Who We Are...
Download and print NEWWA's brochure about who we are and what we do.
View our 2016 Annual Report.
Established in 1882, the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA) is a not-for-profit member organization incorporated in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. The association is the leading authority on education, training opportunities, and public outreach to protect and improve drinking water and water utility operations. NEWWA continues to be an instrument of change to advance the knowledge, science, government awareness, public trust, and environmental stewardship of the water works profession.
For more than 125 years, NEWWA has worked closely with the American Water Works Association, the world’s largest water supply organization. In April of 1987, the membership of the New England Water Works Association, Inc., and the New England Section of the American Water Works Association voted to affiliate, combining the management structures of both organizations. This affiliation gives association members the opportunity to utilize the benefits, services, and resources of both organizations.
Our vision is to Inspire excellence in the drinking water profession, public confidence in tap water, and water resource stewardship.
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.
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.
As a result of its organization, NEWWA's governing documents consist of the following (click on each to view entire document):
The NEWWA Inc. Constitution
The NEWWA Inc. Bylaws
The NEWWA Section Bylaws, as approved by the AWWA Board of Directors
NEWWA's Organization Chart
NEWWA's organization consists of both a paid staff and volunteer structure. Click here to download the organizational chart for 2016-2017.
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 Strategic Plan for 2013 to 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 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.