St. Louis Water Consultant Drops Contract Bid
ST. LOUIS - A French company that sought a $250,000 consulting contract to revamp the St. Louis water department has pulled out of the project.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Veolia Water North America told the city it's no longer interested. Mayor Francis Slay had sought the consultant to help reduce water division costs without layoffs or excessive rate hikes.
Local activists lobbied city leaders to dump Veolia, citing what they called the company's poor environmental record. They also feared the private company could be hired later to operate the city's public water supply.
A committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen was debating a proposal to cut the water division's budget to block the contract Tuesday when a Slay representative shared the company's reversal.