Veolia Expresses Support for the Value of Water Coalition
"It's no secret in the water industry that America's water and wastewater infrastructure is underfunded and in many cases, in critical need of repair," said Terry Mah, president and CEO of Veolia Environnement North America. "Despite these challenges, the water industry works hard every day to ensure clean drinking water and the preservation of human and environmental health. By shining a spotlight on the nation's water infrastructure challenges, the coalition is part of the solution to America's environmental future."
In its 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure
, the American Society of Civil Engineers identified severe deficiencies in the nation's water and wastewater infrastructure. The report gives the quality of the nation's drinking water infrastructure a "D" grade, noting a requirement for more than $1 trillion of investment to replace aging pipes. According to the report, the capital investment needs of America's wastewater infrastructure - which also received a "D" - are estimated to total almost $300 billion over the next two decades.
The Value of Water Coalition is made up of members from both the public and private sectors of the water industry. Through their web site, they are working to raise awareness that significant investments will need to be made in order to maintain our current level of water service. Making these investments now will significantly help conserve water and protect and support families and businesses.
"People have talked about going green for decades," said Mah. "Now we increasingly need to consider the importance of going blue and backing that with action. Veolia believes it is equally important to invest in the sustainable operation of the country's water and wastewater infrastructure. When we truly start working together to make sure our water infrastructure meets the changing needs of the 21st century, then we'll know initiatives like the Value of Water Coalition will have been successful. Until then, great effort must be taken to raise awareness of our many environmental issues and the important link between water and society's growth and progress."
Value of Water Coalition members include: American Water, American Water Works Association (AWWA), Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), CH2M Hill, MWH Global, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), United Water, U.S. Water Alliance, Veolia Water, Water Environment Federation and Xylem Inc.The Value of Water Coalition is made up of both public and private members of the water industry that have come together to address the needs of the nation's water infrastructure. The coalition aims to educate the public on the importance of clean, safe and reliable water to and from every home and community, and to help ensure quality water service for future generations. They can be found on Twitter @thevalueofwater, or on the web at www.thevalueofwater.orgVeolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) is the worldwide reference in environmental solutions. With 220,000 employees*, the company has operations all around the world and provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of municipal and industrial customers in three complementary segments: water management, waste management and energy management. Veolia Environnement recorded revenue of $38.8 billion* in 2012. www.veolia.com Twitter @veolia*Excluding Transdev employees and revenues currently under divestment