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Welcome to the Southwest Section of the Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA)! OWEA is a non-profit, wastewater related organization with nearly 2000 members dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of our most precious natural resource ... WATER.

Founded in 1926, OWEA has grown to meet the challenges of our ever-changing environment. OWEA is one of the early members of the Water Environment Federation, an international federation of member associations with over 35,000 members worldwide and 81 affiliated Member Associations. WEF represents an additional 50,000 water quality professionals throughout the world. As a member of WEF, OWEA enjoys the benefits of all the resources and relationships of an international organization and proudly work to achieve the mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment.

OWEA is divided into four Sections, each having its own governing structure. These sections, which generally consist of the four corners of the state, allow these areas further involvement with the affairs of their particular region, and offer members an opportunity to participate in our Association without extensive travel. This also offers members the ability to work closely with others in our profession, offer peer support, discuss problems and arrive at appropriate solutions.

Our members consist of Scientists and Laboratory Specialists, Engineers, Treatment Plant and Collection Systems Personnel, Manufacturer's Representatives, Educators, Students, and Regulators. We work through committees and publications.

Southwest Section Bulletin Board:

Join us on June 7, 2018 for the ever-popular "NEARLY FREE" seminar presented by the Plant Operation's committee! This year, to accommodate the growing number of participants, we have moved this event to the Greene County Fairgrounds! This seminar offers 6 contact hours and of course, Young's Jersey Dairy for the lunch and sundae bar! Sign up now on the OWEA website


The Spring edition of the WAVE is out. Check out the link to the left to get all the latest information about what is going in the Section!


Contact Hours! OWEA tracks all contact hours that were obtained through the section and state level events. If you need to check on contact hours that were obtained through OWEA, check the link on the OWEA website


WELCOME! 2018-19 SWOWEA Executive Committee members and President Dave Wilson! Pictures below are from the recent section meeting in Eaton where these new members were introduced!

Section Meeting Pic 2
2018-19 Executive Committee!
Section Meeting Pic 2

Have you seen The Parameters performing Loose Wheel? Check it out at The Parameters.


Past Presidents! The annual Past President's luncheon was in December at the Manor House. Pictured below are the presidents that attended the luncheon. See how many you can name in the picture below! They are the ones to thank for the strong organization we are today. The SW Executive Committee appreciates these past presidents for laying the groundwork to develop a strong section with competent leaders!

Front row - Jane Winkler, Kathy Cook, Barb Swafford and Debbie Schafer. Back row - Lynn Marshall, Bob Beyer, Gary Wagner, Steve Leffel, Dan Sullivan, Dan Martin, Jason Tincu, Mark Livengood, Daryl Blanchard, Dan Levitt, Barb Wagner, Roger Rairdan, Ernie Stickler, Don Cuthbert and Chuck Lenhart.

2015 Past Presidents