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IN THIS ISSUE

OFFICERS President RYAN McCOURT

McCourt Construction Company

President-Elect BRIAN COONEY

C. C.Construction Inc.

Treasurer CHRIS VALENTI

GVC Construction, Inc.

Secretary QUERINO PACELLA

RJV Construction Corp.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MARCELLA ALBANESE

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VINCENT BARLETTA

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MIKE BISZKO, III

Biszko Contracting Corp.

CALVIN BRANDFORD CHB Excavating

ANDREW DANIELS

J. Derenzo Company

GEORGE DeFELICE

DeFelice Corporation

JERRY GAGLIARDUCCI

Gagliarducci Construction, Inc.

JOE GIOIOSO

P. Gioioso & Sons, Inc.

DAN HORGAN

R. H. White Const. Co., Inc.

LISA FRENCH KELLEY

W. L. French Excavating Corp.

5 President’s Message: We All Must Have a Shared Sense of Urgency

7 Legislative Update: • End of Formal Session Activity Ramps Up; Transportation Bond Bill and General Capital Bond Bill Passed • Massachusetts Clean Water Trust Offers Two New Programs for Lead Service Line Inventories and Replacement Planning • Baker-Polito Administration Announces $1.88 Million in New Grant Funding for Electric-Only Projects to Address Diesel Emissions • Baker-Polito Administration Announces Further Improvements to Supplier Diversity Efforts and Highlights Recent Advances • Rice to Lead Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation • Boston Mayor Wu Announces Additional Hires within New Administration 23 Legal Corner: The Massachusetts Prompt Payment Act: Payments and Rejections on Private Projects 27 Construction Safety & Compliance: An Interview with Larry McCarthy, Safety Director, RJV Construction Corp. 33 Save the Date: UCANE’s 68th Anniversary Banquet 34 UCANE Contractor of the Month: C.J.P. & Sons Construction Co., Inc. 41 Safety Corner: Heat Stress 45 MWRA 2021 Drinking Water Test Results 61 Get to Know Your Associate Members: Norfolk Power Equipment, Inc.

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large part of UCANE’s advocacy is about creating an awareness and an urgency about the need to replace and/or repair our underground infrastructure. Whether it is our #InvestInWaterMA campaign, promoting underground utility infrastructure with our federal and state leaders, or working with local officials, we must make sure that “out of sight not be out of mind.” We must also create the necessary urgency to ensure that these vital projects to upgrade our outdated infrastructure are put out to bid and completed as soon as possible. It is especially important right now, as supply chain and price escalation issues continue, which could make it easier for awarding authorities to consider delaying projects. This would be short-sighted, however. We are presented with a once in a generation opportunity with an influx of funding from the Federal Infrastructure Bill and stimulus funds including incentivized matching funds. The additional mon-

ies will not be here indefinitely, municipalities and authorities need to act now to ensure that they have access to the funds and additional incentives being provided. We are fortunate to have many great allies at the federal, state, and local levels who share our sense of urgency. One such friend is Andrew Gottlieb, Executive Director of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod and Chair of the Mashpee Select Board. We have worked with Andy for several years, back to when he worked at MassDEP. He has been a tireless advocate for clean water and protecting the environment, and I came across something he wrote recently, (which is reprinted below) that does a great job of conveying the need to act now. I want to thank Andy and all of our partners who we have worked with over the years, and I look forward to continuing working together with them in the months and years ahead.

“It’s Not All About the Benjamins” By Andrew Gottlieb

Sitting through a recent discussion about a town’s assessment of wastewater management options, I heard a lot about cost effectiveness of competing approaches. The adequacy of this approach is limited in a few ways, particularly the deference often given to the option that has the lowest first cost. Public sector managers often behave as if the overall life cycle cost of an option is not ultimately fully borne by the public and consumes any perceived short-term savings from the cheapest option. Another limitation is the failure to adequately value time and ignoring that living with degraded water quality is a cost to society and the environment. Wastewater management options that have long phasing horizons, or rely on waiting until some new septic technological silver bullet emerges, force residents to live with degraded resources for longer. That time delay is almost never monetized and applied to the cost benefit analyses. Also ignored are the present costs of a degraded environment, let alone the implications of JULY, 2022

worsening conditions that inevitably accompany delayed action. Were either or both societal costs considered, different decisions would be made. The societal value of the speed and certainty of nutrient reduction that comes from collection and treatment would be differently considered if the delayed benefit of sole reliance on as yet approved or proven septic technologies were properly monetized and factored into decision making. While the universe will be around a long time, our individual life spans are brief. Management plans that delay the start of implementation for a decade or more that then do not result in environmental improvement for years after that on the premise that it’s cheaper, do us all a disservice. It is often said that time is money. In this case that is partly true, but I would suggest it is more valuable than money. Governments can print money. My time, yours too, is finite. I, for one, would like to enjoy a cleaner environment while I am alive rather than stuff a few fake savings in my pocket that I won’t ever be able to spend. n

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s the Massachusetts legislature works towards the end of formal sessions for the 2021-2022 legislative session, both branches have begun to pass large scale bills that will require fast conference committee resolutions in an effort to get the matters to the Governor’s desk before the end of July. Of note, the end of June saw the Massachusetts House of Representatives pass a transportation and infrastructure bill authorizing $10.9 billion for projects, including $400 million for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to address ongoing safety concerns identified by the Federal Transit Administration’s Safety Management Inspection and $250 million for the East-West passenger rail project. The House voted 155-0 in favor of a nearly $11 billion infrastructure bond bill after approving a consolidated amendment that tacked on about $560 million in additional spending, mostly consisting of local earmarks, as well as new reporting requirements for the beleaguered MBTA amid a blistering federal investigation. Among other items included in the legislation are improvements to the Dig-Safe law that are strongly supported by UCANE and the American Council of Engineering Companies, Massachusetts (ACECMA). In a joint letter to House leadership, the two groups wrote that “[i]ncluding improvements to the Dig-Safe law within the Transportation Bond Bill will ensure that project money is spent on projects – not repairing damaged underground utilities. Most importantly, this language will improve safety on jobsites for all workers further reJULY, 2022

