Rockland County, New York Extends Wastewater O&M Partnership with Veolia

Protecting the local watershed and public health through innovative infrastructure and treatment operations.

Rockland, New York
Under a new 10 year extension, Veolia will continue managing wastewater treatment operations at the new Western Ramapo Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility for the community of Rockland County, New York, including the Town of Western Ramapo and the villages of Sloatsburg and Hillburn.  When the contract commenced in 2006, Veolia provided leadership for the development of the county’s (greenfield) wastewater treatment plant, including engineering project management and turnkey construction management services. 

Completed in 2010, the facility is the first design-build operate (DBO) project of its kind in New York State and unique in the Northeastern U.S. as the first municipal wastewater plant treating effluent to drinking water quality standards, in addition to recharging the local watershed for reuse in the public water supply.  Incorporating advanced technologies – such as sequencing batch reactors (ICEAS ®) and microfiltration – the 1.5-million-gallon-per-day facility is completely enclosed for superior odor control and exceeds all environmental wastewater quality standards mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and New York state legislation.  


“Through its innovative and sustainable treatment operations, Rockland County serves as a model for other utilities to emulate,” said VP of Operations Tim Shea for Veolia North America's Municipal and Commercial Business. “By bringing together technology advancements and Veolia’s operations expertise, the Rockland County Sewer District No. 1 is helping to preserve the sole-source aquifer in Ramapo Valley, recharging and safeguarding the water quality of the nearby Ramapo River Basin and protecting public health in the area.”