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Much movement in the right direction is thanks to groups like Food and Water Watch and American Farmland Trust. (in No Turkeys Here)
Mark Bittman
November 4th, 2009

Veolia Environnement

Corporate Profile

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)

Veolia Environnement

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.


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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.

Case Studies


Lee, Massachusetts: Stopping privatization


New Orleans, Louisiana: Stopping privatization


Indianapolis, Indiana: A black eye

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