Regional wastewater treatment plant dedicated by community leaders

06/29/05  • Water
CLE ELUM, Wash. - Cle Elum, Roslyn, South Cle Elum and Suncadia dedicated the new $20 million wastewater treatment plant today that will serve these communities. The project began operating earlier this month and was completed on budget and ahead of schedule.

This infrastructure upgrade responds to the environmental needs of the community and replaces a lagoon sewage treatment system with first-rate technology that will serve the Upper County communities for decades. Veolia Water managed the entire design and construction of the project with RCI of Sumner, Wash. serving as general contractor and Parametrix Engineering of Sumner, Wash. was the design engineer.

With approximately 45,000 man hours spent building the plant during a 14 month period, Veolia Water and RCI boast a zero lost-time accident record, which is virtually unheard of on a project of this magnitude.

Suncadia Managing Director Bill Hunt said, "This is a shining example of a public-private partnership working to serve everyone in a very fair way. A project the magnitude of Suncadia requires us to be responsive to the needs of the community and that includes working with other partners to design build and finance regional improvements."

Jack Small who is a project manager for Veolia Water said the company is proud of its relationship with Suncadia. "Working with great team members, we were able to bring the wastewater facility on line ahead of schedule and on budget while maintaining a perfect safety record. Additionally the design-build delivery of this facility enabled the community to save more than $3 million - a win-win for all," added Small.

Cle Elum Mayor Charlie Glondo added, "Cle Elum's lack of water treatment capacity has been a serious issue for years. By working with Suncadia, we have managed to craft a solution that both serves the resort and enormously benefits the community."

The wastewater treatment plant cost $20 million to build and an additional $4 million was spent on related regional elements to connect local municipalities to the infrastructure. The city of Cle Elum donated $1 million in grant monies to the project and the city of Roslyn is funding the interceptor needed to connect the city's residents to the plant.

Suncadia financed the remaining cost of the project up front and will be incrementally reimbursed as new users come on-line and connect to the system.
The plant will be owned by the city of Cle Elum and operated through a public-private partnership with Veolia Water North America - West LLC. A Regional Sewer Advisory Committee has been established with representatives from Cle Elum, Roslyn, South Cle Elum and Suncadia.

Company Information
Veolia Water North America is the leading provider of comprehensive water and wastewater services to municipal and industrial customers, providing services to approximately 14 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 252,000 employees in more than 80 countries and annual revenues of more than $33.6 billion. Visit the North America website at www.veoliawaterna.comand the global web site at

Suncadia is owned and operated by Suncadia LLC, a company owned by subsidiaries of JELD-WEN inc. and Lowe Enterprises, Inc. JELD-WEN is the world's leading manufacturer of windows and doors and Lowe Enterprises is a leading national real estate firm, which has developed, acquired or managed more than $6 billion in real estate assets.

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