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SUEZ renews contract to operate one of the largest wastewater recycling plants in US

  • SUEZ renews contract to operate one of the largest wastewater recycling plants in US

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As an expert in water and waste for 150 years that is present on the 5 continents, SUEZ harnesses all its capacity for innovation to work for the efficient and sustainable management of resources.

The contract extends through 2024 the partnership started in 1994 between West Basin Municipal Water District and SUEZ to operate the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility in Southern California.

West Basin Municipal Water District has renewed its contract with SUEZ to operate and maintain the Edward C. Little Facility in El Segundo, CA, and its three satellite plants. The five-year renewal, worth a total of c. €67 million, began January 1, 2020 and runs through the end of 2024.

The Edward C. Little facility is one of the largest water recycling operations of its kind in the United States, producing about 150 000 m3 of water every day and conserving water resources in one of the nation’s most drought-prone regions. From 1994 to date, SUEZ has thus helped West Basin produce more than 750 million m3 of recycled water.

Bertrand Camus, Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ, said: "For the past twenty-five years, our partnership with the West Basin Municipal Water District has aimed to preserve water resources in order to guarantee the sustainable water supply of this increasingly arid region. Together, we have also developed a unique system for re-injecting recycled water into aquifers that allows us to limit sea water infiltration, while at the same time replenishing drinking water reserves for the future."

The facility produces five different qualities of custom-made recycled water to meet the specific needs of West Basin’s municipal, commercial and industrial customers (gardens watering, irrigation, supplying industrial boilers and cooling towers and indirect drinking water). Edward C. Little also produces 45 000 m3 of barrier water every day for aquifers replenishment that protects South Bay’s coastal groundwater reservoirs from seawater intrusion from the Pacific Ocean.

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