|SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT concludes 20-year agreement with Nassau County in the United States to provide management and operations of wastewater system for US$1.2 billion
9/11/14--United Water, a SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT subsidiary, will operate, manage and maintain Nassau County's (state of New York) wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations and sewers for a period of 20 years. The total value of the agreement is around US1.2 billion (905 million).
This agreement marks a new stage in the Group's international strategy, which has significantly reinforced in North America following the award of the waste management contract for Edmonton in Canada (C$120 million 5 years1), and of the management contract for the largest wastewater recycling plant2 in the United States in California (US$50 million 5 years).
The Nassau County (New York State) sanitation network covers 1.2 million customers on Long Island. Once it has been treated, the wastewater is treated for disposal into estuaries that are close to beaches and bays that are very popular with local residents.
The local authority will invest over US$830 million in the system in the coming years. The execution of this project will specifically enable the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy - which devastated a large part of the coast in 2012 - to be repaired, and the existing facilities to be reinforced.
Entrusting the management and operation of the wastewater systems to United Water, the local authority will be able to save US$230 million, thanks to an improved operationalefficiency and in particular to the reduction in energy consumption and chemicals, a decrease in sludge generation and production costs, but also an improved productivity of the plant. With the expertise of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, an increased use of cutting-edge technologies will also help to optimize the management of operation.
Indeed, the water management and new technology expertise provided by the Group will not only enable an improvement in the way the County's system operates and in its efficiency, but will also enable a significant decrease in its environmental impact with clean discharges to meet the most stringent standards of the New York State environmental Protection Department.
United Water will display the operational data and live video feeds from facilities and outflow pipes on its website, an industry first.