January 17, 2005

Zenon to send water filtration units to aid relief efforts in tsunami-ravaged Asia

Zenon Environmental, with the assistance of Eureka Forbes, a leading water purification systems company in India, and the international relief and development organization World Vision is donating 54 of its Homespring water filtration units to support post-tsunami relief efforts in Asia. Zenon's Homespring units will be installed in Sri Lanka and India where there is a high and critical need for clean and safe water. These include relief camps, schools and other community locations.

Eureka Forbes has agreed to assume responsibility for servicing and maintaining the units to ensure continued safe drinking water to people in the area. World Vision will provide its expertise in singling out those areas most in need; it will also co-ordinate the logistics of transporting the units on the ground. Units installed in temporary relief camps will be moved to other areas where there is a continued need, such as schools and old age homes, and will not be sold commercially.

The Homespring product is the first whole home water filtration system launched by Zenon's consumer product division. Incorporating the company's ZeeWeed ultrafiltration membranes, the self-contained system makes water biologically safe for consumption without chemicals, by physically removing suspended solids, viruses, parasites and bacteria from the water. As each Homespring water filtration unit can potentially produce up to 27,000 litres of water per day (7,000 gallons) depending on water quality, the 54 units will be capable of providing safe drinking water to more than 350,000 people.

World Vision Canada vice-president Marilyn Friedmann noted that "this partnership with Zenon supports more than World Vision's relief effort, it supports reconstruction and will allow us to make significant inroads with the rehabilitation of municipal water supplies." Zenon's larger water purification systems are also being deployed by Canada's Disaster Assistance Relief Team (DART).

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