Protecting water resources and guaranteeing its safety
SUEZ is committed to conserving this valuable resource: water. Through its sustainable development strategy, its businesses and the activities of its operational units, the Group takes part in respecting this.
To always be able to guarantee its consumers that tap water is perfectly safe, SUEZ continues to significantly invest in health monitoring programmes related to the drinking water quality.
The Group has one of the largest laboratories in the world in the field of water treatment. Alongside French and international health authorities, it permanently takes part in risk analyses concerning emerging micropollutants and their potential pathogenic effects. SUEZ is thereby developing new technologies in removing these emerging pollutants for both its current and future treatment processes.
Pristine, a new research program specifically focused on micropollutants in urban and industrial wastewater and co-funded by the French National Research Agency, has just been launched.
Every year, SUEZ jointly organizes, with the Universities of Lorraine (France) and Bonn (Germany) the International Water & Health Seminar for Ph.D. students. The aim of this annual meeting is to give young researchers from all over the world the opportunity to present their work and to discuss their findings with internationally recognized scientists and representatives of the water industry. In addition, a SUEZ Award is attributed by the Scientific Committee to the work bringing the best contribution to the advancement of water safety.
The MICROCYTOX project funded by ANR (the French National Research Agency) and led by CIRSEE, has been a partnership including the Laboratory of applied research in electronics of CEA (Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Renouvelables), a joint laboratory of CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) and INRA (National Institute for Agronomic Research) and the National Museum of Natural History. It started in 2010 and has just finished. It aimed to develop an automated and miniaturized device to assess, using molecular biology, the proportion of toxic strains within populations of cyanobacteria. With the prototype resulting of this project, it is now possible to perform qualitative analyses in an automated way in 80 minutes.