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Washington On-Site Sewage Association Membership


2018 WOSSA Membership ... What does the survival of your business have to do with being a member of a Professional Association?

… Plenty! Be unique, but don’t stand alone.

 Hopefully you have been reading the past issues of the WOSSA Pipeline Magazine or have attended a recent class or WOSSA conference … because, this is what can happen when you are not paying attention.

 “House Bill 1503

 State of Washington 65th Legislature 2017 Regular Session By Representatives Short, Taylor, Van Werven, Buys, Haler, Kraft, and Hargrove

 Read first time 01/23/17.  Referred to Committee on Environment

 NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 70.118A16 RCW to read as follows: This chapter does not require a local health jurisdiction to require that periodic inspections of an on-site sewage system in operation be conducted by a professional inspector.

 Nothing in this chapter prohibits a county from relying on self-inspection of on-site sewage systems for the purposes of protecting the quality or quantity of surface or groundwater resources under chapter 36.70A RCW.”


 Who helped bring this bill before the legislature? Members of an opposing Association ...

 Citizens Opposed to On-Site Septic System Management in Washington (COOMWA)

 What is COOMWA’s Mission Statement?

 Coordinating a citizen’s movement to empower Onsite Septic System owners in the State of Washington to maintain their private property rights; reject regulatory fees; avoid intrusive monitoring; and contest government claims of pollution, spreading disease and impact on open water.

 WOSSA was paying attention ... and was able to successfully defend against it. As business owners and professionals, we tend to try and control the things that affect our bottom line. However, your business is not an island unto itself and is affected by many external influences, such as organizations like COOMWA, State / County rules and regulations, health / safety rules, financial institutions and insurance. Some jobs are just too big to handle alone, which is why small businesses like your own formed the Washington On-Site Sewage Association.

 Join WOSSA or renew your membership and benefit from the leverage and resources that a professional association can provide to its members. Without a professional association to represent you, your business is subject to things outside of your control: government, lenders and your competition. As a professional association, WOSSA performs many jobs on your behalf, such as state and local advocacy. We also provide industry related legislation support or opposition in Olympia with our lobbyist Tim Johnson. With your support WOSSA can do this much more effectively that you can as an individual.

 As a WOSSA Member you now have a membership in NOWRA

 Now that WOSSA is a Full NOWRA Affiliate, you are entitled to enjoy the full benefits of being a NOWRA member. Here are some of the things NOWRA is doing on behalf of its members.

 Representation in Washington D.C. and in Our State

85 million Americans - a quarter of our population - rely on onsite treatment systems instead of public sewer systems, but of the billions of dollars the federal government gives the states to address wastewater treatment, we receive less than 1% of those dollars. This is fundamentally unfair to our interests in a number of ways.

 NOWRA believes this has gone on for far too long. Since 2014, we have had an active lobbying effort at both the Congressional and Federal Agency levels. We think more needs to be done at the federal level to secure legislative and policy changes which foster expanded use of onsite and decentralized technology and which can help the industry address the policy, management, and financial issues caused in large part by neglect at the federal level.

 Septic Locator

Every NOWRA member receives a free listing on the Septic Locator, the only national, searchable directory of providers of onsite wastewater management services. Once your information is entered in Septic Locator database, you have an opportunity to be found by homeowners and others who are looking for your services. Best of all, your listing is controlled by you -- you can change contact information, services offered and other information in real time. You will receive notification on how to log in to your Septic Locator listing once your data is posted.

 Onsite Journal

NOWRA has resumed publication of the Onsite Journal magazine. This 4-color magazine offers useful information about national developments affecting onsite wastewater, reports from state affiliates and industry vendors, and updates on NOWRA programs and services of interest.

 Leadership

NOWRA provides all members with opportunities to have a voice in its affairs. Whether you express that by voting in NOWRA’s Board of Directors elections, participating in our annual meeting, commenting on proposals, volunteering your time on a committee or task force, or simply sharing your views with a board member, NOWRA welcomes and encourages your involvement in our activities.

