Between The Pipes

NYRWA is calling on our membership for urgent assistance. We need you, our valued members, to reach out to your elected officials and ask that they write a letter to your NYS Assembly and Senate Leaders asking for their support of the Safe Water Infrastructure Action Program (SWAP) Bill S3292/A3907A, Sponsored by NYS Senator James Tedisco and Assemblyman Phillip Steck.

This bill is very similar to the successful Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs). The SWAP would provide municipalities with an annual SWAP allotment for local water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure. We are all aware that insufficient operation and maintenance (O&M) funding is a major contributor to our infrastructure issues. This SWAP would provide a permanent source of funding, one that addresses and supports O & M activities.

We have prepared 3 documents for your use. The first is a letter for your board explaining the SWAP Bill, the second is a sample letter you can copy and paste on your systems letterhead, and the third is a resource to look up your NYS Senate and Assembly Representatives. The link to the documents is SWAP - Legislative Campaign Documents then scroll to the bottom of the page. 

This is important legislation for our members, and it will take each and every one of us doing our part to ensure success! If we can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to reach out.

Again, we would like to thank our Associate Members and Exhibitors for their support! Our booth space sold out quickly this year. 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.

We are pleased to announce that our filing is progressing through the system. We recently received unanimous approval from the NYS Apprenticeship Council, and we are now at a point where we need water and wastewater systems from across NYS to agree in writing that they would consider employing an apprentice when they have an opening in the future. Our representatives, Kevin Maine and Jamie Herman, will be reaching out to systems requesting their consideration. If you would like to learn more, and potentially sign on, please contact Kevin Maine at or Jamie Herman at We will be happy to meet with you and provide any information necessary for your community to make an informed decision.

There are many Water and Wastewater Operation Specialists nearing retirement. We are hoping a Registered Apprenticeship Program will provide yet another avenue for your communities and systems to continue to provide for the needs of your residents.

After a great deal of consideration, the New York Rural Water Association has elected to begin charging a "Non-Member Materials Fee” for all of our training that is not provided free of charge.

As of January 1, 2019, non-members will be charged a $75.00 fee per attendee per session to cover materials and costs associated with the training. If a non-member desires, they may enroll for membership and this additional fee will be waived.

Our valued members will only be charged for room and meal fees as has always been the case, there will be no change whatsoever for our members.

Last, any training we provide free of charge will continue to be free for both members and non-members.

Slack Chemical Company, Inc.
Total Piping Solutions, Inc.
Upcoming Training

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

Date: May 29, 2019
Location: Holiday Inn
412 Route 3
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Date: June 5, 2019
Location: Holiday Inn
2-8 Hawley Street
Binghamton, NY 13901

Date: June 13, 2019
Location: Clarion hotel
30 Lake Shore Drive E
Dunkirk, NY 14048

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


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

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.


Date: June 18, 2019
Location: Cayuga County Soil and Water
7413 County House Road
Auburn, NY 13021

Date: June 19, 2019
Location: NYRWA
75 Bender Boulevard
Ghent, NY 12075

Date: July 10, 2019
Location: Orange County Fire Training Center
9 Training Center Lane
New Hampton, NY 10958

Date: July 23, 2019
Location: Ontario County Safety Training Facility
2914 County Road 48
Hopewell Center, NY 14424

Contact hours for the WATER FLUORIDATION IN NYS classes:
NYS DOH is expected to grant 6 contact hours toward recertification.

Core & Main
JPS Industries
New Members

Welcome New Members - March 2019

  • Elmira City School District
  • Environmental Design & Research
  • Gloversville - Johnstown Joint Wastewater Treatment Facility
  • Greene, Town of
  • Old Dutch Properties, Inc.
  • Safe Water Systems LLC
  • Victor Mobile Home Parks, Inc.


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