Severn Trent Services Awarded Two Five-Year Contracts
by Florida Governmental Utility Authority
Fort Washington, Pa. - Oct. 13, 2003 -Severn Trent Services announced that it has been
awarded two (2) five-year contracts (including options) to operate newly acquired utility
systems in Citrus County and Lee County, Florida. Awarded by the Florida
Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA), a governmental agency that owns and operates water
and wastewater utilities in five (5) Florida counties, the contracts are scheduled to
begin on December 5, 2003 upon closure of the acquisitions by the FGUA. The
approximate value of the contracts is $4 million per year.
According to contract terms, Severn Trent will operate and maintain each county's water
supply, wastewater collection, treatment and disposal systems; provide treatment and
distribution services; and offer full customer service from meter reading through utility
The Citrus County system includes eleven (11) water and five (5) wastewater treatment
systems serving approximately 8,000 water and 4,000 wastewater customers. The Lehigh
Acres system in Lee County serves 9,000 water and 7,300 wastewater customers.
Facilities include a 3.0 MGD lime softening water treatment plant and a 2.5 MGD
activated sludge wastewater treatment plant.
The FGUA selected Severn Trent Services based on the company's "ability to respond in
an extremely short timeframe and its history of customer service with competitive
pricing," according to Edward Goscicki, President, Severn Trent-Avatar Utility
Services, LLC (ST-AUS). Contracts were negotiated in ten (10) days to meet the
FGUA's compressed timeframe for closure on the acquisitions.