Sydney Water has awarded a 15-year contract extension for the operation and maintenance of the Wyuna Water Facilities.

The contract extension was awarded to Veolia.

Wyuna Water is a Special Purpose Vehicle owned jointly by IFM Investors and Veolia. Wyuna Water outsources the Operations & Maintenance requirements to Veolia under a long term agreement. Under the contract extension, worth in excess of A$400m, Veolia will continue to operate and maintain the Illawarra and Woronora Water Treatment Plants, which supply high quality drinking water to more than 500,000 people across the Sydney and Illawarra region.

The contract extension comes after 20 years of successful operations, which has seen the plants perform safely, efficiently and reliably not just in relation to water quality but also ISO health, safety, environment and quality certifications.

Commenting on the partnership, Veolia’s Managing Director, Doug Dean AM, said, “This long-term partnership with Sydney Water is a testament to the high level of operational performance Veolia has been able to achieve.

“By integrating our best-practice solutions, we have been able to deliver sustainable outcomes which protect the environment, while delivering efficiency and value to Sydney Water.”

A key element of the Wyuna Water BOOT contract with Sydney Water is the Wyuna Science and Technology Agreement, which supports opportunities for joint research and development, as well as a fellowship program.

The agreement has played a significant role in fostering the sharing of information and technology as well as transferable skills between Veolia and Sydney Water.

Research and development projects under the agreement include drinking water research (including catchment management, storage management, raw water quality, treatment processes, distribution networks, consumption forecasting and health), wastewater research and stormwater research.

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