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Overview of Benefits for Affiliates

Most of NOWRA's membership comes through its network of affiliated state organizations. As a result, it is constantly looking to provide new programs and services to support its state affiliates. An overview of those programs is below.


NOWRA's Septic Locator is the only national, searchable directory of providers of onsite wastewater management services. The Septic Locator was recently revamped and rolled out as a stand-alone website designed for septic system owners to help find quality services and information. We are working to ensure the Septic Locator is near the top of search engine results. All members of every state affiliate (except those in the Supporting Affiliate category) are automatically included on the Septic Locator. That's a $50 value for each member. Each member controls their own listing. They can change contact information, services offered and other information in real time.


NOWRA has established the Installer Academy as the national educational entity for the decentralized  wastewater industry to ensure that quality training programs are available for all industry practitioners. By participating in NOWRA’s Education Programs, members gain a learned foundation that continuously builds personal and professional opportunities. NOWRA offers its training programs to every state affiliate at cost -- affiliates only pay for the cost of instructors, their travel, lodging and food, and NOWRA's administrative overhead. In that way, affiliates have an affordable program to offer at their annual meetings or other training events which offers them an opportunity to generate income.
  • Classroom -- These courses focus on the procedures and practices for installation, operation, maintenance and trouble-shooting of onsite systems, and typically qualify for continuing education credits. Many are offered by NOWRA-affiliated state groups. They are listed separately and updated regularly on NOWRA’s website. NOWRA is prepared to offer Installer Academy training courses to any qualified organization and welcomes inquiries. For an overview of current training offerings, click here
  • Online -- Coming soon, NOWRA will roll out Installer Academy Online -- A training platform which can be used by the national office and by individual state affiliates. NOWRA shares revenue with Full State Affiliates in two ways.  For courses developed by the affiliate, the affiliate receives the bulk of the revenue, For courses developed by NOWRA which are taken by someone in tate represented by a Full Affiliate in good standing, they receive a smaller percentage of the revenue. States receive this revenue without regard to whether the individual is a member of the state affiliate or not.

  • Event Calendar: NOWRA also lists meetings of its affiliates in great detail, including featuring affiliate meetings on the "Events" page on its website.
  • Conference registration services: For a modest fee, NOWRA can provide affiliates with the ability to provide an online registration option for affiliate conferences and training events.
Other Services
  • Broadcast Email: Affiliates may, upon request, use NOWRA's broadcast email service for member communications.
  • Grassroots communications:  NOWRA recently obtained a license to use Muster, a grassroots advocacy tool which makes it super easy to get your members to take action on key regulatory and legislative initiatives in your state. Muster is simple to use, but powerful. When you identify an issue where you want your members to take action, you draft a letter about the issue for them to send; you send an email to your members with a link to that letter, telling them why they should act; the link your members open is already addressed to their representative and has added their signature added to the bottom of the letter. All the member has to do is hit send to add their voice to your cause!

Held annually, this competition is intended to showcase the skills of contractors and the equipment they operate through a series of timed exercises contestants must perform on a backhoe.

NOWRA also sanctions a number of state Roe-D-Hoe® competitions around the country; the state winners are automatically grandfathered into the national finals where they compete against the winner of the open competition held during the Pumper Show. NOWRA can provide extensive support to help affiliates who wish to hold a sanctioned
Roe-D-Hoe®. Support includes providing customized registration forms, release forms, software to display competition results, Roe-D-Hoe® games (such as bowling or golf), stopwatches and consultation. NOWRA can also help affiliates secure equipment if needed, and will run the Roe-D-Hoe® on behalf of the affiliate upon request (affiliate must cover travel, lodging and food cost for NOWRA representative).

Watch a video of 2012 National Backhoe Roe-D-Hoe® highlights here:


NOWRA hosts regular telephone meetings with the leadership of its state affiliates. These meetings provide an opportunity for affiliates to offer suggestions and feedback to the national office on programs and services, lets affiliates share information with one another. Affiliates also receive an update on national office activities.


NOWRA has worked with individual affiliates on a wide range of activities. To the extent that staff resources will permit, NOWRA will work to provide support to any affiliate requesting help.


Benefits for individual members of Full Affiliates include:
  • A free listing in NOWRA's Septic Locator, a national, customer-focused website intended to help consumers find industry professionals
  • A copy of NOWRA's Onsite Journal, a full-color member magazine focused on industry topics
  • Regular communications from NOWRA on issues of interest to industry professionals
  • Discounts on registrations for NOWRA conferences, online training seminars, and publications such as NOWRA's Homeowner Folders
  • Access to NOWRA's Resource Library, an extensive knowledge base of information on the science and practice of onsite wastewater treatment
  • Equipment financing discounts through Wells Fargo,
  • Office supply discounts through OfficeMax/Office Depot
As more services are added, NOWRA will look for opportunities to ensure that its members receive benefits not available to those who are not direct members of NOWRA or its affiliates.