United Water and the Narragansett Bay Commission’s Bucklin Point Wastewater Treatment Facility recently received the Silver Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. The award recognizes Bucklin Point’s outstanding compliance record in achieving excellent water quality during calendar year 2009. The Bucklin Point facility is owned by the Narragansett Bay Commission and managed by United Water through a 10-year public-private partnership agreement.
“We consider the United Water team at the Bucklin Point Wastewater Treatment Facility to be our true clean water partner,” said Vincent Mesolella, chairman of the Narragansett Bay Commission. “We are pleased with the continuing strides we are making toward ensuring a pollution-free Narragansett Bay. This national Peak Performance Award is a great achievement for both United Water and the Narragansett Bay Commission.”
The Narragansett Bay forms New England’s largest estuary. It is one of Rhode Island’s most valuable resources and home to a diverse aquatic system and wildlife habitat. “We are working together to maintain the delicate balance between the needs of residents and businesses and those of area wildlife. Our efforts have resulted in a clean Narragansett Bay where many local species live and raise their young,” said Mesolella. “In addition, a healthy Narragansett Bay benefits all of us by providing a safe place where residents and visitors can enjoy recreational activities.”
“I am delighted that our United Water team, working in partnership with the Narragansett Bay Commission staff, has earned this important award,” said Tom Brown, president of United Water Environmental Services. “This demonstrates our shared dedication to environmental excellence. United Water is fully committed to implementing programs and operating facilities in a manner that protects and sustains the environment. We are proud to help protect Narragansett Bay which is a cherished natural resource.”
About Bucklin Point
The Bucklin Point Wastewater Treatment Facility is one of Rhode Island’s largest wastewater treatment facilities with a design dry weather flow of 46 million gallons a day and wet weather treatment capacity of 70 million gallons a day. The facility serves about 130,000 residents from the Blackstone Valley and East Providence as well as some or all of the cities of Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket, and Smithfield.
About United Water
United Water is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to approximately 7 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 20 water utilities, the company operates more than 220 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements. United Water’s affiliate, Utility Service Company, is the nation’s leading provider of long-term asset management contracts for water storage facilities with municipal and industrial clients. Founded in 1869, United Water is a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.
About SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT
Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries deal with the challenge to protect resources by providing innovative solutions to industries and to millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 90 million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 58 million people and collects the waste produced by 46 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 78,700 employees and, with its presence on a global scale, is the world’s leader exclusively dedicated to environmental services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, a 35.4% GDF SUEZ affiliate, reported sales turnover of 12.3 billion Euros ($17.1 billion USD) at the end of financial year 2009.
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