New York's Water Event
New York's Water Event in Saratoga Springs, NY - April 25 - 27, 2017
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Online Registration is Closed - please register onsite with payment
Exhibitor Registration - SOLD OUT
Exhibitor Pricing -
- Member Booth Pricing - $1,000 (includes 1 - 10x10 booth and 1 full registration)
- Non Member Booth Pricing - $2,000 (includes 1 - 10x10 booth and 1 full registration)
- Added Rep Pricing - $140/rep
Exhibitors Please Note -
- Your booth location cannot be changed and the location is final.
- If a booth is canceled before February 28, a refund will be granted minus a $50 service fee. A booth cannot be canceled for the purpose of relocating to a new location. No Exceptions.
- There are NO refunds after March 10, 2017.
New York's Water Event
Location: Saratoga Springs City Center 522 Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Date: April 25, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 am
End Time: 5:00 pm
Seats Available: 552
April 25 - 27, 2017
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The Saratoga Hilton and Saratoga Springs City Center
534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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Back by popular demand.. Professional Headshots!
This year at our New York Water Event we are offering professional headshots by our event photographer, Kevin Law. There is no cost for this service. Sign up onsite!
Keynote: Building Resiliency through WaterSense
by: Veronica Blette
In the last 50 years while the U.S. population doubled, demand on public supply systems more than tripled, depleting aquifers already stressed by climate change impacts, at rates exceeding their ability to recharge. Different parts of the country are also experiencing drought conditions each year and climate changing weather patterns are worsening the severity and frequency of droughts, making water scarcity a reality in every region. In addition, water and wastewater utilities anticipate needing billions of dollars to maintain infrastructure just to keep up with demand. Over the next 20 years, water infrastructure needs across the US will total more than $630 billion simply to maintain current levels of service. Preparing for climate-change related impacts will cost drinking water and wastewater utilities an additional $448 to $944 billion through 2050.
EPA’s WaterSense program is designed to reduce indoor and outdoor water use across the country, labeling products (which use 20% less water and perform as well as—or better---than standard models) backed by strict water efficiency and performance criteria as well as independent certification. Come learn about our growing list of products, various partner types, partnership benefits, and consider joining us as a WaterSense partner to promote water efficiency, conservation and climate resiliency. Water efficiency can stretch our limited water supplies further by reducing the need for expensive water supply infrastructure investments, delaying the need to repair already strained resources and delaying the need to construct additional infrastructure right away, perhaps even preventing the need to build new wastewater treatment facilities. WaterSense just makes $ense.
Fresh Ideas Poster Session
The New York Section American Water Works Association (NYSAWWA) is pleased to announce an opportunity for students and young professionals (YPs) to participate in the 2017 NYSAWWA Annual New York Water Event and share the results of their work and/or academic programs. This opportunity not only provides presentation experience but also a chance to learn more about the rapidly evolving drinking water industry through interactions with drinking water industry professionals. Interested individuals should complete and return this form along with an abstract. Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Significance of Work
- Technical Content
- Quality of Abstract
NOTE: Selected posters will be judged based on poster content, appearance, and discussion with a panel of judges. The First Place Winner will represent NYSAWWA at the AWWA National Annual Conference and Exhibition held June 11 – 14, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA, in conjunction with the National “Fresh Ideas” program. The First Place winner will receive a full paid trip (registration, travel, and hotel expenses paid for) to ACE17. The Second Place winner will receive a $150 gift card and the Third Place winner will receive a $75 gift card. NEW YORK SECTION AWWA CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS PRESENTING A POSTER! We must have at least 3 contestants to have the Fresh Ideas Poster contest.
Each year, during the New York Water Event, the New York Section AWWA holds the Best Tasting Water, Top Ops, and Meter Madness Competitions. Utilities and operators across New York State go head to head to be named champion! Click here for full information on this year's competitions.
Don't Miss the Annual Fun Run & Walk Sponsored by Koester
Fun Run & Walk starts at 6:30 am on Wednesday, April 26. Two Routes available - 3.0 miles and 1.4 miles.
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.
2017 Nominations for the Board
February 06, 2017
The Trustee Nominating Committee is responsible for presenting nominations for the Trustee and Trustee-at-Large positions to the Board of Governors. The Trustee Nominating Committee members include: Mike Marino, Chair; Amanda Bauner; Dan Seaver; Kevin Castro; and Richard Tobin.
The Nominating Committee reviews each potential candidate for the Trustee and Trustee-at-Large positions; a candidate or candidates for each position will be presented to the Section Board of Governors. Outside of being nominated by the local water works conferences, individuals can submit a petition signed by a minimum of 20 active members to the Section office no later than February 22, 2017. Should there be more than one candidate for either position, Section membership will vote and the winner will be announced at the Section's annual meeting in April 2017.
This year the Nominating Committee nominated: Brian Sibiga, Wendel; Trustee Nomination and Mike Keating, NYCDEP; Trustee-at-Large Nomination.
If you have any comments or questions regarding the Trustee Nominating process, please contact Jenny Ingrao, Executive Director at 315-455-2614 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com), 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.