Veolia North America has entered into a contract to assume operations and management of the Downriver Wastewater Treatment Facility in Wyandotte, Michigan. The company will operate and maintain wastewater services for 13 tributary communities on behalf of the Downriver Utility Wastewater Authority (DUWA), which recently assumed ownership of the plant.
The Downriver system, the second largest wastewater system in Michigan, serves a population of 350,000 in the communities of Allen Park, Belleville, Brownstown Township, Ecorse, Dearborn Heights, Lincoln Park, River Rouge, Riverview, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor, Van Buren Township and Wyandotte.
DUWA acquired the plant after successful negotiations with Wayne County, owners and operators since 1962. Ownership will now be assumed by the individual communities under the umbrella of the authority, which will be overseen by a Board of Directors made up of leaders from each of the communities.
“We’re excited to welcome twenty-six men and women who have worked at the facility as employees of the county as vital new members of the Veolia North America team," says Bill DiCroce, President and CEO of Veolia North America.
Veolia North America designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Their breadth of expertise includes providing quality wastewater services to more than 230 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Under terms of the contract, they will oversee the plant for the next 20 years.