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Our strategic plan includes an economic development program that promotes regional growth, major investments in water infrastructure and enhanced public health and safety. We are fortunate to have an abundant water source, excess capacity and the infrastructure in place to reliably deliver all the high-quality water your business needs.
We partner with policymakers, business leaders, economic development organizations and other utilities to position our region’s water quality, innovative spirit, highly educated workforce and quality of life as key differentiators for companies looking to expand and relocate in South Central Connecticut.
To further water as an asset and driver of economic growth for our region and the state, we offer an economic development rate as an incentive to encourage new* commercial and industrial customers in our service area that are significantly expanding operations. We also assist distressed businesses contemplating closing by assessing the customer at 80 percent of applicable water rates for the first five years of occupancy. Rates are subject to periodic effects of a general rate increase and/or surcharge. If the customer’s period of occupancy is less than five years, we will pro-rate the full rate back to the first date of occupancy. After the initial five-year period, we will assess the customer its full applicable water rates. To qualify for this economic development rate, customers must use at least 500,000 gallons of water a year.
A strong economy makes for a strong community. That's why we've partnered with the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce to launch a business retention and expansion program. The RWA is funding a full-time position with the Chamber, dedicated to supporting our region's entrepreneurs by working with local business leaders and providing solutions and support so that they can continue to create new jobs and thrive in our communities. We believe that the Greater New Haven region is a keystone to building a more vibrant, successful and prosperous Connecticut. This partnership with the Chamber will help us strengthen the economic foundation on which that future will be built.
*A new customer is defined as relocating to the RWA’s service area from out of state or from another service area within Connecticut.