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

Source: Jessica Lyons Hardcastle, Environmental Leader, June 29, 2016

In 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. … 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.


Labor unions back Veolia contract extension
Source: Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, June 13, 2016

A proposed 10-year, $500 million extension of Veolia Water Milwaukee LLC’s contract to operate the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s wastewater collection and treatment facilities was endorsed by labor unions Monday at a meeting of the district commission’s policy committee. The committee referred the proposed extension to the full commission for final action at its June 27 meeting. Veolia Water’s contract expires Feb. 28, 2018. … Each of four unions representing Veolia Water employees favor extending the Paris-based company’s contract as recommended by MMSD staff, according to Earl Matzinger, business agent for Operating Engineers Local 420. The stance is a switch from union opposition to the first private operating contract the district awarded to United Water Services in 1998. …

Contracting could save$5 million, MMSD says / Director to suggest accepting low bid
Source: By DON BEHM, Journal Sentinel(WI), Nov. 20, 2007

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District could save its customers in 28 communities about $5 million next year by hiring Veolia Water North America to operate the district’s wastewater treatment system rather than giving the job to itself, district officials said.

The district and its employee unions cannot fully close such a gap by trimming labor costs, the one expense unions could help control, said Executive Director Kevin Shafer. The gap takes into account a savings of $800,000 gained by shutting down a contract compliance office if a private company no longer operates MMSD’s treatment facilities.