Rural Ontario county rejects P3 wastewater bids, stays public
Councilors see through low-ball bids, high estimated operating costs.
May 27, 2009 — The county of Prince Edward, Ontario has quietly abandoned plans to privatize a new wastewater treatment plant.
In late March, county council voted to reject bids from both Corix and EPCOR, because of "high capital costs" and "proposed operating costs far exceeding the known operating costs" of public operation.
The decision reinforces CUPE's argument that privatizing the plant operation would be like flushing money down the toilet.
When the losing P3 bids are unpacked, it becomes clear both Corix and EPCOR saw the long-term operating contract as the money maker, and used the construction part of their bid as the loss-leader. In fact, members of a county committee overseeing the project acknowledged the construction price was less than what was needed - and what that meant - in a public meeting...
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Prince Edward County wastewater stays public, by CUPE, May 27 2009
Posted: May 28, 2009
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