The Value of Water

Water is one of the most important issues of our time. As populations grow and demand increases, so does the value of water.


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A lush lawn is something that most homeowners strive for and when warm weather hits, a challenge arises: keeping that garden green. While we can cool down with a glass of water, our lawns need the same treatment. Grass that cannot grab enough water from the soil can have brown patches and is not only unattractive, but unhealthy. Proper watering techniques are a key component of a healthy lawn.

But keeping the grass healthy can be challenging when you‘re also concerned about saving water. How long should you leave your sprinklers on? What is the least amount of time that you can water your lawn and still have it get the amount it needs? Is there a magic number?

Yes, there is. It differs from day-to-day and you can find it out, right here on[[{"fid":"16956","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"7":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false}},"link_text":null,"attributes":{"height":"499","width":"278","style":"float: right; width: 278px; height: 499px;","class":"media-element file-default","data-delta":"7"}}]]

ET, short for EvapoTranspiration, is a measure of water loss from soil through evaporation and moisture loss from plant life through transpiration. It is influenced by air temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation and wind speed.  With knowledge of ET and recent precipitation, a daily value is calculated for the optimal amount of water the average lawn needs based on the day’s weather conditions within the specific SUEZ geographical service regions.  This is then translated into a recommended amount of time that your lawn should be watered. It’s that easy!

Simply click here to visit our ET page, enter your zip code and you’ll get your number! Not planning on watering today? That’s okay. Sign up for email reminders and we will send you your ET number daily, so you’ll know exactly how long to water your lawn each day! 

Find YOUR Number Now! 

As you may have heard, there is a moderate drought occurring in North Jersey. And as a result, we asked our local customers to voluntarily conserve water. But this drought is also a safety issue;
firefighters need to have enough water and water pressure to fight a potential fire. Water is the best weapon to kill a fire. What steps do we take to prepare for a fire?

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We met with our New Jersey field operations, to learn more on the subject. SUEZ serves a population of 800,000 people in New Jersey and maintains 16,000 fire hydrants throughout the state.

How do we prepare for a catastrophic event like a fire?


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Health and safety issues are our top priority. Icase of a catastrophic event (storm, fire, accidents, etc.), it’s our duty to provide a constant supply of water to support officials on the ground. SUEZ follows the National Incident Command System (ICS), a protocol on how to handle and respond to an emergency.
We also have a "Red Book", which isour Bible for emergencies and contains all of our procedures, protocols, equipment and contact info. This way if an incident commander calls in from the field, asking for pumps or tankers, we can give them whatever they need quickly.
To always be prepared, one of our most important tasks is fire hydrant maintenance: we repair and replace them when needed. Every year, our inspectors go out and test every single one of our 16,000 fire hydrants.
We also run drills internally and externally: our Safety and Security Department presents a catastrophic scenario and we have to develop a plan to fix it.

What do we do during a fire?

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The fire department does not notify us when there is a fire in one of the counties we serve. But we can see something is going on from our control room that operates 24/7 at our water treatment plant. We witness an abnormally large pull in our water supplies which means emergency services is pulling a large volume of water to extinguish the fire.
When we hear about a fire, we will go and support the incident commander. The fire department uses a tremendous amount of water to “drown the fire”; the water demand increases 10 to 100 times more than the normal use. Our role is to support the firefighters and strategically move the trucks so they don’t run out of water supply. With our technical support, we can redirect more water to the area (that will increase the volume of water available) or ask them to use a different hydrant.
The key in an emergency is communication. A lot of people are involved and we need to ensure there is a good flow of accurate information. That’s why our team on the ground is in constant communication with our operators in the treatment plant. We also maintain good relationships with the State fire departments. Once a year, we invite them to our plant for a tour to educate them about our distribution system.

What happens after the fire?

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There might be some consequences for our customers living nearby: such as low pressure or discolored water. Since the fire department has to use a   large amount of water, the water velocity in the pipe increases. The discolored water results from the natural deposit found in the pipe; it is safe to drink and usually doesn’t take more than an hour to clear up.
In the lead-up to National Drinking Water Week, a news article about French consumer confidence in tap water grabbed our attention. The survey found that 80% of respondents “trust” the water coming from their taps. Similarly 74% of respondents are satisfied with the quality of the water in their home and 69% appreciate the taste.
We had incorrectly associated Perrier and Evian with what we assumed to be a bottled water tradition or preference in France. Maybe French spring water isn’t tres chic after all. Maybe Americans are the ones who are hooked on bottled water.
Consider this: in recent U.S. surveys, only 53% of municipal water customers said they are likely to drink tap water versus bottled or otherwise filtered water. What gives?
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In an interview last year with Duke University professor and author James Salzman, the From the Source Blog asked this very question. If our water in the U.S. is among the cleanest in the world, why is bottled water so prevalent?
The answer, in summary, was that water choices like many other ones, are influenced heavily by marketing. And very good marketing at that: bottled water sells for up to 1,000 times the price of tap water.
Salzman found in his research for Drinking Water: A History that since the early 90s when Coke, Pepsi and Nestle entered the bottled water market and the consumption of bottled water skyrocketed, Americans have seemingly had an ambivalent relationship with tap water. Whereas in the 70s, if someone went into a gas station and asked for water they would have been directed to the hose outside.
On the flip side, and in more recent history, many environmental groups – in New York and San Francisco, for example – have used public relations campaigns to raise awareness of the environmental impact of bottled water.
To their credit, environmental groups have raised the level of consumer consciousness and have pressed the bottled water industry to be more responsible in their packaging. Environmental pressure is leading to a change in fashion. For example, those who want to live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle have taken to drinking tap water from a refillable bottle.
We’re curious about your water preferences: please share your thoughts on the comment section below!
As a world citizen, you hear words like drought, global warming, planet expiration date, sustainable development often…
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You want to…
  • Act but you don’t know where to start?
  • Be involved without drastically change your lifestyle?
  • Be a part of the Resource Revolution but not spend a month’s salary in water-saving devices?


Good news: you can! And we are here to help you. For 10 years now, SUEZ has published Conservation Guides providing indoor and outdoor water saving tips, presenting what we do as a water services provider to protect one of the most precious resources on earth. Decreasing water availability is a global and serious issue that concerns every one of us, not only individuals but also industries, governments and companies.

That’s why this summer, we launched a social media conservation campaign #TipsToSaveWater. Our goal is to provide easy, inexpensive and original water saving tips. Along the way, we discovered the website, “Water - Use it Wisely”.
This website provides tips and devices to help you in your water saving quest. It also has an educational and creative section dedicated to children. What better way to raise your kids’ awareness than play a game?
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Feel free to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to discover our tips published every Thursday all summer long. And, if you have  your own ways to save water, please share them in the comment sections below.
About Water - Use it Wisely
This communication campaign was launched 15 years ago. Since then, it has become a major campaign with more than 250 public and private water companies nationwide. The goal is to help people learn how to save water.
Find below some of the tips we've already published:
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