About Us

View our 2016 Annual Report.

The New England Water Works Association (NEWWA) is a membership organization for those working or interested in the drinking water profession. Headquartered in Holliston, Mass., it brings together water utilities, consultants, manufacturers, vendors, regulators, academia, and other interested parties to network, educate, and advocate.

Established in 1882, NEWWA is a not-for-profit (501c3) member organization incorporated in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. The association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training and holds hundreds of courses each year for those working in the water works profession. In addition, the association holds two major conferences and several specialty symposia each year. Built around networking, NEWWA's strength is its membership who volunteer on its vast number of committees to produce products, information, and courses.

Since 1882 NEWWA, Inc. has served drinking water professionals from across New England. In 1987, NEWWA Inc. affiliated itself with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) as a section to provide the opportunity for members to join and receive all benefits of both associations at a reduced rate. To this day, members still have the option of joining NEWWA, Inc., or AWWA with NEWWA as the designated section.

NEWWA's Vision

Our vision is to inspire excellence in the drinking water profession, public confidence in tap water, and water resource stewardship.

NEWWA's Mission

Our mission is to promote public health, safety, quality of life, and environmental stewardship through education/training, advocacy, and outreach relating to safe drinking water and to advance the membership as noted in the AWWA Articles of Incorporation.

Strategic Plans

The NEWWA Strategic Plan refines and builds on the goals from previous plans and is a basis for plans to be established by the NEWWA Board of Directors as it guides our many volunteers and staff. This update of the Long-Range Strategic Plan, last done for 2013-2018, was developed with consideration to previous plans. An effort was also made to sustain the ongoing initiatives from prior plans to keep momentum moving forward, creating the NEWWA 10-year vision of 2015-2024.

The long-range Strategic Plan and 10-year vision reflect the work done by the Planning Committee, who provide direction for the Spring Council Meeting as well as Summer Planning Session. Discussions and recommendations from previous planning efforts are evident throughout the plan and vision.

 

Contact Us/Directions

New England Water Works Association
125 Hopping Brook Road
Holliston, MA 01746
Phone: (508) 893-7979
Fax: (508) 893-9898

Office hours: 8:30a.m. - 5:00p.m. Monday through Friday

Driving Directions From the South:

Take 495 North to Exit 19. Turn right at the bottom of exit (Route 109). (Exit 19 is north of Routes 1 and 495). Travel about .4 mile, and turn left BEFORE Medway Lotus Restaurant onto Clark St. Proceed on Clark St. for about 1.7 miles (Clark St. turns into South St.) until you get to the second Stop sign. Turn right onto route 16 E. Turn right into Hopping Brook Park, (100 yards on the right). 125 Hopping Brook Road is first building on the right.

Driving Directions From the North:

Take 495 south to Exit 19. (Exit 19 is three exits south of the Mass Pike.) Turn right at the bottom of the exit. Go to the first traffic light and turn right (there is a Burger King on the right). Proceed to the next traffic light and turn right (less than a mile). This is Route 16. Hopping Brook Office Park is approximately 2 miles east on Route 16. 125 Hopping Brook is the first building on the right.

Need a place to stay? Below are area hotels near NEWWA. Click on the hotel name to visit their Web site.

The Fairfield Inn and Suites: 508-478-0900
Use code AW3
1 Fortune Blvd.
Milford, MA
$109.00 per night queen
2.8 miles from NEWWA

Doubletree Milford : (508) 478-7010
11 Beaver Street
Milford, MA
**Mention NEWWA when reserving room**
$129 single or double
Restaurant and bar on site
2.2 miles from NEWWA

Holiday Inn Express: 508-634-1054
50 Fortune Blvd.
Milford,MA
$124.00 single
**Mention NEWWA when reserving room**
Food service on site & shuttle service within a 5-mile radius
2.7 miles from NEWWA

Marriott Courtyard: 508-634-9500
10 Fortune Blvd.
Milford,MA
$169.00 single king or a single with 2 queens
Bar/Restaurant on site
2.8 miles from NEWWA

Meet the 2017-2018 candidates for the NEWWA Board of Directors.
Watch your email for the online ballot on August 1.

2016-2017 Board of Directors

2017 Board of Directors Meeting Dates. meetings are open to all members. 

July 25, 2017 - Sheraton Portsmouth - Portsmouth, New Hampshire
September 17, 2017 - Ocean Edge Resort - Brewster, Massachusetts
November 15, 2017 - NEWWA's Headquarters - Holliston, Massachusetts
December 20, 2017 - NEWWA's Headquarters - Holliston, Massachusetts

2016 Annual Report

Annual Financial Statement and Report For the Years Ended June 30, 2016 and June 30, 2015

2016-2017 Board of Directors

President - Matthew Pearson, Manager, Grafton Water District, MA

President-Elect - Chris Hodgson, Vice President, DN Tanks, MA

Past President - Craig Douglas, District Engineer, Brunswick & Topsham Water District, ME

Vice President - David Miller, Deputy Director of Water Supply, Manchester Water Works, NH

Treasurer - Gregory Leighton, Controller & Assistant Treasurer, The Maine Water Company, ME

Assistant Treasurer - David Kane, Executive Director of Administration, Portland Water District, ME

AWWA Director - David Polcari, Associate, CDM Smith, MA 

Connecticut State Director - Frederick Rogers, Superintendent, Southington Water Department, CT

Maine State Director - Scott Minor, Assistant Superintendent, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, & Wells Water District, ME

