What is NOWRA?
The National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA) is the largest organization within the U.S. dedicated to educating and representing members within the onsite and decentralized industry.  Our members include educators, regulators, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, and other parties dedicated to protecting water resources and the environment.  More information....    ....
About Onsite Waste Water Technology
  "Onsite wastewater management system" (also called a“Decentralized system”), has become a commonly-used term to describe a wastewater treatment system that treats and disperses wastewater at or near its source. Decentralized systems include systems which serve individual homes (often known as a "Septic System"), a cluster of homes, a subdivision or small community as well as commercial and industrial complexes. These systems take advantage of the vast capacity of soil to remove or transform pollutants that are in the effluent as it percolates through the soil thereby maintaining the quality and quantity of our groundwater. By definition, onsite wastewater management systems are a ‘green technology’ because treated effluent recharges local aquifers. More
Welcome to nowra.org’s new home!

We’re pleased to introduce NOWRA’s new website. We hope you find it to be a useful resource.  The new nowra.org offers substantially more capabilities than the old website. This should make it easier for you to find information, promote your business, manage your NOWRA membership, and conduct business with the association. Over the next several months we will continue to add more content and more features to the website, but for now, click here if you are interested in learning more about the website.

NOWRA News and Highlights

Read the Candidate Statements
Click to cast your ballot here

Details to come shortly!

SepticSmart  website
Help homeowners be SepticSmart year round.  Details. 
Read about the education and research (PDF) states and communities are doing regarding septic systems in order to protect water quality.

NOWRA held a Government Action Day on July 14 in Washington. Members came to Washington to visit Members of Congress and let them know that our industry needs their support! Details.

State onsite wastewater associations representing Arizona, Utah, and Washington state have all chosen to become NOWRA affiliates. Welcome!

YouTube version of his testimonywritten testimony (more detailed) here. NOWRA held an educational trade fair on July 30, 2014 to tell Congress about the benefits/advantages of onsite and decentralized wastewater treatment….and to point out the inequities in how the industry is funded. Details.

NOWRA recently hosted two trainings in the state: June 16-17 in Albuquerque, and June 18-19 in Almagordo. Details, call NOWRA HQ.

. Welcome! NMOWA Website

Full details here

The membership's magazine returns! Read the current issue here

Now Online!

This guidance document is expected to become the template used by EPA when addressing onsite system management in impaired watersheds. It will be a topic of discussion at NOWRA's upcoming Annual Conference.
Read the EPA document
Read the Comments submitted and EPA's responses



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Which of NOWRA's primary advocacy/lobbying goals is most important to you personally?
Increase the share of new construction which uses onsite treatment
Seek to change policies at EPA which discriminate against the use of onsite wastewater
Secure a larger share of federal funding for wastewater infrastructure