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The REMONDIS Aqua Group is continuing to expand in Poland – purchasing a 40 percent share in a company owned by the Trzemeszno city and district authorities in June 2014. Thanks to this acquisition, a further town in Poland is now benefiting from the innovative advantages of a public private partnership as well as from REMONDIS’ experience of operating modern water management systems.
An agreement was drawn up between the parties that was able to satisfy their various needs and interests. As a result, REMONDIS has acquired a minority shareholding in the municipal company, Zaklat Gospodarki Kommunalnej w Wyszogrodzie Sp. z o. o. (ZGK), and assumed responsibility for managing the company’s operations.
Bespoke concepts will also be needed in the future so that local authorities can work together with specialists to master the ever growing challenges in their water management sectors.
The city and district of Wyszogrod is situated on high ground west of Warsaw and looks down on the impressive Vistula River (Polish: Wisła). Located on such an exposed area, it is extremely important that the best possible processes are used to clean the wastewater generated there before it is discharged into the river. State-of-the-art technology is needed to further improve the quality of the water flowing through the Vistula.
One of the initial goals of this new partnership, which began on 01 January 2015, is, therefore, to optimise operations at the local sewage treatment plant and to convert it so that it is largely operated by automatic equipment. In addition, the 200km of pipes in the town’s water and sewage networks need to be maintained and extended. Three waterworks supply the 6,000+ local residents with drinking water. Focus here is being put on improving the way the different areas are connected to one another, so that the infrastructure can be optimised and the customers can benefit from a higher quality of water and stable water rates.
Another immediate project is to set up a customer service centre which will be able to answer any questions the local residents may have about water management in their town. Moreover, modern technology is to be installed here to make the invoicing process easier for the company and its customers. As is so often the case, REMONDIS Aqua took part in a public tender to win this contract in Wyszogrod. Impressed by the clear concepts REMONDIS had drawn up regarding investment and facility management, both the local councillors and the mayor of the city, Mariusz Bienek, opted to enter into a long-term agreement with the company rather than with one of its competitors.
Further support will also be coming from the nearby town of Drobin, where REMONDIS has been operating a successful joint venture with the local authorities there to supply drinking water and treat wastewater since 2006. Plans are to collaborate on a long-term basis with the cities sharing both their know-how and resources.
Impressed by the clear concepts REMONDIS had drawn up regarding investment and facility management, both the local councillors and the mayor of the city, Mariusz Bienek (2nd from left), opted to enter into a long-term agreement with the company