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 AWWA.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 926-7337 if you have forgotten your username or password.
Option 2: Contact AWWA Customer Service at email@example.com 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Underwood - email@example.com
NEWWA staff support:
Mary Quigley - 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.
Jessica Lynch - General Manager / Chief Engineer Portsmouth Water and Fire District Portsmouth, RI
By: Bill Russo & Mary Quigley
Jessica is the general manager / chief engineer at Portsmouth Water and Fire District in Portsmouth, RI. Her main responsibilities include ensuring compliance with RIDOH rules and regulations, managing the district’s staff and day-to-day office and water system operations, advising and making recommendations to the administrative board, performing and/or reviewing engineering analysis and design, developing annual operating and capital budgets, and approving water main extensions and any water system construction and repairs. Previously, Jessica worked for 13 years as a project manager and project engineer for CDM Smith in Providence, RI, and Manchester, NH. She earned a B.S. in civil engineering at the University of New Hampshire and a M.S. in civil engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Jessica is a registered pro-fessional engineer in three states and a Rhode Island Class 3 Drinking Water Distribution Operator and Class 2 Drinking Water Treatment Operator. She has been a NEWWA member since 2012. She serves as secretary on the Rhode Island Water Works Association Executive Committee. Jessica grew up and currently resides in Portsmouth.
What started you on your path toward a career in water?
In sophomore year of high school we had a long-term math substitute whose son was an engineer who designed rollercoasters. I thought that was fascinating and was intrigued to learn more. I have always enjoyed math and science. I attended UNH for engineering. After my freshman year, I chose to go into civil engineering and originally intended on a career in structural and bridge design. My senior year, I took a wastewater treatment class and loved it. The end-of-year project was to design a wastewater treatment plant based on a real project provided by a consulting firm. It opened my eyes to the environmental side of engineering. When I received an offer from CDM Smith I accepted it and made the decision to go into the environmental side of the profession.
What is one thing you have been working on during your first year?
We are currently working on replacing our main pump station for the district. The existing pump station is more than 50 years old and is vital to our operations. Although I have worked on pump station projects, it is really cool to be on the other side of the project. I have had the opportunity to find the land and work on the land purchase, write the request for and review the proposals, and choose both the design engineer and local planning/zoning engineer, all while still having input on the design and evaluation. It is really exciting to be hired in the town that you grew up in and love. I get to work with and support the community that has been such a huge part of my life and to manage the utility that is so vital to the town. What has been the toughest part about transitioning into your new role? It is not necessarily tough, more of a big change, going from the consulting side of engineering to a quasi-municipal governmental agency. I am taking my previous knowledge and spending the time to learn the ins and outs of the district along with making sure I am in tune with what’s going on in the industry and with federal and state regulations.
What have you observed about the presence of women in the water profession?
As a woman it can be more of a struggle when you are being compared to a male at the same level. There are times when you have to put forth more effort and work to prove you are just as good as everyone else. There does seem to be a growing number of women in the engineering field since the time I started at CDM Smith in 2004, which is a wonderful sign.
What do you see or want to see done to promote careers in water works?
Schools are doing a better job of letting people know what job opportunities are available. Over the past decade, schools have been working to promote STEM or STEAM programs that put an emphasis on math and sciences. However, there are numerous job opportunities that are available but not discussed, specifically distribution and treatment plant work. It is important for our profession to promote all aspects of both the water and wastewater field as experienced staff retires and infrastructure continues to age.