On Tuesday October 13th 170 water professionals gathered in Downtown Los Angeles for a drought symposium sponsored by the Los Angeles Basin Section of CWEA and WateReuse California. Speakers provided technical updates on water supplies that agencies can tap into right here in the LA Basin – including recycled water, desal and stormwater. The theme of the event was building a more resilient and reliable water supply for LA by embracing the one water concept.

Increasing the Use of Recycled Water

For the Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water ensuring consistent and reliable recycled water regulations are a key focus as more projects enter the final planning stages according to Kurt Souza, a Deputy Director of DDW’s Southern California office. On April 1st the Governor implemented mandatory conservation and required regulators to speed the permitting process for local water supply projects including recycled water projects.

This includes looking at new regulations for surface water augmentation and direct potable reuse (DPR).

“The supply situation is serious. Reservoirs are at record lows and that’s going back to the 1880s.” – Kurt Souza, SWRCB DDW

“In the Central Valley, recent groundwater levels are more than 100 feet below previous historic lows. There is good news – the Governor set a goal of saving 1.2 million acre feet of water and as of August we are half-way to the goal. We’ve saved 612,000 acre feet so far, pretty incredible,” said Souza.

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Join us for the 2015 Collection Systems Training Day!

City of Hawthorne
Memorial Center
3901 W El Segundo Blvd Hawthorne, CA 90250

Thursday Nov. 5th
7:30am to 3:00pm

Buffet lunch

5 Contact Hours for All CWEA Certifications
Register online today (pay online or register online and pay at the door. Your choice.)

Click here to see the flyer!

7:00-8:30 REGISTRATION and Exhibitor Booths
8:30-8:50 Welcome from CWEA LA Basin Section Leaders and CWEA State Updates
9:00-9:50 Pipeline Cleaning Essentials
Southern Sections
Collection Systems Committee Trainer
Building Your Data
Collection Machine

Don Rhodes, iWater
10:00-10:30 BREAK
10:30-11:20 Searching for Answers –
Utility Locating Experiences
SSCSC Trainer
Using Your Data to Drive Decisions 
David Spencer, HDR
11:30-1:00 LUNCH and Vendor Training
1:00-1:50 Succession Planning and How to
Position Yourself for Promotion
SSCSC Trainer
Enforcement Case Studies:
Understanding How RWQCB Calculates
Administrative Civil Liability

for Sewer Overflows
Julio Lara, Santa Ana RWQCB
2:00-2:50 Stormwater Regulation Effects
on Collection Systems
SSCSC Trainer
Assessing Condition and Failure Risk
of Pump Stations and Force Mains
Steve Jepsen, Dudek

& Denis Pollak, V&A Consulting

Tri-State Seminar is the biggest Exhibition and Conference of its kind in the U.S. and offers thousands of water quality professionals the best education and training available today.  Tri-State’s massive show floor provides access to the industry’s most cutting-edge technologies and services.

Click here for more information!

Crafting Water – Call for Session Speakers!

Join CWEA in Crafting Water through 21st Century Learning by submitting a proposal to present at the 2015 Annual Conference.  We’ll be selecting speakers to present meaningful interactive sessions where participants can engage, connect and learn.  Submit your form via our new online portal by October 1st.

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Five Days of Valuable Education & Training in Malibu, California!Monday, January 13 – Routine Maintenance Inspections – Load Testing Dispersal Components
Tuesday, January 14 – OWTS Technology Management – Disinfection
Wednesday, January 15 – OWTS System Controls
Thursday, January 16 – Low Pressure Pipe & Drip Dispersal Fundamentals
Friday, January 17 – Onsite Water Reuse Symposium & Technology Fair

The City of Malibu Environmental Sustainability Division will host the California Onsite Wastewater Association (COWA) for five days of valuable onsite wastewater education & training at the Malibu City Hall facilities. After a series of one day educational programs, allmeeting the City of Malibu recertification requirements, the week will culminate in a visionary Onsite Water Reuse Symposium & Technology Fair.

The Onsite Water Reuse Symposium & Technology Fair provides a forum for Onsite Industry Professionals and stakeholders from around the world to exchange information on treatment technologies that are being employed as both rural wastewater solutions and urban sewer mining strategies.

