TraceDetect providing continuous monitoring system for arsenic in drinking water

Seattle, Wash., company specializing in measurement of trace metals receives a multi-year phase II grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, administered by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), for "A Continuous Monitor for Arsenic in Drinking Water"...

SEATTLE, June 12, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- TraceDetect Inc. a Seattle, Wash.-based company specializing in the measurement of trace metals announced today that a multi-year phase II grant has been received from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, administered by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), for "A Continuous Monitor for Arsenic in Drinking Water."

TraceDetect will develop inline equipment to constantly monitor concentrations of arsenic with measurement performance comparable to much costlier offline technologies. Referring to the EPA established 10 microgram/L limit for arsenic in drinking water that will take effect in January 2006, Dr. William Dietze, chief technical officer at TraceDetect, commented, "Our instruments enable water municipalities to monitor their arsenic treatment systems in order to ensure compliance and run their systems as efficiently as possible."

"Beta sites for the program are currently being developed," added Richard Brewer, chairman and CEO of TraceDetect. "Four systems will initially be deployed at municipal drinking water facilities in the United States."

The company's current products include Explorer portable and desktop instruments for a broad range of trace metal measurement applications and SafeGuardTM automated at-line systems for arsenic, lead and copper. Both product lines use patented NanobandTM electrodes that enable accurate measurements in minutes to levels of 1 part per billion (1 ppb) or less.

Founded in 1998, TraceDetect Inc. (www.tracedetect.com) is a provider of on-site trace metals monitoring and analysis equipment. Its patented products enable in-field and in-situ detection of trace metal concentrations down to sub-parts per billion (ppb) in the water treatment, industrial process, semiconductor, and chemical manufacturing industries. Unlike traditional metal analysis that requires expensive, off-site laboratory services involving long wait times, TraceDetect offers simple-to-use products with real-time analysis results at a fraction of the cost and time.

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