April 2024 – A Message from MWUA’s President Mike Cummons

April 12, 2024 / Comments (0)


With spring just around the corner, many water utilities across the state are preparing to break ground and begin construction on infrastructure projects at treatment facilities, tank sites and in roadways, replacing pipe and facilities that are likely 100 years old. These projects take a lot of planning and resources and are often complicated, requiring coordination between multiple parties. Ordinarily, spring and summer months are categorized as the “busy time” of year for water utilities. This fall and winter certainly brought a different workload to our industry. The proposed MCLs for per and polyfluoroalkyl substances have water systems considering options for treatment while working to understand the costs associated with constructing these systems. The service line inventory requirement of the newly Revised Lead and Copper Rule has a fast-approaching November deadline, and systems are working diligently to share resources and work with our Maine regulators to comply. Proposed legislation in Maine related to water rights, PFAS and PFOA limits, and PUC regulatory processes continue to require our active participation in educating our legislators in and out of session on how these proposed laws affect our industry.

Despite the workload in front of us, our members continue to stay active with MWUA. Our Training and Program Committee along with Board members, vendors and other volunteers worked hard to make this year’s Annual Conference and Tradeshow a huge success. Our Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Committee continues to remain active in influencing outcomes in Augusta as well as participating in the drinking water rule making process. Our Technology, Utilities Finance Officers, and Water Resource Committees have also remained active in providing meaningful resources to our members. Thank you to all our volunteers for their continued commitment to MWUA and its members.

Please join me in congratulating Nicki Pellenz who has taken on her new role as Executive Director of MWUA. Nicki’s leadership abilities, coupled with her strong financial background make her a great fit for the position. Thank you to our members for supporting our Board of Directors in making this important decision. Nicki is already off to a great start, working with the Board and MWUA staff to move the Association forward. She has been organizing strategic planning workshops for members and these dates, times and locations will likely be posted by the time this newsletter is published. I highly encourage all members to participate. Your active participation in shaping the future of MWUA is critical.

Please reach out to Nicki and our Board with any questions, comments, or ideas. I look forward to working with Nicki, our committees and Board, and all of you in 2024. I wish you and your teams a productive and safe spring!