Every year on March 22 the world dedicates a day to the theme of water. This day is an opportunity to re-examine the many issues related to this vital resource.
This year, the United Nations decided to put the focus on water and jobs. Not only because making water drinkable and supplying it to people creates jobs, but also because the water sector generates a large number of jobs, both directly and indirectly.
To demonstrate this diversity, Veolia has chosen to introduce some of its employees whose expertise enables the Group to supply 100 million people with drinking water and offer high quality wastewater services to over 63 million people.
Standpipe operator, leak hunter, SWIM agent, commissioning engineer... all unknown yet essential jobs for an optimal water service worldwide.
Water jobs : The expert in United States of America
Janet is a laboratory Director for Veolia North America. Veolia’s laboratories have the huge task of ensuring the quality of the drinking water served to its customers, as well as the quality of the waters it reinjects in nature after treatment. On a daily basis, Janet is responsible of all aspects of the laboratory management, of the health and safety or training of employees but she also guarantees its perfect operation.
Water jobs: Veoliaforce volunteer in Macenta, Guinea
> See Guillaume Cubizolles’s testimony on the Veolia Foundation website
Guillaume Cubizolles is one of the 500 members of the Veoliaforce response team. A Veolia employee, he has volunteered to use his experience and skills to serve others during Veolia Foundation’s humanitarian missions around the world. In December 2014, Guillaume left for Guinea where he designed and implemented a drinking water distribution system supplying a treatment center for Ebola patients.
> For more information about Veolia Foundation’s volunteer missions
Water Jobs: The expert in Maisons-Laffitte, France
Emmanuel Soyeux is a scientific expert at the Research and Innovation department of Veolia. His main areas of expertise are the monitoring of water resources used to produce drinking water and
measuring the impact of wastewater treatment plant discharges on aquatic environments. He is currently working on developing a river and lake water quality monitoring network. The objective is to anticipate any anomalies in the quality of the water used as a source by Veolia to produce drinking water worldwide.
Water jobs: The operator in Seafield, Scotland
"Wee" Davie Lothian is an operator in our wastewater treatment plant in Seafield in Scotland. Wastewater treatment is complex and is an important step in the water cycle because the aim is to "clean" the wastewater before it is either discharged safely into the natural environment or recycled and reused. Davie has a number of key responsibilities. Including ensuring the water quality, and optimizing the performance of the plant which operates 24/7.
Water jobs: Leak hunter in Metz, France
Jennifer Corso is an expert in detecting leaks in Metz, where she oversees more than 1,200 kilometers of the drinking water network. By making daily volume analyses, she detects any anomalies that indicate the presence of a leak. Noise sensors installed at various points in the network enable her to locate the sector of the leak, which is characterized by an uninterrupted noise. Her expertise is necessary in ensuring that the technicians respond rapidly and water wastage is kept to a minimum.
> More about Veolia’s water management expertise
Water Jobs: Educator in Guayaquil, Ecuador
Kattya Llorenty is an educator for the environmental education program "somos agua" (We are water) in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Every day, she works to reach as many people as possible and raise their awareness about proper water usage to avoid wastage, starting with children! Learning about the scarcity of water during fun workshops and role plays, they in turn educate their parents when they go home. Thanks to Kattya, Guayaquil homes are more careful in their use of drinking water!
Water jobs: Agent 00SWIM in Prague, Czech Republic
Josef Nešpor is a SWIM dispatcher in Prague. With his headset and screens, he acts as the link between the sensors in the drinking water system in the Czech capital, the geographic information system (GIS), and the field agents. With real time information about any incident on the network, he is responsible for coordinating the various resources and teams to ensure it is resolved as soon as possible and the drinking water supply is restored to the area.
> To learn more about the SWIM program in Prague
> For more information about the job of SWIM dispatcher: Planet smart cities
Water jobs: The Commissioner in Ajaccio, France
Camille Besse is a commissioning engineer. Following completion of major works, such as the construction of a drinking water production plant, wastewater treatment plant or sea water desalination plant, Veolia does not leave the site straight away. This is when the plant is "commissioned". This means that treatment is initialized, transition with the operations teams is performed, and final adjustments are made. In short, we ensure that the new plant will operate at its best. Camille is currently in charge of performance testing on a wastewater treatment plant in Ajaccio, France.
Water Jobs: The decontaminator in Tianjin, China
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Cai Ling is in charge of running the Hazardous Waste Integrated Treatment Centre in Tianjin, China. In August 2015, she found herself on the frontline during the catastrophe of Tianjin, and led her teams
on the site of the explosion to collect water contaminated by cyanide, before storing and treating it. This delicate clean-up operation lasted several weeks, in extremely difficult conditions. The determination and expertise of Cai Ling and her teams demonstrated Veolia’s ability to overcome complex and unprecedented pollutions within a very short time.
Water jobs: The sea sweeper in Alpes Maritimes, France
For 30 years, Charles Barelli has watched over the cleanliness of the swimming water of the Mediterranean Sea in the Alpes Maritimes region. During the tourist season, he collects all the waste carried in by the current with his "sea sweeper", a boat equipped with collection nets. If there is an oil spill, he gets to work with anti-pollution booms, takes samples, and dissolves oil slicks. His vigilance is vital in providing safe swimming conditions and in protecting the biodiversity of the seas.
> More about Veolia’s water management expertise
Water jobs: The Engineer in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Henri Casalis is a project manager for the seawater desalination pilot project conducted with Masdar, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This ambitious project aims to develop new solutions to minimize energy consumption in desalination processes to make them more efficient and reduce their environmental footprint. Henri and his colleagues are working hand in hand with Masdar teams to build and operate a pilot plant at the forefront of innovation with characteristics that are identical to those of a real plant.
Water Jobs: Standpipe operator in Niamey, Niger
Aboubacar Mohamed is a standpipe operator in Niger. This involves managing one of the 3,500 public standpipes served by the Group in the country. In practice they supply several families in drinking water in places where it is not yet possible to provide individual connections. Aboubacar, acting as service provider for the water operating company SEEN (Société d’Exploitation des Eaux du Niger), is responsible for delivering water to surrounding neighborhoods or selling it at the standpipe. He also maintains it and reports any malfunctions or incidents to the relevant SEEN operators.