Smart infrastructure solutions company Costain has been awarded a five-year sole maintenance service provider framework contract by United Utilities.
The framework deal, which begins this month, is expected to be worth £35 million a year for the duration of the contract and includes an option for a further 10-year extension.
Costain will provide overall management and delivery of United Utilities' larger-scale water and waste water asset maintenance activities across its network, including 96 water treatment and 575 waste water treatment sites serving at least six million people in the north-west of England.
The company says its integrated technology and consulting solutions will help United Utilities move from a reactive 'fix-on-fail' approach to an active maintenance programme, thereby improving the resilience of its assets and environmental outcomes while guaranteeing continuity of supply and consequently lower costs for its customers.
Alex Vaughan, CEO of Costain, said: "By integrating our programme management, asset optimisation and technology capabilities, Costain will help United Utilities to support its business transformation.
"Our integrated services and use of digital technology will help to deliver a step change in business performance and operational efficiencies for United Utilities in support of their strategy and in line with customer expectations and regulatory requirements."