City of Atlanta, Georgia

Mayor Bill Campbell

Population: 401,907
Service Area Population: 1.5 million

City Contact:
Larry Wallace
Chief Operating Officer
City of Atlanta
Office of the Mayor, Suite 2400
55 Trinity Ave. SW
Atlanta, GA 30335
404-330-6116

DESCRIPTION OF PARTNERSHIP ARRANGEMENT

The City of Atlanta entered into a long-term 20-year Partnership with United Water Services Atlanta (UWSA) for operation and maintenance of the City's water supply. UWSA will operate two conventional water treatment plants with a combined supply capacity of 192-mgd. The facilities employ advanced treatment technology, including coagulation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection processes. The water system, including the plants and distribution system, is over 100 years old and still functions well. UWSA will also be responsible for a distribution system consisting of 2,200 miles of service mains and feeder lines; as well as customer service, including meter reading and revenue collections. The contracting entity, UWSA, is a joint venture consisting of United Water Systems and Williams-Russell & Johnson, a local minority architectural and engineering firm.

ESTIMATED/ACTUAL COST SAVINGS— Capital Upgrades, Consumer Rates, and Fees

United Water pledged $9 million of added value upgrades in its proposal, and has already invested more than $4 million in improvements, including a new computerized customer service system, network installations, and software upgrades.

The projected savings from the Partnership are estimated to reach $400 million over the 20-year life of the project, a 45 percent savings. The value of the overall project was estimated at $428 million. No concession fees were paid and the City has retained rate-setting responsibilities.

LABOR RELATIONS

All public employees working at the facility were offered employment by UWSA with equal or better pay and benefits packages. Employee training has been enhanced with improved opportunities for career development. UWSA guaranteed no employee layoffs for the life of the contract. Currently, 417 employees work at the two plants and are represented by AFSCME. The signed contract between UWSA and AFSCME represents the first agreement in Georgia between a private sector employer and a municipal union.

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