NOLA Sewerage & Water Board renews environmental partnership with Veolia
The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans has renewed its partnership with Veolia North America to continue operating, maintaining and managing the city's two wastewater treatment plants.
June 19, 2015 -- The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans (S&WB) has renewed its partnership with Veolia North America, a global provider of environmental solutions, to continue operating, maintaining and managing the city's two wastewater treatment plants. The 10-year agreement is valued at $122 million over the contract term and covers a combined treatment capacity of nearly 150 million gallons per day (MGD), in addition to support for capital improvements, hurricane recovery, septage receiving, and biosolids disposal.
Veolia has provided services to S&WB since 1992, and the public-private partnership remains one of the largest in the United States. S&WB and Veolia have been consistently recognized for their outstanding compliance record with State and EPA regulations and recently won a Gold award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for perfect environmental compliance. Veolia has worked with the S&WB to generate more than $35 million in overall savings for residents.
"Our relationship has produced a stellar record for clean water quality while saving tens of millions of dollars for ratepayers," said Executive Director Cedric S. Grant. "Veolia has done much to make the Sewerage & Water Board a strong environmental partner to the residents of New Orleans and produce meaningful results for our community. We look forward to building on our record of success while working together to provide additional opportunities to the region's economically disadvantaged communities."
The S&WB and Veolia have recently undertaken several environmental projects to build on our business relationship. Most recently, a wetlands assimilation project, developed in conjunction with Tulane University, is leveraging their expertise to restore urban, degraded wetlands into a lavish cypress forest. In another project, ash from incineration will be used to help improve the natural landscape of New Orleans while eliminating the amount of ash sent to landfill.
About Veolia North America
Veolia is a specialist in optimized resource management. With over 179,000 employees worldwide, the group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them. In 2014, it supplied 96 million people with drinking water and 60 million people with wastewater service, produced 52 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 31 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. For more information, visit www.veolia.com.