Massachusetts State Director - Stephen Olson, Director of Operations (MA), Aquarion Water Company, MA

Massachusetts State Director - Thomas LeCourt, Project Manager, Tighe & Bond, Westfield, MA

New Hampshire State Director - Philip Bilodeau, Deputy Director, Concord General Services Dept., NH

Rhode Island State Director - James DeCelles, Chief Engineer & General Manager, Pawtucket Water Supply Board, RI

Vermont State Director - Randi McCuin, Senior Microbiologist, Corona Environmental Consultants, VT

Director-At-Large - David Putnam, President, Putnam Pipe Corp., MA

Director-At-Large - Lisa Gove, Associate, CDM Smith, MA

Director-At-Large - Erica Lotz, Project Manager, Stantec Consulting, MA 

Staff

NEWWA's office hours are 8:30a.m. - 5:00p.m., Monday through Friday.
125 Hopping Brook Road, Holliston, MA 01746
PH: 508-893-7979
FAX: 508-893-9898

 

             
       
Stephen Ryan
Executive Director 
     
             
 
Pamela Amalfi
Accounting Manager
 
Donald Bunker
Director of Education & Training 
 
Nelson Cabral
Backflow/Cross Connection
Program Coordinator 
 
Katelyn Cahalane
Events & Marketing Specialist
 
                 
 
Jacqui Campana
Executive Support/
Publications Coordinator
 
Lisa Franks
Materials Preparation Assistant
 
Jeanne Gilpin
Registrar
 
Kirsten King
Director of Communications
& Member Services
 
                 
 
Claire O'Dell
Accounting Clerk
 
Mary Quigley
Membership & Volunteer
Coordinator
 
Paul Riendeau
Instructor/Education
Coordinator
 
Linda Smith
Facility & Office Manager
 
                 

 

 

NEWWA's Organizational Chart

NEWWA's organization consists of both a paid staff and volunteer structure. Click on the image to download the organizational chart for 2016-2017.

Room Rentals

*Click the image to download and print the flyer. 

NEWWA's Education Program History

NEWWA prides itself on delivering the highest-quality educational programs to its students. With one of the first water works schools in the nation, NEWWA has maintained a tradition of excellence since 1882. We are an approved Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, which holds NEWWA to strict ANSI/IACET standards that address processes for designing, developing, and delivering the association's continuing education and training. The following is a brief timeline of NEWWA's training mission development and facility growth:

  • February 17, 1882 - the first meeting of three water superintendents is held in Lowell, MA.

  • April 19, 1882 - NEWWA is formally organized.

  • June 21, 1882 - NEWWA holds its first annual convention.

  • September 1886 - NEWWA publishes its first issue of the Journal.

  • 1932 - NEWWA launches the first water works school.

  • 1978 - NEWWA receives its first training grant with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • February 23, 1984 - the Backflow and Cross Connection Prevention training and board are established.

  • 1986 - NEWWA expands its training related to the Safe Drinking Water Act.

  • May 19, 1988 - NEWWA opens its first training center in Milford, MA.

  • 1989 - NEWWA creates a training manager position.

  • 1992- The Francis X. Crowley training center addition is opened adjacent to the Milford facility (with a 54-seat classroom/vocation classroom).

  • 2001 - NEWWA opens its new headquarters and training facility in Holliston, MA (with three classrooms, water quality laboratory, library, and committee conference rooms).

  • 2005 - NEWWA opens its distribution training laboratory addition at its Holliston facility (with a hands-on classroom, hall of presidents, and field storage).

  • 2014 - NEWWA renovates its first-floor administrative area. 

  • 2014 - LCD projectors are installed in all second-floor classrooms at the Holliston, MA facility. 

  • 2015 - All second-floor classrooms are renovated, including new furniture and a food service area. 

  • 2015 - Wall mounted LCD TV is installed in the Pennichuck Conference Room for presentations, etc. 

New England Water Works Association, Inc. Bylaws

Amended on December 3, 1997 

ARTICLE I DUES AND FEES

The Board of Directors of NEWWA, Inc. shall recommend such dues and fees as may be necessary to support the work of the NEWWA, Inc. and shall advise the membership of its recommendations as prescribed by Article III, Sections 2 and 3 of the Constitution. The dues structure shall be published in the Journal of the NEWWA, Inc.

ARTICLE II COMMITTEES

SECTION 1. Committees of NEWWA, Inc. will include Scholarship, Facilities, Publications, Award of Merit, Publication Awards, and such other committees as the Board of Directors may appoint from time to time.

SECTION 2. All committees of the NEWWA, Inc. shall be commissioned by the Board of Directors. At the first meeting of the Board of Directors following the Annual Conference, the Board shall either continue or terminate any committee. The Board of Directors shall appoint chairmen of all working committees.

SECTION 3. As soon as it is commissioned by the Board of Directors, a committee shall prepare a statement of scope and submit it to the Board of Directors for review. No committee shall proceed with its assignment until it has a statement of scope approved by the Board of Directors. A committee may, from time to time, recommend revisions in its statement of scope, and the Board of Directors shall consider such recommendations promptly.

SECTION 4. The Board of Directors may commission committees to draw up or consider policies, standards or specifications for adoption by the NEWWA, Inc. either for the NEWWA, Inc. alone or in cooperation with other associations or societies. Each committee so commissioned shall report annually to the Board of Directors such draft of policies, standards or specifications, as it may recommend. The policies, standards or specifications shall not be published as approved by the NEWWA, Inc. until the procedures contained in Article XI of the Constitution have been completed.

