Aquarion Honored by American Water Works Association with Diversity and Inclusion Award

Sep 8, 2021 by Peter Fazekas Connecticut

Connecticut water utility recognized for providing a safe, caring, and respectful workplace

BRIDGEPORT, CONN. – September 8, 2021 – Aquarion Water Company, a public water supply company based in Connecticut, was recently honored by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Connecticut Section with the organization’s 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Utility Award.

Each year, the AWWA Connecticut Section recognizes an individual, group, or organization that has established or maintained a diverse and inclusive environment that encourages and utilizes each team member’s unique talents.

Aquarion, a Top Workplace in Connecticut, is dedicated to upholding its core values of respect for coworkers and customers, responsiveness to each other's needs, responsibility to do the right thing, and reaching for excellence in everything it does.

“As a business and employer, we recognize the importance of diversity in the workplace,” said Donald J. Morrissey, President of Aquarion Water Company. “We're proud to create an inclusive work environment and believe that embracing our employees' talent, unique perspectives, and life experiences translates into continued success in the water industry.”

“The work that Aquarion is doing to foster a safe and welcoming environment for its employees, regardless of background, ability, or lifestyle, has set the standard for workplace culture in the water utility industry and beyond,” said Chi Ho Sham, President of the American Water Works Association. “We’re pleased to recognize these efforts and encourage our members and other businesses to continue making strides toward diverse and inclusive workplaces.”

Aquarion identified the following objectives to guide its diversity and inclusion efforts:

  • Diversity - Improve the representation of women and marginalized groups at all levels of the organization and integrate people with disabilities and veterans.
  • Inclusion - Create an inclusive work environment that fosters creativity and innovation and promotes colleague engagement.

  • Communications - Ensure that diversity and inclusion initiatives, actions, and results are transparent to all key stakeholders.

  • External Relations - Engage various external stakeholder groups that support and serve AWC's values and interests, including its diversity suppliers.

  • Accountability - Hold leadership accountable for diversity and inclusion goals and objectives.

  • Education - Implement training for managers and supervisors for them to possess diversity and inclusion competencies to lead and manage an engaged workforce.

To learn more about Aquarion’s mission and values, visit

About Aquarion Water Company

Aquarion Water Company is the public water supply company for more than 750,000 people in 72 cities and towns in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  It is the largest investor-owned water utility in New England and among the seven largest in the U.S.  Based in Bridgeport, CT, Aquarion has been in the public water supply business since 1857.  Across its operations, Aquarion strives to act as a responsible steward of the environment and to assist the communities it serves in promoting sustainable practices.  Aquarion Water Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eversource.