Global water and waste services company SUEZ Environnement engages in the treatment, production, and distribution of drinking water; the collection, recovery, and treatment of wastewater; and the collection and processing of nonhazardous and hazardous waste, the recycling of waste, and street cleaning. It manages about 1,200 drinking water production plants and 150,000 kms (95,000 miles) of sewage lines. SUEZ Environnement operates through subsidiaries such as Ondeo (drinking water and sanitation services), Degrémont (water treatment services), and SITA (waste management services). Parent SUEZ spun off SUEZ Environnement in 2008 as part of its requirements to merge with Gaz de France and become GDF SUEZ.
In 2010 SUEZ Environment acquired a 75% stake in Aguas de Barcelona, a Spanish company dedicated to services, distribution or treatment of water primarily in Europe but also in Asia, North America, and South America. The deal allows SUEZ Environment to add a "second pillar" to its European water business. It also owns 33% of Aguas de Valencia and looking to up its stake in the coastal Spanish water provider.
SUEZ Environnement was formed in 2002 by the regrouping of SITA (one of Europe's largest waste management companies) with French conglomerate SUEZ's Ondeo Degrémont water unit. Other operations include FAIRTEC (waste service engineering), Ondeo Industrial Solutions (technical support and consulting for water operations), and Safege (consulting engineering for water operations). – less