 National Backhoe Roe-D-Hoe® Competition

Held annually, this competition is intended to showcase the skills of contractors and the equipment they operate through a series of timed exercises contestants must perform on a backhoe. NOWRA also sanctions a number of state Roe-D-Hoe® competitions around the country; the state winners are automatically grandfathered into the national finals where they compete against the winner of the open competition.

 Equipment Loan Discounts

NOWRA has partnered with Wells Fargo to provide NOWRA members with discounts on interest rates and document fees for equipment purchases in excess of $50,000. Wells Fargo’s Specialty Vehicles Division is offering NOWRA members a quarter percent discount. (25 basis points) off of the prevailing interest rate for purchases of vehicles or related equipment which are financed through their division. As with any loan request, applicants must still qualify for financing under the terms and conditions of the lending authority.. Click here to take advantage of this members only program

 Office Supplies Discounts

NOWRA has teamed with Office Depot to bring your business a better office supply solution. Office Depot Discount Application and Information.

 Visit NOWRA’s website (NOWRA.org) for more information about your benefits and membership.​

Membership Benefits
Here are a few of the key reasons why it’s important that you renew your membership or join WOSSA for 2012. We know that for many of you, times are tough and we are working hard to make sure you get value from your membership. Your support will continue to provide the benefits it has in the past, such as:

  • Network and Share Expertise - Tap into a network of hundreds of industry professionals and experts from around the state to share on-the job experiences, to request information on septic issues, discuss local topics of concern, and to work together to improve processes. WOSSA also offers member support for business consulting and safety management programs
  • Enhance Your Own Expertise - By advancing your skills through professional training; you improve your performance and your value to your customers and/or employer. WOSSA offers a variety of unique educational programs and self-study materials covering the many aspects of the on-site industry. Most WOSSA-sponsored programs provide the opportunity to earn your Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs). WOSSA has provided training to over 16,000 industry professionals since 1997; 1,100 of which were in 2011. WOSSA members receive a 30% discount on education costs.
  • Members Scholarship Program - Members only access to our Scholarship Program for your children, toward secondary education. A program that has delivered over $80,000 in scholarship grants since inception and $8,000 in 2012.
  • Be the Voice of the Industry - WOSSA continues to be a leading advocate promoting the interests of the onsite community at all levels of state government. Visit our Advocacy page to stay up-to-date on legislative and regulatory changes and get information on key contacts at your local, state, federal and provincial levels.
  • Self-Study Programs - WOSSA Distance learning online, providing a significant cost savings to you and the industry, through reduced travel, time and convenience. We are continuing to develop further courses for our online distance learning program.
  • Affordable Liability Insurance - Liability, Bonding, E&O insurance specific to the onsite industry with an average reduction in premiums of 25%, and up to 12% in additional discounts for WOSSA members, through Watercolor Management Insurance, a WOSSA preferred provider.
  • Promote Professional Excellence - Improving the delivery of onsite services is a major goal for WOSSA, and our quarterly publication of the WOSSA “Pipeline” magazine has been established to enhance the effectiveness of our industry professionals and their competencies in all areas of on-site septic systems. Our publication reaches more than 1,700 industry professionals throughout the State.
  • The WOSSA Executive Board – As a member you obtain voting privileges for election of WOSSA Leadership. With membership you also gain Eligibility to serve on the WOSSA Board and can truly become the “Voice of the Industry”.


We ask that you take this opportunity to renew your current membership or to become a valuable new member of our Association.


The links above provide helpful information about the benefits of membership, types of membership available, and pricing. There's also a link to the online and printable application, or you can click on "Join WOSSA" at the top of the page. Already a member? Use the Members Only link for access to more tools and resources. WOSSA is your primary resource for on-site industry related knowledge!


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