SECTION 5. The Board of Directors may appoint one or more members to serve as NEWWA, Inc. representatives on professional and technical committees organized by other associations or societies. Such representatives shall act in accordance with their own discretion as to the best interests of the NEWWA, Inc. and its members, in relation to all matters undertaken by the committees. Each representative shall keep the Board of Directors informed of its activities by means of an annual report as required under Section 6 or more frequently if appropriate. The Board of Directors may appoint members as alternates to serve in place of the appointed representative during their absences or incapacity. The votes of an alternate acting for the representative shall have the same standing as a vote of the representative.

SECTION 6. Each committee shall prepare a report annually, stating its progress in relation to its assignment, together with such other comments or recommendations as it may deem appropriate. It shall be the responsibility of the committee chairman to submit on or before August 15 each year, a written copy of the annual report on the committee. The Committee Chairman shall further indicate to the Executive Director whether the report should be read at the Annual Conference, either in full or in summary, and if it is to be read, who will present it  for the  committee.     The  Board  of  Directors  may,  at  its  discretion,  decline  permission    for  a committee report to be read.

ARTICLE III

NON-DISCRIMINATION

Membership in the New England Water Works Association and admission to functions and courses sponsored by the Association shall not be denied to any person on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed and national or ethnic origin.

ARTICLE IV JOURNAL ADVERTISING 

Consultant/Associate Members desiring to advertise in the Journal of the New England Water Works Association, Inc. shall be charged appropriately.

New England Water Works Association, a Section of the American Water Works Association

Bylaws

(As approved by the AWWA Board of Directors, June 13, 2004)
(As approved by the NEWWA membership and AWWA Board of Directors January 21, 2010)
(As approved by the NEWWA membership December 15, 2011 and AWWA Board of Directors June 10, 2012)

ARTICLE I NAME AND OBJECT

SECTION I. Definitions: "NEWWA" shall mean the affiliated organization of the NEWWA, Inc. and the New England Section of the American Water Works Association.

"NEWWA, Inc." shall mean the New England Water Works Association organized in 1882.

"Board of Directors" and "State Director" or "Director at Large" wherever mentioned in these bylaws shall mean the Board of Trustees and Trustee wherever mentioned in the Bylaws or Governing Documents of the American Water Works Association.  The Board of Directors of NEWWA shall manage the affairs of the affiliated organization.

"President" wherever mentioned in these bylaws shall mean Chair wherever mentioned in the Bylaws or the Governing Documents of the American Water Works Association.

"President-Elect" wherever mentioned in these bylaws shall mean Chair-Elect wherever mentioned in the Bylaws or the Governing Documents of the American Water Works Association.

"Vice-President" wherever mentioned in these bylaws shall mean Vice-Chair wherever mentioned in the Bylaws or the Governing Documents of the American Water Works Association.

"Executive Director" wherever mentioned in these bylaws shall mean Secretary wherever mentioned in the Bylaws or the Governing Documents of the American Water Works Association. The Executive Director shall mean the Executive Officer of NEWWA.

"AWWA" shall mean the American Water Works Association.

"Annual Conference" shall mean a meeting of NEWWA to be held in September or October.

"Council" shall mean a group of committees in the current table of organization that report to a Director.

SECTION 2.  The name of this organization shall be the "New England Water Works Association, a Section of the American Water Works Association," hereinafter referred to as the "New England Water Works Association" or "NEWWA."

SECTION 3.  The purpose of NEWWA is to promote public health, safety, quality of life, and environmental stewardship through education/training, advocacy, and outreach relating to safe drinking water and to advance the membership as noted in the AWWA Articles of Incorporation.

SECTION 4.  The performance and operation of the NEWWA shall be in accordance with the latest Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Governing Documents of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and as stated herein.

ARTICLE II MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1.    The membership of the section shall consist of those members of the American Water Works Association residing in or having principal business activity in the New England Water Works Association Section, multi-section members, and those assigned to the New England Water Works Association Section by the Executive Director of the American Water Works Association.

ARTICLE III FEES AND DUES

SECTION 1.  In addition to the current annual dues of the American Water Works Association, members shall pay a section assessment.  This assessment will be determined by the NEWWA Board of Directors and may be used for any purpose consistent with the established policies and programs of AWWA and NEWWA, as determined by the NEWWA Board of Directors.

ARTICLE IV OFFICERS

SECTION 1.  The management of the affairs of the NEWWA shall be vested in its Board of Directors.

SECTION 2.  Membership on the Board of Directors shall consist of elected officers by the membership and the assistant treasurer appointed by the Board of Directors.  The Executive Director shall be an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors without voting rights.  The elected officers shall consist of the President, the President-Elect, the Vice-President, one AWWA Director, six State Directors (one from each New England state), an additional State Director from those states having 700 or more active members residing within them, the Treasurer, the Immediate Past-President, and three Directors at Large.  The elected officers shall appoint a voting assistant treasurer for a three-year term running concurrent with the Treasurer.  All matters coming before the Board shall be acted upon by a majority of the voting members of the Board of Directors present unless otherwise required by the Constitution or Bylaws.  A majority of the voting members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum.

