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...
Environmental groups hail Nassau County sewer project as a “Reason for Hope”

Environmental groups hail Nassau County sewer project as a “Reason for Hope”

Check out the latest video from the United Water Blog to learn why leading environmental groups are hailing our partnership with Nassau County as a “Reason for Hope.”  Hint: this $1.2 Billion project will deliver benefits to residents, marine life and the environment. United Water In Nassau County from United Water on Vimeo. OUR COMMITMENT TO NASSAU COUNTY: We pledge to sustainably operate and manage the Nassau County Sewage Treatment System in partnership with the County to top environmental and compliance standards and regulations. It will take some time to make all the improvements we’re planning, but in the end, we will create a state-of-the-art, resilient public service which Nassau County can rely...
Investing in New Jersey’s Infrastructure for Reliability

Investing in New Jersey’s Infrastructure for Reliability

Historic underinvestment in out-of-sight, out-of-mind water infrastructure has contributed to a dramatic state of disrepair across the nation. Much of our nation’s infrastructure was laid in the late 1800’s. According to the U.S. EPA, $354 billion is needed nationwide to revitalize our essential water infrastructure. New Jersey is no exception. A report by Facing Our Future, a bipartisan group projects that $7.9 billion needs to be invested in New Jersey’s water infrastructure over the next five years. Between 20 and 22 percent of the state’s treated drinking water is lost long before it’s delivered to households and businesses. And with ever-changing weather patterns, New Jersey’s infrastructure is becoming more vulnerable to natural disasters. In New Jersey, United Water is preparing to tackle the infrastructure challenge by investing nearly $220 million over the next three years. Similar levels of investment are available to city systems that choose to leverage private capital in partnership with United Water. A majority of United Water’s investment in New Jersey will be dedicated to the oldest and most difficult to reach pipes that are most vulnerable and most likely to cause water main breaks, degradation in water quality and service disruptions. Our goal, simply put, is to systematically renew the underground backbone of the state and thereby make essential water service even more reliable. State-of-the-art metering technology is being installed at the homes and businesses of many United Water customers in New Jersey. These investments enable the implementation of a smarter water network which can help water users better understand, control and manage their water use. Smarter meters will provide an additional tool to the...