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Elise Zuidema
November 4th, 2009

Suez (United Water)

Corporate Profile

United Water: Suez Environnement’s Poor Record in the United States

Fact Sheet: United Water: A Corporate Profile

Suez Environnement is the second largest water service corporation in the world. In the United States, it operates under the name United Water.

United Water owns and operates water utilities in six states, and it runs water or sewer systems for 85 local governments across the country. It is the third largest private operator of publicly owned water and sewer systems in the United States.

Key Facts and Figures (2013)

Suez Environnement

Headquarters: Paris, France

Population served: 97 million with drinking water and 63 million with sewer service

CEOJean-Louis Chaussade

       CEO compensation: $2.5 million (€1.8 million)

       Average worker compensation: $37,031 (€26,900)       

Revenues: $20 billion (€15 billion)

Profit: $486 million (€352 million)

United Water 

U.S. headquarters: Harrington Park, N.J.

Population served: 5.5 million people

Governments with privatization contracts: 85

Revenues: $818 million (€594 million) 

 

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International Treaty Complaint Against United Water

June 8, 2011

Food & Water Watch joined the Utility Workers Union of America to file a petition against United Water and Suez Environnement with Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation for labor and environmental breaches of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Read the press release.

Read the submission.

Case Studies

United Water was involved in several of the worst water privatization schemes in the United States, including the industry-changing failure in Atlanta. Find out more below.

Paris Reclaims Public Water
At the end of 2009, Paris reclaimed public control of its water system and ended its contractual relationship with Veolia Environnement. 

East

Rockland County, New York: United Water’s proposed desalination is not worth its salt

United Water Can’t Be Trusted

South

Atlanta, Georgia: A major debacle

New Orleans, Louisiana: Stopping privatization

Midwest

Gary, Indiana: Federal accusations of environmental crimes

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