Continue reading on the COWA website >

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NEW – Discounted $95 one day rate for CWEA members on Thursday Sept 26th. The focus on Thursday is water management innovation in the LA Basin. Local officials will present their ideas for one water management . ENTER CODE DAYLA in the Discount Code Field.  Click here to Register

One Water Leadership (OWL) Summit

Los Angeles OMNI Hotel

September 23-26

Los Angeles Basin
City of Atlanta
City of Bend (Oregon)
City of New Orleans
Energy/Water Nexus
Resource Recovery

The One Water Leadership (OWL) Summit will be hosted by the City of Angels (and Dodgers, too) with Spotlight Panels, where teams of leaders describe successes, ongoing challenges, and emerging opportunities. This is the fourth year the U.S. Water Alliance continues to build a body-of-work in case studies that inspire the nation’s innovators and decision makers present to shape the fate of one water management. Large enough to attract national figures, but small enough to allow all attendees to engage in strategic conversations, this meeting is proving that water is a key integrator for making cities sustainable.

On Thursday Sept 26th this national conference will turn its attention to the LA Basin’s efforts to move to ONE water systems. The half-day session and luncheon is called “L.A. Confidential” … the real story “Inform, Excite, Engage.”

CWEA is a supporting partner organization.

Full Agenda

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CWEA  Southern Section Collection System Committee

Invites You to Join Their –

Spring 2013 Collections Workshop


March 13th 2013     7:30AM – 3:30PM


Venue: Marion V. Ashley Community Center

25625 Briggs Road, Menifee, CA 92585

Registration Now at: www.cwea.org/conferences  or  www.sscsc.org

More details please see flyer Link

From the US Water Alliance:

Green infrastructure and sunshine will inspire you at the next Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference, September 23-26. Los Angeles, a former U.S. Water Prize winner, will showcase their innovation, integration, and collaboration model along with other Spotlight Cities. Resource recovery developments will also be featured at this national focal point for one water sustainability.

Organized by the Alliance’s Urban Water Sustainability Council, the event is less technical and more about leadership questions. It attracts an array of leaders from water, wastewater, stormwater, urban forestry, transportation, planning, community organizations and business.

Sign-up for the early-bird list to be eligible for discounts by emailing kabhold@uswateralliance.org.

American Acadamy of Environmental

Engineers & Scientists

Student Conference

University of California, Irvine
March 28th & 29th

 Keynote Speaker
Mike Markus
General Manager of the Orange County Water District
Discussion of successful reuse programs in Southern California.

 Industry Panel Proctor
Mike Selna
AAEES President 2011-2012
Skills developed at University that lead to professional success

  Meals & Networking Breaks 
 Provided for All Attendees
Chance to interact with professionals and students from around Southern California

See Flyer

We are pleased to announce the availability of the report, Pathways to Environmental Justice: Advancing a Framework for Evaluation. This first-of-its-kind report proposes a framework that could be used by researchers, regulators, grantees and community members interested in the effective design and implementation of policies and programs to reduce environmental disparities. It is a primer on evaluation and puts the subject in an environmental justice context. The report grew out of discussions at Closing the Environmental Justice Gap: A Workshop on Advancing Evaluation Methods (http://www.epa.gov/ncer/ehs/publications/ucla_ej_workshop_final.pdf PDF, 5.87MB, 12pp) which was co-sponsored by EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research and UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation last September. This landmark gathering, hosted at UCLA by the Luskin Center brought together 100 environmental justice (EJ) leaders from across the nation to kick-start the sub-field of EJ policy and program evaluation.

The objective of the workshop was to support the development of concrete objectives, metrics and benchmarks by which to monitor and measure progress towards defined EJ goals and allow for the strategic selection of policies and programs to achieve such goals. Read the full report here:

(http://www.epa.gov/ncer/ehs/publications/pathways_to_environmental_justice.pdf PDF, 3.66MB, 48pp).


Best regards,


Devon C. Payne-Sturges, DrPH

ORD/ National Center for Environmental Research Assistant Center Director for Human Health

Join LABS for our annual collection system training event. This one day seminar will provide the latest information on State WDR regulations as well as lessons learned from the inspection process and an update on posting information on-line. Moderated by LABS Collection System Chair Michael Flores, RMC Water & Environment.

  • Session 1 – LA Basin SSMP Performance; Summary of Industry Response to Proposed MRP Changes – Michael Flores, RMC Water
  • Session 2 – City of Glendale SWRCB Inspection Experience – John Hicks, City of Glendale
  • Session 3 – Update on Changes to MRP – Jim Fischer, SWRCB
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Session 4 – Specific Deficiencies in Current Industry Practices – Jim Fischer, SWRCB
  • Session 5
    • Option A – Tour of the San Jose Creek Water Reclamation Plant
    • Option B – Impacts of MRP Changes on Collection System Agencies; Collection System Agency Roundtable Discussion – Michael Flores, RMC Water
  • Door prizes and wrap-up

Sold Out, No Walk-Ins  alecm@jwce.com

Registration Form / Flyer

5 CWEA CS Contact Hours

Thursday Nov 8th
9:00am to 3:00pm

Registration (lunch included!)
$45 CWEA member
$60 non-member

Swiss Park Banquet Center
1905 Workman Mill Rd.
Whittier, CA 90601

This is a free, special session of the popular Pre-Conference Workshop held earlier this year at AC12 by Certification Preparation Task Force.

