The City of Alice, Texas and Seven Seas Water Group, a provider of water-as-a-service (WaaS) solutions, have executed a contract for the construction of a Public-Private Partnership brackish water desalination plant to provide fresh drinking water to the residents of the City of Alice, Texas. This marks the first Public-Private Partnership to construct a brackish water treatment plant in the state of Texas. Seven Seas Water Group will finance, design, build, operate and maintain a brackish water reverse osmosis (BWRO) plant on land owned by the city.
Henry Charrabé, CEO of Seven Seas Water Group, said: “Our WaaS solution will insure a reliable and affordable source of water for the city. We are proud to provide a new source of fresh, drinking water for the citizens that is effective and cost efficient. This model of a public-private partnership is the blueprint to help resolve the water and wastewater infrastructure challenges and backlog in the United States. We very much look forward to installing our first Texas BWRO plant.”
Alice City Manager Michael Esparza added: “The Seven Seas Water Group WaaS approach offers an all-inclusive service package with no upfront capital investment, removing the unnecessary burden on taxpayers. We are pleased with the final contract and the price and solution offered by Seven Seas Water Group to provide clean water for our community.”
Less than one year ago, Seven Seas Water Group also announced its acquisition of a 20 MGD conventional water treatment plant system in Panama, serving a population of approximately 420,000 residents.
“We are thrilled that the City of Alice has chosen us to be their long-term partner for this critical public water infrastructure,” Richard Whiting, vice-president of business development for Seven Seas Water Group, concluded. “We sincerely hope that other municipalities will be able to look at this project delivery model as the template for how to marry public and private sector financing to deliver critical infrastructure in a timely and affordable manner.”