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July 14th, 2013

United Water: A Corporate Profile

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United Water is one of the largest private water companies in the United States, serving about 5.7 million people. The company is a subsidiary of Suez Environnement, the world’s second largest water corporation.

After its founding in 1869, United Water ballooned from a small New Jersey utility called Hackensack Water Co. to a giant that caught the eye of a French multinational now called Suez Environnement. In the early 1980s, Suez’s predecessor bought a controlling stake in General Waterworks Corporation, which merged into United Water in 1994. At the time of the merger, Suez’s predecessor entered into a partnership with United Water to privatize water systems in the United States. Then, in 2000, Suez bought United Water and assumed full control.