City extends wastewater partnership five more years

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• Renewal of the nation's first wastewater partnership is a result of more than 35 years of successful operations

HOUSTON, TX, May 22, 2008 -- The Burlingame City Council has unanimously approved a five-year, $14 million contract extension with Veolia Water North America (Veolia Water) to continue managing the city's award-winning municipal wastewater treatment facility. Veolia Water has operated the City of Burlingame's wastewater treatment plant since 1972. It is the first and longest-running municipal wastewater public-private partnership in the United States.

Along with wastewater treatment plant operations, Veolia Water will continue to manage the city's biosolids program, Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP), related lift station, and co-generation power system. As a result, Burlingame's residents will continue to enjoy rate stability, proactive management of their wastewater assets and strong environmental stewardship of the community's water resources.

"For more than 30 years, Veolia Water has effectively operated and maintained the city's wastewater facilities, resulting in substantial savings for our residents," said Syed Murtuza, Burlingame's public works director. "Veolia Water's focus on permit compliance, sustainable management and record of community service is an example of the company's commitment to preserve our quality of life."

Chuck Voltz, president, Veolia Water North America -- West, said, "This extension further validates our strong focus on operational excellence on behalf of our clients. Our staff in Burlingame has performed exceptionally well, and we will continue seeking new ways to better serve the community and protect the environment. We are certainly grateful for this vote of confidence, and we look forward to serving the residents of Burlingame for another five years."

Veolia Water North America is a 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.

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