2021 Onsite Wastewater Mega-Conference
Call for Papers
Essential Work in the Lone Star State

We are pleased to announce that the 2021 Onsite Mega-Conference will be held in San Marcos, Texas. It is a combined effort between the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Associaton (NOWRA), the National Association of Wastewater Technicians (NAWT), the State Onsite Regulators Association (SORA), and the Texas Onsite Wastewater Association (TOWA). The Mega-Conference is the largest event of its kind and offers decentralized professionals the highest quality education and training available. The 2021 event will be held October 17-20 at the Embassy Suites San Marcos by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, San Marcos, Texas. In-person and virtual education sessions will be held Oct 18-19, 2021 with field trips on the 20th. A virtual component of the conference is being planned for those unable to travel to Texas, but we hope to see many of you there!

You can get a PDF version of the Call For Papers requirements HERE.

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Paper and Presentation Options
Your presentation can fit into one of three categories. Please strongly consider writing a paper to serve as long-term documentation of the conference and progress made in the decentralized industry. However, all organizations involved wish to encourage speakers from all aspects of the industry and are offering the following three options to attract presenters:

  1. Oral research-based presentations: These may be related to new technologies, monitoring, extension education, field assessment, or any topic that are related to onsite wastewater treatment. A presentation could come with or without a paper.
  2. Oral non-research related presentations: These presentations could be about any onsite wastewater treatment- related topic including installation, maintenance, science about onsite wastewater treatment, maintenance, environmental impacts, and related topics. Presentations must be clearly non-sales oriented. A presentation could come with or without a paper.
  3. Poster presentations: These presentations could be on a research or non-research related topic about onsite wastewater treatment and recycling. The posters will be displayed during the conference in a prominent location.

Paper and Presentation Review
The presentation slides and paper to be included in the Conference Proceedings must comply with formating requirements and will be reviewed by the NOWRA Education and Technical Practices Committees. The primary author of a presentation that includes a paper will receive a $50 registration discount.

Abstract submittals are due June 18, 2021 MORE

Questions about a Topic or Conference?
Please discuss questions about the applicability of topics for the conference with Education Committee Chair, Sergio Abit, by email at
Please send questions about the conference in general to NOWRA's Executive Director, Tom Groves, by email at

Thanks for submitting your abstract with us!

*Lead Author First Name:
*Lead Author Last Name:
Lead Presenter First Name: If different from Author
Lead Presenter Last Name: If different from Author
*Abstract Type:
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*Paper Title:
*Abstract:A 150-250 word description (250 words max) of the proposed paper and presentation/session. MORE
*Biography:A 150-250 word biography (250 words max) of the Lead Presenter in paragraph form that includes educational degrees and description of experience as it relates to the onsite/decentralized industry experience.

Please review and verify the above information, then:

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