U.S. Virgin Islands

The challenge

Veolia North America’s 20-year partnership with the U.S. Virgin Islands treats the waste stream for some of the most pristine water in the world.
In 2004, Veolia was awarded the contract to design, construct and operate two new 4-million-gallon-per-day wastewater treatment facilities in the Virgin Islands. One facility, the Anguilla wastewater treatment plant, is located on St. Croix. The second facility, the St. Thomas Red Point wastewater treatment plant, is located on St. Thomas and the project includes the decommissioning of existing lagoons on that site.

The project challenges are:

  • The Virgin Islands is home to some of the most pristine water in the world, and a critical goal for Veolia was implementing the highest possible standards for these two projects.

  • Our objective was to keep area waters at their natural state by treating the waste stream using our proven technology and years of operating expertise.

Veolia’s solution

Impressive solutions:

  • Transition from lagoon system to wastewater treatment system to meet EPA standards.

  • 10-month design phase, followed by a 24-month construction phase with a goal of ensuring fast-track operations.


Surpassed goals:

  • In addition to the two new facilities, Veolia’s team of experts helped repair St. Croix's collection system and pump stations.

  • First ever design-build-operate contract awarded to a private-sector firm for the development of a comprehensive, long-term solution to the wastewater management needs of the St. Thomas and St. Croix islands.

  • Wastewater system at St. Croix is now at tertiary stage with reuse potential.