ducing the opportunity for escalating costs, injury, and death.” The so-called Transportation Bond Bill also included $4 billion for roads and bridges; $110 million for non-federally aided roads, $20 million under the Complete Streets Funding program as well as $200 million for projects that reduce emissions, such as public alternative fueling stations, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, electric short-haul freight, and delivery trucks. The legislation is now before the Massachusetts Senate for its consideration. At roughly the same time, the Massachusetts Senate passed a $5.07 billion General Government Bond Bill to fund construction projects related to health care, higher education, information technology, workforce development, the environment, affordable housing, and more. The bill also includes a moratorium on the construction of new prisons in Massachusetts. The bill would also provide funding for construction costs related to a wide variety of public facilities, including state universities and community colleges, hospitals, and courts. Funding in this legislation includes: $820 million for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services to acquire, maintain, and repair Commonwealthowned health care facilities; $750 million for improvements and repairs at state institutions of higher education and $675 million for improvements to court facilities. The General Government Bond Bill also includes funding to address climate change in Massachusetts communities, with $400 million being continued on page 9

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Massachusetts Clean Water Trust Offers Two New Programs for Lead Service Line Inventories and Replacement Planning

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program to submitting the inventory to MassDEP in an approved digital format. LSL Replacement Program. Preparing an LSL replacement program for the PWS that complies with LCRRs. These replacement plans need to incorporate the MassDEP goal of protecting public health by planning to remove all lead service lines in five years. The funding for the two programs comes from the federal Lead Service Line Replacement Grant in the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and from the Federal Water Infrastructure Funding Transfer Act (WIFTA). To review additional information about these programs, please visit:https://www.mass.gov/info-details/lead-service-line-planning-program.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces $1.88 Million in New Grant Funding for Electric-Only Projects to Address Diesel Emissions

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and small businesses. In addition to highlighting the new Executive Order, the Baker-Polito Administration noted that the SDO has released its new Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) Annual Report. The report details advancements in the SDO’s mission of expanding contracting opportunities with businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, service-disabled veterans, those with a disability, and LGBT individuals, as well as small Massachusetts businesses. The SDO’s report indicates that the Commonwealth spent approximately $2.85 billion with diverse and small businesses in FY21, a 26.7% increase over the prior year. This spending includes discretionary (or program) spending of approximately $1.87 billion, a 17.6% increase over Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20), and nondiscretionary spending of $981 million, a more than 48% increase over FY20. Furthermore, benchmarks for state department spending for small businesses, minority-owned businesses, and women-owned businesses were exceeded by 33%, continued on page 17

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The Massachusetts Prompt Payment Act: Payments and Rejections on Private Projects As many of you are already aware, the Massachusetts Appeals Court recently confirmed that Massachusetts’ courts will strictly enforce the payment and rejection requirements of the Massachusetts Prompt Payment Act (PPA) applicable to private projects with a prime contract value of $3 Million or more. If the project falls within the scope of the PPA, then the requirements of the statute apply not only to the prime contract, but also to subcontracts and sub-subcontracts. Contract terms that conflict with the PPA are deemed to be void and unenforceable.

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undisputed facts and references to contractual deficiencies, must contain a certification that the rejection has been made in good faith to be effective and excuse non-payment of the requisition. Failure to properly reject a requisition within the time allotted by the PPA results in a requisition that is “deemed approved” and therefore must be paid. However the owner or contractor who makes payment on a requisition that has been continued on page 25

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Construction Safety & Compliance: An Interview with Larry McCarthy Safety Director, RJV Construction Corp.

Construction Outlook magazine editors recently caught up with Larry McCarthy at a busy construction site in East Boston. Larry is the Safety Director at UCANE member firm RJV Construction Corp. of Canton, MA. We were able to get a few minutes of Larry’s time to speak with him about the importance of Safety in today’s heavy construction industry. Will you please tell us a little about your background and why and how you chose to get into the field of Construction Safety? I am a Retired Navy Captain and I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Administration from Boston College. I am also a graduate of the Army Engineering College with a certification in Statistical Process Control and I hold OSHA Outreach Trainer Authorizations in Construction and General Industry. My first introduction to workplace safety was during my training to enter the Navy in 1983, and service onboard a nuclear submarine. Safety culture stood above everything else that we did on the ship. Upon leaving active duty, I joined Toyota and held several positions, culminating with my final position as an EHS specialist, focusing on the implementation of ISO 14000. I remained a Navy reservist and there I met a good friend who enticed me to come to work for his construction company, and after working there for a while, I was hooked! Fifteen years later, I went out on my own doing consulting in the construction and powerplant industries. In that role I was the last Safety Director at Brayton Point Power Station in Swansea, MA before its closure in 2017. I continued to travel extensively doing consulting, but in 2019, I decided to try and stay local, and I fortunately discovered my current position at RJV Construction Corp. I love the dynamic nature of construction, the interaction with our crews, and the challenges each new project presents. JULY, 2022

How long have you been with RJV, and what type of work does the company focus on? In May of this year, I completed my third year with the company. RJV Construction Corp. is an underground utility contractor located in Canton, MA, specializing in water and sewer improvements. The name “PACELLA,” in bold red print on our equipment, has been associated with pipework in and around Boston since the 1920s. It is a family business, now in its fourth generation, and its employees are considered part of that family. We present our name prominently, because we are proud of the exceptional work we do, which we consider an extension of our personal pursuit of excellence in our work and in our community. Can you describe the safety culture that exists at RJV? continued on page 29

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Based on our past performance, and because it is the leading cause of injury, we have made slips, trips, and falls our special emphasis for the season. While always striving to maintain our housekeeping, to highlight its value to us, we have directed each crew to take an additional 10 minutes per day, usually right before midday, to do a special cleanup and ensure the site is free of trip and fall hazards. The other three components of OSHA’s Focus Four are high on our daily checklist too, particularly struck by and caught in between, because these hazards are constantly present in the heavy civil construction workplace. continued on page 31

