DC water is reminding DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs construction permit applicants that the System Availability Fee (SAF) goes into effect on January 1, 2018 and that once in place it will impose a one-time fee on new, renovation and re-development construction projects.

In 2015, DC Water’s Board of Directors started a process to get public input about the fee and the regulations for implementing it were approved in 2016, and published in the D.C. Register on June 17, 2016.  DC Water will begin assessing the SAF on January 1, 2018.

DCRA Construction Permit Applicants who want to be exempt from the new SAF must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. By January 1, 2018, you must submit sufficiently complete project plans and specifications to DC water and pay the DC Water Engineering Review fees at the time of the submission.
  2. You must be a DCRA Construction Permit Applicant  i.e. your plans to construct the project for which the SAF exemption applies must be “Under Review” by DCRA on or before the date the DC Water Certificate of Approval is issued.
  3. DC Water must issue your Certificate of Approval by January 1, 2018.

For More information about the SAF, please visit the DC Water website at https://dcwater.com/system-availability-fee

SIH DC Water Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project Outreach


George S. Hawkins, CEO and General Manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, has notified the Board of Directors of his intention to step down from his current role as of December 29. Hawkins, 57, joined DC Water in 2009. Today’s announcement caps a 20-year career as a chief executive of nonprofits and government agencies.

In the next phase of his career, Hawkins will begin work on a book about transformational leadership in the water sector; assume a role as an adviser to DC Water’s Blue Drop nonprofit affiliate; and continue to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council and on several boards including the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and the US Water Alliance.

Hawkins released the following statement:

“This job has been the privilege of a lifetime. I haven’t dug a single trench, turned a single valve or processed a single payment. But I’ve been fortunate to come to work every day with 1,100 men and women who are among the world’s best at what they do. For their work at my side, providing something so essential — indeed, the stuff of life itself — I will always be grateful almost beyond measure to Team Blue.

“I am stepping back from a day-to-day role at a water utility, but I’m as committed as ever to the future of the water sector. I will continue to coach future leaders and provide guidance to fellow executives who want to do as we did at DC Water: connect with customers, build a world-class team, drive a relentless focus on innovation, and achieve the financial security to upgrade infrastructure for future generations.”

“George Hawkins has given extraordinary service to the people of the District of Columbia and the entire region,” said Nicholas Majett, Vice Chair of the DC Water Board of Directors and Prince George’s County Chief Administrative Officer. “The Board is grateful for George’s eight years of leadership and looks forward to an orderly transition during his remaining months at DC Water.”

An opportunity to hear about changes occurring in the DC Water Small Diameter Water Main (SDWM) Specifications, learn more about Good Faith Efforts, and provide feedback for future consideration by DC Water.

Sept 19, 2017 @ 2 – 4 PM


Sept 21, 2017 @ 6 – 8 pm

DC Water Board Room
5000 Overlook Ave. SW
Washington DC

RSVP To Valerie Nixon At valerie.nixon@dcwater.com

Print and Post Flyer:        2017 SDWM Conf Flyer

On Thursday, August 17, news sources began reporting that the Trump Administration will abandon its Advisory Council on Infrastructure that was formed in his July 19th Executive Order. This news comes from an unnamed White House official after President Trump disbanded both the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum in the wake of the Charlottesville, VA protests response.  

The Advisory Council on Infrastructure was intended to advise the administration on to fund, support, and deliver $1 trillion in infrastructure projects that President Trump campaigned on last fall. The President had tapped two New York developers to lead the council, but no other appointments had been made. Despite the disbanding of the council, senior White House officials still claim hope for an infrastructure panel this year.

NUCA will continue to  press the Administration and Congress for a comprehensive, robust infrastructure plan. While the disbanding of the council may be a setback for the plan, it may also be an opportunity to prioritize the water, sewer, transportation, and energy infrastructure upgrades that will make a significant and meaningfully positive impact on Americans daily lives and the economy.

INSURANCE ASSOCIATES has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by The Washington Post. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.


“Insurance Associates is extremely proud to be named a Top Workplace in The Washington Post.  This is an honor and it is wonderful to see that so many of our employees are this passionate, engaged, and dedicated to the work that they do at IA,” said Stephen A. Spencer, President of Insurance Associates.

To read more about the Washington Post’s 2017 Top Workplaces, visit HERE.


Founded in 1956, Insurance Associates is an independent insurance agency serving the Mid-Atlantic region with offices in Rockville, Fairfax, Laurel, and Towson.  We are a locally owned company that prides itself on having one of the most competent, experienced, and longest tenured workforces of any agency in the area.  We advocate for our clients across a diverse range of products and services including Surety Bonding, Commercial Insurance, Employee Benefit Plans, Personal Insurance and Life Insurance.

