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The Past & Future of Newport’s Wastewater

"That’s why the City of Newport relies on SUEZ North America to maintain and operate its 10.7 million gallon per day (mgd) wastewater treatment facility and related infrastucture. The system includes 89 miles of sanitary sewer lines, 45 miles of storm water lines, 2,500 catch basins, 14 pump stations, and two combined sewer overflow facilities.

SUEZ also maintains Newport’s Industrial Pretreatment Program, (IPP) an effort to reduce the volume of pollutants discharged into the sewer system that have the potential to harm the environment, area residents, the collection system, the treatment plant, or the facility’s employees. The IPP program issues Wastewater Discharge Permits to businesses that discharge large volumes of wastewater or that discharge any substance other than domestic sewerage.

Under SUEZ management, more than a dozen capital improvements have been made. They include the deployment of a new SCADA system, new odor control scrubber, sodium hypochlorite system, dechlorination system, concrete tank repairs, pump station upgrades and landscaping.

SUEZ has also improved worker and plant safety, embedded new safety policies and procedures to be applied into every work routine, however simple or complex. Before SUEZ’ arrival, few staff members had any wastewater experience or had worked in an industrial setting. Since then, training has been given, proper protective gear has been issued, and standard operating procedures have been developed.

Above all, a new safety culture was established. Not only does this allow all employees can go home without injury to their families at the end of the day, but it allows for SUEZ to operate more efficiently for the City of Newport. In addition to their social costs, workplace injuries and illnesses have a major impact on an employer’s bottom line."

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