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On Tuesday, September 29, 2020, NYRWA President John O’Connell was elected as Senior Vice President of the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) Board of Directors. John joined the NYRWA Board of Directors in July 1997, and shortly thereafter was elected as our Association’s National Director.  Over his years of service, John has advanced through the ranks with his commitment and dedication to our industry and the association. 

John will serve a two-year term as Senior Vice President, and then run for the office of NRWA President. We extend our congratulations to John for this well- deserved accomplishment. We look forward to what the next two years have in store and wish you great success in your new role.

After a storied and highly successful 24 year career here with NYRWA, Doug has decided to retire effective October 15, 2020. Doug has been an integral part of the core group here at NYRWA who worked diligently to grow the association, both membership and programs. Doug has also achieved the title of longest serving circuit rider in the history of NYRWA.

Doug’s passion for our industry, his drive and commitment, his dedication to our members is what we will remember the most. He has always given 110%, and enjoyed the role of educating young operators in all aspects of their position. Doug certainly took the slogan to heart, and always provided our system members with Quality on Tap!

We wish Doug and his wife Bobbi all the best for a long, healthy, and happy retirement filled with love and joy! Thank you Doug for your incredible service, we look forward to hearing about the next chapter in your life. You and Bobbi will always have a place here at NYRWA.

We sincerely appreciate the following sponsors who have committed to a sponsorship for our 2021 Annual Conference in Verona May 17 - 19, 2021. These sponsorships will be used for door prizes and a Sponsorship Grand Prize for attendees.

1) Premier Sponsors – Koester Associates, and G.A. Fleet Associates, Inc.

2) Gold Sponsors – Mueller Company, GP Jager Inc., Statewide Aquastore Inc., EJ Prescott
and General Control Systems, Inc.

3) Silver Sponsors – Auctions International, Preload LLC, Kennedy Valve and M&H, BCA Architects & Engineers and Ti-SALES

4) Golf Hole Sponsors – EJ Prescott

If you are an Associate Member or Exhibitor and wish to provide a sponsorship for our 2021 Annual Conference, please reach out to Jamie Herman at

Thank you one and all for your continued support of this association!

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As many of you know, each year the New York Rural Water Association distributes one-time grants to five students across New York State valued at $500.00 each to help defray the cost of tuition, books, or room and board at an accredited institution of higher learning approved by the NYRWA.

We are asking you, our members, to help distribute our Founder’s Scholarship Application to your local high school guidance offices to ensure students from your area have an opportunity to apply. Please share the application found on this link (  with your local school guidance office. The guidance office can copy and distribute the application to students within your village, city, or town. Before you provide this to the school, please fill in the “NYRWA Member System Name” i.e. Village of ……..

This is a member benefit and we appreciate your assistance in ensuring students from your area have this opportunity to apply. In order to be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must complete the application form in its entirety and return it to the NYRWA by the entry postmark deadline, February 5, 2021. All pertinent information on applying are within the official rules, including the requirement to include an essay and student transcripts to be eligible.

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On Thursday, July 30, 2020, the Public Health and Health Planning Council’s Committee on Codes, Regulations and Legislation voted to adopt MCLs of 10 parts per trillion each for PFOA and PFOS, and 1 part per billion for 1,4 – Dioxane.  To learn more regarding this legislation as well as a sampling implementation timeline please follow the link below:

The NYS Department of Health has released an important Q&A document concerning the new maximum contaminant levels for Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), and 1,4 Dioxane.

This Q&A provides an overview of requirements from monitoring, reporting, enforcement, public notification, treatment technologies, O&M, operator certification requirements, and deferrals.

NYRWA hosted a webinar on this topic and recorded it for your reference. You can view the video on the NYRWA website:

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