WIXOM, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--United Water, one of the leading providers of water and wastewater services in the nation, is pleased to announce that its Wixom Wastewater Treatment Facility will receive the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program (MVPP) Star Award for workplace safety and health excellence from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) at a special ceremony and luncheon to be held today at the Wixom Community Center located at 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI 48393.
“In our industry you can never be too careful, our employees are alert and exercise safe techniques in the workplace every day and we are pleased to join with the City of Wixom in this outstanding recognition.”
The MVPP Star Award is given to companies that have an outstanding safety and health management system in place and have demonstrated achievement of the highest level in the program, the Michigan Star Award. Only employers with the best safety and health programs are eligible for the MVPP Program. MVPP Star sites must have incidence rates below the Michigan average for three years. The Wixom Project’s (comprising of both the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Water Distribution System) rates have consistently been below the Michigan industry average since we started participation in the program.
“United Water’s Wixom Wastewater Treatment long-time commitment to workplace safety and health sends a strong message to other Michigan companies,” said Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Deputy Director Rob Nederhood. “They have created a corporate culture where workplace safety and health is consistently held as a top priority. Their record shows that a safe workplace provides the foundation for a productive workplace.” Martha Yoder, MIOSHA Deputy Director will present the MVPP Award to Wixom Plant Manager Rick Bacon who will accept on behalf of all employees at the Wixom facility.
“Workplace safety is our number one priority at United Water and I am very proud of the importance our employees at the Wixom Project have placed on it,” said Bertrand Camus, United Water’s CEO. “In our industry you can never be too careful, our employees are alert and exercise safe techniques in the workplace every day and we are pleased to join with the City of Wixom in this outstanding recognition.”
United Water operates both the water distribution system and the 2.9 MGD tertiary wastewater treatment plant for the City of Wixom, serving approximately 3,600 residential and commercial customers.
About United Water
United Water is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to approximately 5.7 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 20 water utilities, United Water operates 100 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements. Founded in 1869, United Water is a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.
About SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT
Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries deal with the challenge of protecting resources by providing innovative solutions to industries and to millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 91 million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 63 million people and collects the waste produced by close to 57 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 80,410 employees and, with its presence on a global scale, is a world leader exclusively dedicated to environmental services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, a 35.7% GDF SUEZ affiliate, reported sales turnover of 14.8 billion Euros ($18.8 billion USD) at the end of financial year 2011.