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Safety & Compliance continued from page 29 As a Safety Professional what is your advice to others who are considering a career in Construction Safety? My approach is that I always act professional, but I take everything personal! In the Navy, as a Senior Leader, if something goes wrong on your watch, it’s your responsibility. I have carried that with me my whole career. A safety leader needs to clearly define the company’s expectations, and understand the policies and training put in place to attain them. These expectations must be shared at every level of the organization. If you don’t have buy in from ownership to the newest associate, you have a potential for system failure. I also learned in my career that you lead people and manage things. As a Construction Safety Director you must demonstrate through your actions and continuous communication that you care for your co-workers and fully support the company’s mission. Those who fail to row in unison need to find themselves a boat somewhere else. This is not punitive, it’s practical. If an adult cannot understand

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Successful Family Business has Deep Roots in the Water and Sewer Industry and in UCANE Cesidio Joseph Pinciaro Sr. (“Joe Pinch”) started his career in the construction business in 1954. Together with his brother-in-law, Frank Federico and Frank’s brother Joe Federico, Joe Pinch was a 1/3 owner of Frank Frederick Construction Co., Inc., in Dedham, MA. The three partners were immediately active in the Boston area public works market. At the same time Frank Federico was also actively working with a few other water and sewer contractors to start an association that would serve as a voice for his new company, as well as his competitors in the water and sewer business. By the end of 1954, Frank Frederick Construction and a small group of like-minded contractors organized the first meeting of the Utility Contractor’s Association (UCA). For the next 30 years both Frank Frederick Construction and the trade association that they helped start, which was incorporated as Utility Contractors’ Association of New England, Inc. (UCANE) in 1958, worked their way up from fledgling operations to becoming highly respected businesses. Frank Federico would serve as President of UCANE in 1978 and 1979 and his partners “Joe Fed and Joe Pinch” were active and well known to both UCANE contractors and by the industry at-large.

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By 1984 the three partners had not only grown their business, but they had grown their respective families as well. It was becoming a challenge to bring all of the second-generation family members into the business. So a tough decision was made by the three partners to disband Frank Frederick Construction Company, divide the business and the assets, and to go their separate ways. Every excavator, loader, truck, and ancillary piece of equipment was marked by the partners with a number 1, 2, or 3. Each partner was eventually satisfied that each of the three lots of equipment was essentially of equal value and they would each be satisfied no matter which number was drawn by them. So on a cold Saturday morning in December 1984, the partners drew numbers 1, 2, and 3 out of a hat and a large construction company was suddenly (and amicably) transitioned into three small start-up companies. Born on that day in 1984 was MPF Corporation (Frank Federico and his son Michael); FED. CORP. (Joe Federico and his son Joe, Jr.); and C.J.P. & Sons (Cesidio Joseph Pinciaro and his sons Joe, John, and James). The partners and their tightknit families were suddenly now competitors. continued on page 36

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C.J.P. & Sons continued from page 35 C.J.P. & Sons Construction Company, Inc. It didn’t take Joe “Pinch” long to get his new business up and running. By 1985, operating a single pipe crew, C.J.P. & Sons was busy doing water and sewer installations for municipalities west and south of Boston. Also in 1985, the company found a nice piece of land along Route 109 in Millis and started development for a new office and construction yard, an address the company still calls home today. Joe Pinch and FED. CORP. remained very close and connected by family and in the early years actually joint-ventured on several projects as they built up their respective resumes and bonding capacities. Joe Pinch’s oldest son Joe Pinciaro, Jr., with a Civil Engineering Degree from Wentworth Institute, had already earned his wings with Frank Frederick Construction Company and became a key part of field operations for C.J.P. & Sons from the start. Middle son John was just finishing up his degree in Accounting at Stonehill College and enthusiastically joined his father and brother in 1985. Youngest son, Jim was in high school when C.J.P. & Sons first started. He worked summers in the family business until his graduation from TAD Technical Institute in 1990. Another key element for the young company was secured in 2000 when “Cousin” Bill Irwin was hired. Bill had a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Wentworth Institute, and he filled an important role in

managing the contracts and coordinating the day-to-day operations. By 2000, C.J.P. & Sons had doubled its annual volume and was a well-oiled machine. With his three sons and his nephew Bill holding key company positions, it was time for Joe Pinch to take a step back and relax after 45 years of hard work. Since their inception C.J.P. & Sons has been a wellrespected public works contractor working mostly in eastern Massachusetts with an occasional project west of Worcester. They have weathered the ups and downs of the construction industry by bidding smart and by keeping the business a “family affair.” They run an efficient operation with about 20 employees and they self-perform most of the work on their projects. In addition to a modern fleet of excavators, trucks, and pipelaying equipment, C.J.P. & Sons has the equipment and capability to do their own blasting, bypassing, milling, trench paving, pulverizing, and portable crushing. Everything is kept running, serviced, and ready for work, whether it be excavation or snow removal, by long-time employee Jon Daniels, who John Pinciaro proudly calls “the best equipment mechanic in the state.” All C.J.P. employees maintain licenses and safety certifications and the company is MassDOT pre-qualified. The company has been an active supporter of UCANE for more than 30 years and Bill Irwin is a former member of UCANE’s Board of Directors. “There is no

Key Personnel at C.J.P.& Sons (L-R ): Jon Daniels, Jim Pinciaro, Jr., Al Morteo, Jr., Joe Pinciaro, Founder Cesidio Pinciaro, Jim Pinciaro,Sr., Bill Irwin, and John Pinciaro

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better construction association to represent our business than UCANE,” says Joe Pinciaro. “We count on them to promote our industry, get the public funding required to keep us busy, and to keep a lid on bills on Beacon Hill that are bad for business. They’ve had a great track record in all of those areas.”

Recent C.J.P. Construction Projects According to Bill Irwin, the company’s strength is in water transmission main projects, but they also compete strongly for sewer and drain work. You will see the company bidding on most projects under $10 million with a preference for jobs in the $2 million-$5 million category. Annual revenues have been in the $8 million-$10 million per year range, but recently those goals have gone up due mostly to the dramatic increases in the cost of materials, in particular ductile iron water pipe, which has doubled in price in the last two years. Recently the company completed a $3.5 million contract for the city of Newton that involved replacement of lead water services to 588 homes throughout the city. The majority of the work was excavation on private property and connecting to existing plumbing in basements. Coordinating the basement entries, the excavation, and the plumbing inspections required multiple visits to each home and careful communication with homeowners and was a scheduling nightmare. The company eventually replaced nearly six miles of old lead service piping with new one inch copper pipe. With most of the footage being on landscaped property, the punch list at times seemed to be never-ending.

