SOURCE: CH2M HILL

April 25, 2008 13:46 ET

Arizona Town Adds 5 More Years to 15-Year Partnership With CH2M HILL OMI

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - April 25, 2008) - Council members for the Town of Prescott Valley, Ariz., last night unanimously approved a new five-year contract with CH2M HILL OMI.

Building on 15 years of partnership, CH2M HILL OMI will continue to operate and maintain the Prescott Valley water system, the newly expanded 3.75-mgd wastewater treatment plant, a 250-mile collection system, and the reclaimed water and recharge system. The new contract was signed April 24 and takes effect July 1.

"We appreciate the excellent service that CH2M HILL OMI has provided to our community over the years, and we look forward to working with the team in the years to come," says Neil Wadsworth, utilities director for Prescott Valley.

Since 1993, the company has earned several safety and performance awards while serving a population of about 44,000 citizens. Most recently, CH2M HILL OMI last year earned the Arizona Water Pollution Control Association's Water System of the Year Award, the AWPCA Safety Award in Wastewater Treatment and Collections, and the AWPCA Supervisor of the Year Award.

In addition, CH2M HILL OMI supported the town's successful program to auction the rights to effluent that comes from the town's wastewater treatment plant. A pioneering effluent credit auction the town held last fall delivered $67 million in funding needed for new resources and ensures the viability of the town's water portfolio. CH2M HILL OMI's strong operations and maintenance of the reclaimed water and recharge system is essential in helping the town deliver the effluent to buyers. Recognized as one of the top water resource projects of 2007, the program was a "Water Deal of the Year" finalist in the Global Water Awards, sponsored by leading industry publication Global Water Intelligence.

"We are proud of our Prescott Valley team's performance on this innovative project, and grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the town," says Elisa M. Speranza, president of CH2M HILL OMI. "Our team consistently strives to deliver excellent customer service while supporting the town's award-winning efforts to set new standards in the water and wastewater market."

Clients in government and industry rely on the people of CH2M HILL OMI to provide a range of custom-tailored operations and maintenance solutions. The company's services include water and wastewater system optimization; contract O&M of water, wastewater and other utilities; and complete municipal operations, including administration, public works and community development -- all backed by a commitment to safety, quality, innovation and customer service. Founded by CH2M HILL in 1980, the Englewood-based company serves clients in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.omi.ch2mhill.com.

Headquartered in Denver, Colo., employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in engineering, procurement, construction, management and operations for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. With more than $5 billion in revenue and 24,000 employees, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record (2007). The firm's work is concentrated in the areas of energy, water, transportation, environmental, nuclear and industrial facilities. The firm has long been recognized as a most-admired company and leading employer, including being named by FORTUNE as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For and one of America's Most Admired Companies (2008). Visit www.ch2mhill.com.

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