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RWA and CT's AARP Fraud Watch Network Urge Greater New Haven to be Scam Aware For Immediate Release December 5, 2018

The Regional Water Authority (RWA) and AARP Fraud Watch Network are urging vigilance against scams during the holiday season and throughout the year. Scammers often pose as utility employees to obtain financial information or gain access to homes so they can steal money or property. read more

RWA Advises Precautions to Keep Pipes from Freezing on Thanksgiving For Immediate Release November 20, 2018

Meteorologists have forecast an arctic blast that may result in the coldest Thanksgiving on record, according to the Regional Water Authority (RWA). The RWA is advising residents and businesses in Greater New Haven to protect their plumbing from the Thanksgiving chill. read more

RWA Offers Tips To Keep Pipes From Freezing For Immediate Release November 20, 2018

The Regional Water Authority (RWA) is advising residents and businesses in Greater New Haven to protect their plumbing from the cold weather. Frigid air and sub-freezing temperatures can cause water pipes in vulnerable areas of buildings to freeze and burst, resulting in costly damage and expensive repairs. read more

RWA Upgrades Meter Reading For Immediate Release November 5, 2018

About 18,000 Regional Water Authority (RWA) customers in Milford will have the water industry’s latest metering technology installed beginning next month, joining the 70,000 customers in the RWA’s water district who have already received the upgrade. read more

Fix to Regional Water Authority Delivery System in North Branford was Challenging For Immediate Release November 4, 2018

When officials with the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority look back at 2018, they will do so with a quiet pride at a job well done. The year began at a much more frenzied pace as the quasi-public utility undertook a challenging project: The $14 million fix of a tunnel and pipe system that brings water from the authority’s largest reservoir to a treatment facility in North Branford. Making the necessary repairs to the system required the creation of a temporary bypass system to allow water to continue to flow from Lake Galliard to the treatment facility. While the temporary bypass was in use, permanent repairs were made to the pipe and tunnel system. read more

Conscious Capitalism: Redefining What Makes A ‘Good Business’ For Immediate Release October 31, 2018

This article from Larry Bingaman, president and CEO of the Regional Water Authority (RWA), explains how embracing the principles of Conscious Capitalism has benefited the RWA. Larry points to how pursing a higher purpose can help improve society while also benefiting companies. read more

Regional Water Authority Plans Big Changes In Milford For Immediate Release October 31, 2018

About 18,000 Regional Water Authority (RWA) customers in Milford will have the water industry's latest metering technology installed beginning next month, joining the 70,000 customers in the RWA's water district who have already received the upgrade. read more

New Haven Register Forum: Imagine a Day Without Water For Immediate Release October 7, 2018

The fall months are often marked by debates and discussions about the issues that divide us. Today, I will address something that unites us. Every morning we get up and brush our teeth, take a shower, and maybe make a pot of coffee. Later we may do our laundry and wash the dishes. None of this would be possible without safe and reliable water infrastructure. read more

On the Prowl for Owls in North Branford For Immediate Release September 12, 2018

The great horned owl was among the usual suspects for the Sept. 8 Owl Prowl at Lake Gaillard. The North Branford Land Conservation Trust teamed up with the Regional Water Authority (RWA) for the hunt. Here, RWA real estate manager John Triana and Drew Coppola hold up photos of owls that might be heard and possibly seen that evening. read more

Creating a College-to-Utility Employment Pipeline For Immediate Release September 7, 2018

Nearly 40 percent of the half-million or so public-utility workers in the United States will become eligible for retirement over the next five years. At the New Haven-based Regional Water Authority (RWA), that figure is closer to 50 percent. That's why educators from Southern Connecticut State University and Gateway Community College are working with the RWA and other Connecticut utilities to develop a school-to-utility employment pipeline to ensure that a new generation of utility workers is trained and prepared to fill the jobs left by retiring workers. read more

RWA-Trained Volunteers Help Assess Health of Mill River in Cheshire For Immediate Release August 31, 2018

Outfitted with waders and clipboards, brothers Nick and Ben Motmans climbed down the bank of the Mill River near Mount Sanford Road Monday to study a section of the waterway. Nick Motmans, 17, is a student at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford and member of the Cheshire Land Trust board. He was one of the 20 volunteers trained by a water quality specialist with the Regional Water Authority several weeks ago. The volunteers are helping assess the health of the Mill River. read more

Reps. DeLauro and Tonko Visit New Haven to Learn More About Opportunities Created by Public Utility Degree Programs For Immediate Release August 29, 2018

