Atlanta-Fulton County Water Resources Commission awards Veolia Water renewal for water treatment services

05/8/06  • Water
HOUSTON, May 8, 2006 - The Atlanta-Fulton County Water Resources Commission (AFCWRC) has tapped a Veolia Water North America - South joint venture to continue managing its 90-million gallon per day (MGD) water treatment system in Alpharetta, Ga., under an $18.5 million partnership agreement. The commission's decision extends the 15-year partnership for another five years with the option of two, two-year renewals.

Veolia Water, teamed with minority businesses Khafra Engineering Consultants and Multi Energy Group, will be responsible for the operations and management of the system that serves 350,000 in Atlanta and northern area of Fulton County. The system includes the 90-MGD conventional surface water treatment facility (being expanded to 135-MGD), 240-MGD raw water pumping station, on-site reservoirs with a 1-billion-gallon capacity, and two off-site water distribution surge suppression systems. The company will also be responsible for residuals handling and disposal.

"As General Manager for AFCWRC, we look forward to the continuing success of our well-established partnership with Veolia/Khafra for the operation and maintenance of the AFCWTP," said Kathey Crews.

The joint venture has received more than 50 water industry awards and generated more than $15 million in savings to date through process control efficiencies, maintenance programs and management of power and chemical costs. Under the new agreement, continued savings are expected as the Veolia Water team plans to implement enhanced energy management and enhance risk management programs, as well as integrate new technologies and other value-added services such as security assessments and an interface with the design and construction team on the commission's capital improvement programs.
"This partnership is unique in that we are teams - working as teams. Our team includes two sound minority business partners and the commission team is a cooperative effort between the county and the city," said Stu McKenzie, president, Veolia Water North America - South. "This partnership is also very successful, and our track record of operational excellence, safety and compliance will continue for the AFWRC," he added.

Veolia Water North America is the leading provider of comprehensive water and wastewater services to municipal and industrial customers, providing services to approximately 15 million people in more than 600 communities. The company is part of Veolia Water, the No. 1 water company in the world, serving more than 110 million customers. Veolia Water is the Water Division of Veolia Environment (NYSE:VE and Paris Bourse: VIE), the largest environmental services company in the world, with more than 310,000 employees in about 80 countries and annual revenues of more than $30 billion. Visit the company's web site at

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