Presidents message

I am honored to have been elected by our members to represent all of you as the President of the Rhode Island Clean Water Association.

Since 1952, the name of this association has been called the Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association (NWPCA). We are an affiliated state association of the New England Water Environmental Association (NEWEA) and International Water Environmental Federation (WEF). In order to reflect our mind set with the environment on clean water, we, as a Board, proposed to the members that the name of the association be changed to the Rhode Island Clean Water Association (RICWA), which was approved by the members. As of January 1, 2020, we are officially called the Rhode Island Clean Water Association (RICWA).

The Association is looking forward to another great year, and like every year, the continuous support from our members, from wastewater personnel, vendors, consultants, and others, helps us maintain the high level standards that we set in order to make sure that our members gets something out of this Association.

RICWA is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes for Rhode Island’s wastewater personnel. To promote the advancement of knowledge concerning the nature, collection, treatment, and disposal of domestic and industrial wastewater; to promote the friendly exchange of information and experience of mutual interest among its members and other interested persons; to promote the improvement in the status of personnel engaged in the collection and treatment of wastewater; and for promotion of good public relations and sound legislation relating to the collection and treatment of wastewater.

We have many events scheduled for 2020; such as the Clean Water Legislative Summit, Awards Banquet, Golf Outing, Chowder Cook-off, and Trade Show/Clambake to name a few. Please visit our web site at to see the dates and times by clicking on “EVENTS”. As mentioned many times, we are still in the process of upgrading our web site, and it’s continuously a work in progress. Please take the time to review the web site and include any comments or training ideas that you may have by clicking on “CONTACT”. We want to hear from you!

One of our bright spots in this association is our Operations Challenge Team, which competes in the “Wastewater Olympics” for professionals in our industry. In June, teams of 4 members compete in 5 separate events: Process, Maintenance, Laboratory, Collection Systems, and Safety in the regional competition to earn the right to represent Rhode Island at the National competition at WEFTEC in October. We are always looking for members to join the team. If you are interested or want to learn more about it, please go to our web site or contact on of the Board members.

On behalf of the entire Board, we look forward to a fun and exciting year and hope to see all of you interacting during our events and training sessions throughout the year!


Peter J. Connell