On-Site Technical Assistance To Water Systems
NYRWA provides free on-site technical assistance to water systems through the Circuit Rider Program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service, the Training and Technical Assistance Program funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Ground Water Source Protection Program funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Source Water Protection Technical Assistance Program funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The NYRWA EPA Program provides on-site technical assistance/training to systems in need of technical resources to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act. This includes all public water systems.
The Circuit Rider Program provides hands-on assistance to water systems regarding leak detection, pipe location, and curb-stop location as well as other operational matters such as water quality treatment, testing, equipment repair, and emergency management. Circuit Riders also distribute valuable information on water rates, loan and grant applications, and other managerial issues. NYRWA's Circuit Riders are: Douglas Smorol who covers Central New York and most of the Adirondacks Region, John Farewell who covers Eastern New York, the Catskills, and Long Island, and Fred Holley who covers Western New York.
In addition to providing training for water system personnel, the Training and Technical Assistance Program provides on-site technical assistance to water systems on a wide variety of issues including operation and maintenance programs, leak detection, capacity development, regulatory compliance, fiscal management, training needs, emergency management, and availability of financial assistance. NYRWA's Program Specialist for the Training and Technical Assistance Program is Kevin Maine.