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C.J.P. & Sons crews were again on prominent display in Raynham, MA as they tackled the town’s Phase 7 Sewer Expansion project worth $4.5 million. The company installed three miles of sewer mains at depths ranging from 8 feet to 20 feet. Ledge and high groundwater tables complicated the work. Approximately 300 homes were serviced by the new sewer system and this phase included a deep pumping station requiring specialized shoring and heavy crane lifts. The company also installed special insulated piping at bridges crossing Pine Swamp Brook and Route 138. C.J.P. & Sons self-performed all elements of the twoyear project with the exception of final overlay paving. The company recently landed a $1.5 million water relay project for the Town of Douglas. New ductile mains ranging from 6 inches to 16 inches in diameter will replace undersized old cast iron mains. Temporary bypass piping will be required for approximately 100 homes and businesses. “The Town of Douglas DPW was ahead of the curve on this project,” says Bill Irwin. “They could forsee the current ductile iron availability problem and pre-ordered the pipe last fall and took delivery in early spring. By having the pipe on-site, we can put together continued on page 39

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C.J.P. & Sons continued from page 37 a more precise construction schedule and we don’t have to carry the pipe costs.” Irwin expects to see more towns pre-purchasing pipe and other materials until the availability issues and pricing volatility gets under control.

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Judy of 65 years, by their three sons and two daughters. Every week for the past three years each one of the five children has their own night, Monday through Friday, to visit and enjoy dinner with their parents. Truly an exemplary show of respect and a familial relationship to be envied by many.

Founder Joe Pinch, is fully retired, but can still be found most days during the week visiting the Millis office or sometimes on a jobsite and is always ready to pass on sage advice. The closeness of this Italian family is no better personified than in the dinner arrangements that are shared with the company founder and his wife

While the second-generation owners are still putting in long days and are very much in charge for a while, the third generation of Pinciaros are coming of age. As in any family business, not all children will choose the father’s path and some decisions will have to be made by that third generation in the not-too-distant future. But the family atmosphere is still very much alive at the company with nephews on the employee roster and with Jim Pinciaro’s son, Jim Jr., loving diesel engines and enrolled at Lincoln Tech in Connecticut. Nephew, Al Morteo, Jr., son of beloved deceased brother-in-law Al Morteo, Sr., has become an integral addition to the company. Al has been running the “clean-up crew,” which all contractors know leaves a lasting impression on the cities and towns once the project is completed. According to John Pinciaro, “C.J.P. & Sons will continue to be tough competition for the foreseeable future and will certainly get our share of any infrastructure funds floating around in Massachusetts!”

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The company is firmly into the second generation today and Bill Irwin and the three Pinciaro brothers have more or less maintained their same roles within the company that they initially started in. Joe Jr. continues to run most field operations and is C.J.P.’s President. John is Treasurer and has recently moved from running a field crew to running the office, where he and Bill handle bidding, contract administration, and the myriad of paperwork involved with a construction business today. Jim oversees the shop and the equipment purchases and is also the company Secretary.

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heat and require closer supervision. Workers returning from extended leave (typically defined as more than two weeks) may also be at increased risk. How will the employer ensure that first aid is adequate and that the protocol for summoning medical assistance in situations beyond first aid is effective? What engineering controls and work practices will be used to reduce heat stress? Heat-Related Illness How will heat stress be measured? Heat stroke How to respond when the National Weather Service issues a heat advisory or heat warning? How will we determine if the total heat stress is hazardHeat exhaustion ous? What training will be provided to workers and supervisors?

Several heat-related illnesses can affect workers. Some of the symptoms are non-specific. This means that when a worker is performing physical labor in a warm environment, any unusual symptom can be a sign of overheating. Employers and workers should become familiar with the heat symptoms. When any of these symptoms

Symptoms and Signs ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Confusion Slurred speech Unconsciousness Seizures Heavy sweating or hot, dry skin Very high body temperature Rapid heart rate

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Fatigue Irritability Thirst Nausea or vomiting Dizziness or lightheadedness Heavy sweating Elevated body temperature or fast heart rate

Heat cramps

! !

Muscle spasms or pain Usually in the legs, arms, or trunk

Heat syncope

! !

Fainting Dizziness

Heat rash

! !

Clusters of red bumps on the skin Often appears on the neck, upper chest, and skin folds

Rhabdomyolysis (muscle breakdown)

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MASSACHUSETTS WATER RESOURCES AUTHORITY 2021 DRINKING WATER TEST RESULTS

Always Monitoring Your Water, Reservoir to Residence The Massachusetts Water Resources trace amounts were found.” Authority has begun mailing its Massachusetts Annual WaterIn 2021,Authority MWRA‘s water was again Resources Water Quality Report to every household And Your Localnamed Water Department ‘Best of the Best’ in a national in its service area. taste test conducted by the American The report also ensures that the wa- Water Works Association. ter system meets every federal and state The report is distributed to over drinking water standard. 850,000 homes in the MWRA service “I hope residents will take a moment area as required under the federal Safe to read this report,” said Fred Laskey, Drinking Water Act. Community-specific MWRA’s Executive Director. “We have inserts also provide information about great confidence in the water we deliver municipal water systems about municipal water systems in the MWRA service to the homes and businesses in our ser-For Further Where To Go Information vice area, and we want our customers to area. 617-242-5323 Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) www.mwra.com Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) www.mass.gov/dcr/watersupply 617-626-1250 The reports, including a Spanish lanhave that same confidence. Massachusetts MWRA Dept. takes of Public Health (DPH) www.mass.gov/dph 617-624-6000 https://bit.ly/3Hoh2ST Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection 617-292-5500 guage version, are also available on-line hundreds of thousands of tests each year 800-232-4636 US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) www.cdc.gov andTesting a Labs larger-print version is available and for 2021, we again met every 617-242-5323 List of State federal Certified Water Quality www.mwra.com/testinglabs.html Source Water Assessment and Protection Reports www.mwra.com/sourcewater.html 617-242-5323 upon request. and state drinking water standard. Test Information on Water Conservation www.mwra.com/conservation.html 617-242-SAVE results for PFAS, the ‘forever chemicals’ For more information, please visit Public Meetings MWRA’s website at www.mwra.com or that have recently been in the news, were MWRA Board of Directors www.mwra.com/boardofdirectors.html 617-788-1117 www.mwraadvisoryboard.com Advisorythan Board continued617-788-2050 on page 47 call 617-242-5323. well below state standards - MWRA no more Water Supply Citizens Advisory Committee

