The Springfield, Mass., Water and Sewer Commission has awarded U.S. Water LLC a $263 million, 20-year contract, the largest water privatization contract in New England history.
Bolingbrook, Ill.-based U.S. Water will manage the area's 67-mgd wastewater treatment plant, 29 sewage pumping stations, combined sewer overflow operations and system residuals disposal. The plant serves 275,000 people in seven municipalities.
A five-person negotiating team of senior executives from U.S. Water secured the contract and U.S. Water's parent companies--Bechtel Enterprises and United Utilities--guaranteed the company's price and performance.
The contract includes about $10.4 million in capital projects, which U.S. Water will be responsible for delivering within the first two years of the contract. The contract also gives the Commission the right to sanction U.S. Water if it fails to meet odor control requirements in the management of the utilities.
(Source: PR Newswire)