American Water wins 50-year, $771M contract for West Coast military installation

American Water announced this week that its Military Services Group has been awarded a contract to own, operate and maintain the water and wastewater utility systems at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

The Camden-based utility said in a news release that the Department of Defense contract is valued at about $771 million over 50 years, subject to an annual economic price adjustment.

“American Water is proud to be awarded this contract with Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as serving those who serve our country’s national security interests is a great honor for us,” CEO and President Walter Lynch said. “With the addition of JBLM, American Water has expanded its footprint to provide safe, clean and reliable water and wastewater treatment systems for service members, families and civilians at 17 military bases across the country.”

JBLM is a major West Coast military installation, with a population of about 110,000 — 40,000 active duty personnel, 60,000 family members and 15,000 civilian and contract employees.