Boonville, Indiana

The challenge

O&M/Public Works contract with Veolia North America results in improved drinking water and environmental compliance.

The project challenges are:

  • A failing water and wastewater infrastructure required Boonville to purchase 18 million gallons of treated water annually from a neighboring community at a cost of $150,000 per year.

  • And a Consent Decree placed on the city's wastewater treatment plant prevented growth.

  • Enter Veolia, which entered into a comprehensive operate/maintain/manage contract (O&M) that currently encompasses the city's water facilities (2.16-MGD plant, four water wells, 100-mile distribution system, two pump stations and four water storage tanks), and wastewater facilities (2.9-MGD activated sludge treatment plant, 15 lift stations, 90-mile collection system, sludge disposal and combined-sewer overflow (CSO) management system).

  • In addition, Veolia assumed responsibility for collection system rehabilitation, customer service, Public Works Department and fleet maintenance.

The solution

Innovative solutions:

  • Implement an aggressive maintenance schedule.

  • Eliminate odor and taste problems through flushing and removing iron deposits from inside raw transmission main.

  • Replace numerous antiquated and failing water lines to mitigate water-loss issue.

  • Help the city implement a new ordinance that offers homeowners free inspection of laterals to locate illegal taps into the collection system.

  • Assisting city with the design of a new, state-of-the-art 2.9-MGD water treatment facility that should meet community demands for years to come.

Benefits for our clients


  • Contract extended after only two years of O&M and scope expanded to include Public Works Department management.

  • Accumulated total savings of $2 million.

  • Eliminated odor complaints.

  • Achieved 100% environmental compliance which allowed lifting of Consent Decree.

  • Maintained outstanding compliance through construction of new wastewater treatment plant.