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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.


  • 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.
  • Broadcast Email: Affiliates may, upon request, use NOWRA's broadcast email service for member communications.


Held annually at the WWETT Show, this competition showcases the skills of contractors and the equipment they operate through a series of timed exercises contestants must perform on a backhoe. Winners receive national recognition and cash awards. NOWRA also sanctions a number of state Roe-D-Hoe® competitions around the country. The state winners are automatically grandfathered into the national Roe-D-Hoe® finals at the WWETT show, where they compete against the winners of the open competition held during the WWETT Show.

For states wishing to hold their ownRoe-D-Hoe®, NOWRA can provide extensive support , including
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