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Dear Customer, I am happy to provide you with the results of our annual drinking water testing for 2021. Once again, every federal and state standard was met and the quality of your drinking water is excellent. I also want to assure you that we are constantly checking your water. We have a stateof-the-art monitoring system from the treatment plant to your local pipes, and we take hundreds of thousands of tests each year to ensure that your water is safe. We are also closely watching other important issues that could affect our water, from climate change to cybersecurity. You can be sure that the safety of your drinking water is the top priority for the women and men of the MWRA.

MWRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Bethany A. Card, Chair

We continue to take aggressive actions to reduce the risk of lead in drinking water. Since 2016, we have provided $30 million in zero-interest loans to 13 communities for full lead service line removals. System-wide, we remain below the Lead Action Level. Please read your community’s letter on page 7 for more information on your local water system.

John J. Carroll, Vice Chair Andrew M. Pappastergion, Secretary Christopher Cook Paul E. Flanagan Joseph C. Foti

PFAS - or ‘forever chemicals’ – remain a top news story. Since our source water is so well protected, our water easily meets the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s standards. Last year, we welcomed two new communities to our water system: Ashland and Burlington. Our reservoirs have ample supplies to meet the needs of our service area; but, it is important that we all conserve water wherever possible. This is our most precious resource and we cannot afford to waste it.

Brian Peña

I hope you will take a moment to read this report. We have great confidence in the water we deliver to your homes and businesses, and we want you to as well. Please contact us if you have any questions or comments about your water quality, or any of MWRA’s programs.

Henry F. Vitale

Sincerely,

John J. Walsh Patrick Walsh Jennifer L. Wolowicz

Frederick A. Laskey Executive Director For more information on MWRA and its Board of Directors, visit www.mwra.com

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Continuous Protection of Your Water Testing to the Tap

While the pandemic continued to impact health and supply lines in 2021, MWRA’s drinking water continued to meet all federal and state standards. MWRA staff carried out ongoing, uninterrupted treatment, sampling, testing, planning, and monitoring to ensure the continuous delivery of pure drinking water to all our customers. This annual water quality report illustrates MWRA’s ongoing efforts to ensure the provision of your water under all conditions.

At the Water Source…

MWRA works with your community, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and state and federal regulators to continuously evaluate your drinking water. From the reservoirs surrounded by forests and wetlands, through treatment and miles of pipelines, to your drinking water faucet. MWRA’s laboratories conduct hundreds of thousands of tests on the water you receive every year for over 120 potential contaminants. MWRA’s work to protect the drinking water at your home or business starts with our two pristine reservoirs in central Massachusetts — the Quabbin Reservoir, 65 miles from Boston, and the Wachusett Reservoir, 35 miles from Boston. Combined, these two connected reservoirs provide an average of 200 million gallons of pure, highly protected, high quality water each day to 53 communities. The Ware River provides additional water when needed.

MWRA analyzes, treats and protects the quality of your water from its source to your home or business, starting with the watershed streams, to hundreds of miles of MWRA pipes and thousands of miles of local pipes, all the way to your home. MWRA testing shows that few contaminants are found in the water from our reservoirs. All were well below EPA’s standards in 2021. The Quabbin and Wachusett watersheds—areas that drain water to the reservoirs—are naturally protected. More than 85% of the watersheds are covered with forests and wetlands, which filter the rain and snow that enters the streams that flow to the reservoirs. This water comes in contact with soil, rock, plants, and other material as it follows its natural path to the reservoirs. This process helps to clean the water, but it also can dissolve and carry very small amounts of material into the reservoir. Minerals and rock do not typically cause problems in the water. Water can also transport contaminants, including bacteria, viruses or other potential pathogens, from human and animal activity, that can cause illness. Testing results show few contaminants are found in the reservoir water. The few that are detected are in very small amounts that are well below EPA’s standards. MWRA and DCR maintain a nationally recognized watershed protection program. The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Source Water Assessment report for the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs commended DCR and MWRA for our source water protection plans. The report states that our “watershed protection programs are very successful and greatly reduce the actual risk of contamination.” MWRA and DCR follow the report recommendations to maintain the pristine watershed areas. For more information on our source water, go to: www.mwra.com/sourcewater.html.

A key, initial test for reservoir water quality is turbidity, or cloudiness. Turbidity refers to the amount of suspended particles in the water and can impair water disinfection. All water must be below 5 NTU (nephelometric turbidity units), and water can only be above 1 NTU if it does not interfere with effective disinfection. In 2021, typical levels in the Wachusett Reservoir were 0.29 NTU, with the highest level of turbidity at 0.61 NTU, well below the standard. MWRA also tests water for potential diseasecausing organisms, including fecal coliform bacteria, and parasites such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium, that can enter the water from animal or human waste. All test results for the reservoir water were well within state and federal testing and treatment standards. Learn more about MWRA testing for waterborne contaminants and their potential health impacts on our website at: www.mwra.com.

Your Annual Water Quality Report

This annual water quality report provides consumers of MWRA water with important information on water quality. MWRA also has monthly water quality reports, information on specific potential contaminants, water system updates, and more at www.mwra.com. We welcome your questions at 617-242-5323 or Ask.MWRA@mwra.com.

