Fountain Quail Already Exceeding 2011 Treatment Targets for Flowback, Produced Water from Shale Gas Drilling in Pennsylvania

Water recycler meeting stringent new Pennsylvania IRRC regs, in partnership with Eureka Resources.

Fort Worth, TX, July 28, 2010 --( Fountain Quail Water Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aqua-Pure Ventures, Inc., of Calgary, Canada (TSXV: AQE), today announced that it is dramatically exceeding the stringent new treatment regulations mandated by the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) with its recycling of flowback and produced water in the Marcellus Shale. The rule, passed June 17, 2010, does not take effect until January 2011.

Over the past six years, Fountain Quail ( has developed and refined its state-of-the-art technology for recycling flowback and produced water in North Texas, in cooperation with Devon Energy. During that time, the company has recycled more than 500 million gallons of Devon’s wastewater in the Barnett Shale. The treated water, which would otherwise have been injected into disposal wells and permanently removed from the hydrological cycle, is instead re-used in Devon’s drilling operations in the Barnett.

In June 2010, Eureka Resources opened its expanded 60,000-square-foot water treatment facility in Williamsport, PA, in partnership with Fountain Quail. The operation now recycles up to 200,000 gallons of wastewater every day from customers that include Range Resources, XTO Energy and Chesapeake Energy. Additional capacity is being added later this summer.

Fountain Quail is recovering an average of 75-80 percent of pure distilled water from the Marcellus Shale wastewater it receives, with total dissolved solids (TDS) measuring well below 150 ppm, and only trace chlorides. The Pennsylvania IRRC’s new regulations mandate a maximum of 500 ppm TDS and 250 ppm chlorides in “end of pipe” discharges. Eureka is offering this clean, recycled water for industry re-use rather than disposal.

“Our recycling technology is achieving results that many people in the industry thought were impossible,” said Brent Halldorson, Fountain Quail’s chief operating officer. “Our evaporators are capable of producing pure distilled water, regardless of the feed composition. The only difference is in our recovery rates.”

Fountain Quail is averaging 80-85% recovery in the Barnett, 75% in the Marcellus, and targeting 95% in the Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas.

“Of course, all this would just be an interesting environmental story if we weren’t also cost-effective,” said Halldorson. “Fortunately, we’ve quickly established recycling as the low-cost option in the Marcellus. Our treatment process is much more cost-effective than transporting wastewater to Ohio for disposal, as many operators here have been forced to do until recently.”

In order to remain cost-competitive with the abundant and inexpensive disposal wells throughout Texas, Fountain Quail has invested heavily in creating the most efficient water treatment equipment and processes. The company’s NOMAD evaporator technology – originally developed and patented by parent company Aqua-Pure for use in heavy oilfield operations in Alberta -- is rugged, durable and easy to clean.

“We’ve operated on very thin margins in the Barnett, but that experience has prepared us well for our expansion into the Marcellus and Fayetteville Shales,” explains Halldorson. “Devon has been an outstanding partner with us for years, and we’re looking forward to forming similar, mutually rewarding alliances with companies like Eureka Resources for many years to come.”

Devon Energy was honored with the 2008 Chairman’s Stewardship Award by the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission for its water conservation initiatives in the Barnett Shale, in recognition of its recycling partnership with Fountain Quail.

Fountain Quail is the only company with a long-term operating permit from the Railroad Commission of Texas for recycling Barnett Shale wastewater. It has never had a single complaint or regulatory issue since it began operations in Texas in 2004. The company has also secured the first and only NPDES permit in Arkansas that allows discharge of treated Fayetteville Shale flowback and produced water into state waters. Fountain Quail is currently preparing to move three NOMAD evaporators to Arkansas.

“One of the things that distinguishes us from most of our competitors is that we’re oilfield people who moved into water management,” explains Halldorson. “We didn’t start in water recycling and then migrate into the oil and gas business. So we like to think we understand and relate better to our customers as a result.”

About Fountain Quail Water Management
Fountain Quail Water Management ( strives to provide low-cost, practical recycling alternatives for shale gas producers. The company is the global leader in recycling shale gas flowback and produced water into fresh water for re-use. Fountain Quail is wholly-owned by Aqua-Pure Ventures Inc. and is based in Fort Worth, Texas.

About Aqua-Pure Ventures Inc.
Aqua-Pure ( is a leading provider of municipal and oil and gas exploration and development wastewater services and technology solutions that ensure environmental sustainability through utilization of patented and proprietary technologies. The corporation’s common shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol "AQE."

About Eureka Resources
Eureka Resources, based in Williamsport PA, is a leading provider of Marcellus Shale wastewater treatment solutions. Eureka has pioneered shale gas flowback and produced water treatment in north central Pennsylvania and continues to grow and expand their operations.

This press release contains forward-looking information including but not limited to future development plans and anticipated operations. These statements are based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those anticipated. These risks include but are not limited to financing risks, risks arising from volatility in the oil and gas industry and ongoing operational risks.

Fountain Quail Water Management
Larry Jackson