CITY OF WEST HAVEN, CT
DESCRIPTION OF PARTNERSHIP ARRANGEMENT
In October 1994, the City of West Haven and Professional Services Group (PSG) entered into a five year contract for the management, operation, and maintenance of the City's 12.5 MGD wastewater treatment facility, 13 pump stations, and 135 miles of collection sewers. Under this agreement PSG provides the daily maintenance and operation of the wastewater facility and the sewer collection system. Upon commencement of the contract, PSG implemented specific improvements to the facility and process controls to improve operational efficiencies and comply with all applicable laws and regulations. The City continues to own all system components, retains rate setting authority and control of all capital investments.
ESTIMATED/ACTUAL COST SAVINGS -- IMPACT ON RATES
The City pays PSG a service fee for managing the wastewater system. The estimated cost saving during the first year of the contract was $700,000 and the total savings for the City over the life of the contract is estimated to be approximately $2 million. The City, through the foresight of the Mayor and the Water Pollution Control Commission, has been able to keep the sewer use fee at a constant rate since its inception four years ago.
Contractually PSG was required to offer employment to all City personnel assigned
full-time to the wastewater treatment facility, providing benefits and wages comparable to
those wages and benefits provided by the City. The employment was contingent upon the City
personnel proving acceptable to job related functions by a drug screening physical and
pre-assignment physical. AFSCME maintains a bargaining unit at the treatment facility for
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J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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