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Support the right to water and sanitation

SUEZ fully assumes its role in promoting and implementing the right to water and sanitation. Thanks to its expertise, it is able to offer a full range of solutions in response to all issues faced by both developed and developing countries.


Access to essential services has improved but remains a major concern worldwide

The Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in September 2015, which provide a framework for the 2030 development agenda, remind us that despite significant progress the fight against inequality in terms of universal access to essential services is still a major concern.


Around the world today:

700 million

people do not have access to drinking water

2.4 billion

people lack access to sanitation

Our actions

Adopt a collective approach to ensure long-term improvements

To fully support the attainment of the new Sustainable Development Goals and meet the challenges related to access to universal services, SUEZ is pursuing its efforts by taking concrete measures and adopting a collective approach, which is the only way to ensure long-term improvements. 

The Group is also actively involved in the co-creation of a water governance framework at the international level and provides extensive support, through the SUEZ Initiatives Find, to projects and initiatives for the expansion of access to essential services.

Access to water in the slums of Mumbai (India)

The "Water for Slums" project aimed at improving access to water for the residents of Mumbai’s slums was launched in July 2015 under the agreement signed in 2014 between the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and SUEZ.

This five-year project, based on a three-phase methodology (diagnostic, implementation of 10 pilot projects and replication throughout the city), will improve access to water for 750,000 people.

Support social water policies in the developped countries

SUEZ helps its customers to develop and implement social water policies to ensure access to service for those in need, in collaboration with local stakeholders.

For example, in Dunkirk (France) progressive pricing was introduced with a reduced price for the first 75 cubic meters consumed, considered vital. In Barcelona (Spain), SUEZ, in close partnership with social services and NGOs, already offers personalised payment schedules and subsidies to nearly 55,000 households to help them pay their bills.

Access to water and sanitation in poor neighbourhoods in Greater Casablanca (Morocco)

Following the launch of the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH) by His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, Lydec, the SUEZ subsidiary in Morocco, launched the INDH-INMAE programme.

The objective: develop individual access to water and sanitation services for 500,000 residents of poor neighbourhoods in Greater Casablanca. Today, 470 million dirhams (~€47 million) have been invested in the start-up of 35,000 connections and 24,000 additional households are expected to have service by the end of 2016.
Our solutions

Customised solutions to improve access to water and sanitation services

Building on its experience in access to services, the Group now offers a range of customised solutions that are used to assess access problems and respond to them through the monitoring and implementation of projects covering three distinct areas:

  • the expansion of physical access,
  • the guarantee of affordable access,
  • the universal access to sanitation in the city.
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