United Water’s Record of Negligence

United Water’s Record of Negligence

United Water has a considerably horrible service record. The experiences of many communities in the United States and around the world make it clear that Rockland County cannot trust United Water to act in the publicʼs interest. Numerous company projects have led to cost overruns, skyrocketing prices, terrible service, risks to human and environmental health, and accusations of fraud and other crimes. This evidence demonstrates that United Waterʼs service is anything but “proven, purified, reliable,” as the company claims.

United Water is seeking to expand operations in the Hudson Valley. If the DEC approves the desalination plant this will put a stamp of approval on United Water and desalination. This means their corporate behavor would continue to cause further discord in the Hudson Valley. Once the plants are built desalination is an irreversible decision.


United Water Parent Company Fined $10 Million in European Antitrust Investigation
(Yonkers Tribune, 1/25/2012)

United Water Representatives Discuss Flooding At Packed Council Meeting
(New Milford Patch, 11/29/2011 — During Hurricane Irene, United Water failed to respond to citizens and elected officials requests to lower the reservoir, which was filled to capacity, in advance of the storm.)

Legal Options For Victims Of West Nyack Flooding To Be Presented Tonight
(New City Patch, 11/7/2011 — During Hurricane Irene, United Water failed to respond to citizens and elected officials requests to lower the reservoir, which was filled to capacity, in advance of the storm.)

Accountability for Water Companies
(The Nyack Villager, 11/1/2011

United Water employees could face jail time for allegely manipulating water sampling to hide E. coli
(American Water Intelligence, January 2011)

In Europe, a Regulator Penalizes Two Utilities
(New York Times, 7/8/2009)

Water System Operators Indicted for Falsifying Test Results (Radionuclides)
(New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, 6/15/2006)

DEP Fines Water Systems, Licensed Operator for Fraudulent Monitoring and Reporting
(New Jersey State DEP press release, 5/10/2006)

United Water Inc. has agreed to pay about $96,000 in fines for drawing far more water from the Floridan aquifer than was allowed by St. Johns River Water Management District permits.
(Jacksonville Journal, 11/24/2001)

Suez Environnement Corporate Profile
(UW parent company)


Read Food & Water Watch reports on United Water