PERC, Alinda to design-build-operate-finance Calif. water recycling facility

Santa Paula Water LLC, a company formed by Pacific Environmental Resources Corp. and Alinda Capital Partners, has been selected by the City of Santa Paula, California to design, build, operate and finance a new, state-of-the-art 3.4 million gallons per day water recycling facility, readily expandable to 4.2 MGD to replace its existing wastewater treatment plant built in 1939. Santa Paula Water was awarded the contract in May 2008, and engineering of the new Facility commenced immediately...

SANTA PAULA, CA, July 24, 2008 -- Santa Paula Water LLC, a company formed by Pacific Environmental Resources Corp. (PERC) and Alinda Capital Partners LLC, has been selected by the City of Santa Paula, California to design, build, operate and finance a new, state-of-the-art 3.4 million gallons per day water recycling facility, readily expandable to 4.2 million gallons per day to replace its existing wastewater treatment plant built in 1939.

Santa Paula Water was awarded the contract in May 2008, and engineering of the new Facility commenced immediately. Construction began on July 15, 2008, and operations will commence by December 15, 2010. PERC will operate the new Facility under a 30-year concession with Santa Paula Water. This will be the first facility of its type to be built under California's new regulations encouraging private investment to solve public infrastructure needs.

Santa Paula Mayor Bob Gonzales said, "The City of Santa Paula is very pleased to partner with PERC Water on our new water recycling facility. PERC Water is providing the city with a state of the art treatment plant that will serve our residents for many years to come. The City looks forward to working with PERC in the years ahead." Brian Cullen, president of PERC, believes the City of Santa Paula's decision to accept PERC's offer "came down to two things: the certainty of Alinda's project financing and the fact that PERC had a superior technical offering. The offer does not require a commitment for capital on the part of the City and is essentially a pay-for-service arrangement."

The new Facility will utilize advanced treatment process technologies -- incorporating MBR (membrane bio-reactors), aerobic sludge digestion and UV (ultraviolet) disinfection -- that will produce an effluent that meets or exceeds all current environmental wastewater quality standards mandated by the U.S. EPA and the California RWQCB (Regional Water Quality Control Board) Title 22 Class A+. The advantage of the PERC ASP® MBR design is the efficient use of land, utilizing a fraction of the land required by a conventionally designed facility -- in Santa Paula's case a land savings of 5 acres -- while providing a physical environment that adds tremendous value to the surrounding community. The Facility, the exterior of which will resemble a golf course clubhouse, will be completely enclosed for maximum odor control.

Chris Beale, Managing Partner of Alinda, said, "This project is ground breaking from a financial point of view. The private sector will put up all the capital and take the risk of compliance with environmental regulations. It will provide ratepayers with a low cost solution, and it relieves the City of financial risk. We expect this model to be followed by other communities that see the future in converting wastewater liability to a clean water asset."

The City has reserved the right to acquire the Facility during the life of the concession and, if it not acquired sooner, the Facility will be transferred to the City at the end of the concession period.

In a community effort, the Facility will have a dedicated area known as the Recycling Educational Center. There the citizens of Santa Paula and students of local schools can tour the Facility to learn how water is treated to recycling levels and how water recycling facilities operate.

The Santa Paula Facility will be PERC's largest facility designed, built, operated and financed in California for a municipality. It will also be the first PERC ASP® MBR (Membrane Bio-Reactor) and Koch Industries first, and largest, US facility to utilize the Puron Membrane (Koch) System.

PERC is a water quality and risk management firm providing clients with a Total Solution™ for water reclamation needs.

Alinda is an independent investment firm that specializes in infrastructure investments that serve communities, governments and businesses.

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