Today, a federal jury cleared United Water of all charges in relation to the company’s sampling methodology during its management of the Gary Sanitary District in Hammond, IN. In its final verdict the jury found that United Water was throughout compliant with all federal and local regulations. The federal government’s claim focused exclusively on sample monitoring methods, with no allegation of environmental harm.
Our CEO, Bertrand Camus, said: “We always believed that these allegations were unfounded and we were confident that all parties would be exonerated when the jury heard all the facts. It was clear in this case that we complied with the scope of our contract with the Gary Sanitary District and met environmental standards – facts that were never called into question. The result of the trial does not change the company’s well-earned reputation. We are a world-class water services company and we are proud of our people, our performance and the reputation that we have worked so hard to achieve over the 140 years that we have been in business.”
During the life of its contract, United Water invested millions of dollars to improve the operation of Gary’s wastewater treatment plant. The success of the partnership between the Gary Sanitary District and United Water is well documented. United Water made several major and costly infrastructure improvements to enhance environmental performance. The company’s partnership with the city resulted in awards from the Indiana Water Environment Association and the US Council of Mayors for the quality and integrity of the plant’s testing lab.
At United Water our goal is to provide customers with high quality water all the time. As the leader in the U.S. water services industry, our clean, reliable and affordable drinking water has constantly met or exceeded all federal and local standards. Our 2,300 employees around the country, work diligently to ensure that the nearly 6 million people we serve are supplied with water that is safe to drink and wastewater management that is efficient and environmentally sound.