The Value of Water
What is the value of water?
Essential. Reliable. Invaluable. Water—it’s the thread that weaves together our daily lives. It keeps our communities healthy, our cities running, and our economies growing. Water is a cup of coffee, the produce aisle, better production, increased exports, and greater American strength. While essential, water infrastructure is largely invisible. Few people realize what it takes to treat and deliver drinking water every day or how wastewater is cleaned so that it can be safely reused or returned to the environment. The high quality of life we enjoy in America would not be possible without water and the infrastructure that fuels it.
The Partnership for Safe Water
Working Together to Optimize Water Systems
The Partnership is an unprecedented alliance of the six largest drinking water organizations. The association's goal is to offer self-assessment and optimization programs so that operators, managers and administrators have the tools to improve performance above and beyond even proposed regulatory levels.
AWWA: The Partnership works within AWWA, which provides additional services and resources for utilities and plants. Navigate this website to learn about AWWA’s authoritative resources.
WaterSense, a partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services.
WaterSense brings together a variety of stakeholders to:
- Promote the value of water efficiency.
- Provide consumers with easy ways to save water, as both a label for products and an information resource to help people use water more efficiently.
- Encourage innovation in manufacturing.
- Decrease water use and reduce strain on water resources and infrastructure.
Water and Wastewater Education and Outreach Committee (WWEOC)
Mission: Through education and partnerships the Committee is working to elevate, promote and attract talented individuals into the water profession and to raise awareness of the value of water and wastewater services with the public and elected officials in New York State and nationwide.
Goal: Protect public health and the environment by ensuring that water and wastewater systems, in New York State, are operated and maintained to be viable and self-sustaining.
- Formed effective partnerships with NYS & National Stakeholders
- Education & Outreach booth at the 2006 State Fair
- Internationally recognized Career Brochures
- Board Member training DVD on NYS's Water and Wastewater Systems
- Water Week Activities
- Value of Water Brochure
- Value of Water Children's Booklet
I Love NY Water
I Love NY Water is a not-for-profit initiative created to promote the benefits of New York’s #1 resource: our tap water. Our goal is to create awareness of the environmental impact and staggering costs associated with disposable bottle water. We want all New Yorkers—residents and tourists alike—to treasure this overlooked natural resource.
Introducing I Love NY Water
A new campaign that has the official use of our states iconic logo to encourage everyone to drink our famous and great tasting tap water! Now you too can leverage this iconic brand to promote your local water supply and build awareness for the clean water you provide every day. I Love NY Water is launching a bill insert program!
Report: Public Drinking Water Needs More Protection
June 26, 2017
Incidents of contamination in our public water supplies in recent years have reminded us that strong regulatory oversight is essential to assure the quality and safety of our water. Yet, the current federal-state regulatory structure can leave significant gaps in protections for New Yorkers.
With the President's proposed budget, which would cut the EPA budget by nearly one-third, and the EPA’s reluctance to set standards for certain contaminants with harmful health effects, states and localities have to take the lead in strengthening safeguards for public water supplies and improve our response to contamination.
This week, my office released a report which recommends that State policy makers work toward meeting that challenge by:
• Creating a statewide response plan, with public input, to effectively address drinking water contamination incidents;
• Creating a statewide program that would proactively monitor the health of residents exposed to drinking water contaminants;
• Applying a more precautionary approach for contaminants that are unregulated at the federal level; and
• Broadening the scope of review when identifying emerging contaminants.
The report also recommends that the State and localities fully inform the public of the potential health impacts of water contaminants. New Yorkers support their public water systems through taxes and fees, and expect clean, safe water when they turn on the tap. While both the State and federal governments have done much to ensure that result, further efforts are essential.
Read the report here: http://osc.state.ny.us/reports/environmental/drinking-water-contaminants.pdf
If you have questions, contact Robert Ward, Deputy Comptroller for the Office of Budget and Policy Analysis, at 518-473-4333.
American Public Works Association New York Chapter - Now Hiring
June 01, 2017
American Public Works Association New York Chapter - Now Hiring
Position is for the NEW YORK CHAPTER of the American Public Works Association, a not-for-profit corporation. The Chapter is an educational association and in the conduct of said business desires to have certain administrative services performed by an Administrator.
Rates & Finance Workshop
September 14, 2017
FREE WORKSHOP: This workshop will help ensure the financial stability of your water system while providing safe, quality drinking water at fair rates. This workshop has been approved for 6.0 Water hours / 5.5 P.E. hours.
Legislative Update - Drinking Water Highlights from the recently passed 2018 New York State Budget
April 11, 2017
The $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act for drinking water, wastewater and storm water projects was a bright spot in the budget. We certainly appreciate the funding and support. It is absolutely a step in the right direction. However, with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) projecting a $40 billion investment need over the next 20 years for drinking water infrastructure alone (not including new treatment for emerging contaminants), this type of funding must be continuous for each fiscal year and expanded. Right now the details for the funding administration are pending. The first step is to obtain legislative authorization which has been completed. The actual implementation will probably lag by 6 to 12 months. EFC will most likely develop the application process for the bulk of the funding. We will continue to monitor the process and communicate to our members as this moves along. A complete breakdown of the clean act funding as defined in the legislation is provided in the link.
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.
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.
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!