City of Leominster, Veolia Water North America Win Award for City’s Water Infrastructure

12/9/11  • Water

Partnership saved millions of taxpayer dollars; completed six months early

LEOMINSTER, Mass., Dec. 9, 2011 - The City of Leominster and Veolia Water North America, the world leader in water and wastewater services, have received a design-build recognition award from the Design-Build Institute of America, New England Region (DBIA).

Design-build, a term used by those in the construction industry, refers to projects which contract construction and design to a single entity. Leominster's partnership with Veolia Water was recognized for its use of the design-build project delivery system in the construction of the city's water filtration plant.

This 2.0 million gallon per day (mgd) water filtration plant was put online in 2011, six months ahead of schedule. It was completed significantly under budget, saving Leominster taxpayers more than $3.3 million since inception. Further, the partnership took special care to format the design of the plant to fit in with the residential community, including building architecture and landscaping that blends in with the community.

"We often hear bad news these days - well, here's some good news: This Leominster city project is under budget and completed early," said Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarrella. "We have a sound water system for years to come, thanks to the hard work of Veolia Water and the staff and administration of the city's water facility."

Leominster's facilities have been operated as a partnership between the city and Veolia Water North America since 1983, making it one of the oldest partnerships in the nation. Working together, the partnership saves taxpayers more than $300,000 annually due to operations and maintenance efficiencies. They recently marked 25 years without a lost time accident, a safety milestone that few North American municipal water facilities have achieved, ranking the facility as one of the safest in New England.

"The Leominster design-build project is a great accomplishment for the City," said Keavin Nelson, president, Veolia Water North America-Eastern region. "In these difficult economic times, I can tell you that the Veolia Water staff is thrilled to be able to help Leominster taxpayers save money on top-notch water infrastructure, and look forward to many more successful years of environmental partnership with the City."

The award was formally presented to Pat LaPointe, Director, Department of Public Works and Roger Brooks, Business Manager - Water & Sewer, Department of Public Works, at the DBIA Awards ceremony in Framingham, Mass. on Wednesday.

Founded in 1993, and headquartered in Washington, D.C., DBIA is the only membership organization bringing together thousands of organizations and individuals representing architects, engineers, public and private owners, general and specialty contractors, manufacturers and suppliers, students, college and university faculty, legal and finance professionals and many more. DBIA is the design and construction industry's hub - the only organization that makes whole the industry's many parts.

Based in Chicago, Veolia Water North America is the leading provider of comprehensive water and wastewater partnership services to municipal and industrial customers, providing services in approximately 600 North American communities. The company is part of the Veolia Environnement companies in North America, with 30,000 North American employees providing sustainable environmental solutions in water management, waste services, energy management, and passenger transportation.

Veolia Water, the water division of Veolia Environnement, is the world leader in water and wastewater services and technological solutions. Its parent company, Veolia Environnement (NYSE: VE and Paris Euronext: VIE), is the worldwide reference in environmental services. With more than 315,000 employees, Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of $46 billion in 2010. Visit the company's websites and

Matt Demo
Veolia North America