FAQ

What counties does the Northwest District consist of?

Can people from other areas/states join?

How do you join?

Who oversees the organization?

Why do operators have to have a license?

How much does it cost to join?

Why should I join?

What kind of people are members of the District?

How do you become a Sponsor of the District?

Why should my company become a Sponsor?

What kind of training programs do you have?

Where do we meet?

Why don’t you just meet in one location?

How many members do you have?

How many members usually attend a meeting?

How long are the meetings?

 





What counties does the Northwest District consist of?
The District is composed of all or parts of the following counties: Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Boone, Marion, Newton, Crawford, Franklin, and Johnson Return to Top

Can people from other areas/states join?
Yes, of course. We welcome anyone that wishes to further the cause of safe drinking water and having a safe and healthy environment. Just a word of caution though, the training hours that we accumulate and submit to the State of Arkansas may not be acceptable to your state or local government. Check with them first. Return to Top

How do you join?
The easiest and best way to join is to download a membership form. You may also send a message to membership@nwd-awwwea.org.
But, in the long run you will still have to fill out a membership form
so that should be your first step. Send it in and we’ll take care of the
rest!
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Who oversees the organization?
The District has three elected Officers: The Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer. Along with these three Officers, the District has a
Board of Directors which help in it’s administration. This Board and
those Officers are responsible to a state wide organization who has
Officers and a Board alike. This state wide organization works with the
State of Arkansas’ Department of Environmental Quality and Department of
Health and Human Services to provide the best in Water and Wastewater
Operators.
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Why do operators have to have a license?
We have licenses to insure the public safety and to verify to the State that we can do the jobs that we are required to do. Water and Wastewater Operators directly affect the well being of the State of Arkansas and in some cases the surrounding states. Public safety and confidence is our number one concern. Return to Top

How much does it cost to join?
It all depends on if you are signing up an individual, a complete utility or a complete company. We have memberships for all those levels. It really depends on the number of people if it’s more than one. If you download the membership Application form it has all of the information about pricing levels. Return to Top

Why should I join?
Membership in the District provides it’s members with an opportunity to meet with other folks who are in the same profession. This meeting allows for social and professional networking, a commonality of training, great fellowship and in many cases, it allows for support between the communities and agencies involved. There has been cases in the past when a City needed a part in an emergency and was able to borrow one from an adjoining City. This contact came from attending the District meetings. Return to Top

What kind of people are members of the District?
The District is made up of individuals from all walks of life. There are City officials, Professional Engineers, Equipment Vendors, Utility Managers, Utility Workers, Plumbers, Contractors, Systems Integrators, etc. We strive to be a typical cross section of the types of individuals that work in our industry every day. Return to Top

How do you become a Sponsor of the District?
The best way to become a Sponsor is by downloading a Sponsorship Application, filling it out and returning it to the District. Our Sponsors are wonderful individuals and companies that help defray the costs of hosting our web site and in return their company logo is placed on our home page. Return to Top

Why should my company become a Sponsor?
For the extremely small fee of $50, the sponsor’s logo is placed on our site’s home page with a link to the company’s web site. It then becomes the first thing that any visitor or member sees. This sponsorship lasts for one year and is easily renewable. This exposure on our site endears the company to the Districts members and provides another point of exposure on the World Wide Web. Return to Top

What kind of training programs do you have?
The training programs we have are varied and include all areas of responsibility to water and wastewater operators. The topics range from safety to the new Federal regulations regarding treatment of water. Take a look at our training page to get an idea. Return to Top

Where do we meet?
We meet at many types of facilities. Sometimes it’s a Utilities’ training facility, sometimes a motel, sometimes it’s a City’s education or Emergency Services Building. We always try to arrange a place that is simple to find,
plenty of parking and doesn’t cost very much. Where exactly we meet is
always called out on the Meeting Agenda. Most, if not all the time, it
has a street address and/or a phone number. The Agenda’s are located on
our training page.
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Why don’t you just meet in one location?
We try to meet all over the geographical area that encompasses our District in order to allow for an equalization of driving and travel by the members. This month you may only travel a short distance and maybe next month it might be across the county. This is an attempt to make the travel fair for all of the Utilities and personnel attending the meetings. We do try and make it a centralized location however. Usually it’s at one of the
bigger cities in an area. Many of our smaller cities just don’t have the
facilities to host such a large group. If you are interested in hosting a meeting, please contact the District Chairman. Their contact information is available on the board page.
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How many members do you have?
The membership numbers vary from time to time but for the most part, we have around 750 people as members in the District. Return to Top

How many members usually attend a meeting?
This number also varies. Attendance isn’t mandatory but recommended. As each licensed operator is required by the State of Arkansas to obtain hours of continuing education, these meetings give an opportunity to get those hours. We have had as few as 50 but have also had as many as 175. The average is somewhere around 75 – 100. Return to Top

How long are the meetings?
Our meetings start at around 8:30 a.m. and usually end around 3:00 p.m. And for this all day training event, we receive 6 hours of continuing education credits (usually, sometimes more). We do this once a month and the impact is very slight. So all you have to do to keep your continuing hours up to snuff is attend a few meetings out of the year.