SOURCE: NWP Services Corporation

March 29, 2006 09:00 ET

NWP Services Corporation to Provide WeatherTRAK® Irrigation Management to the Multi-Housing Industry

WeatherTRAK Smart Controllers Have Been Shown to Reduce Irrigation Water Usage and Costs by More Than 50%

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 29, 2006 -- NWP Services Corporation (NWP) and HydroPoint Data Systems (HydroPoint), the proven leader in smart irrigation, today announced a strategic agreement whereby NWP will sell, install and support HydroPoint's WeatherTRAK technology to property owners in the multi-housing industry. This agreement presents a new opportunity for NWP's customers to significantly reduce water costs, including those related to overwatering, water-related structural damage, erosion, mold and plant replacement. By adopting this technology the multi-housing industry can also significantly contribute to water conservation by reducing its water usage by billions of gallons each year.

"We are very excited about our relationship with HydroPoint and by the positive response we are receiving from our customers and the marketplace," said Michael Radice, president and CEO, NWP. "Integrating HydroPoint's proven WeatherTRAK technology into NWP's existing utility cost management services will further boost our customers' overall utility cost savings and improve their profitability," added Radice.

On-site WeatherTRAK "smart" irrigation controllers receive a wireless transmission each day, delivering watering instructions for varied plant and landscape types based on daily changes in localized weather conditions. NWP can analyze their customers' utility cost and consumption data to identify apartment communities where irrigation savings opportunities are greatest, providing those customers with property-specific cost and ROI projections. NWP can then provide WeatherTRAK equipment to its customers as well as manage the installation of and field support related to the use of WeatherTRAK controllers.

"Millions of dollars are lost each year to inefficient and ineffective management of irrigation," said Chris Spain, president and CEO, HydroPoint. "We are pleased to align ourselves with NWP in helping the multi-housing industry turn a costly problem into a positive ROI story."

WeatherTRAK, the only smart controller product line proven by the EPA to virtually eliminate runoff pollution, has outperformed all other smart irrigation systems in 20 studies conducted by a broad range of public and private organizations. Most recently, WeatherTRAK received the first and only perfect scores on the Irrigation Association's SWAT™ test of irrigation controller performance. Over $10 million has been allocated nationally by water agencies as rebate incentives for water-saving WeatherTRAK controllers.

Special Conference Call and Presentation Will Overview WeatherTRAK Technology and Cost Saving Opportunity. To learn more about cost-saving opportunities achievable with WeatherTRAK, join the CEOs of NWP and HydroPoint for a free 45-minute Internet presentation and conference call, "Countdown to ROI: Bottom-line Results in 30 Days through Irrigation Control," on April 18th 2006 at 1:00 PM ET. Register at www.weathertrak.com/nwp

About NWP Services Corporation

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., NWP Services Corporation (NWP) serves the multi-housing industry as the leading provider of resident billing solutions, including convergent billing and payment services for rent, utilities and other charges from the resident's monthly ledger; utility cost management solutions including utility cost recovery, utility data management, and conservation and irrigation control services. NWP's offerings are available for use as individual services or as a fully integrated solution and are designed to accelerate the financial performance of our customers, allowing them to recover and reduce operating costs, create operational efficiencies, improve property NOI and boost resident satisfaction. NWP also provides the regulatory expertise, technology infrastructure and high quality training and support services which property owners and managers can rely upon to stay competitive and thrive in an ever-changing market. Additional information is available at www.nwpsc.com.

About HydroPoint Data Systems, Inc.

HydroPoint and its partners, including The Toro Company, Irritrol and others, provide WeatherTRAK irrigation management solutions for residential and commercial landscapes. Proven WeatherTRAK technology calculates customized irrigation schedules and then automatically adjusts irrigation as local weather changes. By using WeatherTRAK to apply the right amount of water at the right time, customers improve landscape health, conserve water, decrease water usage costs and protect the environment. Based on its track record of successes in 20 independent public agency studies, WeatherTRAK is eligible for all smart controller rebate and voucher programs. Headquartered in Petaluma, California, HydroPoint is privately owned and operated. Visit www.weathertrak.com for more information.

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