Between The Pipes

SWAP Campaign

Dear NYRWA Members:

As we start the new legislative year, we are reaching out to you once again on our continued efforts to help pass the Safe Water Infrastructure Action Program (SWAP). Last year, we were successful in gaining many Senate and Assembly supporters to sponsor the bill, but time ran out.

Senator James Tedisco and Assemblyman Phil Steck are once again leading the charge with Bill S554/A424. The Bill Summary remains the same as last year, just the Bill numbers have changed.

Although New York has made available capital funding for water infrastructurein the past budget that addresses capital projects, the replacement and upgrading of critical infrastructure, we all know this does not address the underlying issue of increasing maintenance requirements and operating expenses.

There have been calls for more permanent source of funding for our infrastructure, one that addresses and supports O & M activities. The Safe Water Infrastructure Action Program (SWAP) is designed to provide municipalities with water, sewer, and storm water infrastructure an annual supplemental funding stream to support operation and maintenance activities. Just like the successful Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), municipalities would know what their annual SWAP allotment would be. This would afford your municipality the opportunity to perform maintenance and/or replacement activities, which can be performed by your staff.  These would be smaller projects such as equipment replacement, manhole rehabilitation or water line replacement.

We ask you to take a look at the list of Senate and Assembly members that are currently supporting this Bill and take action today by joining us in a letter campaign to your NYS Legislators in support of S554/A424.  We have included two sample letters for your convenience and instructions to help navigate to your State Senator and State Assembly Representative website for correct contact information for this campaign on our website at  If you see that your Representatives are already supporting, a quick note from you, their constituent, will go a long way to say thank you for supporting your interests.  If they are not already supporting, a letter from your Mayor or Supervisor can be sent to ask for their support.  Please take time out of your busy schedules to help get this Bill passed during the 2019 session. It takes all of our voices working together to get the job done.

If you need any assistance or wish to discuss this further, please reach out to the New York Rural Water Association. Other organizations that are also supporting this include NY Section AWWA, NYWEA, the Association of Towns and NY Conference of Mayors. Let’s do our part.

Thank you,
J. Andrew Herman, CEO

We are excited to announce that we have sold out of our booth space. Thank you all so much for your support! If you missed this opportunity please email Cheryl Kearns ( to be placed on the waiting list.

Click "Learn More" for registration information, sponsors, and a complete list of exhibitors.
Slack Chemical Company, Inc.
Total Piping Solutions, Inc.
Upcoming Training

Our online registration system is undergoing maintenance and we hope to have it back up and running soon. In the meantime please be sure to visit our website for the most current list of training. You can register by downloading the agenda and faxing your completed form to 518-828-0582.


Date: March 28, 2019
Location: Ramada Inn
304 S. Hamilton Str.
Painted Post, NY 14870

Date: April 9, 2019
97 Hidden Valley Rd.
Lake Luzerne, NY 12846

Date: April 25, 2019
Location: Savory Downtown
300 Washington Str.
Watertown, NY 13601

Contact Hours for Laboratory classes:
NYS DOH/DEC is expected to grant 6.0 contact hours toward recertification.

Disinfection BPR Lead/Copper Rule and Ethics

Date: April 3, 2019
Location: Chenango Co. Office Bldg.
Board Room
5 Court Street
Norwich, NY 13815

Contact hours for the Disinfection BPR Lead/Copper Rule and Ethics class:
NYS DOH is expected to grant 6.0 contact hours toward recertification.

Chemical Feed Pumps & Analyzers

Date: April 23, 2019
Location: Hoosick Falls Fire Dept.
1 Griffin Avenue
Hoosick Falls, NY 12090

Date: April 24, 2019
Location: Village of Rhinebeck
76 E. Market Str
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Date: April 30, 2019
Location: The Beach House
31 Parkside Drive
Lake Placid, NY 12946

Contact hours for Chemical Feed Pumps & Analyzers classes:
NYS DOH/DEC is expected to grant 6 contact hours toward recertification.


Date: July 10, 2019
Location: Koester Associates
3101 Seneca Turnpike
Canastota, NY 13032

Date: July 17, 2019
Location: American Legion Post #256
454 North Main
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Contact hours for the Basic Electricity classes:
NYS DOH/DEC is expected to grant 6 contact hours toward recertification.

Core & Main
JPS Industries
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