Annual Conference & Trade Show

May 8-9, 2019, Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vermont

Who Should Attend

Operators, managers, directors and other representatives of water and wastewater systems, as well as regulators and industry vendors.


Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vermont. Fairlee is on the Vermont-New Hampshire border about 20 miles north of White River Junction. Directions: From I-91, take Exit 15. The resort entrance road is just west of the exit.

Golf Tournament

Our Eighteenth Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, May 8, the day before the main conference. Come join VRWA team members, directors and others from the industry for an exciting round! The tournament begins at 12:30 pm.

Drinking Water Taste Contest

VRWA and the Drinking Water Week Committee are joining forces to bring you the Water Tasting Contest (pdf), to be held the morning of May 9th. Apply for the Water Tasting Contest here (pdf).


The early bird session will begin at 8:00 am on Thursday, May 9th. Other session will take place throughout the day beginning at 9:30 am. Training contact hours for water and wastewater operators will be awarded. Earn up to 3.5 TCH in the following sessions:

  • 8:00-9:00: Controlling your Plant- How a SCADA system works, doesn't work, and shouldn't work (1 tch)
    These days our facilities are often controlled by SCADA systems and programmable logic controllers. Learn about what you can expect out of your SCADA system, what you can't expect out of your SCADA system and how to apply troubleshooting techniques.
    Presenter: Tom Allen (LCS Controls, Inc)
  • 9:30-11:00: USDA and FED Funding review (1.5 tch)
    This panel session will provide information on the sources of funding for your system's infrastructure upgrades. Representatives from the State of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and USDA Rural Development. They will present details on the given funding opportunities and processes associated with securing financing and any new requirements.
    Presenters: Ashley Lucht (ANR FED), Misty Sinsigalli (USDA), & Andrea Ansevin-Allen (USDA)
  • 9:30-11:00: Management Issues in the 21st Century Roundtable (1.5 tch)
    Being an operator in the 21st century has its own set of challenges. Join us as we discuss many topics including: succession planning, talking to the public, working with local media, aging infrastructure, working alongside unions, and other topics. The roundtable will allow for time for attendees to ask questions.
    Presenters: Matt Dow (Burlington WW System), Jon Thornton (Barton Water System), Margaret Dwyer (Stratton Water Department), & Gail Tiffany (Bennington Wastewater)
  • 1:15-2:15: Canaan Water System Upgrade: (1 tch)
    The Canaan Fire District 1 Water System, nestled in the remote northeast corner of Vermont, is wrapping up a multi-year infrastructure improvements project that involved replacement of the system's source, storage, treatment, and distribution infrastructure. Join April Busfield, the Fire District's certified operator, for a discussion about her experiences and involvement in planning, construction, of the improvements while also maintaining continuity of water system operations.
    Presenters: Pat Smart (DWGWP) and April Busfield (Canaan Water System)
  • 1:15-2:15: Navigating Procedures on the Office of Professional Regulation (OPR) Web Site (1 tch)
    This session will describe the procedures for online licensing, license renewal, and testing. Learn the different agencies involved in testing and responsible for the different aspects in testing.
    Presenters: Dave DiDomenico, DEC Wastewater Program Tara Grenier, Office of Professional Regulation

Trade Show

More than 50 industry vendors will display their products and answer questions from 8am-3pm on May 9. Keep an eye out for door prizes! In addition, VRWA will be offering a special prize drawing and giveaways offered by vendors in attendance.

Luncheon & Membership Awards

Our awards luncheon and Annual Meeting is the perfect chance to talk shop with your peers. Our keynote speaker this year is VOSHA manager Dan Whipple.


The resort's overnight package includes your hotel room and dinner with VRWA's board and staff on May 8, a full breakfast in the dining room on May 9, and use of all resort facilities. Rates are $188/night ($292/night for double occupancy), plus 9% Vermont rooms & meals tax and a 20% service charge. Reservations should be made directly with Lake Morey Resort by April 1; call 800-423-1211 and mention Vermont Rural Water.

For More Information

Call us at 800-556-3792 or visit our website for updates as we get closer to the event.