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Storm Drain Filter System Successfully Installed in Norwalk, Connecticut

AbTech Industries Inc, the leading provider of customized clean water solutions, announced today the successful installation of over 275 Ultra Urban® Filters (UUF) with Smart Sponge® Plus in storm drains in the targeted drainage area of Norwalk, Connecticut. The first round of field test results just released reveal a high level of success with the Smart Sponge® Plus - an innovative technology used to prevent bacteria and pollutants from emptying into the local waterways that lead to the Long Island Sound. In the initial phase of testing, the Smart Sponge® Plus filters successfully destroyed a very high percentage of bacteria, including E. coli and other fecal coliform, with an average removal rate of over 75 percent and a maximum up to 99.9 percent.

This stormwater management improvement project, dubbed the Filter Project, is a collective effort of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, who secured the funding to tackle the city’s water pollution crisis through a federal EPA grant, the City of Norwalk, and the Soundkeeper. The Filter Project employs AbTech Industries’ pioneering technology to combat health-threatening bacteria, oil, grease, trash and debris that threaten the quality of drinking water supplies, shell-fishing waters, and bathing beaches in the Sound.

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