Veolia receives four awards at NEWEA conference

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BOSTON, MA, Jan. 30, 2013 -- Veolia Water, the world leader in water and wastewater services, was honored today with four awards at the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) Conference in Boston. The awards recognize success in providing clean water, ensuring employee safety and delivering longstanding environmental service.

The wastewater treatment facility in Lynn, Mass., managed by Veolia Water, received the 2012 Water Environment Federation (WEF) George W. Burke Jr. Award, representing a strong commitment to employee safety. The award was established in 1982 to promote an active safety program in municipal and industrial wastewater facilities.

The Taunton, Mass., wastewater treatment facility, also managed by Veolia Water, was awarded the EPA's 2012 Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) Regional Excellence Award. The award honors "the best of the best" industrial pretreatment programs, and goes to facilities that effectively regulate industrial discharges to their sanitary sewer systems.

Alfred F. Waitt, Veolia Water's project manager in Lynn, was inducted into WEF's Quarter Century Operator's Club, which recognizes operators' service and dedication to the environmental field. George Vercelli, Veolia Water's senior capital program management project manager, received WEF's "Life Member" Award, honoring a long career of committed service in the environmental profession.

"The commitment to safety and sustainable practices delivered every day by these employees is something we hold in the highest regard at Veolia," said Laurent Auguste, president & CEO, Veolia Water Americas. "These awards recognize their commitment to safety processes and the environment. We are very proud of their work."

The awards were presented today at the New England Water Environment Association Conference at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel.

About Veolia

Based in Chicago, Veolia Water North America is the leading provider of comprehensive water and wastewater partnership services to municipal and industrial customers, providing services to people in approximately 550 North American communities. The company is part of the Veolia Environnement companies in North America, with 30,000 North American employees providing sustainable environmental solutions in water management, waste services, and energy management.

Veolia Water, the water division of Veolia Environnement, is the world leader in water and wastewater services and technological solutions. Its parent company, Veolia Environnement (NYSE: VE and Paris Euronext: VIE), is the worldwide reference in environmental services. With more than 315,000 employees, Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of $38 billion in 2011. Visit the company's Web sites at and, or on Twitter at


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