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SANTA BARBARA STARTS TO RECEIVE FRESH WATER FROM THE SEA PRODUCED BY IONICS

 SANTA BARBARA STARTS TO RECEIVE FRESH WATER FROM THE SEA
 PRODUCED BY IONICS
 WATERTOWN, Mass., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Ionics, Incorporated (NYSE: ION) announced today that the city of Santa Barbara, Calif., has begun to take delivery of fresh water into its municipal water system from a new seawater desalting project built, owned, operated and maintained by Ionics. With a capacity of 7,500 acre feet per year (6.7 million gallons per day) of fresh water, the new facility is the nation's largest seawater desalting plant, and the first to serve a major mainland region. It will provide "drought-proofing" for 175,000 residents of Santa Barbara, Goleta and Montecito on California's south coast.
 Under a five-year contract entered into less than 18 months ago, the city may choose varying amounts of fresh water production, depending on its needs or direct that the plant be placed on short-term or long-term standby.
 As a result of recent rains, the area's reservoirs now have a several year supply of water, and the city has directed that the project be placed on long-term standby for at least a year following an initial 60-day water delivery period beginning yesterday. Ionics' revenues will range between $8.6 million and $14.2 million per year over the five-year contract period, depending on water usage.
 Commenting on the project, Arthur L. Goldstein, Ionics' chairman and chief executive officer said, "The city of Santa Barbara has demonstrated with this pioneering project that it is feasible and cost effective for coastal communities to 'drought-proof' their conventional rain-fed water systems by producing supplementary fresh water from the ocean during droughts. As Mayor Sheila Lodge of Santa Barbara has stated -- 'the sea will always be there for us.'"
 Ionics is a separations technology company involved worldwide in the manufacture and sale of membranes and related equipment for the purification of water, in the supply of purified water and water treatment chemicals, and in the sale of bottled water and home water purifiers.
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 /CONTACT: T.G. Papastavros or A.T. Coughlin of Ionics, 617-926-2500/
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