MWRA Water Test Results 2021

EPA requires that MWRA test for over 120 contaminants that may be in drinking water. MWRA found only those listed here. All of these levels were below EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCL). Units

(MCL) Highest Level Allowed

(We Found) Detected Level-Average

Range of Detections

(MCLG) Ideal goal

Violation

Barium

ppm

2

0.009

0.008 - 0.01

2

No

Common mineral in nature

Monochloramine

ppm

4-MRDL

1.99

0 - 4.0

4-MRDLG

No

Water disinfectant

Fluoride

ppm

4

0.71

0.24 – 0.81

4

No

Additive for dental health

Nitrate^

ppm

10

0.83

0.05 – 0.83

10

No

Atmospheric deposition

Total Trihalomethanes

ppb

80

18.6

6 – 34.8

NS

No

Byproduct of water disinfection

Haloacetic Acids - 5

ppb

60

16.8

3.7 – 30.2

NS

No

Byproduct of water disinfection

Compound

How It Gets in the Water

KEY: MCL = Maximum Contaminant Level. The highest level of a contaminant allowed in water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available technology. MCLG = Maximum Contaminant Level Goal. The level of contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety. MRDL = Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level. The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants. MRDLG = Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal. The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected health risk. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contamination. ppm = parts per million ppb = parts per billion NS - no standard ND = non-detect ^ = As required by DEP, the maximum result is reported for nitrate.

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Conservation, Climate Change, and Your Reservoirs Treating Your Water

Downstream of the reservoirs, MWRA’s John J. Carroll Water Treatment Plant in Marlborough provides state-of-the-art treatment and monitoring of your water. Our well trained and licensed operators add measured doses of treatment chemicals. • Ozone, made from pure oxygen, disinfects the water, killing bacteria, viruses and other organisms, and improves water clarity and taste. • Ultraviolet light (UV), a more powerful form of natural disinfection than sunlight, renders pathogens non-infectious. • Fluoride protects dental health. • The water chemistry is adjusted to reduce corrosion of lead from home plumbing. • Monochloramine (a compound of chlorine and ammonia), provides a mild and longlasting disinfectant to protect the water as it travels through miles of pipelines to your home.

Water Monitoring After Treatment

EPA and state regulations require regular monitoring of water quality tests to evaluate the water you drink. MWRA conducts hundreds of thousands of tests per year on over 120

contaminants. A complete list is available on www.mwra.com. The results of MWRA’s water quality tests in 2021 are shown in the table on page 2. They confirm the quality and safety of the water your community receives from MWRA.

Continuous Service + Redundancy = Reliability

Maintaining system redundancy allows us to continue uninterrupted water delivery to your community, even if sections of our system need inspection, repair or rehabilitation. Planning and environmental review for two new tunnels north and south of Boston to provide reliable service to the entire region is well underway. We also have major projects underway to rehabilitate the Weston Aqueduct Supply Main 3, a 60-inch pipe in Weston, Waltham, Belmont, Arlington and Medford, as well as a 48-inch pipe in Stoneham and Woburn. See www.mwra.com for more info. MWRA provides zero–interest loans to communities for pipeline rehabilitation and other water quality improvements. During 2021, we loaned $28 million to 18 communities for pipeline projects and $11 million to 8 communities for lead service line replacements.

Sodium and Drinking Water

MWRA tests for sodium monthly, and the highest level was 39.3 mg/L (about 10 mg per 8 oz. glass). This level would be considered to be Very Low Sodium by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Sodium in drinking water contributes only a small fraction of a person’s overall sodium intake (less than 5%).

MWRA works with the communities we serve to promote water conservation. Efficient and wise use of our water keeps it available for the future. We monitor stream flow, reservoir levels and climate forecasts to ensure reliable supply under all conditions, including droughts and major storms. The engineers and planners who designed our supply left us a robust, reliable, system for the future.

Monitoring All Day, Every Day MWRA’s monitoring systems are in operation continuously, 24/7/365. The systems help us evaluate your water before and after treatment. They also help us determine if the water is free of contaminants, and to respond rapidly to changes or issues related to water quality.

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The Facts on Lead associated with service lines and home plumbing. MWRA is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. If your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791 or www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

Lead can be found in your home, including plumbing and your drinking water. Learn about the health impacts of lead, and how to reduce exposure to this toxic metal on the following pages.

How Lead Affects Health and Development

Lead affects young children, and may cause damage to the brain, slow growth and development, and learning and behavior problems. Preventing lead exposure is particularly important if a pregnant woman or a child lives in your home or apartment. Lead can also impact the health of your entire family. While lead poisoning frequently comes from exposure to lead paint dust or chips, lead in drinking water can also contribute to chronic, total lead exposure.

Important Lead Information From EPA

Range

90% Value

AL

Ideal Goal (MCLG)

#Homes Above AL/ #Homes Tested

8.56

15

0

22/448

132

1300

1300

0/448

Lead (ppb) <0.075-120 <3-222

Key: AL=Action Level - The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.

90% Lead Levels in MWRA System of Fully Served Communities (ppb) 70 64

40

30 Lead Action Level = 15 ppb

20 10 0

1992

This testing process can provide information on whether lead is corroding and mixing with the drinking water. It also provides communities and homeowners with information on how to reduce lead in their drinking water. The results do not reflect lead levels in all homes. All sampling rounds over the past 18 years have been below the EPA Action Level. Nine out of ten homes were below 8.56 ppb—well below the Action Level. Five communities—Boston, Malden, Medford, Melrose and Winthrop—were above the lead Action Level in September 2021. Your community letter on Page 7 will provide you with local results and more information.

What is An Action Level?

50 40

Corrosion, or wearing away of lead-based materials can add lead to tap water, especially if water sits for a long time in the pipes before it is used. MWRA’s corrosion control program helps limit the amount of lead in your water. In 1996, MWRA began adding sodium carbonate and carbon dioxide to adjust the water’s pH and buffering capacity. This treatment makes the water less corrosive and reduces leaching of lead into drinking water. Lead levels found in sample tests of tap water have dropped by nearly 90% since this treatment change. Learn more about lead in drinking water at www.mwra.com.

