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Greg Timmons to Retire

  • 13 August 2015
  • networx

After 40 years, Greg Timmons is retiring from the Town of Peru on Friday, July 31, 2015.  Greg has always been a big supporter of the New York Rural Water Association and has attended our annual Technical Conference for many years.  The Town of Peru recently won Wastewater System of the Year for 2015 and Greg, his staff, and Board were present to accept the award.  Greg’s presence at our conference will be missed, but all of us at the New York Rural Water Association wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Happy Retirement Connie Schreppel and Wayne Cardy

  • 13 August 2015
  • networx

After 39.98 years of dedicated service to the Mohawk Valley Water Authority, Connie Schreppel has decided to retire.  Connie has overseen numerous improvements and upgrades in her career and will be leaving a legacy that will be hard to match.  Connie has been a friend to Rural Water, assisting numerous staff members with input and direction while sitting on various operational committees.  Connie also was a founding member and Co-Chair of the NYWARN (New York Water & Wastewater Agency Response Network).  Her input and guidance have helped promote the startup and growth of this invaluab

Rural Water Policy Advisory: Hacking of U.S. Water Utility’s Website

  • 27 July 2015
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) has reported the “hacking” of a U.S. water utility’s website by an apparent supporter of the Islamic State using the moniker “Phenomene Dz.”  The main page of the utility’s website was defaced with a message from the hacker. The hack also left inaccessible the website for visitors.  T he message from the hacker states, “We Will Continue (sic) Hacking Your WebSites To Send OUR MESSAGE.”

Water Infrastructure Grants are Available

  • 27 July 2015
  • networx

The NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and the NYS Department of Health (DOH) announced that $50 million in water infrastructure grants are now available to local governments for critical water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades. The $50 million in funding is part of $200 million in grants expected through the New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA) over the next three state fiscal years to fund municipal wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects that improve water quality and protect public health.

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