The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans Renews Environmental Partnership with Veolia
Jun 18 15
The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans (S&WB) has renewed its partnership with Veolia to continue operating, maintaining and managing the city's two wastewater treatment plants. The 10-year agreement is valued at $122 million over the contract term and covers a combined treatment capacity of nearly 150 million gallons per day (MGD), in addition to support for capital improvements, hurricane recovery, septage receiving and biosolids disposal. Veolia North America has provided services to the S&WB since 1992, and the public-private partnership remains one of the large in the United States. Veolia has worked with the S&WB to generate more than $35 million in overall savings for residents. The S&WB and Veolia have recently undertaken several environmental projects to build on business relationship. Most recently, a wetlands assimilation project, developed in conjunction with Tulane University, is leveraging its expertise to restore urban, degraded wetlands into a lavish cypress forest. In another project, ash from incineration will be used to help improve the natural landscape of New Orleans while eliminating the amount of ash sent to landfill.
LiuGuo Chemical Selects Veoli to Upgrade Industrial Effluent Treatment Facilities in Anhui Province
Jun 11 15
LiuGuo Chemical has selected Veolia, to upgrade its industrial effluent treatment facilities in Anhui Province, under a EUR 60 million contract. It comes in the wake of a previous EUR 30-million, 20-year contract signed in 2012 for the operation of a wastewater treatment facility. Veolia has as a result further strengthened its position as a privileged partner of Chinese industrial companies for difficult-to-treat materials, especially in the area of wastewater. Under this new 20-year contract, Veolia will build a biological treatment plant-capacity installed 200m3 an hour- to remove ammonia from wastewater. The solution implemented by Veolia will meet LiuGuo Chemical's new requirements in light of the company's growth, which is generating increased ammonia in its effluent. Some 50 Veolia employees will be permanently onsite at LiuGuo Chemical's plant in Anhui Province in order to support the company's activities.
The Métropole Européenne de Lille Selects the Veolia Group to Manage its Water Service for Eight Years
Jun 4 15
The Veolia group has been notified it has been awarded the contract for water supply in the Métropole Européenne de Lille. From January 1, 2016, 62 municipalities in the area will benefit from a new, innovative and highly efficient water service that will be sustainable and raise the international profile of MEL. The eight-year contract will account for cumulative revenue of around €450 million for Veolia. The new water service to be introduced by Veolia will cover a large part of MEL, which includes the northern French city of Lille and its surrounding area. In total, 62 municipalities, adding up to more than a million inhabitants, will benefit from the new water service. From January 1, 2016, elected officials and customers will discover 'iléo,' a company set up by Veolia specifically for MEL to develop a water service for tomorrow. Through iléo, Veolia is putting forward a new form of governance that brings together users, elected officials, and city-dwellers to decide on strategic guidelines. Decision-making will be made more efficient and the service will match the needs of users as closely as possible. The MEL contract will also include the creation of an ultramodern control center that will integrate all distribution networks and water production plants in order to provide real coordination between production and supply. Veolia will set up a network of localized smart, connected sensors to ensure monitoring, traceability and continuous checking of the water. This will involve 1,000 fixed, latest-generation sensors to find leaks, 30 probes to analyze water quality 24/7, and 362 new meters to cover each sector of the 4,300 km network. In terms of environmental protection, with iléo, Veolia is committing to a significant reduction in withdrawals from water resources. In the long term, almost 3 million cubic meters of water will be saved, notably through an important reduction in network leaks (-25%). The targets of this challenge are, by 2023, to raise network efficiency from 79% to 85%, renew all 250,000 water meters and replace 2,400 connections to the distribution network. Through its 'MEL Innovation Accelerator' program, iléo wants to promote the emergence year by year of innovative projects and support them within the local ecosystem, in the fields and sectors that are MEL’s priority: health, digital services and open data, transportation, water and the environment. As regards the 'Iléo Local Développement' program, its aim is to support employment in the area by awarding 80% of its subcontracting to local companies. Apart from highly efficient operation and strong social commitments, Veolia will be developing a personalized service that meets the needs of each different type of user. The new contract will promote 'eco-solidarity' pricing and a reduced subscription rate for residential customers. In a particularly innovative move, 65% of the area’s 300,000 customers will benefit from a progressive pricing scheme and will see their water bill come down. 'Water checks' will also be introduced in the MEL with the help of the CCAS social action center. An annual total of €200,000 will be available to support low-income households; conditions for allocating the water checks will be decided on collectively. Two Water Centers, two mobile centers, five interactive terminals and a partnership with 59 La Poste agencies will facilitate access to water for all and give the area’s citizens ample opportunity to participate close to home.