Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that the historic public-private partnership between United Water and Nassau County today received an award for innovation from the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships for its wastewater operation. The award ceremony took place at the P3 Connect 2015 National Conference for Public Private Partnerships in Boston.
“My administration has continued to implement public-private partnerships that enhance County services while saving taxpayer dollars,” said County Executive Mangano. “This contract is a milestone for Nassau County and a commitment to improving the quality of life for every resident. Working in partnership with United Water, we will continue restoring health to our bays, marshlands and the surrounding environment.”
United Water began its 20-year contract with Nassau County in January to operate and manage the County’s sewage treatment plants and collection system. The historic public-private partnership safeguards the environment, strengthens the quality of life in communities surrounding the treatment plants and saves the taxpayers a guaranteed minimum of $230 million during the term of the agreement.
“The Nassau project proves our ability to deliver our professional resource management services on a project of this scale. It also demonstrates another dimension to our flexibility and ability to create a bridge that connects our expertise to meet municipal needs throughout North America,” said Bertrand Camus, Chief Executive Officer of United Water and Suez Environnement North America.
“Through the National Public-Private Partnership Awards program, NCPPP recognizes those organizations and individuals going above and beyond to advance the concept and implementation of public-private partnerships across the country,” said NCPPP President Art Smith. “We are proud to recognize innovators and leaders whose work serves as exemplary partnership models.”