Outgoing CTAWWA Chair Passes the Gavel

Stephen K. Rupar, P.E. a Vice President with Tata & Howard, formally passed the gavel of Chair to his successor at the 47th Annual Joint Meeting of the Connecticut Section of the American Water Works Association (CTAWWA) and the Connecticut Water Works Association (CWWA).

Passing the Gavel
Outgoing Chair Steve Rupar passes the gavel to Jen Muir.

Jennifer K. Muir, P.E., President of JK Muir, accepted the position as Chair of the CT Section of the AWWA, during a ceremony held on May 23, 2018 at the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club located in Brewster, Massachusetts.

Approximately 80 guests working in water utility management, board and committee members from both organizations, and other industry professionals attended the three-day conference.

Every year, CTAWWA members and volunteers strive to improve public health and welfare by advancing the technology, science and governmental policies relative to the public drinking water industry’s role in the stewardship of water resources. In partnership with the CWWA, the Annual Joint Conference features technical sessions, legislative updates, national speakers, as well as enjoyable opportunities to network with colleagues and friends.

During Steve’s 8-year tenure as a Board member of the CTAWWA, he served two separate terms as Chair—in 2015-16 and most recently in 2017-18. “Working collectively, the Board solved some very difficult challenges facing the organization,” Steve said. “We corrected our budget deficits by improving the management of our finances.  We also dealt with a common issue facing many of our members, retirement.  We successfully replaced several long-serving volunteers and staff members, including two executive managers, two treasurers, and one secretary, all while maintaining and improving service to our members.  In addition, with the help of many volunteers and board members, we worked long hours to advance the educational programming to keep our members informed on cutting-edge technology.”

A member of the AWWA since 1994, Steve will continue working with the Water Resources Committee and the Education and Program Committee at the CT Section of the AWWA.  He will also be active on the Board in his new role as ‘Past Chair’.  “Over the years, I have come to appreciate the incredible value this organization provides. I look forward to strengthening the technical and educational programming at the Annual Conference, guiding young professionals towards fulfilling careers in the water environment, and improving the quality of services to our members.”

The 2019 Annual Joint Meeting and Conference is currently planned for May 22-24 at a location to be named soon.

For more information about the Connecticut Section of the American Water Works Association visit: www.ctawwa.org

About the American Water Works Association

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is an international nonprofit scientific and educational society dedicated to the improvement of drinking water quality and supply. Founded in 1881, AWWA is the largest and oldest organization of water supply professionals in the world. Its more than 50,000 individual members represent the full spectrum of the drinking water community: treatment plant operators and managers, scientists, environmentalists, manufacturers, academicians, regulators and others who hold a genuine interest in water supply and public health. Membership includes more than 4,000 utilities that supply water to roughly 180 million people in North America.

The Connecticut Section – AWWA is comprised of those members who live and/or do business within the state of Connecticut. The CT Section membership is about 700 strong and represents more than 60 utilities that supply water to approximately 2.5 million Connecticut residents.

Game Night at Tata & Howard

Tata & Howard is a 100% Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) company, and we firmly believe that teams who play together work better together. Teamwork is also one of our core values. Therefore, we participate in frequent team building events, sponsored by our ESOP Committee.

The night started with some Wii games

On Thursday, December 15, team members participate in a game night that also featured fellow ESOP Harpoon Brewery’s beer. The Marlborough, Massachusetts corporate office enjoyed several rounds of Wii bowling and tennis, the iPhone game Heads Up!, and some assorted board games. The surprise of the night was Vice President Steve Landry soundly winning at Wii bowling! Everyone agreed that he must have played this before…

Steve Landry’s first attempt landed him a strike

The Waterbury, Connecticut office played the western card game, Bang! Engineer Max Gilliam started as Sherriff but had to leave early and transferred duties to Engineer Will Grant. Will took a barrage of bullets early and limped through the rest of the game on life support.  The conclusion came when Deputy and CAD Technician Steve Catuccio mistakenly took Will out, handing the game to Outlaws Tom Hoctor, Engineer, and Steve Rupar, Vice President.  Resident Observer Jack Keefe participated as a Deputy, and Project Manager Dave Lombardo rounded the game out as a Renegade.