DATE:                    THURSDAY, October 25, 2012
TIME:                     8:30AM – 4:00PM
LOCATION:          EHS International, Inc.
                                 915 E. Katella Avenue
                                 Anaheim, CA 92810
                                 2nd Floor Auditorium (Above Golden West Medical Group)
COST:                    Free, Lunch included. Sponsored by EHS International

See Flyer for more information.

Ontario, California

Monday – Tuesday, October 29-30, 2012

Ayres Hotel and Suites, Ontario, CA

See Flyer for more info

New larger venue – Japanese American National Museum, Downtown LA

LA’s Clean Water Story:
Celebrating 40 Years of the Clean Water Act
Where we were. Where we are. Where we need to be.
On October 9th, we invite you to join us as LA’s political and clean water leaders take a look back
at the conditions that led to the passage of the Clean Water Act, take stock of where we are today and present a vision for the future of clean water in Southern California.

October 9, 2012 • 8:30am-1:00pm
Seminar & luncheon • Japanese America National Museum, Downtown LA
$65 per person

Registration link: www.cleanwatercelebration.org

For more information see the flyer (pdf).

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the California Water Environment Association’s Kirt Brooks Scholarship Fund, providing college scholarships for environmental/wastewater engineering students.

Contact: Alec Mackie, President, LABS alecm@jwce.com or Brian Sheridan, Marketing Manager, Council for Watershed Health, brian@watershedhealth.org, 213-229-9955

Essential Information About Health and Safety For Today’s Wastewater Industry Professionals

Thursday July 19th

7:00 am – 3:30 pm

Huntington Beach Library

7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA

Topics Include:
Earthquake Preparedness
Arc Flash
Confined Space Entry
Drug Impairment Recognition
Active Shooter
Commercial Driver Safety
Fall Protection
Conflict Resolution
Traffic Control Certification Course

See Flyer for additional information.

CWEA’s Students and Young Professionals Committee Presents:

Wastewater 101: Engineering Basics for Operators and Operations Basics for Engineers


This one day conference will review key concepts about water and wastewater treatment from the operator, engineer, and regulator point-of views. Specific learning objectives include:

·         Learn tips for healthy and effective collaboration between wastewater professionals

·         Identify and discuss methods for communication vocations within the water/wastewater industry

·         Hear valuable concepts about how the industry is changing in response to new water quality regulations

·         Learn from the experts: Gain valuable tips including “Do’s and don’ts” for operators and engineers

·         Discover lessons learned from leaders in operations, design, and management

Where: 3 Locations: Walnut Creek, Irvine, and Fresno
When: Wednesday June 20, 2012, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Students – Free, CWEA Members – $50, Non-Members – $75

See the Flyer for more information.

To RSVP or for Questions contact Jennifer Shore at Jennifer.Shore@hdrinc.com


For more information visit here.

All photos by Kent McIntosh, LACSD



“A Night In New Orleans” 

Come and learn about:
      Better understanding of basic design principles in applying pumps to systems
      Trouble shooting problems
      Proper installation techniques and identifying multiple types of equipment failures
      How to better address failures
      Learn proactive measures to take regarding equipment care
      Learn how to properly operate and maintain plant equipment to extend life and decrease maintenance costs

When:  Wednesday May 16, 2012

Where:  Sanitation Districts of LA County, 1965 Workman Mill Rd Whittier, CA 90601

See Flyer for more information. 


CWEA One-Day Specialty Workshop
Biosolids: Energizing Your Gas Production.
FOG and Food Waste Co-Digestion Workshop

Get the latest information you need to know about
co-digesting FOG and food waste from suppliers to
operators. This workshop will provide information
about the state of the regulations, availability and
competition for FOG and food waste, operational
experiences, and considerations that can be
incorporated into new designs.

Who Should Attend:
Operators, practitioners, and managers practicing in
the wastewater, and resource recovery industries
throughout California.
Approved for CWEA Contact Hours:

  • Environmental Compliance Inspector (ECI)
  • Laboratory Analyst (LAB)
  • Operator (OP)
  • Biosolids Land Application Management (BLAM)

Earn up to 8.9 CWEA Contact Hours

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
City of LA Hyperion WTP
12000 Vista Del Mar
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

See flyer for more information