The city will be asking for proposals from commercial water plant operators to see if the water treatment plant, pumping stations, water towers and storage facilities could be managed more cost-effectively by a private company — much the same way as the wastewater treatment plant has been managed by a private operator since 1998, Grey said. … Grey said many existing employees were hired by the new wastewater operator when it took over, and he expects the same thing to happen if it makes sense to privatize operation of the water treatment plant. … The city would still be responsible capital expenses of the plant, while the operator would be responsible for day-to-day operation, facility management and maintenance, hiring and training staff and all chemical costs.
City considers privatizing water plant operations
Source: GoDanRiver Staff, godanriver.com, August 26, 2015
Danville Utilities will seek bids from commercial water plant operators to determine whether operation of the city’s water treatment plant and storage facilities could be cost-effectively privatized. The proposals would solicit statements of qualifications, technical approach and pricing from firms capable of providing full service operations. … Jason Grey, interim director of utilities, said the objective is to determine if outsourcing operations would be more efficient. A commercial operator also would provide technical assistance regarding future capacity and regulatory issues.