July 30, 2007

Innovista eco-industrial park marks first western installation of patented Small Bore Sewer system

Clearford Industries' Small Bore Sewer(TM) system will be installed at the Innovista eco-industrial park in Hinton, Alberta, the company said recently. The transaction is subject to definitive agreements and regulatory approval, and Clearford is in final negotiations with Corix Utilities to deliver the system to Innovista under a licence agreement based on a design/build/operate/finance model.

This project will mark the first-ever installation of the SBS technology in western Canada. Innovista will become a model for this sewer technology, which will be of interest to municipalities and developers seeking sustainable infrastructure.

The SBS technology is particularly well-suited for communities where service extension is costly or where local capacity is an issue. Innovista's design will reduce wastewater treatment plant costs by approximately 40%, and the SBS collection system is approximately half the cost of a traditional sanitary collection system, says Clearford.

The patented SBS system is designed and installed by Clearford's wastewater systems division (the Ottawa-based firm also operates its Brooklin concrete division). The SBS is a watertight, small-diameter wastewater collection system tailored specifically for developers, municipalities and First Nations communities who need to create, expand or upgrade their sewage systems. It combines servicing with superior operational and environmental performance at a cost substantially lower than that of traditional gravity sewers, says the company. Since its first installation in 1989, the SBS system has been implemented in several locations in both Canada and the U.S.

More information on Clearford Industries is available from president and CEO Bruce Linton, 613/599-6474, ext 301, Web site www.clearford.com.

The town of Hinton is located on the Athabasca River, 29 km from the east gate of Jasper National Park and 287 km west of Edmonton. It is home to Innovista, Canada's pioneering eco-industrial park (EIP), a 108-acre greenfield site combining light and medium industrial businesses with over a mile of walking (or cross-country skiing) trails.

An EIP represents the application of eco-industrial networking, supporting collaborative partnerships, or networks, between businesses, local governments and the wider community, resulting in more efficient and ecologically beneficial resource use. Its distinguishing characteristic is the relationships and synergies between technologies, site design and business practices as businesses and their local government and community partners work together toward a series of economic and environmental goals, such as:

*ecological design of buildings and sites to minimize resource use and preserve green spaces and ecologically sensitive areas;

*substitution of traditional infrastructure with green infrastructure, e.g. natural stormwater management or alternative energy systems;

*byproduct synergy, in which businesses cycle material and energy (waste of one = feed for another), increasing efficiency and reducing environmental impact.

*targeted economic development, seeking businesses to fill product or service niches; and

*networking around services such as marketing, transportation, research, and monitoring

More information in the Innovista EIP is available on its Web site, www.eip.hinton.ca.

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