The Mohawk Valley Water Authority and SUEZ North America have signed a five-year contract for SUEZ to operate, manage and maintain the Hinckley Water Treatment Plant.

The facility in Prospect provides service to about 126,500 people in Utica and neighboring towns in Oneida and Herkimer Counties.

The plant is a 32-million gallon-per-day filtration facility which treats water from the Hinckley Reservoir.

SUEZ will also partner with the MVWA on its capital improvement program.

The new agreement totals $16 million.

MVWA will continue to own the water system, including the plant and distribution system, control rate setting and manage its capital improvement program.

"MVWA is now well-positioned to continue its focus on enhancing water service delivery while maintaining and improving our water system infrastructure." said Mohawk Valley Water Authority Executive Director Patrick Becher.

Authority employees at the water treatment plan will become employees of SUEZ as of today.

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