The Waterbury, CT office played the western card game, Bang!

The temps were down in the single digits, but the Portland, ME office stayed nice and warm as they settled in for a few rounds of Wii racing.


The Portland, Maine office settled in for some Wii racing
The Portland, Maine office enjoyed some Wii racing

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to future ESOP game nights!

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Water Storage Tank in New Britain, CT

Elam Street water storage tank ribbon cutting ceremony in New Britain, Connecticut was held on June 17, 2016
Elam Street water storage tank ribbon cutting ceremony in New Britain, Connecticut was held on June 17, 2016

On Friday, June 17, 2016, New Britain Mayor Erin E. Stewart hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the construction of the new Elam Street water storage tank. In addition to Mayor Stewart, other attendees included Director of Utilities Gilbert Bligh, Raul Tejada from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and Tata & Howard Vice President Steve Rupar, P.E.

Tata & Howard provided design, bidding, construction administration, and resident observation services for this important New Britain Water Department Project.  The new 2.0 million gallon, precast, prestressed, wire-wound, concrete water storage tank replaces an existing deteriorated 4 million gallon water storage tank constructed in 1956.  The project also included construction of  approximately 450 linear feet of new 16-inch diameter water main, mechanically cleaning and cement mortar lining approximately 430 linear feet of 20-inch diameter main, upgrades to the Corbin Avenue Pump Station and West Main Street Gatehouse, and demolition of much of  the existing water storage tank.  The lower portion of the existing water storage tank was repurposed as a drainage and overflow retention basin for the new storage tank.  Construction of the $3.3 million project was funded through the Drinking Water Revolving Fund, administered by the Department of Public Health.

Tata & Howard sponsors The Watershed Fund annual fundraiser

Watershed_fundTata & Howard sponsors The Watershed Fund annual fundraiser

Tata & Howard, Inc. is pleased to announce its bronze level sponsorship of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA) annual golf tournament to support The Watershed Fund. The annual fundraising event, open to RWA employees and their associates, is held at New Haven Country Club in Hamden, Connecticut.

The Watershed Fund recognizes that land use choices are important decisions confronting many towns and individuals across the region. Working in partnership with other entities, the Fund strives to enhance the environment and improve quality of life by protecting drinking water supplies and threatened watershed lands.

For 17 years, RWA’s employee golf tournament has been a major fundraising event and the main source of funding for The Watershed Fund’s Scholarship Program. The educational programs and scholarships supported by The Watershed Fund provide future decision makers with the tools to preserve and protect open space and drinking water supply resources. Since its inception, the program has provided 115 environmental studies students with more than $300,000 in scholarships, with another 18 students receiving over $40,000 in scholarships this year.

“Tata & Howard is honored to contribute to The Watershed Fund Scholarship Program,” said Stephen K. Rupar, P.E., Vice President and Manager of Tata & Howard’s Meriden, Connecticut office. “We are committed to investing in the education of our future environmental leaders, and we are confident they will make significant and innovative contributions to our nation’s environment, including drinking water.”

For additional information on The Watershed Fund, please visit www.thewatershedfund.org.


Stephen K. Rupar joins Tata & Howard

SteveRuparStephen Rupar has joined Tata & Howard as an Associate and Manager of our Meriden, CT office. He brings over 25 years of experience in water utility engineering with expertise in capital improvement program management, capital efficiency improvement, water resource planning, water loss control, hydraulic modeling, and distribution planning and design. Of note, Steve helped develop the first comprehensive underground asset management plan for the 1,700 miles of piping in the distribution system of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority in New Haven, CT.
Steve serves as Trustee for the Connecticut Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Secretary for the South Central CT Water Utility Coordinating Committee. He is a member of the AWWA Water Loss Control Committee.
Steve can be reached at 203-235-5760 or at srupar@tataandhoward.com.