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...

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 …

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 …

Northern and Southern Regions CWEA

The 80th Anniversary of the Founding of CWEA’s Local Sections 1938 – 2018

July 2, 2018

“The CWEA has divided the state into 17 geographical Local Sections to accommodate its members’ needs across the State in …

90 Years and Counting!

April 10, 2018

2018 marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the California Water Environment Association and the CWEA History Committee is …

The Past President Project – “Finding Fred”

January 5, 2018

Did you know that CWEA’s second President was an early leader in the field of collection system maintenance? The CWEA …

Wooden Barrel “Brosius” Pilot Plant

Documenting the California Activated Sludge Centennial

July 2, 2017

100 Years of Activated Sludge in California 1917-2017 This article describes some of the research process into the history and …