United Water Awarded for Protecting Waters Around Narragansett Bay

United Water Awarded for Protecting Waters Around Narragansett Bay

Protecting the environment is our most important job, and so, we’re pleased to announce that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has singled out our wastewater treatment plants in Newport and Providence, Rhode Island, for their exceptional work in protecting the environmentally sensitive waters in and around Narragansett Bay.   Millions of annual visitors to the region enjoy this scenic waterway and expect nothing less than for it to be safe and clean.  Sailing, boating, fishing, kayaking, cruising, swimming and seal watching are a few of the recreational opportunities it offers.   This year, as stewards of this estuary, United Water East Providence received two awards: the 2014 Regional EPA Industrial Pretreatment Program Award and the 2014 Regional EPA Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation and Maintenance Award. United Water Newport won the 2014 Regional EPA Industrial Pretreatment Program Award.   We’re proud of the work we have accomplished with our partners in New England, and by the United Water employees who lead those partnerships.   The East Providence and the Newport plants were both nominated by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) “to acknowledge all the outstanding work” performed by the plants over the years, as well as for “exceptional work in inspecting, permitting and sampling its industrial users that discharge industrial waste into the City’s collection system.”   In East Providence, United Water reconfigured the plant to include, among other things, technology that improves water quality in the Providence River and Narragansett Bay by using naturally occurring microorganisms, rather than chemicals, to remove nitrogen and other nutrients during treatment. In Newport, United Water diligently maintains Newport’s Industrial Pretreatment...
Working towards achieving excellence in the environmental industry

Working towards achieving excellence in the environmental industry

We are proud to announce that SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT NORTH AMERICA rose sharply up the ranks of the largest environmental services companies operating in North America in the annual industry listing complied by Engineering News Record. Our rise in the rankings, which are based on revenues, is due in part to United Water, SENA Waste Services, Degremont Technologies and Utility Service Group reporting jointly. What make this news even more exciting for us is that is clear that our ambition to excel all industries in which we operate achievable. Currently we rank: Second in serving municipal clients in the country Third for water treatment and supply services Third in companies specializing in only environmental services (versus heavy construction) We could not have achieved this significant business growth within our companies without the dedication of our employees. It takes innovation and dedication to achieve this success. Here are some of the amazing projects that have recently contributed to our growth within the environmental services industry: SENA Waste Services won two operation and maintenance contracts with a total value of $120 million, with the City of Edmonton, Alberta. Operating in tandem, the Edmonton Composting Facility and the Materials Recovery Facility at the Edmonton Waste Management Center enable the city to divert 60% of household waste from landfill through recycling and composting. United Water, in February, announced the signing of a new five-year agreement worth approximately $50 million with the West Basin Municipal Water District to operate and maintain the District’s Edward C. Little Water Recycling Plant and four satellite plants. Together the facilities comprise one of the most unique water recycling operations...
Distinguishing ourselves in workplace safety excellence

Distinguishing ourselves in workplace safety excellence

  As a company, we maintain the safety-oriented mindset that a little extra effort today can prevent tragedy tomorrow.  Workplace safety being one of our primary goals at United Water; we are pleased with our progress on this area over the last year, particularly in comparison to the industry averages across the water and sewer sectors reflected in the Bureau of Labor and Statistics’ (BLS) most recent report. In 2013, we outperformed our water industry and municipal peers in workplace safety.  We realized a 40 percent decline in workplace accidents or injuries that resulted in lost time.  We now have less than half of these accidents than a company that meets the industry average has. This is consistent with United Water’s 5-year trend in the right direction. What’s more is that 85 of our facilities even went the whole year without a single workplace accident that resulted in time away from work. Statistics pertaining to less severe incidents came in at an impressive 43 percent less than the most recently published national average for state and local governments and 35 percent less than the water and sewer sector.  Measured by the Recordable Incident Rate, this data includes injuries involving medical treatment and restrictions. We believe that these impressive results stem directly from the time and energy our employees have dedicated to workplace safety. Over the course of the last year, our 2,250 employees amassed a total of 51,894 safety training hours, which divides out to about 23 hours per person. We want to keep upping the ante for ourselves and fulfill the goals we set for ourselves with the...
United Water Honored With ‘Distinguished Engineering Award’

