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SUEZ wins Lucknow sewage treatment infrastructure contract

Global waste and water management company SUEZ Groupe SAS (SUEZ) has announced that it has been awarded the contract to manage the entire sewer network and wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, India's largest state. Worth EUR 98.3 million, this contract includes the 10-year operation and maintenance (O&M) of 1 600 kilometres of sewer network, three WWTPs and eight sewage pumping stations that serve some 2.8 million inhabitants.

The iconic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan stands on the southern bank of the Yamuna River in Agra, India. While the Taj Mahal, relies on water for aesthetics, the country’s power supply is increasingly in jeopardy due to water shortages, costing power generation and revenue according to a World Resources Institute (WRI) study. Severe pollution of waterways including the revered River Ganges is another major challenge for the country, something the Ganges Clean-Up programme (Namami Ganga) aims to address (photo courtesy Markku Björkman).

According to a statement, it is the first time in India that a single service provider will manage all the sewer infrastructure in a city, thus optimising wastewater treatment. The objective of this project is to improve the water quality of Gomti River, a tributary of the Ganges, by treating all wastewater flowing into the river.

The contract is part of the Ganges Clean-Up programme (Namami Ganga) which aims to improve the quality of water in the river and its tributaries by stopping untreated wastewater discharge from cities along these rivers.

The city of Lucknow is equipped with eight major pumping stations of wastewater feeding to three wastewater treatment plants (14 000, 42 000, and 345 000 m3/day). In order to optimise the maintenance of over 1 600 km of underground sewer network, SUEZ will deploy, for the first time in India, a fully mechanised network cleaning system.

The Group will also provide real-time network operation service, with the latest innovations for Advanced Asset Management, Inspection, and Emergency Response planning.

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