Join American Water Works Association & NEWWA   

Join the largest network of water works professionals. 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.

Note to Connecticut Applicants:

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 addresses will be automatically 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

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.

To sign up for NEWWA, Inc. membership online, log in to the NEWWA website and look for Membership Information in your My Account section. Next to Membership Information, click More Info., then click Become a Member.

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


Student Membership Options

Option 1 - NEWWA/AWWA, NEWEA, and NEAPWA 3-in-1 Student Membership Promo

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.

Option 2 - NEWWA/AWWA Student Membership

Apply for student membership for $20/year online at or by using the AWWA individual membership application.


Note to Connecticut Applicants:

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 addresses, contact Mary Quigley for instructions.



NEWWA Welcome Kit

The Membership Committee created this presentation as an interactive guide to NEWWA's membership benefits. Click through section by section for a full overview or click directly on a topic.

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 Customer Service at or (800) 926-7337 if you have forgotten your username or password.

Option 2: Contact AWWA Customer Service at 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 19, 2019. 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?”

11 years ago, NEWWA and its Membership Committee recognized this issue, and from there the Mentoring Program was born. The program, which takes less than one year 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 50 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.

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:

Michaela Bogosh -

Lauren Underwood -

NEWWA staff support:

Mary Quigley -



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

  • Photos

  • Advertisements

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. 

Fall 2019:

Margaret McCarthy - Team Leader, Weston & Sampson Engineers
By: Mary Quigley

Margaret McCarthy is a Team Leader at Weston & Sampson Engineers, based in Reading, Massachusetts. She has extensive experience in water works and has been an active NEWWA member for more than 18 years. Her work is primarily focused on distribution, water quality, and asset management and system planning, with a specialized focus on technology. Margaret earned a BA and MS in civil and environmental engineering from Northeastern University, completing her student co-op at Weston & Sampson in 2001. As Margaret tells it, she first got into water works when she did a high school science fair project, involving the collection of water samples from outfalls on beaches on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

Margaret is the vice chair of the Information Technology Committee, championing the development of the annual IT & Asset Management Fair, and is a past member of the Program, Young Professionals, and Education Committees. She is a past recipient of the Younger Member of the Year Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award, and has served as a mentor with NEWWA’s Mentoring Program. 

What is an example of current projects you are working on?
Right now I am working on a PFAS/PFOA treatment plant upgrade for Portsmouth, New Hampshire, managing the construction portion of that project and working with several communities to update meter reading systems, and I am an active team member of the asset management and innovation initiative at Weston & Sampson.

What was the most challenging project you were previously involved with?
The most challenging project I was involved with—pulling together folks on the water and electric side—was the smart grid program that came about from an ARRA grant. Danvers, Massachusetts, went in on a very large project—a 16.5 million dollar project—and was looking to promote water and energy conservation while increasing system reliability and reducing environmental impact. The project involved federal government, local regulatory agencies, and water and electric departments, and took place over 4-5 years. Current challenges I face in the work I am doing presently involve the regulatory uncertainty related to emerging contaminants in drinking water. 

How do you effectively work with technology when technology is always changing?
With technology there is always something new, so you need to separate the wheat from the chaff, if you will. I think it is in large part about focusing on what will have a meaningful impact, because everyone has something to grab your attention. We maintain a vision of what is important and what is going to make peoples’ lives easier. You also have to listen to what is going on with the new people coming into the field—you watch for the tools they’re utilizing and leveraging. I find you have to balance what the established users have with what the new folks are using, so folks can work cross generationally. You have to build awareness of staff turnover—folks are starting to hire younger people who have grown up with technology. Sometimes management isn’t as familiar with what is available, so finding the people who are comfortable adjusting to new technology and can bridge the gap is important.

What motivates you to volunteer?
The biggest driver for me as a volunteer is the education component—promoting the water works industry as a whole, both within operations and management, but also externally. The NEWWA Education Committee felt strongly that we could do a better job of getting people involved at an early age and promoting these types of careers to be self-sustaining. I was interested in bringing programs to the elementary schools, since my kids were in school at the time. We need to work on promoting water works and we can do that by offering strong programs that keep people engaged. 

How has NEWWA involvement made a difference in your career?
My involvement in NEWWA came to a head when I found myself looking for a new work opportunity in 2015. I was scheduled to present at the Annual Conference on behalf of my former employer, so I contacted the Program Committee chairs to let them know of the change. They told me if you want to modify the presentation to reflect that you are presenting without affiliation, we are happy to have you still come. At the conference, the industry was so open and accepting. It is a really fantastic community. Everyone from the operations side to the vendor side is supportive of one another.