The law firms of Rees Broome P.C. and Kasimer Pierce & Schaecher PC are pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2017 Joe Kasimer, Joe Pierce and Gina Schaecher will return to Rees Broome P.C.   Mr. Kasimer will be senior counsel to Rees Broome while Mr. Pierce and Ms. Schaecher will be counsel.    This merger will result in expanding Rees Broome’s existing construction law department to 10 attorneys while providing clients with the tax, corporate, transactional, trust & estate and real estate expertise available at Rees Broome.

The firm’s address will be changed to:

Rees Broome, P.C.

1900 Gallows Rd. Suite 700

Vienna, VA  22182


703-848-2530 (fax)

The  primary contact will continue to be

Joseph Kasimer, Esq.


Yesterday, OSHA announced it would delay the enforcement of the crystalline silica standard until September 23, 2017. Originally the standard was slated to go into effect on June 23, 2017. The additional ninety days is a good thing for contractors.

In a news release, OSHA “has determined that additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard.” The unnecessarily complicated and infeasibility of this rule is one of the elements of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition’s (CISC), which NUCA is a member, legal suit against OSHA challenging this rule. In response to OSHA’s delay, the CISC released the following statement:


The Construction Industry Safety Coalition is pleased that OSHA has recognized the need to develop guidance material for the construction industry before enforcing the silica rule, and we remain committed to working with the agency to create a feasible standard that promotes safe and healthy jobsites.  While the CISC appreciates the 90-day delay in enforcement, the CISC remains concerned about the overall feasibility of the standard in construction and has requested that the Agency delay enforcement for a year.

We will continue to pursue legal avenues to stop the Crystalline Silica Standard from going into effect as is and will continue to explore other remedies.

The 2017 application deadline is May 27.

Available Scholarships

D.A. Foster Memorial Scholarship

$8,000 award ($2,000/year over four years)

NUCA $4,000 Scholarship

$4,000 award ($1,000/year over four years)

William & Shirley Burgett Scholarship

$2,000 one-time award

NUCA $1,000 Scholarship

$1,000 award ($500/year over two years for those enrolling in two-year programs)

Submission Criteria

Submission Deadline: May 27, 2017 by midnight (EST)

Eligibility: Any high school senior whose parent or legal guardian is employed by a NUCA member company in good standing at the time of the application deadline may apply. This includes dependents of employees of NUCA members, high school student employees of NUCA members, and dependents of NUCA Chapter Executive Directors.

Required Documentation:

  • – 3 Signatures: applicant, parent/guardian, and high school counselor
  • – Official transcript, signed by counselor
  • – SAT or ACT test score documentation, signed by counselor (not required for those entering a 2 year degree program)
  • – Signed letter of recommendation from a high school faculty member


How Applications Are Judged: Selections will be based on the overall worthiness of the applicant by a panel of judges chosen from NUCA membership by the NUCA Scholarship Committee. The Committee will consider standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, etc.), community service and extra-curricular activities, career goals, work experience, essay, and other information required in the application. Applications and transcripts will not be returned, and scoring will not be divulged. Judging decisions are final. Judges will decide impartially and without respect to the identity of any applicant. Judges will award the greatest value scholarship to the highest scoring applicant and award the remainder in descending order of value and merit. Judges will also select a first and second alternate in the event that an announced winner is subsequently disqualified or declines award prior to issuance of the award checks in the late summer. Alternates will not be announced.

Confidentiality of Applications: Information on the applications will be retained in confidence and used for no purpose other than this competition. Applications will be destroyed by NUCA after they are no longer necessary records. Applications and transcripts will not be returned. Please note that we ask permission to use winning applicants’ essays in NUCA publications, presentations and/or exhibits. Please sign the release where requested. If you are a winner, we will also request your photograph for use in these publications.

Award Notification: Applications will be judged and winners announced by Friday, July 14, 2017, and notified by phone and email shortly after.

New Company Helps Water Authorities Identify and Pinpoint Leaks in Underground Infrastructure

Technologies lead to greater operational efficiency and environmental responsibility

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Every day, U.S. water distribution systems lose approximately six billion gallons of clean, treated drinking water, much of that due to undetected leaks in aging, underground infrastructure. In total, U.S. water authorities lose more than two trillion gallons of water annually that they pump and treat but which never reach an end user. 1

A new company is helping water utilities find and pinpoint leaks in their distribution networks within a foot of the source, without having to dig large trenches or disrupt service to customers.

FlowNetworx, www.flownetworx.com, offers leak detection, leak pinpointing and water-pressure control technologies and expertise to help utilities stem revenue loss, lower operating costs and improve their environmental stewardship. The company is an affiliate of LB Water Service, Inc., a leading distributor of waterworks infrastructure products in the Mid-Atlantic region. FlowNextworx specializes in water-loss management, data collection and hosting, and wastewater metering and monitoring.

