Landmark water project begins in Adelaide

It was an exciting day for our 190-strong Adelaide Service Delivery team on Wednesday 1 July with the launch of an alliance with SA Water.

Last December, SUEZ become the successful tenderer in a bid worth up to $276 million over five years to provide production and treatment water and wastewater services to metropolitan Adelaide.

Since then, the water team completed a rigorous period of transition, preparing for the end of the existing Allwater contract and the commencement of the new Adelaide Service Delivery contract. In just six months, the team rolled out up-to-date payroll, finance and safety systems and welcomed dozens of new employees to the SUEZ family.

The result is a formidable team ready to support SA Water in its commitment to providing trusted water and wastewater services to the people of Adelaide.

Roberto Bianchi, chief operating officer (water) for SUEZ, congratulated the team not only on its initial tender success, but also on what has already been achieved before the initial start date of 1 July.

“It really has been a huge task to put in place the processes and systems necessary to ensure the success of the alliance with SA Water right from day one,” Roberto said. “I acknowledge the hard work and dedicated effort that has brought us to this optimal starting point and thank all of our staff who have contributed.”

Under the arrangement, SUEZ will operate and maintain five drinking water and five wastewater treatment plants catering to the needs of around 1.2 million people. SUEZ will also manage water tanks, water and wastewater pumping stations and trunk mains.

Roberto said the Adelaide Service Delivery contract is a landmark project for the Australian water industry and is testament to the strength of the relationship between SUEZ and SA Water.

“It is a significant milestone for both organisations,” he said.

“We appreciate the trust once again placed in us by the team at SA Water, led by chief executive David Ryan. We are committed to our shared ambition of operational service excellence and to continue delivering trusted water services for the people of Adelaide,” Roberto concluded.