Canton Municipal Utilities has entered into a five-year contract with a leading North American company to operate the Beatties Bluff Wastewater Treatment Plant. 


CMU bid out the contract, awarded to Veolia North America, a company that provides wastewater services to hundreds of communities in the U.S. and Canada.


The contract is for $1 million per year, and includes operation and maintenance of the facility. The contract also calls for sludge removal, something CMU previously bid out separately. 


“We are extremely pleased to partner with Canton Municipal Utilities to bring the highest quality wastewater treatment services to the people of Madison County,” Bill DCroce, president and CEO of Veolia North America, said. 


Attempts to contact CMU General Manager Stephen Thompson for comment were unsuccessful. 


Beatties Bluff, located in northwestern Madison County, is a multi-million dollar facility owned by CMU and the Madison County Wastewater Authority. Beatties Bluff was built to treat eight million gallons of wastewater per day. To date, the plant currently treats about four million gallons of wastewater a day.


Beatties Bluff is the centerpiece of the Madison County Wastewater Authority’s network and includes nearly 40 miles of large diameter wastewater lines. In 2003, work began on the projects initially to accommodate the Nissan Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton and for the expansive residential growth throughout the county. 


CMU currently utilizes 44 percent of the wastewater flow at Beatties Bluff. Bear Creek Water Association utilizes 32 percent of the flow. Madison the City currently utilizes 21 percent of the flow and the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District utilizes 2 percent of the flow.