American Water to take control of
DOD Oklahoma facility

American Water Services said Tuesday it has been awarded a 50-year contract worth roughly $179 million to run and maintain the water and wastewater treatment facilities and distribution systems at Fort Sill, OK.

The Voorhees, N.J.-based company said the contract, which transfers ownership of the system to it, is part of the Defense Department Privatization Initiative. That is intended to give the government safe, technologically current and environmentally sound utility systems for less than it would spend if it continued to own, run and maintain the systems itself.

AWS' responsibilities under the contract include system capital investment, regulatory and environmental compliance, planning, asset recapitalization, and long-term operations and maintenance.

AWS is part of the water division of RWE AG, a giant German utility holding company. Fort Sill is a U.S. Army facility used for field artillery training.