Clients

New London, Connecticut

The challenge

10-year, $59 million operations and management (O&M) contract represents one of the largest U.S. water and wastewater systems managed by a public-private partnership. City sees Veolia North America as its best choice to protect valuable water and wastewater assets efficiently and cost effectively.

The project challenges are:

  • In 2008 Veolia won a competitive bid process to provide the City of New London with operations and management (O&M) services for its water and wastewater systems.

  • Under the contract, the company will have total asset management responsibility for a 10-MGD activated sludge wastewater treatment plant, nine wastewater pump stations, an 80-mile collection system, a 9-MGD surface water filtration plant, finished water storage tanks a 240-mile distribution system and 2,500 acres of watershed management, including five reservoirs.

  • The company also is in charge of capital improvements, billing and revenue collection, underground asset management and sludge disposal.

The solution

Innovative solutions:

  • Create a seamless and professional transition plan that maximizes potential of staff.

  • Put strong focus on safety and compliance to protect city's investment in water and wastewater assets.

  • Ensure environmental integrity of Thames River and Long Island Sound.

  • Provide single management team to cover total asset and capital program for the water and wastewater systems.

  • Conduct asset management planning and reliability-centered maintenance to reduce life-cycle costs.

  • Implement an integrated information technology program that combines maintenance, operations and other information into a single repository.

  • ​Implement comprehensive underground asset management program that includes sewer main cleaning, video line inspection and pipe repair and maintenance.

Benefits for our clients

Results:

  • Developing a capacity management, operation and maintenance program to enhance environmental integrity.

  • Designed training programs to reward employees for achieving advanced certifications and professional development.

  • ​Earned full responsibility for development and implementation of hydraulic modeling software, Information Technology programs and underground asset management.