Veolia Water North America Releases White Paper Detailing a New Measurement Tool for Ensuring Sustainability

09/20/10  • Water

Water Impact Index can help municipal and industrial leaders address growing concerns related to water scarcity

CHICAGO, Sept. 20, 2010 – Veolia Water North America has published a white paper, titled "The Water Impact Index and the First Carbon-Water Analysis of a Major Metropolitan Water Cycle," which details a new methodology for measuring the impact of human activity on water resources and establishing the positive and negative implications of how water resources are managed. In an effort to increase water awareness and support more informed, sustainable decision-making, the company announced the paper's publication during the International Water Association's (IWA) World Water Congress and Exhibition.

The paper describes the growing concern over water scarcity, as projected population and economic growth levels over the next three decades will put significant stress on local water resources around the planet. It details Veolia Water's Water Impact Index, which expands on existing volume-based water measurement tools by incorporating multiple factors including consumption, resource stress and water quality. The paper also notes how the Water Impact Index, the first indicator of its kind, was utilized in a company study that is believed to be the first-ever simultaneous analysis of water and carbon on a major metropolitan area's water cycle.
"Public authorities, citizens and industries must all work together to ensure the sustainable future of our local water resources," said Laurent Auguste, president and CEO of Veolia Water Americas. "Richer and more robust data is required for building the necessary solutions and this white paper shares how a better understanding of water resources and human activities can help offset our collective environmental impact."

Veolia Water is a sponsor of the IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition. The event is a unique opportunity for the community of world-leading water professionals to meet, exchange ideas and debate the key issues underlying the water science and management.

The paper can be found on the company's home page:

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 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 and
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