SECTION 3.  All officers shall be members of the American Water Works Association and members of NEWWA.

a. Any member of the section, including a multi-section member, shall be eligible to hold elective office in the section.

b. Multi-section members may hold office in only one section at a time.

c. Two or more offices may not be held by the same individual.
d. In accordance with the agreements made when the New England Water Works Association was merged with the New England Section, Connecticut Section members who hold a multi-section membership in the New England Water Works Association Section shall be entitled to full rights in that section.

SECTION 4.  The term of office for each member of the Board shall be as follows:

a. The President of the NEWWA shall serve for one year from the close of one NEWWA Annual Conference to the close of the next Annual Conference.

b. The President-Elect of the NEWWA shall serve for one year from the close of one Annual Conference to the close of the next Annual Conference.  Upon expiration of the term of President, the President-Elect shall accede to the office of President.  The President-Elect shall serve as  liaison for the committees reporting directly to the Board of Directors.

c. The Vice-President of the NEWWA shall serve for one year from the close of one Annual Conference to the close of the Annual Conference at which a successor is chosen.

d. The AWWA Director shall serve a three-year term coincident with the term of office of members of the AWWA Board of Directors as provided by the Bylaws of AWWA.

e. Each State Director shall serve a three-year term from the close of one Annual Conference to the close of the Annual Conference at which a successor is chosen.  A State Director cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.  The terms of Directors shall be so staggered that the terms of at least two Directors shall expire each year.  The term of State Directors from states with more than one Director will expire in the same year.  Each shall serve as a Council Chair or Vice Chair as appointed.

f. Both the Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer shall serve a three-year term from the close of one Annual Conference to the close of the Annual Conference at which their successors are chosen.

g. The Immediate Past-President shall serve a one-year term from the close of the Annual Conference to the close of the following Annual Conference.

h. Each Director at Large shall serve a three-year term from the close of one Annual Conference to the close of the Annual Conference at which a successor is chosen.  A Director at Large cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.  The terms of Directors at Large shall be so staggered that the terms of at least one Director shall expire each year.  Each shall serve as a Council Chair or Vice Chair as appointed.

SECTION 5.  All vacancies in office, except that of President, shall be filled by vote of the Board of Directors for the unexpired term until the next regular scheduled election of said office as soon as practicable after said vacancy occurs.

SECTION 6.  The Board of Directors have the authority to declare vacant for cause any office by an affirmative vote of at least two thirds of the voting members of the Board.

ARTICLE V - DUTIES OF OFFICERS

SECTION 1.  It shall be the duty of the members of the Board of Directors to promote the objectives and to actively strive for the advancement of the NEWWA, to hire the Executive Director, perform specific duties as assigned by the President, and to perform the specific duties outlined hereinafter.

President - The President shall:

a. Have the responsibility for the general supervision of the affairs of the NEWWA and NEWWA, Inc.

b. Preside at the annual conference and meetings of the Board of Directors.

c. Appoint or designate all committees except as may be otherwise provided for herein.

d. Be an ex-officio member of such committees as he or she desires except the Nominating Committee.

e. Assign specific duties to officers as necessary.

f. Appoint tellers to count ballots.

g. Coordinate the Annual Conference.

h. Deliver an address at the Annual Conference.

i. Report on Board activities to the general membership.

President-Elect - The President-Elect shall:

a. Preside in the absence of the President.

b. Assume the duties of the President in the case of vacancy in that office.

c. Serve on the Nominating Committee.

d. Serve as chair of special committees or other duties as assigned by the President.

Past-President - The Past-President shall:

a. Serve as Chair of the Nominating Committee

AWWA Director - The AWWA Director shall:

a. Represent the NEWWA on the AWWA Board of Directors.

b. Report actions of AWWA Board of Directors to the Board of Directors and the general membership.

c. Serve on the Nominating Committee.
Vice-President - The Vice-President shall:

a. Be an ex-officio member of the Program Committee and the Membership Committee.

Directors (State and at Large) -

a. Serve as chair or vice chair of councils or committees and accept other duties as assigned by the President and approved by the Board of Directors.

b. Serve as a member of the Nominating Committee if appointed.

Treasurer - The Treasurer shall:

a. Have responsibility for investment of all funds of NEWWA and NEWWA, Inc.

b. File a surety bond in a form and in an amount to be determined by the Board of Directors, the premium on said bond to be paid by the NEWWA.

c. Pay all bills or other indebtedness of the NEWWA and NEWWA, Inc. when properly approved by the Executive Director.

d. Review all orders for withdrawals of funds and checks for disbursement and countersign all transactions that exceed the amount specified in the check signing policy.

e. Keep accurate records of all receipts and disbursements and of all property of the NEWWA and NEWWA, Inc. in his or her charge.

f. Render a report on the same at the Annual Conference.

g. Shall ensure the financial statements are annually audited by an independent auditor.

h. Shall file appropriate forms with the Internal Revenue Service and other governmental agencies.

i. Ensure NEWWA’s financial and budget policies are up to date and being implemented.

Assistant Treasurer - The Assistant Treasurer shall:

a. Act in the absence of the Treasurer.

b. Assume the duties of the Treasurer in the case of vacancy in that office.

c. Assist the Treasurer.

Executive Director - The Executive Director, upon the direction of the Board of Directors, shall:

a. Be the executive officer of the NEWWA.

b. Issue notices to members of the Board at least seven days prior to all meetings.

c. Keep records of all meetings.

d. Perform duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

SECTION 2.  Every member of the Board of Directors agrees to make every effort to attend all regular and special meetings of the Board and to carry out all duties described in these bylaws and as assigned by the President.

