On Thursday State Senator Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) was named Legislator of the Year by the Connecticut Water Works Association (CWWA) for winning passage of legislation this year promoting water conservation and investment in water infrastructure.
Duff said he was honored to be recognized and added that, “By providing water companies and authorities with incentives to conserve, and by promoting more efficient infrastructure, we can use less water and help consumers to save on their monthly bills.”
CWWA recognized Senator Duff for his leadership role in winning passage of comprehensive legislation that creates strong incentives for water companies and customers to conserve water, and addresses operational issues facing water companies, such as debt collection and burdensome reporting requirements.
The bill also supports investment in water infrastructure to assist water companies in replacing aging pipes, improving distribution systems and adopting energy efficiency measures to provide customers with a safe supply of quality water.
“Senator Duff’s efforts to win passage of legislation promoting water conservation and investment in infrastructure recognizes that Connecticut’s water industry is facing significant challenges that must be addressed if we are to continue to meet customer needs,” said CWWA Legislative Committee Officer Maureen Westbrook of Connecticut Water Company in a release.
“Throughout his legislative career, Senator Duff has displayed a tremendous ability to balance the competing interests of various groups and move forward with legislation that makes sense for Connecticut citizens. Water conservation, infrastructure replacement, and utility operations are all critical issues facing our industry that will benefit from his leadership,” added Westbrook.
“His leadership on water supply and conservation issues recognizes that Connecticut residents rely on public water utilities to provide them with a reliable supply of safe, high quality water at a reasonable cost,” said CWWA President Guy Russo of Middletown Water & Sewer in the release.
The Connecticut Water Works Association (CWWA) is an association of municipal, private and regional water utilities that promotes state policies that assure reliable, high quality water supplies to protect the public health and safety.