About Us

Established in 1954, the Utility Contractors Association of New England, Inc. (UCANE) is comprised of over 250 major contractors and associated businessmen and women who perform underground utility construction projects (water, sewer, electrical, gas, fiber optics, etc.) primarily in Massachusetts and throughout New England. Our membership is made up of both union and non-union companies ranging in size from small family owned businesses to large corporations, as well as MBE, WBE and DBE firms.

Our Contractor Members…build some of the most complex water and sewer pipeline distribution, and drain and stormwater systems for state agencies, including the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) and Boston Water & Sewer Commission (BWSC) as well as the 351 cities and towns in MA. In addition to installing pipe, our members build above ground water and sewer pump and metering stations, treatment plants, and storage tanks and vaults.
Our Associate Members…design, build, finance, insure, bond and supply materials and equipment to the underground water and sewer industry.

Our Goals include…

  1. Maintaining water and sewer funding as a top priority and getting projects out-to-bid and on-the-street as quickly as possible.
  2. Lobbying state and federal governments and agencies to support the State Revolving Loan Fund Program (SRF) which is our country’s primary drinking water and wastewater pollution control project funding source at levels which will close the more than $20 Billion “needs” gap over the next decade.
  3. Cooperating with local cities and towns and the MA Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to ease access to SRF funds in order to put as many projects out-to-bid each year as possible.
  4. Proposing and filing legislation, monitoring all pending legislation, regulation changes and the MA Attorney General’s position papers on issues affecting the construction industry.
  5. Supporting MA state agencies (DEP, MWRA and BWSC) and local DPWs which have the primary responsibility for supplying clean drinking water to citizens; and implementing wastewater pollution control, and protecting drinking water sources and recreational waterways, including harbors, bays, estuaries, beaches, rivers, and lakes.
  6. Assuring that all contractors have a “level playing field” when bidding on work; that state laws on competitive bidding are followed; and that local government contracts are awarded to the lowest qualified bidder.

Our Historical Accomplishments include…

  1. UCANE established the first MA trade association 59 years ago to solely represent underground water and sewer contractors.
  2. UCANE fought and obtained $500 million in MA state bonds to fund state and local underground utility construction projects.
  3. UCANE provided extensive Congressional support for passage of the Federal Clean Water Act of 1974 that funded the EPA Grants Program and provided over $50 Billion to states over 20 years for wastewater pollution control projects.
  4. UCANE supported the creation of the MWRA in 1984 with responsibility for supplying clean drinking water and eliminating wastewater pollution throughout 60 Metro Boston communities.
  5. UCANE lobbied Congress to pass the State Revolving Loan Fund Program (SRF), which combines state and federal monies into low interest loans for CDW and WWPC projects.
  6. UCANE successfully lobbied for 3 to 1 leveraging of SRF loans to significantly increase the number of water and sewer projects funded each year in Massachusetts.
  7. UCANE supported efforts to stop wastewater pollution of local waterways, including the 11 year, $3.8 Billion federally mandated Boston Harbor Clean-Up project; the Charles and Mystic rivers; and prevention of chemical pollution of Cape Cod estuaries, bays and beaches.
  8. UCANE established legal precedence so that all contractors compete on a “level playing field” by successfully overturning (in state court) Residency Requirements on public works projects in Lowell and Worcester, MA; and successfully overturned (in federal court) the inclusion of unlawful Responsible Employer Ordinances (REO) in Fall River, MA public works projects. This decision now applies to all public works projects funded in part with state/federal funds.
  9. UCANE established a cooperative agreement between OSHA and UCANE promoting workplace safety. We conduct Competent Person and Confined Space Entry safety seminars as well as Asbestos Pipe Removal seminars throughout the year for our members and their employees.

The Utility Contractors’ Association of New England, Inc. takes great pride in the knowledge and expertise of its members, and is widely recognized for its professionalism, fairness, and the ability to get problems solved.