United Water Receives Outstanding Community Leadership Award from Springfield Public Schools

  United Water Receives Outstanding Community Leadership Award from
  Springfield Public Schools

       20,000 Students Educated Through World is Our Classroom Program

Business Wire

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- April 25, 2013

United Water, one of the nation’s leading providers of water and wastewater
services, was recognized today by Springfield Public Schools for providing
exceptional outreach and education programs to Springfield students.

Dan Warwick, Springfield Public Schools Superintendent, presented an award to
United Water for its outstanding community leadership. The company is a
founding sponsor for the World is Our Classroom program, and has donated
nearly $775,000 over the past 10 years.

“United Water is a terrific partner to Springfield Public Schools,” said
Warwick. “I am pleased to present this award to an organization that shares
the belief that the key to academic success is engaging students in a dynamic
learning environment.”

Nearly 20,000 Springfield fifth grade students have gone through the World is
Our Classroom program since its inception in 2003. The program, which
advocates learning outside of the classroom, has developed and implemented
some of the region’s most innovative classroom curricula involving active,
hands-on learning experiences. Since its success in Springfield, the program
has expanded regionally, such as United Water’s partnership with Killingly,
CT.

“We are grateful for United Water’s commitment and support over the past
decade,” said Nora Burke Patton, Executive Director of World is Our Classroom.
“This partnership has opened young minds to employment opportunities in
science, engineering and the industry.”

United Water began a 20-year public-private partnership with the Springfield
Water and Sewer Commission in 2000. Under the terms of the contract, United
Water operates the 67 million gallons per day Bondi’s Island Wastewater
Treatment Facility. One of the largest and most progressive wastewater
facilities in New England, this facility serves about 275,000 residents in
seven municipalities. United Water also operates the nearby Holyoke Wastewater
Treatment Facility, which serves about 40,000 residents.

“We’re excited to be part of this initiative that helps educate our youth
about our environment and the role they play in keeping our water and
wastewater systems safe and clean,” said Nadine Leslie, President of United
Water’s Environmental Services segment. “The Springfield Water and Sewer
Commission and the World is Our Classroom’s ongoing efforts and commitment to
the citizens of Springfield are to be commended. It’s an honor to share this
award from the Springfield Public Schools with them today.”

About United Water

United Water is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing
water and wastewater services to approximately 5.5 million people in the
United States. In addition to owning and operating 16 water and wastewater
utilities, United Water operates 90 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 97 million people,
provides wastewater treatment services for 66 million people and collects the
waste produced by 50 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 79,550 employees
and, with its presence on a global scale, is a world leader exclusively
dedicated to environmental services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, reported sales
turnover of 14.8 billion Euros ($19.6 billion USD) at the end of financial
year 2012.

Contact:

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