SUEZ Environnement debuts new North American brand at American Water Works Association trade show

SUEZ Environnement debuts new North American brand at American Water Works Association trade show

As a resource crisis gathers on a global scale, our mission at SUEZ Environnement is to enable a secure, resourceful future for all. In this context, SUEZ Environnement North America, the US and Canadian subsidiary of the second largest environmental services company in the world, is showcasing its North American water, technology and advanced network offerings under the SUEZ Environnement brand at the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Trade Conference this week in Anaheim, CA.  The AWWA Annual Conference is the largest trade show for water industry professionals in the country.   As the water industry well knows, the SUEZ Environnement group has traditionally been organized globally around two major activities: water and waste.  But to rise to global resource challenges, the group’s positioning now focuses on providing solutions, technology and services for municipalities and industries in the entire water cycle and the circular economy and supporting a North American strategy based on four essential pillars: smart water and new services; industry; recycling and waste-to-energy; and investing in infrastructure.   The new position unifies offerings by United Water’s utility and environmental services Degremont’s technology solutions for municipalities and industries and SENA Waste Service’s solid waste recycling and recovery operations in Canada.  All offerings are showcased in one booth #1715 on the AWWA Exhibition floor. Social media followers are invited to engage with @unitedwater which now bears the SUEZ Environnement banner.   Our group vision is to move cities, businesses and industries from an economy that over-consumes natural resources to one that optimizes management and use of resources.  We want to lead the way from resource crisis to resource revolution using technology...
Survey: What do you want to know about your tap water?

Survey: What do you want to know about your tap water?

In honor of National Drinking Water Week, and to continually improve the service we provide to water customers, we are promoting a special activity for consumers to get to know their H₂O.  Through a partnership with the Water Research Foundation and researchers from King’s College of London and the collaboration of water consumers from across the country, we will conduct important water consumer research through an online survey.   The survey will investigate what Americans want to know about their tap water and how they want to receive that information. We invite our customers, stakeholders, employees and readers to participate by taking a 25-min survey where you will be given the opportunity to enter into a prize draw of $100.   You can access the survey by clicking here: http://goo.gl/UcPzfU   Thank you, in advance, for your participation and for taking the time to get to know your H2O!  ...
Are you ready for the Resource Revolution?

Are you ready for the Resource Revolution?

You may be aware that Earth’s resources have depleted more dramatically during our lifetime than ever. Last week, on World Wildlife Day, we were reminded of the sober reality that 50% of the wild animal population has disappeared in the last 30 years. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Another shocking statistic: the occurrence of natural disasters has tripled in the last 50 years.   Populations are growing and are exhausting an increasingly degraded climate and environment. Overburdened and obsolete infrastructure is in desperate need of repair and investment. Our economy is out of balance because many businesses have not yet recognized that sustainability is the only path to profitability.   Taken together, all of this amounts to a gathering resource crisis on a global scale. We are at the dawn of a resource revolution; like the agricultural, industrial and digital revolutions that have come before us. And you may wonder if you are “ready” for this turning point in humanity’s relationship with the environment.   On March 12, 2015 we will outline a path that will lead the way from resource crisis to resource revolution.   Join the discussion on how to secure a resourceful future for all #RRTour @open_resource and visit http://www.resourcerevolutiontour.com/en/ to the watch a live discussion at 11:30 am EST on March 12....
United Water and KKR to Bring Water and Sewer Investments to Borough of Middletown, PA

United Water and KKR to Bring Water and Sewer Investments to Borough of Middletown, PA

