Partnership in New Orleans Protects Waterways

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In one of the largest wastewater O&M partnerships in the country, Veolia has supported New Orleans since 1992, helping to advance the city’s long-term resiliency goals.  With nearly 50 percent of the city at or below sea level, this Gulf coast community is extremely vulnerable to flooding  – a condition made startlingly clear in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina submerged 80 percent of the city under water.   

Although maintaining wastewater infrastructure below sea level is a feat in and of itself, extreme flooding can create additional challenges and ecological risks to local waterways.  Fortunately, with the help of its operations partner, New Orleans was able to restore primary and secondary wastewater treatment services within 60 days following Hurricane Katrina, while eliminating any potential environmental impacts.  

In recognition of Hurricane Katrina’s 10-year anniversary in 2015, the City of New Orleans launched its first-ever comprehensive resiliency strategy in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation  – a roadmap that Veolia is helping the city to implement.  In the last quarter-century since beginning this partnership, Veolia and the city have been recognized with numerous awards, generated more than $35 million in savings and completed millions in infrastructure upgrades to prevent destructive flooding, improve resiliency and protect environmental health.  
   

“This partnership has continuously saved taxpayers money and delivered high environmental compliance” (2012 U.S. Conference of Mayors). – New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

   

FEATURED PROJECTS

  • New Orleans, Louisiana - Long-term operations partnership represents one of the largest wastewater treatment operations contract in the United States. Download the tour brochure or visit the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans to learn more.
  • Bastrop, Louisiana - Long-term operations partnership facilitates startup of newly upgraded wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Kenner, Louisiana - Veolia North America proves trusted partner when community is struck by Hurricane Katrina.
  • A partner to industry - Recovering valuable byproducts and recycling materials that would otherwise be discarded as wastes, while meeting ever-stringent environmental requirements, is critical for economic sustainability.

IN THE NEWS

  • Committed to Protecting our Waterways: NACWA Recognizes Veolia and Three Municipal Partners for Superior Environmental Compliance
  • ​“Our relationship has produced a stellar record for clean water quality while saving tens of millions of dollars for ratepayers. Veolia has done much to make the Sewerage and Water Board a strong environmental partner to the residents of New Orleans and produce meaningful results for our community. We look forward to building on our record of success while working together to provide additional opportunities to the region’s economically disadvantaged communities.” -Executive Director Cedric S. Grant
  • Navigating through Crisis – With Hurricane Katrina approaching, Veolia employees at New Orleans’ East Bank Wastewater Treatment Plant spent several days in late August 2005 implementing the company’s hurricane preparedness program. Following the storm and historic flooding, teamwork helped get the plant back online and functioning in record time.
  • A first-ever resiliency strategy for New Orleans – As a long-term partner to New Orleans, Veolia proudly supported and helped define the “Resilient New Orleans” roadmap.
  • Ready for Next Time – The Military Engineer, January 2016. While the East Bank Wastewater Treatment Plant in New Orleans bears little evidence of the damage left behind by Hurricane Katrina. Long-term planning and recovery to increase the facility’s functionality and dependability continues to this day.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • New Orleans' West Bank Facility won the 2011 Infrastructure Award from the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) for achieving five years of compliance without a single violation.
  • The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and Veolia received a 2011 Infrastructure Award from the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP), recognizing the success this partnership has achieved in operating and maintaining the region's infrastructure.
  • "The partnership represents one of the largest wastewater treatment operations under contract in the U.S. and is notable for its compliance, its success and for the way the city and Veolia Water have worked together to deal with overwhelming environmental issues."U.S. Conference of Mayors
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    FEATURED PROJECTS

    • New Orleans, Louisiana - Long-term operations partnership represents one of the largest wastewater treatment operations contract in the United States. Download the tour brochure or visit the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans to learn more.
    • Bastrop, Louisiana - Long-term operations partnership facilitates startup of newly upgraded wastewater treatment facilities.
    • Kenner, Louisiana - Veolia North America proves trusted partner when community is struck by Hurricane Katrina.
    • A partner to industry - Recovering valuable byproducts and recycling materials that would otherwise be discarded as wastes, while meeting ever-stringent environmental requirements, is critical for economic sustainability.
  • In the News

    IN THE NEWS

    • Committed to Protecting our Waterways: NACWA Recognizes Veolia and Three Municipal Partners for Superior Environmental Compliance
    • ​“Our relationship has produced a stellar record for clean water quality while saving tens of millions of dollars for ratepayers. Veolia has done much to make the Sewerage and Water Board a strong environmental partner to the residents of New Orleans and produce meaningful results for our community. We look forward to building on our record of success while working together to provide additional opportunities to the region’s economically disadvantaged communities.” -Executive Director Cedric S. Grant
    • Navigating through Crisis – With Hurricane Katrina approaching, Veolia employees at New Orleans’ East Bank Wastewater Treatment Plant spent several days in late August 2005 implementing the company’s hurricane preparedness program. Following the storm and historic flooding, teamwork helped get the plant back online and functioning in record time.
    • A first-ever resiliency strategy for New Orleans – As a long-term partner to New Orleans, Veolia proudly supported and helped define the “Resilient New Orleans” roadmap.
    • Ready for Next Time – The Military Engineer, January 2016. While the East Bank Wastewater Treatment Plant in New Orleans bears little evidence of the damage left behind by Hurricane Katrina. Long-term planning and recovery to increase the facility’s functionality and dependability continues to this day.
  • Awards & Recognition

    AWARDS & RECOGNITION

    • New Orleans' West Bank Facility won the 2011 Infrastructure Award from the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) for achieving five years of compliance without a single violation.
    • The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and Veolia received a 2011 Infrastructure Award from the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP), recognizing the success this partnership has achieved in operating and maintaining the region's infrastructure.
    • "The partnership represents one of the largest wastewater treatment operations under contract in the U.S. and is notable for its compliance, its success and for the way the city and Veolia Water have worked together to deal with overwhelming environmental issues."U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • Videos
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