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!  ...
Putting climate resilience front and center in water utility planning

Putting climate resilience front and center in water utility planning

As a company operating across the world, we encounter global challenges but solutions are always local. And no challenge, global or local, is greater today than climate change. Climate change has numerous implications many of which manifest in the water cycle; in water supply and water quality. To operate our own business sustainably and to enable a resourceful future for those that we serve we must anticipate the challenges brought about by a changing climate. We do this in part by collaborating with key stakeholders such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as we are doing in this particular case. United Water and SUEZ Environnement experts are piloting EPA’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool at the Haworth Treatment facility in Northern New Jersey which provides water service to nearly 1 million people in the region. The tool which is being implemented throughout the country in more than 20 utilities, establishes likely future scenarios for any given area, based upon scientific data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  According to IPCC’s last report, “In many regions, changing precipitation or melting snow and ice are altering hydrological systems, affecting water resources in terms of quantity and quality.” The process defined in collaboration with EPA will identify ways, for example, to better protect critical pump stations from precipitation events or means by which conservation measures can aid supply management. With responsibility for securing a resourceful future for 6.7 million people in communities across the United States, we will transfer the knowledge and findings from this project in New Jersey across our network and add to our expertise in delivering...
Earth Day Cleanup Events Activate Thousands of Volunteers

Earth Day Cleanup Events Activate Thousands of Volunteers

Earth Day gives us an opportunity to focus on why we as a society need to rethink our relationship with resources.  We often talk about the importance of taking part in creating a world without waste – on adapting from a culture of take, make, dispose, into to an economy of reduce, recover, recycle. To put our actions to words, United Water and SUEZ Environnement sponsor events in the communities we serve and activate thousands of employee and community volunteers at spring “clean-ups” throughout the month of April.  Across the country, we fill trash bags and pickup trucks with the trash that is carelessly littered in our parks and threatening to pollute our watersheds.   We also support events to bring communities together to celebrate the environment as well as a national partnership with the Student Conservation Association. May 2 Delaware: The White Clay Creek Fest at the Carpenter Recreation Area celebrates the many ways to protect and enjoy the White Clay Creek State Park. Springfield & Holyoke, MA: Volunteers will support the Great American Earth Day Cleanup Richmond, VA: Volunteers will support the annual Cheswick Park Stream Clean-up.  The event starts at 10:30 at 1700 Forest Avenue in Henrico, VA.   April 25th – April 26th Freeport, NY: Operation SPLASH will host 100 volunteers on the first cleanup outing of the season.  Hop on a boat and help to clean up bays around Long Island. Indianapolis, IN: Thousands will gather for fun and a celebration of Earth Day at the Earth Day Indiana Fest in White River State Park.  East Providence, RI: Volunteers will gather for an Earth Day cleanup of the...
A Call for Participation and Collaboration on World Water Day

A Call for Participation and Collaboration on World Water Day

At the crossroads of all social, economic and environmental activities, fresh water is our most fundamental asset. And right now, it is under pressure.  Industrial, agricultural, domestic water requirements and usages continue to increase in an effort to keep pace with an ever-growing global population that is causing demand to grow, decade by decade.   For World Water Day, focused this year on “water and sustainable development” our group – spanning 70 countries and 5 continents –  is raising awareness about the need for politicians and individuals alike to participate in decisions to secure water resources for the future.   For our part, members of the SUEZ Environnement group are adopting innovative solutions – to prove that it is possible to build a society capable of generating and regenerating resources essential to its future. Furthermore, we have set a priority to facilitate access, while working to protect the resource.   On a global scale, access to water and sanitation remains a crucial issue of immediate concern in many countries. According to data from the WHO, 780 million people around the world still lack access to safe drinking water, while 2.6 billion people do not have access to sanitation services.   Rising to the challenge, we are implementing solutions to secure the right to water while meeting challenges such as access to water, protecting resources and socially inclusive water pricing.  In fact, since 2000, SUEZ Environnement solutions in emerging countries have made it possible to connect 14.1 million people to drinking water services and 7.1 million people to sanitation services.   In India for instance, water consumption is expected to double...
Fix a leak week reminds us of the nexus between infrastructure and securing a resourceful future

Fix a leak week reminds us of the nexus between infrastructure and securing a resourceful future

The rate of treated water that is wasted around the U.S. and the world provides for a shocking statistic: up to half of treated water supplied to urban areas around the world is lost during distribution.   And, closer to home, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reminds us that U.S. households leak 1 trillion gallons nationwide every year.  That’s enough water to supply 11 million homes.   Consider this: every day, approximately 6 billion gallons of water are lost to avoidable leaks––enough water to supply the entire state of drought-stricken California.   During #FixaLeak week, utilities and individuals across the country are encouraging their customers and decision-makers makers alike to think globally and act locally.   As individuals we can all take action to fix that dripping faucet or replace our appliances and showerheads with WaterSense products.   As communities, we need to raise our expectations for infrastructure maintenance and replacement. So frequently, water leaks are out-of-sight and out-of-mind until they spring to life and disrupt order in the form of a costly and wasteful water main break.   So chime in on Twitter at #FixaLeak and add your voice to raise awareness!   As we face a future with increasingly scarce resources, we have to consider the state of our public infrastructure and that which supplies our homes. Our infrastructure is the key to using the resources that we depend upon but it can also be a culprit for unnecessary...
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....
Celebrating 145 Years of Resource Innovation

Celebrating 145 Years of Resource Innovation

As we are at the dawn of the Resource Revolution, we are humbled to look back at the contributions that we have collectively made to society over the past 145 years; as United Water, Degrémont, SENA Waste Services and Utility Service Group. We also know that this historic moment is the latest step in our long journey to protect public resources through collaboration and business innovation. In that journey, we were the first to use chlorine as a disinfectant (1908) and charcoal for drinking water filtration (1930). We pioneered cutting edge technologies like the Accelator® clarifier (1932) and the first reciprocating rake bar screen for sewage plant intakes, the Climber Screen®, and have continued to build an extensive portfolio of over 50 patented technologies to solve the water challenges of municipalities and industry. We brought automatic meter reading technology to the market (1986), built the nation’s largest ozone filtration facility (1989), began operations in solid waste in Canada (2011) and introduced the SOLUTION business model to the United States (2012). There have been many other accomplishments as well. And we will achieve many others as we face the challenges that accompany growing resource scarcity, increased urbanization and climate change. As we look to the next 145 years, we are as enthusiastic as ever to support towns and industries in the circular economy to maintain, optimize and secure the resources essential for our...
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...