Clearford Announces Strategic Alliance to Deliver Integrated Water Management Solutions

    OTTAWA, April 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Clearford Industries Inc. ("Clearford" or
the "Company", TSX-V: CLI) announced today that it has entered into a letter
of intent to create a strategic alliance with two leading edge Ontario-based
environmental companies - Filter Innovations Inc. and Aslan Technologies Inc.
This strategic alliance, once formed, will provide the capability to supply
communities with integrated water management solutions encompassing wastewater
collection, treatment and conservation, and water distribution including
potable water.
    Filter Innovations is a leader in the delivery of containerized Membrane
Bioreactor (MBR) wastewater treatment systems. Aslan Technologies, among its
varied areas of expertise, provides innovative, world class technology and
equipment for water purification. Clearford uses patented technologies to
create systems for sealed wastewater collection and partial treatment, and for
water distribution.
    "The Clearford Small Bore Sewer(TM) (SBS(TM)) system delivers wastewater
with low biological oxygen demand ("BOD") and low suspended solids while
modulating the flow to the treatment facility. This provides excellent input
to membrane filtration processes like the advanced technology of the Filter
Innovations solution. Aslan Technologies' state of the art technology provides
further purification of the water through reverse osmosis. This combination
allows a very significant percentage of water used in urban communities to be
returned to water sources with quality that at least matches the fresh water
being received by the community," said John Kelly, President and CEO of
Clearford. Kelly continues, "This strategic alliance offers municipalities and
developers a comprehensive, cost-effective, flexible and green solution,
recognizing the growing importance of water conservation on a global basis".
    "At Filter Innovations, we are excited about the opportunity to work with
Clearford and Aslan to offer communities an integrated water solution", says
company President John Dragasevich. "We will be able to customize our water
treatment systems to maximize the benefits of Clearford's SBS(TM) solution. We
believe that there is significant demand for this integrated technology, since
water conservation and environmental integrity are key considerations in many
communities here in Canada and around the world."
    Mike Myers, President of Aslan Technologies, comments that: "Reuse of
water resources is a win for everyone - whether it's recycling water for
industrial or irrigation purposes, or providing a source of drinkable water in
communities facing treatment challenges. We at Aslan are looking forward to
working with Clearford and Filter Innovations to bring the best of our
technology to bear in providing a fully integrated solution."
    A worldwide demand exists for systems which reduce the net impact of
urban water consumption on available supplies of fresh water. The ability to
deliver an integrated collection and treatment system for a cost that is
comparable to the costs of traditional sewage collection, primary and
secondary treatment, while returning to the environment water of drinkable
quality is seen by the Company as a significant and immediate commercial
    The current focus by governments on using infrastructure investment to
both improve the quality of public services and generate sustainable
employment provides an impetus to the demand for cost effective systems for
the management of wastewater and the conservation of fresh water supplies.
    Rod Bryden, Chairman of Clearford expressed his enthusiasm for the
Company's future: "An urgent demand for new methods of meeting the need for
clean fresh water in urban communities provides a dynamic opportunity for
Clearford and its alliance partners. We are excited to embark on this
partnership with two organizations with proven track records and excellent and
fully complementary technologies."
    While Clearford, Filter Innovations and Aslan believe that significant
and near term opportunities exist for this integrated solution there can be no
assurance that customer agreements will be reached or that such agreements
will be profitable should they be implemented.
    Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as
that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts
responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

    About Clearford Industries Inc.

    Clearford Industries Inc. operating unit, the Wastewater Systems
Division, designs and implements the patented Small Bore Sewer(TM) (SBS(TM)),
a watertight small diameter wastewater collection system for developers,
municipalities and First Nations communities who need to create, expand or
upgrade their sewage systems. This solution provides servicing with superior
operational and environmental performance at a significantly lower cost when
compared to historic gravity sewers. With its first installation in 1989, the
SBS(TM) has since had several installations within Canada and the U.S. For
more information on Clearford Industries Inc., please visit

    About Filter Innovations Inc.

    Filter Innovations, founded in 1992, is a leading provider of innovative
treatment solutions for wastewater, groundwater, process water, and air.
Current turnkey solutions include Air Scrubber Systems, Odour Control Systems,
Chemical Waste Treatment Systems, Dissolved Air Flotation Systems, Engineered
Filter Systems, Membrane Biological Reactor Systems, and Ultra Filtration
Systems. These systems are supplied with advanced control and telemetry
systems that support remote system monitoring, remote system operation, remote
data logging, and remote product support. For more information, please visit

    About Aslan Technologies

    Established in 1992 and based in Burlington, Ontario, Aslan Technologies
is a design and manufacturing company serving the chemical and water treatment
industries. Drinking water installations include numerous resort, residential
communities, and golf clubhouse facilities in Ontario - including Barrie Golf
& C.C., King Valley Estates, King Valley Golf & C.C., Emerald Hills Estates,
Emerald Hills Golf & C.C., Kingsview Estates, The Estates of Wyndance, and the
Marriot "Red Leaves" Development. For more information, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Mr. John Kelly, President and CEO, Clearford
Industries Inc., (613) 599-6474, ext. 307,

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