ARTICLE VI - MEETINGS

SECTION 1.  The Annual Meeting of the Association shall be opened at such time and place in September or October as the Board of Directors shall designate.

SECTION 2.  In addition to the Annual Meeting, a minimum of three other meetings or special conferences shall be held between October and June at a time and place fixed by the Board of Directors.

SECTION 3.  At any meeting of the NEWWA, 35 members shall constitute a quorum.

SECTION 4.  Special meetings of the NEWWA may be held at the call of the President with the approval of the Board of Directors, and shall be called by the President if requested in writing by 35 members, but no business shall be transacted unless announced in the call of meetings seven days prior.

SECTION 5.  Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held upon call of the President; and shall be called by the President upon the written request of three or more members thereof.  The meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules or procedures as determined by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VII NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

SECTION 1.  After the close of the Annual Conference and before November 30th of each year the President with the approval of the Board of Directors shall appoint a Nominating Committee of seven consisting of two Past Presidents of NEWWA, the AWWA Director, the President Elect, and three Directors.  The President shall appoint the three Directors from states that lack representation on the Committee whenever possible.  The most Immediate and available Past President shall serve as Chair. The Nominating Committee shall designate nominees for the offices to become vacated and search out the best candidates to lead the NEWWA, in accordance with these bylaws.  No member of the Nominating Committee may be a candidate.  The Nominating Committee shall designate a nominee for the position of AWWA Director with the other nominations, during the second year of the AWWA Director’s term.  All nominees shall have been a member of NEWWA for three years unless waived by a 2/3 vote of the Nominating Committee.  The Nominating Committee will consider nominating two candidates for a vacant position if appropriate.

SECTION 2.  The Nominating Committee shall solicit candidates for the position of State Director and Director(s) at Large according to the guidelines as approved by the Board of Directors.  All candidates shall be submitted to the Nominating Committee by April 1st.  The positions that need to be filled shall be posted on the NEWWA website and published in a minimum of one NEWWA correspondence.  Nominees for State Director shall reside or work in the state that they represent.  Other nominees may be placed on the ballot for position of State Director in accordance with Section 4 of this Article.

SECTION 3.  The Nominating Committee shall submit its report to the President and Executive Director before the fifteenth of May.  This report shall be printed and mailed or emailed by the Executive Director to the membership of the NEWWA and NEWWA, Inc. before June 15.

SECTION 4.  Members of the NEWWA may send to the Executive Director, until July 15, additional nominations signed by at least 25 members of the NEWWA and/or NEWWA, Inc.

SECTION 5.  In the event of withdrawal or death of the only nominee for election to an office, or if for any reason the nominee is unable to fill the office, the Nominating Committee shall notify the Board of Directors and on the first day of the Annual Conference, present another nomination at which time any additional nominations signed by at least 25 members may be presented.  The office shall then be filled by membership ballot taken on the second day of the Conference.

SECTION 6.  The Executive Director shall issue a ballot on or before the first day of August, which shall contain the nominations made by the Nominating Committee and such other nominations as, may have been received in accordance with this article.  This ballot shall be mailed or emailed to all members entitled to vote.  A candidate running for re-election to a second term for a Director’s post shall be noted as such on the ballot.  The ballot will indicate that only members of NEWWA, a Section of AWWA can vote for the position of AWWA Director.

SECTION 7.  Ballots shall be returned in a special envelope to the Executive Director or returned to a third party company approved by the Board of Directors.  The signature and printed name of the member voting shall appear on the outer envelope or other acceptable process approved by the Board of Directors at least two months prior to ballots being issued.

SECTION 8.  Three members appointed by the President shall serve as the tellers of election.  Ballots must be returned by September 1 and the polls will be closed on September 1 at 5:00 PM.  The members receiving the greatest number of votes for the offices for which they are candidates and receive a minimum of 25 votes shall be declared elected with the winners announced at the Annual Conference and the candidate vote counts published in the NEWWA Journal.  Should no one be declared elected or if the two candidates receiving the most votes acquire the same number of votes, the President shall then order a ballot to be taken at the Annual Conference to decide which of the candidates for an office shall be elected.  If there are multi candidates for a single office, only the two receiving the most votes will be placed on the ballot.  The tellers of the election at the annual meeting shall announce the results of the ballot.

ARTICLE VIII - COMMITTEES

SECTION 1.  All committees of the NEWWA shall be commissioned by the Board of Directors.  At the first meeting of the Board of Directors following the Annual Conference, the Board of Directors shall either continue or terminate any committee.  The President shall appoint Chairs of all working committees subject to the confirmation of the Board of Directors.

SECTION 2.  As soon as it is commissioned by the Board of Directors, a committee shall prepare a statement of scope and submit it to the Board of Directors for review.  No committee shall proceed with its assignment until it has a statement of scope approved by the Board of Directors. A committee may, from time to time, recommend revisions in its statement of scope, and the Board of Directors shall consider such recommendations promptly.

SECTION 3.  Each committee shall prepare a report annually, stating its progress in relation to its assignment, together with such other comments or recommendations as it may deem appropriate. It shall be the responsibility of the committee Chair to submit on or before August 15 each year, a written copy of the annual report on the committee.  The committee chair shall further indicate to the Executive Director whether the report should be read at the Annual Conference, either in full or in summary, and if it is to be read, who will present it for the committee.  The Board of Directors may, at its discretion, decline permission for a committee report to be read.  Council Chairs will coordinate and organize a report of all committees within said council.

