2020 Technical Conference & Expo


8:00am - 5:00pmRegistration
8:00am - 5:00pmOps Challenge Events
8:00am - 5:00pmPlant Tours
Noon - 6:00 pmExhibitor Setup - Ballroom & Corridoor
1:00 pm - 5:00pmGolf Outing
6:00pm - 8:00pmWelcome Reception
7:00am - 5:00pmRegistration
8:00am - 5:00pmOps Challenge Events
7:30am - 9:30amBreakfast
9:00am - 9:30amExhbitor Seminar
9:45am - 10:15amExhibitor Seminar
10:00am - 12:00pmRound Table Seminar
10:00am - 11:00 amExhibit Hall Tour (earn one contact hour)
10:00am - 6:00pmExhibit Hall Open
12:00pm - 1:00pmLunch
12:00pm - 1:30pmPresident's Lunch (by invitation)
1:00pm - 2:00pmExhibit Hall Tour (earn one contact hour)
2:00pm - 3:00pmExhibit Hall Tour (earn one contact hour)
4:00pm - 6:00pmExhibitor Reception - Including Ops Challenge Awards
6:00pm - 9:00pmExhibitor Tear Down
6:30pm - 10:00pmMeet & Greet 
7:00am - 5:00pmRegistration
7:00am - 9:00amBreakfast
7:00am - 8:00amCrystal Crucible Breakfast (by invitation)
7:00 am - 7:45 amEarly Bird Technical Session
8:00am - 11:45amTechnical Sessions (5 concurrent sessions)
Noon - 2pmAwards Lunch
2:00pm - 3:45pmTechnical Sessions (5 concurrent sessions)
2:00pm - 3:00pmWomen's Networking Event
5:00pm - 6:00pmYP Mixer
5:30pm - 6:30pmReception - 5S Induction
6:30pm - 8:00pmNetworking Reception
7:00am - 11:00amRegistration
7:00am - 7:45amEarly Bird Technical Session
7:00am - 8:00am5S Breakfast (by invitation)
7:00am - 9:00amBreakfast
8:00am - 11:30amTechnical Sessions (5 concurrent sessions)
Technical Program


Round Table Seminar



Planning & Design


Construction & Project Delivery



Thursday 1/2 Day



Utility Management


Unique Planning Concepts 

OEPA Update

Full Technical Program will be posted in early March



Full Conference
Full Conference Member$325$375$395
Full Conference Nonmember$445$495$515
Retired Member$175$225$235
Student Member$50$75$85
Partial Conference
One Day Member$195$225$235
One Day Nonmember$275$305$315
Budget Option One Day Member w/lunch only$100Not available after 5/15/20
Budget Option One Day Nonmember w/lunch only$175
Tuesday Meet & Greet$100
Wednesday Awards Lunch$40
Wednesday Evening Networking$65
Guest Package$185

Attendee Registration Will Open on March 2nd, 2020



Until 6/15/20 or sold outOnsite
Exhibitor Member$800Not available onsite
Exhibitor Nonmember$975
Exhibitor Passport$200
Booth Attendant (max 2) $165$185
Premium Booth Space+$75
Tuesday Meet & Greet$100
Wednesday Awards Lunch$40
Wednesday Evening Networking$65
Guest Package$185

Register Here

Your Exhibit Booth will Include:
  • One full conference registration for primary exhibitor

  • Draped and skirted table (6')

  • Two chairs

  • Wastebasket

  • Company sign

Here are some special items to note before you register:

  1. After you complete the attendee information page you will be redirected to our interactive booth map. Select one booth and upload your logo so others will see where you are! If you are registering more than one booth, please only select one per registration. i.e. if you are getting two booths, register Bob Smith, select one booth, hit Add another attendee on the summary page, then register John Smith and select one booth for him. Continue until you have all of your booths selected. This is pivotal to make sure your booths are reserved correctly and all of your booth personnel will have the proper badges/tickets at the conference.

  2. You do not need to pay at the time of your registration but we do require payment in full by May 15th or your booth will be released.

  3. You will receive a confirmation email with your booth number.

  4. If you have any questions or need any assistance please contact Megan Borror at megan@ohiowea.org

Terms and Conditions:
1. No part of your exhibit may extend out of your 8' x 8' space.
2. No loud music may come from your exhibit that distracts from others booths.
3. Your exhibit must remain up during exhibit hall hours.
4. No part of your exhibit can be used to distract from others exhibits.
5. All exhibit personnel must be registered and wear their name badge.
6. Exhibitor services information will be available closer to the conference.
7. Any additional furnishings or services outside of those mentioned above must be directly contracted with the show decorator. Any additional charges are the sole responsibility of the exhibiting company including drayage. 
8. No access will be available to the exhibit hall prior to Monday, June 22nd. Exact access hours will be published prior to the conference.
9. OWEA is not responsible for any property loss associated with your exhibit.
10. No outside food or drink may be distributed from your booth. All food and drink for attendees must be contracted through Holiday Inn Independence.
11. Exhibit personnel may not enter another exhibitors booth space without obtaining permission. At no time may anyone enter an unstaffed booth of another exhibitor.
12. Cancellations must be received by May 15th, 2020 in order to be eligible for a refund minus applicable credit card fees. Any cancellations or no shows will not be eligible for a refund.


Holiday Inn Independence

6001 Rockside Rd.

Independence, OH 44131

Group Rate: $119/night

Reserve Rooms Here

or call 216-524-8050 and reference Ohio Water Environment Association

Plant Tours

Monday Plant Tour information will be coming soon


Golf - Team$360Not available onsite
Golf - individual$90
Hole Sponsor$250

Seneca Golf Course

975 Valley Parkway

Broadview Heights, OH 44147

Golf Registration will open on March 2, 2020

 Ops Challenge

Ops Challenge Registration will open on March 2, 2020


OWEA could not put on a conference without their volunteers!

