The contract requires Veolia to operate and maintain the plants over eight years.

The plants deliver potable water and wastewater treatment services to more than 500,000 people in NSW’s six local government areas.

Veolia said its global expertise in water operations will enable to deploy best-practice technologies and also support to ease cost pressures for local families and businesses.

Hunter Water provides drinking water and wastewater services to 570,000 residents and customers in the Hunter region.

Veolia has been present in Australia for more than 20 years and operates over 30 water treatment plants in Australia and New Zealand.

The latest contract expands Veolia’s existing presence in the Hunter region with companies including Tomago Aluminium, Eraring and Rio Tinto Coal.

Veolia supplied 94 million people with drinking water and 62 million people with wastewater services in 2013.

The company generated million megawatt hours of energy and converted 38 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy in 2013.

Image: The contract requires Veolia to operate and maintain Hunter Water’s plants over eight years. Photo: Courtesy of sakhorn38/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.