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Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center, Norman, OK

Wednesday, April 10

Time Location Event / Description Speaker / Organization
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Registration
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Oklahoma Ballroom
Vendor Booth Setup
10:00 AM
University A
ORWAAG Annual Business Meeting
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
University B
Delegate Lunch
1:30 PM
University A
ORWA Annual Business Meeting
3:00 PM
Northpark
Water Taste Test Preliminary
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Oklahoma Ballroom
Vendor Social

Thursday, April 11

Time Location Event / Description Speaker / Organization
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Registration
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Oklahoma Ballroom
Vendor Hall
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Oklahoma Ballroom
Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
University A
Welcome and Alliance Announcement
8:15 AM – 9:15 AM
University A
Training Session
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
University A
Training Session
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
Break
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
University A
Training
11:45 AM – 1:45 PM
Oklahoma Ballroom
Keynote Luncheon & Water Taste Test Finals
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM
University A
Training
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
University A
Training
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM
Break
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
University A
Training
5:30 PM
Outside University B&C
Awards Dinner Reception
6:30 PM
University B&C
Awards Dinner
8:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Sooner Ballroom
Entertainment (TBD)

Friday, April 12

Time Location Event / Description Speaker / Organization
7:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration
7:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Oklahoma Ballroom
Vendor Hall
7:30 PM – 8:30 AM
Oklahoma Ballroom
Pancake Breakfast
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM
University A (Track 1)
Training (TBD)
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM
University B (Track 2)
Training (TBD)
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM
University A (Track 1)
Training (TBD)
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM
University B (Track 2)
Training (TBD)
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Break
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
University A (Track 1)
Training (TBD)
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
University B (Track 2)
Training (TBD)
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
University A (Track 1)
Training (TBD)
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
University B (Track 2)
Training (TBD)
 

Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center

Booking Code:
  • Attendees: ORW
  • Government: GVT
Conf Dates: April 10-12, 2024
Address: 2501 Conference Dr, Norman, OK 73069
Reservations: (405) 364-8040

Fees can be refunded if a written request to office@orwa.org is received by March 22, 2024.

Booth locations will be assigned based on the date we receive your form. However, if your tier membership includes a ‘Preferred Booth Space Location,’ that will take precedence. Thank you for your timely submission.

A Special Thanks to

Our Sponsors

System / Attendee

The 54th Annual Conference of the Oklahoma Rural Water Association is just around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited! This year’s conference promises to be an event like no other, offering attendees the chance to network with industry professionals, witness the judging of the highly-anticipated Water Taste Test Finals, and discover the latest product and service innovations.

In addition to the exciting educational sessions, attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in the Vendor Social, Vendor Luncheon, and Awards Dinner. These events will provide a great opportunity to connect with fellow attendees, make new contacts, and enjoy delicious food in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

And, to make things even more fun, we will be holding big prize drawings at the end of the conference.  This is your chance to walk away with amazing prizes, so don’t miss out!

So, whether you’re a water industry professional looking to enhance your skills or simply interested in discovering the latest advancements in the field, this year’s Annual Conference is the perfect event for you. Register now to join us and take advantage of this amazing opportunity!

Registration Types

Full
Partial
Spouse / Guest
Training
Exhibits
Drawings
Refreshments
Vendor Social
Keynote Lunch
Awards Dinner
Breakfast
Before Mar 22
$250
$150
$75
After Mar 22
$300
$200
$100

12 hours of DEQ Approved Operator renewal training & board member training will be offered at this event.

  • April 11 – Up to 8 hours of training available 
  • April 12 – Up to 4 hours of training available

The ORWA intends to find out who has the best-tasting water in the state. We’ve heard many boasts – now it’s time to see. The winning system will receive one free full registration to next year’s Annual Conference as well as an entry in the National Rural Water Association’s Great American Water Taste Test in Washington D.C., in 2025. This contest is only open to current ORWA members.

More Information

If you register by March 22, 2024 you will receive:

  • $50 Off Full or Partial Registration
  • $25 Off Guests or Spouse

Associate / Vendor

The Oklahoma Rural Water Association invites you to participate in the ORWA 54th Annual Conference, a unique opportunity to showcase your products and services to a captive audience.

This year, we are excited to announce the Keynote Luncheon will be held in the exhibit hall, providing increased exposure for your products and services. Be sure to purchase your lunch ticket, so you can eat with the attendees! In addition, attendees will have longer breaks, allowing ample time to visit your booths.

