Water, the main challenge of the 21st century – Time to act!

Water, the main challenge of the 21st century – Time to act!

As a world citizen, you hear words like drought, global warming, planet expiration date, sustainable development often… You want to… Act but you don’t know where to start? Be involved without drastically change your lifestyle? Be a part of the Resource Revolution but not spend a month’s salary in water-saving devices? Good news: you can! And we are here to help you. For 10 years now, United Water has published Conservation Guides providing indoor and outdoor water saving tips, presenting what we do as a water services provider to protect one of the most precious resources on earth. Decreasing water availability is a global and serious issue that concerns every one of us, not only individuals but also industries, governments and companies. That’s why this summer, we launched a social media conservation campaign #TipsToSaveWater. Our goal is to provide easy, inexpensive and original water saving tips. Along the way, we discovered the website, “Water – Use it Wisely”. This website provides tips and devices to help you in your water saving quest. It also has an educational and creative section dedicated to children. What better way to raise your kids’ awareness than play a game? Feel free to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to discover our tips published every Thursday all summer long. And, if you have  your own ways to save water, please share them in the comment sections below. About Water – Use it Wisely This communication campaign was launched 15 years ago. Since then, it has become a major campaign with more than 250 public and private water companies nationwide. The goal is to help people learn how to save water.   Find below all the tips we’ve...
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...
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...
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...
SUEZ Environnement Issues Report on North American Sustainable Development Program

SUEZ Environnement Issues Report on North American Sustainable Development Program

On the occasion of World Environment Day, we are pleased to share our 2014 North American Sustainable Development Report which documents progress toward social, environmental and other non-financial goals. Through the SUEZ Environnement sustainability program and this report, we are demonstrating, with actions, that sustainable and socially responsible business is good business – and that good business is better business. Annually, we set goals to make measurable progress towards our vision of moving cities, businesses and industries from an economy that over-consumes natural resources to one that optimizes management and use of resources. And we develop social alliances to help construct and participate in our vision for the future. With each milestone, achieved in collaboration with clients and partners, we are better positioned to lead the way from resource crisis to resource revolution. An ambition to re-imagine our relationship with resources is central to this report which gives an honest assessment of where the company has succeeded and where we fell short of our goals in 2014. We’re pleased to report progress in water recycling and reuse; reducing greenhouse gas emissions; reducing wasted water within our distribution system, among other areas. The company has continually improved upon energy goals, including a 5% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and is on track to achieve a 5% improvement in energy efficiency by 2016. A 1.8% decline in non-revenue water, or water lost within the distribution system, equivalent to saving 1.4 billion gallons for the year was achieved; Amidst record drought across the U.S. the company has a leading edge in reusing 12% of water that would otherwise have been discharged as...