Water Industry News
City of Fall River, Mass., Awards Long-term Contract for Wastewater
Treatment Services to Veolia
Contract Renews 10-Year
HOUSTON, July 29, 2004 -- The City of
Fall River, Mass., and Veolia Water North America (Veolia Water) have
renewed their 10-year partnership for wastewater services.
Through a competitive bid, Fall River selected Veolia Water to continue
providing operations and management services for its 30.9 million gallon
per day wastewater treatment facility, 14 pump stations, and 179 mile
The five-year contract, with an option for a five-year extension, is
valued at approximately $39 million.
Fall River Mayor Edward Lambert commended Veolia Water on its
operational excellence and value-added proposal. "Our partnership
with Veolia Water began a decade ago when our system was troubled by
odor complaints and compliance. Today, we receive national recognition
for our excellent compliance record. Veolia Water understands and is
focused on helping us achieve our top priorities -- odor and noise
control, environmental compliance, facility maintenance and savings. We
are excited to continue this partnership," said Lambert.
The Fall River Regional Wastewater Facility services approximately
100,000 residents from Fall River along with several outlying
communities and businesses and employs a staff of 50. "Over the
past ten years, we have achieved many awards for environmental
compliance and safety, but the award that best characterizes our
performance is this 10-year extension from our client. Each day, about
25 million gallons of water is released from the City of Fall River's
wastewater treatment facility into Mount Hope Bay -- which is a pretty
awesome responsibility. We look forward to continuing to protect Fall
River's precious resources for many years to come," said
Christopher Hodgkins, northeast business center vice president, Veolia
Water North America.
As part of its proposal to the city, Veolia Water will apply
state-of-the-art project management techniques and industry-leading
operations, maintenance and repair technologies to ensure 100 percent
compliance, assist with the new three mile deep rock combined sewer
overflow tunnel upon completion in December 2004 and continue to provide
access to a backup sludge disposal plan.
Veolia Water, formerly known as USFilter Operating Services, provides
services to approximately 600 communities across North America,
including some 15 in Massachusetts. In the last month, the company has
secured five contract renewals across the country and was most recently
selected to enter into contract negations with the town of Lee, Mass.,
for the operations of its water and wastewater systems.