East Hills, NY (October 26, 2006) - - Pall Corporation (NYSE: PLL) announced that it was awarded a $15.8 million contract by Minneapolis Water Works to provide a Pall Aria? membrane water treatment system for the city's Fridley membrane filtration plant. Fridley will be the largest pressurized ultrafiltration (UF) plant in North America, with a capacity of 95 million gallons of water per day. The Pall Aria system will be used to provide a reliable supply of safe drinking water to businesses and residents of the city of Minneapolis and surrounding areas.
Minneapolis draws its drinking water from the Mississippi River. This poses many challenges due to rapid changes in water quality and variations in turbidity, temperature and contamination. To overcome them, the City turned to membrane ultrafiltration, one of the most advanced technologies available to cost-effectively provide the highest quality drinking water. Pall won the contract after Minneapolis Water Works completed extensive performance testing of competing ultrafiltration membrane pilot scale systems in June. The pilot tests demonstrated that the Pall Aria UF membrane system successfully and efficiently removed microbial pathogens (viruses, bacteria and protozoan cysts) and particulate contaminants from the source water.
"The City of Minneapolis is on the leading edge when it comes to implementing state-of-the-art water treatment technologies and upgrading its facilities to meet current and anticipated future regulations," says Jeff Seibert, President, Pall Water Processing. "While Fridley will be the largest pressurized ultrafiltration membrane plant in North America, the Pall Aria system is available in packaged or custom configurations to provide potable water for communities of any size."
Pall is the leader in membrane technology solutions and provides water treatment systems for more than 150 large and small municipalities and industrial customers worldwide. In addition to serving the $6 billion municipal water market, Pall's filtration technology is increasingly becoming a critical step in treating water for a wide range of industrial applications. This includes intake and process water for food, beverage, chemical, oil, gas, power and semiconductor production, among others. Pall's technology enables businesses to conserve and reuse water, and to restore wastewater to environmentally safe levels before discharge.
CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, construction and operations firm, will design, manage construction and commission the Fridley plant, which is expected to be fully operational in 2011.
About Pall Corporation Pall Corporation is the global leader in the rapidly growing field of filtration, separation and purification. Pall is organized into two businesses: Life Sciences and Industrial. These businesses provide leading-edge products to meet the demanding needs of customers in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, transfusion medicine, energy, electronics, municipal and industrial water purification, aerospace, transportation and broad industrial markets. Total revenues for fiscal year 2006 were $2.0 billion. The Company headquarters is in East Hills, New York with extensive operations throughout the world. For more information visit Pall at www.pall.com.