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National Water & Power Creates Task Force to Provide Property Owners with Assistance Meeting New Texas Water Billing Regulations.

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SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 1, 2002

New Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Regulations Create

Opportunity For Property Owners Who Implement Water Billing Programs

Prior to Year-End

As Texas property owners strive to comply with new Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) regulations taking effect Jan. 1, 2003, utility billing and customer care services provider, National Water & Power today announced a special Texas compliance task force to guide owners through the compliance process.

With the largest in-house legal department of any billing provider in the industry, National Water & Power is uniquely qualified to assist property owners as they near the end-of-the-year deadline.

Effective in August, the new regulations regarding billing tenants for water usage at multi-family properties are designed to promote water conservation across the state. According to a National Apartment Association and National Multi Housing Council study, residents who pay for their water consume 6 to 39 percent less water than those whose water costs are included in their rent. And according to the TCEQ, 2003 water reserves in the middle and lower Rio Grande are at the lowest level on record.

Property owners who install billing programs before year-end will avoid the expenditures for property enhancements that will become mandatory January 1.

Specifically, property owners who implement tenant billing programs before January 1, 2003 will avoid having to:
-- Replace or install new faucets, aerators, and showerheads, to satisfy stricter standards.

-- Perform leak audits of all affected apartments and common areas, and repair all discovered leaks.

-- Remove all toilets exceeding 3.5 gallons per flush and replace them with 1.6-gallon toilets within one year.


Each of the above will become a requirement for billing programs launched after January 1, 2003.

As the industry leader in utility billing regulatory compliance issues, National Water & Power's Texas Compliance Task Force will participate in the following association functions and be able to answer questions regarding regulations, options, implementation methods, and costs.

-- Austin Apartment Association Education Conference & Trade Show

October 30, 2002 (Booth #336)

-- Tarrant County Apartment Association Trade Show November 12,

2002 (Booth #207)

About National Water & Power

National Water & Power is a privately held company headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif. National Water & Power provides a broad range of billing and customer care solutions to both the real estate and utility industries. National Water & Power's billing and sub-metering operations service more than a half million apartment units in 39 states for some of the country's largest public and private property owners. Open-c Solutions, is a wholly owned subsidiary of National Water & Power, and is located in Minneapolis. Open-c Solutions develops and implements customer information systems (CIS) software for major utilities, services providers and billing service bureaus.

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