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Cle Elum, Washington

The challenge

Veolia North America’s approach to wastewater facility saves community millions and meets growing population demands.

The project challenges are:

  • Resort developer Suncadia, Inc. entered into a design and build contract in 2005 with Veolia for a new wastewater treatment plant.
  • Under a separate competitive procurement, Veolia also submitted the winning bid for maintaining and managing Cle Elum's existing facility during construction. 
  • The new 3.6-MGD Jet-Tech Sequencing batch reactor wastewater treatment facility was essential to the resort's success and to the growth of Cle Elum, South Cle Elum and Roslyn.

Veolia’s solution

Innovative solutions:

  • Conduct facility startup and acceptance testing to ensure that plant performed as designed and to client expectations.
  • Transition the new facility to the city.
  • Decommission existing facility.
  • Train operations and maintenance staff and develop O&M manuals.
  • Provide regulatory agency interface.
  • Conduct facility landscaping and beautification.


Surpassed goals:

  • Saved client more than $3 million over the initial design by eliminating planned sludge processing equipment and using existing lagoons for sludge storage and digestion.
  • Retained all existing staff.
  • Maintained full regulatory compliance throughout construction.
  • Acceptance of new facility occurred ahead of schedule.
  • Recipient of the Division E Safety Award from the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association.
  • Presented with the Outstanding Performance Award by the Washington State Department of Ecology multiple times.
  • ​Regional Operational Excellence Small Municipal Project Award (2011) from Veolia Water North America.