JERSEY CITY, NJ - SUEZ and the Jersey City Municipal Utility Authority (JCMUA) have agreed to extend their successful 22-year maintenance and operations agreement for water services an additional nine years to 2027 for approximately $150 million. Under the new contract, which is projected to save the City $7.8 million over its lifetime, SUEZ will focus its support on infrastructure improvement projects and critical upgrades that support the City’s sustainability goals and are in line with JCMUA’s plans for the system.
“SUEZ fully understands the demands of the JCMUA to maintain compliance with environmental regulations while improving the customer experience for residents and businesses of the City,” said Jeremy Farrell, Executive Director of the JCMUA. “The demand to replace and update the aging infrastructure often requires technical capabilities that are not readily available. SUEZ has experts in every area of the water and wastewater infrastructure and the partnership has paved the way for the modernization of the Jersey City water system.”
The construction of the Newport area in 1986 marked the beginning of Jersey City’s renaissance. Ten years later, SUEZ and Jersey City entered into the largest U.S. water service public-private partnership of its day. Since then, the progress on both fronts has been impressive, with sound, reliable infrastructure shoring up Jersey City’s growth. More than $1 billion has been invested in the construction of 11 million square feet of offices, retail shops, housing and recreational facilities along Jersey City’s Hudson River esplanade.
“We are honored to continue our partnership with the Jersey City MUA,” said Eric Gernath, chief executive officer, SUEZ North America. “Shoring up the nation’s water and wastewater systems and providing reliable supply and treatment to the residents of every community we serve is what our company is built on. For over 20 years, SUEZ has brought national and global knowledge to Jersey City, ensuring the availability of world-class solutions for the community. The safety and reliability of the City’s water system is our priority.”
SUEZ’ accomplishments with the JCMUA have included bringing the City into compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule and optimizing the water treatment process to improve water quality. These accomplishments are even more impressive given the enormity of the Jersey City system, which provides roughly 50 million gallons of water a day to 262,000 people. Under the new agreement, which took effect May 1st, SUEZ will install an automated meter infrastructure (AMI) system that will help customers save money through better leak detection, improved billing accuracy, and enhanced system reliability.