“What county, municipal and private water authorities don’t know about the hidden leaks in their distribution systems is hurting them,” said Shawn Pulford, president and chief executive officer of FlowNetworx. “Lost water is costing utilities a lot of money. It’s affecting their ability to comply with increasing environmental regulations, it’s affecting the efficiency of their operations, and it’s harming their bottom lines. We can help them address all of those issues.”

By finding and fixing leaks soon after they occur, water authorities can reduce their demands on rivers, streams, and aquifers, helping to slow what studies have shown to be a gradual lowering of the nation’s water table over the last two decades. A 2015 analysis by USA Today and The Desert Sun based on U.S. Geological Survey data of more than 32,000 wells nationwide over a 20-year period showed that water levels declined in 64 percent of the wells in the database. The findings also showed that, even in parts of the country where rainfall and snowmelt have helped to offset pumping from aquifers, there have been significant declines, including in traditionally “wet” states such as New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Florida.2

“When a utility is losing 20 or 30 percent of the water it’s processing – a statistic that, until recently, was considered to be acceptable in the waterworks industry, that utility is pumping, treating and transporting a lot of excess water just to be able to keep up with customer demand,” said John Brutz, general manager for FlowNetworx. “Over time, that can lead not only to huge operational inefficiencies but also significant environmental impacts.”

First with LB Water and now with FlowNetworx, Brutz and his “leak team” have worked with multiple counties, municipalities and private water authorities to help the water providers identify the problem areas in their distribution systems. According to Brutz, utilities are aware that they’re losing water, but many have little idea as to exactly how much, or from where, until information gleaned from leak-detection and pinpointing technologies shows them.

“One Pennsylvania municipality we’re working with was shocked to discover it was losing 82 percent of the water it processed,” said Brutz.

Nearly all of the technology FlowNetworx offers is manufactured by Milford, Ohio-based Fluid Conservation Systems, the North American leader in water leak detection, water network monitoring, and energy management solutions. Products include data loggers and correlators, ground microphones and water pressure modulation equipment as well as the company’s modular communications platform, OmniColl, and cloud-based hosting software, DataGate. With OmniColl and DataGate, counties, municipalities and building management companies can monitor thousands of data points, including water flow, pressure and leakage; temperature; humidity; carbon dioxide levels; electricity and natural gas levels; and other building or city management variables as often as every 15 minutes from any Internet-enabled device.

FlowNetworx is the only authorized provider of Fluid Conservation Systems’ technologies in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Initially, FlowNetworx will focus its efforts primarily in states where its personnel originally began offering water loss management solutions under the LB Water brand, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., Ohio, New York, and New Jersey. The company also offers wastewater metering and monitoring technologies and water-flow measuring equipment for district metered areas in these territories.

FlowNetworx officials plan to phase-in most of the company’s offerings in its other contracted markets, including Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.

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1 American Society for Civil Engineers, 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, March 2017.

2James, Ian and Reilly, Steve. “Pumped beyond limits, many U.S. aquifers in decline.” The Desert Sun 10 December 2015.

About FlowNetworx

FlowNetworx is a premier environmental and data solutions provider that works with county, municipal and private water authorities and companies to help them become more efficient, cost effective and environmentally responsible. FlowNetworx focuses on issues involving water-loss management, wastewater metering and monitoring, and data acquisition and hosting. As an affiliate of LB Water, it is a 100-percent employee-owned organization. Visit the FlowNetworx website at www.flownetworx.com.

About LB Water

LB Water is a value-added distributor of waterworks products for the Mid-Atlantic region, including water infrastructure, water-metering technologies, sanitary & storm sewers, and erosion control products. LB Water is a 100-percent, employee-owned company that was voted among the Top 100 Places to Work in Pennsylvania for two consecutive years. Founded in 1970 by Lehman B. Mengel, under the leadership of Jim App, Walt VanNuys, and Bill Everly Sr., the company has continued to expand and currently employs approximately 200 people at eight locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. Visit the LB Water website at www.lbh2o.com.
About Fluid Conservation Systems

FCS, a division of Halma Water Management, is the North American industry leader in water leak detection technology. FCS was the first organization to patent leak correlation technology, and today its products are installed with over 1,000 utilities throughout the United States. FCS and HWM offer the products and services of four well-established brands: Palmer Environmental, Radcom Technologies, Radio-Tech and Fluid Conservation Systems. Visit the FCS website at www.fluidconservation.com

FCS is part of the Halma group of companies. Halma makes products for hazard detection and life protection and is a market leader in specialist electronic, safety and environmental technologies. Visit the Halma web site at www.halma.com.