NEW HAVEN, Conn., Nov. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Larry Bingaman, president and CEO of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA), announced that the RWA was recently honored with two esteemed awards: the Utility of the Year Award presented by the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA) and the Platinum Award for Utility Excellence presented by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA). These awards amplify the RWA's emphasis on sustainable decision making, reinforcing its higher purpose to ensure the New Haven region is well-positioned to maintain its excellent water supply and use it as a source of growth, opportunity and vitality.
"The recognition of these two distinguished awards demonstrates the value of our commitment to conscious capitalism as a vehicle to support stakeholder interdependencies and elevate sustainability," Bingaman said. "We're excited that our focus on the tenets of conscious capitalism is yielding award-winning results that are both quantitative and qualitative, improving the bottom line and mitigating rate increases for customers."
Both awards are given to select U.S. utilities that have shown a commitment and dedication to sustainability, their local community and the environment. Award winners are industry-leading water systems with innovative managers and dedicated workforces who create sustainable utilities marked by high quality and affordable water, responsive customer service and attention to resource management and environmental protection.
The RWA's efforts to improve operating efficiency have allowed it to mitigate customer rate increases by 12 percent and receive high customer satisfaction ratings. In addition to promoting the preservation of watershed land and aquifers, the RWA offers environmental education programs to teach students how their actions affect ecological quality. In the past 25 years, the RWA has educated more than 350,000 students.
About the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA):
The RWA provides customers with high-quality water and service at a reasonable cost while promoting the preservation of watershed land and aquifers. On average, the RWA supplies 45 million gallons of water per day to 430,000 people in a twenty-town region centered in New Haven, Conn.
SOURCE South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority