AGANA, GUAM, July 8, 1998 – The Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) and Earth Tech, a global provider of engineering and environmental technology, today broke ground on an $8-million build-operate-transfer water supply project that will provide over 3 million gallons a day of drinking water to the island.

Earth Tech’s Total Water Management Division is providing complete design/build/finance/operate services for the water supply project which will include the development and operation of 10 to 12 water wells, production of potable water, and conveyance to GWA distribution facilities. The company has a 20-year contract to provide operational services for the water supply project.

"Our ability to provide the total package of design/build/finance/operate services enables us to help our clients achieve the benefits of private operation of their water facilities," said Diane C. Creel, CEO and president of Earth Tech. "This water supply project will bring private sector technical expertise and private U.S. investment, augmenting GWA’s effort to provide a safe and reliable drinking water supply to the residents of the island."

The water supply development project will provide economic development benefits to the residents of Guam in the form of local construction and operational services jobs as well as enable the GWA to increase production of a reliable water supply to meet the island’s needs due to population and growth in its tourism industry.

The development of water wells and distribution facilities will create 45 local construction jobs and pump $8 million of U.S. capital into Guam’s economy.

Earth Tech and its predecessor companies have had nearly a 25-year history with Guam and the development of its water supply system and other infrastructure. The company’s long term relationship in providing technical expertise to the island is now greatly enhanced with the ability to provide a significant financial commitment to invest in Guam’s future growth.

"Earth Tech’s long-term partnership with the GWA represents both financial and performance commitments to design, build and operate its water supply facilities," Creel said. "This type of partnership provides clients with the best resources for project implementation and efficient operations."

Earth Tech is an international provider of total water management, infrastructure, engineering and construction, and environmental services and remediation to municipal, federal and industrial clients. It is a national expert in contract operations for managing municipal water and wastewater treatment plants and provides financing for design/build/finance/operate projects for municipal public works and private industry. Founded in 1970, Earth Tech employs more than 4000 staff in 60 offices worldwide.