LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 10, 2009--
SouthWest Water Company (NASDAQ:SWWC) today announced a 10-year contract
renewal with its long-term client Horizon Regional Municipal Utility
District (“HRMUD”) in Horizon City, Texas. Under the new contract,
SouthWest Water will continue to operate and maintain HRMUD’s water and
wastewater systems and manage its meter reading, billing and collections.
“SouthWest Water does an excellent job serving our community,” said
HRMUD President John Navidomskis. “We are happy to renew this contract
and ensure the continuity of this quality service.”
"We are proud of the support and confidence that the HRMUD’s officials
have shown in us,” said Jim
Brown, Managing Director of SouthWest Water’s Texas MUD Services
division. “We look forward to continuing to provide outstanding service
to the residents of Horizon City."
HRMUD represents approximately 25,000 customers in a 91,000-acre area in
east El Paso County, Texas, primarily serving Horizon City. SouthWest
Water has operated the water and wastewater systems since 1995. The
Horizon area has one of the most reliable water supplies in the arid
Southwest thanks to an abundant aquifer, known as the Hueco Bolson. The
water, however, has an extremely high mineral content that makes it
undrinkable without extensive treatment. In the late 1990s, SouthWest
Water proposed building four new wells and a reverse osmosis (“RO”)
treatment facility to turn this brackish groundwater into water of
superior quality to meet the challenge of a long-term potable water
supply. In 2001, less than two years after construction began, SouthWest
Water completed the design-build-operate project, putting in operation a
state-of-the-art RO plant that can produce six million gallons of water
per day and be expanded to accommodate future growth in the area. That
same year, the contract won a prestigious award from the National
Council for Public-Private Partnership.
The wastewater collection system consists of 14 lift stations and the
associated pressure and gravity sewer mains that collect an average of
1.4 million gallons of sewage a day, sending it to the 1.5
million-gallons-per-day wastewater treatment facility, made up of an
aerated lagoon system and two activated sludge plants. Much of the
treated effluent is recycled for irrigation purposes.
About SouthWest Water
SouthWest Water Company provides a broad range of operations,
maintenance and management services, including water production,
treatment and distribution; wastewater collection and treatment;
customer service; and utility infrastructure construction management.
The company owns regulated public utilities and also serves cities,
utility districts and private companies under contract. More than a
million people in nine states depend on SouthWest Water for
high-quality, reliable service. Additional information may be found on
the company’s website: www.swwc.com.
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