Water Industry News

Killingly signs 10-year deal with United Water

July 30, 2005
Norwich Bulletin

KILLINGLY-- The United Water Co. will manage Killingly's water pollution control facilities for the next decade.

Town Manager Bruce Benway and water company officials formally signed the 10-year contract approved last month by the Town Council, continuing the company's oversight of the town's treatment plant and sewage disposal facilities. The signing took place during a brief ceremony Friday at the treatment plant office.

United Water has operated the treatment plant for eight years after the Town Council voted to privatize operation of the facility. It has already made a number of improvements at the treatment plant.

The new contract will cost the town $1.99 million for the first year, with the cost for the remaining nine years based on government inflation index figures.

The company, as part of the new contract, plans to spend an additional $1.5 million to make additional improvements, J. C. Goldman Jr., president and chief operating officer for United Water's contract services, said.

"That we have a commitment to Killingly for the next 10 years creates stability for our employees and will allow us to continue to make improvements to the treatment plant," Goldman said.

Those improvements include upgrading the dewatering equipment, which separates the effluent being treated, installing new instruments that will improve the automation of the treatment plant and adding equipment to better purify the water discharged from the treatment plant into the Quinebaug River, according to Bill Solomon, plant manager.

Goldman said United Water is also working with the town on long-term plans for equipment replacement and potential expansion of the treatment facilities.

Town Engineer Bruce Chimento said the company's decision to use its own funds for improvements was unique among the proposals the town received for operating the sewer system.

"We investigated some of the company's other municipal operations, in cities such as Boise, Idaho, Indianapolis and Durham, N.C., and they are very highly regarded in those cities," Chimento said.