Town of Discovery Bay takes aggressive steps to comply with environmental regulations

02/25/09  • Water

Veolia Water North America Partners with Town to Operate Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems.

PLEASANT HILL, Calif., Feb. 25, 2009 – The Discovery Bay Community Services District (DBCSD), which serves the town of Discovery Bay, Calif., moved swiftly to contract with Veolia Water North America to operate its water and wastewater treatment facilities. Veolia Water is charged with developing a plan to bring current operations into compliance with state and federal regulations and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the plants.

The contract, which began Jan. 1, 2009, includes operation, maintenance and management (O&M) of the town's two wastewater treatment facilities, two water treatment facilities, 14 lift stations, 70 miles of collection and distribution lines, 5,400 service connections, and related infrastructure.

"DBCSD takes the safety of our citizens and the environment very seriously and is working quickly to remedy issues concerning the local water and wastewater infrastructure," said Virgil Koehne, DBCSD general manager. "We chose Veolia Water because of the firm's extensive global technical skills and long track record of success assisting communities like Discovery Bay ensure the safety of their water infrastructure for everyone."

"Our primary objective is to meet the water and wastewater needs of communities like Discovery Bay while protecting the environment and improving overall water quality," said Philip Ashcroft, president, Veolia Water North America - West. "Our experienced local team has been working from day one to successfully manage DBCSD facilities and implement infrastructure improvements to protect the local quality of life."

DBCSD officials became aware of operational deficiencies at the treatment facilities through several high-profile spills and environmental violations that drew regulatory agency scrutiny. These included the discovery of July sewage spill that sparked a $231,000 fine from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board. Community leaders were outraged at the incidents and aggressively looked for alternatives for O&M of their water utility systems.

Veolia Water North America - West, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Veolia Water North America Operating Services, LLC, the leading provider of comprehensive water and wastewater services to municipal and industrial customers, providing services to more than 15 million people in over 650 communities. The company is part of Veolia Water, the No. 1 water services company in the world, serving more than 108 million customers. Veolia Water is the water division of Veolia Environnement (NYSE:VE and Paris Bourse:VIE), the world's largest environmental services company, providing tailored solutions in water management, waste management, energy management, and freight and passenger transportation. With more than 300,000 employees, Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of $48 billion for the 2007 fiscal year. Visit the companies' Web sites at

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