Once-troubled water company gains $13.2 million OKC contract

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A water utility that made headlines for receiving one of the largest environmental quality fines in history will provide wastewater treatment in Oklahoma City.

By a 6-2 vote, the city council awarded a $13.2 million contract to Severn Trent Environmental Services.

The DEQ fined the utility $3 million for its mistakes in Hugo, Okla. Residents went more than 300 days without clean drinking water because the company failed to properly disinfect it.

Oklahoma City Manager James Couch said his department has met with Severn Trent and is confident all concerns have been addressed.

Councilman Pete White, who also chairs the city water trust, told NewsChannel 4 in January the city has done its due diligence investigating the company and he’s confident Severn Trent will do the job.

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