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Government of Canada Invests in Clean Water Technology

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2009) - A technology that
will greatly reduce the time and cost involved in testing our water for
potentially dangerous pathogens is moving closer to commercialization,
thanks in part to funding from Sustainable Development Technology
Canada (SDTC), an arm's-length, not-for-profit corporation created by
the Government of Canada.


"By investing in Canadian technologies such as Pathogen Detection
Systems' clean water technology, our Government is helping to stimulate
a new green economy in Canada, creating jobs and helping to protect the
environment," said David Anderson, Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister of Natural Resources and for the Canadian Wheat Board.


SDTC, through its SD Tech FundTM,
has committed $2.4 million to a project led by Kingston-based Pathogen
Detection Systems Inc. for the development and demonstration of its
portable, on-site, high-speed, fully automated microbiological water
monitoring system to detect E. Coli and Total Coliforms in water. This
funding was approved by SDTC's Board of Directors in June 2008.


"Pathogen Detection Systems' water monitoring system is a great
example of a clean technology solution to a problem that affects all of
us," said SDTC President and CEO Vicky Sharpe. "An alternative to the
current slow, cumbersome water monitoring methods, this technology will
help Canadian water utilities to get timely and more accurate water
quality analysis, ensuring access to clean water while reducing testing
costs," said Ms. Sharpe.


"This SDTC funding will have a significant positive impact on the
planned expansion of Pathogen Detection Systems," said Pathogen
Detection Systems President David Dolphin. "Our goal is to take this
Canadian technology to the world".


Through its SDTC funded project, Pathogen Detection Systems will
integrate its microbiological water monitoring system with
sophisticated water treatment optimization software, reducing time by
50 to 80 %, reducing costs and improving test integrity. This will
bring both water and greenhouse gas environmental benefits by improving
water plant performance, reducing energy consumption and decreasing
toxic water treatment by-products.


About SDTC


Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is an arm's-length
foundation created by the Government of Canada which has received $1.05
billion as part of the Government's commitment to create a healthy
environment and a high quality of life for all Canadians.


SDTC operates two funds aimed at the development and demonstration
of innovative technological solutions. The $550 million SD Tech FundTM
supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean
water, and clean soil. The $500 million NextGen Biofuels FundTM
supports the establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale
facilities for the production of next-generation renewable fuels.


SDTC operates as a not-for-profit corporation and has been working
with the public and private sector including industry, academia,
non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the financial community and all
levels of government to achieve this mandate.


About Pathogen Detection Systems


The PDS mission is to have a worldwide impact on public safety and
the quality of the environment by developing advanced, automated
systems for the detection of potentially harmful pathogens, such as
bacteria, chemicals, and their by-products.


PDS was founded in 2003 to commercialize a novel method of
automating microbiological testing based on research and development
conducted at Queen's University in conjunction with a number of
industrial partners. This research was inspired by the Walkerton water
tragedy in which 7 people died, and thousands fell ill due to E.coli
contamination of the water supply. Headquartered in Kingston, Ontario,
Canada, PDS was acquired by Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies
(VWS) in early 2009. PDS's expertise in water monitoring technologies,
spectrophotometry and synthetic chemistry is now supported by the
resources and technologies of the world's leading water treatment
company.


About Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies


VWS, the world leader in water treatment, is a specialized provider
of technological solutions and design-build services to meet the needs
of public authorities and industrial companies. It is a fully-owned
subsidiary of Veolia Water, the global leader in water services. With
8,900 employees worldwide, VWS recorded revenues of $ 3.7 billion (USD)
in 2008.





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