United Water recognized for innovation by the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships

United Water recognized for innovation by the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships

We were talking about this new partnership we’ve made a few months ago with Nassau County. The goal was to improve the environmental health of waterways and return clean, treated water to surrounding bays and estuaries. Since we care about the protection of our shared natural resources, this is not the first time we took action to improve the wastewater quality. In 2013, the Massachusetts Water Pollution Control Association recognized the Town of Cohasset—whose operations are managed by United Water—as the best small wastewater treatment facility in the state. Our partnership with West Basin Municipal Water District in California is also an excellent example of our commitment to water quality: in partnership, we have been able to recycle and reuse wastewater to create five different streams of water. The partnership between United Water and Nassau County, called a “reason for hope” by County officials, was awarded yesterday by the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) through its awards program at the annual P3 Connect 2015 Conference in Boston. The NCPPP is a non-profit organization which has been encouraging public-private partnership for over 20 years now. According to its president Art Smith, “NCPPP recognizes those organizations and individuals going above and beyond to advance the concept and implementation of public-private partnerships across the country.” Our partnership with the County was recognized because it illustrates a commitment to improving the quality of life of every Nassau County resident and a way of saving $230 million for the County and its taxpayers over the term of the agreement. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said “This contract is a milestone for Nassau County...
Tackling coastal and ocean pollution on Long Island #WorldOceansDay

Tackling coastal and ocean pollution on Long Island #WorldOceansDay

As managers of coastal wastewater treatment systems, ways to reduce pollution and improve marine habitats are top of mind. On Long Island in Nassau County, NY we are improving the process used to treat wastewater and return clean, non-polluted water to clean water.  But our commitment to Long Island’s waterways doesn’t stop there.  We are working with elected officials and environmental leaders to advocate for an ocean outfall pipe, which would dramatically improve the health of Reynolds Channel and the Western...
Dam Safety Week Raises Awareness of Infrastructure Upgrade Needs

Dam Safety Week Raises Awareness of Infrastructure Upgrade Needs

    With more than 80,000 dams in the United States – a third of these classified as either “high” or “significant” hazards to both life and property upon failure – Dam Safety Week reminds us all of the importance of infrastructure upgrades and routine maintenance.   While dams are beneficial to many communities in their ability to store drinking water and improve wildlife habitats, they can also act as a dangerous flood risk if failure is reached.  Many dams in the US are approaching their life span of up to 100 years, which makes maintenance a crucial aspect of any dam community, and lack-there-of a major risk to public safety.  Additionally, failures can cost our economy millions of dollars in damages.   For example, from January 2005 to June 2013, state dam safety programs reported 173 dam failures and 587 “incidents.”  Specifically, during the 2013 Colorado floods, after 20 inches of rainfall, six dams failed in one day alone and at least a dozen dams overflowed.  This resulted in an estimated 19,000 damaged homes, a loss of $2 billion in property damage, and ten deaths. Even the recent events of the Texas flooding show how imperative dam safety is. The Padera Lake dam fractured as a result of groundbreaking flooding.  Luckily, despite being on the brink of failure, the dam held.   United Water recognizes the critical nature of dam structures and the imperative need to ensure their integrity. In that light, the company is in the midst of a major safety upgrade at Woodcliff Lake Dam in Bergen County, New Jersey.  The company is raising two reservoir...
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...