ARTICLE IX - AMENDMENTS

SECTION 1.  Proposed amendments to these bylaws must be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors of NEWWA, which, at its discretion, may present them to the NEWWA for action.  The Board of Directors, at the written request of 50 members, shall bring before the NEWWA any proposed amendment.

SECTION 2.  Announcement of a proposed amendment which is recommended by the Board of Directors or by 50 members of the NEWWA shall be given by printing the amendment in the notice of a regular or special meeting at which action on the amendment is to be taken.  Such notice shall be mailed at least 21 days prior to the regular or special meeting.

SECTION 3.  A two-thirds vote of the members present and voting shall be necessary for the adoption of an amendment.

SECTION 4.  No amendment shall become effective until approved by the AWWA.

ARTICLE X SECTION DISSOLUTION

SECTION 1.  Upon dissolution of the NEWWA, such section funds and/or property which were derived from the general funds of AWWA shall be returned to AWWA.

SECTION 2.  The balance of the section funds or property shall be disposed of by transfer and distribution to one or more corporations, funds, or foundations organized and operated in an area included in an AWWA section, hereinafter referred to as the "receiving organization."  The receiving organization shall:

  • be operated exclusively for scientific or educational purposes,

  • no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholders or individual,

  • no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and

  • which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

SECTION 3.  The receiving organization would then qualify under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as they now exist or as they may hereafter be amended. Such receiving organization is to be selected by vote of the majority of the members of the NEWWA at a meeting called for the purpose, or if for any reason such disposition cannot be affected, then such funds shall be so distributed pursuant to the order, judgment, or decree of a court having jurisdiction over the assets and property of the NEWWA.

ARTICLE XIINDEMNIFICATION

SECTION 1. Indemnification is provided by the Association as described in the American Water Works Association Bylaws, Article VI, Section 6.01.

Updated 06-10-2012

Constitution of the New England Water Works Association, Inc.

Amended on January 15, 2004 by vote of the Association 

ARTICLE I NAME AND OBJECT 

SECTION 1. Definitions:

"NEWWA, Inc." shall mean the New England Water Works Association organized in 1882.

"NEWWA" shall mean the affiliated organization of the NEWWA, Inc. and the New England Section of the American Water Works Association.

"Board of Directors" shall mean the Board of Directors of NEWWA who shall manage the affairs of the affiliated organization.

"Executive Director" shall mean the Executive Officer of NEWWA, Inc.

"Annual Conference" shall mean a meeting of the affiliated organization to be held in September or October.

SECTION 2. The name of the Association shall be the "New England Water Works Association, Inc."

SECTION 3. The objective of the Association shall be the promotion of public health and the advancement of knowledge through education and research relating to public water supply activities, with encouragement of professional and practical exchange among water works personnel.

ARTICLE II MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1. All members of New England Water Works Association, a section of the American Water Works Association, are members of New England Water Works Association, Inc.

SECTION 2. Individual memberships in the NEWWA, Inc. shall consist of Individual Members, Honorary Members, Life Members, Retired Members, and Junior Members. Utility membership shall be available to publicly and privately owned water utilities. Consultant/Associate membership shall be available to business firms offering materials or services to water utilities.

SECTION 3. An Individual Member shall be any person employed or interested in public water supply, or offering materials or services to water utilities, or otherwise engaged in the advancement of knowledge relating to water works. Unless otherwise qualified, the word "member" as used in this Constitution and Bylaws shall mean an Individual Member as defined in this section.

SECTION 4. An Honorary Member shall be a person of eminence in some branch of water works practice or water works engineering, or a member who has been outstanding in his promotion of the welfare of the Association or in the profession of water supply. There shall not be more than thirty Honorary Members at any one time.

SECTION 5. A Life Member shall be a member who has paid dues for forty years or who has reached the age of sixty-five years and has paid dues for at least thirty years.

SECTION 6. A Retired Member shall be a member in good standing who has paid dues for at least ten years, who has reached the age of sixty years, and who, in the opinion of the Board of Directors of NEWWA, has essentially retired from gainful employment.

SECTION 7. A Junior Member shall be not less than eighteen years nor more than twenty-five years of age, and shall be a student in an engineering school, or in active practice in some branch of engineering or water supply work. He shall be enrolled as a NEWWA member when he becomes twenty-five years of age.

SECTION 8. A Utility Member shall be any publicly or privately owned water utility engaged in the distribution of potable water for public consumption. Each Utility Member shall be entitled to two individual members who shall have all the rights and privileges as members of NEWWA, Inc.

SECTION 9. Consultant/Associate Member shall be any business firm offering materials or services to water utilities, or otherwise involved in water works. Each Consultant/Associate member shall have one individual employee or officer entitled to all the rights and privileges as an individual member of NEWWA, Inc.

SECTION 10.  Members of all grades shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of  NEWWA, Inc. Members of NEWWA, Inc. will be entitled to vote for the Board of Officers of NEWWA, with the exception of International Director.

SECTION 11. Honorary Members of NEWWA, Inc. shall be proposed by a minimum of twenty members and shall be elected by the majority of the Board of Directors of NEWWA. The Board of Directors of NEWWA may at its discretion elect an Honorary Member without approval from the membership.

