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Paris/Lünen. France's largest water board, the Syndicat des Eaux d'Ile-de-France (SEDIF), has completed its preliminary assessment stage concerning the awarding of a contract to supply drinking water to the Ile de France region with REMONDIS Aqua prequalifying as a suitable supplier. REMONDIS Aqua is participating in the tender process which involves the 144 towns and districts in the region excluding the City of Paris itself. Of the 11 initial bidders, only three French competitors have successfully passed the international selection process alongside REMONDIS Aqua allowing them to move to the next stage of the process: Veolia Environment, Suez and Saur. The contract for supplying the approx. 4.3 million inhabitants of the Ile de France or Greater Paris region with drinking water has been held uninterruptedly by Veolia since 1923. As a result of increasing pressure to raise efficiency and lower costs, SEDIF has begun a tender process to look for the best possible provider. REMONDIS Aqua will now submit a full service offer which will be placing special emphasis on quality, safety and cost efficiency.
The Ile de France is by far the most heavily populated region in France. It consists of eight departments - including Paris itself - with around 12 million inhabitants. The tender itself covers the running of the 3 waterworks and facilities as well as the pipe network stretching over 9,000 kilometres for supplying drinking water to the 144 towns and districts of the Greater Paris region with its approx. 4.3 million inhabitants.
According to information provided by the French Environment Ministry, up to 75% of the drinking water supply sector has been privatized in France. And the level of privatization within the wastewater treatment sector lies at 50%. In contrast to Germany, French councils and municipal associations often use private sector suppliers to guarantee their drinking water supply and wastewater treatment services.
REMONDIS Aqua is already responsible for wastewater treatment for around 5 million people in Turkey and now has the opportunity to demonstrate its skills in the area of drinking water supply by winning France's biggest drinking water supply contract.
Since its foundation in 1934, REMONDIS AG & Co. KG, has become one of the leading international water and environmental service companies - based on the solid foundations of a family-run business full of tradition. The company group has more than 480 branches and associated companies in 20 European countries as well as in China, Japan, Taiwan and Australia. Across the world, REMONDIS provides professional services for over 20 million inhabitants and many thousands of businesses.
REMONDIS Aqua GmbH & Co. KG is a fully owned subsidiary of REMONDIS and one of the leading German suppliers of contracting solutions within the area of industrial water management. The company has already carried out numerous industrial projects with partners such as MAN, Akzo Nobel, BASF, Henkel, Saxonia and Deutsche Nickel. Recently, REMONDIS Aqua has, in particular, expanded internationally with wastewater projects in Spain, Poland and Turkey.
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