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Ten Largest Water Corporations in the United States By Population Served
U.S. Headquarters U.S. Population Served
American Water Voorhees, NJ 16.4 million
Veolia Water North America Chicago, IL 14.0 million
Suez’s United Water Harrington Park, NJ 8.1 million
CH2M Hill OMI Englewood, CO 4.0 million
Severn Trent Services Fort Washington, PA 3.3 million
Aqua America Bryn Mawr, PA 3.0 million
California Water Service Group San Jose, CA 2.2 million
Southwest Water Company Los Angeles, CA 1.4 million
American States Water San Dimas, CA 1.1 million
SJW Corp. San Jose, CA 1.1 million
Source: Pinsent Masons Water Yearbook 2010-2011

Which corporations want to take over our municipal water and sewer systems? Although there are several large water corporations active in the United States, four companies dominate the U.S. water privatization market: American Water, Aqua America, Suez’s United Water and Veolia Water North America.

The Key U.S. Players: American Water and Aqua America

American Water and Aqua America are largest private owners of public water and sewer systems in the United States. They are trying to buy up more systems and are targeting cash-strapped local governments across the country. After taking over a system, these companies typically seek to hike water rates usually aiming for another increase every other year.

The French Behemoths: Veolia and Suez

Veolia Environnement and Suez Environnement (better known in the United States as United Water) are the world’s largest water corporations. These Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Paris, France, and have operations worldwide. They are the largest private operators of publicly owned water systems in the United States. If your city privatizes the management of your water or sewer system, one of these French is likely to be involved.

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Find out more about the these corporations:

American Water
Aqua America
Suez (United Water)
Veolia