Robert Manbeck 2017-04-05 01:39:54
Last November, SUEZ welcomed customers, government, regulatory and chamber of commerce officials to the dedication of its newest, most innovative technology water treatment plant in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania — the government seat of Columbia County that is Home to Bloomsburg University, the Bloomsburg Fair and companies like Autoneum, a manufacturer of vehicle carpet. The $32 million investment resulted in a world-class facility that replaced a more than 100-year old plant that was prone to past flooding. The company had a presence in the area since 1986 and serves an eight county region. The new plant is located above the floodplain on higher ground, across from the old plant. It utilizes the existing source of supply to process four million gallons of water per day and serve an estimated population of nearly 20,000 people in Bloomsburg and portions of surrounding townships. Collaboration between the SUEZ utility division and its sister company Treatment Solutions resulted in a treatment process that yields the highest quality of water possible. Innovation has led to a pressurized membrane ultrafiltration system that is housed on Treatment Solutions’ “SmartRack” technology. It also features the company’s proprietary “Superpuslator” clarifer to enhance sediment removal from the raw water pumped from Fishing Creek, a historically reliable supply source. SUEZ North America Chief Executive Officer Eric Gernath keynoted the dedication, saying that the world-class plant will provide reliable water service to customers throughout the region for decades to come. “SUEZ utilizes world-class expertise to construct water facilities that supply high quality water to customers all over the globe. These truly are state-of-the-art processes that are producing water of exceptional quality and ensuring reliable service, 365 days a year.” Before construction began, SUEZ worked closely with local and state governmental officials to ensure a design that would meet the future water service needs of the area for decades to come. The company implemented design changes during and after the permitting process. “There were several roadblocks that occurred along the way, but governmental and community officials rallied for us,” SUEZ in North American Utility Division President David Stanton said. “This is a great example of public private partnerships to grow Bloomsburg and surrounding communities.” State Senator John Gordner and State Representative Dave Millard collaborated with the company on the project. They understood the full scope of what SUEZ planned and heralded the technology. “This is an incredible investment,” Gordner remarked. “SUEZ did not go with the standard from five or 10 years ago. They decided to make it cutting-edge technology, which speaks a lot for their foresight. There was a concerted effort by the company to meet future economic needs.” Calling the dedication a “historic occasion for the region,” Rep. Millard went on to say that “Economic growth is dependent on a reliable water supply. We take water for granted and generally don’t question its quality, except when something like flooding impacts service. This new facility will assure continuous service through the innovative technology SUEZ has installed. I thank SUEZ for this substantial investment.” Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Chairman Gladys Brown addressed the reliability aspect of the project. “We are happy that SUEZ prioritized replacement of their old plant, knowing that customers will benefit. The PUC has placed major emphasis on safeguarding utility systems to preserve the reliability of service. The new plant is a great example of a forward-thinking approach.” Columbia County Commission Chairman Chris Young’s father and brother worked at the original water treatment plant serving the area. He and commissioners provided input to SUEZ regarding reliability issues. I could not be more pleased with the scope of this extensive project that benefits SUEZ customers in Bloomsburg and adjacent communities,” said Young. “Not only will it provide great water for years to come, the plant will also enhance economic vitality throughout the portion of Columbia County that is served by SUEZ.” Vice President and General Manager of the company’s Mid-Atlantic Division John Hollenbach expressed satisfaction in bringing this substantial investment to the people of Columbia County. “The new plant project represents the largest investment made in Pennsylvania by SUEZ and reflects our commitment to excellent water quality and service reliability,” he said. SUEZ North America operates across the U.S. and Canada with over 3,500 employees dedicated to environmental sustainability. The company provides drinking water, wastewater and waste collection service to more than 7.4 million people on a daily basis and treats over 570 million gallons of water and 815 million gallons of wastewater each day. It also offers water treatment and advanced network solutions to 16,000 industrial and municipal sites, processes waste for recycling and rehabilitates and maintains water assets for more than 4,000 municipal and industrial customers. SUEZ manages more than $4.1 billion in total assets and is a subsidiary of Parisbased SUEZ. United Water rebranded to SUEZ in 2015. The new name resulted from consolidation of nearly 50 global companies in 70 countries to better integrate products and services for customers. SUEZ, under a different name, has been the parent company of United Water for several years and is the same company that helped finance and build the SUEZ Canal. The SUEZ Pennsylvania Operations consist of 14 water systems, which are grouped by region and serve more than 166,000 people in nearly 40 municipalities across eight Pennsylvania counties: Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Luzerne, Perry, Schuylkill, Wyoming and York. Customer centricity is the goal of the 94 employees whose combined efforts provide for the delivery of an average of nearly 21 million gallons of water per day. The company’s operations are regulated by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, the state Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The company’s largest operation area provides water service to customers located in 12 Dauphin County municipalities, including the suburbs of the city of Harrisburg. In Cumberland and York Counties, SUEZ serves customers in Mechanicsburg and portions of six surrounding municipalities. Operations in Perry County serve Marysville and portions of Rye Township. SUEZ also serves the Back Mountain areas of Luzerne County, including the Dallas and Harvey’s Lake boroughs and Dallas, Kingston and Lake townships. The company’s workforce includes highlyexperienced water treatment plant operators, maintenance technicians, engineers and field service personnel. Its main office is located in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County. A call center near Hummelstown services inquiries from throughout the eight county service area. ■ Robert Manbeck is public affairs manager for SUEZ’s Pennsylvania operations At a Glance: SUEZ Pennsylvania’s Operations Eight Counties, 40 municipalities 94 employees Approximately 60,000 customer connections serving more than 166,000 people Four surface water treatment plants 29 wells 36 water storage facilities 30 booster stations Over 880 miles of water mains More than 10,500 valves
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