The Ohio Water Environment Association
The Ohio Water Environment Association is a non-profit, wastewater related organization with over 2000 members dedicated to the education, 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.
OWEA is divided into four sections, each having its own governing structure. These sections 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.
The Mission of the Ohio Water Environment Association is to:
Educate our members through sharing information and networking
Educate the public on preserving and enhancing our water quality
Be proactive on water environment issues
Build a positive professional image within and outside the Association
News & Announcements
OEPA Update on April 2
May 6, 2020 Operator exams have been postponed and will be rescheduled once the state of emergency ends.
Updated as of March 24 at 2 PM
At OWEA our members' safety and wellbeing is always our utmost concern. The current pandemic situation is changing daily and as it does, so will we. While we are hopeful the chaos surrounding COVID-19, will have passed by May, we also recognize that many members may not be able to travel at that time. In response, OWEA has rescheduled the May 14th Collections Workshop for July 23. All current registrations will be transferred to the new date. We appreciate your understanding regarding this and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact email@example.com.
Updated as of March 23 at 2 PM
We are all in unchartered waters right now and want to make sure you know that we are here for you, our members. Per Gov. DeWines Stay at Home Order, the OWEA office will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 24. While our physical office will be closing, we will still be serving our members just a little differently.
Our phones will be forwarded to staff at home during business hours and we will still be replying to emails. In anticipation of an event like what we are experiencing now, OWEAs general functions and operations were designed to be done remotely. While we dont anticipate any interruption in our service to you, we do ask for your patience as we adjust to our new and temporary normal.
Please continue to visit our website and specifically the COVID-19 tab for the latest updates and information. There are resources there for staffing shortages including contact information for licensed operators that are available to help. Office updates are also given via Twitter and LinkedIn, so if you arent already following us, please do using @ohio_wea for Twitter and Ohio Water Environment Association for LinkedIn.
We are all one big family and while we cant physically be together, we will get through this together.
Updated as of March 20 at 10 AM
We know you are trying to grapple with the chaos that COVID-19 has caused you both personally and professionally. OWEA is working to help your facility try and stay a step ahead of this virus. We are in daily communication with the Ohio EPA and have developed the following suggestion.
In response to the current COVID-19 situation and in anticipation of further challenges, OWEA in coordination with Ohio EPA, is asking you to consider starting your disinfection process early this year. As staffing becomes a possible issue, beginning this process now could prevent greater issues later on. Disinfection typically starts with the recreation season that begins May 1, but if it is within your capabilities to begin prior, we are encouraging you do so sooner.
We understand that not all facilities have the capability to implement early disinfection. We just wanted you to be aware of it as a suggestion to be better prepared for what could lie ahead.
We appreciate all you are doing to protect our most precious resource of water. Along with our healthcare workers, you are also heroes that dont wear capes during this pandemic.
Updated as of March 19, 2020 at 3 PM
We have officially rescheduled! Please see below for details. If you have already registered we will simply be transferring your registration to the new date. The locations remain the same as the originally scheduled events. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
- Plant Ops/Laboratory Workshop
August 18 & 19
Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
- Charitable Outreach Social
Updated as of March 16, 2020 at 2 PM
Dear OWEA Member,
Last week was very challenging for all of us and the next few weeks will bring about additional challenges. Obviously, the situation is changing daily. The staff and Executive Committee of OWEA wanted to keep you informed of how the COVID-19 virus is affecting OWEA and our scheduled events.
The April 22-23 Plant Ops/Lab Workshop and the April 30 Charitable Outreach Fundraising Social are being rescheduled. We are confirming new dates ASAP. All registrations and sponsorships will be transferred to these new dates and we will make this information available as soon as we obtain it.
All March section events have been cancelled. Several late April section events are still currently scheduled but in a waiting pattern to see where this virus takes us.
The OWEA office remains open, but we are rescheduling meetings and utilizing virtual options. If the office needed to close, we would still be available via phone and email as we are set up to be almost fully remote.
The coming weeks will involve all of us changing our routines and how we are used to doing business. We are all in this together and will get through this together. Thank you for your patience as we work through everything.
Please stay healthy and safe.
Dawn Larsen, CAE
OWEA Executive Administrator
Updated as of March 12, 2020 at 4 PM
While OWEA is aware of Governor DeWines mandate concerning gatherings of more than 100 people, we are unsure of the impact to our state events as a re-evaluation/end date hasnt been issued and future events are several weeks away. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as appropriate.
Updated as of March 12, 2020 at 3 PM
The staff and Executive Committee of the Ohio Water Environment Association want to insure accurate and timely information regarding the COVID-19 virus is available to our members. There is much uncertainty regarding the virus, and we want to assure you that your health and safety are of our utmost concern.
OWEA and Section Events
Currently, we have not received any indication from any governmental agency, federal or state, that there is a requirement to cancel any state events. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will adjust as needed. Please visit www.ohiowea.org for the most up to date information regarding both state and section events.
What Can You Do?
We understand that you might feel helpless during this time, but there are things you can do.
Start thinking ahead concerning staffing at your plant. While the majority of your staff probably arent high risk, your employees might have to be absent due to school closings or the illness of a loved one. Plan now how you will deal with a reduction in available staff.
Use every day preventative actions such as:
WASH YOUR HANDS for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue isnt available, sneeze or cough into your ELBOW NOT YOUR HANDS.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. This includes your laptop and phone.
Get accurate information specific to Ohio at https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Novel-Coronavirus/welcome/
STAY CALM. The best thing you can do for yourself, your family and your community is to stay informed and remain calm.
Buckeye Bulletin Current Issue Issue 1 - February 2020
Previous Issues, Submission and Advertising Information can be found HERE.
OWEA Awesome Operator
Do you know of a front line operator(s) that exhibit professional qualities that help promote the wastewater treatment industry through dedicated plant operation, maintenance, training and/or record keeping and would like to attend a day at the 2020 OWEA Technical Conference & Expo June 22-25th, 2020? If so, please submit for their section below:
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If you are renewing your operator license and have questions, please check
out the Operators Corner which provides useful information and FAQ's.
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