Water metering effort to monitor consumption, strengthen water management in Kuwait

LAMPERTHEIM, Germany, April 16, 2010 -- Elster has secured a contract to deliver 170,000 water meters for use in residences, government buildings and other facilities throughout Kuwait...

• Nation to deploy 170,000 specialized Elster Meters; Basis for critical water management efforts and smart grid evolution

LAMPERTHEIM, Germany, April 16, 2010 -- Elster announced today that the company has secured a contract to deliver 170,000 water meters for use in residences, government buildings and other facilities throughout Kuwait. Elster is providing customized meters that meet the specific needs of the Kuwaiti market.

The Elster automatic meter reading (AMR) meters will enable Kuwait to more effectively monitor consumption and strengthen the nation's water management programs.

Designed to withstand temperature ranges from above 90 degrees Celsius to below freezing, as well as violent sand and dust storms, Elster M190 water meters will be deployed inside and outside of house walls and in sidewalks.

The Elster smart meters are designed to function properly regardless of sediments or containments in the water supply and can accurately measure varying levels of water quality. In addition, the meters are equipped with future-proof connectivity and interface systems designed to meet the demands of future Smart Grid and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) projects.

Across the globe, water is becoming a scarce and extremely valuable resource. In Kuwait, like most desert countries, water conditioning is very complex and expensive, and fresh water is not always delivered through pipes to homes. Accurately monitoring water consumption and educating citizens on proper water conservation practices are essential to maintaining the nation's water infrastructure.

"Elster water meters are deployed all over the world, helping residential, commercial and industrial locations more efficiently conserve valuable water resources," said Jerry Lauzze, executive vice president of Elster's global water business.

"Elster specifically designed the water meters for Kuwait to withstand a number of extreme environmental conditions. Our smart metering solutions are ideally suited for desert conditions across the Middle East," Lauzze added.

Elster is working exclusively with Al Khatla, its partner for all projects in Kuwait, which will deliver the meters and accessories to Kuwait's Ministry of Electricity and Water.

About Elster
Elster is one of the world's largest providers of electricity, gas and water meters, and related communications, networking and software solutions, which are key components for enabling energy efficiency and conservation. Its products and solutions are widely used by customers in the manual-read meter and Smart Grid markets.

Elster has one of the most extensive installed meter bases in the world, with more than 200 million metering devices deployed over the course of the last 10 years. It sells its products and services in more than 130 countries across electricity, gas, water and multi-utility applications for residential, commercial and industrial customers. With a heritage of more than 170 years of providing metering solutions, Elster enjoys a reputation as a leading innovator and plays an important role in shaping industry standards with respect to performance, reliability, accuracy and functionality. Elster was acquired by funds advised by CVC Capital Partners in September 2005. In 2008, Elster generated revenues of EUR1.3 billion, or $1.9 billion. For more information about Elster, please visit www.elster.com.

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