Public Relations Committee


To be responsible for the publication of the activities and accomplishments of the Association and its members. To actively promote the Association and its mission through specific activities targeted toward the general public.


1. Develops activities for the annual observation of Clean Water Week, including the following:

a. Develop flyer for mailing to Maine Schools
b. Judging contest entries at Spring Convention
c. Notifying winners and distributing prizes as detailed in annual advertisement of contest
d. Making arrangements for presentations at Spring and Fall Conference
e. Arranging for the printing of the posters into an annual calendar that is distributed to members at the Fall Convention and other events throughout the year.
f. Arranging a presentation at the State House during Clean Water Week to recognize winning students and promote the Association.  This shall include invitation to the Governor and other(s) at the discretion of the Public Relations Committee Chair.
g. Preparing and distributing press release for recognition of winning students.

2. Is responsible for displaying the Association booth at Conventions and other affairs, where appropriate.

a. Association Fall Convention
b. NEWEA Winter and Spring Conferences
c. MMA Convention
d. Other events where appropriate (water festivals, science shows, etc.)

3. Is an active member in the Maine Water Utilities Association PAC

a. Attends meetings of the MWUA PAC committee meeting
b. Is the MEWEA lead on the collaborative newspaper insert on alternating years

4. Improves the visibility of the Association through press releases.

a. Posts a quarterly press release on the Association website.
b. Writes quarterly articles that are newsworthy to the Communications Chair for publication in the Association newsletter
c. Produces an annual press release for the Maine Clean Water Week Poster Contest.


If you have questions about the Public Relations Committee, please contact the committee chair. A current listing of committee chairs can be found here: Executive Committee and Committee Chairpersons


The files below each contain a front and a back image, and should be printed on 11 by 17″ cardstock.

We found it best to print the front and back separately and place a dark-colored sheet between the two before laminating: this prevents light “bleed-through” when the material is displayed.

Down the Drain_Front & Back

Down the Drain_Front & Back Page 001Down the Drain_Front & Back Page 002

Oceans & Rivers_Front & Back

Oceans & Rivers_Front & Back Page 001    Oceans & Rivers_Front & Back Page 002

Influent and Effluent_Front & Back

Septic System_Front & Back

Sewers_Front & Back

Wastewater Plant_Front & Back

Water Cycle_Front & Back

Water Cycle_Front & Back Page 001    Water Cycle_Front & Back Page 002

What is NEWEA_Front and Back

Hosting an Open House

In 2009, the Association published suggestions for how to host an Open House at your facility. Open House_cover Page 001

To download these Guidelines, click on the link below.

Open House Suggestions (2009)







Press Release – How To

The following information was provided by the Lewiston Sun Journal

When to write a press release

How to write a press release


MEWEA’s “Introduction to Wastewater Treatment Career Opportunities” DVD

In 2004, MEWEA (then known as a the Maine WasteWater Control Association) produced a DVD to introduce the public and students to the importance of wastewater treatment- and career opportunities in this field.

We have converted the DVD into a *.zip file that members can use a Career Fairs or in the background at public outreach events. This file is too large for us to host on this website but we can provide it via our Dropbox site or on a flash drive. Please contact Aubrey to get the file.

Once you have access, please copy the entire *.zip file to your device.  To play, open the folder and click on “VIDEO_TS”.  This is the main file, which will open in your video software access the other files when needed.