In a year that shined a light on what it truly means to be essential, SUEZ has invested nearly $23 million to maintain and improve its water systems across the Keystone State.
“SUEZ truly kept its commitment to its customers,” said Nadine Leslie, CEO, SUEZ North America. “Whether we are providing safe, reliable drinking water services or ensuring that wastewater is being safely treated to return to the environment, our customers are at the forefront of what we do. Last year presented numerous challenges, yet our employees stood by that commitment, embraced new health and safety regulations and continued delivering for the communities we serve.”
Infrastructure investments, such as water main replacements, treatment plant improvements, and system upgrades are critical to maintaining system reliability and resiliency. The company completes critical projects every year aimed at ensuring customers have high quality water systems for years to come. In 2020, the projects included replacing nearly 49,000 feet of water mains, upgrading treatment plants to perform more efficiently, replacing fire hydrants to ensure fire suppression, and installing automated metering equipment.
“Last year’s infrastructure replacements spanned across the Pennsylvania operations,” said John Hollenbach, Vice President and General Manager of SUEZ’ Mid-Atlantic Division. “We understand our customers’ need to have access to clean, safe water, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to continue to make investments that help protect our customers for generations to come, while remaining sensitive to their household budgets.”
Delivering the Essentials of Life During a Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic presented unprecedented challenges for the world and at the same time reminded people how essential water is to everyday hygiene. As people worldwide turned to the safety of their faucets to embrace handwashing, SUEZ crews pivoted to embrace new health and safety standards designed to keep themselves and customers safe and to ensure the continuation of essential services.
“Safety is in our DNA, it’s truly part of our culture at SUEZ,” Hollenbach began. “Our teams didn’t miss a day throughout the pandemic. Our plant operators and field crews were on the frontlines continuing to make sure clean drinking water was delivered to our customers, and they did so while adhering to guidance from federal, state and local health officials. It was because of their dedication that we were able to complete the projects needed to ensure system reliability for future generations.”
Water Main Replacements and System Improvements:
SUEZ invested more than $9 million to replace approximately 49,000 feet of water main throughout Pennsylvania. The replacements renewed underground infrastructure that will help minimize leaks and breaks and also included the replacement of hydrants and meters to improve system safety and efficiency.
Mahoning Township Water System:
Following the acquisition of Mahoning Township’s water system in 2019, SUEZ began an $8 million multi-year integration project that included 7.5 miles of water main in Mahoning Township, Cooper Township, and Montour Township, and a $1 million construction of the Montour Booster Station. Mahoning customers will benefit from a more sustainable and resilient system.
Sixth Street Water Treatment Plant Upgrades:
The Sixth Street Water Treatment Plant underwent the beginning phase of implementing ultra-violet disinfection. Other completed upgrades included filter rehabilitations and intake equipment to benefit the Harrisburg based water treatment plant which produces up to 12 million gallons per day.
Meter Reading System Upgrades:
Nearly 13,500 upgrades were made to customers’ meters as part of a new advanced meter-reading system. This was the first phase of a five-year project. This will improve the customer’s experience through automated meter reading, with new features, including water usage reports by the hour, which will help customers manage and conserve water and will help to quickly detect leaks on customers’ property.
About SUEZ North America
SUEZ North America operates across all 50 states and Canada with 3,000 employees dedicated to environmental sustainability and smart and sustainable resource management. The company provides drinking water, wastewater and waste collection service to 6.7 million people on a daily basis; treats 560 million gallons of water and 460 million gallons of wastewater each day; delivers water treatment and advanced network solutions to 16,000 industrial and municipal sites; processes 160,000 tons of waste for recycling; rehabilitates and maintains water assets for more than 6,000 municipal and industrial customers; and manages $4.1 billion in total assets. The company posted revenues of $1.1 billion in 2018 and is a subsidiary of Paris-based SUEZ.
Since the end of the 19th century, SUEZ has built expertise aimed at helping people to constantly improve their quality of life by protecting their health and supporting economic growth. With an active presence on five continents, SUEZ and its 90,000 employees strive to preserve our environment’s natural capital: water, soil, and air. SUEZ provides innovative and resilient solutions in water management, waste recovery, site remediation and air treatment, optimizing municipalities’ and industries’ resource management through “smart” cities and improving their environmental and economic performance. The Group delivers sanitation services to 64 million people and produces 7.1 billion m3 of drinking water. SUEZ is also a contributor to economic growth, with more than 200,000 jobs created directly and indirectly on an annual basis, and a provider of new resources, with 4.2 million tons of secondary raw materials produced. By 2030, the Group is targeting 100% sustainable solutions, with a positive impact on our environment, health and climate. SUEZ generated total revenue of €18.0 billion in 2019.