OCWA to continue partnership with the Region of Peel

    Proposal for 10-Year Water & Wastewater Services Approved

    TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) will
continue to operate, maintain, and manage the South Peel Water and Wastewater
Treatment System under a renewed 10-year agreement valued at $447 million. The
Region of Peel Council has approved OCWA's proposal which sets the foundation
for the agreement.
    OCWA has been managing the South Peel system since the 1950's. In 1999,
OCWA was the successful respondent to Peel Region's competitive process for
operations and maintenance management services. Since then, the four Peel
facilities and the distribution system have been extensively expanded and
upgraded to accommodate regional growth. Advanced technologies have been
introduced in all the facilities in response to industry change and to meet
new legislative demands. The system includes some of the most sophisticated
facilities in North America including the Lakeview Water Treatment Plant - one
of the world's largest membrane treatment facilities - and the G.E. Booth
Wastewater Treatment Facility which includes the world's largest biosolids
facility of its kind.
    "We are proud to have cost-effectively provided a high level of service
especially through years of the Region's major expansions. We've certainly
proven our operational mettle and our people have worked incredibly hard to
support the Region's capital plan for the system. The acceptance of our
operations and maintenance proposal shows the confidence and trust that the
Region has in OCWA," said David Edwards OCWA's South Peel Regional Manager.
    Commenting on the process, OCWA President & CEO Dante Pontone said, "The
strength of our established partnership with the Region supported ongoing and
open dialogue. This mutual trust and our commitment to excellent client
service has helped to shape our renewed partnership. We're looking forward to
signing the agreement and celebrating this milestone in business relations."
    According to the last census figure, the Region of Peel is now the 3rd
largest municipality in Canada. 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 coming
contract one of the largest of its kind in North America. For more
information: Peel Region News

    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.

For further information:

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

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