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Supporting the right to water and sanitation

We want to take part in the promotion and implementation of the right to water and sanitation. We’re able to offer a full range of solutions in response to all issues faced by both developed and developing countries.

Issues

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

The sustainable development goals adopted by the United Nations in September 2015, provide a framework for the 2030 development agenda but also remind us that despite significant progress in the fight against inequality, universal access to essential services remains a major concern.

 

Around the world today:

700
million
people do not have access to clean drinking water
2.4
billion
people lack access to proper sanitation
Our actions

Adopt a collective approach to ensure long-term improvements

To fully support the new sustainable development goals and meet the challenges for accessing universal services, SUEZ is taking concrete measures and adopting a collective approach, which is the only way to ensure long-term improvements. The company is also actively involved in the co-creation of a water governance framework at the international level and provides extensive support, through the “our Initiatives Fund”, to projects and initiatives for the expansion of access to essential services.

Giving 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 economically disadvantaged areas 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.

Supporting socially equitable water policies in developed countries

We help our customers develop and implement water policies to ensure access to services for those in need. In Dunkirk (France), progressive pricing was introduced with a reduced price for the first 75 cubic meters consumed as it is considered to be the needed vital amount. In Barcelona (Spain), we worked in close partnership with social services and NGOs which offer personalized payment schedules and subsidies to nearly 55,000 households to help them pay their bills.

Giving access to water and sanitation in poor neighborhoods in Greater Casablanca (Morocco)

Following the launch of the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH) by King Mohammed VI, Lydec, the SUEZ subsidiary in Morocco, launched the INDH-INMAE program. The objective: increase individual access to water and sanitation services for 500,000 residents of poor parts in the Greater Casablanca area. 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 access to that service.
Our solutions

Customizing solutions to improve access to water and sanitation

Building on our experience in access to services, we now offer a range of tailored 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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