Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and Veolia Water North America Honored for Technical Excellence and Community Commitment

11/19/09  • Water

Nation's largest public-private wastewater partnership recognized as leader in the field

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 19, 2009 – Today the largest U.S. public-private wastewater partnership - between Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) and Veolia Water North America - was nationally recognized with a 2009 Public Service Award from the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP). This prestigious award recognizes exemplary projects and services that illustrate best practices and innovative approaches in the use of public-private partnerships to serve communities.

The NCPPP awarded the MMSD/Veolia Water partnership the honor in the "Service" category for its role in reliably and cost-effectively leveraging innovative technologies and improving wastewater processes to serve 1.1M people, while developing community initiatives, sustainability programs, workforce development and R&D programs.

"In 2008, after a public competitive bid process, MMSD partnered with Veolia Water to help us carry out our core mission of protecting the environment and improving water quality," said Kevin Shafer, MMSD Executive Director. Added Shafer, "We're pleased to have teamed up with a partner that shares not only our strong commitment to protecting Lake Michigan but also to serving the community."

As part of its role as a wastewater partner, Veolia Water delivers technically adept wastewater treatment services. But MMSD and Veolia Water also work closely on community issues like workforce development, supplier diversity, sustainable development, community outreach, and funding for research and development.

"We are pleased that our partnership with MMSD gives us the opportunity to augment award-winning operations and maintenance services with programs that serve the public beyond pipes-and-pumps infrastructure," said Scott Royer, General Manager for Veolia Water Milwaukee.

During its selection process, NCPPP considered Veolia Water's activities in Milwaukee, including:
  • Activating a minority supplier advisory committee to address capacity issues in the minority business community;
  • Developing an Operator-in-Training program to address the gap between employment vacancies and a trained workforce;
  • Conducting educational facility tours for students and teachers to explain the environmental process of water treatment;
  • Launching a $1.5 million R&D program to support Great Lakes clean water initiatives, in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University and the Great Lakes Water Institute;
  • Achieving perfect environmental compliance with NPDES permits.
 "The awards selection process was highly competitive," said Richard Norment, Executive Director for the National Council of Public Private Partnerships. "The Veolia/MMSD project stood out as an exceptional example."

Presentation of the awards was made on November 19th at the NCPPP Annual Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the Council's Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. The NCPPP is a non-profit educational institute that promotes public-private partnerships best practices. Membership is made up of both the public and private sectors. Information about the Council and its activities can be found

MMSD is a regional government agency that provides water reclamation and flood management services for about 1.1 million customers in 28 communities in the Greater Milwaukee Area, covering 411 square miles that include all, or segments of, six watersheds. Established by state law, the District is governed by 11 commissioners. Besides its core responsibility, MMSD also handles water quality research, household hazardous waste collection, pharmaceutical collection, industrial waste monitoring, laboratory services, and Milorganite, a fertilizer trusted by professionals for more than eighty years. (
Veolia Water North America began operations and maintenance of Milwaukee's Jones Island and South Shore water reclamation facilities and the District's conveyance and Deep Tunnel systems in March, 2008, as Veolia Water Milwaukee under contract to Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. The two wastewater treatment plants have a combined processing capacity of 630 million gallons per day. The project is the largest wastewater public-private partnership in North America. (
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 communities. Veolia Water, the water division of Veolia Environnement, is the world leader in water and wastewater services. Specialized in outsourcing services for municipal authorities, as well as industrial and service companies, it is also one of the world's major designers of technological solutions and constructor of facilities needed in water and wastewater services. With 93,400 employees worldwide, Veolia Water provides water service to 80 million people and wastewater service to 59 million.
Veolia Environnement (NYSE: VE and Paris Euronext: VIE) is the worldwide reference in environmental services. With more than 336,000 employees, the company has operations around the world and provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of municipal and industrial customers in four complementary segments: water management, waste management, energy management, and freight and passenger transportation. Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of $50 billion in 2008. Visit the company's Web sites at and


Joyce Harms 
Veolia Milwaukee
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Veolia North America
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