Public-private water partnerships

SUEZ provides local authorities with several types of public-private partnerships, from water management to skills transfer, in order to combine quality of service with environmental performance.

Providing a tailored response

The Group is engaged in a dynamic of change designed to transform water management models:

    • Reinforce local authorities’ management of contracts and promote the right to information in society
    • Protect water resources
    • Be a pioneer in water innovation

SUEZ offers several types of partnerships that can evolve to adapt to local customer needs. These include:

    • outsourcing management agreements in the form of concessions or leasing;
    • infrastructure contracts, in which the company finances, builds and operates new facilities on behalf of local authorities;
    • support for service management in which the company supports government customers in highly targeted missions (management agreements, technical assistance).


Innovating contractually to provide water for the people

SUEZ has created a new approach, the participative public-private partnership (4P), to meet the needs of people with little access to water and for whom traditional solutions are inadequate. This is to provide a guarantee of service access with an appropriate pricing policy. The 4P model aims to incorporate a process of consultation with local participants from the tender phase onward.

The 4P approach is based on the following principles:

    • The local authority makes its request as manager of the public service and in consultation with the local population.
    • International institutions, such as development banks, are responsible for the portion of the financing that the local authorities and end customers cannot bear. They therefore also assume the related risks.
    • The pricing structure takes into account consumers’ actual ability to pay and the need for the operator to have sufficient revenue to maintain the infrastructures.
    • The Group promises to transfer its skills at prices adapted to every situation.

The model is scalable and focuses on improving service in three key areas: shared diagnostics, infrastructure development and operating tools, long-term sustainability and greater autonomy of the service.