CWEA’s Awards program is sponsored by Coombs-Hopkins


Ddaze-9875On April 29th the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) announced the winners of its 2015 awards program at its Annual Conference in Santa Clara on April 29.  It was an energetic day as the final hours of the Annual Conference were coming to a close. Saving the best for last, we congratulated some very deserving agencies and individuals by recognizing them for their outstanding achievements within the water environment field.

CWEA’s awards program has grown each year to acknowledge outstanding achievement in more than 20 categories honoring exceptional California water environment professionals, collection systems, treatment plants, community outreach and so much more.  Categories include Plant of the Year, Collection System of the Year, Community Engagement & Outreach Program of the Year as well as awards of individual professionals in various vocations. The program seeks to recognize outstanding achievements within the water environment field, improve the professional status of all personnel working in the field, and stimulate public awareness of the importance of wastewater treatment to public health and the water environment.

Nominations that advance through CWEA’s 17 local sections’ awards programs are eligible to compete statewide. Congratulations to all the nominees of the 2015 awards program for their diligent work to keep California’s water clean and workforce strong. Application materials for the 2015 awards cycle will be posted online in July.

CWEA officers are available to make a presentation to CWEA award recipients at agency board or City Council meetings.  Please contact Victoria Thornton, at or (510) 382-7800 x 113.

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CWEA-WEF members Tracy Stigers (l), Brown and Caldwell, and Summer Bundy, CH2M are seen with San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and a scholarship winner from the San Francisco Education Fund. The Fund is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the city dedicated to strengthening public schools. CH2M and Brown and Caldwell donated to the scholarship fund this year.

Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune

The Water Replenishment District of Southern California on recently signed a deal with a Walnut-based developer to build its water recycling plant in Pico Rivera.

J.F. Shea Construction has agreed to construct the $110 million plant that has been in the works for 12 years.

Construction of the project, called the Groundwater Reliability Improvement Project, will begin this fall and be completed in 2018.

Shea and the 55-year-old district will build a last-stage water treatment plant that treats wastewater from toilets, showers and sinks already treated by the Los Angeles County Sanitation District’s San Jose Creek Water Reclamation Plant near Whittier and piped along the river’s edge. Water at the Pico Rivera plant will be treated to the purification level of distilled water, said WRD officials.

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Cert Prep PathSecure your spot today for our upcoming Certification Preparation Session to prepare for your next CWEA Technical Certification exam. Our knowledgeable moderators will share information on how to use the many resources and tools to get you on the path to your certification. Space is limited, register online now!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016
CWEA with Northern San Joaquin Section
City of Modesto Wastewater Division
1221 Sutter Avenue
Modesto, CA  95351
Earn up to 7.2 CWEA Contact Hours

Join your colleagues at this interactive session to review the CWEA Path to Certification and delve into the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) that make up the core of your vocation.  You’ll use the newly developed KSA Gap Analysis Tool to identify areas to focus on during your studying.  Numerous and diverse sample questions will be reviewed as your moderator guides you through the highlights of your vocation.  Learn how to develop your own action plan tool for you to use throughout the day to track your action items and plan your next steps. You will leave this workshop with a better idea of what areas you need to focus on as you prepare for your exam.

2016-NSD-Building-Blocks-Safety logoGet ready to learn about the latest safety technologies and safety practices at 2016 CWEA’s Northern Safety Day on Wednesday, October 19th in Woodland, CA hosted by Santa Clara Valley and Redwood Empire Sections.  You don’t want to miss Northern Safety Day it’s the best way to grow your knowledge about staying safe on the job.  The more you know, the safer you will be!


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The CWEA San Francisco Bay Section’s Professional Development Committee will be hosting a tour at the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center. Operators, Maintenance Technicians, Engineers, Planners, Laboratory Personnel, and others interested in learning about the largest advanced water purification plant in Northern California won’t want to miss this tour.

The tour is scheduled for Thursday, August 11 at Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center (4190 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA 95134) at 2:30pm. Last day to sign up is August 9, 2016. A Networking Happy Hour is scheduled from 4pm–5:30pm at Patxi’s Pizza (3350 Zanker Road, San Jose) following the tour.

To reserve your spot, send registration info to Ming Yee at or call 408-277-3286 . Please see the flyer for more information.



Dan Duffield of the Richmond Municipal Sewer District, CWEA member and Environmental Compliance Inspector Grade 4 is quoted in a recent story in the Municipal Sewer and Water magazine about how the District is keeping infiltration and inflow (I&I) at bay.

