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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The Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society (SCALACS) and CWEA’s LABS is doing a Joint Event on the “Fate of DDT in Sediments on the Palos Verdes Shelf”!

Guest Speaker: Robert P. Eganhouse

Tuesday, June 3- 6:00 PM (Mixer), 7:00PM (dinner), 8:00PM (presentation)

C&O Cucina - 3016 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Cost: $28 for members and non-members

RSVP by 5/29 to Nancy Paradiso ( or 310-327-1216)

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Join us for dinner and presentation:

Beyond Nitrification – Benefits of Higher Solids Retention Time Operation

By Dr. Michael Stenstrom, Ph.D, P.E.

 The activated sludge process is the most common method of secondary municipal wastewater treatment; solids retention time (SRT) is the key control parameter for this process. Typically, operating at long SRT is considered only for nitrification, but there are additional benefits of high SRT operation. The presentation will present experimental and literature evidence to demonstrate three major additional benefits of long SRT operation: increased oxygen transfer efficiency; improved biomass particle size distribution, which results in more efficient clarification with fewer effluent particles and suspended solids; and enhanced removal of many emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and endocrine disrupting compounds. This presentation will present the results from several treatment plants demonstrating these benefits. A long-term survey of three treatment plants concludes that operating at higher SRT is not as energy intensive as commonly assumed.

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Join CWEA’s LABS for an evening with Marcus Eriksen and a presentation on the 5 Gyres Institute.

Thursday, February 27 – 6:00PM (mixer), 7:00PM (dinner)

Earth, Wind, and Flour – 2222 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Cost: $30 member; $35 non-member; $15 retiree & students


RSVP by 02/24 to Miluska Propersi ( or 310-566-6476)


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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.

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The presentations for our Nov 5, 2013 collection systems seminar in Hawthorne are posted here:

Join this LABS & Tri-Counties joint event:


Tapia Water Reclamation Facility applies state-of-the-art technology to transform wastewater into high quality recycled water, built in 1965 with a 0.5 mgd capacity its current 16 mgd capacity provides a great source of water to the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District.


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Join LABS in this training opportunity!


Los Angeles Collection Systems Training Day
Hawthorne Memorial Center
November 5th,  7am-3pm
$40 members / $60 non-members

• New! SWRCB MRP Update
• SWRCB SSO Reporting Req.
• NGOs & Agencies Working Together
• Leadership Skills
• Pipeline Cleaning
• Certification Test Math Prep

• Pump station automation
• Cybersecurity

Members $40
Non-members $60 

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Attendees can register online and pay with credit card:

Over two days in July LABS and SARBS presented over 20 classes of training on leadership, safety, sewer design, maintenance, rehabilitation, cleaning, technology and state sewer regulations. The seminar attracted over 250 Southern California sewer professionals to Huntington Beach Library. This CWEA training event was organized by volunteers from LABS and SARBS . All photos by Carey Olcott, Haaker Equipment.

July Dinner and Presentation – Bringing Water To People Around the World

Presenter Jeff Friesen will talk about Water For People’s goals, methods, and objective to put themselves out of business through success. He will also describe the types of projects the World Water Corps undertakes, and will focus on his most recent assignment: identifying new groundwater sources to augment the inadequate surface supplies in the low income areas of Malawi’s largest city, Blantyre.

When: Tuesday, July 23rd at 6pm

Location: Taix French Restaurant
1911 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(Echo Park)

Cost: $35 Member; $40 Non-Member; $20 Retiree & Students

Meal Choices:
Filet of Sole with lemon sauce
Beef Bourguignon
Risotto with mushrooms

RSVP with meal choices to: Miluska Propersi [ or 310-566-6476]

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What’s the effect of ozone pretreatment on microfiltration systems, NDMA formation, CEC removal and RO performance? Presenters Rajen Budhia of West Basin Municipal Water District and Fredrick W. Gerringer of Trussell Technologies will discuss West Basin’s pilot testing of ozone at the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility.

5:30pm – Presentation

6:15pm – Tour

7:00pm – Dinner

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LABS will get docent led tours of Hyperion's new ELC on Saturday August 3rd (photo by Northern Lights)

LA’s wastewater community will see two outstanding milestones this summer – the opening of the City of Los Angeles’ spectacular new Environmental Learning Center and the retirement of longtime Hyperion Plant Manager Steven Fan. On Saturday August 3rd we invite you and your family (children middle school or older) to celebrate at a LABS party inside the ELC.

9:30am – Tour the 3 story ELC with wastewater & sanitation displays. Great views from the new green roof.
11:30am – Presentation by Steven Fan, Retiring Plant Manager
Noon – Lunch buffet on the patio
1:00pm – Cupcakes, drinks and toasts for Steven on the patio

Over $400 in door prizes thanks to our event sponsors!

Thank you to our table sponsors:

Sponsor slots are sold out. Limited to 80 CWEA visitors, 20 tickets remain. Hurry register today.

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Please join the Tri-Counties Section for this excellent workshop!

