One Water Ohio
Ohio's water professionals have long realized that there really is only "One Water." You may treat it for drinking, home, and industrial use or you may treat it after it has been consumed by people, used in homes, businesses and industry, or run off our streets and buildings, but we are all working with a finite resource. The membership of the Ohio Water Environment Association and Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association attend many of the same conferences, work for the same utilities or consulting firms, and serve the same public and clients. OAWWA and OWEA have collaborated to attend Government Affairs Fly-Ins to discuss water issues with our country's legislators. The associations' sections and committees have worked together to hold meetings, encourage students to consider professions in the water field, and raise money for Water for People. It made complete sense to hold a joint water professionals conference. In the summer of 2011, the conversation began. After several meetings, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the two organizations in early 2012. The sites of the Hilton Columbus Downtown and Greater Columbus Convention Center were selected in the summer of 2012. And then the planning began. A Conference Committee of nearly 60 volunteers, equally representing both organizations, is working to bring you an educational and memorable conference experience.