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Veolia-MMSD wastewater partnership

Veolia Inks $500M Wastewater Contract, Largest Wastewater Public-Private Partnership in US

Veolia-MMSD wastewater partnershipIn what Veolia says is the largest wastewater public-private partnership in the US, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has extended its agreement with Veolia North America to continue managing and operating its collection and wastewater treatment system under a 10-year, $500 million contract.

Since March 2008, Veolia has managed the MMSD facilities, cleaning billions of gallons of wastewater every year at two water reclamation facilities that serve 1.1 million people in 28 communities. This project — Veolia operates the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s Jones Island and South Shore sewage treatment plants — is Veolia’s largest in North America.

MMSD executive director Kevin Shafer says Veolia has exceeded all regulatory and contract standards, and extending the wastewater contract is “the best approach for our ratepayers and the environment.” The organizations say the public-private partnership has provided “millions in cost savings over the contract term.”

Veolia says it has also saved millions of dollars for the city of Poughkeepsie, New York, while improving efficiencies throughout the city’s wastewater system and facilities over the course of a 35-year environmental contract. In April Poughkeepsie renewed an agreement with Veolia to continue managing and operating its wastewater system under a 10-year contract.

A similar public-private partnership in Washington, DC expects to save between $8 million and $12 million, Paul Whitmore, manager of communications for municipal and commercial business at Veolia North America, told Environmental Leader in an earlier interview.

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