Fill out this form to sign up!


Thank You 2020 Sponsors!

Please Thank and Support the 2020 OWEA Sponsors


I can't remember my member number. Who do I call?

Please contact OWEA at 614-488-5800 between 9 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday or email info@ohiowea.org.

I can't remember my username or password. Who do I call?

You can use the "Forgot Your Password?" feature under the login bar. If you get an error, please contact OWEA at 614-488-5800 between 9 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday or email info@ohiowea.org.

Where and when is the 2020 Technical Conference?

Conference: June 22nd-25th, 2020

Exhibition: June 23rd, 2020

Holiday Inn Independence

6001 Rockside Rd.

Independence, OH 44131

How can I register for the conference?

Online registration will be available until June 15th, 2020. After June 15th all registrations will need to be made onsite and will incur additional fees. For more information and to register please click HERE.

Is this the One Water Conference?

The One Water Conference is a partnership between OWEA and OAWWA that has previously occured every four years. From 2021-2026 it will be held annually. While One Water isnt available this year, please consider participating in the OWEA Conference on June 22nd-25th at Holiday Inn in Independence, OH.

My spouse/family/children/friend are coming with me to the Conference. Do I need to register them?

We require a ticket for everyone--regardless of age--for all of our events. You can either purchase the Guest Package which includes all event tickets or you can purchase a singular event ticket a la cart. If your spouse/family/children/friend will not be attending OWEA events then no further action is necessary.

I need extra event tickets. How do I purchase them?

We encourage you to purchase additional event tickets ahead of time through your conference registration. If you need to add tickets after you have registered, but before June 15th, 2020, you can contact the office to add them for you. Tickets can also be purchased at the registration desk during the conference but could involve significant wait times.

Is there a penalty for substitutions?

No. Substitutions are welcomed without penalty. Written substitution must be submitted by the original registrant by June 15th, 2020 in order to be processed before the conference. Substitutions needed after June 15th must be done onsite. Partial substitutions are not allowed.  Registrants must transfer their entire registration to a new person, not just a portion.

What form of payment can I use to register for the conference?

  • OWEA can accept VISA, MasterCard, Discovercard, and American Express credit cards payments

  • OWEA can accept company, personal and travelers checks payable in US dollars, to the "Ohio Water Environment Association" or "OWEA"

  • Cash is accepted onsite only.

I need a W-9 to process payment. Where can I request one?

You can download our W-9 here.

What is included in the different registration packages?

Please click here to view our "What's Included?" Chart.

What is your cancellation policy?

OWEA Attendee Refund Policy 

  • Cancellations received June 15, 2020 or later or no-shows will be billed in full and will not receive a refund.

  • Cancellations received between June 5 - June 14, 2020 will receive a 65% refund minus any credit card processing fees. 

  • Cancellations received by June 4, 2020 will receive a full refund minus any credit card processing fees.

OWEA Exhibitor Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by May 15th, 2020 in order to be eligible for a refund minus applicable credit card fees. Any cancellations or no shows will not be eligible for a refund.

When does registration open onsite?

Registration will open at 7 AM Monday - Thursday.

How can I make hotel reservations?

Please click this link for hotel booking information.

I am interested in advertising at the 2020 Technical Conference. How do I advertise?

Although we do not have conference specific advertisements, many companies choose to sponsor in the May Issue of our Buckeye Bulletin for added exposure prior to the conference. More information can be found at this link.

I'm interested in Sponsoring at the 2020 Technical Conference. Who do I call?

Sponsorship information can be found on our website here. Our detailed advertising prospectus should answer the majority of your questions and is located here

When does early bird pricing end?

Early bird pricing ends at midnight on May 15th, 2020. At 12:01 on May 16th, 2020 late pricing begins. There are no exceptions.

How many contact hours/CEU's are being offered at the 2020 Technical Conference?

  • Monday's Plant Tours offers 2.75 contact hours.

  • Tuesday offers 6 contact hours.

  • Wednesday offers 5.5 contact hours.

  • Thursday offers 3.75 contact hours.

The total conference offers up to 18 contact hours.

Where is the Meet & Greet on Tuesday night located?

This year the Meet & Greet will remain onsite at Holiday Inn Independence. No transportation is necessary. 

Where is the Golf Outing on Monday?

Golf will take place at Seneca Golf Course. More information can be found here

What is the dress code for the conference?

Casual to business casual is acceptable. Please keep in mind that the temperature can fluctuate from room to room, so dressing in layers is a good option. 

What is the dress code for the Meet & Greet?

Casual attire is acceptable. 

What is the dress code for the Networking Event on Wednesday night?

Business casual attire is acceptable. The event is not formal.

I'm interested in helping out at the conference. How can I sign up?

Please fill out this form to tell us your availability.

What should I bring to the conference?

That is up to you! In general, business cards, pen, notepad, and a refillable water bottle are a great start.

Why do you require a unique email address for every attendee?

To ensure proper credit is given to our operators and engineers alike, we require a unique email for any communication regarding your hours after the conference.

Can you accommodate special dietary requests?

We strive to provide diverse food options at each meal and will have vegetarian options available. 

What counts as a Retired Member to receive the discounted rate?

Individuals must be completely retired to utilize this rate. This includes no part time work or paid consulting. If you are unsure if you qualify as a Retired Member, please call the office at 614-488-5800 and we will assist.

I'm interested in speaking. Are you still accepting abstracts for the 2020 Conference?

Our Call for Abstracts ended in November. Any open Call for Abstracts can be found on this link. A Call for Abstracts for our 2021 One Water Conference will be opening in the fall of 2020. Thank you for your interest!