Kenner, Louisiana

The challenge

Veolia North America proves trusted partner when community is struck by Hurricane Katrina.

The project challenges are:

  • In 1995, the City of Kenner engaged Veolia in a public-private partnership to address compliance and odor issues related to its wastewater operations.

  • Facilities consist of an 8.25-MGD activated sludge wastewater treatment plant, 5-MGD activated sludge plant, 74 lift stations and a 391-mile collection system.

  • We also are responsible for collection system rehabilitation, industrial pretreatment program and land application of biosolids.

  • In addition, Veolia assisted the city in addressing immediate and long-term impacts when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.

The solution

Innovative solutions:

  • Immediately address compliance issues related to plant operations.

  • Bring advanced technology to bear on the problems.

  • Implement an aggressive maintenance program and comprehensive odor control plan.

Benefits for our clients


  • Resolved historical odor problems in the collection system by feeding ferric sulphate.

  • Installed a geographic information system, the first of its type for a wastewater facility in the United States.

  • Produced a confined-space training video featuring Kenner staff.

  • Made $1 million contribution (by Veolia Environment, parent company) to meet the needs of those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

  • Launched numerous initiatives to bring aid to affected communities monetarily and through human capital.

  • Received Environmental Award from the Louisiana Conference on Water, Wastewater and Industrial Waste.

  • Brought recognition to Kenner through leadership in State of Louisiana water and wastewater industry conference.