The Water Education Foundation (Foundation) has just announced the release of the Layperson’s Guide to California Wastewater, funded by CWEA, Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, and CWEA’s Clean Water Summit Partners (CASA, SCAP, CVCWA, and BACWA). The 28-page guide is an in-depth, easy-to-understand publication that provides background information on the history of wastewater treatment and how wastewater is collected, conveyed, treated and disposed of today. CWEA contributed to the development of the guide to help meet the need to have a credible, readable resource on wastewater. Though members of the Clean Water Summit Partners provided input, the Foundation exercised editorial control, as with all their layperson’s guides, and is responsible for the final content.
The 28-page guide is an in-depth, easy-to-understand publication that provides background information on the history of wastewater treatment and how wastewater is collected, conveyed, treated and disposed of today.
From the introduction:
With sanitation as vital today as in the past, the California wastewater community is at a crossroads.
Infrastructure designed and built a generation ago with funding from the federal government must be expanded, upgraded or rebuilt to provide the most reliable and efficient services possible. The large federal and state grants of past decades are generally not available today, so new sources of financing mechanisms must be found to pay for these large capital improvement projects with as little impact to ratepayers as possible.
Increasing population demands on current system capacities and maintaining and upgrading facilities to comply with current and future regulatory requirements, including emerging contaminants, are among the other issues facing the wastewater community. Climate change and extreme weather events are also concerns that may lead to the need for future projects.
This guide, part of an ongoing series by the Water Education Foundation, provides an overview of basic background information on California laws and regulations, wastewater collection and treatment processes, history, current challenges, and case studies. Related issues are discussed in the Layperson’s Guide to Water Recycling.
Copies of the full report can be purchased for $10 through the Water Education Foundation website under the Products link at www.watereducation.org or click http://www.watereducation.org/store/itemdetail.asp?id=675. The complete version includes additional sections:
- Legal and Regulatory Primer
- Collection and Conveyance
- Treatment and Disposal
- Current Challenges
- Case Studies
- The Future
The California Association of Sanitation Agencies, one of the Clean Water Summit Partners, will be distributing copies to state legislators, members of Congress and key regulatory agency leaders. Please encourage your colleagues to get and use this new publication. Possibilities include giving copies to members of the public who tour your plant, to your Board of Directors or City Council, and to new staff or those unfamiliar with the field. We’d love to hear how you plan to use the publication; please let us know by posting a comment below.
Funding provided by:
Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District
Clean Water Summit Partners
– California Water Environment Association
– Bay Area Clean Water Agencies
– California Association of Sanitation Agencies
– Central Valley Clean Water Association
– Southern California Alliance of Publicly Owned Treatment Works