updated 6/12/2011 7:46:29 PM ET 2011-06-12T23:46:29

CLEVELAND, N.C., June 12, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mueller Systems, a leading provider of innovative water infrastructure products and services and technologically advanced metering systems for water, electric and gas systems, introduced Mi.Data™—its web-based portal that enables municipalities to strengthen relationships with consumers by providing a consolidated view of their water and electricity consumption online to help them better understand and manage usage behavior and enhance communication with their municipality. Mueller Systems is a subsidiary of Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA), a leading North American provider of water infrastructure products and services, and offers a full line of residential, fire line and commercial meters, automatic meter reading (AMR)/advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems and related products that optimize the delivery and use of water and energy.

Usage data that is collected and stored by Mi.Net™ Mueller Infrastructure Network for Utilities—Mueller Systems' advanced two-way AMI system—is graphically presented to consumers in a format that allows them to easily monitor their water and electricity consumption; set preferences to receive informational alerts on water bans, usage goals, budget thresholds and data anomalies, which may indicate potential household water leaks; and compare current usage to previous time periods (by day, week, or month).

By providing municipalities with an online communication channel that helps them strengthen relationships with consumers via detailed usage information and educational content, Mi.Data further enhances the Mi.Net System's robust wireless mesh platform, which offers improved demand response, asset management, conservation and other innovative advances for municipalities.

Municipalities can customize Mi.Data's homepage with their own branding, and they can include educational content on water and electricity conservation as well as responses to frequently asked billing questions. This information helps consumers to learn about the importance of conservation while providing extra support to customer service departments that can enable representatives to assist consumers in a more timely fashion.

"As municipalities and consumers are more aware of the need to conserve water and monitor usage, educating consumers on the importance of water conservation and how usage behavior can influence monthly utility bills will play an increasingly significant role in providing good customer service," said Hassan Ali, vice president and general manager of Mueller Systems. "The improved customer service, conservation and communication with consumers that Mi.Data provides is another way that Mueller Systems' continued innovation is helping municipalities to meet the demands of today's challenging environment."

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This press release contains certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements that address activities, events or developments that we intend, expect, plan, project, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and assessments made by us in light of our experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments. Actual results and the timing of events may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including regional, national or global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory conditions and the following:

  • the level of spending on water and wastewater infrastructure;
  • the demand level of manufacturing and construction activity;
  • our ability to service our debt obligations; and
  • the other factors that are described in the section entitled "RISK FACTORS" in Item 1A of our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements. We do not have any intention or obligation to update forward-looking statements after we file this press release, except as required by law.

About Mueller Systems

Mueller Systems offers a full line of residential, fire line and commercial meters, AMR / AMI systems and related products. Mueller Systems provides Smart Metering solutions to optimize the delivery and use of water and energy. Municipalities that supply electricity, water or gas – or any combination of the three services – need innovative ways to increase efficiencies, reduce costs, conserve energy and water, and improve customer service. The Mi.Net™ Mueller Infrastructure Network for Utilities from Mueller Systems meets that need. For more information about Mueller Systems, please visit the Company's website at www.muellersystems.com .

About Mueller Water Products

Mueller Water Products, Inc. manufactures and markets products and services that are used in the transmission and distribution of safe, clean drinking water and in water treatment facilities. Our broad product portfolio includes engineered valves, fire hydrants, pipe fittings, water meters and ductile iron pipe, which are used by municipalities, as well as the residential and non-residential construction industries. With latest 12 months net sales through March 31, 2011 of $1.3 billion, the Company is comprised of three operating segments: Mueller Co., U.S. Pipe and Anvil. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Company employs approximately 4,700 people. The Company's common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MWA. For more information about Mueller Water Products, Inc., please visit the Company's website at www.muellerwaterproducts.com .

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         Sr. Vice President - Strategy, Corporate Development &
         Media Contact: John Pensec
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