Pennsylvania Water Environment AssociationMission Statement
Enhance the knowledge and abilities of Pennsylvania's wastewater professionals, promote sound water policies, and promote public awareness of the need to protect water quality.
The PWEA is a PA DEP accredited training provider and as such offers training programs to members and non-members who find it necessary to maintain a water or wastewater license. The PWEA publishes a nationally recognized, quarterly technical publication containing legislative updates, design & process operations articles, problem-solving case histories, and advance notice of continuing education.
The Pennsylvania Water Environment Association (PWEA) has a membership of over 1800 water professionals. Occupations represented include operators, supervisors, managers, laboratory personnel, engineers, laboratory personnel and authority board members. Since its beginning, the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association has worked hard to accomplish its goal to be the leading organization in Pennsylvania to actively advance the education and information for the preservation, protection, and improvement of the water environment.
The PWEA started with a group of individuals who met in State College to discuss sewage treatment operations. Their intention was to form an organization, which would focus on educating sewage works operators on the stages of sewage treatment. Following this meeting, a committee was appointed to draft the organization's constitution and by-laws. The Pennsylvania Sewage Works Association was founded the following year. The Association held its first technical conference in July of 1926 and annually thereafter with the exception of a two-year hiatus during WWII.
Over time, the Pennsylvania Sewage Works Association changed its name to the Pennsylvania Sewage & Industrial Works Association. In 1964, the name changed again to the Water Pollution Control Association of Pennsylvania until 1993 when the name changed to the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association. Through all of the changes, the purpose of the organization continued to be to actively advance the education and information for the preservation, protection, and improvement of the water environment.
The PWEA has provided input on legislative initiatives such as Act 11 (Operator Certification), Act 203 (Tapping Fees), Act 339 (Funding Elimination) and on Chapter 252 of a House Bill covering Environmental Laboratory Accreditation.