We are pleased to announce that we will expand our services in Pennsylvania and become part of the growing Middletown Community. We recently announced a partnership with the Borough Authority of Middletown, PA for management and operations of the borough’s water and wastewater system, together with KKR, a leading global investment firm. We already operate five water treatment facilities and over 20 wells serving a population of more than 166,000 people in portions of eight Pennsylvania counties. Our Pennsylvania headquarters are conveniently located in the capital city of Harrisburg. A United Water team dedicated exclusively to Middletown will operate the system for a 50-year term. This partnership marks a growing trend in the U.S. for delivering infrastructure renewal projects for essential public services by drawing upon the strengths and balancing the needs of multiple sectors; both public and private. This joint venture is similar to one that United Water began with the Municipal Utilities Authority in Bayonne, NJ in 2012. The partnership in Bayonne has already delivered valuable infrastructure investments and customer service improvements. Other towns that have created similar partnerships in the recent past include: Rialto, CA and Allentown, PA. Some key features of the Middletown SOLUTION agreement include: • An initial payment to the Middletown Borough Authority of $43 million, which will be used to eliminate the Authority’s existing debt, pension liability and improve its finances. • $83 million worth of infrastructure improvements over the life of the contract. • The Middletown Borough Authority will maintain ownership of the water and wastewater system and will provide oversight of the partnership and its adherence to high quality standards...
SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Supports Declaration on Carbon Pricing, Participates in UN Climate Summit

SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Supports Declaration on Carbon Pricing, Participates in UN Climate Summit

This week Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT participated in the UN Climate Summit and New York City’s Climate Week reaffirming our commitment to take action in favor of mitigation and adaptation to climate change and announcing support for carbon pricing and a “climate-responsible” economic model. In signing the World Bank Declaration on “Putting a Price on Carbon” Chaussade  joined 73 countries, and over 1,000 companies, which have agreed to work together to share their experience, their expertise, and their insights, in order to redirect investment towards low-carbon technologies, and encourage the use of renewable energy. The United Water Blog is pleased to offer these excerpts from Mr. Chaussade’s remarks: “It is necessary to tackle climate change in order to avoid disastrous implications for the natural environment, which could jeopardize our current lifestyles. This call for action is addressed to all of us: citizens, non-governmental organizations and, of course, companies. Companies are rising to this huge challenge by implementing solutions. These solutions aim at mitigating the effects of climate imbalances by driving down greenhouse gases emissions, but they are also intended to adapt to climate change impacts. The technological revolution is underway: I see it every day within the water and waste industries. We are making every effort in terms of research and innovation: to strengthen our circular economy model, which is based on energy and material recovery from waste, and to come up with new technologies that will ensure the availability of water resources, in abundance and health. These solutions are designed for the city of tomorrow: a smart city, a sustainable city, a resilient city, a low...
Taking the plunge:  the largest public-private partnership for sewage in the U.S.

Taking the plunge: the largest public-private partnership for sewage in the U.S.

With a nationwide infrastructure investment gap of more than $500 billion for drinking water and wastewater treatment over the next twenty years, and a landscape of essential infrastructure systems across the U.S. that have fallen into disrepair, there has long been speculation on how the private sector can fill the gap or find an even greater niche in what has traditionally been a publicly dominated sector. Last week, Nassau County, NY and United Water brought an end to that speculation and made history by announcing the largest public-private partnership for sewage to-date in the U.S.  The County on Long Island awarded a 20-year contract with a value of over $1.2 billion to United Water to professionally operate, manage and maintain the county’s sewage treatment plants, pumping stations and sewers. The system handles the sewage from 1.2 million people and treats it for disposal into environmentally sensitive estuaries. A coalition of citizen activists, environmental leaders and elected officials decided that an overhaul of the Nassau County sewer system was needed after Hurricane Sandy hit Long Island and the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant failed to treat hundreds of millions of gallons of sewage before dumping it into the Western Bays on Nassau County’s South Shore.  They identified the need for a professional operator with global expertise – such United Water – and worked with County Executive Ed Mangano to bring the solution to bear. By providing industry-leading technology and management expertise to solve a major environmental challenge in one of New York’s most prominent suburban areas, we will: Improve performance on environmental standards; clean discharges to meet New York State...