SUEZ joins imagine a day without water
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.
About Imagine a Day Without Water
Imagine A Day Without Water is a national education campaign to engage public and key stakeholders about how water is essential, invaluable, and needs investment. It will take place October 6-8, 2015, and includes events, resolutions, social media engagement and more across the country. Water and wastewater providers, elected officials, stakeholders, business leaders, contractors, engineers, and more, who are concerned with water and water infrastructure are invited to join.
About SUEZ in North America
SUEZ operates across all 50 states and Canada with 3,430 employees dedicated to environmental sustainability and leading the resource revolution. The company owns 16 water utilities, provides contracted public-private partnership services to 84 municipalities, offers water treatment and advanced network solutions to 16,000 industrial and municipal sites, provides drinking water and wastewater services to nearly 7.5 million people on a daily basis, processes 55,000 tons of waste for recycling and manages $3.3 billion in total assets. The company had revenues of $1.1 billion in 2014 and is a subsidiary of Paris-based SUEZ.
Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ (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 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 has 79,550 employees and, with its presence on five continents, is a world leader exclusively dedicated to water and waste management services. SUEZ generated total revenues of EUR 14.6 billion in 2013.