SUEZ wins a contract with the American municipality of Putnam (Connecticut) to manage and operate its water and wastewater system for the next 10 years, with two five-year renewal options. This contract is worth roughly $30M (€27m) to SUEZ. The company already operates the wastewater system in neighboring Killingly, CT.
SUEZ will manage the 29,000 m3 per day wastewater treatment facility, the wastewater collection system, 10 sewage pump stations and 28.6 miles of sewer main. SUEZ will also operate and maintain Putnam’s water system, which includes 10 wells providing 4,300 m3 a day to the community, two storage tanks, approximately 250 fire hydrants, 750 valves and 38 miles of water main.
Tony Falzarano, the Mayor of Putnam and Jim Shaw, Chairman of the Putnam Water Pollution Control Authority, announced in mid-January that SUEZ was chosen to operate and maintain the water and sewer systems from February, 1st. The Town of Putnam is in the process of investing over $40M in its water infrastructure and will benefit from SUEZ’ management and technological expertise.
“With that type of major investment, it is imperative that we take excellent care of it,” said Shaw. “SUEZ has the capability to efficiently and effectively meet all of our expectations and this partnership is a proven way to operate efficiently, ensure adequate water supplies, achieve compliance with environmental rules, enhance water service provision, and improve our water and wastewater infrastructure.”
The scope of the project will include smart meter installations within the first 18 months. This technology can provide a permanent and reliable overview of the water cycle – thus ensuring a sustainable management of water resources for the community. Smart meters enable homeowners and businesses to obtain accurate and timely information, such as leak detection alerts.
Marie-Ange Debon, Group Senior Executive VP in charge of International Division of SUEZ, said, ”We are thrilled to partner with the Town of Putnam. The operational and environmental stewardship of SUEZ will ensure tangible benefits for the town and its residents for a very long time. Our commitment to help with the modernization of infrastructure will enable the municipality to guarantee high-quality essential services for all of its’ people. This agreement also illustrates the further international expansion of the Group and specifically, in North America.”
We are at the dawn of the resource revolution. In a world facing high demographic growth, runaway urbanisation and the shortage of natural resources, securing, optimising and renewing resources is essential to our future. SUEZ (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) supplies drinking water to 92 million people, delivers wastewater treatment services to 65 million, collects waste produced by almost 50 million, recovers 14 million tons of waste each year and produces 5,138 GWh of local and renewable energy. With 80,990 employees, SUEZ, which is present on all five continents, is a key player in the sustainable management of resources. SUEZ generated total revenues of €15.1 billion in 2015.