We are confident that this year’s conference will exceed your expectations. There will be drawing prizes and the highly-anticipated Water Taste Test Finals to create an engaging and memorable experience for everyone.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to connect with potential customers and grow your business. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Annual Conference!

Booth Includes:

  • 2 Reps
  • 10×10 Area Booth Space
  • 6′ Skirted Table
  • 2 Chairs
  • Pipe & Drape
  • Company Sign
  • Electricity (optional)

Additional Booth Includes:

  • 1 Additional Booth
  • 1 Additional Rep
  • Additional Reps (optional)
  • Electricity (optional)

Rep Package Includes:

  • Refreshments
  • Drawings
  • Vendor Social
  • Breakfast
  • Keynote Lunch (optional)
  • Awards Dinner (optional)

If you register by March 22 you will receive:

  • $50 off Additional Booth Reps
  • $50 off extra table(s) table
  • $10 off electricity

Be an exclusive sponsor of our meals and breaks.

Become a Sponsor

Booths Remaining23

Notice of Annual Meeting

"Delegate Official Notice"

ORWA

Delegate & Director Nomination Forms

Download Forms Below

Delegate & Director Nomination Form

Download Forms Below
ORWA Bylaws and Eligibility

5.1 Board Authority

The Board shall have all powers and authority which may be granted to a Board of a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of Oklahoma, within the purpose set forth in Section 1.2.

5.2 Board Composition

The Board shall consist of sixteen (16) Directors. The ORWA shall prioritize and strive to have four (4) Directors each of the following four (4) Regions:

a. Region 1. That part of Oklahoma located north of Interstate 40 and west of Interstate 35.

b. Region 2. That part of Oklahoma located north of Interstate 40 and east of Interstate 35.

c. Region 3. That part of Oklahoma located south of Interstate 40 and west of Interstate 35.

d. Region 4. That part of Oklahoma located south of Interstate 40 and east of Interstate 35.

The Board will report to the Membership if a Director has been removed from one of the four (4) Regions and the Governance Committee will seek nominations for such position with ninety (90) days of the vacancy.

Furthermore, the following conditions must be met when determine nominations and a slate for Directors:

a. A Director must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age;

b. Only one (1) member of any one (1) family related by blood or marriage;

c. Only one (1) member residing within a household; and,

d. Only one (1) owner or investor of any one (1) member system may be a Director at any given point in time.

e. Furthermore, an employee of the ORWA may not serve as an Officer or Director of the Board of the ORWA.

Call for Abstracts

The Oklahoma Rural Water Association has opened a call for abstracts for the 2024 Spring Conference, to be held April 10-12, 2024 at Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center, Norman.

ORWA is inviting experienced professionals and leaders in the water and wastewater industry to present to our audience of system operators, managers, and governing officials. Our fall conference is a great opportunity to discuss current issues and topics, showcase new technology, and connect with water and wastewater professionals from around the state. This event will host 15 sessions along with a vendor exhibit hall and plenty of opportunities for networking.

To be considered for a spot on the agenda, please submit your abstract at https://orwa.org/call-for-abstracts/ no later than 5pm CST on  March 4th, 2024. 

  • Asset Management
  • Board Management and Leadership
  • Codes, Policies, Rates, and Fees
  • Drought Management
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Employment Law
  • Financial Assistance for Capital Improvement
  • Financial Management
  • Groundwater Management
  • Lead Service Line Inventory
  • Legalities of Water and Wastewater System Operations
  • Legislative & Regulatory Updates
  • Long-Term Water Supply Planning
  • Renewal and Replacement of Aging Infrastructure
  • Social Media Management for Water / Wastewater Systems
  • Source Water Protection
  • Sustainability and Resilience
  • System Efficiency
  • Technology and Innovation in the Water and Wastewater Industry
  • Tribal Partnerships
  • Utility Business Management
  • Value of Water / Public Perceptions
  • Water / Energy Nexus
  • Water Conservation and Efficiency

18th Annual Drinking Water Taste Contest

The Oklahoma Rural Water Association intends to find out who has the best-tasting water in the state. We’ve heard many boasts – now it’s time to see. The winning system will receive one free full registration to next year’s Annual Conference as well as an entry in the National Rural Water Association’s Great American Water Taste Test in Washington D.C., in 2025. This contest is only open to current ORWA members.

Call Embassy Suites direct at (405) 364-8040 to reserve your room.
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