JMAR to install first BioSentry water monitoring units

JMAR Technologies Inc. entered into an agreement to test Beta models of its BioSentry waterborne microorganism monitoring system with the Olivenhain Municipal Water District. OMWD will use three of JMAR's units to continuously monitor water purity at various points in its treatment plant, in conjunction with with the California Department of Health Services...

SAN DIEGO, March 7, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- JMAR Technologies Inc. entered into an agreement to test Beta models of its BioSentryTM waterborne microorganism monitoring system with the Olivenhain Municipal Water District (OMWD). OMWD will use three of JMAR's biological detection units to continuously monitor the purity of water at various points in its treatment plant.

The OMWD services approximately 58,000 residents of northern San Diego County and processes about 34 million gallons of water per day. Beta model BioSentry units will be positioned in the plant to monitor raw influent water, treated effluent water, and distribution system water. Upon successful completion of the six-month performance validation test, OMWD intends to purchase three production models of the microorganism monitoring system. Based on the prospect of cost reductions realized by employing them, OMWD has secured the option to acquire six additional units. Test results and operational evaluations will be shared with water producers and suppliers throughout the United States.

"The Mission of Olivenhain Municipal Water District is to provide to its customers reliable, high quality water that exceeds all regulatory requirements in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner," said David McCollom, district general manager. "The BioSentry system is a novel, technology-based solution that offers continuous, automated quality monitoring of drinking water -- alerting us, in real-time to potential threats to our water purity and ensuring our ability to rapidly diagnose and prevent possible waterborne microorganism contamination from reaching the consumer."

"Municipal water processing plants are on the Homeland Security front lines, assuring the safety of critical water supplies," said JMAR CEO Ronald A. Walrod. "We at JMAR are pleased that the BioSentry will support this important mission by providing continuous, real-time monitoring for waterborne pathogens. As a recognized technology leader in utility water filtration and treatment, OMWD is a perfect site for the first Beta tests. We believe this extensive test program will go a long way toward proving the value of this system in the utility water market."

The BioSentry is a laser-based early-warning system that will provide continuous, automated quality monitoring of drinking water. This unique system is designed to monitor, detect and classify waterborne microorganisms in real time, assuring water purity. With more than 50,000 water utilities, 1,500 water-bottling companies, and 90,000 major buildings in the United States, the total served market for such equipment is expected to exceed $100 million.

JMAR Technologies Inc. (www.jmar.com) is a leading innovator in the development of laser-based equipment for imaging, analysis and fabrication at the nano-scale. The company is leveraging over a decade of laser and photonics research to develop a diverse portfolio of products with commercial applications in rapidly growing industries while continuing to provide support for the U.S. Government's Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) semiconductor fabrication facility. It also maintains strategic alliances for the development of BioSentry and READ -- biological and chemical sensors for homeland security, environmental and utility infrastructure industries.

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