United Water Cleared of All Charges in U.S. District Court in Northern Indiana

  United Water Cleared of All Charges in U.S. District Court in Northern
  Indiana

Business Wire

HARRINGTON PARK, N.J. -- November 09, 2012

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 is
well-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.

Contact:

United Water
Rich Henning, 201-767-2869
 
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