American Water, which has been upgrading the water supply infrastructure at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., for the past five years in an effort to improve its quality and reliability, recently received the Director’s Award from the Partnership for Safe Water.
In 2007, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) awarded American Water a 50-year utilities privatization contract, creating a $6.3 million cost avoidance for the Air Force. Since then the firm has replaced more than 95,000 feet of mains and distribution lines and developed an accurate water system map of the base, reported AFCEC public affairs. American Water also made improvements to the valves and storage tanks.
The system already has recorded improved reliability and efficiency, with the rate of water main breaks and the installation’s water use dropping over the past five years.
To date, the Air Force has privatized 66 systems, creating a cost avoidance of $361 million, according to AFCEC. Currently the center has 85 systems, including electric, natural gas, water and wastewater, in various stages of the privatization solicitation process.