Smugglers' Notch Water Employees Celebrate 25 Years of Safety

05/5/10  • Water

Luncheon at the Shed Restaurant honors 25 years without lost-time accident

JEFFERSONVILLE, Vt., May 5, 2010 – Yesterday, the three Veolia Water North America (Veolia Water) employees who operate Jeffersonville's Smugglers' Notch water and wastewater systems were honored for an important milestone: Going 25 years without a lost-time accident.

Veolia Water employees Cheryl Dark (project manager) and operators Patrick Gillen and Todd Messier were honored by the company at a luncheon at the Shed Restaurant. Each employee was presented with a plaque and a watch to commemorate their success.

"These three employees put safety at the forefront of everything they do," said Keavin Nelson, executive vice president, Veolia Water North America's East Region. "Going 25 years without a lost-time accident is a remarkable achievement that speaks volumes about the employees' commitment to each other's safety."

Veolia Water has partnered with Smugglers' Notch since 1985 to operate, maintain and manage the town's water and wastewater facilities and participate in its comprehensive environmental program. Reaching 25 years without a lost-time accident means that Smugglers' Notch and Veolia Water have had zero lost-time accidents since the contract's inception. Through these 25 years, the town and Veolia Water have worked in close partnership to develop a strong culture of safety, anchored by the employees' work ethic and dedication.

"We appreciate our long-time business relationship with Veolia," said Bill Stritzler, Managing Director and Owner of Smugglers' Notch. "And we share in their deserved pride in service and safety."

Overall, the achievement by the three Smugglers' Notch employees is part of Veolia Water's commitment to safety throughout North America. Veolia Water recently set a new safety record for the fourth consecutive year and continues to significantly outperform private-industry water, wastewater and other comparable utility systems as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"The town of Smugglers' Notch and Veolia Water work very hard to maintain the safest possible environment for employees at the water and wastewater facilities," said Nelson. "We're very proud of this achievement, and we look forward to another 25 years with zero lost-time accidents."

Based in Chicago, Veolia Water North America is the leading provider of comprehensive water and wastewater partnership services to municipal and industrial customers, providing services to more than 14 million people in approximately 650 North American communities. The company is part of the Veolia Environnement companies in North America, with 30,000 North American employees providing sustainable environmental solutions in water management, waste services, energy management, and passenger transportation.

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 312,000 employees, Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of $50 billion in 2008. 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 and

Matt Demo
Veolia North America
312.552.2887 (office) 
312.316.9281 (cell)