Tyco Flow Control wins wastewater contract for Newport, RI

Tyco Flow Control's Earth Tech, Inc. unit has been selected by the city of Newport, Rhode Island to design, build and operate the city's wastewater treatment system.

LONG BEACH, Calif., Jan. 8, 2001 /PRNewswire/ -- Tyco Flow Control's Earth Tech, Inc. unit has been selected by the city of Newport, Rhode Island to design, build and operate the city's wastewater treatment system.

The contract marks the beginning of a 20-year partnership between the City of Newport and Earth Tech. The operation, maintenance and asset management of the city's 10.7 million gallon per day wastewater operations will be assumed by Earth Tech. The company will also administer Newport's pre-treatment program, which monitors industrial and commercial users, including the U.S. Navy and the town of Middletown. To demonstrate its commitment to the project's success, Earth Tech has established guidelines defining minimum performance standards, odor limits and effluent quality.

``This project is a partnership in the best sense of the word,'' said Diane C. Creel, president of Earth Tech. ``It will be a team effort combining Earth Tech's resources, wide-ranging expertise and global experience in wastewater management, with the experience, skills and dedication of the City of Newport staff.''

Over the first two years, Earth Tech will design and construct various initial capital improvements to the system. ``Earth Tech's competitive pricing, technical qualifications and demonstrated excellence in wastewater management were cited as determining factors for its selection,'' stated Kim Early, executive vice president of Earth Tech's Global Water Management division. ``The improvements, which include odor control and alternate aeration technology, will improve the facility's performance and appearance and result in cost reductions that should help stabilize the city's sewer rates.''

The slated improvements, combined with a 20-year asset management program, are expected to save money for the city. ``The partnership with Earth Tech could save Newport an estimated 25 percent, totaling close to $1 million a year,'' explained Newport mayor, Richard Sardella. ``The improved system will serve the city's asset investments for many years and will also ensure that the sensitive environmental habitat of the Narragansett Bay will be preserved for our children and grandchildren.''

``There is a growing need for private industry and municipalities to join forces to provide the most practical solutions for water and wastewater management,'' said Creel. ``This project once again demonstrates Earth Tech's strong capabilities to offer innovative and cost effective applications.''

ABOUT EARTH TECH

Earth Tech is a global provider of water management, engineering and environmental services. It is a $1 billion company headquartered in Long Beach, CA, which employs 7,000 people in more than 150 offices throughout the world.

Earth Tech is a part of Tyco Flow Control, which is one the major business units of Tyco International Ltd. Tyco Flow Control designs, manufactures and services pipes, couplings, fittings, meters, hangers, valves, cable trays, metal framing and fire sprinklers, and provides engineering consulting, total water management services, and environmental consulting and remediation.

ABOUT TYCO FLOW CONTROL

Tyco Flow Control is one of the major business units of Tyco International Ltd. Tyco Flow Control designs, manufactures and services pipes, couplings, fittings, meters, hangers, valves, cable trays, metal framing and fire sprinklers, and provides engineering consulting, total water management services, and environmental consulting and remediation.

ABOUT TYCO INTERNATIONAL LTD.

Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE: TYC; LSE: TYI; BSX: TYC) is a diversified manufacturing and service company. Tyco is the world's largest manufacturer and servicer of electrical and electronic components; the world's largest designer, manufacturer, installer and servicer of undersea telecommunications systems; the world's largest manufacturer, installer and provider of fire protection systems and electronic security services; and the world's largest manufacturer of flow control valves. Tyco holds strong leadership positions in disposable medical products, diagnostic imaging, bulk pharmaceuticals, wound closure, plastics and adhesives. Tyco operates in more than 100 countries and has reported fiscal 2000 sales of approximately $28.9 billion.

SOURCE: Tyco International Ltd.

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