Under EPA/DEP rules, MWRA and your local water department are required to test tap water each year. We collect samples from homes with lead service lines or lead solder. The EPA rule requires that 9 out of 10 homes tested must have lead levels below the Action Level of 15 parts per billion (ppb).

Lead & Copper Results, September 2021

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Lead in your home plumbing or a lead service line can contribute to elevated lead levels in the water you drink. MWRA’s water is lead-free when it leaves our reservoirs. Distribution pipes that carry the water to your community are made mostly of iron and steel, and do not add lead to the water. Lead can enter your tap water from your service line (the line that connects your home to the water main) if it is made of lead, lead solder used in plumbing, or from some older faucets.

MWRA Meets Lead Standard in 2021

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water comes primarily from materials and components

Copper (ppb)

How Lead Can Enter Your Water

1997

6

5

6

7

9

10

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

8

6

2019

2020

9 2021

An Action Level is the amount of lead that requires action to reduce exposure. If your home or school’s drinking water is above the lead Action Level, additional steps to reduce lead may be required. If more than 10% of your community’s samples were over the lead Action Level, your local water department is taking action to address the problem. See page 7. 55.

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Keep Lead Out of Your Drinking Water

Lead Service Lines

A service line connects your home or building to the water main in the street. If yours is made of lead, it can be the main source of lead in your tap water. Older pipes that combined galvanized iron and lead connectors (“goosenecks”) can also release lead. Lead services lines should be removed entirely to prevent lead in your drinking water. Replacing Lead Service Lines Your local water department can help find out if you have a lead service line, and provide help in replacing it. In some cases, an onsite check is necessary to determine the specific piping to your building. You can also see if your service line is made of lead by scratching the pipe near your water meter with a key or other metal object. Lead pipes will show a dull grey color, while copper pipes will not. For an online how-to guide, go to www.epa.gov/pyt. MWRA Funding to Replace Lead Service Lines MWRA and its Advisory Board offer zero-interest loans to customer communities for full lead service line replacement projects. Each MWRA community can develop its own local plan, and many communities have already taken steps to remove lead service lines. To find out more, contact your local water department.

Reduce Your Exposure to Lead

Remove Lead Piping • Find out if you have a lead service line or lead components in your plumbing. Learn about options for removal of this piping from your local water department. Other Measures for Lead Reduction • Any time water has not been used for more than 6 hours, run the faucet used for drinking water or cooking until after the water becomes cold. • Let water run before using it—fresh water is better than stale. To save water, fill a pitcher with fresh water and place it in the refrigerator for future use. • Never use hot water from the faucet for drinking or cooking, especially when making baby formula or other food for infants or young children. • Remove loose lead solder and debris. Every few months, remove the aerator from each faucet and flush the pipes for 3 to 5 minutes. • Be careful of places where you may find lead in or near your home. Paint, soil, dust and pottery may contain lead. Call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 1-800-532-9571 or 1-800-424-LEAD for information on lead and health impacts.

How to Test Your Drinking Water If you are concerned about lead piping in your home, contact your local water department about testing for lead in your drinking water. MWRA also maintains a list of certified laboratories and sampling instructions on our website at www.mwra.com. You may also call MWRA at 617-242-5323.

Lead Testing in Schools

Children can consume most of their drinking water at school or daycare. The plumbing inside some schools and childcare facilities can contain lead and contribute to lead exposure. MWRA, in coordination with DEP, provides no-cost lab analysis and technical assistance for schools and day care centers in MWRA communities. This service has been offered since 2016, and nearly all MWRA communities have participated. To date, more than 39,000 tests have been completed in more than 530 schools. Results are available on the MassDEP website at: www.mass.gov/dep (search for “lead in schools”). You may also contact your local school or water department for results.

Water Service Lines — Lead and Copper 3 Ways to reduce lead in your water You can identify lead service line by carefully scratching with a key.

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Continuous Testing of Your Water Cross-Connection Information

A cross-connection is any temporary or permanent connection between a potable (drinking) water source and a non-potable source. Non-potable water or other sources can contaminate your drinking water if backflow occurs. Sources could include: • Garden hoses • Boilers • Swimming pools • Irrigation systems or wells • Residential fire protection systems

MWRA works with local water departments to sample and test 300-500 water samples each week for total coliform bacteria. Total coliform bacteria can come from the intestines of warm blooded animals, or can be found in soil, plants, or other places. Most of the time, they are not harmful. However, their presence could signal that harmful bacteria from fecal waste may be there as well. If total coliform is detected in more than 5% of samples in a month, the water system is required to investigate the possible source and fix any identified problems. If a water sample does test positive, we run a more specific test for E. coli, which is a bacteria found in human and animal fecal waste and may cause illness. If your community was required to do an investigation, or found E. coli, it will be in the letter from your community on page 7.

Important Research for New Regulations

MWRA works with EPA and health research organizations to help define new national drinking water standards by collecting data on water contaminants that are not yet regulated. Very few of these potential contaminants are found in MWRA water due to our source water protection efforts. Information on this testing, as well as data on PFAS, disinfection byproducts, Giardia and Cryptosporidium, and other contaminants can be found at www.mwra.com

MWRA Monitoring for PFAS

PFAS compounds, used since the 1950s for many purposes from stain and water proofing to firefighting, continue to be a concern. In 2020, MassDEP published a drinking water standard for PFAS. MWRA water is now tested for 6 different PFAS compounds or “PFAS6.” Tests of MWRA water show only trace amounts of these compounds, well below the state standard of 20 parts per trillion. See www.mwra.com.

Important Health Information: Drinking Water and People with Weakened Immune Systems

Complaints Are Important!

You can help provide information about local water quality. Every call is investigated. Most complaints are related to discolored water (usually related to local construction or hydrant use), or conditions in a building’s plumbing. Contact your local water department, or call MWRA at (617) 242-5323.

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants, can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791).

Massachusetts DEP recommends the installation of backflow prevention devices for inside and outside hose connections to help protect the water in your home as well as the drinking water system in your town. For more information on cross-connections, please call 617-242-5323 or visit www.mwra.com.

