Wixom water
Earth Tech of Grand Rapids manages the city of Wixom's water and wastewater operations, shown here.

WIXOM-The Wixom City Council recently approved a new 7.5-year contract with EarthTech, Inc. of Grand Rapids to provide water and waste water system operations and maintenance services to the Detroit suburb through 2008.

The city originally privatized operation and maintenance of its water and waste water facilities in the late 1980s, following feasibility studies that showed a private company could accomplish the task more efficiently for less money.

The new contract, which took effect Jan. 1 and will continue through June 30, 2008, will save the city $40,000 per year over the previous contract, also with EarthTech, which ran from April of 1994 through June of 1999. Since that time, EarthTech had been working under an extended contract.