Seawater Conversion Vessel to be studied as alternative to land-based desalination

Monterey Peninsula Water Management District in Monterey, CA, voted on Oct. 16 to study the Seawater Conversion Vessel (SCV), developed by Water Standard Co., as a supplemental coastal water source. Water Standard founder and CEO Andrew Gordon and Skip Griffin, senior vice president of engineering firm PBS&J, are the first to propose ship based mass desalination in an effort to provide a permanent solution to the decreasing availability of freshwater around the globe...

Unanimous vote by water management district on California's central coast seen as more environmentally responsible.

MONTEREY, CA, Oct. 19, 2006 -- Water Standard Company, developers of the Seawater Conversion Vessel (SCV), announced that the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) in Monterey, CA, voted on Oct. 16 to study the vessel as a supplemental water source for this region. Water Standard founder and CEO Andrew Gordon and Skip Griffin, senior vice president of engineering firm PBS&J, are the first to propose ship based mass desalination in the effort to provide a permanent solution to the decreasing availability of fresh water around the globe.

The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) board of directors voted unanimously to add the SCV to its matrix as an alternative water source following a presentation by project manager Skip Griffin. The MPWMD manages, augments, and protects the production of water from the Carmel River stored in the San Clemente and Los Padres Reservoirs and ground water pumped from municipal and private wells in Carmel Valley and the Seaside Coastal Area. Also on the list of possible supplemental water sources are aquifer storage and recovery and land based desalination projects.

Water Standard has spent the last six years designing the SCV to be the most environmentally responsible and cost effective desalination system available. Numerous California water districts are facing severe water shortages today and in the coming years, many are investing millions of dollars to explore desalination. Water Standard's SCV is the most efficient, cost effective, and fastest to operational readiness supplemental water source available. One vessel is capable of serving several communities at once, eliminating the need for multiple desalination plants along the California coast.

Founded by Florida-based entrepreneur, Andrew Gordon, Water Standard Company (www.waterstandard.com) is dedicated to providing a permanent solution to the decreasing availability of fresh water around the globe. Through the design and construction of Seawater Conversion Vessels (SCV), Water Standard CompanySM provides a steady and reliable supply of water, on-demand, worldwide. The environmentally responsible process of open ocean desalination has been designed to minimize impacts to the marine ecosystem, on-land aquifers and rivers to recharge, and ultra clean air emissions.

PBS&J (www.pbsj.com) serves public and private clients in meeting the challenging planning, environmental, engineering, architecture, construction management, and program management needs of its clients. The employee-owned firm is ranked by Engineering News-Record as 21st among the nation's top consulting firms. PBS&J has 3,800 employees and more than 70 offices located throughout the United States and abroad.

For more information on the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, see: www

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Also see: "State Signs Agreement with Metropolitan Water District to Benefit California Small Businesses"

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