Attendee Information

2018 AWW&WEA Conference

Licensing Notice (NEW FOR 2018!)

For Full Conference Credit, you MUST provide either the last 4 digits of your SSN when you register OR (NEW) your license number(s) for any licensing agency or agencies that you wish to receive your attendance reported to. While at the conference, you MUST have your badge scanned once at each scanning period: Monday AM, Monday PM, Tuesday AM and Tuesday PM to receive full attendance credit.

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.

General Information

Sunday, April 29, 2018
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Registration
1:00 - 6:30 p.m. Expo 2018 (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
(By Invitation Only)
Monday, April 30, 2018
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 2018 (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 2018 (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 1, 2018
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 2018
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 2, 2018
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 87th Annual Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association Conference and 2018 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! 
This year's host is Harriett Benzing

Make plans to join in the fun at the Ted & Clara Gentry Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament on Wednesday May 2, 2018. We will continue the tradition of the 4-Person Scramble tournament at the beautiful Hot Springs Country Club.    Proceeds from the 2017 Tournament were nearly $4,000 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: A. J. Kaufman at (501) 374-4846 or email at with the subject line GOLF18.

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

Event Details Coming SOON

For information, questions or to become involved, contact:
Calvin Reynolds
New Water Systems
PO Box 193805
Little Rock, AR 72119

This year's competition details will be released soon!


For more information, please contact:
Larry Yancey
Hawkins-Weir Engineers
PO Box 648
Van Buren, AR 72957



OPERATIONS CHALLENGE                           Luke Avery

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 2018 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:
Luke Avery
Jacksonville Wastewater Utility
248 Cloverdale Rd
Jacksonville, AR 72076


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!

For more information contact:
Tad Bohannon
Central Arkansas Water
221 W. Capitol Ave
Little Rock, AR 72201


Hotel & Convention Center

Special rates and other hotel information for the 2018 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: $151
Special AWW&WEA Rate good through March 27, 2018
Check-in is at 4 p.m.  Check-out is 12 p.m.
All guests receive daily Complimentary Breakfast and Manager's Reception 
**Block OPENS for reservations October 16th, 2017**
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): $99
Double Rate (King or Double): $109
Special AWW&WEA Rate good through April 6, 2018
Check-in at 3 p.m. Check-out is 11 a.m.
Conference Hotel
305 Malvern Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901
501-623-6600 or 1-877-623-6697
Fax: 501-624-7160
Single Rate: $119
Double Rate: $129
Special AWW & WEA Rate good through March 29, 2018
Check-in at 4 p.m. Check-out is 12 p.m.
All guests receive Complimentary Breakfast daily
Avoid the hassle of driving and parking during the conference by using your hotel's shuttle service.