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New York Section AWWA offers opportunities for members to take an active role in the governance of the Section through its Committee Structure.


The Section’s volunteer committee members work with the Board of Governors and the Section staff to oversee such important Section activities as the Annual Conference and Tifft Symposium, our regional training programs, and membership recruitment and retention.


Share your experience, develop new professional skills, and enrich your participation by volunteering for a committee! 


Contact the Section office to sign up for a committee today! Call 315.455.2614 or email.





Awards/Scholarships Committee


Oversees the nominations and applications for AWWA and Section awards, including student scholarships. For more information, contact Mike Marino, Commitee Chair.



Charitable Giving Committee


The Charitable Giving committee coordinates the Section's fundraising events, including the annual fundraising events. The committee also communicates with the New York City Chapter of Water For People about raising money for that charity.For more information contact, Jenny Ingrao, NYSAWWA Executive Director. Chair of this committee is currently vacant and we are seeking applicants. 



Water for People - NYC Chapter


The Water for People - NYC Chapter is a sub-committee of the Charitable Giving Committee. For more information on the Water for People - NYC Chapter contact Satya Rani at waterforpeoplenyc@gmail.com.  About Water for People.



Education Committee


Provides NYSAWWA members with educational and professional development activities for the improvement of all aspects of the water utility industry by developing informational and accredited courses. Ensures that courses include small system issues and other issues current to the industry, including: surface and groundwater programs, customer service, research, and security. Committee members also arrange for instructors and sites. For more information contact Tom Clark or Paul Ponturo, Committee Co-Chairs.



Events Committee


Assists with on-site registration at all conferences and supports the Section’s best-tasting water contest. Advises on conference site selection and off-site events that take place during conferences. For more information contact, Joe Baier, Events Chair

Historical Committee


This Committee shall be responsible for preserving the history of the NYSAWWA and documenting the impact the Section and its members have had in providing leadership to the water supply profession. It shall work closely with the Past Chairs. For more information contact, John Frazer, Committee Chair.



Manufacturers and Associates Council (MAC)


Members of the MAC Committee represent service providers in the water industry. They assist the Education Committee in locating instructors, topics, and locations and they aid Section staff in planning and coordinating the Exhibit Hall at the annual conference and Tifft Symposium. For more information contact, Jim Pierce, Committee Chair.



Membership Committee


The Membership Committee actively pursues new members for AWWA and the Section and works to retain existing members. Committee members are supported in their work by reports from AWWA headquarters in Denver and by Section staff. This Committee works closely with the Young Professionals Committee. For more information contact, Ani Zipkin, Committee Co-Chair. 



Young Professionals Committee


The Young Professionals Committee is a sub-committee of the Membership Committe. This committee Involves young professionals (under 35) in activities of the Section; maintain student and professor contacts to recruit and retain student members; assist program committee with sessions at conferences. For more information contact Ani Zipkin, Committee Co-Chair.



New York Metro Events Committee


The Committee was formed to engage the water community in the New York City Metropolitan Area (Westchester, New York City and Long Island) by providing local educational and networking opportunities. The committee hosts one event per quarter. For more information contact Andrew McLoughlin, Committee Chair.





NYWARN is a statewide Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN) of utilities that supports and promotes statewide emergency preparedness, disaster response, and mutual aid for public and private water and wastewater utilities. The committee helps to update membership contact information and assists during an alert. For more information contact, Judy Hansen, Committee Chair.



Program Committee 


The main responsibility of the program committee is to develop the technical program for Annual New York’s Water Event and the Edwin C. Tifft Jr. Water Supply Symposium. The committee also coordinates with the speakers; assigns moderators; and arranges for all logistical needs of the speaker. For more information contact, Rich Humann, Committee Chair.



Public Affairs Committee


The Public Affairs Committee will work collaboratively with Section leadership to be the trailblazer in communicating on public water supply issues for the Section and the water profession by developing public affairs strategies, positions, and programs that enable the Section to achieve its stated goals and objectives. For more information contact, Kevin Castro, Committee Chair.


Water Utility Council


The WUC is responsible for developing action programs to initiate, evaluate, respond and comment, within the framework of Section and Association policies, on legislative, regulatory and other matters which directly affect water utilities and to encourage continuing provision of best water service to the consuming public. Council members also promote the image of the New York Section AWWA as New York’s “Authoritative Resource on Safe Water.” The Regulatory Review Committee is a standing committee of the WUC. For more information contact Paul Granger, Committee Chair.



Ad Hoc Committees:

GIS Ad Hoc Committee


2018 Training Registration Open

January 22, 2018


Sessions are closing out -- Don't miss a session because you waited too late! Click onto "Learn More" for registration forms or register online. Don't forget to log-in for your member rates. Call the Section Office with any questions: 315-455-2614 ext. 2 


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November 02, 2017


In 2015, the New York State Center for Clean Water Technology (CCWT) was founded at Stony Brook University and is supported through funding from the New York State (NYS) Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS Department of Health, NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation, and the Bloomberg Foundation. The CCWT’s primary mission is two-fold: (i) to develop affordable, reliable and effective innovative/alternative on-site wastewater treatment systems, and (ii) to develop and commercialize affordable, high performance water quality protection and restoration technologies that are suitable for widespread deployment. Toward this end, the Center is focusing on developing and evaluating methods to remove emerging contaminants from drinking water supplies, with an initial focus on 1,4-dioxane. This effort represents the initial phase of a State-sponsored, multi-year program to proactively address emerging contaminants in drinking water. With this Request for Proposals (RFP), the CCWT is soliciting proposals from water providers in NYS to install and test pilot-scale, advanced water treatment technologies to remove 1,4-dioxane from drinking water.


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Attn: Water Utilities!!

August 01, 2017


EWG has released their public database cataloguing contaminants in water systems for every state. These stats are extremely misleading. The NYSAWWA Water Utility Council and Public Affairs Council are here to support your utilities if you need help with any questions you receive about this database! Call us today at 315-455-2614 or email jenny@nysawwa.org

Here is a link to the report - https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/search-results.php?zip5=10001&searchtype=zip#.WYDMfITyvDC 

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. 


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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. 


Click here for the full job description. 

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.


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NYS Governor Signed the Cybersecurity Bill on December 31, 2016

January 03, 2017



Provides for enhanced protection of water supplies from and emergency planning for terrorism and cyber terrorism attacks.


Download bill text PDF. 




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


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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.


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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.


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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


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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.


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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.


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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! 


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