Palm Springs, Calif., extends and expands wastewater partnership with Veolia Water North America
07/13/06 • Water
HOUSTON, July 13, 2006 - The city council in Palm Springs, Calif., has unanimously approved a seven-year contract extension and scope expansion with Veolia Water North America - West (Veolia Water) to continue managing the city's wastewater system. The expansion incorporates several new green and asset management initiatives that include:
- Responsibility for the development, implementation and long-term operation of programs to ensure compliance with the State of California's tough new sewer systems regulations.
- A "get off the grid" initiative to make the wastewater facility independent of the electrical grid by implementing alternative energy programs.
- Establishment and annual maintenance of a community garden adjacent to the wastewater facility.
- An annual incentive program for Palm Springs residents and businesses to purchase and upgrade to low-flush toilets.
- Annual subsidies to assist businesses (primarily restaurants) in meeting the city's new grease trap requirements.
The city's wastewater system consists of a 10.9 million-gallon-per-day (MGD) secondary wastewater treatment facility, five lift stations, six percolation ponds, 225 miles of collection system pipelines and a biosolids disposal program.
"Since 1999, Veolia Water has yielded significant savings for Palm Springs residents by operating the plant more efficiently than ever, and they've become an integral part of the Palm Springs community," said Ron Oden, Mayor of Palm Springs. "The unanimous support for the renewal and expansion is a testament to the confidence Veolia Water has earned. We look forward to the implementation of several new programs designed to further protect our environment."
Palm Springs officials said Veolia Water's technical services and global expertise were key drivers for the renewed contract. Additionally, city council members praised Veolia Water for being a responsible corporate citizen and helping to strengthen the Palm Springs community - citing the support of youth environmental education programs and the donation of bullet-proof vests to the police department as examples.
"Managing community assets to the highest industry standard continues to be our core mission," said James Good, Veolia Water North America - West vice-president of municipal business development. "This overwhelming vote of confidence by Palm Springs city leaders reinforces our success in achieving this and providing great services."
Veolia Water North America is the leading provider of comprehensive water and wastewater services to municipal and industrial customers, providing services to approximately 15 million people in more than 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 Environment (NYSE:VE and Paris Bourse: VIE), the largest environmental services company in the world, with more than 270,000 employees in about 64 countries and annual revenues of $30 billion. Visit the company's Web site at www.veoliawaterna.com
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