The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company purchases International Rights to the Sahara (R) Leak location system from WRC plc

    TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company (PPIC), a
leader in water pipe infrastructure inspection technologies, has announced
that it has purchased the international rights to the Sahara Leak Location
System. PPIC has been the exclusive licensee of the Sahara (R) system in North
American and select regions since 2003. The Water Research Centre (WRc plc)
developed the Sahara (R) system in response to the global need to reduce water
loss in large diameter pipelines. WRc will continue to offer Sahara services
in the UK and Ireland on an exclusive basis, with PPIC owning all rights
everywhere else in the world.
    PPIC uses a suite of patented technologies including Sahara (R) to
evaluate and pinpoint problems with the aging water infrastructures around the
world and is the recognized leader for inspection of strategic pressure pipes.
The Company's customers are water and wastewater utilities that are
responsible for managing an aging and expensive water infrastructure. PPIC
helps utilities to reduce significant water loss from previously unidentified
cracks and leaks and helps to prevent catastrophic pipeline failures.
    "By securing the global rights to this important technology PPIC is in a
better position to bring a full solution to all of our clients, no matter
where they are in the world", said Dr. Brian Mergelas, President and CEO of
The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company. "This technology is an important
component of our overall solution".
    "We are excited that PPIC plans to extend the global usage of this
technology", said Ron Chapman, CEO of WRc. "This is a good example of how
solutions developed at WRc to help UK water utilities can benefit other water
utilities around the world"

    About the Pressure Pipe Inspection Company (PPIC)

    PPIC is the recognized leader for condition assessment of strategic
pressurized water pipelines. The Company's customers are water and wastewater
utilities around the world that are responsible for managing an aging and
expensive water infrastructure. PPIC's uses patented technologies to evaluate
and pinpoint problems and prioritize rehabilitation budgets in order to reduce
water losses, avoid catastrophic pipeline failures, defer capital expenditures
and meet regulations. PPIC has recently closed of its first venture capital
financing in the Company's eleven year history with Emerald Technology
Ventures, a global leader in cleantech venture capital.

    About Water Research Centre (WRc)

    WRc is an innovative, research-based group, providing consultancy in the
water, waste and environment sectors. It has over 200 staff with skills in
engineering, science, environmental, social and financial fields and with an
expertise built from 80 years of national and international work. WRc assists
governments and regulatory bodies in creating soundly based regulation. It
also helps organizations impacted by regulation (particularly water utilities,
their suppliers, local authorities, and waste operators) to optimize
operational efficiency and minimise risk. WRc has a strong research and
development base and a proven track record of delivering quality-assured,
innovative and technologically robust projects around the world.

For further information:

For further information: The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company Ltd, Brian
Mergelas, PhD, President & CEO, 4700 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, Ontario, L4W 2R1,
Canada, Tel (905) 624-1040, Fax (905) 624-4777,; WRc plc,
Ron Chapman, CEO, Frankland Road, Blagrove, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 8YF,
United Kingdom, Tel: +44 (0) 1793 865000, Fax: +44 (0) 1793 865001,

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