SOURCE: Aquacell Water, Inc.

March 27, 2007 12:45 ET

New Mexico Utilities Contracts With Aquacell Water for Arsenic Removal

Aquacell Selected by New Mexico Utilities to Provide Dow's Adsorbsia™ Arsenic Removal Media

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 27, 2007 -- Aquacell Water, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: AQWT) announced that it has signed a contract with New Mexico Utilities, a member of the Utility Group of Southwest Water Company (NASDAQ: SWWC), to provide Adsorbsia™ GTO™ titanium based arsenic removal media produced by the Dow Water Solutions unit of The Dow Chemical Company. The contract is valued at $360,000.

"New Mexico Utilities is a premier water company and we are thrilled they have chosen Aquacell as their supplier of arsenic removal media," said Aquacell spokeswoman Karen Laustsen. "New Mexico Utilities is very proactive in complying with new Federal standards for arsenic in drinking water and we believe this is an important project for our participation, as Albuquerque has one of the highest concentrations of arsenic of any major city in the United States."

Robert Gay, General Manager of New Mexico Utilities, said, "We are pleased to be working with Aquacell Water to remove the arsenic from our newest well being brought on line. This treatment will allow us to meet the increased demand for water in the upcoming summer months and provide our customers with high quality drinking water that meets or exceeds the arsenic regulations set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency."

Dan Rice, Sr. Market Development Manager of Dow Water Solutions, stated, "We have worked closely with Aquacell Water on this account and are thrilled New Mexico Utilities has chosen to use ADSORBSIA™ GTO™ arsenic removal media. Our titanium-based media has a higher capacity for arsenic removal across a wide variety of water conditions than iron-based medias, providing New Mexico Utilities with a cost-effective means to remove arsenic from its drinking water."

Aquacell will be installing Adsorbsia arsenic removal media in New Mexico Utilities' 20-tank arsenic treatment system for a well which produces approximately 591,300,000 gallons of water per year.

About Aquacell Water, Inc.

Aquacell Water, Inc., headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, designs turnkey water filtration and purification systems for municipal, industrial, commercial, and institutional applications around the world. The Company specializes in arsenic removal systems in association with media manufactured by The Dow Chemical Company. Aquacell's services include evaluation, design, engineering, manufacturing, installation, training and service.

About New Mexico Utilities

Privately owned and locally run, New Mexico Utilities, Inc. is a regulated public water utility that has been serving the northwest part of the City of Albuquerque and the northern portion of Bernalillo County since 1969. NMUI provides water supply and sewage collection services to more than 50,000 people in an area of approximately 34 square miles. New Mexico Utilities exceeds federal requirements to provide a safe and secure water system. For more information about New Mexico Utilities visit

About Southwest Water Company

Southwest Water Company provides a broad range of services including water production, treatment and distribution; wastewater collection and treatment; utility billing and collection; utility infrastructure construction management; and public works services. The company owns regulated public utilities and also serves cities, utility districts and private companies under contract. More than two million people from coast to coast depend on Southwest Water for high-quality, reliable service. Additional information may be found on the company's website:

About Dow Water Solutions

Dow Water Solutions, with revenues of approximately $350 million, is a performance-based business unit comprised of leading world-class brands and enabling component technologies designed to advance the science of water purification around the world, including seawater desalination, contaminant removal and water reuse. With more than 1,000 employees worldwide, the business maintains five production faculties globally to manufacture, market and sell FILTEC™ reverse osmosis membranes, DOWEX™ ion exchange resins, ADSORBSIA™GTO™ titanium-based arsenic removal media, ultrafiltraion and electrodeionization, as well as premier water purification systems in China. For additional information about Dow Water Solutions products, visit

About The Dow Chemical Company

Dow is a diversified chemical company that harnesses the power of innovation, science and technology to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company offers a broad range of products and services to customers in more than 175 countries helping them to provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. Built on a commitment to its principles of sustainability, Dow has annual sales of $49 billion and employs 45,000 people worldwide. Reference to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

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