United Water, one of the largest water services providers in the nation,
along with a current employee and a former employee, have been cleared
of all charges relating to the company's sampling methodology during its
management of the Gary Sanitary District in U.S. District Court in
Hammond, IN. The government's claim against United Water, one current
employee and one former employee, was about sample monitoring methods,
with no allegation of environmental harm.
"We always believed that these allegations were unfounded and we were
confident that all parties would be exonerated when the jury heard all
the facts," said Bertrand Camus, Chief Executive Officer of United
Water. "It was clear in this case that we complied with the scope of our
contract with the Gary Sanitary District and met environmental standards
- facts that were never called into question."
During the life of its contract, United Water invested millions of
dollars to improve the operation of Gary's wastewater treatment plant.
The success of the partnership between the Gary Sanitary District and
United Water iswell-documented. United Water made several major and
costly infrastructure improvements to enhance environmental performance.
The company's partnership with the city resulted in awards from the
Indiana Water Environment Association and the US Council of Mayors for
the quality and integrity of the plant's testing lab.
Mr. Camus added that the result of the trial does not change the
company's well-earned reputation. "We are a world-class water services
company and we are proud of our people, our performance and the
reputation that we have worked so hard to achieve over the 140 years
that we have been in business," Camus said.
United Water employs more than 2,300 employees to meet the needs of
nearly 6 million people throughout the United States, ensuring that they
are supplied with water that is safe to drink and wastewater management
that is efficient and environmentally sound.
About United Water
United Water is one of the nation's leading environmental companies,
providing water and wastewater services to approximately 5.7 million
people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 20
water utilities, United Water operates 100 municipal and industrial
water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private
partnerships and contract agreements. Founded in 1869, United Water is a
subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.
About SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT
Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris:
SEV, Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries deal with the challenge of
protecting resources by providing innovative solutions to industries and
to millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 91
million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 63 million
people and collects the waste produced by close to 57 million people.
SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 80,410 employees and, with its presence on a
global scale, is a world leader exclusively dedicated to environmental
services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, a 35.7% GDF SUEZ affiliate, achieved
revenue of 14.8 billion Euros ($19.6 billion USD) at the end of
financial year 2011.
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