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New water treatment plant serving Woonsocket community recycles discharge and protects river

The newly completed facility will recycle 100% of filter backwash water that will further protect the Blackstone River

SUEZ, working closely with engineering partner AECOM and the City of Woonsocket, has begun operating a state-of-the-art water treatment plant that will help the City meet the increasing demand for drinking water, while protecting the fragile Blackstone River. SUEZ will operate the 7-million-gallon-per-day plant and a raw water pump station under a 20 year, $44 million agreement.

The collaboration between the City of Woonsocket, AECOM and SUEZ will solve the environmental concerns of the community, and leave the city’s 40,000 residents with better quality water as a result of the advanced design of the water treatment plant.

“We have been working toward realizing our goal of a new plant for many years now,” said Director of Public Works, Steven D’Agostino. “We are looking forward to a very successful partnership with SUEZ and the impact this will have on our community.”

Operation of the plant is the latest in a series of initiatives to improve the life and health of the Blackstone River, which at one time had more than 1,000 factories built along its banks in a 46-mile stretch from Worcester to Pawtucket Falls. The new facility recycles filter backwash water, rather than discharging it into the Blackstone River, a practice dating to 1962 when the previous plant was built. The recycling step is a significant victory for the waterway as it makes its environmental recovery. 

“We pride ourselves on supporting the latest technology in water treatment,” said Nadine Leslie, CEO SUEZ North America. “Our team has the knowledge, skills and expertise necessary to operate the new facility at peak efficiency, which will enable the City to build a sustainable environment, now for their residents.”

The advanced water treatment plant treats water drawn from the Crookfall Brook watershed in six stages: pre-oxidation, rapid mix coagulation, flocculation, dissolved air flotation (DAF), granular media filtration, and primary disinfection. Using these stages, the new plant is capable of more efficiently removing impurities, such as iron, manganese and biological growths than the old plant.

“SUEZ looks forward to enhancing compliance standards and bringing operational excellence to the new Woonsocket Water Treatment Facility,” said Nadine Leslie, CEO SUEZ North America. “We are proud to serve the community and look forward to engaging with Woonsocket residents for many years to come.”

About SUEZ in North America

SUEZ North America operates across all 50 states and Canada with 3,000 employees dedicated to environmental sustainability and smart and sustainable resource management. The company provides drinking water, wastewater and waste collection service to 6.7 million people on a daily basis; treats 560 million gallons of water and 460 million gallons of wastewater each day; delivers water treatment and advanced network solutions to 16,000 industrial and municipal sites; processes 160,000 tons of waste for recycling; rehabilitates and maintains water assets for more than 6,000 municipal and industrial customers; and manages $4.1 billion in total assets. The company posted revenues of $1.1 billion in 2018 and is a subsidiary of Paris-based SUEZ.

About SUEZ

Since the end of the 19th century, SUEZ has built expertise aimed at helping people to constantly improve their quality of life by protecting their health and supporting economic growth. With an active presence on five continents, SUEZ and its 90,000 employees strive to preserve our environment’s natural capital: water, soil, and air. SUEZ provides innovative and resilient solutions in water management, waste recovery, site remediation and air treatment, optimizing municipalities’ and industries’ resource management through “smart” cities and improving their environmental and economic performance. The Group delivers sanitation services to 64 million people and produces 7.1 billion m3 of drinking water. SUEZ is also a contributor to economic growth, with more than 200,000 jobs created directly and indirectly on an annual basis, and a provider of new resources, with 4.2 million tons of secondary raw materials produced. By 2030, the Group is targeting 100% sustainable solutions, with a positive impact on our environment, health and climate. SUEZ generated total revenue of €18.0 billion in 2019.

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