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Dalriada Water Limited—a consortium consisting of Earth Tech, Kelda Water Services, and Farrans—has been selected as the preferred bidder for the first water Public Private Partnership (PPP) offered by The Water Service in Northern Ireland.
Under the 25-year contract, the consortium will design, build upgrades and operate four existing water treatment plants that will bring the region's drinking water into compliance with stringent European Union water standards.
The improved facilities, which represent 50% of water treatment capacity in Northern Ireland, will provide 105 million US gallons (400 million liters) of drinking water per day. The plants are expected to be operational in 2008.
"This landmark project underscores Europe's growing acceptance of the Public Private Partnership approach for major infrastructure projects and Earth Tech's continued commitment to this market," said Alan Krusi, Earth Tech president. "Our global experience in public-private partnerships and the successful relationship we've had working with Kelda and Farrans on other projects will allow the consortium to deliver the results The Water Service in Northern Ireland requires."
The initiative is one of two projects being undertaken by The Water Service, an executive agency within the Department for Regional Development, to improve the quality of water and wastewater treatment in Northern Ireland.