Do you want to write for this blog?  We’ve got a job for you!

Do you want to write for this blog? We’ve got a job for you!

  We are hiring a “Communication & Engagement Specialist,” for  an exciting new position that may appeal to a clever, creative and ambitious communications professional. Since we’re part of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, a global natural resource management company, it might help if you have a passion for sustainability and the environment. The Engagement Specialist will play an integral role in supporting and accelerating United Water’s Stakeholder Engagement process plan by telling United Water’s story from the perspective of employees, stakeholders, clients and customers; to internal employee stakeholders as well as to customers and other influencers, politicians, media/press, regulators and customers via social media.   On a daily basis, the Specialist will monitor media and United Water’s presence on its social media platforms; develop and post content on social media platforms; respond to comments and customer inquiries in a timely manner; and develop relationships with third parties, influencers and media/press. Knowledge of ArcGIS and operational mapping software is a plus. The Specialist will also generate and conduct analytics for United Water social media reports.   The Specialist will be responsible for regular and creative internal communications to employees and must be prepared to create interactive graphic and video campaigns to do so. He or she would possess knowledge of media relations, social media, digital and web editing, graphic design and video editing.  Candidates should have a minimum of 2-3 years of communications experience in a corporate setting.   You can read more details about the position and apply to us directly by following this...
United Water Begins Water & Sewer Operations in Borough of Middletown, PA

United Water Begins Water & Sewer Operations in Borough of Middletown, PA

On December 31, 2014, United Water joined the Borough of Middletown, PA community and commenced operations of the water and sewer system. On “Day 1,″  Nadine Leslie, President of United Water Environmental Services welcomed six employees to the United Water Family who had previously worked for the Middletown Borough Authority.  Leslie challenged the employees to “set an example” for environmental compliance and safety for the company which, she emphasized, has deeply rooted values and high standards in these areas. Employees then appropriately underwent health and safety training before ceremoniously accepting their new personal protective equipment (PPE). Shortly thereafter, employees began their hard-hat-clad routine of delivering safe drinking water to Borough residents, and returning cleaned and treated wastewater to surrounding water bodies.                 This team of employees is now part of a larger family with regional, national and global resources.  They’re also part of a landmark deal to make the Borough debt free and set this small college town onto a path of revitalization and prosperity. As part of the concession agreement, a joint venture of KKR and United Water made an initial $43 million payment to the Middletown Borough Authority to retire outstanding debt including an unfunded pension liability for Borough employees.  According to a Borough Official, this will be the first time the Borough is debt free in over 50 years. United Water and KKR have also committed to financing another $83 million in infrastructure improvements throughout the life of the 50-year contract. Indeed 6 underground infrastructure projects are already underway, including ones that will support transportation access to the Penn...
United Water Accepting Applications for Annual Corporate Scholars Internship Program

United Water Accepting Applications for Annual Corporate Scholars Internship Program

The application period for the 6th annual corporate scholars internship program will come to a close at the end of the month (12/31). We have encouraged college students in science-technology-engineering-math (STEM) fields to apply for this competitive opportunity. The company is keenly aware that in order to lead a resourceful future for water and to enable waste to take on a new and useful life, we must actively develop future leaders in STEM. This program is designed to cultivate a workplace of innovation and diversity, and in doing so, bring about solutions to the pressing challenges of resource management. Five years ago, the United Water Foundation and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) teamed up to provide a $5,000 scholarship for the successful completion of a summer internship. Since then, 20 students have successfully completed the program. Here are the details for anyone looking to join the class of 2015:   Applicants should be sophomores who have maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average and have declared at least one of 15 majors listed on the online application form.   Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2014.   The internships will be offered at various locations including but not limited to: Harrington Park, NJ; Harrisburg, PA; Wilmington, DE; Jackson, MS; Pontiac, MI and Indianapolis, IN.   Each candidate must go through United Water’s hiring process and will be expected to present to company leaders a final report on their internship experience.   Selected candidates will have the opportunity to work alongside employees of United Water who will expose the students to various careers in the utility industry. ...
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...
Spotlight:  United Water Corporate Scholars Paid Internship Program

Spotlight: United Water Corporate Scholars Paid Internship Program

When faced with a strategic imperative to develop science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) talent for a new generation in a technical field combined with a social commitment to improve diversity in our workforce, United Water developed a partnership 5 years ago with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to create a highly competitive paid internship program. The program provides students with a 10-week paid internship in one of United Water’s facilities, along with a scholarship funded by the United Water Foundation. Each student can be awarded up to $10,000 in scholarship money over a two-year period. The program offers students a chance to develop invaluable business skills through workshops and work experience. Each intern is assigned a United Water employee as a mentor. This year’s UNCF Corporate Scholars are an impressive group of students. The United Water Blog interviewed them to learn more about what it takes to be a Corporate Scholar. Erick Quinteros; Bethlehem, PA A native of Bethlehem, PA, Erick studies Civil Engineering at Columbia University, while also finding time to complete a minor in Architecture. He interned last summer at United Water’s Oradell operation, working primarily within the GIS department. Fluent in Spanish, Erick spends his free time leading Spanish worship services at Pocono Community Church and coordinating events for Columbia’s Faith and Action group. He is an avid musician who focuses primarily on the piano, but also plays the bass guitar, drums and trombone. Erick expects to graduate in the spring of 2015. Jeneissa Booker; Teaneck, NJ Jeneissa grew up in Teaneck, NJ and now studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at...
United Water Women “Lean In”

United Water Women “Lean In”

Are you one of the 1.5 million people – men and women – who have read Lean In or one of the 419,000 followers of Lean In on Facebook?  If not, you may be aware that Facebook COO and self-made billionaire Sheryl Sandberg released a book in 2013 that launched a movement and sparked discussions globally about the ways women are held back—and the way women hold themselves back—in the workplace. Here at United Water, our Women’s Leadership Network followed Sandberg’s lead and hosted its own Lean In Circle.  “Circles” are designed to encourage women to “lean in” to their ambitions in the workplace and to build confidence and creativity.  This activity is directly aligned with our desire to attract, develop and retain the very best talent. In the water and environmental services industries, like in so many industries, women still remain underrepresented, with the greatest disparities occurring in STEM-related fields: science, technology, engineering and math.  While we do have strong corporate commitments to improve the gender ratio in our workforce, we have to do this by “encouraging women to sit at the table and reach for a promotion in a world where, for them, there are sacrifices they will make that their male counterparts will not be faced with,” to paraphrase Sandberg.  The first “circle” covered personal and experiential topics including  balancing domestic responsibilities with partners, applying for stretch assignments and risk taking.  The next discussion will cover leadership and development topics for managers by following the “Ban Bossy” campaign that was recently launched by Sandberg, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the Girl Scouts of USA.   The...