HARRINGTON PARK, NJ - United Water, one of the leading providers of water and wastewater services in the nation, today signed an agreement with officials of Nassau County for a 20-year contract to operate, manage and maintain the county’s wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations and sewers. The system handles the sewage from 1.2 million people on Long Island and treats it for disposal into environmentally sensitive estuaries.
United Water, a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, the world’s largest pure environmental services company, will be responsible for the largest water-related public-private partnership to date in the United States with a value of more than $1.2 billion. In addition to hiring United Water as a management and operations expert, Nassau County will invest more than $830 million in the sewer system over the next several years. The County will make that investment with support from a grant it has secured from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to permanently fix damages wrought by Hurricane Sandy, which devastated much of the eastern coast in 2012, and harden resilience to future storms.
United Water will provide industry-leading technology and management expertise; improve the system’s operating efficiency and performance on environmental standards; clean discharges to meet New York State Environmental Protection Department standards; and eliminate odors from the Bay Park, Cedar Creek and the Glen Cove sewage treatment plants. United Water will also provide unprecedented transparency on its performance by posting operational data and live video feeds from facilities and outflow pipes on its web site – an industry first.
“As the largest Public-Private Partnership of its kind in the US, the Nassau project represents a milestone for our industry, and proves our ability to deliver our professional resource management services on a project of this scale. It also demonstrates another dimension to our flexibility and ability to create a bridge that connects our expertise to meet municipal needs throughout North America,” said Bertrand Camus, Chief Executive Officer of United Water and of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT North America.
“In municipalities across the country, our firm has been entrusted with one of the most important assets of any community: its water supplies and sanitary sewage systems. Every day we treat billions of gallons of water and we do it safely and effectively while bringing operational savings to the taxpayer. We intend to bring that record of performance to Nassau County, one of the most important suburban counties in the nation,” Mr. Camus said.
“This partnership was formed to dramatically improve the County’s ability to protect our environment and the health and well-being of our residents. Together with United Water, we will implement unprecedented advances in environmental protection, odor control, management efficiencies, plant aesthetics and public information. Furthermore, this effort permits a more effective and efficient management of the plants and sewage system following the Federal government’s significant investment in storm hardening of our infrastructure,” said Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano.
United Water will guarantee cost savings of more than $230 million throughout the contract’s duration. More than half the savings will come from operational efficiencies and other benefits to the county. These include reducing energy consumption, reducing chemical use, reducing sludge generation and disposal costs, and reinforced with industry-leading technology to control and manage the operations.
The partnership between United Water and Nassau County is supported by a broad range of community and environmental advocacy groups including Operation SPLASH, the Point Lookout Civic Association, the Nature Conservancy on Long Island, Concerned Citizens for the Environment, Sludge Stoppers Taskforce and the New York League of Conservation Voters.
About United Water
United Water is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to over 5.3 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 16 water and wastewater utilities, United Water operates 84 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements. Founded in 1869, United Water is a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.
About SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT
Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries deal with the challenge of protecting resources by providing innovative solutions to industry and to millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 92 million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 65 million people and collects the waste produced by 52 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 79,550 employees and, with its presence on five continents, is a world leader exclusively dedicated to water and waste management services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT generated total revenues of EUR 14.6 billion in 2013.