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Pittsburgh chooses Severn Trent's EcloxT Rapid Response Water Test System to Comply With New Emergency Guidelines

Fort Washington, Pa. - October 23, 2003 - The Pittsburgh (Pa.) Water and Sewer Authority, which serves the needs of 250,000 households and businesses in Western Pennsylvania, selected the EcloxT Rapid Response Water Test System from Severn Trent Services. The system is designed to detect a broad spectrum of chemical and organic contaminants that may be present in the community water system, ensuring the safety of the Authority's water while  helping it meet the requirements of the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act. 

In recent years, the need to rapidly monitor the quality of source and finished waters for contamination has been brought to the forefront of national security.  Strict criteria for emergency response plans have been developed under the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act.  The act requires that community water systems serving populations greater than 3,300 people conduct vulnerability assessments, certify completion of the assessments, and provide written reports to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

The Eclox Rapid Response Water Test System is heavily used by military forces around the world to quickly check for unpolluted sources of potable water. Because of its ability to detect contaminants ranging from human waste to phenols, amines, heavy metals, cyanide, chlorine, nerve and mustard gas, pesticides, and many others, it is also an ideal solution for meeting emergency response plan criteria.

"We chose the Eclox System because it's faster, more sophisticated, and easier to use than other available solutions," said Stan States, water quality manager for the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.  "It has successfully confirmed the quality of water for military personnel around the world, and we've found that it's the ideal solution for our community application as well.  And because the kits are so portable, and provide accurate test results so quickly, we can confidently use them throughout our entire operation."

Weighing less than 20 lbs., the Eclox Rapid Response Water Test System is easily carried by hand, and is shock-proof and robust.  The kit can be stored for up to two years at a wide range of atmospheric conditions and temperatures. 

The Eclox system features a luminometer, which uses a chemiluminescence process to test an enzyme that reacts to the presence of toxins by the amount of light emitted by that enzyme.  The system's software then rapidly equates the enzyme's luminosity to the amount of toxin present in the sample.

The pesticide/nerve agent test contained in the Eclox kit meets the .02 mg/l requirement for short-term consumption according to NATO Minimum Requirements for Water Potability, for short-term (7-day) and long term consumption of water.