Fulton County Selects Veolia to Manage Wastewater System

10/4/10  • Water

Partnership ranked the best value among competitive proposals; delivers good jobs

ATLANTA, Oct. 4, 2010 – In a competitive procurement, Fulton County, Ga. has selected Veolia Water North America (Veolia Water) for a five-year, $58 million public-private partnership agreement to manage and operate the county's four wastewater treatment facilities and 30 pump stations, which serve more than 300,000 people.

Veolia Water is now operating the new 15-MGD Johns Creek Environmental Campus (JCEC). This $137 million, state-of-the-art facility has the largest submerged membrane bioreactor (MBR) system in the United States for treating wastewater to an effluent quality that is being utilized for beneficial reuse.

Veolia Water's proposal was ranked highest, earning the highest marks for overall value among the three competitive proposals prepared for the Fulton County Department of Public Works. The contract is another recent win for Veolia Water, in addition to new contracts in Buffalo, N.Y. and Haldimand County (Ontario).

Under the partnership, Fulton County will continue to own all wastewater assets and maintain rate-setting authority. Veolia Water will be responsible for operations and maintenance of the county's assets using an asset management-orientated approach that maximizes system life-cycle service using a web-based computerized maintenance management system.

"Veolia Water's partnership is about delivering maximum environmental value to residents for the best price," said Keavin Nelson, executive vice president of Veolia Water North America's East Region. "But it's also about working closely with the local community. Given the country's ongoing economic challenges, we were very pleased to work with the county to develop a staffing plan that provides good jobs for local Fulton County workers."

Under the terms of the partnership, Veolia Water will manage approximately 65 employees. A key differentiator of Veolia Water's proposal was the company's comprehensive project team of local and minority subcontractors. Veolia Water will provide on-going business partnership with these subcontractors in a protégé-mentor relationship.

Veolia Water is no stranger to Fulton County, as the company has operated Atlanta- Fulton County's 90-MGD north area Water Treatment Facility for 20 years. This project partnership has won more than 50 industry awards, including the OSHA VPP Gold Star Award for sustained excellence in environmental health and safety compliance and in 2006, the Distinguished Service Award from the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships.

"As a long-term partner to Fulton County, we are excited to be able to grow our relationship and to continue serving its residents," said Nelson.

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 to more than 14 million people in approximately 650 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 312,000 employees, Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of $50 billion in 2009. Veolia Environnement is in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and Dow Jones STOXX Sustainability Index (DJSI STOXX). Visit the company's Web sites at www.veolianorthamerica.comand


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Veolia North America
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Scott Edwards
Veolia North America