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The city council in Palm Springs, Calif., has unanimously approved a seven-year contract extension and scope expansion with Veolia Water North America - West (Veolia Water) to continue managing the city's wastewater system. The expansion incorporates several new green and asset management initiatives, such as responsibility for the development, implementation and long-term operation of programs to ensure compliance with the State of California's new sewer systems regulations, an annual incentive program for Palm Springs residents and businesses to purchase and upgrade to low-flush toilets and more.
The city's wastewater system consists of a 10.9 million-gallon-per-day (MGD) secondary wastewater treatment facility, five lift stations, six percolation ponds, 225 miles of collection system pipelines and a biosolids disposal program.
"Since 1999, Veolia Water has yielded significant savings for Palm Springs residents by operating the plant more efficiently than ever, and they've become an integral part of the Palm Springs community," said Ron Oden, Mayor of Palm Springs. "The unanimous support for the renewal and expansion is a testament to the confidence Veolia Water has earned. We look forward to the implementation of several new programs designed to further protect our environment."
Palm Springs officials said Veolia Water's technical services and global expertise were key drivers for the renewed contract. Additionally, city council members praised Veolia Water for being a responsible corporate citizen and helping to strengthen the Palm Springs community by supporting youth environmental education programs and the donation of bullet-proof vests to the police department.
"Managing community assets to the highest industry standard continues to be our core mission," said James Good, Veolia Water North America - West vice-president of municipal business development. "This overwhelming vote of confidence by Palm Springs city leaders reinforces our success in achieving this and providing great services."