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Sustainability

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Our mission at the Authority is to provide a reliable supply of high-quality water at a reasonable cost today and for future generations while promoting the preservation of watershed land and aquifers. We provide an average of almost 46,000 gallons of water per day to almost 430,000 consumers. We own and protect more than 27,000 acres of land and have 60-plus miles of recreation trails spanning 13 municipalities in Greater New Haven. 

The Authority is actively engaged in projects and activities that help to protect and restore ecosystems, reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, and minimize waste and pollution.  Examples include constructed wetlands to renovate stormwater runoff, green building construction and retrofits, paper reduction programs, beneficial reuse of water treatment byproducts, use of renewable energy and fish passage projects.

To us, sustainability is intertwined with economic development and the provision of water. It is also an approach that adds value, keeps citizens in mind and creates benefits for the region and the environment. Practically speaking, we have no choice. To fulfill our mission, we need water and the environment. Examples of ways we reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, and minimize waste and pollution include constructed wetlands to renovate stormwater runoff, green building construction and retrofits, paper reduction programs, beneficial reuse of water treatment byproducts, use of renewable energy and fish passage projects.

Authority Sustainability Projects

 

Land Use Plan

The Regional Water Authority’s mission is derived from our enabling legislation: to provide customers with high-quality water and services at a reasonable cost while promoting the preservation of watershed land and aquifers. 

The Land Use Plan addresses the preservation of the Authority’s land and guides land use decisions made for more than 27,000 acres. The Authority's landholdings, together with the remaining public and privately-held open space tracts in the south central region of Connecticut, represent a vital and diminishing resource that must be managed judiciously.

The Plan provides for the most appropriate uses of the Authority's landholdings consistent with the overriding priority of protecting water supplies and the goal of preserving our landholdings. The Plan also recognizes the limitations and opportunities created by the natural features of the land and the regional and local need for recreation and public improvements.

Land Use Plan