ASRWWA Newsletter
ASSOCIATION UPDATES

ASRWWA offers free services through their federal programs. Below are highlights on what these programs offer, and the exemplary staff who run them. For more information on these programs, and to stay up to date on the latest personnel changes, please visit the ASRWWA website.

Steering committees in both Connecticut and Rhode Island have been formed for the purposes of gathering feedback to evaluate member needs and the best way to serve systems in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Currently both states are considering the option of forming separate state associations. In the coming weeks, ASRWWA will send a survey to the membership to gather anonymous feedback that will be provided to both steering committees. The committee members are listed below:

Connecticut Steering Committee
Terrence Donoghue
Mike House
Pete Kasacek
Martin Cormier
Rhode Island Steering Committee
Justin Dantonio
Jimmy Folco

Robert William Ray, Jr.
  
Jigar Patel, Circuit Rider, has over 20 years of experience in the water industry. The Circuit Rider program provides technical, managerial and financial assistance to water utility personnel regarding the daily operations of a drinking water distribution system and/or water treatment facility. The Circuit Rider program helps provide rural and small municipal water systems of 10,000 or less with "hands-on" on-site training and technical assistance to ensure cost-effective operations and sustainable utility management within Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Jigar is a certified water operator and ASSE Backflow tester. He also assists with leak detection, cross-connection control and various other water systems needs. Do not hesitate to get in touch with Jigar at cell: (302) 462-0466 or email: jigar@nrwa.org.
  
Diane Johnson, Wastewater Specialist, has worked for the Atlantic States Rural Water & Wastewater Association (ASRWWA) for the past 13 years servicing small rural and tribal wastewater facilities in CT and RI as a Wastewater Technician. The National Rural Water Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) Grant provides funding for the NRWA Wastewater Program. This program utilizes wastewater technicians to deliver on-site technical assistance and training to wastewater systems to 10,000 and under population. These experienced wastewater professionals deliver effective strategies to small communities and rural areas that provide affordable solutions and long-term waste management and discharge.

Prior to joining ASRWWA, Diane worked for over 15 years in private practice as a transportation/structural engineer and as town engineer for Narragansett RI. She graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from UCONN and is a professional engineer. Please reach out to Diane at her cell: (401) 626-6574 or email: djohnson@asrwwa.org
  
Conor Lally joined ASRWWA in 2020 and holds the EPA Training and Technical Assistance Program position and the SourceWater Protection Planning for Rhode Island.

EPA Technical and Training Assistance Program provides accredited operator certification training, board member training and on-site technical assistance that supports the specific needs of small water system personnel, tribal systems and overburdened systems. Training Specialists have experience working with small systems and possess expert knowledge regarding their compliance challenges. Classroom sessions are designed to meet state-specific compliance challenges.They are geographically located in areas to reach the most significant number of small system operators. This is important because many small public water systems lack the financial resources to allow operators to travel to central or urban areas for training. These operators have no backup to respond to emergencies while they are absent. The Training Specialists provide technical assistance in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act to small public water system personnel by working directly with them on-site at their system.
  
Matt Allen, Connecticut Source Water Protection Specialist, came to the Atlantic States in 2018 with a background in watershed science and land use planning. The Source Water Program is designed to assist, educate and facilitate local entities and the agriculture community through a five-step volunteer planning process. This process consists of:
•  Formation of a local planning team
•  Identification of the land area to be protected
•  Identification of land uses and potential sources of contamination
•  Identification of common sense volunteer protection methods
•  Development of an Emergency Response Plan

Through cooperation with State FSA Offices and other governmental entities, this local effort has a profound positive impact on protecting water sources for the future. It creates positive public relations between local governments and the agriculture community. 
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Preparing the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is available for CT members and non-members for a fee. The Consumer Confidence Report was due to the CT Department of Public Health on or before July 1, 2021. If you have missed the deadline, please contact Rita Clary, rita@nrwa.org, or call 580-252-0629.

 

 
Naylor Association Solutions
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EVENTS
24
Aug 2021
 
Water operators, staff, and others associated with water systems often need to access confined spaces as part of their operation and maintenance, as well as for other purposes. This course will review the highlights of a confined space entry program, explore hazard identification and control, and overview job duties for confined spaces: entry supervisor, attendant, and authorized entrant.

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Location: Winsted Volunteer Fire Department Station 1
27 Elm Street, Winsted, CT 06098
($100 member, $125 nonmember - pay on site)
25
Aug 2021
 
Staff and operators associated with water systems often find themselves working where falls are possible. This OSHA and industry standards-based training will cover required elements of employers' written fall protection program, responsibilities of competent person, authorized employees and EHS staff, as well as training requirements. Fall protection hierarchy, personal fall arrest systems, and calculating fall distances will also be explored.

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Location: Winsted Volunteer Fire Department Station 1
27 Elm Street, Winsted, CT 06098
($50 member, $75 nonmember - pay on site)
25
Aug 2021
 
As part of performing normal operations and maintenance, as well as for emergency repair and work, many water system personnel work in trenches and should be aware of the safety considerations while working in such an environment. The objective of the class is to provide the information needed for the attendees to understand the hazards of working in trenches, excavations, and pits, how to eliminate or control those hazards and how to perform the skills needed to be a Competent Person as required by OSHA.

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Location: Winsted Volunteer Fire Department Station 1
27 Elm Street, Winsted, CT 06098
($50 member, $75 nonmember - pay on site)
9
Sep 2021
 
This presentation will be an overview of the properties of PFAS, its health effects, and the research, the challenges to investigate, monitor, treat and fund this harmful PFAS chemical contamination.

Time: 7:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location: Sprague Fire Department
22 Bushnell Hollow Road, Baltic CT 06098
(Free)
23
Sep 2021
 
This presentation will be an overview of the properties of PFAS, its health effects, and the research, the challenges to investigate, monitor, treat and fund this harmful PFAS chemical contamination.

Time: 7:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location: Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (MPTN) aka Foxwoods
350 Trolleyline Boulevard, Ledyard CT 06338
(Free)
30
Sep 2021
 
This presentation will be an overview of the properties of PFAS, its health effects, and the research, the challenges to investigate, monitor, treat and fund this harmful PFAS chemical contamination.

Time: 7:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location: Winsted Volunteer Fire Department Station 1
​27 Elm Street, Winsted, CT 06098
(Free)
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JOB OPENINGS
ASRWWA is accepting applications for a Water Operations Circuit Rider position. The Water Circuit Rider implements the USDA Circuit Rider program throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island by working with public water systems as a technical expert in water operations representing ASRWWA. The position is a full-time hourly position with a minimum of 40 hours per week and occasional overtime. Extensive travel to small systems throughout the Connecticut and Rhode Island for on-site visits to small systems is required.
The Atlantic States Rural Water and Wastewater Association (ASRWWA) is currently seeking a qualified individual for a full or part-time position in Connecticut. ​The position will require travel within the state of Connecticut. This position is funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and may provide an opportunity for growth within the association.