Utah On-Site Wastewater Treatment Training Program

Utah On-Site Wastewater Treatment Training Program

UOWA 2015 Conference

The annual 2015 UOWA Conference was held January 22-23, 2015 at the Conservation Garden Park, 8275 S. 1300 W., West Jordan, UT 84088.  We appreciate your support.

The 2015 Schedule of classes is available now.


Beginning in 2011, all on-site wastewater certification and renewal of certification workshops are DOPL-approved for continuing education credit for contractors and plumbers. For more information contact Judy Sims at judith.sims@usu.edu.

The Utah On-Site Wastewater Association (UOWA) sponsored a one-day mini-conference on "Pumps and Pressure Design for On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems" on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at the Division of Natural Resources Building (1594 West North Temple) in Salt Lake City.

This conference was DOPL-approved for 3 professional continuing education credit hours for contractors and plumbers. Please contact Judy Sims at judith.sims@usu.edu for more information.

Thanks for your support and continuing interest in on-site wastewater treatment issues in Utah.

Since 1998, the Utah On-Site Wastewater Treatment Training Program, located at Utah State University’s, Utah Water Research Laboratory, has provided training to health department staff, site evaluators, general contractors, engineers, system designers and others in on-site wastewater treatment. In 2001, the state initiated a certification program for on-site wastewater treatment professionals and the Utah State training program has provided training workshops in support of that certification program.

There is a lack of public education and awareness, as well as installation and operation training that contributes substantially to misuse and failures of on-site wastewater treatment systems. There is a need for those involved in the development of new housing sites, including system designers, installers, regulators and city and county planners to be trained in correct principles of planning, design, material and systems selection, and system installation for on-site wastewater treatment systems currently allowed under Utah code.

Mission of the Utah On-Site Wastewater Treatment Training Program:

"To provide formal classroom and field training as well as technology transfer to Utah and other Rocky Mountain region regulators, consultants, contractors, and other stakeholders in on-site wastewater treatment systems."


Funding generously provided by the Huntsman Environmental Research Center and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

"[We are] committed to conserving resources and to acting as guardians for the environment."


USU Professor Judith L. Sims served as an elected board member of the National Wastewater Recycling Association from 2008 until 2010. Go to Article in Utah State Today.

"[We are] committed to conserving resources and to acting as guardians for the environment."