United Water has signed a five-year contract for professional operations, maintenance and management of the water and wastewater systems with the city of Pontiac, MI, located 30 miles northwest of Detroit. The agreement calls for United Water to manage the city’s water and sewer utilities division, which is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the water distribution system, two wastewater treatment plants and storm and sanitary sewer systems.
The water distribution system provides an average of 7.8 mgd to 21,000 homes and businesses while the city’s two wastewater treatment plants have the capability of treating 26 mgd. United Water will also provide meter reading, billing and collections, and customer service for the 70,000 residents and businesses of the city.
The contract, valued at about $8 million annually, will save the city of Pontiac approximately $2.8 million from its current annual operating budget. The company will employ 52 local people and bring an increased focus on employee training and development and environmental compliance.
“We are very enthusiastic about working together with the city of Pontiac and providing high quality service to its residents,” said Bertrand Camus, CEO of United Water. “Our technical expertise in operations and maintenance, combined with the talents of the local workforce, will add great value for the community.”