United Water Honored With ‘Distinguished Engineering Award’

We are pleased to share with you that United Water received the New Jersey Alliance for Action’s Distinguished Engineering Award, which honors innovative and outstanding engineering accomplishments. New Jersey Alliance for Action honored our SOLUTION℠ business model with this award for its uniqueness and positive impact on New Jersey’s economy and environment. Our award-winning SOLUTION℠ model provides a way for local authorities to clear millions of dollars of accumulated debt, promote job creation, create a cleaner environment and ensure that ownership and stewardship of the water system never leaves public hands. SOLUTION℠ was first implemented late last year by the Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority and a joint venture created by United Water and financial partner Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts (KKR). Three months after the project began, Moody’s Investor’s Service upgraded the City of Bayonne’s bond rating from Baa1 with a negative outlook to Baa1 with a positive outlook. In addition to receiving the New Jersey Alliance for Action’s Distinguished Engineering Award, United Water’s SOLUTION℠ business model is part of a Commitment to Action made by our company at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York last year. SOLUTION℠ also received the Partnership Performance of the Year Award at the 2012 American Water Summit. We are thrilled and honored to be recognized by New Jersey Alliance for Action, the state’s most respected and influential association focusing on capital construction and economic growth opportunities within the region. As our CEO, Bertrand Camus, said: “United Water is deeply grateful for this award and for the acknowledgement of the private sector’s important role in public health. Maintaining clean, sustainable water supplies is the single most important contributor to public health and it is essential...

United Water Receives Outstanding Community Leadership Award from Springfield Public Schools

We are excited to share with you the news that United Water was recently awarded the Outstanding Community Leadership Award from Springfield Public Schools. The town of Springfield honored us with this award in recognition of our exceptional outreach and education programs targeting local students. Our ongoing community outreach efforts in Springfield, MA are a part of the World is Our Classroom program. As a founding sponsor of the program, United Water has contributed nearly $775,000 to the program over the past 10 years. Dan Warwick, Springfield Public Schools Superintendent, recently acknowledged our efforts, saying: “United Water is a terrific partner to Springfield Public Schools. I am pleased to present this award to an organization that shares the belief that the key to academic success is engaging students in a dynamic learning environment.” Nearly 20,000 Springfield fifth grade students have gone through the World is Our Classroom program since it began in 2003. The program, which advocates a hands-on, experience based outside the classroom learning experience, has been lauded for its innovative approach to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Nora Burke Patton, Executive Director of World is Our Classroom, believes the partnership has been a great success, “We are grateful for United Water’s commitment and support over the past decade. This partnership has opened young minds to employment opportunities in science, engineering and the industry.” We at United Water are happy that our efforts are paying off and we can play a role in helping to educate our youth about the environment and their role in keeping our water and wastewater systems safe and clean. Nadine Leslie,...

United Water’s Ray Cywinski Honored with NAWC ‘Living Water’ Award

We are thrilled to share with you that Ray Cywinski of United Water has been honored with NAWC ‘Living Water’ Award. Ray is a manager, watershed and environment resources, for United Water New Jersey. Ray is the third private water professional to be recognized through this program, which was established to identify exemplary employees of NAWC member companies who are “living water” through their commitment to quality, service, and community. The NAWC directors were particularly inspired by Ray’s work to educate his community on the role each individual plays in ensuring a sustainable future. With his ongoing work with local school groups, Boy Scouts and other civic and community organizations, Ray is a great asset to our organization and his community. He is passionate about his role as a spokesperson on issues of conservation, sustainability, green initiatives and water quality. As Robert Iacullo, executive vice president of United Water, said : “The employees of United Water are thrilled to see Ray acknowledged for his environmental stewardship. He is a terrific ambassador for the company’s values and our commitment to the communities we serve.” Congratulations...