By PBN Staff
EAST PROVIDENCE – National provider of water and wastewater services United Water celebrated the completion of $52 million in infrastructure upgrades at its East Providence Water Pollution Control Facility.
The upgrades to the treatment plant have made it more operationally friendly and efficient, according to the company.
The upgrades included two new odor-control systems to help treat harmful and odorous gases, as well as a new collection system, which has increased capacity to eliminate sewer system overflows into the Providence River and Narragansett Bay.
“We’re excited to be part of this solution that helps East Providence meet its goal of providing efficient and sustainable wastewater service to its residents,” Bertrand Camus, CEO of United Water, said in prepared remarks.
In 2010, United Water began its 10-year, design-build-operate contract for East Providence’s wastewater collection treatment facilities, which provide services to nearly two-thirds of the city’s 50,000 residents. According to the company, the United Water plan is expected to save the city $13 million over what was budgeted under the traditional project delivery approach.
All upgrades to the plant were necessary to bring the collection system and treatment plant – built in 1954 – into compliance with the R.I. Department of Environmental Management.
In addition to renovations at the plant, United Water increased flow capacity at both the Watchemoket Cove and Boyden Boulevard pumping stations as well as a restoration of a three-mile stretch of the East Bay Bike Path that was damaged during construction.
“The health of our City and its people depends on the health of our environment,” Bruce Rogers, Mayor of East Providence, said in a statement. “The improvements at the treatment plant will go a long way to accomplishing this goal.”