Dan Duffield looks over drawings in the Richmond Utilities Department planning room. – Photo by Municipal Sewer and Water Magazine

Richmond Municipal Sewer District sets an example with its work to reduce SSOs and protect San Francisco Bay.

Richmond, California, enjoys 32 miles of coastline, the most of any city in the San Francisco Bay Area, but this geography has its downside.

“During heavy or prolonged rain events, our treatment plant flow can increase from 5 mgd to 40 mgd,” says Dan Duffield, source control inspector for the Richmond Municipal Sewer District.

The I&I comes from direct tidal inflow in the southern basin near the Bay, groundwater infiltration from tidal saturation, storm runoff inflow from connections between stormwater sources (downspouts and sumps) and the sewer system, and rainfall-dependent infiltration. Many Bay Area communities experience similar issues.

“The goal of our sewer collections system master plan is to eliminate SSOs during conditions up to a 10-year 24-hour storm event,” Duffield adds. “That equates to 4.2 inches of rain in 24 hours, and could send 70 mgd to the plant. As our collections system is repaired and I&I is reduced, that reduction will be the measure of our success.”

Baykeeper agreement

In 2002, the district contracted with Veolia North America (formerly U.S. Filter), a provider of environmental services in cleaning, energy, waste and water. Beginning in September 2014, Veolia now runs the treatment plant and collections system. It was an auspicious start to I&I management, but more was soon to be needed.

The original master plan was conceived in 2006, when RMSD entered into an agreement with San Francisco Baykeeper, an NGO founded in 1989 to protect water quality in the Bay Area. Baykeeper wields considerable power with extensive grass-roots support — and it was threatening a lawsuit.

“That was a controversial time,” recalls Richmond Mayor Tom Butt. “I’ve always supported the Clean Water Act, knew we had some problems, and wanted to do what was right for the Bay. And the law was on Baykeeper’s side. The EPA counts on local organizations to do their enforcement, so that’s where Baykeeper came in.”

As a result of this agreement, RMSD was required to reduce SSOs by 90 percent by 2016, and to eliminate overflows into the Bay from their two engineered overflow weirs. The 5-million-gallon wet weather storage facility was also a result of this agreement.

See the full story here: California Utility Keeping I&I at Bay


WEF has released the inaugural edition of the WEF Laboratory Practices Committee (LPC) Quarterly Newsletter.

The LPC envisions this publication as a chance for Member Associations to share technical knowledge, showcase cool projects, and highlight member achievements.

Included in each issue:

  • Analyst and Laboratory spotlight columns
  • Reprints of laboratory related articles published in MA newsletters
  • List of upcoming events

See the full newsletter here.

CWEA Santa Clara Valley, San Francisco Bay, and Redwood Empire Sections have organized a laboratory training on August 24th.  The speakers will discuss about ELAP –where is it going and what will this mean for laboratory community.  Attendees can earn up to 3.5 contact hours.


Diane Lawver-Quality Assurance Solutions

Mindy Boele – City of Vacaville

Josie Tellers – City of Davis When

Wednesday, August 24th,  2016

Registration: 9:30-10:00 am

Time: 10:00 am To 2:00 pm

Location: HS Lordships, Berkeley, CA

Cost: $45.00 Members $62.00 Non-Members

Space is limited!

Please RSVP To Ali Boren by August 17, 2016 at

Make checks payable to CWEA SFBS

Sarah Deslauriers, Carollo

Sarah Deslauriers, Carollo

The BAB2E Coalition announced they have appointed Sarah Deslauriers (a CWEA member) in the role of Program Manager.  Sarah, representing Carollo Engineers, will be a key part of helping the Coalition achieve our sustainable funding and project goals.

In particular, Sarah will help identify at least three all-weather biosolids end use management opportunities which are viable at a commercial-scale, as well as provide ongoing support to the five active biosolids to energy research and development projects being undertaken at Bay Area Wastewater Resource Recovery agencies. Sarah is fully backed by an expert team of biosolids engineers that will be on hand to support the Coalition as needed.

Evoqua Water Technologies announced it has been chosen by energy developer DCO Energy, LLC to provide equipment and services for a new biogas cogeneration project for LA Sanitation’s Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant in Los Angeles, California.

As the City’s primary water reclamation plant, Hyperion is one of the largest treatment facilities in the world. It has been operating since 1925 and has a capacity of 450 million gallons per day (mgd), up to 800 mgd during wet weather.

