As soon as the SUEZ canal opens, it revolutionizes world trade. This marks the beginning of the Group’s industrial success and the birth of its name, a synonym of audacity, ambition and innovation.
The industrial revolution leads to rapid development of cities. To protect people’s hygiene and health, water and sanitation networks are built over great distances, providing access to drinking water and wastewater treatment. A modern waste collection system is also invented.
After the Second World War, as big cities and suburbs grow, inhabitants’ needs increase, calling for a constant supply of clean water to meet growing requirements, and collection and treatment of increasing waste quantities.
At the dawn of the 21st century, a new chapter begins at the Rio Earth Summit. World leaders make the protection of the earth a priority. In an exponentially growing world, cities and industries are seeking new solutions to face resource scarcity and climate change.
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