United Water Supports Value Of Water Campaign
HARRINGTON PARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
United Water today announced support for a public information campaign to raise awareness of the value of water and the challenges facing the nation’s water infrastructure. The campaign is anchored by the website www.thevalueofwater.org.
The delivery of clean drinking water and the treatment of wastewater are essential for every aspect of our daily lives, homes, workplaces, schools and environment. However, many communities across the U.S. are relying on an aging water infrastructure which is in need of repair or replacement. It is estimated that there is one water main break every two minutes in the United States, and that cities and towns across the nation must invest $1.3 trillion in repairs and upgrades over the next 25 years.
“United Water is preparing to tackle this challenge by making nearly $1 billion in capital investments over the next five years in its own systems and in city systems that leverage private capital through the SOLUTIONSM model,” said Bertrand Camus, chief executive officer.
Through SOLUTIONSM United Water can attract long-term private investment for cities that choose to improve their municipal water and environmental systems.
“Because much of our nation’s water system lies unseen underground, we must raise awareness about the importance of water if we expect cities, towns and customers – across the nation – to prioritize its investment,” said Camus.
To bridge the awareness gap, the Value of Water Campaign will provide information about water in our daily lives and the infrastructure needed to deliver it. United Water will support the campaign by sharing information with customers and stakeholders through its own social media channels.
The Campaign will benefit from the experience and collective reach of nearly 100,000 city water utilities, non-profit water associations and water services and technology companies. These entities work daily to ensure our homes and workplaces are supplied with clean and safe water for drinking and then ensure that after its use, this same water is cleaned and made safe again before being discharged into the environment.
The campaign goes live today, and can be found online at www.thevalueofwater.org, on Twitter at @thevalueofwater and @unitedwater.
ABOUT UNITED WATER
United Water is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to approximately 5.5 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 16 water and wastewater utilities, United Water operates 90 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.
About 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 industries and to millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 97 million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 66 million people and collects the waste produced by 50 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 79,550 employees and, with its presence on a global scale, is a world leader exclusively dedicated to environmental services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, reported sales turnover of 14.8 billion Euros ($19.6 billion USD) at the end of financial year 2012.
About the Value of Water Coalition and Its Campaign
The Value of Water Coalition members represent key stakeholders from the water sector. The Coalition was formed to collectively leverage efforts to educate the public on the importance of clean, safe, and reliable water to and from every home and community, and the need for sufficient investment in water infrastructure to ensure quality water service for future generations.
Copyright Business Wire 2013