Wilsonville, Ore., awards USFilter contract to operate the city's new water treatment plant
The City of Wilsonville, Ore., and the Tualatin Valley Water District have awarded U.S.Filter Operating Services a five-year contract to operate and maintain its new 15 million gallons per day Willamette River water treatment plant.
WILSONVILLE, Ore., Feb. 9, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE)—The City of Wilsonville, Ore., and the Tualatin Valley Water District have awarded U.S.Filter Operating Services a five-year contract, with a five-year renewal option, to operate and maintain its new 15 million gallons per day (MGD) Willamette River water treatment plant. The contract is valued at $5.5 million.
"Our pledge to provide Wilsonville with a safe, reliable and long-term water supply is evident in the new Willamette River treatment plant," said Wilsonville Director of Public Works Jeff Bauman. "Throughout the planning, design and construction phases of the project, we have been committed to providing potable water that attains levels of purity even stricter than required by federal and state drinking water standards. And now, with U.S.Filter on board, we have a nationally-recognized firm with the experience and expertise to operate this facility in a way that achieves these standards of excellence."
Currently under construction, the city's $49 million water treatment facility is scheduled for completion in April 2002. Until then, U.S.Filter will help prepare the city for startup by reviewing overall processes and the installation of equipment, as well as establishing its six-person operations team.
The City of Wilsonville has relied on well water to meet its water supply needs. But, with a growing population and the expansion of local industry, it needed to look at other sources. The city decided building its own treatment plant was the best option. In the summer of 2000, Wilsonville and the Tualatin Valley Water District began construction on the plant.
"Wilsonville selected the Willamette River as its main water source because it was the best option for a reliable, cost-effective and long-term water supply," said Chibby Alloway, western service center vice president, U.S.Filter Operating Services. "Wilsonville's city council members are making forward-thinking decisions for the betterment of the city, and we are proud to be a part of the team. This project is a model for other small communities to follow."
The Willamette River water treatment plant will use U.S.Filter's innovative, patented ACTIFLO® technology. ACTIFLO, used worldwide, is one of the best-known filtration systems and is advantageous when treating large flow rates with variable raw water quality. The ACTIFLO technology, among other benefits, offers better finished quality water, improves process reliability and reduces treatment costs.
Operating more than 65 drinking water facilities and 175 wastewater treatment facilities in North America, U.S.Filter serves approximately 600 communities. In neighboring Vancouver, Wash., U.S.Filter has won national awards for its partnership in operating Vancouver's wastewater treatment and water reclamation facilities.
"With each of our community partnerships, U.S.Filter customizes solutions to meet water needs and provides access to the latest technology and best staffing expertise available in the industry. We are committed to maintaining and exceeding expectations for operating compliant, safe and cost-efficient facilities," added Ron P. Davis, executive vice president and general manager, U.S.Filter Operating Services.
U.S.Filter Operating Services, which is part of U.S.Filter, designs, builds, operates, owns and finances water, wastewater and related utility facilities and systems. U.S.Filter, a Vivendi Water company, is the leading global provider of commercial, industrial, municipal and residential water and wastewater treatment systems, products and services, with operations in more than 100 countries. U.S.Filter is based in Palm Desert, Calif. Visit its website at www.usfilter.com.