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Supporting the right to water and sanitation

We believe that everyone has the right to access water and sanitation. At SUEZ, we’re actively working to promote and implement a full range of water and waste solutions to meet this challenge in both developed and developing nations.


Despite improved access to essential services, it’s still a major global concern

The sustainable development goals adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 provide a framework for the 2030 development agenda. They also highlight that despite significant progress in the fight against inequality, universal access to essential services remains a major concern.


Around the world today:

people do not have access to clean drinking water
people lack access to proper sanitation
Our actions

We're better together

We believe that concrete measures and adopting a collective approach to supporting the new sustainable development goals and meeting the challenges for accessing universal services is the best way to ensure long-term improvement. SUEZ is actively involved in the co-creation of an international water governance framework, and provides extensive support through the Fondation SUEZ to projects and initiatives that expand access to essential services.

Giving access to potable water in the slums of Mumbai

Launched in July 2015 under an agreement between SUEZ and the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai in India, the Water for Slums project aims to improve access to water quality and drinking water for residents of Mumbai’s most economically disadvantaged areas. The five-year project is divided into three phases – diagnostic, implementation of 10 pilot projects and replication throughout the city – and will improve access to water for 750,000 people.

Supporting socially equitable drinking water policies in developed countries

We help our customers develop and implement water policies to ensure access to services for those in need. In Dunkirk in France, the introduction of progressive pricing offered a reduced price for the first 75 cubic meters consumed – enough to meet vital needs. In Barcelona in Spain, we partnered with social services and NGOs to offer personalised payment schedules and subsidies to nearly 55,000 households.

Giving access to water and sanitation in Greater Casablanca’s disadvantaged neighbourhoods

Following the launch of the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH) by King Mohammed VI, Lydec, the SUEZ subsidiary in Morocco launched the INDH-INMAE program with the aim of increasing individual access to water and sanitation services for 500,000 Greater Casablanca residents living in poverty. Today, 470 million dirhams (~€47 million) has been invested in establishing 35,000 connections, with 24,000 additional households expected to have access to the service.
Our solutions

Customising solutions to improve access to water and sanitation

Building on our expertise in service access, our range of tailored solutions enable users to assess and respond to access problems through the monitoring and implementation of projects in three distinct areas:

  • expansion of physical access
  • guaranteeing affordable access, and
  • universal access to sanitation in the city.
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