Join New England Water Works Association (NEWWA)
Improve your professional skills through training, education, and certification. Take advantage of networking opportunities with your fellow water works professionals.
As a NEWWA, Inc. member, you can attend NEWWA training courses, conferences, symposia, and monthly meetings at discounted rates, access NEWWA's Journal and newsletters, and receive updates on legislative and regulatory matters affecting public drinking water. An organizational membership provides all regional employees with membership benefits. NEWWA members may serve on NEWWA, Inc. volunteer committees.
Types of Memberships:
Individual - Discounted rates for Retirees and Students
Utility - Categorized by number of service connections
Service Provider - Categorized by gross annual sales to the water industry
Join American Water Works Association & NEWWA
Join the largest network of water works professionals in the world. AWWA/NEWWA members enjoy exclusive access to national and regional updates and information on water infrastructure, quality, sustainability, legislation, and more. Receive discounts on AWWA and NEWWA events and courses, access professional publications such as AWWA's Journal, Opflow, and Mainstream, as well as NEWWA's Journal and newsletters, and participate on AWWA and NEWWA volunteer committees.
New England Water Works Association is the New England section of AWWA. To join the New England section and receive NEWWA membership benefits with your AWWA membership, you must submit a Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, or Rhode Island mailing address with your application. Applicants using Connecticut mailing addreses will be assigned to the Connecticut section and may apply for multi-section membership if interested in NEWWA membership benefits.
Types of Memberships:
Individual - Discounted rates for Young Professionals, Retirees, Operations/Administrative personnel, and Students
Utility - Categorized by number of service connections
Service Provider- Categorized by gross annual sales to the water industry
Current Special Membership Offers
Option 1 - NEWWA/AWWA, NEWEA, and NEAPWA
3-in-1 Student Membership - Join AWWA/NEWWA, New England Water Environment Association, and the New England chapter of the American Public Works Association for only $30. You must submit a submit a Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, or Rhode Island mailing address with your application to be assigned to the New England section.
Option 2 - NEWWA/AWWA Student Promotional Rate
First-time student members may also sign up for AWWA/NEWWA membership for $10 with promo code 10STU. This offer is valid through December 31, 2018.
If you have membership questions please contact Mary Quigley.
Membership Expiring? Renew Today!
Option 1: Log in to your AWWA account and select the membership invoice to pay online. Contact AWWA if you have forgotten your username or password.
Option 2: Contact AWWA Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 926-7337 to request an invoice.
NEWWA, Inc. Members
Option 1: Log in to your account and select the membership invoice to pay online. Contact NEWWA if you have forgotten your username or password.
Option 2: Contact NEWWA to request an invoice via email or fax. Hard copy invoices are mailed to members 60 days prior to membership expiration.
Each year the Membership Committee runs a member drive where recruiters and sponsored new members are entered into a drawing for some great prizes donated by our sponsors and supporters.
Already a member? Get recruiting! Think about how you first got involved or became a NEWWA member—more likely than not someone just simply asked you. Why not do the same and continue the cycle? And in the process, you can be entered to win great prizes! Simply list yourself as “endorser” on your recruit’s membership form.
Prizes are awarded each year at NEWWA’s December Monthly Meeting at The Lantana in Randolph, MA to be held December 21, 2017. Good luck and get recruiting!
Most of us have been there—we’re new to the profession, new to the association, and know little to few people. Walking into a reception, event, or even course can be very intimidating, especially when you look around at all the different groups laughing and talking together. You may wonder: “how can I fit in?” and “where do I start?”
10 years ago NEWWA and its Membership Committee recognized this issue, and from there the Mentoring Program was born. The program, which takes approximately 6 months to complete, pairs a new member (mentee) with a more “established” member (mentor), to help the new member gain greater knowledge of NEWWA and the profession, and hopefully make a friend in the process.
The program started in 2008 and since then has seen more than 40 mentees complete the program, with 30 mentors assisting along the way. Want to learn more about the association or water profession in general? This 6-12 month program is the way to go. A mentee may begin the program at any time and is allowed 6-12 months to complete it. And NEWWA’s acronym says it all about the program:
• N – New to the association?
• E – Explore the association along with an experienced member.
• W – Water professional guidance.
• W – Worth your time and effort.
• A – Affordable as it is absolutely free.
