French-headquartered firm SUEZ has announced the signature of three contracts in the United States for a total turnover of more than €180 million.
The Group will contribute to improve the drinking water services of Jersey City, New Jersey, and help preserve the water resources of Southern California through its partnership with West Basin Municipal Water District.
The Group is also pursuing its development in the industrial sector: the Conemaugh Generating Station in Pennsylvania has chosen the solutions provided by SUEZ to reduce its operating costs and environmental footprint.
Jersey City and SUEZ renew contract for management of city’s water services
The Jersey City Municipal Utility Authority (JCMUA) and SUEZ have renewed the public-private partnership contract for the management of the city’s drinking water services. The 9-year contract worth around €155 million covers the maintenance and operation of the infrastructures that ensure the distribution of drinking water to the 262,000 inhabitants of Jersey City.
The infrastructures include the Boonton plant with a capacity of 300,000 m3 per day, two dams, a 310 km2 watershed, a 37 km aqueduct and 520 km of drinking water network. The Group will also be responsible for customer service and billing. The contract extends the initial 1996 agreement between Jersey City and SUEZ, which was the largest public-private partnership for the management of water services in the United States at the time.
The new contract includes the modernization of the drinking water distribution infrastructure with the aim of installing 36,000 connected water meters. The solution will improve service quality for users by providing them with more control over their water consumption, alerting them in the event of a leak at their home, and billing them on their actual rather than estimated consumption.
For the JCMUA, this solution will make it possible to monitor, in real time, the performance of the drinking water network, preserve the water resource, and achieve the associated savings.
SUEZ renews contract to operate largest wastewater recycling plant in United States
SUEZ has also renewed the contract with West Basin Municipal Water District for the operation and maintenance of the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility in El Segundo (California) and four satellite plants. Worth nearly €26 million and with a duration of two years, the contract extends the initial 1994 partnership to meet the challenge of preserving potable water supplies in South California.
The Edward C. Little facility is one of the largest water recycling operation of its kind in the United States. It produces approximately 170,000 m3 of water every day, conserving water resources in one of the nation’s most drought-prone regions.
The plant also produces 45,000 m3 of barrier water every day, thus protecting South Bay’s coastal groundwater reservoirs from seawater intrusion from the Pacific Ocean. The plant supplies up to 90% percent of the water injected into the West Coast Groundwater Barrier, preserving 17 million m3 of water each year.
The facility produces five different qualities of custom-made recycled water to meet the specific needs of West Basin’s municipal, commercial and industrial customers (irrigation, supply of low and high-pressure boiler feed water, cooling tower water and indirect drinking water).
The collaboration of SUEZ and West Basin Municipal Water District will help the District increase recycled water production capacity to 265 000 m3 per day as downstream demand continues to grow.
The contracts have further strengthened SUEZ’s presence in the United States where it provides drinking water and sanitation services to 6.4 million people.