Suez North America
|Headquarters||Paramus, New Jersey, USA|
|Bertrand Camus (CEO)|
|Products||Water treatment, waste management|
|Revenue||$764 million (2013)|
Number of employees
Suez North America, originally founded as Hackensack Water Company in 1869 and later named United Water, is an American water service company headquartered in Paramus, New Jersey. Currently, United Water owns and operates 16 water and waste water utilities, and operates 90 municipal water and waste water systems through public-private partnerships and contract agreements. The company has over 2,300 employees, and in 2013, United Water generated $764 million in revenue, and managed $3.2 billion in total assets. United Water became a subsidiary of Suez Environnement, a French-based utility company, in 2000. It rebranded under its parent name in 2015.
United Water was originally founded as Hackensack Water Company in 1869 as a water supply and storage company serving the towns of North Hudson, Hoboken, and Hackensack. In 1983, Hackensack Water reorganized into United Water Resources, Inc., and in 1994 it acquired General Waterworks Corporation for $200 million. In 2000, Suez Environnement acquired United Water.
In April 2014, United Water was given a $5.5 million state tax break from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to prevent the company from moving its headquarters out of New Jersey and into New York. The company still planned to move out of Harrington Park, considering two New Jersey locations. In June 2015, Suez Environnement opened their new North American Corporate Headquarters in Paramus, New Jersey. 
Water partnership model
At the 2012 meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, United Water made a commitment to engage private investors and work with municipalities to establish agreements wherein the company would take over operations, maintenance, and capital improvement of water utilities in municipalities across the country, starting with Nassau County, NY and Bayonne, NJ. This model won the Partnership Performance of the Year award at the 2012 American Water Summit.
In December 2012, United Water and Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts, together forming the Bayonne Water Joint Venture (BWJV), entered into a concession agreement with the Municipal Utilities Authority of Bayonne, NJ. The 40-year agreement is a public-private partnership between the BWJV and the city in which the private partners pay off the Bayonne Municipal Utility Authority's (BMUA) $130 million debt and take over the operations, maintenance, and capital improvement of Bayonne's water and wastewater utilities in exchange for a regulated share of the revenue. United Water is managing the operations for the partnership, while KKR is providing 90% of the funding.
Nassau County, NY
In June 2014, Nassau County announced that it had partnered with United Water to operate its three wastewater treatment plants and sewage collection system for 20 years.  In exchange for operating the wastewater system and providing at least $10 million in savings each year, Nassau County will pay United Water $57.4 million annually (adjusted for inflation). The county's financial consultant on the agreement, the PFM Group, estimated savings over the term of the contract at $233.1 million, and up to $378.9 million when 'Synergy Savings', including reduced overtime and personnel reassignments, are taken into account. Nassau County will maintain ownership of the wastewater system and jurisdiction over its utility rates, which are not expected to rise.
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