United Water Receives Star Award for Workplace Safety & Health Excellence

  United Water Receives Star Award for Workplace Safety & Health Excellence

                      Safety First at the Wixom Project

Business Wire

WIXOM, Mich. -- February 11, 2013

United Water, one of the leading providers of water and wastewater services in
the nation, is pleased to announce that its Wixom Wastewater Treatment
Facility will receive the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) Star
Award for workplace safety and health excellence from the Michigan
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) at a special ceremony
and luncheon to be held today at the Wixom Community Center located at 49015
Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI 48393.

The MVPP Star Award is given to companies that have an outstanding safety and
health management system in place and have demonstrated achievement of the
highest level in the program, the Michigan Star Award. Only employers with the
best safety and health programs are eligible for the MVPP Program. MVPP Star
sites must have incidence rates below the Michigan average for three years.
The Wixom Project’s (comprising of both the Wastewater Treatment Plant and
Water Distribution System) rates have consistently been below the Michigan
industry average since we started participation in the program.

“United Water’s Wixom Wastewater Treatment long-time commitment to workplace
safety and health sends a strong message to other Michigan companies,” said
Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Deputy Director Rob
Nederhood. “They have created a corporate culture where workplace safety and
health is consistently held as a top priority. Their record shows that a safe
workplace provides the foundation for a productive workplace.” Martha Yoder,
MIOSHA Deputy Director will present the MVPP Award to Wixom Plant Manager Rick
Bacon who will accept on behalf of all employees at the Wixom facility.

“Workplace safety is our number one priority at United Water and I am very
proud of the importance our employees at the Wixom Project have placed on it,”
said Bertrand Camus, United Water’s CEO. “In our industry you can never be too
careful, our employees are alert and exercise safe techniques in the workplace
every day and we are pleased to join with the City of Wixom in this
outstanding recognition.”

United Water operates both the water distribution system and the 2.9 MGD
tertiary wastewater treatment plant for the City of Wixom, serving
approximately 3,600 residential and commercial customers.

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, reported sales turnover of 14.8 billion Euros ($18.8
billion USD) at the end of financial year 2011.

Contact:

United Water
Tamara Cypress, 317-908-8903
Rich Henning, 201-767-2869
 
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