California Water History

Stories from the CWEA Archives

In 1928 we started as the California Sewage Works Association, became the Water Pollution Control Association and today we are the California Water Environment Association (CWEA). Over the years we've seen some amazing water professionals and projects. Here are just a few...

The History of CWEA’s Name Changes: What’s in a Name? 

April 21, 2020

By Dr. Nicholas Pinhey  The CWEA History Committee was recently asked for the dates of the various name changes that our Association has adopted over …

The Evolution of CWEA’s Logo

April 21, 2020

While an association’s name is its primary element of branding, its logo is the visual representation of the association’s identify. …

The Original City of Lodi 1923 Sewage Treatment Plant

Pioneering the Activated Sludge Process in California The City of Lodi’s 1923 Sewage Treatment Plant

November 26, 2019

The Significance City of Lodi’s 1923 Sewage Treatment Plant The CWEA History Committee published an article in the winter 2017 …

Analyst's Notebook Spring 1993

How Old is Lab Certification? + The Analyst’s Notebook

November 26, 2019

As many of you know, I am an old guy when it comes to environmental laboratories. To put it in …

Figure 2. Sewer Boat and Crew at Sewer Maintenance Yard

Reuben Brown’s Fantastic Voyage in LA’s Trunk Line Sewer

November 25, 2019

When I was a youngster growing up in Los Angeles, my family had a neighbor and friend who was an …

The Laguna Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant, 1938

“The Most Interesting Treatment Plant in the County” The Historic 1935 Laguna Beach Sewage Treatment Plant

November 25, 2019

“The 1935 Laguna Beach Sewage Treatment Plant is a significant surviving public works facility from a community that greatly upgraded …

The Golden Gate Park Recycled Water Plant (“McQueen Plant”) in 1937

Forgotten Facilities: Golden Gate Park’s 1932 Recycled Water Plant

November 23, 2019

The CWEA History Committee’s “Forgotten Facilities” series highlights historically significant California wastewater treatment plants that are connected to the history …

CWEA’s Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers: Some History, a Few Traditions, and a Little Folklore

November 19, 2019

By Dr. Nicholas Pinhey and Joe Haworth, pH7 (Retired) The CWEA History Committee produces articles about the people, programs and …

California’s First Water Reuse Filtration Plant was in Los Angeles 1930

September 27, 2019

In the mid-1920’s, with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California just forming and the Colorado River water supply not …

Rube Goldberg Became Shoveler in 1960s

July 23, 2019

by Joe Haworth (as published in the Winter CWEA Bulletin 1996) That’s right! Members of the Select Society of Sanitary …

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1943 CSWA Annual Convention & Wartime Conference

June 13, 2019

The CWEA History Committee recently had the good fortune of acquiring a 1943 CSWA Annual Convention and Conference program from …

Marilyn on the Job at the City of Modesto

Milestones for Women in the CWEA: Marilyn Gleaves 1930-2013

August 2, 2018

In keeping with the October Wastewater Professional theme of “Women in Water,” the CWEA History Committee has produced a brief …