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Arvin, Calif. expands Veolia Water’s wastewater partnership to sewer collection system.

10/30/08  • Water
ARVIN, Calif., Oct. 30, 2008 - The Arvin City Council unanimously approved a contract expansion with Veolia West Operating Services, Inc (Veolia Water), to implement a comprehensive Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP) that will be one of the most technically advanced underground asset management programs in Kern County. Veolia Water currently manages the city's municipal treatment facilities that can process 2 million gallons per day of wastewater. Along with wastewater treatment plant operations, Veolia Water also manages the city's environmentally beneficial biosolids program, high-quality effluent reuse program and expansion of the wastewater treatment facility.

Under the expanded contract, Veolia Water, in partnership with the city, will be responsible for ensuring Arvin is in compliance with California's SSMP requirement, intended to ensure underground sewer assets get the level of resources needed to minimize spills and back-ups. Implementation of the SSMP requirements will:
  • Improve the condition of collection system infrastructure to provide reliable service into the future.
  • Cost-effectively minimize infiltration/inflow and provide adequate sewer capacity to accommodate design storm water flows.
  • Minimize the number and impact of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) that occur.
 "Since 1998, Veolia Water has utilized its global expertise locally to efficiently operate and maintain the city's wastewater facilities to the highest industry standards, resulting in decreased use of potable water, substantial operational savings for our residents, and improved quality of life," said Alan Christensen, Arvin's city manager. "The SSMP program will increase the benefits already enjoyed by the community while pushing Arvin to the forefront of environmental stewardship and underground asset management efforts in the region and California."
Chuck Voltz, president, Veolia Water North America - West said, "The Arvin community has made a bold step forward to protect its quality of life and improve the region's environment by unanimously approving the implementation of the SSMP program. Arvin will serve as an example across California that local communities, no matter what size, can play a large role in protecting the environment. I commend the Arvin City Council and city officials for their leadership and vision. We are pleased to partner with the residents of Arvin to help accomplish their goals."

Veolia West Operating Services, Inc is a wholly owned subsidiary of Veolia Water North America Operating Services, LLC, the leading provider of comprehensive water and wastewater services to municipal and industrial customers, providing services to more than 15 million people in over 600 communities. The company is part of Veolia Water, the No. 1 water company in the world, serving more than 108 million customers. Veolia Water is the water division of Veolia Environnement (NYSE:VE) and (Paris Bourse:VIE), the world's largest environmental services company, providing tailored solutions in water management, waste management, energy management, and freight and passenger transportation. With more than 300,000 employees, Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of $48 billion for the 2007 fiscal year. Visit the company's Web sites at www.veoliaenvironnement.com and www.veoliawaterna.com.
 
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