Nearly 40 percent of the approximately 550,600 utility employees in the United States are eligible for retirement within the next five years, at the Regional Water Authority (RWA), that number is closer to 50 percent. Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and Representative Paul Tonko (NY-20) visited Gateway Community College (GCC) today to learn how educators there and at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) are working with the RWA and other state utilities to create a school-to-utility-work pipeline and ensure a new generation of employees is trained and ready to fill the jobs left by retiring workers. read more

RWA Announces New Direction To Increase Sustainability And Better Serve Customers For Immediate Release August 20, 2018

Regional Water Authority (RWA) President and CEO Larry L. Bingaman announced changes to senior leadership that are designed to support the nonprofit corporation’s plans to drive future growth and innovation by enhancing its core business and entering into new lines of business that generate additional revenue to reduce rate increases. read more

'Tap Into Nature' at Lake Saltonstall in Branford For Immediate Release August 15, 2018

Families across Connecticut are invited to explore the outdoors in Branford Wednesday. The Regional Water Authority is hosting their annual "Tap Into Nature" event at Lake Saltonstall. Children and their families are invited to fish, hike, and make crafts using leaves. read more

Back by Popular Demand: RWA Helping Customers Harvest the Rain For Immediate Release August 9, 2018

The Regional Water Authority (RWA) is offering rain barrels to Connecticut residents looking for an environmentally friendly way to reduce their water use while still keeping their gardens growing and lawns green. The RWA sold out of the very popular rain barrels earlier this summer, and is launching this second sale for customers who missed out on their chance to get a rain barrel in June. read more

More Sophisticated Water Metering Coming to 13,000 West Haven Customers For Immediate Release August 7, 2018

Water delivery and metering in West Haven is about to get more sophisticated, according to the water company. About 13,000 South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority customers in West Haven are about to get the water industry’s latest metering technology installed beginning next month, the RWA said in a news release. The West Haven customers will join about 50,000 customers in the RWA’s water district who already have received the upgrade. read more

Regional Water Authority Bringing Advanced Metering Infrastructure To West Haven For Immediate Release August 6, 2018

About 13,000 Regional Water Authority (RWA) customers in West Haven will have the water industry’s latest metering technology installed beginning next month, joining the 50,000 customers in the RWA’s water district who have already received the upgrade. read more

RWA-Sponsored Ansonia Armory Beautification Efforts Celebrated For Immediate Release July 27, 2018

The grounds of the Ansonia Armory are in the midst of a much-needed makeover. The first phase of the facelift outside the sprawling Armory on State Street was celebrated by local and state officials, along with area businesses, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday. read more

RWA Trains Cheshire Volunteers to Study the Mill River For Immediate Release July 18, 2018

Volunteers will be looking for signs of road runoff, human intervention and water contamination in the Mill River over the coming weeks as part of a river health study. Teams of volunteers with the Cheshire Land Trust will access the river through public land and, where permitted, from private property. Training provided by a water quality specialist with the Regional Water Authority is scheduled for this Saturday. read more

RWA Invests In Trifecta Ecosystems To Fuel Sustainable Food Production And Economic Growth In Connecticut For Immediate Release July 16, 2018

The RWA announced an investment to bring innovative, sustainable farming and new economic growth to the Greater New Haven region. The RWA will provide an investment to Meriden-based Trifecta Ecosystems, allowing them to establish a regional aquaponics program in the Greater New Haven Region. Aquaponics systems combine aquaculture - the raising of aquatic animals such as fish - with hydroponics - the growing of plants in water - in symbiotic, climate controlled environments. These efficient, compact farms are designed to ensure that families living in cities and other population centers have access to fresh, affordable, and healthy produce. read more

RWA Discourages Customers From Opening Fire Hydrants For Immediate Release July 1, 2018

The Regional Water Authority and WFSB – Channel 3 News are encouraging Connecticut residents to keep cool during the ongoing heat wave, but not by opening fire hydrants. Illegally opened fire hydrants can be dangerous to anyone hit by the water, can lower water pressure needed by firefighters, and can temporarily discolor the water in the surrounding neighborhood. read more

In Advance Of Forecast Heat Wave, RWA Urges Wise Water Use; Reminds Residents To Never Open Fire Hydrants For Immediate Release June 29, 2018

With an extended dry spell and a prolonged heat wave forecast for the coming days, the Regional Water Authority (RWA) is reminding residents to use water wisely and to never open fire hydrants. read more

RWA Celebrates National Safety Month With Announcement That FY2018 Was The Safest Year In Company History For Immediate Release June 27, 2018

