70 Romano Vineyard Way
North Kingstown, RI 02852

ABOUT US

The Rhode Island Rural Water Association was incorporated in 2021 to serve as not only an advocate for the association members of the state, but a partner in their missions to provide their essential services to the public. We are a non-profit trade association that provides training, technical assistance, and source water protection to the rural and small utilities in RI.

This assistance is supported through NRWA by the United States Congress and is provided in partnership with USDA Rural Utilities Service, the Farm Service Agency, and the Environmental Protection Agency. We will also represent rural and small utilities in the regulatory and legislative process.

Our staff aims to provide assistance with any need that our members have including everything from Operator Training Classes to Source water and Well Head Protection planning. Our association will work with the Rhode Island Department of Health through many of our functions and missions.

LEADERSHIP

Matthew Young – EPA Training Specialist

 

Matthew holds a BS in Environmental Earth Science with a concentration in Sustainable Energy Science from Eastern Connecticut State University. He spent eight years working for an environmental analytical laboratory as a project manager. He worked with public water systems, environmental consultant agencies, as well as private well owners throughout Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. His primary focus was to assist clients with sampling and analysis to meet their groundwater monitoring requirements. Matthew also has experience working with various agencies in monitoring and reporting of their environmental compliance to regulatory bodies. He has greatly enjoyed his years of working with the public to help educate and inform them about clean drinking water and environmental safety.

 

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Virginia Bragger – Circuit Rider

 

Virginia Bragger has dedicated her career to the water works industry. In 2000, she was hired full time to work in the family business, A.E. Bragger Construction and has not looked back since. Her father and grandfather took her under their wing and taught her everything she needed to know about water works. She started in the trenches laying pipe, repairing water breaks and installing water lines for commercial, residential, and municipalities.

The family business closed in 2015 and she started working as a Service Technician for E.J. Prescott Inc. Lincoln RI. In 2017, EJP awarded Virginia the Service Tech of the year because she doubled sales in the department and always works with a can-do attitude. In 2021, she moved to inside sales at EJP, where she again started from the bottom and worked her way up. She worked her way up the ladder in the industry organizations too. She served on the Board for National Utility Contractors of RI, National Utility Contractors Association; VP New England, National Association of Women in Construction; RI Chapter President and multiple committee chairs, RI Backflow Preventer Association; Former Board Member, RI Rural Water Association; Board Member. Virginia was hired December 2022 as the Circuit Rider for RIRWA. She cannot wait to see what the future holds and is excited to put RIRWA on the map for premier CR service.

 

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Alex Paille 

 

Alex Austin Paille has worked as an operator in both Drinking Water and Wastewater for several years. As the Water and Wastewater Technical Assistance and Training Specialist for RI Rural Water Association Alex is able to offer a wide range of services and information to rural systems in Rhode Island.

When he isn’t working to ensure clean drinking water and a healthy environment in his home state, you can often find Alex hiking throughout New England with his wife and twin sons.

 

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