Veolia North America (VNA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Veolia Group, announces the integration of its businesses with Suez’s assets in the United States and Canada, following the completion of the combination of the two companies.
This includes Suez water utility operations in a large portion of northern Delaware. It will be the second rebranding for the former United Water utility in Delaware.
VNA now has 10,000 employees as a major player in the water and wastewater treatment company in the U.S. market.
The changeover comes with the acquisition of Suez by French rival Veolia following a takeover battle.
Holdings include water and wastewater treatment, commercial and hazardous waste collection and disposal, energy consulting through its decarbonization offerings as well as resource recovery, including the recycling of wind turbine blades.
Delaware holdings do not include wastewater treatment plants. Suez gets its water from surface supplies and has lower rates than Artesian Water, the other private water utility in northern New Castle County. Artesian uses wells for its water supply.
“The creation of a global champion of ecological transformation is a game-changer for the environmental services sector. Veolia’s aim is to act as a unique enabler of the ecological transformation solutions and a reliable partner for public and private customers to respond to the environmental emergency,” commented Antoine Frérot, Veolia CEO.“In the current challenging context worldwide, Veolia’s teams are more than ever mobilized around our primary mission of providing environmental and energy solutions to meet the vital needs of populations in a responsible manner and to continue building a sustainable future.”
Under terms of the merger, Veolia North America, which employs more than 7,000 people at more than 250 locations across the U.S. and Canada, will be joined by Suez North America, which primarily provides water and wastewater treatment services. The merger expands Veolia North America’s water portfolio, with an additional 6.7 million water customers — including over 700,000 drinking water customers.