June is National Safety Month, an occasion to recognize the importance of safe practices in the workplace and at home. Safety is a core value at the Regional Water Authority (RWA), and that commitment made Fiscal Year 2018 (June 2017-May 2018) the RWA’s safest year on record. read more

Exploring the Hidden Depths of Lake Saltonstall For Immediate Release June 27, 2018

Writing for Daily Nutmeg, Kathy Leonard Czepiel provides background on the beauty and rich history that make Branford’s Lake Saltonstall such a fantastic recreation location for residents of Greater New Haven. RWA recreation permit holders have access to Lake Saltonstall for hiking, fishing, boating or simply relaxing alongside this important source of the RWA’s high-quality water. read more

RWA Expands Water Assistance Program To Help More Connecticut Families Make Ends Meet For Immediate Release June 25, 2018

The Regional Water Authority has announced an expansion of its Residential Water Assistance Program, helping more Connecticut families afford access to a high-quality, reliable water supply. The Program provides grants to low-income families for use on their water bills. Starting this month, the RWA has made this successful program accessible to more families, and increased the aid it provides. read more

Greater New Haven Lawmakers Lead Bipartisan Passage Of Legislation To Improve RWA’s Emergency Response Time For Immediate Release June 18, 2018

The Connecticut General Assembly gave unanimous, bipartisan legislative approval to House Bill 5507, An Act Concerning The South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA). This bill allows the RWA to respond more quickly to public safety emergencies. It shortens the public hearing notice period for capital projects costing more than $2 million from 20 days to seven days, protecting the public’s right to know while avoiding delays that could impact public safety or property. read more

RWA and Connecticut Audubon Show How To Harvest the Rain For Immediate Release June 13, 2018

The Regional Water Authority and the Connecticut Audubon Society show WTNH-News 8 viewers how they can use water wisely and protect the environment with a rain barrel. The RWA’s “Harvest the Rain” program makes affordable rain barrels available throughout south central Connecticut. read more

RWA CEO Bingaman Earns GCC Honorary Degree  For Immediate Release May 24, 2018

Larry Bingaman, president and chief executive officer of the Regional Water Authority (RWA), was honored with an associate degree in humane letters honors causa from Gateway Community College (GCC). The degree was conferred during GCC’s 26th commencement by Gateway President Dr. Paul Broadie II, who recognized Larry, noting that his "forward-thinking strategies and advocacy were instrumental in the collaboration between Gateway and Southern Connecticut State University to provide the education pathways that will fill positions in public utility management well into the next decade." read more

Regional Water Authority Shows How To Make Infused Water For Immediate Release May 13, 2018

Drinking water week recognizes the vital role water plays in our daily lives. It’s the annual celebration organized by the American Water Works Association to show the importance of access to clean, healthy drinking water. Public Affairs & Communications Manager of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, Dan Doyle, came to talk about why you should drink water and tell us about infused water. read more

New Haven Register Forum: An Inextricable Link: Water Utilities And Public Health For Immediate Release May 9, 2018

The United Nations recently launched a “Decade of Action” to promote reliable access to clean drinking water throughout the world. An abundant, reliable supply of high-quality drinking water is essential to a healthy, thriving community, but often, it is something we take for granted. In fact, we in the U.S. are among only 10 percent of the world’s population who enjoy plentiful and safe water. As we celebrate this National Drinking Water Week, the Regional Water Authority is reminded of the inextricable link between water utilities and public health. read more

It Takes a Lot of Work to Keep Drinking Water Pure For Immediate Release May 7, 2018

The instruments the scientists at the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority use to test your drinking water are so sensitive, they can detect two parts per trillion of the chemicals, known as perfluorinated compounds, that go into making Teflon. It is the nonstick coating on pans and is also used on Gore-tex fabric. It is suspected to cause cancer. But the technicians haven’t found any in the 10 reservoirs or three aquifers that supply drinking water for the 16 cities and towns the water authority serves wholly or in part. read more

RWA Issues Water Quality Report For National Drinking Water Week For Immediate Release May 6, 2018

During Drinking Water Week (May 6-12), the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA) is issuing its annual water quality report to its consumers. The Consumers’ Annual Report on Water Quality provides information about the sources of drinking water, shows water quality test results for 2017 and contains other important information about water and health. read more

New Haven Students Put Their Innovation And Problem-Solving Skills On Display At The RWA For Immediate Release May 3, 2018