SECTION 12. A member of any grade after being two months in arrears for dues shall not receive the publications of the NEWWA, Inc. The Executive Director will inform the member that they will be dropped from the rolls if the dues are not made current.

SECTION 13. A member of any grade may be expelled from the NEWWA, Inc. for cause by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors of NEWWA, but such member shall first be notified in writing of the charges against him and shall have the right to resign or to present a written defense to the Board of Directors within three months of said notification.

ARTICLE III FEES AND DUES

SECTION 1.  Dues and fees shall be as provided in the Bylaws.

SECTION 2. No change shall be made in the dues schedule except upon prior approval of the Board of Directors of NEWWA.

SECTION 3. Subsequent to the approval to a change in the dues schedule by the Board of Directors of NEWWA, all members of the NEWWA, Inc. shall be notified in writing by the Executive Director.  Such change in the dues schedule shall not become effective until at least sixty days have elapsed following the date of mailing the notice of change in dues schedule. Upon petition in writing signed by not less than fifty members of the NEWWA, Inc., the effective date of the change in dues schedule shall be postponed until after approval of such change by a vote of members attending a regular or special meeting of NEWWA, Inc. If a proper petition requesting a vote of the membership shall not have been received within thirty days, the effective date of the change in dues schedule, except as herein provided, shall be as directed by the Board of Directors of NEWWA.

SECTION 4.  A member transferred from one grade to another shall pay the dues of the grade  to which he is transferred.

SECTION 5. All newly elected members of any grade shall be entitled to all of the benefits that accrue to its members during the year, or that part of the year for which they have paid dues.

SECTION 6. Newly elected members of any grade shall pay dues for the unexpired quarters of the year, except when election occurs during the last quarter, in which case no dues will be required for that year. Membership shall date from the day of election by the Board of Directors of NEWWA.

ARTICLE IV OFFICERS

SECTION 1. The officers of NEWWA will be the officers of NEWWA, Inc. with the exception of the International Director.

SECTION 2. The Board of Directors shall annually appoint an Executive Director and an Editor of the Journal.

ARTICLE V DUTIES OF OFFICERS 

SECTION 1. The President shall have the responsibility for general supervision of the affairs of the NEWWA, Inc. He shall preside at meetings of the NEWWA, Inc. and of the Board of Directors.  He shall deliver an address at the Annual Conference.

SECTION 2. The President Elect shall preside at meetings in the absence of the President and shall discharge his duties in case of a vacancy in the office.

SECTION 3. The Executive Director, under the direction of the Board of Directors of NEWWA, shall be the executive officer of the NEWWA, Inc. He shall issue notices to members of the Board at least seven days prior to all meetings, shall keep records of all meetings of the NEWWA, Inc. and of the Board of Directors, shall render notices and receive all dues, fees and other monies due the NEWWA, Inc. except income from funds in the hands of the Treasurer, and shall deposit the same promptly in banks approved by the Board of Directors, to the credit  of the NEWWA, Inc. The Executive Director shall personally certify to the Treasurer the accuracy of all accounts and shall at the Annual Conference make a report on the condition of the affairs of the NEWWA, Inc.

SECTION 4. The Treasurer, under the direction of the Board of Directors, shall have custody and responsibility for investment of all funds of the NEWWA, Inc. and shall file a surety bond in  a form and in an amount to be determined by the Board of Directors, the premium on said bond to be paid by the NEWWA. The Treasurer shall pay all bills or other indebtedness of the NEWWA, Inc. when withdrawals of funds and checks for disbursements shall be signed by the Treasurer and countersigned by the Executive Director. The Treasurer shall keep accurate records of all receipts and disbursements and of all property of the NEWWA, Inc. in his charge, and shall render a report on the same at the Annual Conference. The Board of Directors, at its discretion, shall appoint an individual to be designated as Assistant Treasurer.  Such  appointee shall be bonded in the same manner as required for the Treasurer. All officers, appointees, and employees of the NEWWA, Inc. who handle funds shall be bonded, the premiums on said  bonds to be paid by the NEWWA.

SECTION 5. The Editor, under the direction of the Board of Directors, shall have charge of the publication of the "Journal of the New England Water Works Association, Inc." The Editor shall keep and prepare for publication all matters intended to be printed in the Journal, and shall present a report at the Annual Conference showing in detail the cost of publication of the Journal, and the receipts from advertising and subscriptions.

SECTION 6. All vacancies in office, except that of President, shall be filled by vote of the Board of Directors for the unexpired term of said office as soon as practicable after said vacancy occurs.

ARTICLE VI MEETINGS

SECTION 1. The Annual Conference of the NEWWA, Inc. shall be opened at such time and place in September or October as the Board of Directors of NEWWA shall designate.

SECTION 2.  At any meeting of the NEWWA, Inc., thirty-five members shall constitute a  quorum.

SECTION 3. Special meetings of the NEWWA, Inc. may be held at the call of the President with the approval of the Board of Directors, and shall be called by him if requested in writing by thirty- five members, but no business shall be transacted unless announced in the call of meetings.

ARTICLE VII NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

SECTION 1. The Executive Director shall issue a printed ballot on or before the first day of August, which shall contain the nominations made by the Nominating Committee of NEWWA and such other nominations as may have been received. This ballot shall be mailed to all Members entitled to vote.

