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SUEZ is proud to be a part of Imagine a Day Without Water. Water is essential for public health and safety, agriculture and for our daily life.
Paramus, NJ- Today SUEZ, one of the leading providers of water and wastewater services, announced its participation in the national advocacy and educational event, Imagine a Day Without Water. Across the U.S, organizations, elected officials, corporations, environmental advocates and more are joining together to educate people about how water is essential, the challenges facing water and wastewater systems, and the need for investment. In North America, through its business model SOLUTIONSM SUEZ is investing $300 million in U.S. infrastructure in partnership with the private equity firm KKR.
Many people take water service for granted. Clean, safe, reliable and affordable water comes out of the tap and flows down the drain without a second thought. But the massive infrastructure, much of it underground, which treats water and brings it to homes and businesses, is aging.
A water main breaks somewhere in the U.S. every two minutes. Most pipes have an average life expectancy of 50 years, but in many major cities, water pipes are more than 100 years old. Communities cannot afford to go a day without water if those systems reach their breaking points.
“SUEZ is proud to be a part of Imagine a Day Without Water. Water is essential for public health and safety, agriculture and for our daily life. SUEZ is already committed to raise awareness about the value of water through its Free School Programs. Imagine a Day Without Water is a perfect opportunity to spread the word nationwide,” explained Eric Gernath, CEO of SUEZ in North America.
“We are thrilled that SUEZ is joining Imagine a Day Without Water. The truth is, of course, we can’t go a day without water. For homes, that would mean no water to take a shower, make coffee, clean, do laundry or flush the toilet. For businesses from restaurants to manufacturing plants, water is essential to daily operations,” said Radhika Fox, Director of the Value of Water Coalition. “During Imagine a Day Without Water, we’re speaking with one voice across the nation about how water is essential, invaluable and needs investment.”
From October 6-8, 2015, groups are hosting events, elected officials are issuing proclamations and resolutions, water advocates are spreading the message over social media, and everyone from schools to aquariums are joining in the effort. Everyone participating in Imagine a Day Without Water is coming together to educate the nation that water is essential and that we must invest in it for future generations.