SUEZ, AECOM & C.H. NICKERSON selected by Woonsocket, RI to design, build and operate new water treatment plant

Contract with City of Woonsocket, RI calls for three firms to rebuild and upgrade water treatment plant and for SUEZ to operate reconstructed plant for 20 years.

SUEZ, AECOM Technical Services and C.H. Nickerson have been selected to negotiate with the City of Woonsocket, RI to rebuild and upgrade the City’s water treatment facility as part of a comprehensive, system wide plan to improve water quality. These improvements to Woonsocket’s water system, which will begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, are in line with the state’s mandate to comply with stringent water quality regulations.

Under the terms of the design, build and operate contract, AECOM Technical Services is the design engineer responsible for overall planning and guidance for the project. C.H. Nickerson & Company will perform the construction work and SUEZ will work with both firms to ensure successful startup and operations, compliant with all state and federal environmental regulations. SUEZ will also operate the new water treatment plant and a raw water pump station under a 20-year, $44 million agreement with the City of Woonsocket.

“This new water treatment facility has been a long time coming for the City,” said Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. “We were advised back in 2004 that the current plant wouldn’t last much longer so we are eager to break ground on a brand new plant that will produce the highest quality of water that our customers expect.”

SUEZ, AECOM and C.H. Nickerson will liaise with the City’s Department of Public Works, which is responsible for overseeing the provision of water treatment for the residents of Woonsocket. The City will continue to own the water system, including the plant and distribution system, as well control rate setting.

“We fully recognize that this a major investment for Woonsocket and it is imperative that we take excellent care of it,” said Eric Gernath, CEO for SUEZ North America. “We have proven capability to efficiently and effectively meet all the expectations for this project and our partnership is a proven way to operate efficiently, ensure adequate treatment, achieve compliance with environmental rules, enhance service provision, and improve the community’s water infrastructure.”

SUEZ is one of the largest water and wastewater utilities in the Northeast with operations throughout Rhode Island including East Providence, Newport, Pawtucket and Warren. In 2016, SUEZ, AECOM and C.H. Nickerson signed a contract with the City of Newport to rebuild and upgrade the City’s wastewater treatment facility.

About SUEZ in North America

SUEZ in North America operates across all 50 states and Canada with 3,350 employees dedicated to environmental sustainability and leading the resource revolution. The company provides drinking water, wastewater and waste collection service to 7.3 million people on a daily basis; treats 577 million gallons of water and 997 million gallons of wastewater each day; delivers water treatment and advanced network solutions to 16,000 industrial and municipal sites; processes 55,000 tons of waste for recycling; rehabilitates and maintains water assets for more than 4,000 municipal and industrial customers; and manages $4.1 billion in total assets. The company posted revenues of $1.275 billion in 2016 and is a subsidiary of Paris-based SUEZ.


We are in the era of the resource revolution. In a world facing high demographic growth, runaway urbanisation and the scarcity of natural resources, securing, optimising and renewing resources is essential for our future. SUEZ (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) delivers wastewater treatment services to 58 million people and reuses 882 million m3 of wastewater. SUEZ also recovers 16.9 million tons of waste a year, produces 3.9 million tons of secondary raw materials and 7 TWh of local renewable energy. Finally, SUEZ avoids 9.5 MtCO2e GHG emissions for its customers. With 83,921 employees, SUEZ is present on five continents and is a key player in the circular economy for the sustainable management of resources. SUEZ generated total revenues of $16.5 billion in 2016.

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