Welcome to Connecticut Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (COWRA).
Since 1966, the Connecticut Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (COWRA) has worked to achieve a standard of excellence and integrity across our industry, with a focus on environmentally sound disposal of wastewater products and the protection of water and land.COWRA has become a steward of Connecticut's land and water.
Due to COVID-19, COWRA will be holding our 2021 classes for SEPTIC INSTALLATION and PUMPING / CLEANING virtually. Details are being worked out but classes will start in February 18 and run for six weeks. More information will appear on our Training Page, as it becomes available. If you are interested in the classes, please email us your contact info at firstname.lastname@example.org or text to 860-638-8188.
On our Member Services Page you will find directories of Septic System Installers, Pumper/Cleaners, Septic System Inspectors and other related services.
Why should you be member of COWRA?
Every person working in the Connecticut wastewater industry benefits form our organization, whether or not you are a member. Unlike regional and national organizations COWRA focuses on those issues that directly affect Connecticut, those working within Connecticut and the regulation that can differ among the health departments across our State.
In addition, consumers looking for an installer or cleaner may contact us by phone or through our website, for references in their areas. There are insurance companies who provide a discount to our members on business related insurance. Members and their employees receive a significant discount on our training classes.
Members of our Board of Directors work closely with the State of Connecticut on the Code of Advisory Committee to help formulate the new laws and codes that directly affect our industry.Through the Code of Advisory Committee, we are able to explain to those state officials who monitor and regulate our industry, the problems we face in our work in Connecticut. It is through this interactive work that we are able to keep our members up-to-date on changes in laws that impact our industry. COWRA hired lobbyist David Evans to monitor and influence those laws coming before the Connecticut Legislature. He is continually interacting with state law makers, informing, monitoring and shaping those issues that directly influence our trade. Our members are a diverse group including Installers, Pumpers, Cleaners, Health Officials, Sanitarians, Engineers and Suppliers who all work together, to keep the land and water across Connecticut environmentally safe.We work to provide a standard of integrity and excellence within our industry and to create the highest quality of work within our trade. Connecticut can work best if everyone in our industry works together. It is through the support of our members that we are able to achieve these goals. Please join us.
Click on the link below to access our Membership Application.
From The President: Frank Talarico We are now in our 54th year as an involved association, formally the Connecticut Sewage Disposal Association.
To keep up with the rest of the nation, we have since changed our name to Connecticut Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association.
Our members are septic installers, cleaners, professional engineers, manufacturers and suppliers. Our objective is to keep members informed of regulations at the State and Local levels. We work with the Connecticut State Department of Public Health (D.P.H) and the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (D.E.E.P) to give input and experience of our members to help make better regulations, designs, manufacturing requirements. These help improve the ground water that we drink by providing better septic system installations and disposal sites, which recycle our wastes back to the earth. This helps to cleanly replace and maintain our water supplies.
We also have classes put on each year to inform, teach and prepare anyone who is interested in becoming a septic installer or septic cleaner.
We welcome new members to keep our organization strong and improve our trade. For all visitors to this site, you can find members in the septic trades to help you with all your needs.