Municipal officials are facing increasingly complex and costly drinking water and wastewater regulations. Stringent government standards pose major financial and compliance challenges.
United Water provides flexible solutions through public-private partnerships and comprehensive asset management contracts. These partnerships enable municipalities to outsource the management and operation of their water or wastewater systems.
Communities retain ownership of their assets—and rate-setting authority—while gaining cost-effective professional management.
For example, we are proud of the value and commitment we have made to the City of East Providence in Rhode Island. United Water recently signed a design-build-operate (DBO) contract for the city’s wastewater collection and treatment facilities, which provide service to roughly two-thirds of East Providence’s 50,000 residents. The contract calls for United Water to begin operational responsibility for the system, while also implementing $52.5 million worth of infrastructure and treatment process upgrades necessary to bring the collection system and plant into compliance with new state Department of Environmental Management mandates.
As a part of the agreement with the city, United Water will manage plant operations and improvements. This is expected to save the city $13 million over what was budgeted to be spent under a traditional project delivery approach.
We offer a full spectrum of asset management services including:
- Contract operations
- Operational assistance
- Infrastructure and tank management
- Customer service
- Billing and collections
- Long-term leases
- Asset acquisition
- Design and construction
To support your goals, we also bring expertise in:
- Performance and change management
- Finance and rate planning
- Capital planning and execution
- Employee transition programs
- Labor relations
As both an owner-operator and a contract operator, we bring to your community proven, world-class experience that can be tailored to your specific needs.