Welcome Students & Educators!

Opportunities for High School Students

NEWEA supports a variety of activities that introduce high school students to the world of water resources and wastewater treatment, both to encourage understanding of the complex issues we face today and to attract young people to a career in the industry.

U.S. Stockholm Jr. Water Prize Competition

sjwp_logo2A National/International Science Competition for High School Students, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize is the world’s most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. Important dates: April 15th for States. Must be chosen as a State winner to qualify for the National Competition.  Watch Video >>


World Water Monitoring Challenge™


World Water Monitoring Challenge™ is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world. We challenge you to test the quality of your waterways, share your findings, and protect our most precious resource!

button_registerFor more information and to order test kits visit the World Water Monitoring Challenge site.

The NEWEA Youth Education Committee and Massachusetts Water Resources Authority sponsors test kits for Boston area schools and civic groups. If interested, please contact the Youth Education Committee.

Opportunities for College Students

NEWEA supports a variety of activities that introduce college students to the world of water resources and wastewater treatment, both to encourage understanding of the complex issues we face today and to attract young people to a career in the industry.


Membership in NEWEA offers great opportunities for individuals to become involved and contribute to the water environment profession.  Join NEWEA’s community of engineers, educators, students, operators, companies, and individuals interested in enhancing our water quality.

Student Membership – Reduced rate!  Join NEWEA for only $10.00/year.

3-for-1 Joint Student Membership – Join NEWEA for $30.00/year and automatically join New England Water Works Association and New England American Public Works Association as well as their respective national organizations.

Student Chapters

Wentworth Institute of Technology, established in 1996

Northeastern University, established in 2004

University of Massachusetts, Lowell, established in 2023

Forming a student chapter is a great way to meet other enthusiastic students in the environmental field and to build a community. Guidelines for establishing a student chapter

Annual Conference

The NEWEA Annual Conference is held annually at the end of January in Boston, MA.  Students may attend the conference free of charge.  Students have the opportunity to participate in a Poster Session.


NEWEA offers scholarships to deserving students in undergraduate, graduate, and for individuals enrolled in continuing education/training programs. The national organization, WEF also offers a scholarship. Visit our scholarship page and/or the WEF Scholarship page for more information.

Student Design Competition

The NEWEA Student Design Competition promotes “real world” design experience for students interested in water engineering and sciences.  This competition is intended for both undergraduate and graduate students, typically completing a capstone project. The winning teams from each category will compete at the national WEFTEC competition.  Learn more >>

Committee Involvement

Volunteering on a NEWEA committee is a great opportunity for YOU to build leadership skills, gain industry recognition and help shape the water quality field.  Choose from over 22 technical committees.

Career Center and Job Bank

NEWEA’s Job Bank is continually updated with new employment listings for careers in wastewater, including water and wastewater management, operations, consulting engineering, and other career paths in water quality.  Check out the Career Brochure.


Mr. & Mrs. Fish

Mr. & Mrs. Fish are marine educators. Their shows are designed for children ages 7-11, but people of all ages enjoy the Fish shows! For more information or to book a show, visit http://www.mrandmrsfish.com

School Kit

The NEWEA Youth Education Committee proudly presents the Water Environment School-age Presentation Toolkit, a collection of pre-packaged presentation materials for outreach to grades K-12. The toolkit is designed for NEWEA members, industry professionals, teachers, and other community leaders (4-H, scouting) looking to educate school-age children on the importance of water quality and the role it plays in each of our lives. Learn more >>