The biogas cogeneration plant, scheduled for completion in late 2016, is being built by Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, and will provide 100% of the steam and electrical power for the Hyperion facility. Constellation will also operate the cogeneration plant under a 20-year contract. The plant is expected to generate more than 173 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year and supply up to 70,000 pounds per hour of steam, using the methane captured through Hyperion’s sewage treatment process as its fuel source.

Evoqua was selected to provide a boiler feedwater makeup system and a condensate polishing system for the operation. The feedwater makeup system will use Evoqua’s Vantage® PTI multimedia pretreatment system; double-pass Vantage Membrane Series M286 Reverse Osmosis systems; VFD pumps, and ion exchange polishing resin using customized Evoqua FlexMate tanks.

Both the feedwater makeup and condensate polishing processes will take advantage of Evoqua off-site Service Deionization and condensate polishing services to reduce capital costs and on-site chemical storage.

“This project will help LA Sanitation meet a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by operating the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant on 100% renewable energy,” said Bill Malone of Evoqua’s Equipment Solutions segment. “We’re proud to be part of an effort that will make generating sustainable energy a cleaner and more efficient process.”

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An example of SFPUC's triple bottom line analysis.

An example of SFPUC’s triple bottom line analysis.

San Francisco’s water and wastewater provider has released a report explaining the benefits of triple bottom line (TBL) decision making when they analyze new projects. CWEA Member Karen Kubick, PE the Wastewater Capital Program Director explains…

“Applying the SFPUC Triple Bottom Line system is a holistic and transparent approach that considers people, the planet and cost when we are comparing viable SSIP project alternatives.”

Click to read the report (online magazine viewer)

IMG_9155The CWEA State Collection System Committee summer meeting is July 29th & 30th at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Morro Bay.


Cost to attend is $60. If you are interested in attending, please contact Lenny Rather via email at or by calling 510.816.6977.

Download the flier for more details: Summer Meeting July 29-30 2016 Flyer (pdf)


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P3S 2016 logoEarn 3.0 CEUs
ECI Exams: Math, Math, and more Math

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

9am – 1:30pm Riverside, CA

This training is an in-depth session on simplified math skills that will help you prepare for the CWEA Environmental Compliance Inspector exams. You will earn 3.0 CEUs for attending. Bring a CWEA-approved calculator if you have one. A limited number will be available on site.

Free Lunch and Networking

CWEA P3S Committee Meeting
Meeting Agenda will be posted closer to the date on the Committee website at

Meeting Location:
Riverside City Hall, Mayor’s Ceremonial Room on the 7th Floor
3900 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92522
Park in Garage#2, 3851 Orange St (see map)

Webcast Info:
To attend remotely go to:
Conference call line: (888) 394-8197; participant code: 135492

Please RSVP by email at by August 1st, 2016.
Please indicate if you are attending online or in person so we can have an accurate count for lunch.

WEFbanner2columnBy Barry Liner, Ph.D., P.E.

Smart water infrastructure and big data are starting to attract funding both from investors and utilities after years of capturing the water sector’s imagination. Automated Meter Reading (AMR) and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) have been around for decades, but improved sensors, advanced analytics, and visualization tools are now enabling utilities to better partner and interact with their customers.

Smart water infrastructure technology has the potential to reform delivery of services while raising the quality of life by helping to make cities more sustainable and resilient. The smart city movement encompasses many facets, such as smart buildings, energy management, transportation connectivity, information connectivity high speed data networks, and, of course, water management.

Opportunities from smart city programs are exciting to contemplate, but two factors really serve as the primary drivers for a city or community to implement smart city initiatives – achieving cost efficiency and sustainability. In terms of actual implementation, water utilities trail natural gas and electric utilities in the implementation of smart initiatives. About a third of all natural gas utilities and one quarter of all electric utilities report being engaged in a smart city initiative, while only 15 percent of water utilities claim to be.

While smart water practices are increasing in adoption, the barriers to implementation in the water sector are generally well known and include siloed communication within the utility and between infrastructure sectors, the need to justify ROI, lack of budget, and lack of resources and expertise. Additionally, at the municipal level, sometimes short-term, high-visibility smart infrastructure projects such as street lights, digital kiosks, and electric vehicle charging systems may gain funding approval more easily than water-related initiatives. Master planning efforts to integrate water, energy, communications, and transportation systems are complex and come with a longer time horizon, which might make them comparatively more difficult for decision makers.

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