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Pentair Announces 8% Increase in Quarterly Cash Dividend

January 12, 2006

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn., Jan 12, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Directors of Pentair, Inc. (NYSE: PNR) recently approved an increase in the company's regular quarterly cash dividend of nearly eight percent, or one cent per share, effective with the quarterly dividend payable on February 10, 2006, to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 27, 2006. The new quarterly cash dividend rate -- $0.14 cents per share, compared to the previous rate of $0.13 per share -- represents Pentair's 30th consecutive annual dividend increase.

About Pentair, Inc.

Pentair ( ) is a diversified operating company headquartered in Minnesota. Its Water Group is a global leader in providing innovative products and systems used worldwide in the movement, treatment, storage and enjoyment of water. Pentair's Enclosures Group is a leader in the global enclosures market, designing and manufacturing standard, modified and custom enclosures that house and protect sensitive electronics and electrical components. With 2004 revenues from continuing operations of $2.28 billion, or $2.76 billion on a pro forma basis, Pentair has approximately 13,000 employees worldwide.

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Pentair Contacts:

Rachael Jarosh, Communications, +1-763-656-5280, ; or, Mark Cain, Investor Relations, +1-763-656-5278, , both of Pentair, Inc.