro purchased in May 2008, under one roof. The new operation now offers the world's most advanced solutions to separate, wash and dewater grit from municipal and industrial wastewater.

The wet weather operation, based in Portland, Maine, oversees the company's innovative solutions designed to improve management of wet weather flows within collection systems and wastewater treatment plants including combined sewer overflows, sanitary sewer overflows and storm discharges at wastewater treatment plants.

The US stormwater operation, also based in Portland, Maine, provides a full range of solutions to control and treat urban runoff from MS4 communities with separate storm sewer and sanitary sewer systems. Hydro's portfolio of treatment products include filters and vortex separators, which are used to comply with the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations requiring the removal of "nonpoint source" pollutants from stormwater runoff.

"This new organizational structure gives Hydro a renewed focus on strategic segments of the US water market that will allow us to better serve the needs of our customers," said Chris Williams, Chief Operating Officer of Hydro International. "These operations are positioned to build on our long history of innovation and top-quality service and capitalize on growth potential in our target markets."

The wastewater operation's portfolio of grit management solutions includes a number of advanced technologies designed to collect and dewater grit from municipal and industrial waste streams, including the Grit King®, Eutek TeaCup™ and Eutek HeadCell™.

The stormwater operation markets the Up-Flo® Filter, a high-capacity filtration system used for the control of sediments, nutrients, metals and hydrocarbons; and the Downstream Defender®, an advanced vortex separator with unique internal components that increase removal efficiency and prevent pollutant washout, as well as flow controls, inlet controls and stormwater storage media.

The wet weather operation markets the Storm King® advanced vortex separator, Hydro-Jet® Screen, Hydro-Static® Screen and Heliscreen® and the Reg-U-Flo® Vortex Valve flow control device.

The Wet Weather Division also is marketing the newly available Hydro Vortex Drop™ Shaft for controlling flows from high-level sewers into deep tunnels. The compact, single-shaft system dissipates the energy of dropping water in order to protect sewer infrastructure from noise, vibration and damage. Sewer systems with deep drops that are not protected by advanced drop shaft technology can destabilize or collapse from high-pressure air buildups, violent impacts from falling water, and transient and surging flows.

The wastewater and wet weather operations will showcase their products at the upcoming WEFTEC conference on Oct. 19-22 in Chicago. The Hydro International wastewater team will be at Booth #32031 and the Hydro International wet weather team will be at Booth #28157 at the show.


Hydro International plc is a global supplier of environmentally sustainable products and innovative solutions that control and treat stormwater, wastewater and combined sewer overflows.

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