Because water is a precious and essential resource, SUEZ is helping its clients to better manage the water cycle holistically, through conservation, reuse and by using a smart network.
Non Revenue Water
Water pumped from sources does not always ends up in customers’ faucets, partly due to leaks and main breaks or water theft. In 2016, SUEZ drove a massive improvement in non-revenue water (NRW) management, reducing NRW loss to 17.5 percent (vs. 20.12 percent in 2015). This has saved 3 billion gallons of water from being lost in the distribution system, thus improving water resiliency and saving costs. Thanks to the outstanding efforts of our field teams, as well as a focused dedicated effort driven by new leak detection technology, SUEZ has already achieved its long-term target of 18 percent of NRW by 2020.
SUEZ built the largest smart water network in the United States, with more than 170,000 smart meters installed and over 1,000 square miles of network coverage. Twenty five percent of our Environmental Services customers utilize smart meters. The goal is for all meters to be smart.
Between 2015 and 2016, SUEZ has increased the annual volume of treated wastewater for reuse to 89.41 million cubic meters, from 47.52 million cubic meters. In 2016, out of the 534 tons of waste generated at our locations, 146 tons, or 27.4 percent, were recycled. With more than 25 percent already recycled, we are committed to continue improving our performance by encouraging employees to recycle.
As part of our dedication to monitoring and reducing our environmental impact, SUEZ produces renewable energy at several of our facilities in California, New York and new Jersey.
In 2016, SUEZ conducted 29 energy efficiency projects that saved our clients and us more than $1.26 million, illustrating the material impact that environmental projects can have on financial statements. We recently completed an energy saving project in Burbank, CA which can serve as a case study for innovative public-private partnerships. The Burbank Water Reclamation Plant was using three multi-stage centrifugal blowers that resulted in high electricity costs, due to low efficiencies.