The Regional Water Authority (RWA) recently tapped the bright minds of a group of students from the Cooperative Arts & Humanities Magnet School in New Haven. The students came to the RWA for Junior Achievement at Work, an event coordinated by Junior Achievement of Southwest New England. They were introduced to careers in the water utility industry, learned about the water treatment and delivery process, and participated in a competition to develop solutions to four business marketing challenges faced by the RWA. read more

RWA Partners with Local Preservationist to Rebuild Historic Home in Orange For Immediate Release May 3, 2018

The RWA sold a home in Orange, built in the late 1800s or early 1900s, to Wess Corjuc, a local preservationist, with the condition that the historic home be preserved as much as possible. Structural issues led to the home needing to be deconstructed, but it is in the process of being rebuilt, using some of the original home's materials, so that the exterior looks exactly as it did when inhabited by the Alling Family in the 19th century. read more

RWA and Others Partner to Give Ansonia Armory a Landscaping Facelift For Immediate Release April 30, 2018

The RWA partnered with two other local businesses to sponsor an extensive landscaping and beautification project at the Ansonia Armory. The project, which is expected to be completed in late May, 2018, will give the grounds a much-needed makeover read more

A Wet Winter Has Filled RWA's Reservoirs, But You Should Still Use Water Wisely For Immediate Release April 15, 2018

RWA's has more water than usual this year thanks to a wet winter and early spring. Despite the abundance of water, it is still critical that we all do our part to conserve this precious resource and use water wisely! read more

RWA Recreation Areas Are Stocked for Fishing Season For Immediate Release April 14, 2018

WTNH joined the RWA and local anglers to kick off fishing season at Lake Saltonstall. The RWA has stocked its lakes with thousands of fish and invites Connecticut anglers of all ages to pick up their recreation permit and join us for a day of fishing from the shore or even take one of our boats out on the lake. read more

Amateur Photographers Awarded In RWA Recreation Photo Contest For Immediate Release April 13, 2018

Five talented photographers took home their first-place prizes at the annual South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA) recreation permit holder meeting held on April 11. Nineteen amateur photographers competed in five photo categories. Judges reviewed over 65 photos taken at RWA recreation areas before choosing five first-place photos and 15 runners-up. read more

Regional Water Authority Is Prepared For Incoming Nor’easter For Immediate Release March 12, 2018

In response to the major snow event forecast to begin Monday evening, the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA) is reminding customers to stay safe before, during and after the storm. As it does before all weather events the RWA has made all necessary preparations to ensure its customers have reliable, high-quality drinking water before, during and after a storm. read more

New Haven Register Forum: The Real Truth About Tap Water For Immediate Release March 2, 2018

New Haven Register Forum: The Real Truth About Tap Water March 2, 2018 Recently, Hearst Newspapers took tap water to task on its pages by implying it may contain harmful contaminants and offering “myth-busting advice” from PUR, a water filtration company. read more

RWA Grant Helps Common Ground High School Pursue New Environmental Education And Green Jobs Opportunities For Immediate Release February 5, 2018

New Haven, CT, February 5, 2018 – The South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA) is helping to advance environmental science education and green jobs programs for students at New Haven’s Common Ground High School (CGHS) through a new $5,000 grant. read more

RWA Submits Redacted Water Supply Plan to CT DPH For Immediate Release January 31, 2018

New Haven, CT, January 31, 2018 – The South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA) submitted its redacted water supply plan to the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) today. read more

RWA Warns About Dangers of Thin Ice on Reservoirs For Immediate Release January 26, 2018

With the onset of unseasonably warm weather and rain, the Regional Water Authority (RWA) is warning the public to never walk, skate or sled on ice-covered reservoirs, and to always observe warning signs posted on watershed land. read more

Beware of New Water Meter Phone Scam For Immediate Release January 12, 2018

The Regional Water Authority (RWA) is asking Greater New Haven area residents to be suspicious if they receive a phone call asking for money to change their water meter. As part of the RWA’s multi-year Advanced Metering Infrastructure program that is deploying the water industry’s latest metering technology, the meter upgrade is free to our customers. RWA and our contractor – Contract Callers, Inc. (CCI) – are NOT making these calls. If residents receive such a call, they should hang up and call the RWA at 203-562-4020 and their local police department. read more

Regional Water Authority Tests Incident Command System For Immediate Release January 10, 2018

The Regional Water Authority (RWA) conducted a table top exercise to test the emergency preparedness of its Incident Command System (ICS) today. The exercise simulated the rollover of a tanker truck on I-95 and contamination of the RWA’s Lake Saltonstall reservoir. read more

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