Oregon Onsite Wastewater Association

The Oregon Onsite Wastewater Association (O2WA) was formed in 1984 with the intent to actively participate in public and private efforts in development and acceptance of new and improved practices, policies, laws and regulations for onsite wastewater treatment and dispersal throughout the state of Oregon.

It is an important goal of the O2WA, as an organization, to support legislation that continues to raise the standards on professionalism in their industry. Not only for their members, which is made up of people in the design, installation, maintenance and regulation aspects of the onsite wastewater treatment industry, but for the onsite industry in Oregon as a whole.

By actively participating in public and private efforts to develop new and improved practices, policies, laws and regulations for onsite wastewater treatment and dispersal, the O2WA hopes to provide ways to solve the problems of onsite wastewater with a result that the general public will benefit from, as well. Through the O2WA’s legislative and lawful efforts, the effect should trickle down to Oregon residents so that they may receive the highest possible standard of safe, sanitary and environmentally sound onsite wastewater service. In addition, through legislation, the O2WA has the goal to develop, sponsor and support programs to improve onsite wastewater treatment and dispersal, including uniform standards for onsite technologies, as well as to develop programs to further the education, training and certification of persons involved in design, installation, maintenance and regulation of onsite systems.

They also hope to provide a forum for research, exchange of ideas, information and technology among professionals, private industry and government policy makers and regulators. And the association’s 18th Annual Onsite Wastewater Conference has the intention of doing exactly that. Held February 10 and 11, 2012 at the Seaside Convention Center in Seaside, Oregon, the conference will feature two days of exhibitors, field trips and keynote speakers like Dr. Scott Burns, Professor of Geology at Portland State University, Dr. Mark Gross, Research Scientist at Orenco Systems, Inc. and Mike Kucinski of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. For a full list of presenters, as well as to download a copy of the brochure detailing the event, go to www.o2wa.org.

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