On January 2, 2015 United Water began a 20-year partnership with Nassau County in the Long Island suburbs of New York City. Together with the County, United Water will operate and manage three sewage treatment plants and collection system for 1.2 million people. It is our responsibility to promote a sustainable community in Nassau County and return clean, treated water to surrounding bays and estuaries.
United Water also welcomed over 130 county employees. The employees heard from United Water CEO Bertrand Camus who stressed the importance of this pollution control contract and its promise to improve the quality of life for neighboring residents.
County officials reminded the group that local environmental groups have called this project a “reason for hope” and Long Islanders are now looking forward to a day when health is restored to surrounding bays and estuaries and clamming and fishing make a dramatic comeback.
Before beginning their duties, employees signed an environment, health and safety pledge to each other and to the communities they are responsible for serving.
Nadine Leslie, United Water Environmental Services President reinforced that while it will certainly take some time to make all the improvements we’re planning, in the end, we will create a state-of-the-art, resilient public service which Nassau County can rely upon.
On “Day 1” we were pleased to announce that the project started out having already met an important milestone; already exceeding its guaranteed $10 million in first-year savings to the county by almost $2 million. According to an independent adviser to the county, the project will save Nassau County taxpayers a guaranteed minimum of $230 million during the terms of the agreement, a number which could grow to more than $650 million.
In this unique partnership, Nassau County will maintain full ownership and control all of the capital dollars invested at the facilities. In addition the county will oversee all state and federal aid dollars committed to repairing damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
United Water will operate transparently and engage with the community by holding regular meetings, publishing facility reports and data, and providing video feeds to monitor the some of the plant’s daily operation.