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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 for the next SW Section Meeting at the City of Springboro on March 15, 2018! Check out the flyer to the left and follow the OWEA calendar link to the left to register!

Do you need to sharpen your skills to pass the upcoming OEPA exams? Then join us for the next Operator Education Day on April 27, 2018. See the flyer on the left and register at

Thanks to everyone who came out for the September 2017 Section Meeting at MSDGC's Indian Creek and Muddy Creek facilities. Pictures below are from the meeting and tours. Special thanks to MSDGC for hosting the facility tours.

Section Meeting Pic 1
Section Meeting Pic 2

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Ops Seminar and Section Meeting at the Mason Manor House. Picture below is from the meeting and seminar.

2017 Ops Seminar

We had a record number of attendees at the September 14 Section Meeting in Middletown! Thank you to all who came out on a beautiful day to tour the plant and attend the informative technical sessions! The pictures below are from the section meeting in Middletown. The first one shows the record crowd. The second is the Middletown City Manager welcoming the crowd and the third picture is one of the day's FOUR presentations!

Middletown Meeting Middletown City Manager Middletown Presentation

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

The Fall 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

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