Wastewater treatment plants recognized for outstanding environmental compliance records

Nov. 8, 2010
HARRINGTON PARK, NJ, Nov. 8, 2010 -- United Water and the City of Indianapolis were recently honored with two Platinum Peak Performance Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies...

HARRINGTON PARK, NJ, Nov. 8, 2010 -- United Water and the City of Indianapolis were recently honored with two Platinum Peak Performance Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). The awards recognize the partnership's contributions to environmental protection and the clean water community.

United Water operates the city's two advanced wastewater treatment plants which have a combined capacity of 250 million gallons per day. The Platinum Awards, which were presented at NACWA's annual conference in San Francisco, CA, signify that each treatment plant was 100 percent compliant with environmental discharge standards in 2009.

In addition, the awards recognize that both wastewater treatment plants have had an extraordinary record for several consecutive years. The Southport Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant has six years of 100 percent compliance while the Belmont Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant has 13 years.

"The Platinum Peak Performance Awards demonstrate that our continued commitment to operating efficiently and protecting the environment is recognized within our industry," said David Sherman, director of the Indianapolis Department of Public Works. "I congratulate my staff, as well as our operating partner, United Water, for their achievements. This is also a testament to the solid partnership between United Water and the City of Indianapolis and we are proud of that."

"The accomplishments in Indianapolis exemplify United Water's commitment to protecting the environment, safeguarding the nation's water supplies and making a positive difference in the communities we serve," said Tom Brown, president of United Water Environmental Services. "We are honored to be part of this wonderful city and we are focused on operating the facilities in a manner which helps protect the environment for generations to come."

United Water has been operating the city's wastewater facilities since 1994. In addition to the wastewater treatment plants, which serve 800,000 residents and 41,000 businesses, the company is also responsible for the collection system, the Eagle Creek Dam, laboratory services and Industrial pretreatment monitoring.

About United Water
United Water is one of the nation's leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to approximately 7 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 20 water utilities, the company operates more than 220 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements. United Water's affiliate, Utility Service Company, is the nation's leading provider of long-term asset management contracts for water storage facilities with municipal and industrial clients. 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 to protect resources by providing innovative solutions to industries and to millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 90 million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 58 million people and collects the waste produced by 46 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 65,900 employees and, with its presence on a global scale, is the world's leader exclusively dedicated to environmental services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, a 35.4% GDF SUEZ affiliate, reported sales turnover of 12.3 billion Euros ($17.6 billion USD) at the end of financial year 2009.

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