EPA Information on Bottled Water and Tap Water

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Technology Makes it Easier to Build Bids Based on Actual Past Performance Retrieving data is a big part of the bidding process for utility projects. API connectivity is amplifying the already important benefits that specialized software applications for estimating provides over spreadsheets. APIs can essentially automate data transfer, speeding up the estimating process by eliminating manual searches. Instant access to actual production rates achieved on active and past jobs is a great example of how estimators can benefit from API connectivity. What is an API? An API, or application programming interface, connects software and data sources to each other and provides a shared standard for interoperability. In simpler terms, the API is a messenger allowing two applications to talk to each other. An API can take orders or requests from a system, relay them to another system, and return the information to fulfill the order. When someone checks the weather or searches for airline travel options on a smart phone, they’re using an API. The API interprets their request for data, sends it to the weather reporting or reservation application, and sends the requested data back to the phone application. This type of API connectivity provides extensive benefits to construction estimators using specialized software to prepare their bids. That’s because retrieving data from various sources and systems is a major part of their work. Automating this effort saves time and ensures that the information is accurate and up to date. An API can connect the estimating software application with systems used for accounting, bid collection, contact management, and other functions. This eliminates the need to enter the same data in multiple places and ensures that all systems are alJULY, 2022

ways up to date with each other. Updating and retrieval of labor rates, equipment rates, and burdens are examples of how the API can eliminate the need to search for and enter data. An API can also automatically update pricing and other information from organizations such as vendors and subcontractors and keep job-cost identification codes up to date and in sync between estimating and accounting systems.

Using Production Rate Actuals to Inform Current Bids One of the most beneficial estimating breakthroughs with API connectivity involves access to data on past performance, what contractors typically refer to as production rate actuals. As estimators build new bids, seeing the production rates that crews from their company actually achieved in the past or are achieving currently on the same type of work is an obvious advantage. Getting that data, however, has historically been a labor-intensive, multi-step challenge. Now, with an API link between estimating software and the field tracking software application used for reporting labor, production quantities and equipcontinued on page 65

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5 Questions for Effectively Recruiting a Younger, More Diverse Workforce

Several years ago, the construction industry was faced with a looming concern: the overwhelming number of workers set to retire over the next decade. A study conducted in 2019 determined that 41% of the construction workforce at the time was expected to retire by 2031. This concern has shifted from a future thought to today’s reality, as a large portion of retirement-age workers have begun to leave their jobs.

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imultaneously, the industry is expected to continue to grow in 2022 and beyond, especially following the passing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Many new construction jobs are predicted to come from this new legislation as the country updates roads, bridges and other vital infrastructure, leaving construction stakeholders scrambling to figure out how to fill the positions that this growing industry demands.

Recruiting a New Generation Targeting the younger generations, especially Millennials and Generation Z, for recruitment is a potential solution. However, recruiting this younger population is not as simple as it may seem. Millennials and Generation Z are the most ethnically diverse generations in U.S. history and have grown up in the age of the internet and connectivity. They do not communicate in the same way that Generation X and

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5 Questions continued from page 67 to fill job openings. You need to create a framework within your culture that is healthy and ready to welcome diverse talent. By performing internal company assessments, conducting team training and ensuring continuity of values from the top down, you can help foster a space that appeals to this younger demographic. Creating an inclusive culture demands involvement and commitment at every level of your company. Another strategy to help prepare your company for a more diverse workforce is investing in field leaders who are trained and have the people skills to manage people of different demographics. If your company is not set up to help minorities thrive, recruiting and retaining younger employees will prove difficult. 2. Have you built relationships with educational institutions? Many secondary and post-secondary schools, such as career and technical education schools, offer construction programs with a strong potential pool of workers. As a team, you should be thinking through what your construction company’s presence at these institutions should involve and how to develop a relationship with the institutions’ leaders. Establishing a relationship with the dean of the program, for ex-

ample, could develop a key pipeline for you. Having a presence in schools does not require only in-person engagements; a hybrid approach including in-person workshops and virtual speaking engagements could be effective strategies. 3. How do you provide value with community involvement? Presence in the community is good; but providing value in your interactions will help progress relationships and build up your pipeline. At schools, is there an opportunity for you to help update their curriculum in construction-related subjects so that students are learning applicable skills? Or maybe you can volunteer to lead a workshop during the school day to harness the curiosity of young minds. You should also seek out community organizations that are involved with young people, especially if they are engaged with young Hispanic, Black and female populations. Offer to speak on career opportunities or provide hands-on experiences with these organizations. Since Millennials and Generation Z are more diverse than past generations, finding ways to meet these groups where they are and provide value to them can help you build relationships with potential candidates for future hiring. continued on page 71

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5 Questions continued from page 69 4. How can you engage the community through construction projects? The most visible part of every construction company is the worksite. Worksites provide ample opportunity to interact with people in a physical setting that showcases potential career opportunities. Consider hosting site visits, virtual walk-throughs and work-based learning opportunities; giving young people hands-on applications of skills can open their mind to the real potential that a career in construction could have. Think about how you can create exposure for your company while educating potential workers at your project sites. 5. Do you have formal internship, mentorship and new-hire programs? You simply cannot fix a problem if you do not understand what caused it. For that reason, you should have metrics set up to test the effectiveness of your internship, mentorship and new-hire programs. This will allow you to evaluate the structures in place, the reach of your programs and your standard operating procedures. If the goal is to attract and retain young talent, then how you introduce the construction industry to them is important. An easy way to analyze your practices is setting up a process for feedback. This

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Final Thoughts Preparing to fill the impending gap in the construction workforce must begin now, as it is already starting to affect many organizations. There is a huge opportunity to hire from the younger generations, but a focus on understanding this unique group and how to best communicate with them is imperative to effectively recruiting them. Additionally, it will take time to implement the significant changes to your company culture and processes needed to attract this demographic. The key is to be forward-thinking in your strategy and lead in vulnerability, as the actions you take today are the building blocks for the future of your construction company. By embracing these talented individuals with a welcoming and nurturing environment designed to help them grow professionally — not simply filling empty positions in your workforce — you will see your company thrive in 2022 and beyond. Written by Paul Robinson. Reprinted from www. constructreach.com n

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