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Class Program

Michael Simpson, a Senior Environmental Engineer for the City of Los Angeles, will present a report on the efforts of the Water Environment Research Foundation establishment of a committee to set the framework, approach, focus areas, goals and actions to achieve a step change, rather than an incremental change, towards new wastewater and stormwater management practices and/or technologies that will improve the sustainability of water management on a national level.


Dinner (including coffee and dessert):

  1. Salmon
  2. Chicken coq au vin
  3. Vegetarian pasta
$35 members, $40 non-members, $20 students/retirees


RSVP by 5/20 with meal choice to:


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From the SWRCB for all LA Basin agencies ….

We are advertising an “Infrastructure Funding Fair” in the Los Angeles area (Alhambra, CA), on Wednesday July 24, 2013.  This event is free.  Representatives from cities, counties, districts, tribes, consulting companies, or non-profits, are all welcome to attend.

The following agencies will provide a short presentation regarding their funding programs, followed by an opportunity for one-on-one discussions with agency representatives regarding your potential projects:

-          California Department of Public Health

-          California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank

-          State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board)

-          Department of Water Resources


Additional details and information regarding how to register can be found at the State Water Board’s web site at,  call (916) 327-9978 or send an e-mail to

Hyperion Grease Receiving System

Learn more about Hyperion's Grease receiving system at LABS' March dinner meeting

Since 2010 the City of Los Angeles’ Hyperion Treatment Plant started running its own FOG Digestion Pilot Project. The project’s objective is to achieve a 10 to 20% increase in gas production by adding processed grease trap waste to the plant’s anaerobic digesters. With over two years of experience to date, it’s time to check in with the project engineers. Mr. Ronald Palacios, PE is an Environmental Engineer for the City of Los Angeles’ Hyperion Treatment Plant in Playa Del Rey, California. He received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the California State University, Northridge and a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California. $40 members, $45 non-members, $20 students

Thursday, March 21st

6:00PM Mixer • 7:00PM Dinner

Proud Bird, 11022 Aviation Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90045
Meal choices: salmon, chicken or vegetarian pasta

RSVP by 3/15 with meal choice to: 

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Decentralized water recycling facilities can reduce the capital cost for water conveyance infrastructure and provide a reliable and sustainable source of local water supply. The City of Anaheim, CA (City) provides potable water to approximately 350,000 people within a 50 square mile area, which results in a demand of approximately 75,000 acrefeet per year (AFY). In order to augment the existing water supply and to demonstrate sustainability features to the public, the City decided to build a demonstration‐scale water recycling facility (WRF) next to the City Hall. The WRF has a treatment capacity of 115,000 gpd and consists of MBR and ozone treatment processes to produce disinfected tertiary effluent that meets the Title 22 requirements of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

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Time & Venue

6:00 drinks 7:00 dinner
Geezers Restaurant
12120 E. Telegraph Road
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Meal Choices: Lemon Chicken, Blackened Salmon or Vegetable Lasagna

Members $35, non‐members $40, students and retirees $20


The “HDPE Roadshow”

an Informative Presentation on High Density Polyethylene Pipe


Wednesday, February 13, 2013,

8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Media Technical Center (MTC)

Training Room A & B

2714 Media Center Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90065


* If you plan to attend the Roadshow, lunch, and need parking (for those outside of MTC facility) you must RSVP right away.  4.5 CWEA contact hours.

Cost: FREE for water/wastewater professionals. FREE lunch as well.

To attend click here to register online

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Hosts:  The City Of Los Angeles, Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation & The Alliance for P.E. Pipe, Peter T. Dyke of Alexandria, Virginia.



8:30 AM:  Roadshow Stations open and may be viewed until the close of the event

9:30 AM:  HDPE 101 (First Session)

11:15 AM:  Lunch* (must RSVP- see below)

11:30 AM:  HDPE 101 (Second Session – Repeat of 9:30 am Session)

1:00 PM:  End of event


Roadshow Stations:

Station 1: HDPE 101 Presentation–‐ WL Plastics (2x during five hour event)

Station 2:DesignResourceCenter–‐WL Plastics, Performance Pipe

Station 3: Fusion Demonstration–‐McElroy Manufacturing

Station 4: Electrofusion–‐IPF

Station 5: Parts Fittings Connections: GF Central, Strongbridge

Station 6: Repair Station–‐Robar

Station 7: Installation–‐IPR (Matt Werth), or someone from Murphy

Station 8: How to do Business within the HDPE Industry–Alliance for PE Pipe


PHD or CEU credits will be awarded to those requesting proof of attendance.

LABS San Jose Creek WRP

During the seminar groups of collection system professionals were able to take a tour of the next door LACSD San Jose Creek Water Reclamation Plant. The tour was led by Chief Operator Jeff Valdes, CWEA's 2010 Operator of the Year.

Here are presentations (PDFs) from LABS Nov 8th Collection Systems training day.
If you have additional questions about the MRP changes you can contact Michael Flores, LABS Collection Systems Chair at or if you have SWRCB policy changes or suggestions you wish to bring to the attention of Tri-TAC you can contact CWEA Board Liason Alec Mackie at