Water is essential and our resources are becoming weaker every day. Water is threatened by demographic growth, climate disturbances and exponential urban development; it is a major cause for concern for authorities, professional users and consumers. Water is a finite source and its use is of particular importance to SUEZ, throughout the cycle of its capture in the natural environment for the production of drinking water, through to the discharge of decontaminated wastewater. SUEZ proposes technologies and services to reconcile efficient human activities with the preservation of water resources.
Consider water as a common asset to be preserved
Urban development, demographic growth and climate change have serious impacts on stocks of resources around the world, in particular on water. We are an increasingly higher number of people to share water resources, which at the same time, are becoming increasingly scarce. In order to preserve our way of life, our consumer habits and production systems, it is essential to preserve our water resources.
Our aspirations to protect the environment are intensifying and both consumers and water treatment operators are taking action in favour of water cycle management which respects our resources.
Protect resources throughout the water cycle
Making a collective effort to protect the quality and quantity of our water resources has become a priority. This is why SUEZ deploys a global approach taking into account the whole water cycle.
To foster the development of environmentally-sound solutions and look forward to changes in regulatory requirements, SUEZ assists decision-makers and operators in the sustainable management of water resources based on a circular economy model.
How to protect the natural environment?
Drinking water production consumes resources, where raw water is collected for treatment to become drinkable and distributed to consumers. We deliver solutions that protect water resources by limiting the impact of extraction:
- Smart wells management using boreholes equipped with sensors to supply operational data through AQUADVANCED® Well Watch
- Modelling of raw water quality to combat nitrates
- Prevention of leaks, often the leading cause of water waste, by optimising network performance and preserving water resources through AQUADVANCED® Water Networks
Wastewater and stormwater are potential sources of pollution when they are discharged into the natural environment. We support progress in regulatory frameworks by developing advanced technologies to optimise the treatment of wastewater and stormwater to prevent contamination of raw water resources:
- Optimal decontamination to limit their impact on the natural environment
- Early detection and management of emergencies using smart systems and maximised facility capacities with AQUADVANCED® Urban Drainage
60 to 90% of water consumed is taken from water tables. These resources are therefore severely affected and can suffer periods of drought. Together, these two factors can cause levels to drop. We deliver efficient solutions to recharge water tables:
- Product inspired by the natural water cycle
- Recharge using treated raw water from another source
- Recharge using decontaminated wastewater
We deliver solutions and smart services for dynamic, forward-looking management of water resources:
- Introduction of sensors and probes connected to servers and coupled to decision-aid systems
- Real-time data management
- Integration and modelling of data concerning bacteria, weather, together with network data
- Alerts to authorities if the water quality deteriorates
- Dynamic response and anticipation of pollution due to weather events
How to control the quality of water?
We deploy sensors in the natural environment, inside factories and across the water network to measure the water quality in real time:
- Pollution alert stations
- Current meters
- Measuring apparatus for the dilution rate of wastewater and discharge by storm weirs
- Sewerage network diagnostic devices
All data captured by sensors are collected and integrated into the smart management system we deliver:
- Remote consultation
- Data interconnection
- Decision-aid tools
- Damage alerts
How to protect and preserve the coastline and oceans?
50% of cases of bathing site water pollution are due to failures in the sewerage system. We deliver preventive and corrective solutions to protect coastlines and bathing sites. Preserving the beauty of the coastline is also a question of modernising the equipment made available to residents and visitors in order to improve user comfort and satisfaction:
- Management of sewerage systems to limit sources of pollution
- Detection of network incidents to deliver a suitable, timely response
- Real-time monitoring of bathing site water quality using methods such as Gen-Spot®
- Specific pollution removal solutions in the event of emergency situations following natural catastrophes or accidents
- Information to inhabitants in real time through dedicated applications: water quality, weather conditions, UV index, etc.
- Collection of user reports concerning any deterioration of water quality
Beyond bathing sites, protecting the heritage of a coastline as a whole is essential to the attractiveness of certain regions. We deliver innovative solutions to preserve the key features of our coastlines.
- Monitoring and reduction of micropollutants in water courses through continuous measurement
- Floating waste containment and collection to limit pollution reaching the sea and beaches
- Monitoring and protection of flora and fauna
How to optimise water consumption?
We act in close cooperation with consumers to raise their awareness to the issues of preserving natural water resources and to enable them to manage their water use responsibly.
- Informative actions about good water use practices (water bars, water classes, water houses, visits to facilities, etc.) attended by several hundred thousand consumers each year
- Informative actions on sanitation and economic issues (tap water is on average 100 to 200 times less expensive than bottled water) along with environmental questions
- Introduction of remote meter reading to enable better real-time management of consumption with the possibility of consumer alerts in the event of excess consumption, which will often reveal leaks
For several years we have innovated to aid farmers and industrial companies to preserve water in order to secure the productivity and profitability of their activities.
- Reuse of treated wastewater and sludge from decontaminated water
- Development of resource-efficient solutions such as RegControl®, a smart irrigation technology to aid farmers to optimise their water consumption while increasing their production
Why and how re-use decontaminated water?
Of the 165 billion m3 of wastewater collected and processed annually throughout the world, only 2% are reused at present. The treatments we propose enable the reuse of wastewater for various non-domestic purposes.
- Irrigation of agricultural land
- Urban watering and cleaning
- Industrial cleaning and process water
- Recharging water tables
We use tried and tested techniques to recycle wastewater while preventing the discharge of polluting agents. Innovative processes produce treated water of sufficiently high quality to enable its reuse:
- Ultraviolet rays
- Reverse osmosis
- Membrane filtration
They trust us
We work closely with our customers to define the best solutions together.
Supporting you throughout the water cycle
From consulting to after-sales services, we bring you our expertise to carry out your projects