SA Water has briefed more than 110 specialist water and service delivery organisations on the scope of future commercial opportunities, which will ultimately lead to new contracts in water and wastewater production and treatment operations, and network field services.

The 90 minute industry briefing is the latest stage of SA Water’s Adelaide service delivery procurement process, which will ultimately lead to new contracts being signed to support two areas of its business: water and wastewater production and treatment operations, and network field services in the metropolitan Adelaide region.

For the last eight years SA Water’s Adelaide metropolitan service delivery has been supported by Allwater (a joint venture of SUEZ and Broadspectrum), with the arrangement drawing to a close at the end of its ten year contract period on 1 July 2021.

Following on from the industry briefing session, an Expression of Interest process will begin in June 2019 with shortlisted applicants proceeding to a Request for Proposal activity running from October 2019 to March 2020, with an independent probity advisor overseeing the process from start to finish.  

SA Water Chief Executive, Roch Cheroux, said a primary goal in negotiating the new contracts will be ensuring flexibility in their management and delivery.

“Agility is key to our ability to continuously improve our operations and the services we provide to our customers, and the way we set up our partnerships needs to reflect this,” Mr Cheroux said.

“As well as bringing great technical expertise and practical experience, our future partners will be fully aligned to our business strategy and our vision to provide South Australians with world class water services for a better life.

“We’re already national leaders and recognised innovators in the production and management of water, wastewater and recycled water, and partnering with other leaders means we can learn from and leverage their expertise to help deliver a better life for our customers,”  Mr Cheroux said.

Mr Cheroux said the new contracts must be modern and fit for purpose.

“So many aspects of our operating environment have changed over the last ten years – including our customers’ expectations of us, and our expectations of ourselves – so we need contemporary commercial contract arrangements that position us for the immediate future and to be continually responsive to change further down the track.

“Water services are essential to public health, our modern lifestyle, and social and economic development, and working together with us presents opportunities for lead and sub contractors to get close to the customers and communities we serve and have a positive impact,” Mr Cheroux said.

Production and treatment operations in the metropolitan Adelaide area include six water treatment plants and five wastewater treatment sites, with field services supporting around 9,200km of water mains serving more than 490,000 customer connections and 7,500km of wastewater mains supporting more than 460,000 connections.

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