Attendee Information

2017 AWW&WEA Conference

General Information

Each attendee name badge will contain a barcode representing the attendee's license ID (Last four digits of social security number and the first three letters of last name).

For Full Conference Credit, you MUST have your badge scanned once at each scanning period: Monday AM, Monday PM, Tuesday AM and Tuesday PM.

Any attendee who cannot scan at each period will receive partial credit for each scan according to ADH & ADEQ standards. For information on Scanning Booth Locations and Hours of Operation, please refer to the Conference Program available at this year's event.
Sunday, April 30, 2017
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Registration
1:00 - 6:30 p.m. Expo 2017 (Exhibit Hall) 
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. AWW&WEA Opening Session & Board Meeting
4:15 - 6:30 p.m. Meet and Greet
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Drinking Water Contest
6:00 p.m. Door Prize Drawing
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Chair’s Reception
(Arlington Fountain Room - By Invitation Only)
Monday, May 1, 2017
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Past Chairs Breakfast
(Embassy Suites)
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Registration
7:45 - 8:30 a.m. Exhibitors Only Breakfast
8:45 - 11:30 a.m. Technical Sessions
9:00 - 6:00 p.m. Expo 2017 (Exhibit Hall)
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Equipment ROADeo (Arena) 
10:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Conference Luncheon
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Spouse Program Activity & Brunch (Horner Hall) 
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Operations Challenge
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Wastewater Awards Luncheon 
(Embassy Suites)
1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Technical Sessions
 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Expo 2017 (Exhibit Hall) 
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Nickel Beer
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Equipment ROADeo Finals
5:30 p.m. Door Prize Drawing
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
6:45 - 7:30 a.m. Exhibitor Appreciation - Breakfast
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Lab/Pretreatment Breakfast
(Embassy Suites)
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Spouse Program Activity
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Expo 2017
8:45 - 11:30 a.m. Technical Sessions
10:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Conference Luncheon
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Water Awards Luncheon
(Embassy Suites)
12:00 p.m. & 12:30 & 1 p.m.

Hospitality and Prize Drawing // Souvenir Prize Drawing
Water for People and Exhibitors Contest Results

1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Technical Sessions
6:30 p.m. Conference Banquet
And Kellogg Award Ceremony
(Arlington Hotel)
Wednesday, May 3, 2016
8:00 a.m. Ted & Clara Gentry Memorial Golf Tournament
(Hot Springs Country Club)
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. AWEA Collection System Certification
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Wastewater Certification Exams
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Water Certification Exams
All events at the Hot Springs Convention Center unless otherwise noted.



We are thrilled to invite all spouses to the 86th Annual Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association Conference and 2017 Spouse Program. While in Hot Springs, we have plans for a spouse luncheon and a special group activity. There will be a few surprises in store so please join us for all the fun, or any part of it!
Our Spouse Program offers a great opportunity to meet new people and reconnect with those we already know! 

Make plans to join in the fun at the Ted & Clara Gentry Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament on Wednesday May 3, 2017. We will continue the tradition of the 4-Person Scramble tournament at the beautiful Hot Springs Country Club.    Proceeds from the 2016 Tournament were nearly $2,000 and help to fund the Ted and Clara Gentry Memorial Scholarship Program.  We plan to make this year's tournament one of the best ever and encourage you to sign up early.

For more information or for Golf Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact: Dale Kimbrow at (501) 377-1282 or email at with the subject line GOLF17.

Come join the annual Young Professionals Meet & Greet during this years AWW&WEA Annual Conference and Expo.

Event Details Coming SOON

This year's competition will include the Backhoe and the Tandem Dump Truck. The Backhoe competition will be limited to the first 30 entries, the Dump Truck competition will be limited to the first 15 entries, and each organization will be limited to a total of five individuals. So register early and secure a spot for yourself or your organization's team. Five individuals from the Backhoe competition and three individuals from the Dump Truck competition will advance to the finals.

Note: Entry deadline(s), Monday, May 1, 2017 - Backhoe (11:00AM), Dump Truck (9:45 AM)

Prizes are $500, $200, and $100, respectively, for first through third place winners, with a traveling plaque awarded to the winning Municipal Utility. The ROADeo will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 1,  2017 in the Arena adjacent to the Exhibit Hall, with the finals beginning at 5:00 p.m. during the Nickel Beer Social.


For more information, please contact:
Ken Oginski
Central Arkansas Water
PO Box 1789
Little Rock, AR 72203



OPERATIONS CHALLENGE                           Susan Merideth

This year’s state contest will consist of the following five events: Maintenance, Collection System, Process Control, Laboratory, and Safety. The scores achieved in the above events will be combined to give an overall score for the competition. The team with the highest combined score will be the 2017 State Champion. State Champions are then funded to compete at October's national's competition.. Multiple teams from the same organization, and teams made up of members of differenct utilities or regions, are welcome.

If you are interested and would like more specific details, please contact:
Susan Merideth
Jonesboro City Water & Light
PO Box 1289
Jonesboro, AR 72403


Or visit:

For More Info on the OPS Challenge CLICK HERE! 

To get an idea of how the OPS Challenge works, Watch This Video!

Join us as the winners of the State’s District Drinking Water Contests come together in the overall state competition for best tasting drinking water at our annual Drinking Water Contest. This Sunday evening event will take place during the Meet and Greet so make sure you stop by to find out just which Arkansas district has the best tasting drinking water in the state!

Hotel & Convention Center

PLEASE NOTE FOR 2017 : The following hotels are SOLD OUT of the group block / rate:
THE HOTEL HOT SPRINGS (formerly Austin Hotel)
 **Rooms may be available at these hotels at rack rate**
Special rates and other hotel information for the 2017 Conference are listed below. 
Please note the cut-off dates for the special AWW&WEA rates.
Host Hotel
400 Convention Boulevard
Hot Springs, AR 71901
501-624-9200 or 1-800-362-2779
Fax: 501-624-3225
Single Rate: $141
Double Rate: $146
Special AWW&WEA Rate good through March 28, 2017
Check-in is at 3 p.m.  Check-out is 11 a.m.
Conference Hotel
239 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901
501-623-7771 or 1-800-643-1502
Fax: 501-623-2243
Single Rate (King Bed): $96
Double Rate (King or Double): $106
Special AWW&WEA Rate good through March 28, 2017
Check-in at 3 p.m. Check-out is 11 a.m.
(Formerly Austin Hotel)
Conference Hotel
305 Malvern Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901
501-623-6600 or 1-877-623-6697
Fax: 501-624-7160
Single Rate: $96
Double Rate: $106
Special AWW & WEA Rate good through March 31, 2017
Check-in at 3 p.m. Check-out is 11 a.m.
Avoid the hassle of driving and parking during the conference by using the free shuttle buses.  They may be boarded at the Arlington Hotel, Hotel Hot Springs, and Embassy Suites or at the Convention Center.  Shuttle bus services are provided by Little Rock Tours and are available to all conferees, exhibitors, and spouses.
Sunday, April 30
Continuous service* from noon to 10:00 p.m.
Monday, May 1
Continuous service* from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 2
Continuous service* from 6:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
*Continuous shuttle service will be between the Arlington, Hotel Hot Springs (formerly Austin Hotel) and Embassy Suites hotels and the Hot Springs Convention Center


Online registration is recommended. NEW - Online registration now accepts checks and purchase orders.