TAG awarded WERF asset management research contract

TAG, an MWH unit and provider of asset management solutions to the utilities industry, wins research contract from the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) for "Developing Protocols for Assessing the Condition and Performance of Water and Wastewater Assets." WERF, AwwaRF, and EPA jointly sponsor the project, which involves creation of industry guidelines for water and wastewater utilities to integrate best practice condition assessment techniques into their asset management programs...

BROOMFIELD, CO, Nov. 16, 2004 -- TAG (The Asset Group), a provider of asset management solutions to the utilities industry, has been awarded a research contract from the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) for "Developing Protocols for Assessing the Condition and Performance of Water and Wastewater Assets." WERF, AwaaRF, and the EPA jointly sponsor the project, which is scheduled to begin in February 2005 and complete in February 2007.

The project involves the creation of industry guidelines for water and wastewater utilities to integrate best practice condition assessment techniques into their asset management programs. TAG will lead the project working closely with Commonwealth Scientific and
Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), an Australian based research firm, and a number of utilities in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States including Water Corp. of Western Australia, WaterCare Services Ltd. (NZ), the City of Bellevue, Wash., and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. International asset management expert, Tony Urquhart, TAG's director of consulting solutions, will lead the team.

"The MWH/TAG proposal provides an ingenious and integrated approach along with an extremely well qualified project team," said WERF research director Daniel Woltering.

"The project is very important to WERF as we believe that robust, accurate and user-friendly assessment tools and techniques are essential to address the growing concerns related to deteriorating physical assets and repair/replacement costs in both water and wastewater treatment."

"TAG is honored that WERF selected us to lead this very important Asset Management research project," said Edward Carter, TAG senior vice president and managing executive. "TAG recognizes the need to promote asset management standards within the
water/wastewater utility industry and is pleased to be leading this effort."

About TAG
The Asset Group (TAG), based in Broomfield, Colo., is an MWH business that delivers a new generation of asset management solutions to utilities globally. With a holistic approach to asset management, TAG delivers a full range of solutions that address not only asset infrastructure but also the supporting people, business processes, organizations, and enabling technologies that are critical to any successful asset management program. Designed specifically to achieve sustainable results, TAG solutions deliver improved business performance, cost-effective capital and operating expenditure programs, and reduced risk exposure. It can be found online at www.tag-theassetgroup.com.

About MWH
An international engineering consultant firm, MWH (www.mw.com) -- formerly Montgomery Watson -- is a global leader in providing knowledge-driven services. With more than $1 billion in revenue, our 6,100 specialists in 36+ countries provide premiere solutions to municipalities, government agencies, multinational companies, industrial concerns and military organizations worldwide. Its world headquarters are in Broomfield, Colo.

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