The council-owned water services company, Wellington Water, and Veolia have signed a 10 year, $17 million per year contract to operate and maintain the four wastewater treatment plants that serve metropolitan Wellington.
Wellington Water's chief executive Colin Crampton said the contract marked the start of a new and exciting focus on managing wastewater for Wellingtonians.
"Veolia already has a long history of involvement in the region, having operated Wellington City’s Moa Point and Western wastewater treatment plants since 2004.
"We'll progressively be bringing all four treatment plants under one contract. This will not only provide better value for the region, but increase opportunities for improved services in the future. We need to start thinking of wastewater treatment by-products as a resource, and Veolia is a leading company in this area."
Alexandre Lagny, General Manager - New Zealand for Veolia, said he was delighted Veolia would be extending its commitment to the Wellington region and to delivering better environmental outcomes.
Mr Lagny stated, “Veolia operates approximately 3,000 wastewater treatment plants globally and we look forward to bringing our international expertise in this area to Wellington. Wastewater treatment is actually the area where the greatest technological innovation is taking place, when it comes to three waters management.”
Mr Lagny also affirmed Veolia's commitment to engaging with the communities it works in, and in particular mana whenua, as it takes up the operational responsibilities for the four plants. This process will begin with the Porirua Treatment plant, and a ceremony with Ngati Toa, in early July.
Moa Point and the Western treatment plant are already under Veolia management, and the remaining plant, in Seaview, Lower Hutt, will transition in June 2020.
The population of Wellington, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua combined produce about 165 million litres of wastewater every day. This water is treated at one of four plants, two in Wellington, one in Porirua and one in Lower Hutt, before being returned to the environment.
Veolia provides water, waste and energy management services to more than one million people in New Zealand, and employs over 300 people across the country.
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About Wellington Water
Wellington Water is owned by the Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Wellington city councils, and Greater Wellington Regional Council. Their role is to manage the drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services of their council Owners.
With around 200 full time employees, Wellington Water represents the largest body of expertise in water infrastructure services management in New Zealand, outside of Auckland. The shared service approach delivers benefits to their shareholders and communities through cost savings, resilience and expertise that individual councils could not achieve on their own.
Wellington Water does not own any drinking water, stormwater, wastewater or bulk water assets. Nor do they set policies or control rates or user charges. These functions remain with the local councils and Greater Wellington Regional Council.
About Veolia Australia and New Zealand:
Veolia Australia and New Zealand (Veolia) is the region’s only environmental solutions organisation with specific capabilities across water and wastewater treatment, energy management, waste and resource recovery services, and industrial cleaning and facilities maintenance services. Veolia employs 4000 employees and operates across more than 240 locations within the region.
Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With nearly 179,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions which contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them.
In 2019, the Veolia group supplied 98 million people with drinking water and 67 million people with wastewater service, produced nearly 45 million megawatt hours of energy and treated 50 million metric tons of waste. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €27.189 billion in 2019 (USD 29.9 billion). www.veolia.com
Alex van Paassen, Wellington Water
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Kate Moonen, Veolia ANZ
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