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United Water Issues Report on Sustainable Development Program

Matt Ball on June 6, 2014 - in Analysis, Projects, Water

On the occasion of World Environment Day, United Water—one of the nation’s leading water and environmental services companies—released its annual Sustainable Development Report to share progress toward social, environmental and other non-financial goals.

“As a major actor of sustainable development in local economies, we make a positive impact in our own operations. By partnering with municipalities across the country, we encourage them to do the same,” said Bertrand Camus, chief executive officer.

Since 2009, notable progress was made towards goals in improving energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, workplace safety and preserving water within our distribution system.

  • The company has continually improved upon energy goals, including a 16.5% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a 28.5% improvement in energy efficiency
  • A 12.4% decline in non-revenue water, or water lost within the distribution system, has been achieved
  • In 2013 alone, workplace accidents that resulted in time out of work showed a 40% decline

United Water uses non-financial measures to monitor increases in efficiency and profitability while reducing environmental impact, engaging its employees and communicating with stakeholders. Each priority area looks at specific challenges that the nation is facing, including aging infrastructure and water loss, energy efficiency, climate change, water-resource protection and corporate responsibility.

The report pairs each commitment with an example of United Water’s most significant accomplishments toward attaining it. For example, a wetland mitigation initiative at United Water’s Haworth, NJ facility will now serve as a model for preserving biodiversity at sites throughout the country.

“We’re proud of the progress we’ve made so far,” Camus said. “Moving forward, we believe that these initiatives will help us to better serve our clients and customers, many of whom are seeking to optimize increasingly scarce water and resources.”

The report is available here: http://www.unitedwater.com/eBooks/2013%20Sustainable%20Devlopment%20Report/index.html

About United Water

United Water is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to over 5.3 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 16 water and wastewater utilities, United Water operates 84 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements. Founded in 1869, United Water is a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.


Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries deal with the challenge of protecting resources by providing innovative solutions to industry and to millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 92 million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 65 million people and collects the waste produced by 52 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 79,550 employees and, with its presence on five continents, is a world leader exclusively dedicated to water and waste management services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT generated total revenues of EUR 14.6 billion in 2013.

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