Veolia Water's northeast operations snag multiple awards

05/29/08  • Water

HOUSTON, May 29, 2008 – Operational excellence, employee expertise and consistent environmental compliance have helped secure five prestigious awards for Veolia Water employees and Veolia Water-operated facilities in Massachusetts (Fall River, Lynn and Taunton) and Rhode Island (Cranston and Smithfield).

The municipal wastewater treatment facility in Fall River was selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a New England Regional Operations and Maintenance Excellence Award. The town's treatment plant staff was recognized by the EPA's New England Office for their outstanding work in operating and maintaining the facility and their overall commitment to improving water quality. The Fall River plant was among only seven facilities in New England recognized for exemplary performance in 2007.

For their contributions to excellence in plant operations, Darlene Domingos, project manager of the Taunton Wastewater Treatment Facility, and Daniel J. Gorka, project manager of the Cranston Wastewater Treatment Plant, received the New England Water Environment Association's (NEWEA) Operator of the Year Award for the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, respectively. The NEWEA Operator Award is given annually to professionals involved in the operations of wastewater treatment facilities in each of the six New England states.

For the second year in a row, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's Drinking Water Program awarded the Lynn Water Treatment Plant, the 2008 Public Water System Award in the medium and large community system category. This award recognizes systems that maintain compliance in a calendar year with the ever-evolving federal and state requirements.

The Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association (NWPCA) presented Veolia Water with two awards. The Town of Smithfield's wastewater treatment plant won the Most Efficient Small Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant Award and Cranston-based Veolia Water employee, Anthony DeMaio, was honored with the Collection Systems Operator of the Year Award for his outstanding contributions in advancing collections systems knowledge.

"These awards represent public validation that we are providing the Rhode Island and Massachusetts communities with operating systems that meet all their requirements for reliability, efficiency and environmental compliance," said Philip Ashcroft, president of Veolia Water North America - Northeast, LLC. "This recognition demonstrates that public-private partnerships work, generating not only cost savings, but benefiting the community by the provision of high-quality water and securing environmental compliance."

Recently, Veolia Water has been chosen Water Company of the Year at the GWI Global Water Awards 2008 event held in London recently. Recognized for its outstanding commitment to providing water and wastewater treatment services and technologies around the world, Veolia Water was nominated winner through votes cast by members of the International Desalination Association, the International Private Water Association, and Global Water Intelligence magazine for the international water market.

Background on Operations
Veolia Water partners with the City of Smithfield, R.I., for the operation and management of Smithfield's 3.5-MGD wastewater treatment facility. In addition, Veolia Water manages 12 pump stations, an 85-mile collection system and industrial pretreatment and sludge disposal program. The partnership continues to provide quality wastewater services to approximately 20,000 residents.
In 1989, the City of Cranston, R.I., selected Veolia Water to operate and maintain the city's 23-million-gallon-per-day (MGD) wastewater plant. In 1997, the scope of the contract was expanded when the company was selected to implement a 25-year lease transaction for the city's entire wastewater treatment system. Responsibilities also include managing the city's 240-mile collection system, industrial pre treatment and biosolids programs. This project involves financing a design-build component and the continued operation and maintenance of the facility, extending the term of this public-private partnership to 30 years.
Veolia Water has worked with the City of Lynn, Mass., since 1985 to provide comprehensive operations, maintenance and management services for water and wastewater treatment.
Through a partnership that began in 1994, Veolia Water provides operation and management services to Fall River, Mass., 30.9-MGD pure oxygen secondary wastewater treatment plant. Additional responsibilities include a 15-dry-ton-per-day sludge incinerator (ash is hauled to a landfill for disposal), 13 lift stations and a regional collection system.
Veolia Water has managed the City of Taunton, Mass., 8.4-MGD wastewater treatment plant since 1998. In 2006, Veolia Water entered into a 12-year agreement for the management and restoration of the city's aging collection system and began a major capital upgrade program to the city's 96-mile sanitary sewer (collection) system.
Veolia Water North America - Northeast LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Veolia Water North America, the leading provider of comprehensive water and wastewater services to municipal and industrial customers, providing services to more than 14 million people in approximately 600 communities. The company is part of Veolia Water, the No. 1 water 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 320,000 employees, Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of $48 billion for the 2007 fiscal year. Visit the company's Web sites at and

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