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.
The OWEA Executive Committee is working to obtain information about how our members receive their training and prepare for their licensing exams. In addition, we are looking for information regarding the types / topics of training that would be most beneficial to our members to focus on in the future. Please follow this link to the OWEA Operator Training Survey. In addition, every person who completes a survey will be entered for a chance to win a FREE registration to the OWEA Plant Ops and Laboratory Workshop being held on October 26-27, 2016.
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!
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!
Check out the YP Update in the downloads section to the left! Did you know that as a Young Professional you could receive a $50 gift card just for attending a Section Meeting? Did you also know that you can receive free contact hours and PDH's, meet other YP's in the industry and have a great time doing it? It's all TRUE! Contact Kelly Kuhbander for more info. Her contact information can be found under the Committee Chairs tab above!
Contact Hours! The SWOWEA tracks all contact hours that were obtained through the section. The list can be found under the links to the left. If you need to check on contact hours that were obtained through the OWEA, check the link on the OWEA website
Past Presidents! The annual Past President's luncheon was held on December 11, 2015 at Parmizzano's in the Dayton Marriott. Pictured below are the presidents that attended the 2015 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!
Pictured below are:
Standing: Steve Durell, Gary Haubner, Carl Gatton, Tom Brankamp, Dan Sullivan, Dan Levitt, Charlie Moore, Dan Martin, Don Cuthbert, Steve Laffel, Dave Reimer, Ernie Stickler, and Gary Johnson
Sitting: Barb Swafford, Chuck Lenhart, Kathy Cook, Debbie Schafer, Barb Wagner and Lynn Marshall