CITY OF WEST HAVEN, CT
Mayor H. Robert Borer, Jr.

  • Population: 55,000
  • Service Area Population: 55,000

For additional information, contact: William C. Norton Administrator WPCC City of West Haven 355 Main Street West Haven, CT 06516 (203) 937-3591 FAX (203) 937-3704

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.

LABOR RELATIONS

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 the employees.

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