PERC Water to Expand Wastewater Treatment Facility

February 15, 2012

PERC Water was unanimously selected by the Adelanto City Council to take over the operation and maintenance of their wastewater treatment facility and immediately begin designing an expansion of that facility.

Adelanto, Calif., is located approximately 50 miles north of Riverside and has a population of 31,000. Due to a steady stream of new residents, Adelanto began an expansion of their original wastewater treatment facility in 2007 but progress remained at a standstill four years later, resulting in a Cease and Desist Order from the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Without the necessary capacity, the City has had to divert a significant portion of their wastewater to a regional facility.

Dr. D. James Hart, City Manager of Adelanto, said, "Currently the City's wastewater treatment facility is undersized to meet the incoming flow. There has been an effort to expand the plant since 2007. However, the City and Contractor ran into difficulties that would forestall completion of the expansion within the time lines required by the Regional Water Board. As a result, the City was under the threat of having a connection ban imposed. Through the diligent effort of the City team, the connection ban was not imposed and the City needed to move quickly to finalize the expansion."

Under the terms of the contract, PERC Water will implement their trademarked Turn Around Plan, a program designed to assist water and wastewater infrastructure owners in restructuring their operations and upgrading their facilities to bring them into compliance in an economical manner. PERC Water is contracted to operate the facility for seven years and will implement their TAP, performing the necessary upgrades to reach a treatment capacity of 4 million gallons per day by mid 2013. This will satisfy the requirements of the Cease and Desist Order and allow the City to stop diverting the excess wastewater to the regional facility. As a result of PERC Water's integrated design-build-operate team, they have the in-house expertise necessary to perform all of the upgrades and expansions necessary to bring the Adelanto Facility into compliance and treat all of its wastewater.

Dr. Hart continued, "The City was pleased to select PERC Water as the company to finalize the wastewater plant expansion and to come in as the City's plant operator once the plant is expanded. As the City staff reviewed proposals and interviewed prospects, it became clear that PERC Water shared the same philosophy regarding the urgency to finish the plant expansion and had highly skilled staff who would get the expansion completed timely. Additionally, PERC Water was willing to work under a guaranteed price and that was attractive to the City because it ensured the City Council and public that there are no hidden costs or over runs that would inflate the final price. This was truly a transparent process."

Bob Nespeca, PERC Water's Vice President of Infrastructure Concessions, commented, "We are looking forward to our partnership with the City of Adelanto and are excited to implement our tried and tested TAP program to alleviate the City's compliance issues. We are very impressed by the City's dedication and commitment to its ratepayers and the environment."

Source: PERC