About us

OWPCA Mission Statement

The objectives of this association shall be the advancement of knowledge pertaining to the science of water and wastewater works and knowledge pertaining to the science of cooperation among members, the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Water Pollution control Federation now known as Water Environmental Federation (WEF), and The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ); and the encouragement of the interchange of experience among all groups.

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2017 Committee Members:

Carolyn Stager                  Alan Coffin                                 
Scott Aynes Sam Drain
Rodger Gillcrest Steve Hardeman
Robert Kruger Arnold Miller
Sheena Zahler Bill Clark
Connie Myrick Pam Emmons
Bret Wood  

 


 

OWPCA History

OWPCA was originally known as Oklahoma Water Works Conference (OWWC), founded in March 9th 1926. It was then renamed Oklahoma Water and Sewage Conference in approximately 1932.

There were 32 charter members, and the first set of officers as follows:

  • M. E. Flentje, President
  • L.L Smith Vice President
  • H. J. Darcy Secretary-Treasurer 

The work of the members of this organization was the force that pushed this state into setting up certification requirements for operators in both the water and wastewater industry.

    • On April 18th, 1934, efforts on the passage of a bill in the next legislature providing for licensing.
    • On July 24th , 1934, a resolution was written to get operators the backing of city officials to pursue training under the auspices of the Oklahoma A. & M. College the State Department of Vocational education with the Oklahoma Municipal League, the State of Department of Health and the Oklahoma Water and Sewage Conference cooperating.
    • On October 2nd, 1959, Mandatory Certification began.
    • From 1959 to 1960 the following Certificates were issued:
Class Water Sewage
A 39 41
B 273 244
C 109 31