NYS Governor Signed the Cybersecurity Bill on December 31, 2016
January 03, 2017
S7601 - SUMMARY
Provides for enhanced protection of water supplies from and emergency planning for terrorism and cyber terrorism attacks.
APPROVAL MEMORANDUM ‐ No. 32 Chapter 6
MEMORANDUM filed with Senate Bill Number 7601, entitled: "AN ACT to amend the executive law, the public health law and the environmental conservation law, in relation to protection of water supplies"
Current law requires any water supplier who owns or operates a community water system that supplies drinking water to more than 3,300 people to prepare an emergency plan, including an analysis of vulnerability to terrorist attack, and to submit such emergency plan to the Department of Health. This bill would now require these water suppliers to amend their vulnerability assessments to include an analysis of potential cyber‐attacks and their impact on the water supply.
I fully support the intent of this bill. As drafted, however, this bill contains technical flaws that would make it extremely challenging to implement effectively. In order to ensure full compliance by water suppliers and to safeguard their vulnerability assessments, the Executive has secured a three‐way agreement with the Legislature to pass legislation in the upcoming session to address these issues. On that basis, I am signing this bill.
This bill is approved.
(signed) ANDREW M. CUOMO
AWWA Water Utility Energy Challenge - new Great Lakes competition
December 13, 2016
AWWA and our partners received grant funds through the Great Lakes Protection Fund to develop and administer the WATER UTILITY ENERGY CHALLENGE (WUEC) to reduce energy related pollution emissions (focus on mercury) in water distribution systems. Our team is offering utilities two FREE tools to track emissions and optimize pumping systems. During the Trial Period (Dec 2016-Feb 2017), utilities can use the tools without obligation within their system before applying to be a competitor. We are working to recruit utilities and have them REGISTER for the Trial Period to check out the tools. The competition is scheduled for Apr 2017-Mar 2018, and we expect to have 6-8 utilities compete. First prize is $20,000 and second prize is $10,000.
Technical Advisory - Laboratory Analysis of Drinking Water Samples for Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)
September 28, 2016
EPA has recently learned that laboratories have identified different approaches for implementation of EPA Method 537 Rev 1.1 (“Method 537”) for analysis of PFOA.
Best of the Best Professionals from Central New York to Speak at AAEES Conference
October 20, 2016
The American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists (AAEES) will be hosting a one-day technical conference in Cazenovia, New York in conjunction with the Academy’s Board of Trustees Meeting the following day. The selected speakers represent the “Best of the Best” professionals from Central New York in their environmental specialities of water and wastewater. Attendees will hear about the proven and state-of-the-art technologies and concepts to maximize performance and improve energy efficiencies and sustainability.
Understanding Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins
August 29, 2016
Take a look at this great video the Water Research Foundation made on the science behind cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins and a utility perspective on the latest in source water protection, monitoring, detection, and treatment
Researchers find unsafe levels of industrial chemicals in drinking water of 6 million Americans
August 10, 2016
Drinking water supplies serving more than six million Americans contain unsafe levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked to potentially serious health problems, according to a new study from Harvard University researchers.
The chemicals — known as polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs — have been used for decades in a range of industrial and commercial products, including non-stick coatings on pans, food wrappers, water-repellent clothing and firefighting foam. Long-term exposure has been linked to increased risks of kidney cancer, thyroid problems, high cholesterol and hormone disruption, among other issues.
Final Regulation: Part 4 - Protection Against Legionella
July 22, 2016
Part 4 of the New York State Sanitary Code Protection Against Legionella, became effective on July 6, 2016, and can be viewed in full at http://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/recently_adopted/docs/protection_against_legionella.pdf (beginning on page 11). The regulations were released for public comment on April 20, 2016 and the comments and the Department’s responses can be viewed in the Assessment of Public Comment at the link above, on page 59. The permanent regulations replace the emergency regulations which have been in effect since August 17, 2015.
The passing of Nicholas J. Bartilucci, former President and Chairman of D&B Engineers
July 18, 2016
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Nicholas J. Bartilucci, former President and Chairman of the Board of Dvirka and Bartilucci Consulting Engineers.
Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, his wife Joan, and children Mark, Paul and Lisa.
For more informatoin click the link below.
NYSAWWA and NYSDOH Working Together on Emerging Issues
June 30, 2016
As water suppliers, we have all faced increased awareness from our customers regarding recent news reports about Lead and emerging contaminants such as Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs). The Sections Water Utility Council, Public Affairs Committee and Section leaders have been working with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to address these important issues, and provide timely and accurate information to our members and the public. A meeting was recently held between NYSDOH and NYSAWWA (which we hope will be a recurring meeting) to discuss these issues and what efforts we can provide together to educate the public and our members on these issues. While we will have more to report in the coming months, our initial discussions focused on the following:
- Develop responses to frequently asked questions regarding Lead And Copper Rule monitoring and compliance.
- Provide clarification of specific Lead and Copper sampling approaches (pre-stagnation flushing, aerators, sample rates etc.)
- Provide direction on reporting and evaluating voluntary Lead and Copper sampling outside of required compliance monitoring.
- Provide direction on customer notification of partial lead service line replacement.
- Promote best management practices for premise plumbing.
- Act as stakeholders for the Governor’s Water Quality Rapid Response Team.
- Create messaging for the public, elected officials and our members related to emerging contaminants.
- Improved early sharing and messaging of the findings of the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule.
The Section is seeking volunteers to work with our Public Affairs committee on these emerging issues. If you have specific expertise to offer in these areas, or water supply issues in general, please volunteer.
For more information, please contact Kevin Castro (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chair of the Public Affairs Committee.
Village of Canajoharie, NY Placed Third in the Nation as
June 29, 2016
The Village of Canajoharie competed against 25 other Water Utilities in the nation at the American Water Works Association's twelfth annual “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test on Tuesday, June 21 at the AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE16) in Chicago, Ill.
First place went to the the City of Bloomington, Minn,; Second place went to the City of Iola, Kan.; and the People’s Choice award winner, as determined by the conference attendees, went to City Corporation, Russellville, Ark.
AWWA announces launch of Partnership for Clean Water
June 14, 2016
Innovative new program helps to optimize wastewater utility performance
DENVER – The American Water Works Association proudly announces the launch of the Partnership for Clean Water, a global optimization and recognition program for wastewater utilities. The program is a voluntary initiative created to help wastewater utilities of all sizes and configurations optimize the operations, performance and efficiency of their treatment facilities. The Partnership for Clean Water will officially launch with a series of events scheduled at AWWA’s Annual Conference & Exposition, held in Chicago June 19-22.
Spring/Summer 2016 Aquarius Now Available Online
June 02, 2016
The Spring/Summer 2016 Edition of Aquarius is now online.
Monroe County Water Authority Ranked Highest in Northeast for Customer Satisfaction
May 19, 2016
J.D. Power contucted a 2016 Water Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study and New York Section AWWA member, Monroe County Water Authority was ranked highest in the Northeast for Customer Satisfaction!
Public Affairs Advisory
April 05, 2016
The White House, in coordination with federal agencies, launched a major report on climate change and public health today. Water utilities should expect news outlets to cover this report about the known and possible public health impacts of climate change.
Member Spotlight Seth Walburger
April 04, 2016
The Onondaga County Water Authority (OCWA) is responsible for providing Central New York with its most vital life source. In order to keep taps flowing, roughly 100 employees with various skill sets and knowledge work together to provide palatable and potable drinking water. Seth Walburger, 27, of OCWA’s Operations Department, views it as a puzzle; each employee, or puzzle piece, is essential to a successful big picture affair. “I like the fact that our goal is to provide people with necessities. It’s our duty to supply good quality water to help them go about their lives,” says Walburger.
Together, let's get the lead out
March 22, 2016
by: David LaFrance, CEO, AWWA
If there is one lesson to be learned from the Flint crisis, it is this: Our communities will be safer in the long run with no lead pipes in the ground. That’s why the board of the American Water Works Association – recognizing our first core principle is the protection of public health -- voted unanimously on March 7 to forge on a path toward the removal of all lead service lines. AWWA believes that as water professionals and a broader society, we should seize this moment of increased awareness to develop solutions for eliminating all risks from lead in water.