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Veolia Water North America's Environmental Commitment Recognized by California Water Environment Association

04/26/10  • Water

Palm Springs facility wins award for maintaining California's water quality

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Apr. 26, 2010 — Veolia Water North America (Veolia Water), the world's leading provider of comprehensive water and wastewater partnership services to municipal and industrial customers, was recognized for its work preserving California's water quality by the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) and by its Colorado River Basin Section.
Veolia Water took home the Collection System of the Year Award for operating and managing the wastewater collection system in Palm Springs. Administered by the CWEA, the prestigious award is given to California facilities that achieve "state-of-the-art in wastewater collection" status.

 "The importance of effective wastewater treatment and collection to the environment and to public health cannot be overstated," said Philip Ashcroft, EVP at Veolia Water North America.
"The responsibility for our water resources is long-term and concerns future generations. We are very proud of the environmental work performed by our Palm Springs team."

Veolia Water entered into a public-private partnership with the City of Palm Springs in 1999, when the city was looking for a private provider to assist them in meeting California's environmental regulations. As part of that agreement, Veolia Water operates, manages and maintains the wastewater plant and collection system with guarantees to meet or exceed environmental regulations and to assist with capital improvements to the facilities. Veolia Water also assists with the management of the city's program to maximize the useful life of the collection system assets with the capital improvement program.

In addition to ensuring that high-quality wastewater treatment services continue to meet the needs of this resort community, Veolia Water has partnered with the city and an energy provider to implement a co-generation system which creates electricity using methane gas, thus reducing energy usage and the City's carbon footprint. Veolia Water also partners with Palm Springs to offer residents a low-flush toilet rebate program to save water, and the project has received several awards for safe operations.

"Our mission is to provide sustainable environmental solutions to our North American clients," said Ashcroft. "This environmental award is a testament to the strong focus on water quality in Palm Springs, and a symbol of the strength of our partnership with the city."

For more information on the partnership, see: http://www.veoliawaterna.com/media/case-studies/3844,palm-springs.htm.

Veolia Water, the water division of Veolia Environnement, is the world leader in water and wastewater services and technological solutions. Its parent company, Veolia Environnement (NYSE: VE and Paris Euronext: VIE), is the worldwide reference in environmental services. With more than 336,000 employees, Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of $50 billion in 2009. Veolia Environnement is in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and Dow Jones STOXX Sustainability Index (DJSI STOXX). Visit the company's Web sites at www.veolianorthamerica.com and www.veoliawaterna.com.

Contact:
Matt Demo
Veolia North America
312.552.2887 (office)
312.316.9281 (cell)
matt.demo@veolia.com