Call for Abstracts

Behind the Podium!

2021 One Water Conference

July 26-29, 2021

In Person Workshop at Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, OH

Deadline to Submit: January 15, 2021

OAWWA and OWEA are excited to announce that the Call for Abstracts for the 2021 One Water Technical Conference has now opened! This conference is currently scheduled to be held July 26-29 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati.

The water and wastewater industries both face similar challenges with new and current regulatory requirements and development of emerging technologies as well as industry maintenance of our aging infrastructure being at a premium for our water and wastewater providers. We are looking to provide our members and conference attendees with a unique opportunity to gain professional development and educational opportunities for both industries at the same time. We have selected the technical tracks listed below for our concurrent technical program to cover the educational goals of this joint conference. 

  • Asset Management
  • Customer Service
  • Drinking Sourcewater
  • Energy Efficiency/Sustainability
  • Green Technologies
  • Lab
  • Leadership
  • Maintenance
  • Management
  • Operations
  • Pretreatment
  • Regulatory
  • Residuals/Recovery
  • Stormwater
  • Utility Management
  • Wastewater Collections
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Water Distribution
  • Water Treatment
  • Workforce Development

Please remember to provide concise information and submit the required abstract (must be no more than 600 words and in either Microsoft Word or PDF format), and biographical information. This information will be used to review and select presentations for the conference technical program. Presentation time slots will be 45 minutes long. Content of presentation should be 40 minutes in length, allowing for 5 minutes of a question period.


2021 Collection Systems Workshop

May 4, 2021

In Person Workshop at Embassy Suites Dublin

Deadline to Submit: February 1, 2021

We are especially looking for the topics listed below.

  • Alternate Collection System Projects and Operational Experiences
  • Green Infrastructure Projects and Maintenance
  • CSO and SSO Long Term Control Plans
  • G.I.S. and information transfer in Collection Systems
  • Asset Management of Collection Systems
  • Pump Station Rehabilitation
  • High Efficiency Pumps
  • Odor Control at Pump Stations and in Collection Systems
  • Fats, Oils, and Grease Handling in Pump Stations and Collection Systems
  • Pump Station Maintenance
  • Force Main Air & Vacuum Release Maintenance and Design
  • Electrical Safety


Speaker and Presentation Protocol:

  • The best papers document actual case studies and projects as opposed to research or theory.

  • Papers shall not be used to engage in advertising or selling equipment or professional services.

  • Several criteria will be used to evaluate the abstracts, including originality, project status, technical merit, significance, and overall quality.

  • Manuscripts will be subject to revision or rejection if lacking in quality.

  • Accepted authors who do not submit a manuscript by the required deadline will be removed from the program

  • OWEA does not offer honorariums, or pay travel or lodging expenses.

  • Presenters are extended a $50 discount on workshop/conference registration fees at OWEA events. Please contact OWEA at 614.488.5800 or to register so we may apply your discount. Or request the speaker discount code from the workshop chair.

  • If you just plan to be onsite to give your presentation, OWEA does not require you to register.  We will not include you in any meal or facility counts.

  • If selected for giving a presentation, the speaker shall agree to present the final version to the Program Chair no later than the announced date.

  • Presentations will be converted to PDF's or PowerPoint Slide Shows and posted to at the conclusion of the event.