SECTION 2.  Election shall be by letter in a special ballot envelope, which shall be enclosed in  a larger envelope and forwarded to the Executive Director or returned to a third party company through a different process approved by the Board of Directors at least two months prior to ballots being issued. The signature of the Member voting shall appear on the outer envelope or by an outside process approved by the Board of Directors. Ballots must be returned by September 1st and the polls will be closed on September 1st at 5:00 PM. The President shall  appoint  a  Committee of three members, who shall certify the election results and report to the membership.  Members entitled to vote.  The Members receiving the highest number of votes  for the offices for which they are candidates shall be declared elected. Should there be a tie vote, the President shall then order a ballot be taken at that Annual Conference to decide which of the candidates tied for that office shall be elected. The candidate receiving the largest  number of votes shall be elected to that office.

ARTICLE VIII COMMITTEES

SECTION 1. The Board of Directors of NEWWA may from time to time appoint working committees as in its discretion it may determine, and in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Bylaws.

SECTION 2. Membership on all committees of the NEWWA, Inc., except joint committees with other organizations, shall be limited to Members in good standing. A representative appointed  to a joint committee with other associations as a representative of NEWWA, Inc. may vote on such joint committees in the name of NEWWA, Inc.

ARTICLE IX AMENDMENTS

SECTION 1. Proposed amendments to this Constitution must be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors of NEWWA, which, at its discretion, may present them to the NEWWA, Inc. for action, but the Board of Directors, at the written request of fifty members, shall bring before the NEWWA, Inc. any proposed amendment.

SECTION 2. Announcement of a proposed amendment which is recommended by the Board of Directors or by fifty Members of the NEWWA, Inc. shall be given by printing the amendment in the notice of a regular or special meeting at which action on the amendment is to be taken.

SECTION 3. A two-thirds vote of the Members present and voting shall be necessary for the adoption of an amendment to the Constitution.

SECTION 4. The Bylaws may be amended by an affirmative vote of a majority of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE X ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT

SECTION 1.  The Management of the affairs of the NEWWA, Inc. shall be vested in the Board  of Directors of NEWWA.

SECTION 2. The Board of Directors shall create the appropriate working committees of the NEWWA, Inc. for its administration.

SECTION 3. The Executive Director shall prepare a budget and submit it to the Board of Directors, not later than April 1st, for the ensuing year, and the Board of Directors shall approve a budget for the coming fiscal year by a two-thirds vote of the Board members present. The Board of Directors at any regular or  special meeting of the Board of Directors can amend the budget by a two-thirds vote of the Board members present. . The gross expenditures of NEWWA, Inc. funds shall not exceed the total amount of the budget without a vote of the Board of Directors amending the budget. The Board of Directors may, by a two-thirds  vote, transfer unexpended balances of the budget. The accounts of  the  NEWWA, Inc. shall be audited by a certified public accountant not later than September 1st  of each year.

SECTION 4. The Proceedings of the NEWWA, Inc. shall be published as the "Journal of the New England Water Works Association, Inc.," and shall be issued quarterly under the direction of the NEWWA, Inc.

ARTICLE XI APPROVAL BY NEWWA, INC. 

SECTION 1. No official policy, standard, or specification shall be published as approved by the New England Water Works Association, Inc. until first approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. The NEWWA, Inc. shall have the power to approve or disapprove, by deletion of the NEWWA, Inc. endorsement, certain AWWA Standards.

SECTION 2. It shall be the responsibility of the Committee Chairman as a member of the AWWA Committee to recommend approval or disapproval of a standard developed by a committee for which he is the NEWWA, Inc. representative. The Board of Directors shall notify AWWA of the decision regarding approval or disapproval.

SECTION 3. Advisory statements or other correspondence relative to legislative, regulatory, public information and other such matters on the subject of water works policy and practice may be issued on behalf of the NEWWA, Inc. upon approval of a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE XII NEWWA, INC. DISSOLUTION

SECTION 1. Funds or property of NEWWA, Inc. shall be disposed of by transfer and  distribution to one or more corporations, funds or foundations organized and operated in New England hereinafter referred to as the "receiving organization."  The receiving organization shall:

  • be operated exclusively for scientific or educational purposes,

  • no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholders or individual,

  • no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and

  • which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public

SECTION 2. The receiving organization would then qualify under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as they now exist or as they may hereafter be amended. Such receiving organization is to be selected by vote of the majority of the members of the NEWWA, Inc. at a meeting called for the purpose, or if for any reason such disposition cannot be affected, then such funds shall be so distributed pursuant to the order, judgement, or decree of a court having jurisdiction over the assets and property of the NEWWA, Inc.

ARTICLE XIII INTENT AS TO GENDER

As used throughout this Constitution, the terms chairman, he, him and the like are intended as a unisex term to all persons, whether male or female as the case may be.

ARTICLE XIV INDEMNIFICATION

SECTION 1. The Association provides indemnification. The Association shall indemnify any and all of its Eligible Persons as defined below against expenses (including attorneys fees and expenses),  judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement to the maximum extent and in all possible capacities or instances permitted by Massachusetts General laws. Eligible Persons for the purposes of all of this Article XIV shall mean its past, present and future Directors, officers, employees and agents. Agents of the Association shall include, without limitation, persons acting in the following capacities who are not otherwise indemnified as Directors, officers, or employees of the Association: (1) all members of the administrative, standing, working, and ad hoc committees serving under the Association's Executive Committee; and (2) all members of the Association's councils and divisions and their standing, working, and ad hoc committees; It is the intention of the Association that anyone acting on behalf of the Association be given all of the protections available as an agent under this Article XIV.