Between The Pipes

 Just a friendly reminder our offices will be closed Thursday, November 26
and Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving.

We have many reasons to be thankful, our fantastic members are at the top of that list!

Wishing you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving!



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.

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. and Ti-SALES

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

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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The lawsuit seeks reimbursement for any cost incurred by a member of NYRWA for testing, treatment, and remediation.  We encourage you to register your system if you have detected PFAS at any level or your water supply is near an airport, military base, fire-fighting activity or a manufacturer who may have used these forever compounds.  Your customers should not be held financially liable for these expenses resulting in increased water rates.

There are three key points you should know:

1.  The lawsuit is against the manufactures of the compounds not a local company who may have used the compounds.

2.  There is no upfront cost for the utility to register as a participant.  All expense of the suit will come from the settlement.

3.  Your utility will have the option of accepting or rejecting the settlement, so there is everything to gain and nothing to lose by registering your participation, however, you must be registered in the suit to participate in the settlement.

The law firm engaged in this suit, by NRWA, is Napoli Shkolnik who is nationally recognized as a leader in these types of environmental issues. Paul Napoli was part of the MTBE class action suit in the 80s and represented the 9-11 first responders. He and this firm are experts in water and wastewater environmental issues. More information is available at

We strongly encourage your system to consider to register as a participant at

For additional information contact the law firm or Sam Wade, who recently retired as the CEO of National Rural Water and is currently employed as a rural water consultant by Napoli Shkolnik law firm. His email is or cell:  580-917-1425.

The Trump Administration announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $891 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in 43 states including New York.

"Upgrading water infrastructure provides a path to economic growth and protects the health and safety of people who live and work in rural areas,” USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said. "Under the leadership of President Trump and Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner to rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.” 

To view the full story please follow the link:

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:

New Members
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  • Environmental Consultants, LLC

  • Freeville WW, Village of

  • Trenton Assembly Park Inc.

  • Wawarsing - Naponach, Town of


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