Veolia Water North America's Environmental Commitment Recognized at New England Water Environment Association Ceremony

02/1/10  • Water

Three employees receive awards for maintaining New England's water quality

BOSTON, February 1, 2010 – Three employees from Veolia Water North America (Veolia Water) were recognized last week by the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) for outstanding work preserving water quality in New England.

At the awards ceremony, held at the Boston Marriott Compley Place Hotel, Veolia Water's employees took home the 2009 Operator of the Year Award, the Alfred E. Pelonquin Award, and the J.J. Courchaine Collections Systems Award.

"The NEWEA awards truly recognize environmental achievement," said Keavin Nelson, Veolia Water North America, president of northeast and south. "Seeing these employees' professionalism and dedication to water quality acknowledged by such a leading environmental organization is something we're very proud of at Veolia Water."
The three Veolia Water professionals who were recognized for their achievement:

Michael Hodde, of the Veolia Water-operated Woonsocket, R.I. wastewater facilityreceived the 2009 Rhode Island Operator of the Year Award, given annually to recognize a high level of interest and performance in wastewater operations and significant contributions to the wastewater field.

Scott Goodinson, of the Veolia Water-operated Cranston, R.I. wastewater facility,received the 2009 Alfred E. Peloquin Award. This award is given annually to an individual who has shown a high level of interest and performance in wastewater operations in each of the six New England states. It recognizes significant contributions to the wastewater field in such areas as improvements to the environment, cost-effective plant operations and related activities. The award is accompanied by a nomination from NEWEA to the Water Environment Foundation for consideration of a national award.

Richard Salisbury, also of Cranston, R.I., has received the 2009 J.J. Courchaine Collections Systems Award. The award recognizes outstanding efforts in the operation, maintenance, management and design of a wastewater collection system.

The NEWEA is a volunteer organization of more than 2,100 New England water and wastewater professionals who contribute their energy and expertise to manage the water environment in New England. The organization's awards recognize the best water quality professionals from within the NEWEA organization, plus additional professionals from the public education, journalism, educational institution and municipal utility/public works community from all New England states.

Veolia Water has long been part of the Northeast environmental community, operating facilities on the East coast for more than 25 years. The company employs more than 500 employees in New England.

"Michael Hodde, Scott Goodinson and Richard Salisbury are committed to New England's water quality - and it shows," said Nelson. "At Veolia Water, we take great pride in managing New England's water resources to ensure environmental quality and compliance. These awards are a tangible recognition of these employees' hard work in the communities where they serve."
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 600 communities. Veolia Water, the water division of Veolia Environnement, is the world leader in water and wastewater services. Specialized in providing water and wastewater services for municipal authorities, as well as industrial and service companies, it is also one of the world's major designers of technological solutions and constructor of water and wastewater facilities. With 93,400 employees worldwide, Veolia Water provides water service to 80 million people and wastewater service to 59 million.

Veolia Environnement (NYSE: VE and Paris Euronext: VIE) is the worldwide reference in environmental services. With more than 336,000 employees, the company has operations around the world and provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of municipal and industrial customers in four complementary segments: water management, waste management, energy management, and freight and passenger transportation. Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of $50 billion in 2008.Visit the company's Web sites at and
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