OCWA signs historic contract with the Region of Peel

    10-year Water & Wastewater Services valued at $447 million

    TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) will
continue its partnership with the Region of Peel to operate, maintain, and
manage the South Peel Water and Wastewater Treatment System under a new
contract valued at $447 million. The 10-year agreement with a 5-year extension
option, reflects OCWA's experience, value, and position as trusted provider of
water and wastewater services in Ontario.
    Contract highlights include enhanced service delivery, an expanded and
versatile asset management program, and OCWA's compliance systems which
support environmental integrity, process and energy efficiencies, occupational
health and safety, and client confidence.
    The new agreement addresses the massive infrastructure expansions and
upgrades that the South Peel system has undergone since the last contract was
signed in 1999. It also realigns OCWA's staffing structure to meet the
Region's evolving needs, and support the system's capital works program.
    "We are extremely pleased that the Region has chosen to continue to place
their trust in OCWA," said OCWA interim President & CEO, Robin Kind. "We
appreciated the process of open communication and mutual respect as our
organizations worked together to build this new agreement that we believe
offers excellent value to the Region of Peel."
    In 2007, the Region of Peel began an extensive review of future
operations and maintenance options for the South Peel system. Evaluation
criteria were built from industry measures and best practices identified by
EMA Canada through more than 450 evaluations of water and wastewater
operations across North America. As noted in the Recommendation Document
97P-075, the internal review "indicated that OCWA's current performance in
South Peel is among the top five percent in North America and that the Region
is currently receiving a very high level of service."
    A long-term contract with OCWA was deemed to provide the best value to
the Region. Key benefits identified OCWA's history of sound operational
performance, effective management, and availability of essential services.
    OCWA will continue to provide water and wastewater treatment services to
Peel's growing population of about 1.2 million over a geographic area of 1225
square kilometres, making the contract one of the largest of its kind in North

    About OCWA

    The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) provides environmentally
responsible and cost-effective water and wastewater services to
municipalities, institutions, industry and First Nations. Established as a
provincial crown agency in 1993, OCWA operations, engineering, and technical
services provide clean water expertise to businesses and communities all
across Ontario.

    French version of news release available upon request.

For further information:

For further information: Glen Lang, Manager, Corporate Planning &
Communications, (416) 314-3795, www.ocwa.com

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