Oro Loma Sanitary District Wins Two Prestigious CWEA Local Section Awards

The Oro Loma Sanitary District (OLSD), which provides wastewater and solid waste services to the communities of San Lorenzo, Cherryland, Ashland, Fairview, portions of Castro Valley and Hayward, and 40% of the City of San Leandro, was honored at the January 9, 2015 Awards Banquet of the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) San Francisco Bay Section. OLSD received two prestigious awards. The first award recognized the organization’s commitment to plant safety. The second recognized its innovative Zeolite-Anammox Sidestream project.

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Jason Warner OLSD General Manager. “These awards are terrific validation of our innovative and sustainable approach to infrastructure management.”

The CWEA San Francisco Bay Section Plant Safety Award 2014 recognizes the District for its outstanding safety record, which includes more than seven years without a lost-time injury. Safety training and incident investigations, emergency planning, hazardous materials spills planning, and a general culture of exceptional safety programs and practices all factored into choosing Oro Loma Sanitary District for this major achievement award.

The CWEA San Francisco Bay Section Research Achievement Award 2014 was awarded to the District for its participation in the Zeolite-Anammox Sidestream project, a pilot study designed to reduce the concentration of unwanted nutrients discharged into San Francisco Bay by local wastewater treatment plants. The project involves adding a separate process, in which specialized bacteria are used to convert the wastewater treatment byproducts of ammonium and nitrite into harmless nitrogen gas; the nitrogen gas is then naturally released into the air. Oro Loma was selected for the study to investigate the feasibility of the process and to determine its impact on the overall wastewater treatment process. The study is ongoing.

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