Ottawa, Ontario – (February 5, 2016) – Clearford Water Systems Inc. (“Clearford” or the “Company”), (TSX-V: CLI), and the Essel Group Pvt. Ltd. (Essel) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to forge a strategic partnership to bring Clearford’s proprietary all-in-one wastewater collection and treatment system (Clearford One™) to India. The MOU was signed on February 5th as part of Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne’s trade mission to India.
Essel is a leading Indian business conglomerate having diverse business presence across media, entertainment, packaging, infrastructure, education, precious metals and technology sectors. “Essel is now pursuing the next level of growth. We are committed to adopt and develop new technologies to provide a wider range of offerings to our infrastructure clients” said Pankaj Thapliyal, President Smart Utilities Division of Essel Group.
Speaking about the signing, Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne said: “Clearford is a great example of an Ontario company providing a technological solution that contributes to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Prime Minister Modi’s Clean India Mission”.
Premier Wynne is in Mumbai leading an Ontario business mission to India.
Under the terms of the two year non-exclusive agreement, Essel Infraprojects Ltd. and Clearford will work together to identify projects to joint bid Clearford’s system for use in India. This will include assisting Clearford in identifying a village for a demonstration site and obtaining all necessary permissions, registrations, clearances and approvals to install Clearford One™ in India.
“We are looking forward to working with Essel Infraprojects in addressing the challenges many communities face with waste water collection and treatment throughout India, we believe Clearford One™ will make a significant contribution to addressing these challenges” said Clearford’s President & CEO Kevin Loiselle, speaking from Mumbai. “We have already identified a series of projects in the state of Rajasthan totalling over 100 crore rupees (CAD$20 million) and expect to submit joint proposals in the near future”, continued Loiselle.
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About Clearford Water Systems Inc.
Clearford Water Systems Inc. (TSX-V: CLI) is a provider of unified water management and sanitation systems based on Clearford One™. Clearford One™ is a proprietary system comprised of ClearDigest™ smart digester, ClearConvey™ small bore sewer, and ClearRecover™ final treatment facility. For more information on Clearford Water Systems, please visit www.clearford.com.
About Essel Group Pvt. Ltd.
For over three decades, Essel Group has been a leading business conglomerate having diverse business presence across media, entertainment, packaging, infrastructure, education, precious metals and technology sectors. Essel has created an impressive track record of value creation in all their businesses that compares well with their respective industry peers. The companies strive to bring the latest innovations and the best value offerings to all consumers in a quest to deliver the best in class. With worldwide operations and a workforce of over 8000 employees, Essel Group is growing in strength day by day. Essel Infrastructure is engaged in construction of roads, power plants and urban infrastructure development and has built an impressive order book. For more information about Essel Group Pvt. Ltd, please visit www.esselgroup.com
Forward Looking Statements
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For more information contact:
Kevin Loiselle, President & CEO
Clearford Water Systems Inc.
Phone: (613) 599-6474 ext. 303