Emerson Wins Contract to Install Digital Automation Architecture at New Croton Water Filtration Plant


Emerson's PlantWeb® digital plant architecture with Ovation® expert control system will automate 290 MGD, underground plant supplying water to New York City

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 26, 2007) - Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson, announced today that it has received a contract to install PlantWeb® digital automation architecture with the Ovation® expert control system at the Croton Water Filtration Plant, which is under construction in New York City's Bronx borough. The contract was awarded by the project's general contractor, Skanska/Tully, a joint venture of Skanska USA Civil NE and Tully Construction.

When completed in 2012, the Croton Plant, which is the first water treatment plant located within New York City's five boroughs, will filter up to 290 million gallons of water per day from the Croton water system, which consists of 12 reservoirs and three controlled lakes located in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties. Croton is one of New York City's three reservoir systems, typically providing 10 percent of the city's water, although that can increase to 30 percent in times of drought. Water from the Croton system is primarily used in low-lying areas of the Bronx and Manhattan. The new four-story plant, which is unique in that it is being built underground, is needed to meet the public water supply and health needs of New York City, and comply with current and future water quality regulations. It will be operated by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

"By filtering water from the Croton water system, this new plant will help provide safe drinking water for the residents of New York City," said Mitch Goldstein, senior electrical project manager, I&C coordinator, Skanska USA Civil NE. "For this important project we selected Emerson based on their proven automation and control technology, coupled with their significant experience with major water treatment projects like Croton."

"A number of cities, including Detroit, San Diego and Washington, D.C., rely on Emerson's automation and control solutions to help them ensure cleaner, safer water supplies and reduce environmental hazards," said Bob Yeager, president of Emerson's Power & Water Solutions division. "We're delighted to now be able to count New York City among the municipalities that have selected Emerson to be a vital part of the ongoing operation of their water treatment facilities."

Emerson's Ovation expert control system, which is part of Emerson's PlantWeb digital automation solution, will monitor and control approximately 15,000 I/O points related to the new plant's operations, including chemical feed systems, backwash systems and balance-of-plant processes. Emerson will provide four redundant Ovation controllers, 12 workstations, four operator interface terminals, AMS(TM) Suite, and Emerson smart devices, including Rosemount magnetic flowmeters, pressure and temperature transmitters, and chlorine analyzers. Emerson will also be responsible for supplying computers, as well as network design and installation, for the administrative offices that are a part of the underground complex. The contract also includes a three-year hardware maintenance agreement.

About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management (www.emersonprocess.com), an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the power, water and wastewater treatment, chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, food and beverage, life sciences, and other industries.

Emerson's Power & Water Solutions division (www.emersonprocess-powerwater.com) is a global supplier of advanced distributed process control and information systems. The Pittsburgh-based company is a recognized leader in developing plant-wide process control solutions for the power generation, water treatment and wastewater treatment industries. Power & Water Solutions plays a key role in the Emerson mission of combining superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Emerson brands include PlantWeb®, Ovation®; SmartProcess®; Fisher®; Micro Motion®; Rosemount®; Mobrey®, Daniel®, Bristol®, DeltaV(TM); and AMS(TM) Suite.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2006 were $20.1 billion. For more information, visit www.GoToEmerson.com.

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