Vivendi Water Sells Metcalf & Eddy to AeCOM

April 17, 2000

Andy Seidel, President and Chief Operating Officer of Vivendi Water North
America explained that the sale was consistent with his company's long-term
strategy of partnering with a variety of firms throughout the consulting
engineering community.

"Metcalf & Eddy is an outstanding firm with a long and proud history of
accomplishments in the field of water and wastewater design," Seidel said.
"Literally, they wrote the book on the subject."

Metcalf & Eddy first won national recognition early in the 1900s, when it
pioneered what would become "environmental engineering" through its water
and wastewater work. Today, the firm is widely diversified in solid and
hazardous waste management, remediation, environmental quality, pollution
prevention, air pollution control, institutional strengthening, water and
wastewater management.

"We are very pleased to have Metcalf & Eddy join the AeCOM family of
companies," said Richard Newman, Chairman of the Board of AeCOM. "Their
impeccable reputation in water and wastewater treatment fills out our plan
to have a firm in every line of infrastructure development. We are looking
forward to the opportunity to cross-market Metcalf & Eddy's capabilities to
all of AeCOM's offices in the U.S. and abroad."

AeCOM is the holding company for nine engineering and architectural firms
that participate in the transportation, environmental, public facilities and
commercial markets, worldwide. Total professional staff is about 13,000.
Vivendi Water is the leading global provider of commercial, industrial,
municipal and residential water and wastewater treatment systems, products
and services, with operations in over 100 countries.

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