Desalination using solar energy

At the World Future Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, a research contract to study seawater desalination using 100-percent solar power was signed by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, GDF SUEZ and SUEZ environnement. This is a world first. The challenge is important for a region experiencing rapid economic development, with limited water resources. SUEZ environnement, a world leader in seawater desalination using reverse osmosis, recently supplied and installed 33 modular desalination units for treating brackish water in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


"Drinking from the sea", explore how and why sea water is desalinated


Protecting estuary waters and bathing waters in Long Island, New York

In the United States, SUEZ environnement was chosen in 2014 to operate, manage and maintain wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations and sewers in Nassau County, New York. The twentyyear contract is worth approximately $1.2 billion (€905 million). The Nassau County sanitation network covers 1.2 million users. The biggest challenge of the contract is to preserve the quality of the estuary waters as well as the bathingwaters of Long Island’s popular beaches. The execution of the contract will enable repairs to be made to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, which devastated a large part of the coast in 2012.

WaterlilyTM: a water footprint calculation tool

With WaterlilyTM, SUEZ environnement provides support for local authorities and industrial operators seeking to measure their water footprints: they use the tool to carry out a water balance (incoming and outgoing water flows) and to assess their indirect water consumption according to their energy consumption, transport and waste management. Based on an optimised lifecycle analysis, WaterlilyTM guides the Group’s customers in terms of the eco-design of infrastructures and facilities and enables them to compare the performance of the different technologies available. Another feature of the tool: it generates an indicator that makes it possible to communicate clearly on the water footprint, taking impact on quality and quantity into account. WaterlilyTM is fully compliant with the international standard ISO 14046-2014.

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Making water networks smart

Around the world, more than 35% of drinking water disappears before it reaches customers’ taps. These losses are often due to ageing pipes, and are estimated at over 33 billion cubic meters per year. The fight against waste is a growing priority in view of growing demand and the consequences of climate change. To address these issues, SUEZ environnement is setting up smart, innovative solutions, such as Aquadvanced™, a tool that monitors the network’s hydraulic behaviour in real time using sensors placed on the network that measure the flow, pressure and flow rate in order to identify and anticipate anomalies. To date, Aquadvanced™ has been adopted by several large conurbations (Barcelona, Macao, Casablanca) as well as towns and cities of more modest size.



Leading edge water network performance tool

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Préserver l'eau pour longtemps

00 %
of the world’s population
will live in regions affected
by water stress in 2035

0000 m3
of fresh water will be
the annual availability per inhabitant in 2025; it was 16,800 m3 in 1950

If nothing is done, global warming could cause
sea levels to rise by approximately
0 meter
at the end of the century

Commitment 1 : help our clients to better manage the water cycle
as a whole

The effects of climate change have now been established and the disruption to the water cycle is one of the most tangible consequences.
Regional players must adapt to this new situation, evaluating their vulnerability to drought and flooding, securing their water supply and increasing their resilience in the face of extreme rainfall events.

2016 targets

0M
Reduce losses from drinking water networks to avoid wasting a volume of water equivalent to the annual consumption of a city with 2 million inhabitants.

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Aim to equip over 20% of our customers with smart meters.


Increase the reuse of treated
wastewater.

RESULTS 2014

Technical yield of drinking water networks(1)
(as a %)


(1) – Périmeter Lyonnaise des eaux, United Waters, Agbar and Lydec.

Percentage of customers equipped with smart meters
(as a %)

Volume of treated wastewater re-used
(in millions m3)

OUR COMMITMENTS IN ACTIONS

  • Desalination using solar energy

    At the World Future Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, a research contract to study seawater desalination using 100-percent solar power was signed by...

  • Protecting estuary waters and bathing waters in Long Island, New York

    In the United States, SUEZ environnement was chosen in 2014 to operate, manage and maintain wastewater treatment plant...

  • WaterlilyTM : a water footprint calculation tool

    With WaterlilyTM, SUEZ environnement provides support for local authorities and industrial operators seeking to measure their water footprints...

  • Making water networks smart

    Around the world, more than 35% of drinking water disappears before it reaches customers’ taps. These losses are often due to ageing pipes, and...

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A word from
Rich Nigel,
West Basin, Municipal Water District
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Industry - Water management