There are great opportunities for both new and young members to get involved as a mentee, and even greater opportunities for existing members to become a mentor! If you’re interested in either, please contact the Mentor Program Coodinators:
Matt Stosse - email@example.com
Erica Lotz - firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWWA publishes an annual Member Roster that is sent to all members in August. In April of each year members receive notification to update their information and an opt-out option for the roster. Members need to ensure that their information is up to date with the association. Note that the roster is a NEWWA member benefit and only NEWWA members have access. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO THE LEFT TO VIEW THE MOST RECENT MEMBER ROSTER.
The Member Roster, in addition to listing the names and contact information for all NEWWA's members (individual, utility, and associate/consultant), includes:
A brief history of NEWWA
Lists of NEWWA's officers and key staff
Committee listings, including chairs and vice/co-chairs
NEWWA past officers and editors
NEWWA, Inc., Bylaws
Award winners, including historical information
Award committee rules
A listing of past meetings
The Membership Roster is designed, produced, and mailed by Naylor Publications, Inc. They also perform all advertising solicitations each year for the publication. Click here for information on adversiting in the Member Roster.
Yvette DePeiza - Program Director – Drinking Water Program, MassDEP (2013 to present)
By: Corey Packard
What is your educational background?
I have a BS and MS in Civil Engineering and Environmental Management from Tufts University. The school was very welcoming and supportive of my goals. To help give back, I served as a mentor to university students once I was out working in my field.
What is the toughest thing about your job?
“The lack of resources.” The Water Program had 104 employees in 2003; we now operate with a team of only 51 (in 2017). We are seeing a perfect storm of attrition, dearth of funding, and increased cost to maintain our full-time equivalent level of staffing. With the crisis in Flint, we’ve worked with our water supply community to make sure nothing like that ever happens here. Thanks to Governor Baker’s support, we hope to see an increase in funding and staffing in the upcoming fiscal year. While we wait to see if that materializes, we introduced a program to help Massachusetts public schools voluntarily test for lead and copper in drinking water, increased our electronic communications with water operators, and tried to capitalize on the increased interest in drinking water by educating the public. You’ll hear me say it repeatedly, but the public’s health and safety is paramount.
What are your daily duties?
My primary obligation is “public health first.” To achieve that, my daily focus is making sure we are meeting all the Safe Drinking Water Act requirements to keep the public safe. Next on my list is communication with our water operators, which is key. We also work hard to communicate the value of drinking water to the public and make sure the correct information is out there. Our water operators really care about what they do and we want to make sure the public knows it.
What is one of the most exciting projects you’ve worked on?
We introduced an outreach program for water suppliers that I was very passionate about. We provided free training materials, created an online, shareable calendar for training, and included funding for technical assistance experts (retired operators).
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Our level of interaction with the water operators. We started a “Green Jobs – Drinking Water Operator Training Initiative” to demonstrate our willingness to bring new operators into the profession. The program won an EPA award as a “targeted initiative to provide both classroom and field (internship) training to potential small system drinking water operators who will replace the aging and retiring workforce.” Unfortunately, many positions were not available to place our graduates, but we did find an abundance of highly interested and passionate students in the partnered vocational-technical schools and community colleges. If funding allows in the future, we now know where to go looking for the next generation of water operators.
In the future, how do you see technology changing the water profession and MassDEP?
I’ve seen the changes taking place over my years within the profession, but the most dramatic change appears to be from technology. Whether it’s our reliance on our cell phones, our ability to work remotely, or our ability to communicate quickly and directly with the public via social media, technology is reshaping how we accomplish our tasks. The Drinking Water Program is trying to leverage that technology into positive and helpful changes, especially with our interactions with the water operators and other stake holders.
Have you seen any improvement in diversity (gender, ethnic, racial, etc.) in the water profession and MassDEP?
When I first started, it was usually a given that I would be the only person of color to walk into any water meeting or training I was attending. Occasionally I would see other women, but in general, the profession was very homogenous. In my years here, I have seen changes, albeit slowly. There are more women in the water field, but there has been painfully little progress on the people of color side. MassDEP has a great internship program in place to help increase diversity and overall the leadership is very supportive, but we are clearly not making strides congruous with the growing ethnic diversity of our state and our country.
Is there anything else you are proud of or you think people might not know about you?
I’m originally from Trinidad and I’ve always maintained a close connection to the island. I used to get back there to see family at least once a year. I’m very involved with the Caribbean American Carnival Association of Boston and take great pride in my culture. I’m also a Deacon in my church. At the end of the day, we are all one people existing in one world and we give back in ways that are meaningful to us.