Terasen Utility Services gains rights to new technology for ensuring drinking water quality

Terasen Utility Services has signed an agreement with Joule Microsystems Canada Inc. giving it the exclusive right to distribute Joule's on-line biological sensor and monitoring system to water utilities in B.C. and Alberta.

Aug 15th, 2003


VANCOUVER, Aug. 14, 2003 - Terasen Utility Services has signed an agreement with Joule Microsystems Canada Inc. giving it the exclusive right to distribute Joule's on-line biological sensor and monitoring system to water utilities in B.C. and Alberta.

The Joule sensor and monitoring system uses an ultra-sensitive technology to detect bio-matter in drinking water, allowing for around-the-clock monitoring to ensure a community's water supply meets the required health standards. It automatically takes samples when the sensors detect the presence of bio material that could contain pathogens and then alerts the water system operators so corrective action can be taken.

"This system will help make Canada a leader in drinking water protection," said Brett Hodson, President of Terasen Utility Services. "It allows us to offer a higher standard of water monitoring and rapid response services, which will raise the bar for water quality and improve public safety."

Joule's technique takes advantage of the convergence of chemical and biological assays with internet, telephone, and wireless communication technologies. It uses a system known as Water Risk Control Points (WRCP™). WRCP™ are characterized by real time analysis with on-line features such as database functions and remote event monitoring.

Terasen Utility Services plans to make the new service available to water systems of all sizes.

Terasen Utility Services - a subsidiary of Terasen Inc. - designs, builds and operates water, wastewater and energy systems. Terasen Inc. shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TER. For information about our services visit www.terasen.com.


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