Read the corporate profile of Veolia Environnement
Read our fact sheet, Veolia Water North America: A Corporate Profile
Veolia Environnement is the largest water and sewer service company in the world. In the United States, it is the dominant contract operator of publicly owned water and sewer systems.
Key Facts and Figures (2013)
Headquarters: Paris, France
Service Population: 101 million with drinking water and 71 million with sewer service worldwide
CEO: Antoine Frérot
CEO Compensation: $2.5 million
Average Worker Compensation: $39,601
Revenue: $30.8 billion
Profit: -$187 million
Veolia Water North America
Local headquarters: Chicago, Ill.
Service Population: est. 10.5 million people in 32 U.S. states
Governments with privatization contracts: 154
Revenues: $785 million
Over the last decade, Veolia Water has failed to grow in the United States. From 2003 to 2012, the company lost a net of 15 government clients — 9 percent of its total. While some localities switched to another private company, others have returned water systems to public operation to save money or improve service (see map). These include Coxsackie, N.Y.; Overton, Texas; Tama, Iowa; and Petaluma, Calif. In 2012 alone, six other local governments took back operation of their water or sewer services from Veolia.
|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.
Lee, Massachusetts: Stopping privatization
New Orleans, Louisiana: Stopping privatization
Indianapolis, Indiana: A black eye