Cranston, R.I. and Veolia Recognized for Keeping Employees and the Environment Safe


Partnership recognized for culture of safety, protecting local waterways 

The City of Cranston and Veolia, the global leader in optimized resource management, today received three awards from the Rhode Island Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association (NWPCA) recognizing commitment to environmental health and employee safety. At a ceremony on April 30th held by the NWPCA, the partnership received the “Most Efficient Large Advanced Treatment Facility Award,” the “A. Joseph Mattera Award” for outstanding commitment to safety and the “Collections System Operator of the Year Award,” presented to John Ayotte, underground asset manager/collections engineer in Cranston.
“These awards represent significant accomplishments by our Cranston colleagues in helping to protect the community’s water, while safely operating its treatment facilities and systems,” said VP Operations Dan Gorka of Veolia North America's Municipal and Commercial Business.  “People like John Ayotte and cities like Cranston understand the importance of environmental and employee safety and work tirelessly to protect both.”
Veolia North America has operated, maintained and managed Cranston’s wastewater system since 1989 in a public-private partnership with the city. This includes treating 20.2 million gallons per day of wastewater, implementing an industry-leading underground asset management program and maintaining the city’s 250-mile collection system. These efforts prevent untreated sewage from overflowing into nearby waterways and harming the environment. Together, Veolia North America and the City of Cranston have managed and completed over $40 million in capital programs and reduced plant aeration costs by 20 percent through energy-saving innovations.
“These three awards acknowledge the hard work and commitment put in every day by the employees in Cranston,” said, Director of Public Works Kenneth R. Mason. “With the support of our O&M partner, the City of Cranston has implemented several improvements in its wastewater treatment system over the last quarter century, resulting in numerous awards, operational efficiencies and significant cost savings.  Veolia’s commitment to the environment, safety and to the community of Cranston is truly exemplary.”

Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 179,000 employees* worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them. In 2014, the Veolia group supplied 96 million people with drinking water and 60 million people with wastewater service, produced 52 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 31 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of $29.6 billion* in 2014.

(*) 2014 pro-forma figures, including Dalkia International (100%) and excluding Dalkia France.
The Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of knowledge concerning the nature, collection, treatment, and disposal of domestic and industrial wastewaters.

Karole Colangelo, Veolia North America
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