One of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA)'s top priorities are health concerns and the safety of the employees and contractors of the industries we serve. For that reason, we believe it is in the best interest of our exhibitors, attendees and sponsors that we postpone our Annual Conference (currently scheduled for April 26-29, 2020) to another date later in 2020.

AWW&WEA continues to monitor updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as the advice and updates released daily from the Professional Conference Managers Association (PCMA) on the escalating global impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on people's lives as well as other conferences and events around Arkansas and the world.

We are diligently and feverishly working with all entities necessary to complete the process of fully integrating to a new date pattern. Additionally, we're working with the agencies of the Arkansas Department of Health and the Division of Environmental Quality to work out a plan regarding attendees' continuing education credits they would normally receive during our Annual Conference in April. New details and information will be posted on AWW&WEA's website (www.awwwea.org), Facebook and Twitter once it's finalized. We kindly ask that you please bear with us as we work to gather all of the information.

REGISTRATION TRANSFERS / REFUNDS For those that have already registered to attend the 2020 Annual Conference in April, you may choose to transfer your current registration to the new Conference date (to be determined) OR you may request a refund. Refund requests should be sent via email to ashley@angelarogersgroup.com, with the information below included with the refund request.

Attendee First & Last Name
Mailing address

Refunds will be processed in the order in which they're received. Please allow a few weeks for processing.

If you made a hotel room reservation for the April 2020 AWW&WEA Conference in Hot Springs, please be sure to cancel it as soon as possible. ARG is not permitted to cancel any hotel room reservations booked by attendees.

In adhering to the Mayor of Little Rock's plea for those businesses that are able to work remotely to do so, the Angela Rogers Group (AWW&WEA's Executive Administrator and Conference Management team) is currently working remotely and are not physically in the office. If you have any questions, please do not call the office, but rather email either ashley@angelarogersgroup.com. Please be advised that the ARG team is currently experiencing an extremely high volume of communications so response may be delayed.

Postponing the AWW&WEA Annual Conference was certainly not an easy decision but we are confident that we will overcome this outbreak more easily if we stay rational and focused. We appreciate your continued support and patience.

Attendee Information

2020 AWW&WEA Conference

Licensing Notice!


General Information

Sunday, April 26, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM  Exhibitor Appreciation Luncheon
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Registration
1:00 PM - 6:30 PM Expo 2020 (Exhibit Hall)
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Opening Session & Board Meeting
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Meet and Greet
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Drinking Water Contest
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM YP Event at Superior Bathhouse
6:00 PM Door Prize Drawing
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Chair's Reception (by invitation only)
Monday, April 27, 2020
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Past Chairs Breakfast
(Embassy Suites)
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Registration (closed for lunch from 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
8:45 AM - 11:30 AM Technical Sessions
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Expo 2020 (Exhibit Hall)
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Equipment ROADeo (Arena)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Operations Challenge (Exhibit Hall)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Spouse Program Activity (Horner Hall)
10:45 AM - 1:15 PM Conference Luncheon (Exhibit Hall)
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM Wastewater Awards Luncheon (Embassy Suites)
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Spouse Luncheon (Horner Hall)
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Technical Sessions (see Class Schedule)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Nickel Beer
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Equipment ROADeo Finals
5:30 PM Door Prize Drawing (Exhibit Hall)
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Lab/Pretreatment Breakfast
(Embassy Suites)
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Registration
8:45 AM - 11:30 AM Technical Sessions see Class Schedule)
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Expo 2020
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Spouse Contintental Breakfast (Horner Hall)
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Spouse Program Activity
10:45 AM - 1:15 PM Conference Luncheon (Exhibit Hall)
11:45 AM - 1:15 pm Water Awards Luncheon (Embassy Suites)
12:00 PM Hospitality and Prize Drawing (Exhibit Hall)
1:00 PM Water for People & Exhibitors Contest Results
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Technical Sessions
6:30 PM Conference Banquet
and Kellogg Award Ceremony
(Arlington Hotel)
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
8:00 AM Ted & Clara Gentry Memorial Golf Tournament
(Hot Springs Country Club)
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM AWEA Collection System Certification
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Wastewater Certification Exams
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Water Certification Exams
All events at the Hot Springs Convention Center unless otherwise noted.


2020 Arkansas Water Conference Spouse Program

We are thrilled to invite all spouses to the 89th Annual Arkansas Water Conference and 2020 Spouse Program. Our Spouse program offers a great opportunity to meet new people and reconnect with those we already know.

More information about the 2020 Spouse program will be forthcoming.

Make plans to join in the fun at the Ted & Clara Gentry Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. We will continue the tradition of the 4-Person Scramble tournament at the beautiful Hot Springs Country Club. Proceeds help to fund the Ted and Clara Gentry Memorial Scholarship Program.

2020 Arkansas Water Conference YP Event

More information about the YP Event at the 2020 Arkanasas Water Conference will be forthcoming.


For more information, please contact:
Brandon Haynes
City of Fort Smith
3900 Kelley Hwy.
Ft. Smith, AR 72901



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 2020 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.

Please visit awea-ar.org for more information

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:
Jimmie Johnson
City of Fort Smith
3900 Kelley Hwy.
Ft. Smith, AR 72904

Hotel & Convention Center


Special rates and other hotel information for the 2020 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: $145 (plus applicable fees and taxes)
Double Rate: $155 (plus applicable fees and taxes)

Special AWW&WEA Rate good through March 25, 2020

Check-in is at 4:00 pm. Check-out is 12:00 PM.

All guests receive daily Complimentary Breakfast and Manager's Reception



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): $100 (plus applicable fees and taxes)
Double Rate (King or Double): $110 (plus applicable fees and taxes)

Special AWW&WEA Rate good through March 25, 2020

Check-in at 3:00 PM. Check-out is 11:00 AM.


Conference Hotel

305 Malvern Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901
501-623-6600 or 1-877-623-6697
Fax: 501-624-7160

Single Rate: $119 (plus applicable fees and taxes)
Double Rate: $129 (plus applicable fees and taxes)

Special AWW&WEA Rate good through April 1, 2020

Check-in at 4:00 PM. Check-out is 12 PM.

All guests receive Complimentary Breakfast daily

Overflow Hotel

4813 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Single / Double Rate: $149 (plus applicable fees and taxes)

Special Arkansas Water Works Rate good through April 5, 2020

Check In 3:00 PM / Check Out 12:00PM

Transportation for the 2020 Arkansas Water Conference will not be provided. Most local hotels offer a shuttle service. Ask the Front Desk or Concierge of the hotel you're staying at for more information regarding their shuttle service.